Ronnie Johnson & his lovely wife and staff have been supporting local live music for years. This past year they have graciously hosted traveling songwriters and numerous benefits for musicians who are sick or in dire straits. The fried shrimp are su-pah!
Great place to stop in! The food and drinks are excellent and never over priced and the atmosphere is lots of fun! The live music is always fun and great to listen to! Always enjoy watching the dancers when there! If you want to have a good time while in Charleston make sure not to miss Buddy Roe's Shrimp Shack!!
One of the best kept secrets in the Charleston area. It's where the locals like to go and hang out. The food is awesome and the atmosphere is comfortable and relaxing. Ronnie is a fantastic entertainer and his music will have you dancing the night away. It's one of our favorite places to go. It's kid friendly as well!
As a professional touring musician/entertainer with over 35 years spent road-dogging from Miami to NYC, and Atlanta to Seattle, I have performed at a host of 4 and 5 star restaurants and resorts..and I know a thing or two about food, atmosphere and entertainment. For any person to post a negative comment about Buddy-Roe's, to me, simply means they are either lying..or have no class, no travel experience, no notion of quality, and more than likely no money. (The bad grammar is usually a dead-giveaway that you're dealing with cretins!) Buddy-Roes Shrimp Shack in Mt. Pleasant is, for my money, the most fun, laid-back restaurant and music venue in the entire metro Charleston area. The food is consistently excellent, the customer service is impeccable, and the vibe is warm and friendly, with everyone who walks through the door treated as friend and family. The facility itself could have been airlifted, intact, from Key West and installed onsite..it's that authentic, and atmospheric. The music is awesome (and I am HARD to please!) and the dance floor is always busy! I have friends from all over the USA who have stopped by for an afternoon or evening, and they consitently offer the same opinion "this place is a hidden treasure"...just minutes from everywhere in the historic district, this is THE place for food and fun!
A great place, loved by locals, with great food and great entertainment.
If you are looking for a place to dance the night away - look no further. The food is great and the band is even better. The open deck is awesome.
Buddiroe's should definitely should be apart of your weekend plans!
One of my top "Must Visit" places when we go to Mt. Pleasant/IOP area. I was introduced to Buddy Roe's three years ago and have loved it ever since. The food has always been good, Ronnie is a great entertainer. It's a good place to just go and unwind, have a few adult beverages, dance or just sit back and listen to some good musice.
Awesome food and entertainment. The best of Charleston.
So you want a Local Place that doesn't take your wallet and throw it in the Marsh? A place you can hear great tunes, talk to the cool bartenders and eat LOCAL SHRIMP!?! Then go to Buddy Roes. No, they are not paying me! I just think this place is spiffy since Ronnie bought this eye sore next door to me and opened The Shrimp Shack! I even took my Uncle Bobby to shag... he loved it! Try the Shrimp Basket GRILLED with the Hot Bacon Sauce! yum.... and you have to try the fish tacos. Better than POE'S! Love it... always a great time. Thanks guys! You're awesome! xo
Being the green and conservationist person that I am, I cannot support this restaurant. Everything is disposable. And for somewhere that charges an obscene amount for their food, I think that they can afford the water to wash dishes.
The setting otherwise is very pleasant, and I do like the fact that the food is local. That being said, it's definitely not the best in town. If you want delicious seafood with the sustainability and atmosphere, I suggest somewhere else. If all you want is tradition--go here.
Honestly, probably the best seafood I have ever had. Portion size was perfect and the price was very appropriate. The atmosphere would be great for a number of occasions, and the wait staff was incredibly helpful.
The food here is awful and the atmosphere is wretched, literally. It smells like a bathroom in there. Sorry, but that bucket in the middle of the table is not cute, it's a BUS TUB! It is mounted above the table and is dirty when you sit down. The waiter scraped our plates into the bucket and left it there while some of us were still eating! Obviously I was done eating then.
Yes... true.. what once was a really good and fun restaurant... has become very mediocre..... success has ruined the Wreck.... so sad! Mike, downtown, Charleston
You might want to go there for the beer, not the food. Soggy is a fitting description of the crab clusters. First thing to remember is they are already cooked when the joint gets them frozen. All you have to do is heat them up. But, in good old fashion southern style this place seems to have boiled the s--t out of the poor things. Same goes for the the fried shrimp. I'll describe them as mushy.
Now for the well chilled and tasty oysters on the half shell from Bulls Bay. Let's just say they were opened but not shucked. And, based on my experience, this goes for every oyster on the half shell serving reastaurant in Charleston. They all forget the final step in shucking, which is: Cut the oyster free from the shell. It is connected by a tough knob on the underside; slide your knife under and sever it.
Are they serious? Overpriced, mediocre food. That says it all...but I'll get specific.
So the place is hard to find? Who cares about that...I don't. So it's a dive? Who cares about that either...I don't. What I do care about is good food, for a comparatively reasonable price, and good service. We did not receive this.
We got a shrimp platter and the shrimp/scallop/oyster/fish combination.
Most important, the seafood was just ho hum. I'm from eastern North Carolina where we will fry ANYTHING...so fried food is my forte. This was not great fried food. The seafood itself wasn't that flavorful, and the fish was downright flavorless (not to mention mushy).
One of the worst parts was that they placed the side of white lima beans right next to the seafood. The limas had so much juice with them that it soaked the fried items and made them all soggy. That is not smart plating. The limas were the best side on the plate and only needed a little extra salt to be pretty good. The red rice was the worst I've (we've) ever had...anywhere. The cole slaw isn't very simple, made with lots of ingredients, and way too much celery seed. The grit cake ends up being a 1" cube. The menu says the dish comes with hush puppies..."ies" meaning plural. In reality it only comes with a single hush pupp"y" that isn't special at all.
The prices at the Wreck are extremely expensive...representative of what you might expect downtown Charleston. This is a shock considering they don't have to pay for air conditioning during the summer and they serve you on paper plates and plastic cups. I don't mind any of that stuff, but I would expect a discount because of it.
Our waitress came to ask how we were doing about 3 minutes before our meal was complete. Excellent service, eh? When I went to pay, the owner was running the register and greeted me with a very glum "hey". That is the only word he said until I was walking away when he said, "have a good night." Really? The owner? What an uncaring individual. He could have cared less about our experience or if we had a nice visit.
After a small tip, our bill totaled $50 for two of us. For $25 I expect a whole lot more from a dining experience. What a rip off. I would not recommend this place to anyone.
The above reviews must be friends or employees or asked to leave a review because there was NOTHING good about this place. The food is so overpriced for what you get and tasted like s*&^! The service was bad when we could gould get service at all and if the band spent more time woohoo'n then actually singing! Never again would I set foot int there!
I am NOT an employee of this restaurant. (just sayin") Party of 3 seated near the back of the House. Service was lackadaisical at best. Same bar-food as half a dozen other places in town at half-again their prices. And mid-meal at about 9:30 on a Saturday night kitchen staff almost knocks me off my chair with the trashcan full of kitchen debris he's dragging through the dining room to take outside. Real High-class Joint. Told this story to friends, couple of them went to verify, seated at the bar, same experience as me but the trashcan toting kitchen staff was replaced by a smart-ass bartender.
Don't get me wrong, the food is good, if vastly overpriced, as are the drinks, but management needs to be taught how to train their staff.
There is a new chef in the kitchen and for fans of now defunct Coco's Cafe in Mt. P, you'll recognize him right away. Yup. I can't wait for him to add his own spin to the menu.
Terrific Saturday night atmosphere with college football and baseball league championships on the tube and rabid fans of both hootin' and hollerin'. Three generations (ages 69,39,11) just polished off 4 dozen briney Carolina Cups oysters from the Beaufort area. Wonderful! Perfectly chilled and accompanied with horseradish, cocktail sauce, Tabasco, and mignonette. And for the adults our favorite beer. While the oysters were perfect the shucking wasn't. A good 20% of the oysters were still attached to their shell and many had shell chips floating in the brine. Make sure you specify top shelf when you order. Otherwise you get some minature oysters hardly worth their brine (like thumbnail sized meat).
We have been wanting to try Fish for a while now, and went last night for the first time. How we wish we had not waited this long. The food was so good! Fresh, tasty and presented so well too.
Great wine list. My fish was flaky and moist, the sauce was creamy and delicious. My husbands food was just as tasty. Wanted to save half for lunch, but couldn't stop eating it.
I have read a lot of reviews saying their portions are small. We didn't find this at all. It was more than I would have served, very generous portions of fish.
Try Fish. You will not be dissapointed. I texted people on our way home to go try them. I'm already thinking about when I can visit again (especially with the half price bottles of wine on Mondays!)
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