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$21 - $30
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American, Bar, Seafood
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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2.9 miles from Joe Riley Waterfront Park
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Slowest service ever and the rudest hostess and waitress. Waited over 2 hours only to have our plates literally thrown on the table at us. Dick’s Last Resort treats you better! Mediocre food and horrible service. Do not waste your time or money here

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed August 31, 2020

My husband and I have eaten here every time we have been in Charleston since 2009- always great service and amazing food. This time was no different! We came in for my birthday lunch- raw oysters for an appetizer are always a must. My husband...got the shrimp and grits and loved it. I had the salmon and shrimp that are always good with the "shem spice". And even got a piece of homemade key lime pie for my birthday :). Another great visit to Shem Creek!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed August 15, 2020

My wife and I ate here on a Friday night and the business was fairly slow. I know that Covid has had an impact on the way restaurants must work but our waitress was not attentive. We kept having to get her attention and then...she would be slow to respond or another bring whatever was the issue from napkins to salt and pepper. The food was fine as I had peel and eat shrimp with a side salad and my wife the oyster roll. My vodka tonic was replaced with just straight vodka and that was passable but not by muchMore

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed August 8, 2020

Came highly recommended by the local crowd. It was so good that we went back the second night! Staff was great and attentive. We took some friends with us the second night and they were so impressed too. The flavor of the seafood is just...remarkable. Shem Creek will be marked as one of our favorites when we are back in town!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed July 31, 2020

While we had a great server, Jenn, our food was just ok. We had a group of 20 and we didn't get there at the same time. I wanted to pay for 4 people in the first party of 8 that got there (we were...split between 3 tables). They were not friendly when they informed me I couldn't do that.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed July 17, 2020

Personally, I did not enjoy my dinner. I ordered the crab cakes, and they weren't to my taste. I had the rest of my table taste and it was compared to thanksgiving dressing with crab in it. The coleslaw was also pretty bland. Other people...had chicken strips, chicken breast, and those didn't get good reviews either. However, we had a large group and the salmon, fried shrimp, grilled shrimp, and pasta got rave reviews. Our waitress was really good as well and it was a nice atmosphere.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed July 11, 2020 via mobile

Great staff, food, and ambiance! Watched the sunset outside! Great space between the tables and excellent speed of service! Would come back again!

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed July 2, 2020

on July 1 with the mask ordinance in place Shem Creek Bar & Grill offered no outside dining. All staff and most of the customers wore mask. In the middle of our meal the staff sat a party of 12 20-somethings right in the middle...of the dining room with no mask at all. All the people wearing mask were upset but the staff did not ask them to put on masks --- This is the way the virus is spread and people die -More

Date of visit: July 2020
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ShemCreekBarAndGrill, General Manager at Shem Creek Bar and Grill, responded to this reviewResponded July 3, 2020

I feel the need to respond to this review based on the following: Outside seating was not available on July 1st due to a heat advisory issued by The National Weather Service; temperatures were expected to feel like it was 105 degrees. We absolutely will...More

Reviewed June 21, 2020

The Shem Creek Bar & Grille is a great locals’ spot. There is lots and lots of hubbub about a couple of places farther down the creek past the bridge, but for my money, this is the place to go on Shem Creek. There are...lots of reasons for my recommendation: PACE: Shem Creek Bar & Grille is big and can be busy, but it’s nowhere near as packed and intense (even during the pandemic) as some other places. It has several different dining areas (inside and outside), plus a nice dock with shade where you can enjoy a beverage and get a close-up view of the goings-on on the creek. PARKING: I won’t say they have LOTS of parking, but they do have free parking, and we usually get a spot without too much hassle. DRINKS: Although the Shem Creek Bar & Grille is decidedly a casual place, there is nothing casual about the bars and the bartenders. We had brunch today, and my wife had a mimosa. We watched the bartender squeeze FRESH OJ for the drink with one of those old-fashioned levered juicers. They hand-squeeze the juice on-demand (whether orange, lemon, or lime) for all of their cocktails that require juice. They also have an excellent drink list with lots of salt-water-themed cocktails. Way cool, excellent drinks, and quality that one might not expect in a creekside bar. I give them 5 stars for the bar. Throw out the anchor! FOOD: They have an open kitchen in the main room where the bar is, and you can watch the magic happen if you’re sitting at the bar. The food is really good, no fancy stuff, just good, fresh, seafood. Shrimp, flounder, red rice, hushpuppies (two people can’t finish an order), and all of the usual suspects prepared the right way. Delicate breading, easy on spices, let the raw ingredients speak for themselves. My wife I went there back in February of March (before the dopey COVID-19), and they had SHAD ROE! And it was so good. As a local, I hesitate to tell anyone about the Shem Creek Bar & Grille, because I don’t want it to be mobbed. But I have loyalty to folks who do things right, and I want them to do well and keep going. I headlined this review by calling the Shem Creek Bar & Grille a treasure, and a treasure it is indeed. Can’t wait to go back.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed June 15, 2020

Our family of 6 stopped here for happy hour but due to the coronavirus, they were not serving their happy hour reduced price food menu. So, we ordered the full price menu appetizers and the wings and hush puppies were good. The Shem's Creek shrimp...sauce was excellent! Just wished they would have offered the happy hour prices even though we couldn't sit at the bar area. They have a very pretty view!More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Response from TJ D | Reviewed this property |
They should be able to but a call in advance would be advisable
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Response from mayorofmoore | Reviewed this property |
By looking in the restaurant, if you are having a party, you may all not sit together, plus, I was not a fan of that place. The staff have serious attitudes. I would check other options.
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