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High Tide Cafe - CLOSED

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Seafood
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Lunch
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Reservations, Live Music, Waterfront, Gift Cards Available
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
Updated 08/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 08/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Reviewed August 26, 2021 via mobile

Disappointed. Visited High Tide under new ownership for lunch. I ordered fish & chips, husband oysters. My order arrived with one large piece of fish. Batter did not stick to fish, fell off when dunked in the thin tartar sauce. No salt and pepper on...the table. Husband said the same about his oysters. Fries soggy, not crispy. Coleslaw okay. Did like the cranberries in the slaw. Great service.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 1, 2021 via mobile

Clams in garlic bread wine sauce excellent. Fish tacos and calamari also very good. Definitely worth eating here. Tried calling ahead and phone number didn't work.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed May 7, 2021

Been a regular for years, was leery of the new owners, pleasantly surprised and was going back often. Tonight we went in. New chef gone. Freedom running things??! Food quality was ok, but the sauces-mayonnaise heavy, lousy tartar, lousy vinaigrette, lousy blue cheese on salads....Bottled and definitley not up to the past standards and not what was there both with the new chef and the old owners...downward spiral. Salads tasteless. Soup-chowder, bland, unseasoned, disappointing as this was one of their better options. Burger good, fries flavorless and greasy. Poor service-nice young man, but not trained well. Kept forgetting items and had to repeatedly asked for things. Will think hard on going back. Might give it one more shot, but not happy.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 3, 2021

This place has great reviews that are well deserved. We went for lunch and were seated on the covered patio. Our server was very personable and made good recommendations. I ended up getting the Shrimp Toastie which was a phenomenal sandwich! My wife had a...superb burger. The whole environment of sitting on the patio overlooking the bay and great food. Must come here again!More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed March 15, 2021 via mobile

We had tacos and fish & chips to go, which were great. They had a limited menu or were out of some items due to COVID.

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed September 16, 2020 via mobile

The very gregarious and friendly owner and chef walked across the street to ask us very politely to move our rigs and talk bikes. He told us that he has the best clam chowder and that he’s not just bragging! We believed him so we...went in I clam chowder and seafood mac & cheese both were to die for! The place is incredibly clean the staff is friendly the back patio is relaxing it was definitely a spontaneous highlight to our day! We will come back.Get there quick he’s trying to sell and retire!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed June 25, 2020 via mobile

Ordered our food and it took over an hour to get it I wouldn't have minded it they were busy. Kept apologizing over and over. The clam chowder was very good, so was the jambalaya. The frys were greasy and not that good. Probably wouldn't...go back unless it was only place around.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed January 26, 2020

Excellent in both the food and the area as it's nice to view out over the bay. Service has always been great which is added to the great food that is available.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 20, 2020

My friend and I had lunch here on a winter afternoon. Our food was good. However, one of the reasons I like to lunch at this restaurant is that it has a nice water view. Because we were there in the winter, the outdoor patio...was closed. Still, they have a few tables by the window. However, all the window tables were occupied, so we sat in the middle of the room. The thing is one of those window tables was occupied by either the manager or owner, who was doing paperwork! Surely he could have done tgat elsewhere and left the window table for paying customers?More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed December 29, 2019

We were staying in Charleston for a birthday get-a-way, and ate here for my birthday dinner. A very charming restaurant sort of tucked away on the bay. The menu was full of local & fresh seafood choices, plus many specials that made it difficult to...choose! I ended up choosing the bay scallops and I was not disappointed. My friend had the oysters, everything was SO incredible! Absolutely delicious!! They also have a full bar, my martini was also very good! Would definitely recommend this family owned restaurant, can’t wait to come back!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 28, 2019 via mobile

From the outside you might be sceptical but as soon as you walk through the door you will find a welcoming, casual, friendly venue that has good food. They have award winning clam chowder and a rock fireplace that is very cozy in cold or...rainy weather.They also have a full bar and the night we were there, a musician playing guitar. Check it out.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 13, 2019

In the afternoon at the bar area fresh cought fish and a cold one is nice. Either with friends or alone. Just a nice place to go. Dinner is also fresh caught in the bay.

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed October 11, 2019 via mobile

Nothing memorable. Inside smelled so bad that we sat outside. This place was a recommended so I was hoping for delicious. The chowder was good but not the best we have had. My husbands seafood pasta was mushy. I got chicken tenders as I thought...that was a safe choice. Bad idea... they tasted like all the seafood they put in the fryer. Overall would not recommended.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 26, 2019 via mobile

the clam chowder had lots of clams and was not thick and pasty like we had other places--the fish and chips(deep fried, but u can get it prepared other ways) was flaky and delicious, the fries looked like they were cut there. The tarter sauce...was home made. Waitress (Becky S.)was knowledgable, efficient and friendly. Also served were breakfast items, Hamburg's, and more. Outdoor and indoor seating; bathrooms very clean.Strongly recommend. Bowl of soup, fish and chips, and 2 sodas came to $30--good price for quality priceMore

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 2, 2019 via mobile

Had good fish and chips, scallop and shrimp combo, both really good. Their clam chowder is one of the best we have ever had. Craft beers and outdoor area a plus. Clean place,and a pleasant server. We will return.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about High Tide Cafe

Yes, High Tide Cafe is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

High Tide Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5