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“The best dessert's in the South!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kaminsky's Most Excellent Cafe

Kaminsky's Most Excellent Cafe
78 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401
843-853-8270
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Ranked #38 of 758 Restaurants in Charleston
Price range: $0 - $8
Cuisines: Bakery, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Located in downtown Charleston, Kaminsky's "most excellent" desserts are prepared fresh each day by our talented pastry chefs with selections changing daily. We encourage you to explore our selection of signature desserts housed in the case at the front door.Relax and enjoy your most excellent selection of dessert with a beverage. In addition to our vast array of specialty coffees, we also offer a full beer, wine and liquor selection.Our signature desserts can be ordered for any special occasion or celebration. We ask that you call our restaurants to reserve your favorite gourmet cake or pie at least 48 hours in advance.
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“The best dessert's in the South!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

OMG, the best homemade dessert's south of NYC! Cakes, pies, cookies and more. Close your eyes and pick one and you won't go away disappointed. This small cafe offers desserts and coffee bar. Minimal table seating and carry out. On weekends be prepared to wait in long lines for a table and carry out....don't leave...get in line and you will be glad you waited!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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thanksfordining, Guest Relations Manager at Kaminsky's Most Excellent Cafe, responded to this review, August 23, 2013
Thank you for such a great comment! We hope that you come back again soon.
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Columbia, South Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Not as impressed, and very long wait times”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

This was a "THE" recommended place for dessert. There was a long wait time, and the dessert and coffee was average. It was very noisy, and quite warm on the upper floor. Service was also just average. Not sure we would go again, maybe better to explore others in the area.

Visited August 2013
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thanksfordining, Guest Relations Manager at Kaminsky's Most Excellent Cafe, responded to this review, August 19, 2013
Thank you for visiting us at Kaminsky’s in Charleston and thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback on your experience. We were glad to hear that we came highly recommended, but it was unfortunate to hear your comments on the lack of an exceptional experience that we provided. Being voted Best Desserts in Charleston, for a number of years straight, our goal is always to exceed your expectations with every aspect of your visit. It is clear that we failed to provide this experience in your recent visit, but we would love another chance to serve you again soon. We will be reviewing your comments closely and we thank you again for the feedback.
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Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Worth every calorie”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

As a frequent baker I was blown away by how good the dessert was! The coconut cream pie was perfection. You might have to wait in line on a busy night to even get to the take out counter. Wait. It's worth it.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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thanksfordining, Guest Relations Manager at Kaminsky's Most Excellent Cafe, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Thank you for visiting us at Kaminsky's in Downtown Charleston. We are so pleased you enjoyed the Coconut Cream Pie. We hope to see you again soon!
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Mooresville, North Carolina
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128 reviews 128 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
463 helpful votes 463 helpful votes
“Not so excellent cafe”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

My wife and I initially came here a few years ago. We live in Charlotte and we drove down for a three day weekend stay. Charleston was outstanding and when we stumbled across Kaminsky’s we were really impressed.
Fast forwarding, my wife and I recently made our way back to Charleston and decided to stop into Kaminsky’s again. Our second experience at Kaminsky’s wasn’t nearly as good as the first.
We went on Saturday night around 9:00 PM. On the positive side our waitress was outstandingly nice and friendly. She was waiting on many tables but still had a smile and a great personality even with the heavy workload. So for that we were thankful.
On the negative there were some things that we didn’t like. First, they don’t take reservations. This means when you arrive you have to stand outside and wait to be seated which took over 30 minutes. Secondly, once you get inside you will see that they do not have Air Conditioning going. It was like an oven and we were sticking to our chairs. Not pleasant. Thirdly, and the biggest disappointment for us is that they no longer offer the sampler sizes which they had in the past. It was nice being able to order a number of small items to try just a few bites of each. However, the owner has decided that they didn’t like the idea of offering sampler trays so they have eliminated the ability to get them. My advice is to turn on some AC and go back to the sampler trays.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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thanksfordining, Guest Relations Manager at Kaminsky's Most Excellent Cafe, responded to this review, August 19, 2013
Thank you very much for visiting us again at Kaminsky’s in Charleston and thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback on your experience. It was great to hear that you decided to come see us again following your first visit and it was also nice to hear that you enjoyed our service and hospitality during the visit. We apologize for the crowd and the long wait you endured, but we do appreciate your patience. Our air conditioning was unfortunately not maintaining a cool temperature in the restaurant during your visit, but we have since taken steps to fix this, and we do apologize for the warm restaurant you experienced. Our goal at Kaminsky’s is always to provide our guests the opportunity to enjoy the variety of delicious desserts that we bake, in a relaxed and hospitable environment. It is clear, however, that we did not entirely succeed in meeting our goal in your recent visit. The next time you join us, we would be glad to offer you a sampler tray of our delicious desserts, as we will always do anything we can at Kaminsky’s to provide our guests with what they desire. We do appreciate your feedback and we hope you will be willing to give us another chance to serve you again soon. Thank you again for your comments and we hope to have the opportunity to see you soon.
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Pinson, Alabama, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Commence with Dessert at Kaminsky's!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

The chocolate malt is not to missed! Too crowded - place your to go order at the counter near the front door. A different selection of delectable desserts each day - go more than once while in Charleston!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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thanksfordining, Guest Relations Manager at Kaminsky's Most Excellent Cafe, responded to this review, August 11, 2013
Thank you for visiting Kaminsky's in Downtown Charleston!
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