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Palmetto Cafe

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205 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-3110 (Hassel Street)
843-722-4900
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6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 6:30 am - 10:30 am
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Recently reopened after a 6-week renovation, The AAA Four-Diamond Palmetto...
Recently reopened after a 6-week renovation, The AAA Four-Diamond Palmetto Cafe offers a tranquil, garden-like setting perfect for breakfast, lunch or weekend brunch. This casual, yet elegant restaurant features a lush courtyard complete with circular bronze fountain and impeccably kept gardens, perfect for enjoying nice weather.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Local cuisine
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 72
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
SLOW - even for the south!

We've had lunch here a demux many times - in the little outdoor courtyard - and loved the she-crab soup and the ambience. But this time we had the family with us (daughter, son-in-law and 2 grandsons) and we ate in the restaurant - well, we did eventually. Our order took FOREVER to come and then... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 20, 2015
PJaneS
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Bath, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
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121 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Bath, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We've had lunch here a demux many times - in the little outdoor courtyard - and loved the she-crab soup and the ambience. But this time we had the family with us (daughter, son-in-law and 2 grandsons) and we ate in the restaurant - well, we did eventually. Our order took FOREVER to come and then was incorrect. And each... More 

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Valley Stream, NY
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75 reviews 75 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This is the lunch venue in the Charleston place hotel. The food is good but its a hotel and its very expensive for Charleston

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This a great place for breakfast. Really good coffee service and very friendly wait staff. The continental breakfast is a great value if you want to avoid the expensive hotel buffet option.

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Southport, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

There with family (7) for brunch. Nice atmosphere. Grits, bacon & sausage, scrambled eggs, omelette station, bagel, pastries were excellent and freshly made. Staff was friendly. Our waiter was good but brought 1 drink incorrectly and had to be asked twice for more water. $27 pp was worth it as the food was great. Would definitely return.

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Calabash, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We ate lunch at Palmetto. The octopus salad was delicious. Although the lunch was close to $100 for 2 of us (with tip) it was worth it.

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Scottsdale, AZ
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264 reviews 264 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This is one of those hotel restaurants that when you leave, you feel ripped off. Yes, the food is slightly above average, but not worth the expensive price tag. Service is very good along with the decor. We had a traditional breakfast and the highlight was the bacon. French press coffee is too strong for me. Get out of the... More 

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St. Louis, MO
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178 reviews 178 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

My husband had a business lunch here and said it was outstanding. He said the crab salad was life-changing. Jealous I couldn't go!

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you happen to be in Charleston you must go to Palmetto Cafe. We were going for lobster rolls somewhere else but when I saw this place, we loved it and we stayed! I am so glad we did. We had a wonderful lunch, I had the sampler, so generous and delicious. She crab soup, a crab cake, a chicken... More 

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maryland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We had the Caesar Salad too! It was one of the most bland I have ever had and some of the lettuce was brown. The accompanying shrimp, friend oysters, chicken and scallops were good. The she crab soup was excellent. The service was just ok. A little slow and spotty. We seemed to be hunting for our waiter a lot... More 

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North Carolina
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95 reviews 95 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

The breakfast buffet is expensive in Palmetto Cafe but worth the price. You start out with a very good personal pot of coffee. Some of the items on the buffet were lox & bagels, eggs benedict, eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast, an amazing caramel brioche, a wide selection of pastries and an omelet station. Many times at buffets the croissants... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 205 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-3110
    (Hassel Street)
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 843-722-4900

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

Recently reopened after a 6-week renovation, The AAA Four-Diamond Palmetto Cafe offers a tranquil, garden-like setting perfect for breakfast, lunch or weekend brunch. This casual, yet elegant restaurant features a lush courtyard complete with circular bronze fountain and impeccably kept gardens, perfect for enjoying nice weather.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 10:30 am
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 10:30 am
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 10:30 am
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 10:30 am
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 10:30 am
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 3:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?