We wanted to celebrate our anniversary with a truly memorable dinner and after reading rave reviews (one of Food & Wine’s “America’s 50 Best Hotel Restaurants”) about Charleston Grill, we made a reservation. It turned out to be a fine choice, as this restaurant experience exceeded our expectations on every level.
Since we had the pleasure of staying at the luxurious Belmond Charleston Place (you can read our hotel review HERE), it was a quick stroll from our elegant suite to the Charleston Grill, which is located on property.
224 King Street
Charleston, South Carolina
843-577-4522 For reservation (highly recommended)
We were met at the door by Charleston Grill’s General Manager, the affable Mickey Bakst, who has a quick wit and made us feel most welcome. He personally showed us to one of the finest tables in the house.
Walking through the restaurant, we couldn’t help but notice the wood paneled walls and floors and rich leather seating. Local art adorned the walls and gentle lighting created a glorious glow. The ambiance of the restaurant pulled us in and stayed with us like a friend.
With the sounds of live jazz music (7 nights a week) playing in the background, my husband and I felt as though we had discovered a secret refuge from the rest of the world. And things were about to get even better.
Mickey kindly seated us at our lovely table near a window and our two amiable servers immediately appeared. They introduced themselves and then poured us a bubbly welcome to Charleston Grill and wished us a happy anniversary (how lovely).
After perusing the extensive, award winning wine list (James Beard Award Semifinalist for Outstanding Wine Program), and discussing my preferences with Assistant Sommelier Andrew Marshall, we selected Aia Vecchia from Tuscany. It was an elegant, flavorful choice and one I thoroughly enjoyed.
Our culinary adventure through the South began with a divine Red Lettuce Salad featuring fresh local tomatoes and thinly sliced radishes tossed in a flavorful citrus vinaigrette. It was light and tasted as if Executive Chef Michelle Weaver had sent her sioux chef to the garden to pick the ingredients that went onto our plates. Simple, fresh, delicious.
In between courses, our attentive (yet not overbearing) servers tantalized our palates with several amuse-bouches (mini tastings) showcasing Chef Weaver’s culinary expertise. Each spoonful was carefully crafted with a balance of flavor, texture and skill. Such fun!
I selected the Sea Scallops for my entree and I must have for a moment, been clairvoyant because this was hands down, the best meal of the night.
Even my certified carnivore hubby agreed they were sheer perfection. The scallops were lightly seared, then topped with slices of crispy chorizo. The play on texture and flavor made this dish absolutely sublime! These were, quite literally, the finest scallops I had ever tasted, and I’ve tasted a sea of them!
My husband ordered the Prime Ribeye Steak (shocking, right?). Now this was not your ordinary ribeye; it was 22 ounces of masterfully prepared, tender goodness topped with king oyster mushrooms and a heavenly salsa verde sauce which elevated the flavors to an entirely new level. My husband let not a single bite go to waste.
We ordered two sides to accompany our surf and turf selections. The fresh Grilled Summer Squash provided us with a final yummy taste of the season. Grilled to bring out the natural flavor of the squash (both yellow and green) and lightly seasoned, it was a side dish that complimented both our meals.
The Asparagus was prepared al dente, then tossed in a marvelous lemon-truffle vinaigrette. Freshness and flavor collided in this dish and the lemon truffle vinaigrette turned this healthy vegetable into an over-the-top delight.
For dessert, we ordered the delectable Strawberry Rhubarb Tart. The tart crust was a joyful balance of buttery flakiness which was then loaded with juicy strawberries and rhubarb in a filling that elevated this classic comfort dessert to extraordinary.
Our dynamic server team, then surprised us with yet another sampler plate, this one featuring a delectable assortment of sweets from dark chocolate to dainty, mouthwatering macaroons. Each bite was so scrumptious, it was all but impossible to choose a favorite.
To cap off our fine dining experience, Sommelier Andrew was back with glasses of La Spinet Moscato d’Asti Sparkling Wine, his selection to enhance our dessert course. It was the perfect way to end our extraordinary dining experience.
Throughout our perfect anniversary evening, we watched as restaurant GM Mickey floated around the room, checking with each and every customer (including us) to ensure every bite was amazing. We were convinced he is a large part of the success and outstanding reputation of Charleston Grill.
ABOUT THE CHEF
Executive Chef Michelle Weaver received formal training from the New England Culinary Institute and enjoys playing with flavors in her contemporary Southern cuisine. Her cooking philosophy is to “use what’s in season” and “not over complicate it”. We were told that Chef Weaver’s secret ingredient is love, and we could truly taste it in every bite.
Charleston Grill is a culinary gem located in the very heart of historic Charleston. With a much-talked-about menu, excellent service and an award-winning wine list, the only way you might possibly be disappointed is if you don’t add this to your list of things to do while in this charming city.
Honors, props and mad, crazy love for Chef Weaver’s Sea Scallops. It was divine perfection on a plate visually and in tantalizing taste.
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