Our final brunch in Charleston at Palmetto Café was delightful, which is located just steps away from the Gucci store at Belmond Charleston Place. It may seem like I say every meal we had in Charleston was one of my favorites because I only write about the very best places we’ve eaten. Believe me when I say that this was one of the best brunches I’ve had in ages, and that’s why I’m here to tell you all about why you need to add a stop to Palmetto Café for your visit to Charleston.
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Address: 205 Meeting St
Inside Belmond Charleston Place
Food Type: Lowcountry Cuisine
Dining Experience: Indoors or Al Fresco
Price: $75+ per Person
Dress Code: Smart Casual +
Special Diets: Gluten-Free (not GF dedicated),
Inside the bright space are lots of lush house plants, several trickling fountains, high ceilings with modern sweeping fans, along with plenty of fantastic breakfast and lunch options. The restaurant felt like a cross between a botanical garden and an art gallery, which is how I’d describe my dream restaurant if I’m honest. We could feel the coastal charm the moment we stepped into the inviting space, and the cool white interior was the perfect contrast to the heat outside. This café was truly an oasis. Plus, on days that aren’t too hot, the central patio, which is also visible from Peninsula Grill, is open for café diners who wish to dine al fresco.
Palmetto Café’s Menu & Our Meals
Both their breakfast menu and their lunch menu were extensive and almost totally customizable. There wasn’t a single thing I’d inquired about that couldn’t be adjusted to fit diners’ dietary preferences and allergy needs, which was very impressive and reassuring as one who is both a pescatarian and a food allergy sufferer.
I opted for their PB & J Açai Bowl, which contained açai, freshly ground peanut butter, banana, gluten-free granola, and fresh strawberries, served frozen and topped with fresh fruit and granola. I also ordered an extra side of fruit for good measure. It was so cool and refreshing, and it was just what I needed to start my day. I’d never had an açai bowl that looked like this before, and I loved every bite of it.
Robin ordered the Palmetto Omelet, which consisted of fresh lump crabmeat, lobster knuckles, mozzarella cheese, and spring onions, as well as the eggs benedict with smoked salmon (he was starving after hiking around Charleston and working out each night of our stay, haha). He said both were excellent, and the crab meat, in particular, was fresh and so delicious. As if that wasn’t enough food, his dish also came with a pastry (he chose cherry) that he took with him on the drive to our next destination.
Final Thoughts on Palmetto Café
We loved our meals at Palmetto Café. Everything from the presentation and flavor combinations to the restaurant’s ambiance, service, and décor was fantastic, and we’d definitely love to come back again soon.