Wow, I remember going there when i first moved to Charleston, 7 years ago. The food was good, the service good, and a great place to nurse a hangover. Over the years, it has gradually declined over every visit. I had friends in town for the 4th, and we landed there after being told that there was a 30 minute wait at the Seabiscuit. The fact that there were a few empty tables on the patio should have been an indicator of how bad our experience was going to be. The deck was spacious, but we looked around and there were 5 tables with people sitting at them, with nothing. No menus, water, etc. We opted for eating in the bar area, and after sitting down, realized that we had the same waitress as all of the folks outside. There are at least 10-12 tables on the outside deck, as well as 4 tables in the bar area, and bar seating. THERE WAS ONLY ONE PERSON TO COVER THE ENTIRE AREA, INCLUDING TENDING THE BAR AND ANSWERING THE CORDLESS PHONE IN HER POCKET! After sitting there for at least 20 minutes, we finally got coffee, and placed our orders. 1 hour, yes, that's right, 1 hour later, the 3 of us received our breakfast. When it arrived, we still had NO SILVERWARE. I asked for it, and we did not receive it, and then asked again. Our waitress had to go to the kitchen for more silverware, and insisted on rolling it in paper napkins before delivering it to us.
The food was okay, but certainly not worth sitting there for 1.5 hours waiting for it. We ate the following morning at the Okra Grill, and there was no comparison. None.
Granted, she did acknowledge that it was a holiday weekend, but what restaurant owner/manager in their right mind would schedule 1 person to cover 16 tables and a bar, and the phone on a holiday weekend? It was by far the worst dining experience I've had in Charleston in several years, and perhaps the last time was when I ate in the filthy dining room at ACME. I'm all about supporting local businesses, especially in the off season, but this is one business I will not dine in again.
Expansive, Folks. Expansive. Let's not prove that what is said about the SC education system is really true.
1. Capable of expanding or tending to expand.
2. Broad in size or extent; comprehensive: expansive police powers.
3. Open and communicative; talkative or effusive: Wine made the guest expansive.
4. Grand in scale: an expansive lifestyle.
Fred, Just FYI-Typically when you have 6 or more in a party, most restaurants do not have separate checks, and they add a gratuity. This is a standard practice. With 60 people and no reservations, I doubt that you can expect a great experience anywhere, except a buffet. When you say NEVER AGAIN. I'm sure the restaurant is grateful for that as well.
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