The BEST mussels anywhere on the peninsula!
Great mussels mariniere. French fries are like crack. Good service. Can be very noisy on weekends, but so many restaurants are. Quiet ones are ones without people. What does that say?
I don't get it. Why the complaints? This is not a fine dining place. It is a wonderful classic French dinner bistro; The kind I like to drop into in Paris. We are regulars, usually eating a salad frisee with goat cheese and Moules Frites. They also are known for their Suchi (a bit of a surprise). It can get noisy around end of work, hookup time and the service can be terrible on any of the holidays due to over demand and decreased staff, but it hasn't stopped me from going. If you want elegant and pretty food, go elsewhere and pay considerably more. Here time it well and eat well.
Four of us went after a Spoleto event. Talking to those across the table turned into a shouting contest due to the noise. We will not go back for a later meal.
Have been several times for lunch and the decibel level was nowhere near as bad.
Rue de Jean is a Charleston classic that never disappoints. Downtown is so saturated with new and amazing restaurants that it’s easy to forget the ones who have been a fixture for such a long time. We were endlessly debating on which new restaurant to visit when we decided to pick a place we haven’t been in years. Rue fit that description.
Each of our courses came out tasting better than the last. The escargot, while straightforward, was delightful. The steak Roquefort was cooked to perfection, and the scallops were massive with perfect texture. The rich cream both served with the scallops was out of this world. Our server was a true professional, and the wine recommendations were spot on.
What is the point of this review? It is to remind those of us who have lived downtown for years to not forget the classics. There are so many new restaurants that have opened recently and it’s easy to fall into the hype trap while overlooking the establishments that have been producing a consistent and quality product for a long time.
Every dish we had was perfect! Cannot wait to go back
Warm inviting and DELICIOUS! Could sit at the bar all day long on a rainy day soaking up the atmosphere, dining on incredible food and a great bottle of wine.
beyond fabulous, every bite! cool, knowing wait staff. wonderful, relaxed atmosphere. i will definitely return. 5 stars all the way.
My wife and I have had the opportunity to eat lunch at G&M perhaps 10 times. Every time we've been there we've loved it. Sometimes it is very crowded, other times it's just crowded. Elbow to elbow, everybody here is loving the food and the authentic atmosphere. I will continue to try to find an excuse to be on Broad Street around noon.
Went recently and shared mussels, pommes frites, and sushi with the table. As always the food was delicious. The bartenders were so busy talking amongst themselves, however, they ignored the patrons. The hostesses acted as though we were fortunate they were paying attention to us. Definitely not up to par with my earlier visits many years ago. Given the sheer number of new and established restaurants that offer both fantastic service and food, there is no reason to go back for a long while.
Dinner last night at the Fat Hen was a pleasure. My good friend, her mother, and I enjoyed big, succulent mussels with bacon and artichokes; using our bread to soak up the "butter soup" left over was not only delicious but fun. The Coq Au Vin was rich but not overwhelming and the tender pieces of butternut squash tossed with the hericovert was delightful. The Shrimp and Crab was a great surprise; this dish had just enough spice, just enough butter, and just enough plump pink shrimp. We didn't make it to dessert but the Blackberry Cobbler was enticing, I'm sure we would have had it but we had movie tickets.
Our server was attentive, timely, and warm. He provided a great suggestion for wine pairing, anticipated our needs, and although busy, was relaxed and friendly. This staff is really a team and you can see that the servers, server assistants, and host staff make every effort for the dining experience to be seamless.
Oh yeah, there is bacon: cubed bacon, bacon lardons, and crispy bacon. The celebration of bacon is winding down, but The Fat Hen uses the bacon as a flavor enhancer (a little salt here, a little smoke there, a little meaty bit here, a little fatty bit there), the bacon doesn't overwhelm the accompanying flavors.
I live in Goose Creek and I will gladly drive to John's Island to enjoy this gem of a restaurant again.
My wife and I went in for a late supper Saturday night close to ten o'clock, pre-Built to Spill at the Farm, after the Grocery messed up our reservations. We had the foie, the beef tartar, the sweetbreads and the charcuterie. Everything was delicious. Nice to see an old school place still doing well.
Only went in for the mussels, but they were out of this world good.
Bacon and Blue cheese with lots of bread to sop up the love.
Simply great. Can not say enough about the "rib" and the fries. Just awesome.
Wonderful place, vibe, food. Looking for an excuse to drive out there again!
Wow! My wife and I love fine dining and this restaurant is a fine diamond without the high price! The service is great, the atmosphere is great and the service is great!
We here at G & M are deeply distressed and embarrassed over your recent account of your dining experience with us. We are not accustomed to failing a customer so absolutely as we did with you and your family. We are better than this! Can you give us another chance? Please contact us at email@example.com to make arrangements to dine with us again; our TREAT, of course. Every year we strive to be a better Café than the year before. Your input assures us that we reach that goal.
Our Sincerest Apologies,
Management at G & M
Haven't been in years. Went to G & M Friday, June 24, 2011, for dinner with friends to celebrate a birthday. Not crowded, just a few patrons, about 7 PM.
This rates as one of my worst Charleston dining experiences.
I ordered the double baguette with Roast beef and Mimolette, side of mayo.
Out of baquettes, no Mimolette, don't serve Mayo. OK, I order sourdough and Muenster instead.
When the meals arrive, my sandwiches were, well, laughable. I SINGLE slice of roast beef, a fair amount of hand sliced cheese, a couple leaves of lettuce, and a couple slices of tomato. It was if I was visiting a down-and-out friend who offered the best he could knowing it was the thought and effort that counted. I can accept that graciously...but not at a restaurant.
Difference...This IS a restaurant, the customer expects and is entilted to a fair, if not generous portion, to complete an order. These sad sandwiches should have come with an apology and an offer for another dinner on the house.
The other members of our party faired a little better. One received the wrong soup with her meal. Two ordered the chicken special. No one was sure how it was cooked, both complained it was bland and lacked flavor, thumbs down from both. It tasted to me as if it had been boiled. But there is more, a single breast was split between the two orders, so that the meals could arrive at the same time, as our waiter explained. Another portion would be "right out". It finally arrived after everyone had finished and couldn't wait to leave...had to get that to go.
Ingredients seem to be fresh, but WTF! Not remotely French, and not fast, service poor to fair, had to continue to request water, etc, etc. My son's grilled cheese was good though. I made myself something to eat when I got home.
I cannot recommend G & M to anyone, I am not that cruel. Used to be a fun place to get a decent meal.
We went for sunday brunch and had a great meal! We had the crab soup to start which was deliciously creamy. I had the apple bacon duck andouille gratin which was a hearty choice for spring brunch yet still mouthwateringly tasty. My bf had the burrito which was pretty standard as far as charleston breakfast burritos go, though the avocado topping was a wonderful dressing with nice hints of lime and cilantro. Finally we had the passionfruit sorbet, and though i'm not truly a sorbet fan, it was very refreshing and tart. All in all an awesome brunch experience - the service was friendly and inviting though clearly the regulars get the best attention, and I don't necessarily think that's such a bad thing! Definitely Charleston's best kept secret for brunch!
The food was excellent, I had the rabbit. It was incredibly noisy though, and I was a little confused about the "fine dining" face of the restaurant, compared to the "sports bar" atmosphere of the bar. Maybe we just went on an odd night.
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