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Ocean Room at The Sanctuary

One Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island, SC 29455
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Sushi, Steakhouse
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations
Description: The Forbes 4-star/AAA 4-Diamond Ocean Room at Kiawah Island Golf Resort specializes in an unparalleled steakhouse experience. Chef Nathan Thurston and team have sourced the finest meats obtainable from artisan and local cattle ranches. Dishes include both wet and dry-aged grass-fed steaks and chops as well as items for the non-meat eater. The décor reflects a classic “steakhouse” ambiance including the elegant lounge furnished in mahogany and leather to enhance this incomparable oceanfront dining room.
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103 reviews from our community

81% Recommend
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

We had a group dinner at the Ocean room. Food was very good and the service was impeccable. The dessert left a bit to be desired, but overall a really fine meal for a group of about 100.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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124 reviews 124 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I cannot say enough about the experience at this gem of a restaurant at the Sanctuary. The food can only be described as elegant and delicious. The staff goes so far out of their way to provide attentive service, as is at the entire resort. When ordering you can expect extremely unique and delicious southern fare options that are prepared... More

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Houston, Texas
16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

Fantastic steaks. Beautiful room and setting. Very friendly and knowledgable staff. Our waiter was Alex who was a attentive but not overbearing. He had an exceptional knowledge of the menu. Also knew the area very well. When we asked about directions to get somewhere he went to the computer and painter exacted directions and information.

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115 reviews 115 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

food was fantastic and wine list was great. save room for desserts here. staff was wonderful in helping with wine selections

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We ate outside of the Ocean Room in the Sushi Lounge. The sushi was absolutely incredible. So fresh and tasty! My fiancé ordered off of the Ocean Room menu and that was amazing as well! A must try if staying at the Sanctuary.

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Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We ate here once during restaurant week 2014 and had an excellent meal for a reasonable price. Ordinarily it's probably the most expensive restaurant in the area. In particular, as in all Sanctuary related restaurants, wine is more expensive than most places. Your check will be a lot cheaper if you stick to ice water. The setting was calm and... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Had Dinner there 3 days ago, 4 of us. Service was soooo slow. They even managed to bring a (good) steak out followed 3 minutes later with the pepper sauce, which should have been served at the same time obviously. Grand large hotel retaurant

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Youngstown, Ohio
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014 via mobile

5 star all the way! Casual elegance is the best way I can describe this experience. Alex, our server, was a gentleman, attentive without being intrusive. The setting is formal without being stuffy and even the background music is at a perfect volume. Although the menu is somewhat limited, the offerings are unique with appropriate accompaniments. Food was perfect and... More

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columbia, south carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Ate at Ocean Room on January 23. Food was not special and is expensive. The wines are marked up three to four times. I was charged $3.00 for a thimble of steak sauce. Service was OK but slow. At these prices, the food and service should be more top shelf. Very nice setting and decor. Looks better than it is.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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89 reviews 89 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

We ate at the bar which offered a full dinner menu plus a sushi menu. We shared 4 items off the sushi menu.They were good, but overpriced for what you get. The cocktails, wine and saki are very expensive and the pour hideously small.

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