My favourite place to eat in Charleston!. Relaxed atmosphere. The food is fantastic and prices are inline with other fine Charleston dining. My wife and I have made it our traditional anniversary night out!
Worth every penny!.
We made reservations for four and when we arrived we were seated right away near the bar. Our server was phenomenal and knew what she was talking about. We didn't know what everything on the menu was so we asked and she didn't act snooty or rude about it. She made recommendations and was spot on every time. The wine list is exceptional and we were very pleased with our selection. I had a peach fizz from the bar. It was one of the best cocktails I've ever been served. Not too sweet, stout or weak. Just perfect. The tuna appetizer was a little small, but the taste was way too good not to try. It was prepared two ways and each was perfect.
Our meals were served with perfect timing and each of us enjoyed what we ordered. The chef's special was sword fish and it was cooked just right and the accompanying sauce was also just right. I tried the scallops which were large and moist.
The portions are perfect. I like being satisfied without having too much food left over. The atmosphere was great. Not too noisy. It is perfect for friends going out for the night or a romantic evening with a date.
I would also suggest trying the coffee after your meal. Like any restaurant of this caliber, the coffee is very fine. I regret that we did not get dessert, we were just way too full at the end of the meal. I highly suggest going to this restaurant whenever you get the chance!
Wonderful Restaurant with great service.
My wife and I live in Houston and traveled to the Charleston recently for a short vacation. We are accustomed to top quality restaurants and the Peninsula definately rates at the top of the food chain. I had scallops which were cooked perfectly and my wife had the fish special of the day and it was also excellent. We stayed in the adjoining hottel (Planters Inn) and also stopped in one night just for desert. The banana pudding was not what my mom used to make (it was much better) and the giant coconut cake was killer.
We ordered a Cliff Lede 2005 cabernet and the sommelier came to the table to decant it for us. He was very pleasant and knowledgeable. They keep their red wine at the proper temperature and the prices were very reasonable. We paid $65 for the wine and at the liquor store it is $50 ( a very fair price).
Our waiter was Robert and I don't know if we got the best waiter in the restaurant but he definately made us feel welcome and was very attentive. I highly recommend the Peninsula Grill
Excellent food, just go.. My wife and I had dinner at the Peninsula on Saturday 3/10/07 and thought it was excellent. The staff was pleasant, knowledgable and attentive. For a total $150 bill (including tax & tip) we had two cocktails, two appetizers, two entrees (I had the Tile fish special) and a piece of coconut cake to go. It was all excellent and while I don't particularly like cake, it was just fine. The bar is noisy but it was filled with kids (twenty-somethings) who should probably have been at a beer joint. We have no connection with this company (they own the Planter's Inn, and other hotels and other restaurants). We intend to go back, soon, hoping that those who don't care for it won't be there. If you appreciate a team that tries hard and delivers a fairly high standard of service and cuisine, just go. You won't regret it. If you go to restaurants expecting to be disappointed, perhaps you should stay home.
Very uncomfortable service. We came in for desserts and after dinner drinks after dining at another restaurant in Charleston. Being highly recommended, we expected exemplory service and the wonderful food and desserts that we had heard so much about. Working in the industry, we know what to look for and expect only the best. We arrived at the bar and ordered some dessert and high priced champagne. Upon dining at the bar, we DID NOT expect to hear about the bartenders previous night of drinking and partying. We could tell before we heard her story that she had been on an all night bender...dropping glasses, snipping like she had done illegal substances the night before, with unkept hair and a sloppy apparance. Needless to say, we couldn't relax as she whirled around the tiny bar and made our dining experience uncomforable. A 4-star restaurant should be an atmosphere of relaxation as you should be able to enjoy your $50 dollar desserts without feeling rushed or uneasy. Unfortunately the bartender ruined the whole image of the restaurant for us. After all, that is the first impression you get when you first walk through the door...
Exquisitely prepared Lowcountry dishes shine at this enchanting downtown hideaway..
A walk through the gas-lit, tree-enshrouded courtyard sets the scene for a wildly romantic evening. Couples get cozy at the tryst-worthy champagne bar, sipping drinks and whispering. In the dining room, antique landscapes hang from velvet-upholstered walls, and chandeliers cast a rosy glow. Gracious, well-informed waiters provide flawless service. The noise level is the only drawback, never dropping below a dull roar.
Humble Lowcountry dishes get the gourmet treatment here. A salad of lump crab, spinach and fresh tomato perfectly combines creamy and tart; Fried green tomatoes served alongside are a distraction. Oysters Rockefeller are almost too indulgent, oozing velvety Asiago cheese. Seared foie gras begs to be devoured. In addition to steak and lobster, tempting entrees include pecan-cornbread stuffed quail and bourbon-grilled jumbo shrimp. Save room for a mountainous slice of the famed coconut cake. Its six layers, perched elegantly atop a swirl of crème anglaise, put grandma's recipe to shame.
The best. Good srevice Great Chef. Great hostess Great food A little noisy Locals go for special occassions. Iam not an emplyee or owner.
Very rude service, food was average and the price didn't match the package!. This restaurant comes with rave reviews and quite frankly I just don't get it. The service was very rude starting with the Bartender, and my experience continued to go downhill from there. By the time my food arrived (including a long piece of thread in my soup) I wished I would have chosen one of the many other dining options in the historic district.
Best of the Best!. The Peninsula Grill defines fine dining in Charleston. If you belive these reviews, I would encourage you to join the rest of your friends at the TGI Fridays! Yes, the food is expensive and the atmosphere is lively, but the service is perfect, the menu is creative and food is the best you will find in SC. The chef is very creative and takes you on a culinary journey with his take on southern french fusion. I have dined at the finest restaurants in NY, LA and all accross Europe and I would put Peninsula on par with any of them.
Average food for a way above average price. For their price point this restaurant fails to deliver in many ways. First off, for $200 for 2 people to have a nice dinner (yes, it's about that much for 2 cocktails, a shared appetizer, two entrees, bottle of "cheap" wine and dessert) you expect a top notch experience and cuisine. We arrived right on time for our 8:30 reservation, but weren't seated until 9:00. We split a tuna appetizer that was decent, but nothing extraordinary, and the Ribeye and the Duck Breast entrees. Both entrees were, once again, decent, but nothing great. For $30 entrees, you expect more than simply, decent. The coconut cake was very good, but we were pretty disenchanted with the whole experience by that point. With so many great restaurants within half a mile of the Peninsula Grill, don't waste your time with this one. Try McCrady's, High Cotton, SNOB, Blossom, Cypress, or FIG instead.
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