This is one of my favorite downtown restaurants. I have tried every appetizer and always been impressed. I am not sure if I like dry aged beef enough to splurge on that cut of steak (NY Strip) again, but it was definitely tasty. The truffle fries are some of the best in Charleston. I have been here 3 times, ordered multiple items, and never had a bad meal. Jeremiah is a wonderful chef and I love what he has done with the menu. I would definitely recommend Oak if you are looking for some high end dining on the peninsula.
I have eaten at Hall's a few times. Most were business related and we did not really worry about the cost. I have eaten a lot of steaks in my time, and these were OK. Not the magnificent works of art the friends of Halls has described, but OK steaks. For the price, and and the amount of time needed to go through the "experience" I will eat some place else when it comes to my money. I am often asked where a good steak house is in Charleston. Oak is great and worth the money, but you can find other good restaurants in Chas. that are about half the cost.
if there were zero stars available...
first as a regular traveler to the great city of charleston i would like to say that this city has always offered the best service and selection. i have travelled all over the country and always find my way back to this city for the most memorable experiences.
with that said i want to share one of the most disturbing experiences to date.
after being molested at the door by an overeager family member i had to wait an hour and 20 minutes past a reservation time in a noisy crowded bar area. The music was obtrusive and loud, clientele obnoxious and the bartender slow. One of the brothers kept assuring me a spot would open up but after getting a drink dumped on me i went to the bathroom to clean up. I opened the unlocked door bumping into a gentleman and a woman leaning over the counter engaged in either some sexual act or drug use. This is where things got weird. the man in the bathroom was the owners son! what kind of place are they running!
i grabbed my date appalled and left immediately.
Someone needs to look into this place. They are either running a brothel or a crack house.
Get over to one of the Best Kept Secrets in Charleston!!!!!
Top notch. Incredible space and vibe, with food to match. Best new place in town, and for steak you can't beat it! That rock app was amazing. Well done and A++ for the staff.
I had the top sirloin a couple of weeks ago with the pork belly and scallops for an appetizer. Best steak I have ever eaten and I didn't even use steak sauce which I'm a habitual offender. You should definitely check it out and make your own decision.
Where has this place been all my life.
Awesome food, great service, and they let you enjoy the food. I love prompt attentive service that does not interfere with enjoying the meal. A true pleasure. I live in town and plan on going back this weekend and staying there. It is rare that a place this expensive lives up to the reputation. i will tell my friends and they willl love me.
Worst meal of my life.
I've traveled to hundreds of USA cities and several dozen other countries.
If you want to be physically molested, handshakes, hands on your back, your hand handed off to the next person guidng you to your table:
If you want to spend OVER 50% of your time making converstation with owners and staff continuously and aggresively interupting your meal:
If you want to drop $100 per person (everything is ala carte) as even the house steak sauce is an additional $3 (Really?):
If you want good to awesome food interupted with a family (think drunk family thanksgiving with the weird, center of attention, grabby Uncle) style experience:
This is your place.
I would not go back for anything including work or family.
I was honestly worried about eating here after reading the reviews. The Hall's friendliness is a matter of taste. We went on a fairly quiet Sunday night, and I found the host to be very hospitable and very helpful. I would ask this of the extreme negative folks, would you rather your hosts at a restaurant be overly helpful or non-existent. I thought the server did extremely well with our group, he did a fine job of explaining the specials and explaining preparations of dishes (such as the "bacon steak"). The food was very good. Not great, but not good either. We had to send one steak back because it was underdone for one in the parties liking, but my steak was fine. The prices are on par with upper tier restaurants in this area, which in my opinion is overpriced anyway. Then again, I ask myself, how much business would they draw if they lowered prices by 5 dollars a plate, or 10 for the upper regions? Probably not much at all. It is a very nice place for a special night, one of the best in Charleston. I couldn't afford to eat there more than twice a year, but I wouldn't turn the place down. I'd have to eat at Oak now that Jeremiah Bacon is running the show in order to judge, I was not a fan when Brett McKee was over there. Hall's is very good, and I would eat there again.
Uh, bullshit, DocLandis. The Halls physically molest every person that walks in the door. And you don't know me.
If that's your thing, more power to you. I don't go out to eat to have strangers bear hug me, interrupt my conversation 8 times during a meal, and chased out the door for one more man hug. It's creepy.
You will find a series of highly negative reviews at the beginning of the review section, I know the person that set this up and he made it his mission to try to reflect poorly on this great establishment, putting a multitude of negative reviews up in succession in the hope that you wont take the time to notice all of the great reviews that follow. He is the kind of customer you hope you never have in your restaurant. I have been with him several times when he orders food, nearly finishes his dinner, then sends it back, refusing to have something else served, or to pay his bill. This night in particular, the host made a point of checking with him to see if his food was OK, as he had sent it back, unpaid 3 times in succession, and they were on to his game. He got caught, and didn't like it. I finally quit going to dinner with him.
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.
too damn loud!
I just had dinner at Halls for the first time recently and I admit, I was a bit weary after reading some negative reviews concerning the food and the overly-friendly atmosphere. I went to dinner with as much of an open mind as possible though, and I'm happy to say that I was very pleasantly surprised. I was half expecting the fake, intrusive and unnecessary niceties described in previous reviews, but nothing was over-the-top. Yes, the owner was very friendly, but certainly not to the point where it was weird. We had a wonderful meal--the service was great, the food was excellent, and the atmosphere was warm. I would definitely go there again. And with food that good, they can welcome me as if we're long-lost relatives, I won't care!
We were seated upstairs and the noise from below flooded the stairwell and echoed horribly. It was so loud we gave up trying to have a conversation. The food itself was okay, but it was overshadowed by the dry aged steak. It had a very pronounced funk that tasted like eating Parmesan cheese rind. I have had dry aged beef several times and a bit of this flavor is expected, but this was excessive. When our waiter finally showed up and we told him he said it would take 20 to 30 minutes to get another entree. My partner and I shared my meal instead.
With all that, the worst part was the host. He was a strawberry blonde man who obsessively smoothed his hair between interrupting people to welcome them to the restaurant. Based on other reviews I assume it was Billy. What he does is patently *NOT* warm and friendly. He is boisterous and overly familiar to the point of being creepy. I felt like I had walked into the house of a serial killer and he was trying to "act normal" so we wouldn't notice the bodies under the stairs. We timed our exit to when he was at the other end of the bar, hoping to avoid him. No such luck. He burst through the door just as it closed to accost us one more time. We fled into the night.
I won't be back. I fear for my soul and I value my taste buds.
lj1974 -whichever member of the Hall's staff you may be - subtlety isn't your style is it? Stick with the pattern.... 75% of the 5-star ratings Hall's has been given occurred within 2 days of a bad comment and each was the ONLY restaurant comment ever made by that person... hmmmmm...........
All these other fools do not know what quality food and service is about. They should stick to food joints like Hyman's and they can get an affordable plate of tasteless food and service with no personability.
Not one to usually state remarks of this matter but this is the only bar in Charleston where I have ever heard of my friends getting roofied. SKETCH.
Went to Hall's for the Restaurant Week special 3 for 40. Next time I'll go to High Cotton or The Oak and pay full price.... Hell, next time I get the craving for a steak, I'll take the buttermilk chicken at Magnolias before I go to Halls. Service was plaintively agreeable, but the steak was mediocre at best and luke-warm, the potatoes and green beans tasteless and the Caesar salad was mostly Romaine stalks (was this to compensate for the lower Restaurant Week prices?) and the tables crowded together so tightly, every time a server visited the table next-door I got a butt in my face. We were bum-rushed out as soon as we had finished our plates, and then coat-check couldn't find my coat even with the tag they gave me. Waiting for them to find my coat we had an interesting encounter with Billy Hall. He gave one lame excuse after another while continually trying to shake my hand. Complained about having to participate in Restaurant Week after being yelled at by the restaurant association, and on and on. I won't be back.
A bit of advice to Billy: Son, you missed your calling - somewhere in North Charleston there's a used-car lot that needs you desperately.
Small minded? You're the one who ordered a burger medium well and then complained about getting "an overcooked dry burger".
That's beyond small minded, but I don't need to indulge in name calling to make you look foolish, you're doing a fine job yourself.
In response to Jaxx, if I go to any establishment as a paying customer, I am at liberty to order my food however I wish to have it cooked. Being small minded, as it appears you are, you must have missed the other complaints I had about Oak. My husband, who eats red meat so rare it might as well walk off the plate, was not pleased at all with his porterhouse steak, which he asked to have prepared as rare. I was not as upset about a burger not being made as requested as I was with a steak, which I thought Oak was supposed to be known for, being not edible due to how salty it was, as was a fellow diner's in our group.
I think Oak has lost it's spark, and I was just making the point, especially to visitors who may ready City Paper reviews prior to visiting Charleston, that Hall's Chophouse is a much better selection if you are looking for a good steak while in town.
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