Great place... Great food, good prices and awesome atmosphere
High Five For Fulton Five.
It’s funny… the very evening after dining at Fulton Five and learning that it has been voted the most romantic restaurant in Charleston 13 years in a row, we had dinner with a couple who got engaged there. They spoke of the table they sat at and how wonderful the waiter and food was that evening. Fifteen years after their engagement, the restaurant has not changed.
Tucked away in the Historic District on Fulton Street is another one of Charleston’s hidden gems for dining, Fulton Five. It seats about 40+ people which includes seating at the bar, which was full. We were joined for dinner by our friends Dennis and Ginger owners of Carolina Coastal Properties. We were warmly greeted by the hostess and quickly seated at a banquette table.
Our waiter, David was personable, knowledgeable and a delight. He reviewed the specials, took our drink order and was back in a flash. The menu is interesting and inviting. It was almost difficult to decide on what to order since there were so many enticing options.
We started with the Insalata di Romaine (Romaine, croutons, cucumbers and a Parmesan Vinaigrette), the Antipasto Spoleto. The Soleto is an interesting little number consisting of prosciutto and mozzarella wrapped in a romaine leaf and then grilled! Seasoned with a balsamic vinaigrette.
The appetizer special of the evening - a ravioli (stuffed with a delightful short rib filling with a veal au jus), was something that sounded too good to miss so we ordered that as well.
The appetizers did not disappoint. The Spoleto was very tasty and a combination that was new to us. Where else do you see grilled romaine leaves???
Dinner also proved to be outstanding. The evening’s dinner special was a grilled pork belly nestled in a nice veal reduction and paired with colorful sweet potato hash. This was one of our table’s selections and it was enjoyed to the fullest.
The Veal Osso Bucco cooked slowly in a veal stock was served over risotto with a small bone as a garnish. Accompanying this was a tiny fork that could be used to get the flavorful marrow out of the bone –what a treat!
The Filet d’Espresso (Chocolate Espresso Rubbed Filet served over Whipped Potatoes, Asparagus and a Balsamic-Veal Jus) was cooked perfectly. Although the flavors of chocolate or espresso did not come through, it was still enjoyable.
The evening’s entrée special was a local Grouper served over a lobster and shrimp risotto. The fish was so tender that it fell apart at the approach of a fork. The risotto was perfect – hot and so flavorful.
The entire meal was wonderful. David continued to be a terrific addition to the meal. Although he was busy with many tables, he and his assistant made sure that we did not want for anything during our stay.
With its intimate setting and cozy atmosphere it’s easy to see why it’s been crowned the “Most Romantic” restaurant in Charleston. But come for the food and the service, you will not be disappointed.
Great & Cozy dining experience.
A few comments on an internet forum pointed me to this restaurant. It is the only way I would have found it as a tourist, as it has no website, and it's not facing one of the main roads in downtown.
This is a restaurant that is very serious. I think that they want you to dress nice before walking in. Since I love their food so much, I think that I will.
We ordered an appetizer(bruschetta with mushrooms). I thought it was "not bad". The mushrooms were pungent. Some might not like it that way. I didn't mind it, but I probably wouldn't ask for them to be so potent, either. A satisfying dish, but I'll probably try something else.
I had a trout, which was executed well, both on the inside and the outside(pan seared on the outside, and lemon and onion heated inside).
My girlfriend ordered the ravioli, and she said it was the best ravioli she's ever had. This one's vegetarian-friendly. It must have been pretty good, because I've never seen a ravioli dish that can get anyone excited, and she was wiping the plate with bread at the end, not wanting to leave anything behind. It sounded cliche, but she was falling in love with the ravioli more and more after each bite.
We each had a glass of wine, but I don't know anything about wine to discern one from another, so I'll just say that it was fine. Not "smoky", and was "fruity" as we had requested.
The dessert was tiramisu, and, I love this restaurant and I don't want to sound like I'm knocking it, and I'll say that it was fine. Not an "A" dish like the fish, but "B".
Service at this restaurant is excellent. Our server didn't act like a new best friend, but the guy knew his stuff from how the dishes are prepared, as well as the wines at the restaurant.
Overall, the dining experience at Fulton Five was both excellent and impressive. Excellent, because the dishes are prepared well, and impressive, because the staff provides service that is memorable(if somewhat snobby)
GREAT Service and Food (Especially the Spinach/Mushroom Salad).
We went here on a Saturday night and the Food, Service, etc were all GREAT. We will be back for sure.
Had a party of 5, but not crowded. They did get busy around 830pm. Again a Wonderful dinner!
Editorial Review by Christy Buena. Romantic Italian restaurant offers traditional Northern dishes and extensive wine list in an intimate setting.
Love it, love it, love it!. Fulton 5 is a Charleston classic! Fridays and Saturdays can get crazy- so if you prefer a more peaceful setting go on a weeknight. For a quick dinner and glass of red sit at the bar...for a romantic evening settle in and order a bottle of wine. They serve the best bread anywhere- with delicious high quality olive oil for dipping...and yummy salads. (Try the spinach-mushroom salad.) It's all good- from start to finish- so don't forget dessert! You will love it!
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