Had a fantastic birthday dinner with great service from Jordan, a nice table overlooking the front window and enjoyed the best steak I have ever put in my mouth. Hall's is one of our favorite restaurants because, unlike some folks apparently, we enjoy a friendly greeting from one of the owners at the door, someone finding me a seat when it's 3 deep at the bar & servers who are knowledgeable & friendly along with the best steak we've ever had. There's a reason it's always busy & you can't get a reservation before 9:30pm. Don't believe the negative comments. We live here & love this place.
Wow, I am blown away by the negative comments posted about this fantastic restaurant. Whatever you do, dont pay attention. Those haters probably think that Applebee's has the best food in town. ;-) Halls Chophouse exceeded our expectations in every way imaginable. My wife and I went here for our twentieth wedding anniversary, and were impressed as soon as soon as we entered the door. Billy Hall greeted us when we first arrived, checked on us at the table, wished us a happy anniversary with two glasses of champagne in hand, and was at the front door when we left in order to send us off in style. The service by all of the staff was absolutely the best that I have experienced in South Carolina. To top it all off, my wife and I received a very nice personal card from our server three days after dining. At 39 years of age, this is the first time that I have ever received a card from a restaurant that I dined at. They truly treat you like royalty at this restaurant. All this talk about the restaurant, and nothing about the food. I take pride in my steaks, and act as if I were a steak connoisseur whenever I eat steaks at another restaurant. I can honestly say that this was the best steak that I have had in the Southeast!!!! Halls Chophouse is an absolute "must do" when you come to Charleston. We have lived here for 8 years, and can't believe that this is the first time that we have eaten at Halls. We will be back for years to come!.
My husband and I treated my parents at Hall's Saturday evening. This was one of the best meals I have ever eaten. My Dad placed his bone-in filet as one of the top three steaks he has had in his life. My husband's bison was so tender and delicious I had to stop myself from stealing it. My veal chop was tender, juicy, perfectly cooked, and tasted the way a pampered baby animal should. My Mom enjoyed the sides so much that she was kind enough to save half of her prime rib for the next day which we turned into cheesesteak breakfast sandwiches for brunch Sunday morning.
Our service team never left us in want of anything. If not for seeing the other diners, we all felt like we were the only people in the room.
There are many great restaurants in Charleston, but, Hall's is definitely the place to go for a memorable experience.
I went here on Saturday night with a date and absolutely loved it. I ordered the vegetarian plate, and it was AMAZING. Mrs. Hall knew my date, and she introduced herself to me and was incredibly warm and friendly. The bartender, Hugh, was attentive and funny, and the rest of the staff were kind as well. Not sure what all these negative reviews are about--I will DEFINITELY be going back here.
I have read thru many of the comments and find them rather suspicious. The mean spirited comments smack of being posted by disgruntled former employees or jealous competitors since the focus of the complaints are directed at the owners/hosts, not the food.I am a local and have eaten at Halls many times, for both business and family events. I do agree that the prices are high, but I have never walked away disappointed. The food and service have always been excellent. Depending on where you are seated, it can be a little noisy. I prefer the upstairs dining areas since they are more amenable to conversation.
I strongly disagree with the comments that state that locals stay away from Hall's. I live here and have never heard a single negative comment about the owners or the food. Since when is it "creepy" for a business owner to remember your name or to inquire if you were satisfied with your purchase? Charleston is a small town and part of its charm is that local businesses DO remember who you are. I have out-of-town friends who look forward to eating at Hall's and the hosts even remember their names. The food is amazing--try any of the steaks, but the tuna and salmon are wonderful, as well as the corn and brussels sprouts.
Seems like someone in town has organized a campaign to attack Hall's on this board, (Charleston is still a very small town-not surprised at this). I've been there four times and found both the service and the food to be excellent. Special requests were handled were handled with alacrity. Found the family members to be very nice. Would definitely go again.
The five of us dined upstairs for Father's Day and we couldn't have had a better prepared, more flavorful meal. The service was attentive without being annoying. 3 of us are vegetarians and loved the scrumptious offerings at this 'steak; restaurant. Great cocktails and an extensive wine list rounded out the experience. If I had to make one complaint, it would be that the desserts were massive and we could have shared and would have appreciated that suggestion from our server. In a town full of amazing restaurants, this will be a repeat.
Went to Hall's recently with a party of six and I must admit, everyone had a great meal. Don't quite understand all the negative comments. One of the owners came by once to say hi but other than that no harassment like you read in most of the reviews. They are a little pricey, but anyone would no this with a little research..definitely would go back again.
Wow. These reviews are terrible. I have eaten at Halls over 25 times and have NEVER had a bad meal and have NEVER had bad service. The owners seem to really care about the end product and are very nice. All of my friends agree. This is the GO TO place in Charleston for steak. Khai Mahala
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.
Get over to one of the Best Kept Secrets in Charleston!!!!!
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.
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.
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.
Sorry, I don't see a problem with being treated warmly and graciously. We had a group dinner on Thanksgiving evening, the place was packed, and we all had one of best dinners we've ever had. My husband is a steak lover, and he ranked Hall's higher than Grill 225, Neil Jordan's and Oak. The service was outstanding, the specialty cocktails were great. This is our new go-to place.
I went back to Oak for the first time in a long time the Friday before the Bridge Run with some folks from out of town. I have to say that the recent (4/6/11) CP review is dead on. I was not really impressed with Oak under McKee's hand, but I really liked the changes Bacon has made. The restaurant itself is a wonderful location and was preserved/appointed beautifully, so I give full credit to the original ownership/management there. I had the bone-in ribeye, and my wife said her filet was as good as any she's ever had in terms of both quality of meat and preparation. One of our party ventured off the beef train and had the new snapper dish...outstanding. Unlike Grill 225, Oak wisely acknowledges the trade-off of being downtown and provides complimentary valet parking, a must for a high-end urban restaurant. With the food now on par with the rest of the experience, I will now return to Oak with greater frequency and anticipation.
This is not only the best steak, but everything else is just so perfect. If you ever have a chance to try to truffled risotto, you will never forget it. Amazing.
We recently went for my boyfriend's birthday. Yes, it's pricey, but totally worth it for the food and the experience! Great service, great view, amazing wine list!
Oak Steakhouse is unparalleled in service and fine food! As a matter of fact when we go elsewhere we are disappointed. Each item on the menu is prepared well beyond all expectations. The entire staff is involved in delivering the best hospitality, as well as premiere service from beginning to end. The food is prepared by caring chefs who are quite visible to all customers. The amount of food in each side dish is plenty for the entire table. It is not cheap nor is it intended to be. So when you want the very best food and culinary experience, Oak is the number 1 choice in Charleston. Not to mention that you never have any problem parking at this Historic restaurant because the valet staff is right on target too.
Love Neil Jordans. The Allen Brothers steaks are incredible. Atmosphere good and in particular, the bar area rocks, especially when Allen is holding court behind the bar. Allen is great at what he does and is the 2nd best bartender in a 2 mile radius!
Go one and you'll be hooked! Neil Jordans is a dining destrination experience-especially the bar!
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