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“Wren Bistro was a Bust”
Review of Wren Bistro

Wren Bistro
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Ranked #3 of 162 Restaurants in Beaufort
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $30
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Wren Bistro and Bar is a locally owned and operated restaurant and bar that features an ever evolving menu for both lunch and dinner. The kitchen uses delicious locally caught seafood, great cuts of steak, juicy chicken, and tasty pasta dishes. The portions are enormous (the 18 oz ribeye, and the 12-14 oz burgers for example!) and are easily big enough to share. We compliment the lunch and dinner menus with a staff of professional servers and bartenders who are very knowledgeable, always courteous, and very entertaining. The décor is elegant, yet modern and hip. So, if you and yours are looking for a great experience, and even better food, come check us out anytime Monday through Saturday, between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. Reservations are not required, but always welcomed!
Gatlinburg, TN
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Wren Bistro was a Bust”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

Last night we made reservations at the Wren in hopes of having some wonderful local fare. Upon our arrival the hostess wanted to seat us immediately next to the front door at one of two tables that were far from the regular seating saying that it would best with a baby. We did not agree because of the very loud noises coming from the bar and cold draft from the front door traffic. She then gave us the option of a table in the rear of the main seating are which was fine.

Our waitress arrived and we had some questions about the menu she answered in a disinterested hasty manner. We decided what we wanted and gave her our order. She returned in just a few minutes and said that they did not have the crab cakes that my daughter ordered. She can't have dairy so there were some more questions which the waitress answered in haste.

Our meal arrived and it looked great. However, we soon had another impression. My wife's salmon on puffed pastry was a very tasty portion of grilled salmon sitting on a pillow of raw, soggy puffed pastry dough. My calimari was so over cooked it tasted a bit like bacon and was tough and chewy. My jumbo shrimp scampi turned out to be over cooked as well and as for being jumbo, they were tiny and when I ate them I got the unplesant crunch of sand. Our daughter's meal was great except that she asked for "no dairy" and for them to just use olive oil on her bread. After the first bite it was clear that the bread was buttered. When the waitress was made aware of the error she rudely said "Eat the bread on the table, it is not buttered." and she left without offering to replace the buttered bread with warm bread brushed with olive oil as we ordered.

The waitress then went to the table adjacent to us to take their order and they too wanted the crab cakes. The waitress explained that they were out of them but nicely offered schpped scallop cakes as a substitute. It would have been nice if she had done the same for us.

At this point we just wanted to leave which we did. Our impression of the Wren is that it is much better as a very loud bar than a restaurant and we would not recommend it.

  • Visited March 2013
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Augusta, GA
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Some of the best Lowcountry Fare that you will ever eat!!!”
Reviewed February 25, 2013


What ever day that we decide to go from home to our beach house, we plan it to get to Wren and have a relaxing martini and wonderful dinner before the last few miles. There is nothing better than their fresh seafood, no matter how it is cooked and served that day. The burgers are the greatest and you get to choose how you want them cooked, what cheese and loads of great fries. The staff is excellent and so friendly and accommodating and you are sure they were your best friend sometime in your life. I love the decor with the rustic tables and white tablecloths. Great place to see people and have a fun evening with excellent food and drink.

Visited February 2013
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Pretty good!”
Reviewed February 24, 2013 via mobile

I recently are here with some girlfriends and we really enjoyed it. Our waitress, Amanda was very personable and sweet. The wine selection was good and the calamari was super yummy. My only complaint about the ambiance was how dark it was and how close all the tables are together.

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Seven Lakes, Nc
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great seafood!”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

Tried this restaurant our second night in Beaufort. Great choice! My wife had the Shrimp Scampi for an appetizer while I chose the fried oysters. Both were excellent. The we chose the Blackened Mahi on a grits cake and the small plate crab cakes. Received three silver dollar sized crab cakes which were excellent. The Mahi was very filling for even a hungry eater. Enjoyed this restaurant very much and will come back again on our next visit. Service was very good!

  • Visited February 2013
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Savannah, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Excellent food, slow service”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

The restaurant was overwhelmed with a large party that arrived just ahead of us and we got our dinners over an hour after we ordered. The food was good, but not the wait. Our reservation was for 7pm, we were seated promptly, but we didn't get out until 9:30pm.

Visited February 2013
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