I was a regular. Not any longer. Worst customer service ever. showed up at 5:25 PM for happy hour on the rooftop. parked in the Stars valet parking. told the bartender that we were parked there and the valet had not shown up yet. he said no problem. had dinner at the downstairs bar. finished at 7:05PM. The Stars valet had called parking enforcement and ticketed my car for $45. Valet manager said he came in and asked if the car belonged to a patron. stars manager then tells me to bad he is not responsible for the valet (who works for Stars) or the city. Will never go back again. plenty of other great dining with great customer service.
So many weird reviews here! I feel the need to state the following before I share my review: 1) I am not a "Kiawah Snob." I'm a multi-generational middle-class Islander, ok? 2) Get over the location. Mondo's on James Island is ASTOUNDING and they're located in a "strip mall."
So, onto what's really important: THE FOOD. On one occasion, my friends and I share the reasonably priced apps: Mushroom Toast (sounds GROSS, but it's delicious) and the Roasted Apple. The apple was stuffed with this really delicious dressing that was neither too dry, nor two "glue-y." (I've been the victim of stuffing with a paste-like Consistency and was thrilled to find that not to be the case here.)
After a few more drinks, we ordered another round of that damn mushroom toast and I ordered this apple/onion tart. (A very apple-centric menu?) Delicious, delicious, delicious.
During this trip, our service was EXCELLENT. Our waiter was attentive, friendly and really nice. . .especially considering that we were just there for drinks and apps.
I tried Sweeny's again during lunch hours. My lunch-buddy, a visiting Long Islander, took on the Lobster Roll. . .which, I will admit, is too rich for my blood in regards to what I'm willing to spend on lunch. However, my LI buddy said the lobster was delicious and just as good as anything he's had at home. I took on the $10 barbecue chicken sandwich and found it pretty good. My chicken was a teeeeeny bit dry for my taste, but it was really good. Fries = DELICIOUS. Hot, crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside.
Drinks/beers = cold and never without one!
Service = the first time, it was stellar! The second time, totally passable, but not up to the previous visit's standards.
Location = despite the yammering on about how it's located in a lowly strip mall, they've done a fantastic job with renovations and it's really very lovely. Anyone bitching about the location needs to get over it, get out and travel a little. I've eaten some of the most delicious food in some of the ugliest surroundings.
I'm looking forward to getting back there and trying other things on the menu. I suppose if you have to travel a long way to get there, it might not be your thing. But it's SO NICE to have another "on the nicer end of casual" restaurant on John's Island (even if it's practically across the street from the OTHER "nicer and of casual" [Fat Hen] restaurant on John's Island and not too far from the OTHER-OTHER nice restaurant [Wild Olive]).
If you're out that way, it's definitely good enough to give it a try. The prices aren't hot-dog cart low, but they are NOT as high as some people have suggested. (Not everything on the menu is a lobster roll.)
I am a fourth generation Johns Island native and in no way am I a debutante. The food is spectacular, the staff is well taken care of, and the ingredients are chosen with the utmost care. If you want a negligent underpaid disgruntle jerk ,that hates his job slopping your burgers together, then go do that. Sweeney's takes care top to bottom. The lowcountry lacks service and pride in the food industry. I am relieved to see our little island taking pride in food. $11 a burger with a fabulous side made by hands of people who have a passion for food and can afford to eat there as well; hell of a deal!!
Had a great steak dinner. The wait staff and owner very friendly. Would recommend to friends. Not a once a week eatery. Eat there for special
Try Southern General at the end of shopping strip for good burgers, sandwiches and beer. Also great people.
Is it just me or does Foodlover8's review seem like maybe someone working there posted the review? "Golly gosh the burger was ONLY $11 dollars, I usually pay a LOT more for a burger this good". Yeah, sure.
I guess I could be wrong.
The burger I had wasn't 1/2 a pound and the server didn't tell me that the fancy schmancy bread with butter from unicorns was airlifted in from New York.
I've eaten at Sweeney's numerous times and that burger is SO good. My server told me they specially fly in 40% butter brioche buns from New York and that the burger is a half pound. It's also served with soup, salad or fries. I couldn't even finish my plate with the amount of food they gave to me. I've found most places charge a LOT more for a burger that good, including a side. It's kinda silly for there to be so many negative comments on a burger this good for $11. I suggest everyone go and try it, it's one of the best I've ever had.
Paying more than you want for lunch is your fault. Ordering Bud Light is also your fault. Sail on, kook.
Toni when you insult someone don't be surprised when it comes back your way. You insulted my beer selection and insinuated I can't do simple arithmetic. Why? Because I didn't give a good review to the restaurant. I comprehend completely Toni, you have a vested interest at Sweeney's most likely as a server or bartender. Sorry if the criticism stings but maybe when you are older and wiser you won't be so fast to belittle others for speaking their mind.
My opinion is that Sweeney's is overpriced but the food was good. I had a bud light draft that set me back $4 bucks which I thought was a rip off. Excuse me if I don't share your high opinion of Sweeney's.
I don't expect they will last through the winter considering the location and price of a meal. If I'm wrong, good for them!
Thanks for calling me an asshole for speaking my mind Mr. Salidude. Since you couldnt comprehend let me break it down for you, the only part of my comment directed to you personally was that about the beer selection. The rest of my statement was my reflection on the article posted about this restaurant from city paper itself. Someone put their name on this business and as a private owner it would be nice to have local support, you saying youll go when its bankrupt is just plain rude. If you think its overpriced whatever dont eat there, but dont hope a business fails because I (the asshole) tweaked a nerve.....thats really messed up. Im sure your older and wiser so show a little class man.
To answer your question Toni the reason I ordered the bud light and burger was because everything was seriously overpriced. The lunch special was $30 and I'm not to crazy about paying an arm and a leg for a friggin beer because a bunch of overly impressed with themselves downtown douchebag "beer connoisseurs" deem the oatmeal raspberry infused $12 a beer IPA something worthy of their delicate palates.
$30 dollar lunch specials in an empty strip mall restaurant with Nascar playing on the screens above the bar, yeah, I can't wait to spend my money there! I'll leave this high class place to you Toni. Better yet I'll wait until it folds and assholes like you are gone. I will return when Sweeney's goes bankrupt and returns back to a friendly neighborhood bar/restaurant instead of a pretentious over priced restaurant in a strip mall.
"The local crowd didn't support Mama Q's enough to keep it open"
I tried to support Mama Q's, her burgers were awesome. But her hours were ridiculous. Open when she wants, close when she wants, regardless of what hours she advertised. Her perogative, but no way to run a business.
If her hours were more consistent she'd still be open, and crushing it.
Seriously who drinks bud light draft anyway. Get on board with some craft selections like the rest of this city. The menu offers quite a selection without breaking the bank. If anything for the quality of food their prices are average! Maybe its time to re adjust your palate. The cost of food is going up which means to sell you a deboned chicken thigh stuffed with chicken breast on top of other delicious sides is going to cost you; and at $23 for this dish....hello bargain. I want to go out to a place where I feel welcomed and treated more like family, Sweeneys does a great job! It cracks me up that people complain or are shocked at how much they spend going out, are the prices not on the menu? Do you understand the basics of math? Then you shouldnt be shocked when your check comes. They have great cocktails, something for every diet, awesome macoroni and cheese, and a to die for chocolate pie decadant enough to satisfy anyone. Watch what you spend when you go out and take care of your servers, dont be an asshole. If you cant do basic math and if you dont realize that 20% is a standard now! Then stay home and try to cook up your own masteieces.
This restaurant is CLEARLY for Kiawah snobs. Not Johns Island residents. I've lived here for 21 years. They may make it but it won't be from Johns Island people.
Well, hutch, most places are doing 6-8oz of ground beef. You may have noticed that food is getting expensive, especially proteins. There is a bun involved, some toppings, and a side. In this case, it sounds like the soup came with. 30% food cost would certainly not be out of line, and $11 would therefore be pretty easy to get to with decent ingredients. "Kobe" beef from Australia or wherever would be more expensive than that, and true Kobe beef would be way more expensive. Where DO you like to eat? What local restaurants fit your criteria? Personally, if I were a restaurant worker or owner, which I am not, I would probably just prefer you stay at home instead of coming in anyway. You'd probably also complain about the prices at those fancy Mt. P butchers, though. You are right though about the fact that lots of burgers are ridiculously priced and mediocre. That is why I pointed out that execution and ingredients make the difference.
Place is priced high. Seriously too high. As in these guys are in line with The MacIntosh in their prices without delivering as good a meal high. In a strip mall. On John's Island. Good luck with that.
How in the world can you justify $11 for a hamburger? Kobe beef? Hand fed cattle with hybrid corn that makes it taste like prime rib? This hamburger thing has taken off with ridiculous prices and mediocre fare in most places. I'll just have to take the very best meat that the best butcher in Mt. Pleasant can supply and do them at home. I don't eat any fast food hamburgers, either, so save your comments.
The local crowd didn't support Mama Q's enough to keep it open, and their food was very inexpensive and catered to the area. It was also good every time I was there. $11 for a burger isn't expensive if it is done properly with quality ingredients. Unless, of course, you're looking for McD's price and quality.
Went in for lunch on a Saturday afternoon and had an 11$ hamburger that was pretty good. The soup that came with it was good. The $4 bud light draft sucked.
I'd give them some more time to come to their senses and realize they could have a very good and busy neighborhood bar/restaurant if priced for the local crowd. If they don't and continue to try and be an "upscale bistro" they will be gone soon.
Stars was a lovely place, like many in Charleston (we are so spoiled). Did not have any food there, but wine and beer menu were vast, but seriously overpriced especially for being on tap. Was disappointed that they didnt serve food on the rooftop, but an overall a nice experience.
My fiancé and I were very excited about trying this restaurant, as we were seriously considering using it as a potential rehearsal dinner venue. Our waiter was phenomenal: very friendly, knowledgeable, and made several great suggestions for wine. The appetizers were very good. My entrée, the salmon, was delicious. However, my fiancé's trout came out of the kitchen laden with salt. Neither of us ever likes sending back/complaining about food, but my fiancé has a very hearty appetite, so when he could only take three bites of his food, I knew it was pretty bad. I tasted it, and it tasted like salt water; you couldn't taste anything else in the dish. We told our waiter about this problem, and he assured us that the trout would be taken off of our bill, since it was inedible. However, the manager then quickly came out to our table and, astonishingly, told us that it was supposed to taste that way, and that we would have to pay for it. We were both shocked by how patronizing the manager was, and if he would have tasted the entree, he would have quickly realized the fish was dead from over-salting (we love salt by the way!! Just not when it tastes as if the salt shaker exploded on our food). The waitor obviously was embarassed, and apologized several times for the kitchen's mistake. Anyway, after that experience, we definitively decided not to have our rehearsal dinner there. It's too bad, because the rooftop is lovely. All it would've taken for me to give this place 4 stars and walk out of the restaurant happy was a comped trout, or at least a less salty one to replace it, even a simple apology from the manager. Instead, he acted as if we had unrefined palates (although that could've been true at that moment, since the salt prohibited us from tasting any other flavor the rest of the meal).
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