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“Fine dining at its best!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ocean Room at The Sanctuary

Ocean Room at The Sanctuary
1 Sanctuary Beach Drive, Kiawah Island, SC 29455
+1 843-768-6253
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $90
Cuisines: Japanese, Steakhouse, Seafood, Sushi, Grill
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Good for: Scenic view, Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: The Ocean Room, Kiawah Island Golf Resort's premier Forbes 4 Star and AAA 4 Diamond restaurant, offers an unparalleled steakhouse experience, featuring a variety of signature dishes. The Ocean Room culinary team is committed to supporting local farmers by utilizing locally sourced beef, seafood, poultry and produce when writing their seasonally changing menu. Complementing Chef Jason Rheinwald's cuisine is Wine Spectator's "Best Of" Award Winning Wine Program, enticing to the most discriminating oenophile. With over 1000 selections The Ocean Room strives to showcase the characteristics of the world's finest varietals, regions, growers, and producers. A Forbes 4 Star and AAA 4 Diamond restaurant. "Best of Award of Excellence" 2010/2011 by the Wine Spectator.
Atlanta, Georgia
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388 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Fine dining at its best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

I had been to the sanctuary before, but never dined in the main dining room. While in the area on vacation, we decided to go as a family - we were not disappointed. First of all, this is hospitality at the finest level - all the servers are there to make sure you have an incredible experience. Our primary waiter (he had several assistants) was both incredibly knowledgable and very engaging. In case you want to understand the level of detail they focus on, there were stools for the ladies to put their pocket books on so they are not on the floor. We experienced a gourmet meal from start to finish, with fresh local food and fine wine from places far away. The food was delicious, the wines a grat accompaniment, and the service made it all come together. I should also say that the views are excellent. After dinner, we walked on the beach and laughed as we enjoyed the sand and the water - what a memorable evening we enjoyed thanks to the staff of the sanctuary!

Visited July 2013
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Charlotte, NC
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74 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Sunday Brunch Yum Yum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Everything, hostess, server and food, was just outstanding. Never had a better brunch in my life. A bit on the expensive side but this is not something you do everyday fresh shrimp, oysters on the half shell (all you want) deserts of all kind and much, much more. Everyone who has the opportunity should go and enjoy the Sanctuary Sunday Brunch at least once.

  • Visited September 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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Mass
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“A must visit if you are Kiawah!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Loved everything .. beautiful atmosphere, service impeccable and so friendly, We only had drinks here - never felt rushed. Will like to stay here on my next visit. Exquisite!

Visited September 2013
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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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“Excellent food, very expensive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Food quality is fabulous but hold on to the wallet.
Dinner was $400 and that only included 2 drinks.

Visited August 2013
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Washington, DC
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“Sushi lounge at Ocean Room”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013 via mobile

The sushi lounge is a first come, first serve bar area immediately outside Ocean Room at The Sanctuary. If you are looking for a table for 2, check to see if one of tables with the oceanview happens to be available - very romantic! Otherwise, the ambience is not what you expect for sushi. I don't mean that in a bad way, but it's a very formal lounge that oozes old world southern hospitality. Onto the food.... The sushi is extremely fresh, and very tasty, but not traditional (the spicy tuna had benne seeds, the low country roll had fried green tomatoes, lump crabmeat, and ham -amazing!). They have truly amazing cocktails and an extensive wine list. The service is unparalleled, albeit a little pricey ($145 for 2, including 3 cocktails & sake).

Visited September 2013
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