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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Seafood: 1 Star

Re: “The Wreck of the Richard and Charlene

Are they serious? Overpriced, mediocre food. That says it all...but I'll get specific.

So the place is hard to find? Who cares about that...I don't. So it's a dive? Who cares about that either...I don't. What I do care about is good food, for a comparatively reasonable price, and good service. We did not receive this.

We got a shrimp platter and the shrimp/scallop/oyster/fish combination.

Most important, the seafood was just ho hum. I'm from eastern North Carolina where we will fry fried food is my forte. This was not great fried food. The seafood itself wasn't that flavorful, and the fish was downright flavorless (not to mention mushy).

One of the worst parts was that they placed the side of white lima beans right next to the seafood. The limas had so much juice with them that it soaked the fried items and made them all soggy. That is not smart plating. The limas were the best side on the plate and only needed a little extra salt to be pretty good. The red rice was the worst I've (we've) ever had...anywhere. The cole slaw isn't very simple, made with lots of ingredients, and way too much celery seed. The grit cake ends up being a 1" cube. The menu says the dish comes with hush puppies..."ies" meaning plural. In reality it only comes with a single hush pupp"y" that isn't special at all.

The prices at the Wreck are extremely expensive...representative of what you might expect downtown Charleston. This is a shock considering they don't have to pay for air conditioning during the summer and they serve you on paper plates and plastic cups. I don't mind any of that stuff, but I would expect a discount because of it.

Our waitress came to ask how we were doing about 3 minutes before our meal was complete. Excellent service, eh? When I went to pay, the owner was running the register and greeted me with a very glum "hey". That is the only word he said until I was walking away when he said, "have a good night." Really? The owner? What an uncaring individual. He could have cared less about our experience or if we had a nice visit.

After a small tip, our bill totaled $50 for two of us. For $25 I expect a whole lot more from a dining experience. What a rip off. I would not recommend this place to anyone.

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Posted by JayL on November 6, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Water's Edge

Beautiful location , scenery and excellent attentive service, do not always denote a great dining experience. There is something missing here... oh right... the food.
Someone in the management needs to get a handle on the seafood end...until they do... i can't say you should even try here. As much as i hate to post a negative and influence someones' living i sure don't want you to waste your money when there are so many other options in town....even the choice of a 3 piece fish takeout from a big chain seafood place and a seat on the dock beats this place...currently.
Maybe its a simple fix.

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Posted by artrogue on October 3, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Re: “The Wreck of the Richard and Charlene

What a wreck our experience was. My wife, sister, brother-in-law, aunt, uncle and two cousins went there this week. We are all from South Carolina and were looking for some good seafood. My parents had been to this place years ago and suggested that we go. Getting there should have been an indicator to us. The place is not clearly marked although the GPS took us straight to it. Once inside there wasn't much of a wait so we sat down. We were in a booth up against a wall. While waiting we heard several times what sounded like a large animal scurrying around inside the wall. We told our server and never heard anything back so we're not sure what it was. It took FOREVER for our order to be taken and then to get it. The whole place is not air-conditioned and it was July in South Carolina so you can imagine how stuffy it was in that place. Then of course, the food finally came. Served on paper plates!!! Our bill came to $130 for six adults and one child (my youngest cousin is very small and didn't eat anything from the menu). The food was just ok. Having grown up in South Carolina I spent many summers at the beach and I feel like I know what good seafood is. This stuff was just OK but I digress. The bill itself amounts to about $18 per person, which isn't to bad except when it came time to pay they informed us that they couldn't or wouldn't split the check. I spoke to an older gentleman about it. He got very defensive about it and said that their policy of not splitting checks was on the menu. I didn't see it on the menu but he insisted it was there. As we discussed things he suggested that, "maybe you shouldn't come back"! The nerve of this guy is beyond me. Between the slow service, the mystery noise in the wall, lack of A/C, and the rude treatment by management I'll never go back to that hole in the wall. Oh yeah, the gratuity was automatically included and they didn't bother to tell me that either. The real icing on the cake comes in the next three or four parties that left after us. We all gathered in the parking lot outside and compared stories. Not one of them was positive and many of these people were locals. The "Wreck" as the locals often call this joint sure is appropriately named. The whole thing was a real train wreck from beginning to end, a real disaster!! DON'T GO THERE! I don't care how good someone says it is. You will regret it.

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Posted by Iamspanky on July 22, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Hyman's Seafood

Hyman's Seafood is the worst restaurant in the Southeast. It is a tourist trap that prides itself on having a line out the door; which is probably because management closes 75 to 90 percent of the restaurant in order to create this illusion of grandeur. The food is crap, the service crappier, and the thought of even going back makes me sick to my stomach. With all that said Hyman's Seafood = Shit Food, Shit Service, and a Shittier Experience. Sorry for my french; but it's hard to get ones opinion out when there is no option for negative stars.

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Posted by TheFoodKing on April 24, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Fish

Wife & I were terribly disappointed during a recent visit. Dim sum arrived cold and kind of rubbery. Salad and and fish entree were extremely salty. We won't go back.

Posted by mrmarx on March 18, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Fish

I love how it's painfully obvious that the restaurant had a meeting and asked everyone to write a good review. Either that or they asked some regular customers to do so. The place doesn't get but a small handful of reviews in a year and all of a sudden 5 star reviews abound within a matter of days.

Posted by foolz on February 1, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Re: “The Wreck of the Richard and Charlene

Remember going here with some friends maybe 5-6 years ago who had come down to Chas for the weekend, and I remember us having a blast, eating some good cheap food, drinking a cold beer and sitting out in the open air at sunset. I know it wasnt expensive, bc we were all broke college kids. Well, I went there recently and was completely and utterly SHOCKED that they now feel they can charge $18.00 for the Charlene(small) portion of fried shrimp!? On a paper plate, no less. We didnt stay to eat after that sticker shock! I'm not a food snob, I love some fried shrimp as much as everyone else, and will gladly pay a higher price for fine food, but unless they are donating half of that $18 to charity, I cant say they can justify those kinds of prices, or that I would recommend this place to anyone.
Sad what effect an overblown ego and a Southern Living write up can have!

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Posted by yournamehere on October 26, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Hyman's Seafood

Agreed... When I lived in Charleston, pre-Hugo-we steered clear... Then the day after Hugo, when we were trying to figure out if there were any survivors (there were), this place was still in business cleaning out their refrigerators on Meeting Street (for a price) Can't figure out why.

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Posted by WarrenBobrow on September 30, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Hyman's Seafood

Quite possibly the worst Charleston seafood scam since Hugo hit - perhaps even well before that. Avoid like the plague...

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Posted by SousChef on September 23, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Hyman's Seafood

Forgot to rate...

Posted by hollyplay on September 23, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Hyman's Seafood

Marginal food, stuffed-in seating. There are alot of better places in Charleston

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Posted by csb on September 21, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Charleston Crab House

Way high prices for food that is barely OK

Posted by csb on September 21, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Water's Edge

I agree. The food is over priced and it's not that great. Most of the patrons are older or families with young children.

It is advertised as fine dining but the servers wear button down shirts with rolled up cuffs and navy blue trousers (khaki pants material) with dirty beat-up sneakers. It is so unsightly and it looks so unprofessional. The servers should at least wear ties and dress shoes. Who wants to be served by someone with a messy appearance.

Also, the bar and the smoking section is right next to the non-smoking section. It totally defeats the whole purpose to having separate sections. Also, the host staff are young girls who don't seem to know what they are doing. Additionally, there is a second dining room that faces the parking lot--patrons have to walk past the restrooms and the kitchen to get to that dining room. Waters Edge calls that room the Lorelei Room and it smells like smoke even though it is supposed to be a non smoking dining room.

And the RATS! They run around outside by the patio and around the cabana bar. DO NOT EAT HERE!

Waters Edge Management should really get it together.

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Posted by sgirl on September 13, 2009 at 1:38 AM

Re: “RB's Seafood

Please don't waste your time at this over priced tourist trap. The only thing, and I mean the only thing this restaurant has going for it is its location. Coast or Hanks downtown offers WAY better seafood at a comparable price. Twisted Fish (Breakroom) for seafood n tapas or Poes for tuna tacos is a good choice also. Pearlz is a fantastic place to go for oysters and other fare too. I would avoid RB's at all costs. It has terrible food, ownership, parking, and prices. It rivals Noisy Oyster as the worst seafood and atmosphere in Charleston/Mt P. It received a star because at least it keeps a few people employed...
Nuff said!

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Posted by C17Mark on September 7, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Water's Edge

Unless you're of the aging set, with extra money to burn, dont go here.
It's boring, it's stuffy, it's outdated, and the food is ridiculous.... $19.00 for grilled chicken with rice? Puh-leez... My salmon had so much cream sauce on it, it was almost unrecognizable!

Posted by yournamehere on August 25, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Shem Creek Bar and Grill

I must admit the bacon stuffed waffles with a side of bacon drew us in at first & are good and reasonably priced, enough to tempt us out for a second brunch visit. However, on this visit we found the Bloody Mary's weak, the ice water tasted like dishwater, and the fact that they are "trapping" the wild cats that patrol the area really weirds me out. (suprise?! you have animals prowling around a restaurant area where people toss food and trash??? wow, imagine that) We went for brunch & sat outside, only to hear this horrible meowing noise from under the deck being made by a large black cat that had been caught in a trap that the manager later said was "put out for the raccoons".... and altho the manager brought the poor distressed, frenzied & panting cat up from underneath the deck, they didnt release it, apparently b/c they hadnt gotten "the offical word" from whoever set the trap about what to do with whatever the trap caught! Um, just a put a trap out and dont have a plan regarding what to do with the animal you catch?? (At least our waitress brought some water out to it...who knows how long the cat had been in the trap?) As we were leaving, and walked over to see if the cat was okay, some guy comes barreling out of the door and said "Dont let that cat out.....unless youre taking it home with you." Sorry, but I'm letting this cat out of the bag....we wont be back. We will bemaking bacon stuffed waffles at home, but thanks for the idea, though!!!

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Posted by yournamehere on August 17, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Fish

I just went to dinner at Fish for the first time. I wanted to like it, I really did. We ordered the dim sum (under-seasoned), the tuna tartare (ok, but the one at cypress blows this one out of the water), the naked fish (overcooked, surprising since the name of the place is FISH), the pork tenderloin (under-seasoned), and the ice cream sandwiches (I would be embarrassed to serve that at my dinner table!). One word for my experience: underwhelming. If you want good seafood in the upper king district, stick to Coast. For fine dining, stick to SNOB and Cypress.

Posted by frannybnanny on July 26, 2009 at 3:37 PM
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