oh yeah--- top rating.
LOVED,LOVED LOVED Hank's!!! Once we ate there-- we were HOME for the remainder of the week. and, the Community table was a great option. Very delicious food, great service, tasteful, yet un-stuffy atmosphere. We will BE THERE next visit to Charleston.
This place is basically a Captain D's on Shem Creek, except for the fact that Captain D's has much better food and service...and AC!
Inspired by today's article, I thought I should add my 2 cents. I couldn't care any less about the paper plates, the lack of AC, or the difficulty in finding the joint. In fact, I love a good dive! The problem here is that the food is terrible and way overpriced for what you are getting. I went two weeks ago with a party of 10 and not a single person enjoyed their meal. The fried seafood was soggy and tasted like old grease. Not appealing at all. The "grilled" seafood was even worse. Covered in something that I couldn't identify, it had a harsh, burnt taste. I hate to be so brutal, but this was probably the worst meal I've ever eaten in Charleston.
Love Snappers. I go every time I'm on Folly. The only place to be.
My new favorite fish place........spectacular! yum!!!
I found the decor the one thing that looked great.... a bit contrived (since it was built just a few years ago I found out.... made to look old). The service was OK not what you would expect from a pricy restaurant like this, I am a stickler for good AND attentive wait-staff. The food was mediocre.... we went to Hyman's Seafood the day after and found all the things we lacked at Hank's.... fantastic service, great food, HUGE variety for a fraction of the price at Hank's. After having tried Hyman's I will stick with them when it comes to local seafood!
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.
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!)
I would have to agree with the last review. My family and I ate there about a month ago, and the servers were great, nice people willing to stand on their head for you, but the kitchen wasn't backing what they were selling, and the prices were on the high side, even for brunch. The view is great, and the people are nice, but I came for the food. My wife had some sort of shrimp that wasn't de-veined, and my eggs were lacking in, well, doneness for scrambled eggs.
Beautiful location , scenery and excellent attentive service, do not always denote a great dining experience. There is something missing here... oh right... the food.
Someone in the management needs to get a handle on the seafood end...until they do... i can't say you should even try here. As much as i hate to post a negative and influence someones' living i sure don't want you to waste your money when there are so many other options in town....even the choice of a 3 piece fish takeout from a big chain seafood place and a seat on the dock beats this place...currently.
Maybe its a simple fix.
GOTTA try the Lobster Macaroni & Cheese! And their Tuna Sandwich is the best I've ever had!
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