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Comment Archives: Locations: Bars + Clubs: 1 Star

Re: “Smoky Oak Taproom

I used to live down the road from this place and was always a huge fan of their food. I will never go back after what happened the other day. While our waitress took forever we chalked it up to how busy it was since the Cajun Fest had just ended. But while looking around for our food (which took almost 40 minutes to get there) we noticed one of the employees go into the bathroom with a girl. In a bathroom with no stalls it was pretty obvious what he was going in there to do. After about 15 minutes he and the girl returned and he went back into the kitchen. I wrote a note on our receipt and told the waitress who tried to assure us he didn't work there. Yet he was wearing their uniform and alternated between the kitchen and behind the bar. After this experience I will not be back..

8 of 9 people like this.
Posted by CHas489 on April 3, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Smokey's Place Sports Bar and Grill

Useless smokehole.

8 of 14 people like this.
Posted by TROLLSLAYER on April 3, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Halls Chophouse

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.

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Posted by Charles Robinson on April 1, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Re: “Smoky Oak Taproom

Blackened doesn't nessisarily mean it's bbq. Dry chicken, burnt sausage, and tastless bbq no wonder they provide so many different sauces to drown the flavor into the food with. Top that off with a rude staff and you get a James Island local that'll be driving to Home Team for his BBQ fix.

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Posted by back to basics on April 1, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Re: “Smoky Oak Taproom

I will never come back. Between the awful service and the blatant disrespect from management, Smoky Oak has lost a James Island local forever.

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Posted by tree b on March 28, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Oscar's Restaurant

Overrated. I will take Moe's any day over this.

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Posted by agentguerry on February 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Re: “King Street Grille

I love King St Grille. Ive been to the one DT many times and also the one out by Kiawah and had great food. However, this one is awful. We sat at the bar outside for twenty minutes in front of 2 bartenders who refused to talk to us or really even look at us. The girl bartender in the Eagles jersey might as well have been taking a nap under the bar. We got buckets and they said they couldn't split half bud light half budweiser because of some sort of inventory problem. Ive split buckets all over Charleston and never have had this problem. The food came out then sat on the bar for a while and got cold while the bartenders were "working". Ill go back to KSG, but never this one!!!!! Awful

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Posted by chickenandwaffles on January 18, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Re: “NV Dance Lounge

What a joke. Any night club that has the dress code at the door isn't what I'd call "upscale". If you're into slores wearing heeled suede boots that come up to their thighs, oozing insecurity and low self esteem all while holding a vodka CRaNnn and sexily sippin' on their strawwz, then dive in my friend. Oh yeah, take some new facebook profile pix with palmetto shots while you're there.

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Posted by CharlestonsFynest on January 17, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Halls Chophouse

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.

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Posted by pissedoff yankee on January 14, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Re: “The Dog & Duck

Cannot speak for the other locations but the one in Summerville is overall not worth the drive, the foods decent but some of the waitresses and bartenders make it difficult to have a good time. There is constant friction between them that you can sense, our waitress was being bought shots by the next table and she was definately not sober while she served us, in fact I questioned several items on our bill that weren't even ours. When I asked to see the mgr, think his name was Don, the waitress got a little irritated, and even after I expressed my disappointment about the waitress he acted as if it was normal and she continued to serve us. So we will not be visiting dog and duck anymore and I would suggest you don't waste your time

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Posted by CharlestonDawgy on January 6, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Re: “The Cocktail Club

Why was my comment removed? CCP censorship? Really?? Or is someone in Palmer's back pocket? If you think the following 2 reviews are by different people, who just happened to register and post for the first time on the same afternoon, I've got some news for you: they aren't. It's slick marketing aimed to temper a negative review. Let your product speak for itself, CC. And stop posting glowing reviews for O Ku, without identifying yourself as GM of an establishment owned by the same parent company.

"Best bar in Charleston! Excellent service, delicious drinks, and tasty food. Will be back again and again! I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could!"

"This place really has a unique and mature environment. Service and technique are unbelievably polished, creative, and just plain fun! Classy establishment."

Similar, no?

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Posted by Jaxx on January 5, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Re: “The Cocktail Club

Slow, long-winded service. My girlfriend said the juice tasted old and when she tried to tell the bartender she just gave her attitude. WASTE OF MONEY! Much better bars around like the Belmount or Hom.

7 of 14 people like this.
Posted by Concernicus411 on December 31, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Re: “California Dreaming

Went for lunch. Music was way too loud and 80's pop music just isn't my thing to listen to by the "relaxing" water. Of course, the louder the music, the louder the restaurant as everyone has to speak up louder just to be heard. I would call the ambiance "early mess hall". Ordered Blackened Chicken Alfredo. Chicken wasn't blackened at all. Just chicken with some kind of "blackenish" spice festooned up on it. Salad came with a croissant (bit odd, but ok) that was "drizzled with honey". Why? Blue Cheese dressing was a color not of this earth and inexplicably sweet. I can't take enough Tums to kill the heartburn (not sure if from the food or the amazing amount of money I paid for the pleasure of dining there).

Posted by gooseslapper on December 17, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Carolina Crust Gourmet Pizza

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.

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Posted by mandim on December 2, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Carolina Crust Gourmet Pizza

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!!

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Posted by reader45 on December 1, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Coastal Carolina Fair

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.

Posted by suggieslybear on November 6, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Coastal Carolina Fair

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.

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on November 3, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Eye Level Art: 103

this place is in a bad location safety-wise.

Posted by VNOAEHJONNA on October 29, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Gene's Haufbrau

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!

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Posted by Phinz_fan on October 22, 2011 at 7:17 PM

Re: “Queen Anne's Revenge

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.

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Posted by erinlcarroll on October 12, 2011 at 3:07 PM
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