It's too bad that it sounds like @CityGirl won't give this place another chance, the food was incredible and the quality was well beyond the price point! I tried a couple bites of everyone's plate in my party. The wild mushroom pappardelle was served in a light cream sauce that was just delicious with the sun dried tomatoes. The short rib ragu was just amazing. I had the filet of beef which was cooked perfectly to my liking and served with a nice herbed goat cheese that was just delicious when eaten with the beef. The beer and wine selection is great and the bartender made a perfect drink. Definitely a must if you're in the Mt Pleasant area.
Great food. Great staff. Great atmosphere. Went here for dinner and plan on trying the lunch menu soon.
FIG serves some of the most incredible food in Charleston. Period. The CHICKEN LIVER PÂTÉ is one of the most balanced and delicious dishes I have ever eaten. The pork trotters are incredible. The gnocchi was a little boring, but I think it is not the same as the current one on the menu. The homemade walnut icecream was absolutely terrific. I can't say enough about the food at this place. I am excited about their commitment to local food.
One major negative for me at FIG was the atmosphere. It does not match the incredible food. We were seated all the way in the back. The first thing I noticed was that the floors were laminate squares in the same color and pattern as one would find in an elementary school cafeteria. It was atrocious, and barely a step up from carpet (which absolutely no restaurant should ever entertain that idea. gross.). The space was not cozy at all. And please repaint the tan walls and replace the handmade paintings. They need to carry over the atmosphere in the bar area to the rest of the restaurant eating space. It looks like the decorator ran out of money in the first fourth of the restaurant.
I wish that our server had a little more experience and was more attentive. It is rather tacky to ask to see IDs of a married couple clearly in their 20s dining alone. We had loads of fun digging in our purse and suit coat.
I do not want FIG in anyway to become pretentious and stuffy, but I think there is a way to be tasteful and balanced. The entire restaurant needs to be thoughtful, not just the food. But in all seriousness, FIG's food is so incredible that I can ignore the atmosphere and the service. I would go again tonight.
Charming, disciplined, tasty, and satisfying.
Despite their inauspicious location behind the Sonic on Long Point Road, the Bistro 536 folks have done a good job of creating a good atmosphere for classy eating. They've ditched the white tablecloths, which was an appropriate choice, but the quality of food remains firmly at that level.
The menu is disciplined, or limited depending on your palate. However among my several meals there I've seen 10 different entrees ordered. I've had a consistently satisfied response both personally and among my dining companions. Highlights include the mushroom crostini appetizer, the baked mahi-mahi and pork tenderloin entrees, and the sumptuous cake pictured in CCP's review. My last meal, the bouillabaise hit well on everything but slightly overcooked fish; the shellfish, broth, and vegetables were great.
The service has demonstrated consistently good timing, though certainly not the elite level that one sees at the (considerably more expensive!) hot-spots downtown like Cypress.
They do have a kids' menu, and my son (toddler) enjoyed it although he has an abnormally good openness to food. However, I enjoyed it more for adult dining with friends. If you're in the neighborhood and want quality food without the noise of the Belle Hall selections... you're in good luck with Bistro 536.
Great food and great service. THe place is great but as mentioned before... it is so loud. I don't know why people forget about their "inside voice" once they get in public. You don't have to shout, you are sitting at the same table.
So sorry I scared you away from 17N, thankfully I don't work there anymore so we wont see each other :)
FYI: Everyone from back of the house to front of the house works very hard to please every person that comes in that resturant. The Manager Jason, visits every table and makes sure things are to your satisfactory. Brett has done very well with this resturant and it's always improving.
The ONLY negative things about the resturant is the loudness (which is being worked on)and the horrendous customers that have no resturant etiquette.
Other than that, it's a comfortable and family friendly, southern environment.
They have an amazing Chef and I assure you your dining experience will be a good one.
... go back to New York.
VERY good food and reasonable prices - great value! i love the asparagus and mac and cheese sides, and the crab fritter and fried chicken are amazing as well. great restaurant to bring friends!
Dinner tonight was awesome. Got there at 6 pm and got a table. We would have been waiting without a reservation at 6:30. We had the specials... parmesan encrusted fried flounder and the slow smoked two pork chops. Unbelievable. Vanilla ice cream over apple cobbler to finish it off was perfect. The only hint of a roadhouse in my mind was the school lunch cafeteria quality flatware. A cheap set of flatware available at any Target would have made the experience a 5 star night.
Went last week for dinner with a group. Positives...Found the food to be terrific - we sampled just about everything, including apps. All fresh, well prepared, and excellent service - Negatives...was seated out in closed-in porch - extreamly noisey - will never sit out there again - could not hear the person seated next to you. In main dinning room - felt a bit warm...fireplace, ect - but a lot quieter. Parking lighting a problem especially exiting onto Rt 17 - All in all - an excellent restaurant and great location -
WoW, need I say more,
Two apps and two entrees for around $50, we enjoyed the Amberjack which was AWESOME and the Halabat which lacked seasoning (compared to the Amberjack) but the buttery sauce was great on the potatoes, and dipping the bread.
If you hve never been the service is like none other, the atmosphere is also quite nice.
Again if you need an excuse to splurge this is it,
While we didn't drink, there is a very extensive wine list, about 40 of them are available by the glass
Great food, atmosphere, some service stumbles but hey- they're learning.
Fig is fantastic! Their cheese plates are always eclectic and excellent and I have yet to be pointed in the wrong direction concerning wine selection. My favorite thing to do is order a few different apps. and nibble on them with my boyfriend while relaxing and enjoying the atmosphere.
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