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“Southern Charm”
Review of Peninsula Grill

Peninsula Grill
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Ranked #10 of 910 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Meeting Street
Description: Located in the very heart of Charleston's famed Historic District, this AAA Four-Diamond restaurant has been recognized by Departures, Conde Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, The New York Times, Southern Living, Travel + Leisure, Wine Spectator, and others for serving the finest and freshest ingredients sourced locally and globally. With velvet-lined walls in shimmering oyster tones, woven seagrass, and indigenous cypress, the Peninsula Grill Dining Room ambiance is supper club sumptuousness. The Peninsula Grill Champagne Bar is an intimate jewel box space that offers several outstanding champagnes by the glass and a delicious bar menu. The lush Peninsula Grill Courtyard is one of the Charleston's true hidden gems and the most romantic al fresco dining setting in the city. Peninsula Grill also offers private dining. Peninsula Grill is a proud member of Relais & Chateaux, an exclusive collection of restaurants and hotels in romantic destinations around the world. Business casual attire.
Park City, Utah
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Southern Charm”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

I looked forward to trying the Peninsula grill for many days prior based upon Trip advisor reviews and was not disappointed. To start the old part of Charleston is simple beautiful, cobbled streets, moss hanging from old oak trees-Southern Charm epitomized.
To start the bread was warm and delicious and the waiter, Ralph was very good-knew the menu inside and out and was quick to recognize a fellow foodie. I started with the the oyster stew, very good with 4 large and very briny oyster on top. The sauce was yummy to dip your bread in. For my main course I had a special. Halibut on a bed of risotto with a truffle infused pea and butter reduction which was very good. My only problem with the dish and which forced me to only give the grill a 4 start review was the Halibut was too salty and a little dry. Not enough to send the dish back but caused it to miss the mark. Desert and coffee to follow was excellent. Had their famous coconut cake which won on iron chief and was, frankly the best I have ever had. I would without a doubt recommend this restaurant and next time I am in town I will try another I found just down the street FIG (food is good).

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank SWACaptain
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Planters_Inn, General Manager at Peninsula Grill, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
Thank you for such a descriptive and wonderful review. I know that you only gave us a rating of four but you enticed me to have the stew again after reading your description. It had been far too long. I wish that you had allowed us to prepare your halibut with a little less salt. What was otherwise a wonderful experience was ruined by something that we would have been able to fix very easily. Chef Graham Dailey and his staff are amazing cooks. We strive for perfection on every dish and when that is not realized we want to make sure that it is corrected. We look forward to your next visit to Peninsula Grill.

Cheers,

Ryan Groeschel
General Manager / Sommelier
Peninsula Grill
Relais & Chateuax
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Middletown, NJ
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“old time excellence”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

Lovely decor. I had the barrelfish, which was good. My husband had the trout which was excellent. Service was good. The evening was quite enjoyable.

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank SueandStu2
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Planters_Inn, General Manager at Peninsula Grill, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
We are thrilled that you enjoyed your evening at Peninsula Grill so much. Cuisine, Service and Ambiance are the cornerstones of what makes Peninsula Grill such an amazing place. It is due to our consistency in delivering these cornerstones of dining that Peninsula is the place to dine in Charleston.

Cheers,

Ryan Groeschel
General Manager / Sommelier
Peninsula Grill
Relais & Chateuax
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Lancaster, Pa.
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“Amazing food in a beautiful setting!”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

On our recent 5-day trip to Charleston, we researched many restaurants; however, this restaurant was based on a recommendation by a friend. What a great choice! Located in the Planter's Inn, near the famous market, it has a pleasant, but elegant, dining room. The waitress was attentive and knowledgable about the menu and wines. It was easy to see that the entrees were designed by a top-rated chef, with complex flavors that worked well together. The chicken was delicious and the scallops were fresh, tasty and perfectly prepared. At the end of the meal, we decided to share a piece of the famous coconut cake (each piece weighs approximately 1-pound!). Our piece was a tad dry, but overall, it was delicious. The Peninsula Grill was definitely a highlight to our dining experiences in Charleston.

  • Visited January 2013
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2 Thank PJ9156
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Planters_Inn, General Manager at Peninsula Grill, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
We are thrilled that Peninsula Grill was the "dining highlight " of your dining experience is Charleston. I am glad that we lived up to your high expectations and made your friends recommendation good. Chef Graham Dailey and his staff focus on the proper preparation of the finest ingredients from around the low country and around the globe. Our knowledgeable and longstanding service staff is able to make recommendations and focus on making each guests experience phenomenal. We look forward to serving again.

Cheers,

Ryan Groeschel
General Manager / Sommelier
Peninsula Grill
Relais & Chateuax
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“Delightful”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

We actually inadvertently ended up at the Peninsula Grill by accident. My wife took me to Charleston to celebrate my birthday, but we forgot to make reservations for dinner on the first night as we were traveling. So we quickly looked online and both agreed that the presentation of the Peninsula Grill was very pleasing and thought it would be a nice introduction to our vacation. We could not have been more pleased! Two of our friends joined us and everyone enjoyed their selections. The meals ran the gamut including NY Strip, salmon, free range chicken, and salads. Everything was on point. Service was impeccable and the wait staff knowledgeable and very attentive. Dessert was fabulous and I look forward to our return visit to the Peninsula Grill.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank BTM2011
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Planters_Inn, General Manager at Peninsula Grill, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
We look forward to your return as well. What a pleasant accident. I am thrilled that you had such a wonderful experience. Chef Graham Dailey and his staff show their passion for food in every dish. Our Pastry Chef Claire Chapman and her staff create wonderful "Finishing Touches" as well as the world renowned Coconut Cake. Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review.

Cheers,

Ryan Groeschel
General Manager / Sommelier
Peninsula Grill
Relais & Chateuax
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

Went for New Years Eve. Delicious food, unpretentious staff (surprising given its high price point).

The foie gras was melt in your mouth good, and of course the coconut cake was as advertised!

Visited December 2012
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2 Thank citysearcher
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Planters_Inn, General Manager at Peninsula Grill, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
Thank you for the wonderful review. While we are very proud of many things, however we hope that we are never pretentious. In the kitchen Chef Dailey focuses on sourcing only the best ingredients from local and global producers. Our service staff focuses on each guest, trying to add to their experience. Peninsula Grill looks at the small details to make sure that every guest at every table has a reason to return. We look forward to your next visit.

Cheers,

Ryan Groeschel
General Manager / Sommelier
Peninsula Grill
Relais & Chateuax
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