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“Delicious 'small plates' not so small”
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Ranked #64 of 910 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Located between Queen & Cumberland Streets
Description: Blossom, located on historic East Bay Street in downtown Charleston, S.C serves American cuisine highlighting the Lowcountry’s best seafood. Executive chef Adam Close and his team offer simple, clean dishes, featuring local, seasonal ingredients sourced from area fishermen and farmers, such as Jumbo Lump Crab Tostadas with corn relish, avocado mousse, and sweet chili sauce; Seared Scallops with bacon & fingerling potato ragout, garlic spinach, and brown butter vinaigrette; and pan roasted Mahi Mahi with rock shrimp, creamy rice pirloo, and tomato butter. Open for lunch on Monday through Saturday, dinner nightly, and Sunday brunch, Blossom also offers seating on its charming patio.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Delicious 'small plates' not so small”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

We dined here on a whim, and sat outside. There's an option to dine in an outside courtyard, which looked lovely, but we chose people-watching instead. Since we had eaten earlier, we decided to share a couple of small plates to get a sampling of flavors. Well, our plan to eat lightly was derailed in two ways: first is the bread, which is good on it's own (soft, warm, fresh), but coupled with a honey and parsley infused butter...well, it was just too good...we ended up requesting (and consuming) a second loaf (in our limited defense, they were small loaves). Next thing: the 'small plates' were not so small - in fact, they were typical fancy-restaurant sized portions. The prices of $15-$17 were much more palatable once we saw the size of the dishes; considering how rich the dishes were, it was plenty for dinner. The crab cake with bay shrimp and rice had lots going on, and it was all tasty. It was a too salty for my liking (a theme in many of our restaurant outings in Charleston) but still tasty. We also got the ricotta gnocchi, which were very soft (almost too soft-no teeth required), and I would have preferred to have them seared with a crunchy finish. Still, very tasty. We also tried the local specialty of she-crab soup, which was very creamy, heavy, and tasty. Overall, a very good, enjoyable meal. I actually preferred this meal to the one we had at the much lauded Fig.

Visited June 2013
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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“Wonderful lunch in historic Charleston”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

My sister, mom and I happened into Blossom today upon our arrival in Charleston. The ambience was lovely , and we saw upscale touches such as white tablelothes, flowers in vases on each table, and the specials for today printed on a separate menu. The prices were certainly not upscale with a bowl of She-crab soup at $7. But we decided to try the recommended daily special of a fried pork sandwich with cheddar cheese and red pepper gravy. Our server, Jason, who was delightfully pleasant and accomodating, highly recommended this dish, and we each ordered it. The plates came out with a beautiful and delicious sandwich--containing a piping hot, large, tender, and very tasty pork tenderloin. The gravy was zesty and so good. Along with the sandwich was a healthy portion of nicely salted and peppered thin fries. This fabulous luncheon special cost $7. What a deal!!
We couldn't have had a nicer luncheon experience, and I would highly recommend Blossom and Jason!

  • Visited June 2013
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“Good time, not a casual atmosphere.”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

Our food was good but by the look of the prices and the wait staff they are not used to people wearing shorts and t-shirts.

Visited June 2013
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Can't think”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

Of anything bad about it. The venue is great, the food was great and the service was great. Had the tomato basil soup and it was delicious. Then the special was a pan seared Cobia and the side was fried okra with a special sauce.

  • Visited June 2013
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“Best steak”
Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

We just stumbled upon this place looking for a restaurant for dinner last night. As we were strolling down E Bay several people were eating outside and as we walked by we glanced at their plates which looked delicious. So we stopped our search and went in. I am so glad we did. The food was great. The bread was warm and salty with a sweet butter. My husband ordered the strip steak which was so tender he could cut with a fork. It came with scrumptious potatoes. He said it was the best steak ever. I had one of their "small plates", the scallops. They were perfect. Served in a small cast iron skillet over cream corn. It was a perfect meal. We will definitely return.

  • Visited June 2013
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