Tourist TRAP. You could wait in line for crappy food all day long & it will still be crappy food when you get it.
went there for the first time. Excelent food, good portions, very fresh, good service and a very intersting atmosphere. definately recommend it.
Marginal food, stuffed-in seating. There are alot of better places in Charleston
Excellent food in a funky atomosphere
Way high prices for food that is barely OK
Excellent and consistant food
Excellent food. Cool place. Would have give it 5 stars, but a little pricey
Used to be a regular there, but have been in more recently and the service and quality of food was disappointing. Hate that - it used to be one of my favorite places...
I have been to this place on numerous occasions (both for lunch & dinner) and I have had always a great expeience. The food has been great and the servers pleasant, even when the place was hoppin'! The chilled grilled flank steak salad, at $13, is worth every penny!!
Chef's fish of the day is typically served whole and prepared to your preference. Whatever the fish, I ask that it be filleted and pan seared in butter. Add a squeeze of lemon and you will always have a superb meal.
I agree. The food is over priced and it's not that great. Most of the patrons are older or families with young children.
It is advertised as fine dining but the servers wear button down shirts with rolled up cuffs and navy blue trousers (khaki pants material) with dirty beat-up sneakers. It is so unsightly and it looks so unprofessional. The servers should at least wear ties and dress shoes. Who wants to be served by someone with a messy appearance.
Also, the bar and the smoking section is right next to the non-smoking section. It totally defeats the whole purpose to having separate sections. Also, the host staff are young girls who don't seem to know what they are doing. Additionally, there is a second dining room that faces the parking lot--patrons have to walk past the restrooms and the kitchen to get to that dining room. Waters Edge calls that room the Lorelei Room and it smells like smoke even though it is supposed to be a non smoking dining room.
And the RATS! They run around outside by the patio and around the cabana bar. DO NOT EAT HERE!
Waters Edge Management should really get it together.
I ate at RB's at someone else's insistence and was unsurprised at how little I enjoyed it. The bar was nice, but beyond that I didn't eat anything that made me ever want to go back. It was so forgettable that the only thing I remember is: don't bother going back.
Clearly the owner spends far too much time worrying about parking enforcement and too little time on the kitchen. Overpriced, under-tasty, and actually somehow the views aren't even that great. Doesn't the same person/group own Red's and RB's? What's with the crazy parking situation.
Please don't waste your time at this over priced tourist trap. The only thing, and I mean the only thing this restaurant has going for it is its location. Coast or Hanks downtown offers WAY better seafood at a comparable price. Twisted Fish (Breakroom) for seafood n tapas or Poes for tuna tacos is a good choice also. Pearlz is a fantastic place to go for oysters and other fare too. I would avoid RB's at all costs. It has terrible food, ownership, parking, and prices. It rivals Noisy Oyster as the worst seafood and atmosphere in Charleston/Mt P. It received a star because at least it keeps a few people employed...
Unless you're of the aging set, with extra money to burn, dont go here.
It's boring, it's stuffy, it's outdated, and the food is ridiculous.... $19.00 for grilled chicken with rice? Puh-leez... My salmon had so much cream sauce on it, it was almost unrecognizable!
I must admit the bacon stuffed waffles with a side of bacon drew us in at first & are good and reasonably priced, enough to tempt us out for a second brunch visit. However, on this visit we found the Bloody Mary's weak, the ice water tasted like dishwater, and the fact that they are "trapping" the wild cats that patrol the area really weirds me out. (suprise?! you have animals prowling around a restaurant area where people toss food and trash??? wow, imagine that) We went for brunch & sat outside, only to hear this horrible meowing noise from under the deck being made by a large black cat that had been caught in a trap that the manager later said was "put out for the raccoons".... and altho the manager brought the poor distressed, frenzied & panting cat up from underneath the deck, they didnt release it, apparently b/c they hadnt gotten "the offical word" from whoever set the trap about what to do with whatever the trap caught! Um, just a thought...you put a trap out and dont have a plan regarding what to do with the animal you catch?? (At least our waitress brought some water out to it...who knows how long the cat had been in the trap?) As we were leaving, and walked over to see if the cat was okay, some guy comes barreling out of the door and said "Dont let that cat out.....unless youre taking it home with you." Sorry, but I'm letting this cat out of the bag....we wont be back. We will bemaking bacon stuffed waffles at home, but thanks for the idea, though!!!
I just went to dinner at Fish for the first time. I wanted to like it, I really did. We ordered the dim sum (under-seasoned), the tuna tartare (ok, but the one at cypress blows this one out of the water), the naked fish (overcooked, surprising since the name of the place is FISH), the pork tenderloin (under-seasoned), and the ice cream sandwiches (I would be embarrassed to serve that at my dinner table!). One word for my experience: underwhelming. If you want good seafood in the upper king district, stick to Coast. For fine dining, stick to SNOB and Cypress.
Wow, I remember going there when i first moved to Charleston, 7 years ago. The food was good, the service good, and a great place to nurse a hangover. Over the years, it has gradually declined over every visit. I had friends in town for the 4th, and we landed there after being told that there was a 30 minute wait at the Seabiscuit. The fact that there were a few empty tables on the patio should have been an indicator of how bad our experience was going to be. The deck was spacious, but we looked around and there were 5 tables with people sitting at them, with nothing. No menus, water, etc. We opted for eating in the bar area, and after sitting down, realized that we had the same waitress as all of the folks outside. There are at least 10-12 tables on the outside deck, as well as 4 tables in the bar area, and bar seating. THERE WAS ONLY ONE PERSON TO COVER THE ENTIRE AREA, INCLUDING TENDING THE BAR AND ANSWERING THE CORDLESS PHONE IN HER POCKET! After sitting there for at least 20 minutes, we finally got coffee, and placed our orders. 1 hour, yes, that's right, 1 hour later, the 3 of us received our breakfast. When it arrived, we still had NO SILVERWARE. I asked for it, and we did not receive it, and then asked again. Our waitress had to go to the kitchen for more silverware, and insisted on rolling it in paper napkins before delivering it to us.
The food was okay, but certainly not worth sitting there for 1.5 hours waiting for it. We ate the following morning at the Okra Grill, and there was no comparison. None.
Granted, she did acknowledge that it was a holiday weekend, but what restaurant owner/manager in their right mind would schedule 1 person to cover 16 tables and a bar, and the phone on a holiday weekend? It was by far the worst dining experience I've had in Charleston in several years, and perhaps the last time was when I ate in the filthy dining room at ACME. I'm all about supporting local businesses, especially in the off season, but this is one business I will not dine in again.
I was a waitress years ago (1996) when the original owners - who were Jeff, Susan & Ann ran the Cantina.
I still go there to dine and have apps & drinks. The food was great back then. And in years past prior to Jeff subsequently buying out Susan and Ann back in the late 90's/early 2000's; the food actually got better!
The addition to the menu of ribs and a larger breakfast menu have made the Cantina an even better option for dining on IOP.
Since the ownership changed in early 2008 (to Bobby and Roger) the menu has varied slightly and been refined - order the chimichanga entree or the seared tuna appetizer and you will not be displeased.
Have there been missteps in the kitchen...yes. Has it been rectified? In my opinion a solid YES. The shrimp & grits are mouthwatering; the salsa is housemade - full of fresh chopped tomatoes; the wings are meaty, flavorful and have varying degrees of Buffalo heat as well as dry spice wings. Even the chicken tenders and calamari are floured and fried to order - no shortcuts!
The soft tacos and all the mexican dishes are great - way much better than the "pick a # combo" Mexican restaurants that seem to share the same menu that are scattered throughout the Charleston area.
By the way - this is more Baja/Veracruz inspired Mexcian - if you're expecting hard tacos, there's a Taco Bell on the IOP Connector.
Their original house salad dressing should be bottled - it's a fantastic mexican inspired sweet and tangy vinaigrette - spiked with cilantro and jalapenos. The crabcake eggs benedict topped with the green chile hollandaise is truly one of the best ways to start a Sunday at the beach.
So YES - the food at the Acme Cantina is really, really, really good.
Does the 'Cantina have a bar crowd? Sure does. Does the managment & staff treat non-drinkers poorly, rudely, insultingly or inappropriately? Not that I have ever seen in the 13 years I have been a patron. And by the way... I do not have perfect vision and I have always been able to read my bill.
The person who posted under the handle of "Mayor Riley" has some bizarre personal vendetta. Live and let live, I guess.
If he doesn't want to return to the restaurant, that means there will be one less person waiting in line for a table in front me!
Why just 3 stars you ask? I keep my 5 stars for the places white table cloth places. But 3 stars with great food, a comfortable funky beachy atmosphere...heck yes!
Met some friends there last week as they were on vacation on Folly. Sat outside and it was fantastic.
I cannot believe how much the Holiday Inn has changed. It is modern and just looks great.
Service was slow, but we didn't really care as we were enjoying ourselves so much sat looking at the ocean.
We all shared plates, and everything was great.
Go, you will not be dissapointed.
A group of us went to Blu last week to try it out for the first time. The rennovations at the Holiday Inn are great. The Blu dining room is huge, which was expected because it is in a hotel. We had a drink at the outdoor bar prior to sitting down for dinner. What a great place for drinks. I would come back simply for this. Now on to the food. It is mostly small plates so we all decided to share a bunch of stuff. We had scallops, sliders, duck shooters, veggie spring rolls, the clams, and the cheese plate. The scallops were perfectly cooked. Crisp on the outside and tender and moist on the inside. Duck shooters were good. The marindade or sauce they were in was very strong, however the soba noodles and fried wonton helped mellow that taste out. Sliders were great. These seem like a simple thing, but they were cooked perfect and the onions and the crisp pickle that were served with it really stepped these sliders up. Veggie spring rolls were awesome. They did not last long on the plate. Served with soba noodles and a dipping sauce. Great textures and flavors. I did not get to try the clams, but the plate was empty and I was told the sauce served with them was great. Cheese plate was fine too. Standard 4 cheese with some sweet and salty items to accompany the cheese. A great starter to share with everyone.
The service was attentive and was able to reccomend a few things for us. Two thumbs up for Blu and all of its staff. The portions are great and very price friendly. Thanks for the great night Blu!
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