"It's a steak house, idiots. You know what you'll pay, you know what you'll get. Not one person (that I've read) said the food was bad.
What an idiotically small town Charleston is.
Go to your rooms, children."
No, nobody said the food was "bad" but most everyone says the food is way overpriced and the atmosphere is lousy. Look at the top comments for this joint, EVERY one is negative. Look at the top comment, are 74 out of 100 people "fake" or "idiots" because they have a correct opinion of the place. Seems you need to take your own advice about that room, addy.
So let me get this straight, it's the positive reviews that are the fake ones? Heh. Despite the reviews of being RUFIED, the owner engaged in "either sex or drugs" in the bathroom, the audaciousness of a restaurant being noisy, the incredibly, unutterably rude friendliness of the host, the outrageous ("but mid-priced for steak houses nationwide") prices, and the "OK food." Heh. Ha! Seems to me that there is a serious movement afoot to smear this place.
My favorite: "a girl who works in our office who's roommates with a hostess at Halls says..." Really? REALLY? You, sir or ma'am, have posted in this thread 4x smearing Halls, so your twice removed hearsay really won me over.
It's a steak house, idiots. You know what you'll pay, you know what you'll get. Not one person (that I've read) said the food was bad.
What an idiotically small town Charleston is.
Go to your rooms, children.
I went to this place once around 1994. It seemed dark and dingy then, and all I remember is that the portions were too small. I've not been back, so I can only say the exterior is unchanged and the parking lot usually seems mostly empty. I've often wondered how it has stayed in business all these years.
"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."
"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 of my friends agree. This is the GO TO place in Charleston for steak."
This is not how real people talk. I'm inclined to agree with JDChas.
Met someone online and he took me here on our "1st Date". GREAT JOB!! Great ambiance for a girl who loves Jazz and is all about setting the perfect atmosphere. Beautiful upscale restaurant with Live Jazz playing in the upstairs of the two story restaurant. Very classy just like me. Perfect for the Classy, Sassy Girl from California!!
Thats funny, a girl who works in our office who's roommates with a hostess at Halls says that employees are encouraged to post glowing reviews of the restaurant on a list of websites given out by the Hall family. They have gone over this during employee meetings. The previous poster got it right about these random 5 star reviews.
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.
Fondue? More like fon-DON'T...
I visited Fonduely Yours with my girlfriend last night for her birthday. She's a vegetarian, so she brought her own vegetable broth to cook her food in. We arrived around 6:30 on a Thursday evening; we were the only diners in the restaurant. We were promptly seated in a far corner of the restaurant, where we reviewed the menu as we waited for our server. When she finally arrived, we ordered some drinks and then asked her if we could move to a table with two hot-plates so that I wouldn't dip my chicken or shrimp into her veggie broth. She curtly replied "No."
I gave her a bit of a funny look, as I was sure she was joking with us. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. Two burner tables, it turns out, are reserved for parties of five or more. She returned with our drinks after a few minutes, so we asked again about the table. At this point our other options were for me to eat veggies only (not the end of the world) or go elsewhere. She changed her story and said it was OK to move to a new table, considering there was literally nobody else in the place save the three fellows posted up at the bar. She neither looked nor sounded happy about this accommodation.
Our first fondue pot was brought to the table along with some bread. Before we had the opportunity to melt our cheese, the manager (?) came by our table. "Your hostess tells me that you asked to be seated at a two burner table", he said. Here it comes, I thought, a quick apology for her handling of our request; nice touch. What came next literally dropped my jaw. "That's not allowed. You have to go back to your original table." Apparently there was a rush of five-tops coming in a matter of seconds, as he made it clear they would not allow us to use two pots to keep our veggie broth free of meat residue. We asked him to reconsider pointing out that none of the two burner tables had a single patron seated at them, but he was adamant.
As a result of their inflexibility regarding seating policy, we chose to request our check, pay for two drinks that had barely been touched, and take our business elsewhere. As I signed my credit card receipt, the manager said "I'm sorry you feel that way" in the snarkiest tone he could muster. We headed for the door, mindful to keep an eye peeled for the ravenous hordes surely headed in, lest we be trampled. To our surprise, however, the parking lot was empty. Curious.
Since we didn't eat a bite of food, I can't comment on that aspect of this restaurant. It is, however, very dark, not very clean looking, and has a stink about it thanks to decades of smoking inside. Every person that we dealt with looked unhappy to be there and exhibited terrible customer service skills. There are other fondue options in Charleston on a Thursday night, I strongly encourage you to explore them. I know my girlfriend and I will never be back.
I have been here twice in 2 years. Had to give it a second chance. While the atmosphere is cozy, the food is nothing to talk about or eat! The worst sheppards pie I've ever had. It had chili base with chunks of potatoes on top. Awful! You need a new chef!
Jesus Christ. Eat your steak at home. Do not pay someone to grill it for you. Unless you are in Chicago or NYC...don't go to a steakhouse.
Based on all comments, odds are about 50-50 that you will NOT enjoy your meal at Halls Chophouse and pay too much to boot. As to the 3 star rating, it is actually less than that as some negative comments did not post a star at all and were not included in the calculations.
All the negative reviews are correct. My two main criticisms are overpriced for what you get (have been to fine steakhouses throughout the US, Halls falls in the midrange for what are top dollar prices) and the creepy family who comes by your table and interrupts you it seems like every 10 minutes. If I'm going to pay those prices I want to enjoy my meal.
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
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 am very disappointed in the Down Town Charleston La Hacienda Restaurant. I enter the establishment on July 17th with prospective customers for a lunch . To my surprise the Bar area had just been fleshly painted with a Red Varnish. After have the paint stick to my brand new White Shirt, i informed the Manager Pablo who tried to explain to me i should not have touched the Bar because it was wet. "A little late after i have done so, don't you think?"
Either way, this indecent could have been prevented by tapping of the area with a NOTICE of WET PAINT like most restaurant that care about there costumer. This action was completely Negligent by the restaurant. After speaking with the Manager he assured me if the Paint could not be remove by the Cleaners, La Hacienda would pay for the Shirt. After 3 Calls, 2 visits Management and the Owner has decided to ignore my complaint.
This will now become a legal matter, for much more. For this I give them a rating of ZERO!!!
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.
charles robinson. we would love the chance to have you in again. we love people who love to dine with us and those who dont as well...keep on truckin and we will do our best to do the same. happy trails in the charleston culinary world.
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