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“Fresh ingredients and creative dishes” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Great Gardens Cafe - CLOSED

Great Gardens Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: German, European, Italian, American, Swiss
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Beaufort, South Carolina
Level Contributor
161 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Fresh ingredients and creative dishes”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2012

Swiss chef Patrick and his daughters have created a wonderful dining spot in Beaufort. On main drag into town but not near anything, it's a destination worth stopping. Schnitzels, fondues, or shrimp burgers or just a Caprese Salad are all scrumptious . Try the cinnamon flavored ice tea too. Sit on the deck overlooking the marsh for a picturesque lunch or dinner

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
4 Thank PhotoSandy
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Nepean, Ontario
Level Contributor
121 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Best Kept Secret in Beaufort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2012

Beaufort has needed a Germanish restaurant since the last one, on Ribaut Road, closed some years ago. I feel quite cheated that The Great Gardens Cafe has been open for almost two years without my knowing about it. It is sad to think of all the meals I could have eaten there and didn't. The Swiss-oriented food is excellent the decor is relaxingly under-stated and the service is both friendly and efficient. The owner/chef appeared to make sure all was well with out meal. The food was really superb, my pastry-wrapped St. Galler bratwursts with red cabbage and spaetzle with mushroom gravy made me think I was back in Europe. My spouse's shrimp caprese salad was just as good and surprisingly filling. The water-side setting is quite romantic with liveoaks dripping with Spanish moss. In my defense, the restaurant is a bit far from the center of things next to the new Greyhound Station and about a mile from the Marine Corps Air Station. It seems not to advertise and is open for lunch only from Wednesday to Sunday,for dinner Wednesday through Saturday, and for breakfast Saturday only. It is not as busy as it deserves to be, Now that I have found it, I am sure I'll become a regular. I am already looking forward to sampling the rest of the menu.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
4 Thank Northern_Tourist
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Beaufort, SC
Level Contributor
395 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“Fabulous view, fabulous food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2012

We had lunch on the deck and the view is great. The St. Galler was fabulous - veal sausage wrapped in pastry. The sides were excellent. I can't wait to go back for a traditional Swiss fondue. I am expecting it to be just as good as fondue in the Swiss alps.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
3 Thank liveoak33
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Bluffton, South Carolina
Level Contributor
214 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Low Country anbiance”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2012

Choose between German or local fare. Shrimpburger was good & portions generous.
Eat on the deck and enjoy the marsh views.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
2 Thank JohnDugue
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Beaufort, South Carolina
Level Contributor
119 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Saladville”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2012

Delicious salads and sandwiches in a quiet relaxing place on the River. Good prices. too.

Helpful?
3 Thank Susan J
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