Well I was born & raised on Folly and this place is just as bad as all of the other places "he" has opened. Chill n Grill = should have stopped their. Took over the old Sea Shell, turned it into Snap & Crack = lame no value. Next takes over 11 center st. as Folly Shrimp Co. = Fail. Week attempt but again you would have to know the proprietor to understand his short comings & lack of business sense. All in all, Folly was doing just fine before his daddy was writing checks. BTW were are all the other reviews that seemed to be deleted giving a proper review of this place & not some "I live on FB & work in industry & love food....blah blah blah..."
I live on Folly Beach, and as much as I enjoy the beach vibe and permanent vacation atmosphere, I always would find myself driving downtown for quality seafood. As soon as I ate at the Oyster Room shortly after its opening, I was ecstatic. Not only was the food fantastic, but I also was treated warmly in a casual but not too laid back atmosphere. I since have been back at least once a week, and have tried everything on the menu (I always start with the raw oysters and garlic clams). I like that they even have a steak and beef skewers, both of which are delicious, so there really is something for everyone. I work in the restaurant industry, and as a food lover I take my restaurant selections very seriously. This place will not disappoint.
Have not been to RB's much since it was supersized to a three level monstrosity on "The Creek", but met some friends on top last Saturday and I must say the experience was very pleasurable. I was somewhat concerned about the food quality based on previous visits, but something has definitely changed for the better because the entrées passing by our seats at the bar looked, smelled, and likely tasted spectacular. While my party did not order any main dishes from the dinner menu, the selections we did sample were definitely fresh, flavorful, and delicious. The blackened salmon Caesar salad was so much better than any other similar one in this town with a large portion of nicely seasoned fish, soft-leafy spinach, and real Caesar dressing it could easily be enjoyed independently as a satisfying meal. The fried onion rings are lightly battered to perfection and extremely addictive. I mention this because I am not a big fan of onion rings and for the most part avoid them entirely. Other samplers were equally well prepared with fresh ingredients and served at the correct temperatures. The place was busier than normal possibly due to some large wedding, prom night, and private parties yet the service did not seem to suffer. How the lone bartender was able to handle the constant waves of patrons and remain as friendly and accommodating as she was is beyond me. Other “so called” bartenders in Mount Pleasant and downtown Charleston could learn much from this young lady. Everyone in my group, some of whom were from out of town, really had a great night on Shem Creek and that is not so easy to accomplish anymore. True, the “overkill” parking lot signage needs to go and the nautical theme is a bit over the top, but Ronnie Boal’s seafood palace beside the shrimp docks is providing quality local waterfront dining and, like the man himself, will still be there in one form or another when the rest go down with the ship.
Portions are way too small and over priced - my wife had the lobster special - tiny lobster with two potatos the size of a pea! $40!!
Not heading back any time soon
We went in March and everything was absolutely spectacular. The swordfish was the best preparation of fish I've ever had. Went with my parents and a friend, and the bill was totally appropriate for what we ordered (plenty of food and drinks). It's not a place to shuck back 2 dozen oysters, it's a place to order a few very special items that are incredibly fresh and well prepared. I think the menu has gotten bigger since they first opened too... We'll definitely be back!
There were 6 of us, the portions are too small for that large a group for sharing. Be SURE to ask what the price of anything labeled "market price" or you will be in for a rude awakening. The night we went we spent 5 bucks PER OYSTER, 60 bucks for a dozen raw oysters. There should have at least been a little pearl in them. Meat lovers beware, this is truly a seafood restaurant.
I don't get it...
After all the buzz and ongoing construction...my wife & I stopped in to check it out.
We looked over the menu, thinking 'WTF', and wanted to leave. Already seated at the bar & feeling as if we should give it a try. Nothing on the peculiar menu jumped out at us. We ordered the peel-it-yourself shrimp. It was OK. Nothing special.
The raw bar is cool though with a good variety of oysters which I will try in due time.
The Wreck is the worst restaurant in Mt. Pleasant, in my opinion. Before someone says "you don't get the dive restaurant thing," I do get it. See my review of Bowen's Island. I love dives, and I love local seafood. I hate mushy poorly fried seafood. We had originally tried the wreck back in 2008, simply based on the story about the place. During that experience, service was slow, but not horrible. The food during that visit was ok, but not worth the price ($18 for fried shrimp, I believe).
Fast forward to December 2012. We decided to give the Wreck a second chance, as we were hungry and wanted some delicious fried shrimp. We arrived about 30 min after they opened, and about half the tables were occupied. It took about 20 minutes to get the server to take our drink order. I would say it was another 10 minutes before she took our food order, which was simply two menus with items circled in red. I ordered fried shrimp and fried scallops, while my fiance ordered fried shrimp and fried oysters with she crab soup as an app. We didn't see the waitress again at our table for 30 min after that. When she arrived, all she had was two dinner plates and no soup. We quickly asked about the soup, which must have been forgotten. As we looked at our meals, we realized they were all wrong. I had received fried oysters and fried scallops, while she received just fried oysters. No shrimp to be found. After the waitress came back, we told her about the errors, so she took the plates back and agreed to not charge for the soup. 20 minutes passes by, and we finally get some soup. The soup was just ok, by the way. 5 minutes later, new dinner plates arrive, along with a soft shelled crab (didn't order that). The dinners were wrong again. This time I received fried oysters and grilled scallops, while my fiance received fried oysters and grilled shrimp. At this point, we were 1hr and 30 min into dinner and starving, so we just ate what we got. The fried seafood was mushy, and not flavorful. The grilled stuff was ok, but not what we ordered. The combo meals cost $21 a piece, so we just paid for overpriced seafood without even getting what we ordered. I am not sure how this place is still in business. If your service and food are poor, what do you have that brings people in? My only guess is that the articles talking up the place have made it a dive tourist trap. All I can say, is that I will never go back to the wreck again.
The fried flounder basket is awesome!!!
I have eaten here many times and the food and service have always been great. It is casual enough for the kids, but also a great place when it is just my wife and I.
You have the best fried shrimp in town!
The Wreck or poop in my mouth....? hmmm... If I order the poop can i split the check?
I went the VERY first week it opened, with a nephew of the owner. I heard the entire story from the dream, the boat and the restaurant vision. I WANTED to like it because he was family to my friend. However, but and despite that, the fried shrimp was way overcooked, the sweet tea, was lifeless nondescript brown water. I have since been back twice once with someone who just had to try it, in July at night. Tepid tea, burnt fish, and marinating in my own juices, and the previous diner at my seat. Another time to see if anything had improved, which during this experience I left after being ignored by the "wait" staff, for 20 minutes despite sitting in their path to the "deck" diners. Along with Hymans, this place is the WORST seafood in Chucktown. Now I have only lived here for 33 years, so I may not know every restaurant in the CHS area, but to get here you have to pass numerous "tourist traps" that server marginally better fare. Anyone supporting this "establishment" on this forum has either ulterior motives, or absolutely no concept of the foodie scene in CHS. They probably frequent the Okra Grill and Cracker Barrel for a good night out. IMHO.
I agree with the negative reviews on here. And how this place got a nod from Southern Living is beyond me. I ate there a handful of years ago and will not be back. For one, they would not split the check...a major inconvenience. Additionally, at the time (I assume things have changed), they only accepted CASH. People had to leave and go to the ATM to get cash while the rest of us waited for their return in the parking lot. Additonally, there are no substitutions, no acceptions. You circle what you want on the menu, and that's it. The owner or manager(older man)was as rude as everyone says that he is. I felt from the time that we walked in that it was rule after rule..."no cell phones," "no substitutions," "no split checks," "no credit cards." I love a good dive...this isn't one that I'll be going back to...
Los Pollos Hermanos - Your contention was that locals don't go there. I can assure you that we do, and it's not just my partner and me. How long you have been here has no bearing on that.
There are plenty of places I don't like and I use a review to tell others what is wrong. If you did that it would probably keep people from flagging your post as spam since it is a generic rant.
This is a repost because the original was removed.
I have lived here 53 years so who are you going to believe?
ZERO STARS: When I read that Southern Living had chosen The Wreck , along with three other seafood places within a few miles of Charleston in their list of ten best, I immediately had to find a way to thank the publication. As a Lowcountry Native I cannot express enough gratitude to Southern Living for steering the tourist crowds away from all of the sanitary dining establishments where edible food is prepared and served without an attitude so we locals can enjoy shorter wait times before being seated at a table. Either the creators of this list had that goal exactly in mind or did not bother to actually eat at The Crab Shack, Bowens Island, See Wee, or The Crab Shack as it is a well known fact among those who reside here that along with Hyman's Seafood (another past recipient of Southern Living accolades) these "so called" dining establishments rank among the absolute worst the area has to offer in all categories. It is difficult to imagine how Southern Living could possibly miss the mark so badly with these particular four choices in just one article. However, for those who doubt the accuracy of the assessment in this comment, please come experience these places for yourself then decide. No doubt their cash registers are counting on your visit.
I've lived here for 15 years and my partner is a native Charlestonian. Despite what the review previous to mine says, locals *do* eat at The Wreck because, for what it is, The Wreck is excellent. It's not FIG or McCrady's, but it is impeccably fresh seafood prepared well and served in an unpretentious environment.
Yeah the owner is a grumpy old man until you get to know him, and nearly all the staff are his relatives. They do their own thing and will not cater to you. That's part of the charm. If it's not your style, don't go. But if you do go, don't bitch about it because you have been warned.
ZERO STARS: When I read that Southern Living had chosen The Crab Shack, along with three other seafood places within a few miles of Charleston in their list of ten best, I immediately had to find a way to thank the publication. As a Lowcountry Native I cannot express enough gratitude to Southern Living for steering the tourist crowds away from all of the sanitary dining establishments where edible food is prepared and served without an attitude so we locals can enjoy shorter wait times before being seated at a table. Either the creators of this list had that goal exactly in mind or did not bother to actually eat at The Crab Shack, Bowens Island, See Wee, or the The Wreck as it is a well known fact among those who reside here that along with Hyman's Seafood (another past recipient of Southern Living accolades) these "so called" dining establishments rank among the absolute worst the area has to offer in all categories. It is difficult to imagine how Southern Living could possibly miss the mark so badly with these particular four choices in just one article. However, for those who doubt the accuracy of the assessment in this comment, please come experience these places for yourself then decide. No doubt their cash registers are counting on your visit.
I agree about the view, the food, etc. But there ain't nothing 'gracious' about the service. We laughingly call the man behind the counter "the bar nazi". Still we suffer his rudeness for the sunsets and oysters! Like they say at Bowens " some like it, some don't".
The Wreck is the anti-restaurant of the Lowcountry food scene in that it is staunchly an unapologetic, old-fashioned seafood shack. Yep, I agree its a bit overpriced as are 99% of the restaurants in the Charleston area thanks to tourism. I moved here from further up the coast from a town known for its fresh local seafood. The Wreck is as good as it gets anywhere for this style of preparation. What is served at the Wreck is the old fashioned fish fry approach. I've had the grilled seafood at the Wreck. It's nowhere near as good as the fried seafood. I can tell you that nowhere will you find better fried oysters or scallops. The outside is crunchy and the inside is succulent and not overcooked every time I've eaten there. It's never greasy. Don't like fried seafood? Then it isn't worth going there. But if you do, there is none better. Just know what you're getting into when you go. Sitting out on the deck drinking a beer and watching the sunset across Shem Creek among the fishing trawlers simply adds to the ambiance. During oyster season they are known for having oyster roasts out on the deck. Don't listen to the blithering nabobs of negativism posting here because they didn't know what they were in for before they got there. This is the best place to go in the Charleston/Mt P area for traditional seafood. Go somewhere else if you want something other than what they have, don't blame the restaurant.
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