I've had dinner & brunch here and I WOULD NEVER GO HERE FOR DINNER AGAIN. The food is horrible during dinner, it's over salted, the she crab soup has too much sugar in it and the cream sauces have no flavor.BRUNCH IS WONDERFUL. I only go here for brunch, their shrimp benedict & fried chicken are great. They also have bottomless mimosas. The service here is slow but hey, that's the norm here in Charleston, slow.... and the locals are ok with it, I'm sure it's because it's what they are used to. I'm from Minneapolis and this is a huge change for me that I'm not going to get used to. A server here dropped a plate of butter on the floor next to our table. She picked up the bowl but never wiped up the butter. It was there the entire time we were eating and after we paid. Isn't that a safety hazard?
My husband and I have been here several times and have loved our experience every time. The food here is phenomenal. The best way to eat is to do their four course meal. You can get it a la carte but to have a full experience, do the four course meal. The flavors here are very different, This is what they call a "molecular gastronomy restaurant". The chef uses new techniques that involves a little science to his cooking. One night we went here and at the end of our meal, we were gives some candies. Included with the candies was a red flower. It sort of looked like a petunia. The server told us to eat it. He said it will be mild at first and then at the end it will have a spicy kick to it. Seems weird, huh? Well we ate it and he was right! It was one of the most interesting pieces I've ever tasted. Who would have thought a chef would come up with a breed of flowers that is so pretty and unknowingly spicy!Apparently he chef and a small group of local historians, plant geneticists, and farmers have reintroduced dozens of heirloom greens and grains, many of them untasted since the eighteen-hundreds. The bread here is phenomenal, I know it's just bread... but it's not. You can't get it anywhere else. One night we were there, we asked about the bread and found out that the chef asked a baker in town to make this recipe that he found from the 1800's just for that night. The menu changes every day depending on what fresh ingredients are on hand. The herbs are grown on top of the restaurant. On the menu, there is list on the side that tells you where the meat, fish & fruits come from so you know what you're eating. The signature cocktails are out or the ordinary also! One drink I had was a wonderful gray purple color with dry ice in it. I can't really describe the flavors but it was wonderful!Overall, this is my favorite restaurant in Charleston and I would recommend it if you are opened minded about food & you can appreciate different flavors & texture.