199 E Bay St, Charleston, SC | Directions 2940132.779869 -79.927233
Mon-Thurs 5:30-10pm; Fri 5:30-11pm; Sat 11am-2pm and 5:30-11pm; Sun 10am-2pm (brunch with live music) and 5:30-10pm
Neighborhoods: South of Broad
High Praise For High Cotton – The restaurant reminded me of a large, elegant dining room in a stately southern mansion. Palm ceiling fans slowly turned and the sounds of a live jazz ensemble spilled into the main dining room. As we were taken to our table I admired the heart pine floors and antique brick. We were seated at a nice table that overlooked East Bay Street and began to look through the menu.
We were quickly greeted by a bus boy offering us water, followed by a lovely server who was very helpful and knowledgeable about the menu. She helped steer us to the evening?s Charcuterie offering and described each and every item that we would be served. She even told us her favorite, a very spicy dry-cured sausage that was to become our favorite too!
Though the restaurant would get somewhat busy while we were there when we first arrived, it was quite slow. Needless to say that our Charcuterie arrived in no time. The house-made dry-cured sausages, hams, pates, mustards, pickles and green beans were delicious. They were served with warm, crispy, toasted slices of bread, or we had additionally had the option to try the items with the piping hot rolls that had been served to the table a little earlier. Our server checked back to see if we were enjoying everything and then again to take our dinner order.
I ordered one of the evenings special?s which was a tile fish that was topped with shrimp and served with purple potatoes and arugula. Missing Maine lobster from New England my husband ordered the Grilled Petit Filet and Butter-Poached (Non-New England) Lobster Tail.
Our meals arrived in no time and they looked great! My tile fish was a light white fish that was complemented nicely with sliced purple potatoes that had been tossed with arugula. Although the picture doesn?t show it, the color combo was visually appealing. The meal was very tasty but unfortunately, my grilled shrimp were undercooked. When our server came to check on us, she quickly took them away to replace them.
My husband?s filet and lobster was terrific. His filet was cooked perfectly and his very small lobster tail was sweet and tender. His dish was served with a corn flan that was delicious.
Before I knew it, our server was back at the table apologizing for the shrimp error and replacing my shrimp. Sadly, I must report another sad shrimp tale. The new shrimp on the block were also undercooked. That was okay as the rest of the meal was filling and the service was honestly over the top.
Although the restaurant?s food and service was really very good, the atmosphere was a tad sedate for me and I probably will check out other restaurants in the Charleston area before returning. This is not to dissuade anyone from visiting High Cotton as my bet would be that you would enjoy it.
Y U M – We went here with our large wedding group. They did a superb job. The food is out of this world and gave us a taste of true Charleston. The shrimp and grits wowed everyone.
Cool interior and jazz quartet. Seemed to be the place to eat and on everyones list. Must eat here-
Just Ok. – The food was just average and expensive. I think that if you are coming to Charleston for the food you should probably go somewhere else. However, the atmosphere is great!
One of My favorite Restaurants in downtown Charleston – Have enjoyed this restaurant for many years. Came from out of town to have a special occasion meals here. Have enjoyed since moving to Charleston and have had family holidays there for Sunday brunch. Always a favorite and will go back again and again.
Best service at a restaurant, bar none! – I've dined at High Cotton (downtown) twice so far - once for a romantic dinner and once for Sunday brunch with the folks.
Both times the service was unparalleled!!
We were able to have conversation and actually hear each other yet were situated where we could people watch both inside the restaurant and the outside passers-by.
The food has been just a delight for the senses - smell, sight and of course, taste!
I'd recommend High Cotton to anyone looking for great service, excellent food and an all-around amazing dining experience!
Excellent food, fantastic service – My husband and I chose to go to High Cotton for our last night of vacation. We had heard great things about the restaurant and it lived up to all of them. The service was impeccable. Our waitress anticipated our every need. My husband had a steak and said it was one of the best he has had in a long time. I had seafood and enjoyed it very much.
Very hard to give a fair review when they won't seat you !! – I wish I knew what we did wrong, obviously we didn't dress well enough (nope) or tip the hostess as they wouldn't even seat us. We did show up about 1:30pm without reservations and I understand they stop serving at 2:00pm, but there was room and witnessed others seated after us without reservations. It might be a great restaurant, but I won't go back to find out.
wonderful experience – My friends and I were in Charleston to celebrate our birthdays, and chose High Cotton on a friend's recommendation. We were very pleasantly surprised. The food and service were both WONDERFUL. We split appetizers but there was still plenty of food; our entrees (pork loin, filet, and lamb) were amazing. It takes a lot for us to not to complain about food (we are real foodies) but we had nothing bad to say. Our waiter was wonderful as well, attentive and friendly without being pushy, and a whole lot of fun on top of it. The restaurant had asked if we were celebrating a special occasion when we made the reservation, and made sure that it was indeed special; we received a complementary amuse bouche and dessert souffle (with candles in it!). I would be happy to go there again.
Service and meal was excellent. Corn chowder was best ever tasted – We travel throughout the country and experience many fine restaurants and must say High Cotton is among the best. Arriving on a Friday night we waited a few minutes longer for a table but would be more concerned if the restaurant had many open tables. The food selection was excellent . If there was any concern it would be a void in serving crepes on the brunch menue. Of course it is our favorite. But on a scale of 1 to 10 we would give this restaurant a 91/2. I will give you the 1/2 for a crepe selection.
Editorial Review by Christy Buena – Casually elegant restaurant serves Southern-style seafood and steak dishes and offers a seasonal menu and live music.
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