I cannot stand Halls, it's a fake uppidy place for tourists. If you like paying twice the money for a drink, and being rubbed on by the elephants that go in there it's perfect for you. Also if you like being creeped on by the weirdo sons there it's just additional icing on the cake.
I find these reviews a bit confusing. First, we have these reviews of a rather overpriced, over friendly steak house, with mediocre food and high prices. Then we have the complete opposite thoughts of 5 star rated experiences. Nothing in between. I start to wonder if the 5 star are being sent in by friends or owners of Halls. If you really want to put them in their place, join Trip Advisor and review the place. If you had a good time, tell them. If it was not so great an adventure, let them know. I've been there, and it was over priced and very underwhelming. I told Trip Advisor and felt I had done a justice to those who will consider visiting in the future. If you are going to spend over $100.00 per person in this town, the visit needs to outstanding in every respect.
It is a shithall.
These people are about the weirdest family I've met in the restaurant business. The dad has no personality and never says more than 3 words, the mom looks like she's from another century and is always so old and tired looking and the the two sons constantly come by your table to see what your eating, like staring at your food and watching you eat. The slick looking son always has this grin plastered on his face and takes after his dad in that he only has a vocabulary of about 10 words. I have to go there for business dinners every month or so, and most everyone complains or has comments on the family members. Alot of locals don't go there because of complaints about the family being overbearing. They do well with tourists though.
This is one of my favorite downtown restaurants. I have tried every appetizer and always been impressed. I am not sure if I like dry aged beef enough to splurge on that cut of steak (NY Strip) again, but it was definitely tasty. The truffle fries are some of the best in Charleston. I have been here 3 times, ordered multiple items, and never had a bad meal. Jeremiah is a wonderful chef and I love what he has done with the menu. I would definitely recommend Oak if you are looking for some high end dining on the peninsula.
I have eaten at Hall's a few times. Most were business related and we did not really worry about the cost. I have eaten a lot of steaks in my time, and these were OK. Not the magnificent works of art the friends of Halls has described, but OK steaks. For the price, and and the amount of time needed to go through the "experience" I will eat some place else when it comes to my money. I am often asked where a good steak house is in Charleston. Oak is great and worth the money, but you can find other good restaurants in Chas. that are about half the cost.
if there were zero stars available...
first as a regular traveler to the great city of charleston i would like to say that this city has always offered the best service and selection. i have travelled all over the country and always find my way back to this city for the most memorable experiences.
with that said i want to share one of the most disturbing experiences to date.
after being molested at the door by an overeager family member i had to wait an hour and 20 minutes past a reservation time in a noisy crowded bar area. The music was obtrusive and loud, clientele obnoxious and the bartender slow. One of the brothers kept assuring me a spot would open up but after getting a drink dumped on me i went to the bathroom to clean up. I opened the unlocked door bumping into a gentleman and a woman leaning over the counter engaged in either some sexual act or drug use. This is where things got weird. the man in the bathroom was the owners son! what kind of place are they running!
i grabbed my date appalled and left immediately.
Someone needs to look into this place. They are either running a brothel or a crack house.
Get over to one of the Best Kept Secrets in Charleston!!!!!
Top notch. Incredible space and vibe, with food to match. Best new place in town, and for steak you can't beat it! That rock app was amazing. Well done and A++ for the staff.
I had the top sirloin a couple of weeks ago with the pork belly and scallops for an appetizer. Best steak I have ever eaten and I didn't even use steak sauce which I'm a habitual offender. You should definitely check it out and make your own decision.
Where has this place been all my life.
Awesome food, great service, and they let you enjoy the food. I love prompt attentive service that does not interfere with enjoying the meal. A true pleasure. I live in town and plan on going back this weekend and staying there. It is rare that a place this expensive lives up to the reputation. i will tell my friends and they willl love me.
Worst meal of my life.
I've traveled to hundreds of USA cities and several dozen other countries.
If you want to be physically molested, handshakes, hands on your back, your hand handed off to the next person guidng you to your table:
If you want to spend OVER 50% of your time making converstation with owners and staff continuously and aggresively interupting your meal:
If you want to drop $100 per person (everything is ala carte) as even the house steak sauce is an additional $3 (Really?):
If you want good to awesome food interupted with a family (think drunk family thanksgiving with the weird, center of attention, grabby Uncle) style experience:
This is your place.
I would not go back for anything including work or family.
I was honestly worried about eating here after reading the reviews. The Hall's friendliness is a matter of taste. We went on a fairly quiet Sunday night, and I found the host to be very hospitable and very helpful. I would ask this of the extreme negative folks, would you rather your hosts at a restaurant be overly helpful or non-existent. I thought the server did extremely well with our group, he did a fine job of explaining the specials and explaining preparations of dishes (such as the "bacon steak"). The food was very good. Not great, but not good either. We had to send one steak back because it was underdone for one in the parties liking, but my steak was fine. The prices are on par with upper tier restaurants in this area, which in my opinion is overpriced anyway. Then again, I ask myself, how much business would they draw if they lowered prices by 5 dollars a plate, or 10 for the upper regions? Probably not much at all. It is a very nice place for a special night, one of the best in Charleston. I couldn't afford to eat there more than twice a year, but I wouldn't turn the place down. I'd have to eat at Oak now that Jeremiah Bacon is running the show in order to judge, I was not a fan when Brett McKee was over there. Hall's is very good, and I would eat there again.
Uh, bullshit, DocLandis. The Halls physically molest every person that walks in the door. And you don't know me.
If that's your thing, more power to you. I don't go out to eat to have strangers bear hug me, interrupt my conversation 8 times during a meal, and chased out the door for one more man hug. It's creepy.
You will find a series of highly negative reviews at the beginning of the review section, I know the person that set this up and he made it his mission to try to reflect poorly on this great establishment, putting a multitude of negative reviews up in succession in the hope that you wont take the time to notice all of the great reviews that follow. He is the kind of customer you hope you never have in your restaurant. I have been with him several times when he orders food, nearly finishes his dinner, then sends it back, refusing to have something else served, or to pay his bill. This night in particular, the host made a point of checking with him to see if his food was OK, as he had sent it back, unpaid 3 times in succession, and they were on to his game. He got caught, and didn't like it. I finally quit going to dinner with him.
Our personal experience with Hall's is one of complete enjoyment of the food, the staff, and the over-all experience. Come join us for one of our City's best dinner establishments.
too damn loud!
I just had dinner at Halls for the first time recently and I admit, I was a bit weary after reading some negative reviews concerning the food and the overly-friendly atmosphere. I went to dinner with as much of an open mind as possible though, and I'm happy to say that I was very pleasantly surprised. I was half expecting the fake, intrusive and unnecessary niceties described in previous reviews, but nothing was over-the-top. Yes, the owner was very friendly, but certainly not to the point where it was weird. We had a wonderful meal--the service was great, the food was excellent, and the atmosphere was warm. I would definitely go there again. And with food that good, they can welcome me as if we're long-lost relatives, I won't care!
We were seated upstairs and the noise from below flooded the stairwell and echoed horribly. It was so loud we gave up trying to have a conversation. The food itself was okay, but it was overshadowed by the dry aged steak. It had a very pronounced funk that tasted like eating Parmesan cheese rind. I have had dry aged beef several times and a bit of this flavor is expected, but this was excessive. When our waiter finally showed up and we told him he said it would take 20 to 30 minutes to get another entree. My partner and I shared my meal instead.
With all that, the worst part was the host. He was a strawberry blonde man who obsessively smoothed his hair between interrupting people to welcome them to the restaurant. Based on other reviews I assume it was Billy. What he does is patently *NOT* warm and friendly. He is boisterous and overly familiar to the point of being creepy. I felt like I had walked into the house of a serial killer and he was trying to "act normal" so we wouldn't notice the bodies under the stairs. We timed our exit to when he was at the other end of the bar, hoping to avoid him. No such luck. He burst through the door just as it closed to accost us one more time. We fled into the night.
I won't be back. I fear for my soul and I value my taste buds.
lj1974 -whichever member of the Hall's staff you may be - subtlety isn't your style is it? Stick with the pattern.... 75% of the 5-star ratings Hall's has been given occurred within 2 days of a bad comment and each was the ONLY restaurant comment ever made by that person... hmmmmm...........
All these other fools do not know what quality food and service is about. They should stick to food joints like Hyman's and they can get an affordable plate of tasteless food and service with no personability.
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