The food was excellent, I had the rabbit. It was incredibly noisy though, and I was a little confused about the "fine dining" face of the restaurant, compared to the "sports bar" atmosphere of the bar. Maybe we just went on an odd night.
Just not that impressed...
Went on possibly the worst day ever--Valentine's Day. Crowded, noisy, as we expected it would be, but tolerable. Food was good, but not stellar. Waitress was friendly but REALLY pushing hard to pad the (already expensive) tab. Might go again, in the future, maybe for lunch to see if we just originally picked the worst possible day to go!
The BEST mussels anywhere on the peninsula!
Four of us went after a Spoleto event. Talking to those across the table turned into a shouting contest due to the noise. We will not go back for a later meal.
Have been several times for lunch and the decibel level was nowhere near as bad.
Every dish we had was perfect! Cannot wait to go back
We here at G & M are deeply distressed and embarrassed over your recent account of your dining experience with us. We are not accustomed to failing a customer so absolutely as we did with you and your family. We are better than this! Can you give us another chance? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements to dine with us again; our TREAT, of course. Every year we strive to be a better Café than the year before. Your input assures us that we reach that goal.
Our Sincerest Apologies,
Management at G & M
Haven't been in years. Went to G & M Friday, June 24, 2011, for dinner with friends to celebrate a birthday. Not crowded, just a few patrons, about 7 PM.
This rates as one of my worst Charleston dining experiences.
I ordered the double baguette with Roast beef and Mimolette, side of mayo.
Out of baquettes, no Mimolette, don't serve Mayo. OK, I order sourdough and Muenster instead.
When the meals arrive, my sandwiches were, well, laughable. I SINGLE slice of roast beef, a fair amount of hand sliced cheese, a couple leaves of lettuce, and a couple slices of tomato. It was if I was visiting a down-and-out friend who offered the best he could knowing it was the thought and effort that counted. I can accept that graciously...but not at a restaurant.
Difference...This IS a restaurant, the customer expects and is entilted to a fair, if not generous portion, to complete an order. These sad sandwiches should have come with an apology and an offer for another dinner on the house.
The other members of our party faired a little better. One received the wrong soup with her meal. Two ordered the chicken special. No one was sure how it was cooked, both complained it was bland and lacked flavor, thumbs down from both. It tasted to me as if it had been boiled. But there is more, a single breast was split between the two orders, so that the meals could arrive at the same time, as our waiter explained. Another portion would be "right out". It finally arrived after everyone had finished and couldn't wait to leave...had to get that to go.
Ingredients seem to be fresh, but WTF! Not remotely French, and not fast, service poor to fair, had to continue to request water, etc, etc. My son's grilled cheese was good though. I made myself something to eat when I got home.
I cannot recommend G & M to anyone, I am not that cruel. Used to be a fun place to get a decent meal.
I really enjoyed my brunch experience. I had the fried green tomato app and the apple and duck sausage gratin. Very rich, very yummy!
Upon opening, I was a frequent visitor for food and drink. Food was always good and enjoyed the familiar crowd.
Some time back, I stopped in for a beer and meal, late night, and not too busy.
Hostess and staff put me off quite a while seating others, kept myself and a friend waiting as if at a bus stop. After getting undivided attention, we were informed "they were running out of meat and shutting the kitchen down", but "AC's across the street is still serving"!!!
Q.So why are you seating others that came in after us? A."They had reservations"
You get the idea. Boycott list forever. Unacceptable. No stars and a middle finger.
Walking distance from my home...I'll go anywhere but 39 Rue de Jean and never recommend.
We lucked into this great authentic French restaurant when the highly touted nearby places were too noisy and too big. Two appetisers (eggplant-zuchinni-goat cheese-tomato with sauce and duck confit-spinach-duck pate salad) made a whole meal for each of us, topped off with profiterols and French press coffee. My Cote de Rhone 2007 was excellent and not overpriced. It reminded us of the neighborhood family restaurant we found near our hotel in Paris in 1978 but there was no family dog making the rounds of the tables for snacks. We'll come back anytime we're in Charleston.
We'll be back, but not likely to order the same thing. We sat at the bar and enjoyed the company of some other patrons. The bar tender was very helpful by offering a better recommendation from the bottle of wine that we selected (for I believe a $2 difference in price w/ a $20 difference in taste). Their duck fat fried french fries are as good as they say and if for nothing else, you should stop in and enjoy a glass of wine with a basket of those fries. We also had a braised steak dish with carrots and potatoes and a red wine reduction type sauce. It was good, but the steak was cooked too long and was dried out. 6 glasses of wine, one basket of fries, one entree and one desert ~ $120.
It was a good experience and we'll likely go back, just won't get the braised steak dish again.
It's wonderful having a restaurant near home with great food. Maybe when Chef Fred opens Wild Olive the crowds will be smaller for awhile at the "Big Chicken". Sorry, I couldn't help myself; I lived in Marietta, GA for 18 years.
Had a great meal here last weekend. The steak frites was awesome a perfectly cooked hangar steak with a mound of there delicious fries. The service was attentive, the atmosphere was great, and lots of french wine by the glass. I found my new spot for a steak frite fix.
I'd humbly suggest you venture beyond french fries and fried scrimp at Fat Hen if you want anyone to take your "review" seriously. The drive-thru at Captain D's may be more your speed.
Fat Hen is the best thing to happen to Johns Island in the time since I moved out here ten years ago. Living nearby, take out has become a great way to avoid the crowds and still get our "fix" for the outstanding French-influenced comfort food. Oh, and the one time I had the fried shrimp (off my nephew's plate), even they were fantastic.
Fat Hen and Al Di La vie for best food for the money in Charleston.
It's definitely not up to par with it's first few years of operation. I've been eating here since the month it opened, but very infrequently the past year. Service has been acceptable but not as good as it was. The food has been ok but not stellar. The menus were down right dirty. It really is not appetizing to be handed a menu with food smudged on it and burn holes. There are too many good restaurants in this town to tolerate mediocrity, especially at these prices.
Had lunch there yesterday. Nice service, friendly waiter,
food good, a touch pricy,
I agree with the other posters here. This place has gone down the crapper. The staff has a major attitude problem and the restaurant itself is living off its past reputation.
Don't know what planet you're from but I love this place. Yes it's loud. That happens when you're packed with a lively crowd. The food has been delicious every time I've eaten here over the last six years. If servers seemed disinterested it was more likely that they were slammed busy. If you love coq au vin or mussels or a great steak with fries... run don't walk. Oh, and check you're crappy attitude at the door.
Crowded, bad table placing. Felt like we were out in the middle of traffic. Server seemed very uninterested, and food seemed to be made hastily. Underseasoned, poorly prepared, and unappetizing presentation. Was actually very suprised they allowed my appetizer to be brought to the table. Overall poor experience.
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