Since the reviews have been 50/50 - as an optimist (and a fan of the WA La Fontana) I had hopes. I'm writing this as I now have hopes of not being sick. The wine was passible - no liquor license. The pasta "special" - ravioli of spinach, ricotta and walnuts - $22. The pasta was probably made 2-3 days ago. The "cream" sauce was brownish-grey and as thick as mashed potatoes. The Saltimbocca was drenched in turkey gravy (Cisco have a sale?) We tried a quarter of our plates. Even though Antonio, our server, was charming and attentive, he knew the problems had no solution and advised the chef 'knew little English' and 'might be uncaring' . He was delicate about the possible encounter. We wanted to like this place and call it an off night, maybe visit again for the red gravy, our check ($22 for ravioli?) warranted a talk with the chef / cook. He started with "everyone else loves the food" to "I'm very busy (four tables in the restaurant, we were the last to enter @ 6:30 p.m.) I'll forgive a restaurant for an off night, but not a chef / cook for not caring. Full disclosure - he didn't let us pay for our meal in spite our willingness to do so, but his curse dismissal of us gave the initiative for this review so others can judge. However, if any old school restaurant is looking for a dedicated server, seek out Antonio - he's charming.
Clearly whomever is giving this place high ratings must be the owner or an employee. This place is terrible. Frankly the very worst service, food and management I have ever experienced. Your order will take forever to come out and when it does, don't expect it to be correct. I wish I had read reviews before going to Carolina Crust because I would have saved myself a lot of time and aggravation. Also, the owner will not hesitate to yell and cuss at customers- she was yelling at people at a table when we were in there. And she said negative things about Hanahan which I thought was very rude and offensive. We weren't even the objects of her rage but I would never ever go back to this place.
This was the worst eating establishment I have ever experienced in the Charleston, SC area. The owner/management was the most unprofessional and rudest person I have ever come into contact with. Our office went to lunch to celebrate a birthday and she made it a horrible day for all of us. We waited almost 2 hours to be served and half of our party still did not receive their orders before we left, other orders were wrong, and the food was not all that great. She refused to cancel their orders and took her time giving the rest of us our checks so that we could return to work. After some very rude and belligerent comments, which included cuss words, from the owner/management, we paid our tabs and left without having to call the police to help us out. I would not recommend this place to anyone that wants a positive experience. The owner is a horrible young lady who has a very bad attitude!!
Based on my recent dining experience at Oak, I feel that giving the restaurant one star is being generous. This was by far one of the worst dining experiences that I have had lately in Charleston.
I had the carpaccio of beef as my appetizer, which was just okay at best. With things like truffle vinaigrette and parmigiano-reggiano listed in the description, I was expecting much more flavor than what was actually there. For dinner, my husband chose the porterhouse, which he described as the saltiest piece of steak he had ever eaten. I decided the burger looked like a tasty option, but after asking for medium well for the temperature, the burger came out with a barely warm, very pink center. The waitress gladly took the burger back to be recooked, but the kitchen just put the patty that I had cut back on the grill, which resulted in an overcooked dry burger and very wilted lettuce. Not to mention, the other three people in my group had already finished eating, so the burger went untouched.
Since there were several in our dining group, we ordered the lobster mac & cheese and the bacon mac & cheese as sides for the table. I think my husband described it best when he said the bacon mac & cheese tasted like Easy Mac with imitation bacon bits, which I guess is fine for a child, but I was expecting a little bit more. The $17 lobster mac and cheese tasted more like orange powder cheese poured over orzo pasta, with imitation crab meat added. Truly a disappointment on both accounts.
The bill ended up being over $300, and I think all of us left very disappointed.
Also, Brett Mckee has been gone for a while, yet the website still mentions him as if he still works there. And, the "comment cards" provided with the check were just old wine menus that had been cut to serve as a comment card. Pretty tacky if you ask me!
After this experience, I know the next time my husband or friends are craving steak, we will be visiting the boys at Hall's for a better dinner. Truly a shame that a restaurant that used to be such a staple in Charleston has ended up like this.
I didn't go to the fair this year or any other year. I can't believe that the Coastal County Fair would allow an animal act such as with the Bear to be included. I DETEST that type of attraction and would not give them my business.
What happened to Manny's? I remember it as a great place to get an gyros sandwich... now it's just some dried up meat splapped on stale bread with gross sauce.
Time to find good Greek food, when is the festival?
Agreed. It's 2011, and the fair still lets morons walk around blowing cigarette smoke at people.
Wise up, exchange club, make designated smoking areas and the rest smoke free.
Especially the amphitheater, where people are packed in to see the bands.
Designated smoking areas will only slightly inconvenience a few and greatly improve the fair experience for many.
this place is in a bad location safety-wise.
If I could give Gene's negative stars I would.
A shame, because Gene's has a great beer selection and board games at every table is a neat concept. However, the entire staff is nothing but arrogant pretentious hipster losers that act like they are doing you a favor by giving you crappy service. I've had one or more of them be extremely rude to me and my friends almost every visit. I've had friendlier service at Dick's Last Resort. Not kidding.
The food is also very uninteresting. Honestly, there is really no reason to go there except for the large beer selection. If Gene's fired all of their employees and started over then I might consider giving it another shot. Until then I will be at Roost!
I would give it 0 stars if i could. Never in my life have I had cold, burned, soggy french toast. The waitress was horrible. I would sooner eat at a McDonalds before returning.
What happened to Gennaro's? As a former denizen of NYC of Italian extraction I found that Gennaro's was the only place that had the gravy similar to what I'm used to. I had dinner this week and I think that the economy is taking a toll on them and they are now cutting corners. Salad; outer leafs of lettuce, one olive, two tomatoe slices and an onion? Weak... The alfredo was disappointing as the sauce tasted and had the textrure of library paste with a faint cheese taste. Very disappointing. It seems that they are cutting back and trying to stretch a few ingredients. It will be a while before I consider trying them again.
I don't work for an opposing club. I came, I saw and I went out. If you call a "classy club" one in which you have fat, bloated skanks onstage with "helmet hair" and a clientele of alcoholics, losers and violent bikers...I guess it all depends on your definition of the word "classy."
As for reasonable dance prices, how is $50 a lap dance from some toothless, smelly skank considered "reasonable"? I have a mutual friend who delivers pizzas to this place and can verify everything that I have said about the club and its "classy" dancers.
You people at Diamonds North need to not be so sensitive to criticism. Just because someone offers a critical opinion or one that isn't favorable to your club doesn't mean that they work for a rival club and want to hurt your business. Your business is already hurting. How do I know? The rows and rows of empty parking spaces in your parking lot. It's a hangout for losers and alcoholics who many of them are way too old to be hanging out in said establishments.
Horrible sports bar!!! Went to watch the Carolina Panthers game today and was told that all the TVs were spoken for. Could understand if we were not in the Carolinas or if the same game was not on multiple TVs.
If you are going to call yourself a sports bar, play the games that your patrons want to watch.
Crazy prices for ordinary prefab icecream. gcfinest is right!
Terrible service, terrible food, horribly LOUD club music in the middle of the day and terrible TV coverage. (They "offer" MLB package but only show 1 or 2 games because they have 1 or 2 receivers and lots of splitters.) Appears the only way to get good service is to be buddy-buddy with the owner who is usually behind the bar making drinks for himself and his friends (not helping out with any of the other drink orders).
My experience last night at Hatchell's was horrible. My fiance were going to the movies last night and wanted to eat somewhere close to the theatre. Even though we had been to Hatchell's before and hadn't been super impressed, we decided to give it another try. When we got there, we told our waiter that we were trying to make a 7:40 movie (this was around 6:50), and he said it shouldn't be a problem. However, he made no attempt to speed up our service at all throughout the meal. When asking about the beer menu, we found out that most of the beers were no longer available, and the prices listed on the menu were not accurate. Once ordered, it took about 10 minutes just to get our beers. I could understand if the place was packed, but we were the only ones sitting outside, and there were about 4 seated tables inside. We then ordered the grilled chicken sliders and the sirloin quesadilla with no mushrooms. The sliders came out in about 15 minutes and were decent. The bread was chewier than it should have been, but, overall, they were edible. Then the waiter came out about 10 minutes later to inform us that the quesadilla somehow didn't make it into the computer. Ok, things happen. Again, my fiance asked for it to not have mushrooms. When it came out, it was full of mushrooms, and the "sirloin" looked more like a cross between roast beef and turky lunch meat. I wouldn't even touch it. My fiance said something to the waiter about it having mushrooms, but he made no attempt to right the wrong. Around 7:30, I went over to the theatre by myself and left my fiance to pay the bill. He ended up having to go to the bar to pay it, because the waiter never came back to pick it up. Overall, the food was sub-par and the service was abysmal. With so many delicious places to eat in this area, I'm surprised this one stays in business.
5 oz. burgers? no wonder every burger has a shit ton of toppings... pretty slack that a burger joint relies on music to get people in the door and up their sales. maybe your FOOD should be the selling point. just a thought...
I've had the chance to frequent both new additions to downtown Charleston, Big Gun and Hom.. or I'm sorry, "HoM". Whatever. Big Gun = creative burgers/beers and wonderful service. Hom = equals sub-par food and horrible service/management. I'll walk the extra few blocks to give my business to Big Gun over Hom on the regular. Thanks.
Watch your card...witness the vanishing waiter!....We waited with our empty plates and glasses for over 45 minutes. Finally we walked up to the bar where four employees gathered to talk instead of noticing we no longer had a waiter. I asked them where our waiter was...their response "ugh I dunno I just got here"....I left a crappy tip...I should not have left one at all. Three days later they put a larger tip on my credit card!....tis a shame the food was good..perhaps one day they will find people who want to work.
I hate to see this place close down so soon after opening but it is TERRIBLE. The ping pong tables are a cool addition to upper King, but they don't come anywhere close to making up for the bar's shortcomings. Absolutely horrible, do not come here.
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