I was in the business for over 30 years, managing and owning restaurants. I can not figure out how this family keeps the place packed! Service is rough, food is mediocre in regards to the prices charged.
I live in Charleston, I went there for Gospel Sunday Brunch with a group of friends and I love it! I plan to go back for the Sunday Brunch. I'd Shake Billy Hall's hand anytime.
The pizza is out if this world
I finally made it to Georgean's without the sweltering weather hindering my appetite. The hosts are great and make you feel like long lost patrons. I was, for the most part, very pleased with my jerk chicken, cauliflower mash, and mac & cheese. I was hoping that the jerk had more Caribbean heat and spice, but the chicken was very, very, tender. My portion of mac & cheese was a little on the slim side but since it was late afternoon they may have been running low. Maybe I should ask to bump up the heat/spice on my next visit. All in all, go and support this tiny gem with the hopes that they can move to bigger digs equipped with air conditioning and tables.
I live in the OV and walked past this place a thousand times without even noticing. One day something caught my dog's eye and she wouldn't move. After looking for what she saw, I noticed it: an animatronic display of vegetables singing in a caboose (or something). After that, I always wondered what was up with this interesting place dubbed "The Pickled Palate". It took a while for me to make it over there, since they're primarily open only for lunch - but once I did get in the door, the wait was worth it. Amazing service and the lady's working the place treat every customer like their own family. Sandwiches and salads out of this world and a treasure trove of interesting nick-knacks and lowcountry decorations. One of the best gems of the area, hidden right off Coleman, in my own backyard.
Completely original cafe tucked in a garden near Shem Creek. It's mellow vibe makes it okay to kick back and relax as long as you want with friends, family, wine, and their delicious home made foods. Soups, salads, and panninis and daily specials.
Most locals vowed never to return to "Bambuzeled" the day of their grand opening...others must be masochist who enjoy the pain and suffering because somehow the place is still open for business.
Worst food experience I have ever had at this restaurant. It all started out with a simple misunderstanding about the menu. It all finished with me vowing to never go back again.
This was the worst restaurant I have ever eaten at. I have never had a worse dining experience in my life. First, the waitress tried to upsell everything to us, and kept pushing us to order more, it was very uncomfortable. Secondly, they failed to tell us that rolls were half price because it was happy hour. We had no idea, and our friend came in randomly, and told us about the deal we were missing out on. We felt pretty cheated, they deliberately hid the deal from us, because they wanted to charge us full price. Two rolls were $24 which is a total rip off. Then, my wife asked to cancel one of her rolls as she had ordered too much, they would not allow her to cancel it, they said it was already made, when it was right after she ordered. It was really crazy. Lastly, when we came to pay, I used a $20 groupon I had purchased plus cash, it was 100% valid and purchased recently, they refused to take it saying it was only good at certain times of day?? It was completely ridiculous! I have never had a worse experience at any restaurant, in my life!
Do not eat here, they are crooks and it is a terrible atmosphere. I cannot stress this enough, don't waste your money here. They were really sneaky about the half off. When we asked our waitress about the half off deal she got very offended and told us that you had to sit in a certain section of the restaurant to get the deal. This was after we had gotten the huge bill. It was absolutely unbelievable.
Stay away from this place at all costs.
We ordered both charcuterie plates, and they were both solid. The beer selection is solid too. I went in June, so maybe it was the timing, but the crowd seemed very touristy, middle-aged, and well-heeled. I'm 40 and I was younger than most people there. Maybe my preconception of beer gardens as unpretentious, neighborhood places skewed my feeling, but I really did not feel very relaxed there. I couldn't imagine hanging out with my friends and just having a good time. And some of the beers were a dollar or so more expensive than I've seen them other places (like the Oak Barrel Tavern).
Another reviewer mentioned feeling ripped off on Upper King St. I know how he/she feels, since I've had that experience too. I wouldn't say I felt ripped off at Edmund's Oast; it just felt like I was being sold an up-scale brand that I didn't need or really want to pay for.
I do think I have to read more reviews before I check out new places. Unfortunately, a lot of them seemed aimed more at tourists with money to blow rather than locals just interested in a good meal and drinks.
LMAO @ this Folly Beach crowd making up lies about Hall's.
The FACT is they have great food and great service.
Stay off the peninsula if you are going to be jealous and bitter over those doing well.
I've been there several times. Speaking focused on the food, beverage, decor and service while ignoring the prices, I had a great experience each time. Staff is knowledgeable and helpful. But my one reservation is the price point. The small plates have almost always been tasty, but $11-$14 for really small plates, or $12 for the same beer that other establishments of good quality charge $6-$8, that does annoy me. I know EO doesn't need my business, but I would go more often if prices were tuned down a bit for middle class folks.
Considered one of the best in town and still going strong. Would put in the same catagory as Husk, Charleston Grill, and McCrady's. Went earlier this year and still on top.
Went here for the first time last week after hearing about it and was pleased with the experience. Apps and entree's were a hit. Will be back!
A prediction - Once Ruth's Chris Steak House opens in the French Quarter, this Hall's joint will be history:
"I live here and have never heard a single negative comment about the owners or the food." LOL! I live here too, and there's not a person I've been there with or when you mention Hall's to someone who doesn't comment about the owners, the Hall family. Hands down the weirdest, creepiest, most eccentric family in town. Why all four of them have to be there at all times is beyond me when one would do on any given night, its not like they dont have enough employees running the place. Each one you could write a few paragraphs about, and are the talk of many conversations in Charleson. Just the facts, dude!
Not a former employee, not a competitor. The steaks in this place are the tits. Everything else is lame as shit.
Lil Billy Hall (the one who looks like Farkus from Xmas Story..or the Sherminator from American Pie) hovers around the resaurant and clearly has his minute-to-minute ego wrapped up way too much in this place to be so visible on the floor. The dude is just creepy.
If I really want a GREAT steak, I will prep and cook a great cut myself at home. What you pay for in these places is just as much about atmosphere than food, and this place falls WAY below my bar of dining environments in similarly priced places in Charleston.
Farkus, pump the brakes a bit bru!
So glad the prices come down on the garlic crabs now that they're in abundance.....also have fresh local shrimp and they are good...nothing like fresh seafood from our coast....the garlic crabs can be messy but are great and enjoyed them very much....
This place turns into your typical loud, expensive "club" on saturday nights. No thanks
I have read thru many of the comments and find them rather suspicious. The mean spirited comments smack of being posted by disgruntled former employees or jealous competitors since the focus of the complaints are directed at the owners/hosts, not the food.I am a local and have eaten at Halls many times, for both business and family events. I do agree that the prices are high, but I have never walked away disappointed. The food and service have always been excellent. Depending on where you are seated, it can be a little noisy. I prefer the upstairs dining areas since they are more amenable to conversation.
I strongly disagree with the comments that state that locals stay away from Hall's. I live here and have never heard a single negative comment about the owners or the food. Since when is it "creepy" for a business owner to remember your name or to inquire if you were satisfied with your purchase? Charleston is a small town and part of its charm is that local businesses DO remember who you are. I have out-of-town friends who look forward to eating at Hall's and the hosts even remember their names. The food is amazing--try any of the steaks, but the tuna and salmon are wonderful, as well as the corn and brussels sprouts.
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