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Comment Archives: Locations: 1 Star

Re: “Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar

Recent lunch. Softshell crab sandwich. Not good. Crab, bacon and bread difficult to chew. Could not finish. So much for the special!

Posted by Guy on April 16, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Santi's

Sadly it's slipping badly. I live in Wagener Terrace and we used to go there a few times a week. As it became more popular we stopped bothering with the crowds. Last week I was working late so we decided to stop in at the downtown location for dinner. After waiting about 10 minutes for a table I finally had to ask someone to clear one for us. We were seated beside the bar and our drink order taken, and someone return promptly to drop menus and give us our drinks. 15 minutes later we saw the guy wandering aimlessly. I walked up to the bar directly in front of where he was standing and when he saw me he turned and walked away to pick up some plates of food. I finally had to go to the guy behind the register to place our order.

I love Santi as a person and I wish him nothing but the best. Something really needs to happen with the restaurant, though, because it's become a complete joke. I will never be back.

9 of 10 people like this.
Posted by Charles Robinson on April 13, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Santi's

WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE EVER ! How are they opening up a 3rd location if they are stiffing people on restaurant.com coupons ? The owner needs to take some business courses, and the Summerville location is a complete joke ! The fans of the downtown location are preppy/trendy white kids who obviously have never eaten mexican food in California.

24 of 36 people like this.
Posted by ParkCircleCyclist on April 12, 2012 at 12:48 PM

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..

6 of 7 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.

84 of 106 people like this.
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.

6 of 6 people like this.
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.

17 of 19 people like this.
Posted by tree b on March 28, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Re: “The Wreck of the Richard and Charlene

Came to this restaurant with my BF and 5 other people. Food was ok. Then it came time to pay the bill and a grey haired old man who claimed to be the manager handed us one ticket and pointed at a sign that says the bill could not be split. I ended up putting 200$ on my credit card and then proceeded to get yelled at by this man who claimed to be the manager. I asked why the waitress didnt ask if we wanted split checks and he scolded me again for not reading a tiny sign no where near where we sat. I attempted t defend myself but after throwing my credit card and my receipt at me, I realized it was useless. We left there feeling almost cheated. Very disappointing.

19 of 24 people like this.
Posted by StefanieSC1 on March 16, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Vino Burgerz

Took half day off of work to check out this new place for lunch with a friend. When we arrived at 3pm on Tuesday, MARCH 13, there was a note on the door saying their FEBRUARY hours and they were CLOSED.
Sure would be nice if they knew what month it is and for their REAL hours to be posted on their site.
Now we'll never know if the food is good.

3 of 4 people like this.
Posted by Debbie Walker on March 15, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Wow...all of you LOVE this place so much that none of you state it's called Steel City Pizza now???? Pretty sure it blows...or rather...it did blow

1 of 5 people like this.
Posted by jerseyboy77 on March 13, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Foster's Pub

Absolutely awful. if you don’t work there, know the bartender, or a Cleveland browns fan on Sundays... STAY AWAY. no interest in the casual diner. As a Belle Hall resident I hope this place goes out of business.

14 of 18 people like this.
Posted by ggreghh on March 3, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Re: “Bombay Indian Restaurant

I am sorry to say I went back today with a bunch of folks for lunch and the food was gross and the service was bad. I liked it before, I wonder what happened ?

0 of 4 people like this.
Posted by zigzag on February 10, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Oscar's Restaurant

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

2 of 9 people like this.
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

2 of 5 people like this.
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.

9 of 15 people like this.
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.

76 of 98 people like this.
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

2 of 2 people like this.
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?

18 of 24 people like this.
Posted by Jaxx on January 5, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Re: “New Dream Catering

I'd give New Dream no stars if possible. The chef, Eric Gaffin, clearly doesn't care about what his clients have been promised. Hot food is served cold--shrimp and grits and risotto are just cold gelatinous piles glopped onto plates, if kids food is requested he usually 'forgets', breads are frozen and cold, stale; he doesn't bring the supplies necessary to ensure buffet displays look elegant; he'll just pile forks, knives, etc on the table.

Additionally, he can't keep an event planner or event staff for more than 3 or 4 jobs as he doesn't pay them; no one like to be duped into working for free. This leads to events being severely understaffed or inexperienced staff that has little to no interest in making your event a success just like Chef Gaffin.

6 of 6 people like this.
Posted by Emmett P. on January 5, 2012 at 1:29 PM
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