I feel kinda bad because I have written so many bad reviews of eateries recently, but this is actually what prompted me to review. I had a yucky meal at Sermet's the other night, however, they did make it right. The short of it is, is that I ordered the Calamari, and it was absolutely dis-gust-ing. My friends said it was good, but even she took a bite and said "wow - whoever cooked this is really off tonight" It was bland, chewy, and tasted old and frozen.
I then ordered a main course, which I did not like either. There was rocky sand in the vegetables, seriously. In the end, the waitress comped the food, which I didnt ask for, but which I thought was appropriate. I wound up tipping her what the food would have been anyhow, because I thought it was right to do that. And she was nice about it.
I would go back, yes...I somehow sense that this was an off night. Maybe a line cook who broke up with his GF, or who is just having a shitty day. It happens.
Nice hot, toasted bread, good olive oil. Nice cocktails. Cute hostess (tho she could smile)
Just keepin' it real.
Oh and I just read the review by Rokko...its interesting that this person also thought it might have been an "off day" as well. hmmm
I had pretty much the same experience as MassGirl4
Good atmosphere but overpriced for mediocre food. This place does extremely well because the concept is great, but this place wouldn't last a month in Houston. Of course they are making so much money they have no incentive to get better.
Went to the Sunday brunch yesterday. Not as good as it was cracked up to be. The salmon patties had little salmon in them and for a "home cooking" touted place our food came out surprisingly fast. Fast is not such a bad thing but to us fast does not necessarily mean home cooking which is what we expected. The shrimp and grits were over priced at $17 and were also not what we expected and all three dishes were bland. Overall, may give it another shot but not anytime soon.
Have been there three times now - first time was when the restaurant first opened and we had great sushi and good, and very strong, drinks from the bar. The bill was pretty outrageous, so the next time we went during happy hour. The sushi the second time was still pretty good and the drinks were decent. However, our third visit, also during happy hour, was nothing to brag about. Two of our three sushi rolls were falling apart on our plate (and we even sat at the sushi bar). Our drinks were just okay. We both wanted to have a second round of drinks but were ready to get out of the place. I don't know if the quality during happy hour has gone down or if the whole place has, but we won't be back.
The food at Red Orchid is good. However, we have never received anything but SLOW service. Evidently when you ask for the "express" lunch, they make you wait even longer. Everyone around us who had come in after us got their food before us. We gave them a second chance a couple of weeks later and decided to only order appetizers and Definitely do NOT ask for the "express" service. Sadly, the service was still ridiculously slow. The food is good but if we ever eat there again it will be takeout that we call in 3 hours before we need it...
Ok, after multiple visits I feel like I'm finally ready to review this place, or, more specifically, let them have it. First of all I would like the owners of Monza to realize how many pizza joints there are JUST IN DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON. This means you really must be offering something different and delicious to impress me. Monza is simply not. With all of the hype this place gets from the ever growing population of hipsters with an opinion on food on the peninsula you'd think they were serving the pizza with a free Dave Matthews Band DVD. Yes, the ingredients are fresh, AS THEY ARE AT PLENTY OF OTHER PLACES. Yes, the atmosphere is new-age and spacey, MOST OF THE BEST PIZZA JOINTS ARE IN PLACES I WOULDN'T DARE TO USE THE BATHROOM. The defining character of a pizza place is the pizza itself, and I'm sorry Monza (I tried), but your place ain't got it.
Overrated BBQ joint, feeds on naive tourists who have no clue they are about to be ripped off. The food isn't bad, but if you are expecting a good southern BBQ at an affordable price you will be rudely awoken. Best bet for BBQ: leave the peninsula.
We had their breakfast buffet. All the flavors were off. Eggs, bacon, sausage all a little odd. Not reasonable prices.
We also had their desserts one evening. It was pretty good, reasonable prices.
Fulton five used to be my favorite spot in charleston, but it has gone sharply downhill. Chef Brett Maynard was the heart of their success. The food is mediocre at best these days
McKee's attempt to pay homage to Nobu ends in watered down entrees with poor presentation and terrible ingredients. Tuna Tartar with quail egg was awful, the quail egg over-powering whatever flavor the frozen tuna could present. Yellowfin Carpaccio, although highly recommended by the server, was over dressed and served in an absurdly large plate. As for the nigiri, the restaurant is not even serving the correct sweet shrimp as amaebi and the uni was hacked to bits. Also, it's a joke to offer a f&b discount on Sunday of only 15% and then provide exponentially better deals during weeknight happy hour. The f&b discount should be the standard half off food only. On the other hand, great service and cocktail list. The sushi rice is the best in town.
Have been lots of times, to both locations, but I prefer downtown. Now that they have closed, we are stuck with the Mt. Pleasant location. Service last night was awful - 30 minute wait for sandwiches, no drink refills, no smile, and overall we seemed to inconvenience the server who was clearly more interested in going home. Food was mediocre and not up to par even for casual dining experience. Soggy fries, unseasoned fish, overcooked burger, etc. I complained to the manager who pulled my check up only to find out the server took it upon herself to double the tip I had signed for. Not sure I will ever be back.
I've now eaten at Virginia's five times, so I feel pretty comfortable in making this review. The bottom line is that the food and value are good (and sometimes very good), but the service is awful.
Fried Pickles: B+
Pulled Pork Sliders: A-
Blackened Scallops: D (scallops are the smallest I've ever seen and the citrus zest is overpowering)
She Crab Soup: A-
Wedge Salad: A-
Shrimp and Grits: B (not bad, but not up to Chucktown standards)
Country Fried Steak: A (my favorite so far)
Fried Chicken: A (among the best in town)
Blackened Catfish: B+ (could use a more delicate hand, particularly on the salt)
Hoppin John: A (love it, wish they served those black eyed peas on their own as well)
Sweet potato fries: B (a bit soggy the time I had them)
Mac & Cheese: A- (good, but much better available in town)
Steamed Broccoli: B- (broccoli was overripe)
Baby Lima Beans: B (overcooked and not much flavor)
Overall, quite good for the money, but maybe they should have a smaller menu and just offer what's freshly available for side dishes. Also, beer and wine selection is pretty weak.
As for the service, it's awful. Hostess seems perpetually confused and bored (hard to do at the same time). Servers always seem rushed and disappear from the dining room for long stretches. Tables do not get bused promptly. It's a small place, so it's probably difficult to staff for a rush, but something has got to give. The last two times I was there I ended up walking to the bar to ask for my bill. I'm not sure who's in charge, but it doesn't take an expert to look across the dining room and see that most tables are waiting for something.
Dining room is simple and elegant. The space could easily accommodate a far more formal restaurant.
Again, food is good and reasonably priced, but I doubt I'll be back unless management changes.
Way too overpriced!!!
I can appreciate what they are trying to do... emulate a certain New York establishment but they have too much going on and not enough influence on the basics. A half hour to get a sandwich made, no cashier available and a premium price tag. Go down to Bull Street to get a better sandwich with no frills.
I was there a couple of weeks ago and after reading several of the reviews it seems that I am not the only one whose brisket came out extremely soggy with a lot of fat on it. I got the sandwich and my bread was so wet I couldn't even eat it and the brisket I had to use a knife and fork to trim off all of the fat. Definitely do not get the brisket. Also, the side of hash is not good at all, I wouldn't even classify that as hash.
It has been a few months.......but.........
Tried a couple of different pies, and they were OK. Love thin crust, but don't like the personal size pie..easy way to skimp on toppings. And yes, I thought they were miserly with toppings including cheese.
Second time around, wasn't ready to eat, just wanted to have a beer, and decide on eating options. STAFF tells my wife and I "NO",'if you are not going to order, you can't sit at the bar and have a drink'. I should say, they were not crowded.
I give 'em 2 stars. one for wood fired and for thin crust, another 'cause it's a cool space. I give them an "A" for a**hole. Two stars might be too much credit.
If I had a stroller, I would have been really pissed...........!
I live a block off of King, and I will never return. FU.
Too many decent pizza joints to deal with attitude.
Was NOT impressed. Apps were good, however my table ordered 3 steaks they were cooked great but VERY VERY salty. Same with the mashed potatoes and green beans that came along with it. My meal was over $20 for one person, the corn bread wasn't great, and I wasn't very impressed with the wait staff. We watched a girl close a crisper drawer with her foot! NASTY! And the way the bill was written out chicken scratch and not separated. I will not be back.
My husband and I went here last Friday looking for a casual place to eat some dinner and listen to some music. Obviously we knew that it would be crowded and we would have to wait. We put our name on the list and went upstairs on the deck to listen to the music. The music was great and the view of the beach is wonderful, but it was way too pricey. We each got an Amstel Light and they were almost 5 dollars a piece. Once we got into the restaurant after about 30 minutes (not a big deal, we totally expected this on a friday night in june) we were litterally forgotten about...several times by our server. The food was ok but nothing amazing. This place has tourist trap written all over it.
average food, average menu, and smoke from the bar at no extra charge
Went over Memorial Day weekend and as a huge fan of Brett and OAK, I was very disappointed in the experience. We did not have reservations, so we expected to wait and were fine with that. However, when we did get seated (on the porch) it took our server an inordinate amount of time to greet us and we weren't given water or silverware until after we had placed our order. She was apologetic but said they were out of glasses and she had to wait for more to be cleaned?? Food delivery was erratic. We noticed tables that sat before us got their food before us and some that had been there longer still didn't have theirs when we got ours. The menu was appealing but pricey I thought for the portions. I went simple and got a burger which was good, but the side of mashed potatoes were cold and tasted as if they came from a box. Surely Brett would not allow add water mashed potatoes to be served in one of his restaurants??? I agree with earlier comments that this is a side project in sore need of more hands on direction from Brett.
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