I have been to Halls three times. My first experience, I will admit, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. We arrived to the restaurant and there were some very friendly people working there. I had the best steak I've ever eaten with some of the best side items. It was an incredibly pleasant and tasty experience. Having ordered steak at several other restaurants, I think the price was comparable and I haven't found anything to compare to the taste. I left Halls with an awesome impression and really enjoyed it. Obviously it is not somewhere I could afford to eat regularly. My second experience was at the Sunday Gospel Brunch. I had sweet potato pancakes and having had them at a restaurant in Nashville, TN that is famous for them, Hall's tasted better. During this visit to Halls, I did find the wait staff to come by a little more than I wanted them to. The restaurant was not as busy as the first time I dined there so I assumed that's why. My last experience occurred last night and it was by far the best. Yes Billie is very friendly. It's something that throws you off if you aren't expecting it, but that's just how they do things there. I had another amazing steak and our table enjoyed delicious sides. We went for a birthday celebration, and they gave us free shots. We had birthday cake at home so we didn't order dessert but they gave us free cake to take home anyway. On top of that, there was a live band playing that sounded awesome. It was overall a really fun night and celebration. I can see where some people would find the Hall family annoying by their over friendliness or how the wait staff clears the table for you or serves you sides, but to me that is just part of the experience. They want to treat you well and make sure you have a good time. I have had awesome experiences each time and will continue to go back when I can. I also find it nice that they mail a hand written note thanking you for your visit. Do they need to do that, no? Is it really nice, yes! I am so glad I did not read any of the reviews on here before forming my own opinion. I would challenge others to do the same. Yes you should expect to pay a good bit (you can check the menu prices before you go), yes expect the wait staff to be overly helpful or friendly, expect one of the Hall family members to greet you and try and talk to you. They may even give you some jelly beans. If you don’t like human interaction get a cheap steak at Walmart and stay home. Halls was packed last night so there are a lot of people out there that would disagree with the negative reviews here. I would also like to add that I am not a tourist. I am sorry other people have had a bad experience at Halls, but I surely have always had a great time. Saw Thomas Ravenel there last night.
I don't know where any of these bad reviews come from. Maybe from insecure people uncomfortable going into a fine dining restaurant and someone knowing your name even though you made a reservation in advance? No idea. If you don't like feeling 'warm', then call it appreciated.
We always feel very appreciated that we chose to eat at this restaurant when we do. Halls Chophouse is a wonderful restaurant. Do not let bad reviews fool you! Yes, it is loud downstairs, but not nearly as loud upstairs. Wonderful steaks that could possibly make a vegetarian reconsider their ways.
My favorite experience I've had at Halls:
After a busy day of moving, we set out for WINGS!! I was in fleece lined leggings (sweats, basically - you probably wouldn't want to do this on a busy weekend night for your own sake of dignity!) and he was dressed down as well. It was after 10pm on a week night and after a bad experience at a neighborhood wings restaurant, we headed downtown while I called every restaurant down the list Google pulled up. Halls was open and we were on the way! We almost didn't go in because of how we were dressed, but Billy greeted us at the door and we totally forgot about the crazy day we had as we walked up the stairs. One delicious, melt in our mouths, savory tomahawk steak; several scrumptious sides [- omg, the mashed potatoes and truffle! to die for!!!]; amazing desserts; and a couple perfect drinks later - we were stuffed, amazed at the service, and planning to come back for our special occasions when we have more time. Cannot say enough about how much Halls is worth the time, experience, and money!!! It's not McDonald's people - you don't eat there everyday. Make time for it and save up the money so you don't have to worry about it! Geez!
- (Picky, rarely steak loving) LOCAL!!!!
RS2494 obviously has issues as he is reposting so I'll post a 5 rating to help negate his duplication.
Overpriced. Average food. WEIRD management. I have never been to a restaurant with such intrusive owners. It is CREEPY. Go to wikipedia and look up pompous and you will see Billy's face. So many better options in this city. Don't bother.
Long in the tooth, dirty, grungy.... girl bartender should be fired for not serving customers quickly
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!.
Great place all around. Food and service is great and owner is very friendly with costumers. Definitely would recommend trying this wonderful place
I frequent Halls quite often both for personal enjoyment and for business entertainment. I have never had a bad time, a bad meal or a bad experience. It has always been over the top good in all 3 categories. We are fortunate to have the Hall family and Hall's Chophouse here in Charleston!
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.
There was a HUGE miscommunication between our party and Shrimp Co. We had a party of about 55 people (give or take) show up unexpectedly. They stepped up to the plate and did an amazing job serving us from the bar as well as from the kitchen. Despite the stress and craziness, their staff was fun, friendly and more than willing to take on the daunting task of having an unexpected party our size. I'll definitely be coming here again and recommending then to everyone I know! P.S. Aside from their awesome service, their BBQ nachos and Crab Cakes are AMAZING!!!
"amberjack is a wonderful fish, both robust and flaky at the same time, a fish deserving of being allowed to be tasted on its own merit with subtle accents to complement its texture and inherent flavor"
That's gotta be the nicest thing ever written about an ol' sea donkey.
Mrs cp and I finally got around to going to Husk this evening.
Long story short, in our opinion by far the most overrated restaurant in Charleston.
Mind you nothing was inherently terrible, but not a notable dish to be found. Also mindful that expectations are the building blocks of disappointment we tried to be as objective as possible ... still, most of dinner was spent trying to locate the 'great' and trying to figure out what the fuss is all about.
Things started out goodish, with a bean salad for mrs soulsea and the chicken skins for me. Granted it's a little weird having a heated salad as an appetizer but it did taste good, as did the chicken skins.
Our main course went as follows ... mrs cp is a vegetarian and we are fully aware that most restaurants we go to her choices will be limited. But in every quality restaurant we've ever dined at the chef will create something special for vegetarians, especially if said chef never took the time to insert even one vegetarian dish amongst their main courses to begin with, which quite frankly is unheard of in 2014. What was the chef's offering for her tonight you ask? Assorted grilled/fried vegetables. That's right, the chef at Husk put together the exact same dish that the chef at Outback always suggests, and they were both equally impressive.
'chili pimp you asshat it's your fault for not knowing that everything including the water is prepared in pork fat at Husk, as such it's your fault for seeking a vegetarian dish there' I hear you say. Fair enough, so let me tell you about my dish. I ordered the amberjack. Now keep in mind that amberjack is a wonderful fish, both robust and flaky at the same time, a fish deserving of being allowed to be tasted on its own merit with subtle accents to complement its texture and inherent flavor. Instead it was swimming in a sauce comprised of a cacophony of ingredients imagined in the mind of a chef that would rather overthink the obvious than leave well enough alone. Seriously dude, fish plus a few precise elements not fish and all of them. All I tasted was the soup he called a sauce and the fish might as well have been bread to the palate. Ugh!
Deserts were bland end equally too clever for their own good taste.
We're glad we went but we will not be going back.
They must have a hell of a PR dept. cause I can name at least fifteen better Charleston restaurants than Husk, and half of them are tourist traps. To go back to the original point ... it is still a complete mystery to us what the Husk fuss is all about.
overpriced, creepy owners, poor value. So many other great restaurants in town. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY HERE
Atmosphere nice, food great, owners southern! I have lived in the south my entire life..most of these reviews are from people that haven't! Never be rude about a lady and her family because of a meal you thought was ok to begin with apparently they are working hard to make it great experience . Hatefulness go back up north!
Too Meat Lovers, take notice. Nice Restaurant, however when you buy there top steak a 32oz porterhouse cooked WARM RARE for $72US you would expect exactly that. Steak that arrived was a mere T-bone not porterhouse and maybe 24oz at best. I know some of you will say that there is shrinkage due to cooking and the weight of the bone, but having had this steak there before, there was a noticeable change in size this time. I feel is you are paying the prices for there steaks at least make it close to the weight advertised. Enjoy at your own risk.
They closed down.
This place has always been on my bucket list because of all the negative remarks. No business could stay in business if they were true.
Went there tonight and I thought it was great. The food was totally excellent and the service was extreme. I have been through a formal apprenticeship, worked in several country clubs in Atlanta, and have eaten at a few fine places which gives me a little perspective.
Billy Hall came off as genuine and personable and took the time to schmooze my 80 year old Mom. She loved him. I would cross the street to shake his hand.
I wanted SO BADLY to like this place. With only a few hookah bars in downtown (Tabbouli, Paradiso, and Smoking Lamp), it is high time for Charleston to up its game. But this just isn't the place. Yes, the interior looks nice - for now. But with the same owners as Torch, I suspect that it may go downhill and feel dirty just like the previous bar.
The place really has an identity crisis. "Moroccan" theme, with an Indian name, serving Turkish food, and with Latino ownership? The decor is nice, though far from authentic, but more importantly - the hookahs are AWFUL! It is actually embarassing to watch their employees make them.. it's clear they have no idea what they are doing. Moreover, they have no idea what the pricing is.. I visited three times and ordered the EXACT same hookah each time, and was charged different prices by different employees each time. Upon bringing this up, they got extremely confrontational and did not provide any sort of menu that listed their pricing.
Aside from rude employees and a lack of identity, the crowd was really the most off-putting aspect of this (bar? club? restuarant? hookah lounge?).. It is fine on a laid-back weeknight, but the location of the bar BEHIND the hookah lounge is just a bad idea. Excuse me as I'm enjoying my smoke, I do not want to see some blacked-out girl hiking up her dress and sloppily making out with some guy as she nearly knocks over my hookah. Really just an awkward place overall, and so sad to see that what could have been an awesome concept was so poorly executed.
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