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High Cotton Charleston
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Ranked #27 of 946 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
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Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Cumberland
Description: High Steppin' Lowcountry Living. It's a feeling of warmth and celebration that begins the moment you step inside. You'll find it in our gracious, knowledgable servers, expertly prepared dishes and a remarkable cocktail and wine program. From conversation and laughter in our bar to our stylish dining rooms of heart pine floors and antique brick, you'll come to understand true Charleston hospitality. That is, there's always cause for celebration - of our neighbors, our food and drink and each other. It's our great pleasure to share it with you.
Reviewed March 4, 2013

High Cotton has been a favorite of mine in Charleston, and I am sad to say that the quality has gone down. The service was just okay, took a bit of time with the check. The food was mediocre, some dishes too flavorful then it should be and others just too bland. I remembered it being fantastic, and so I was disappointed.

Thank curlsgirl
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

We went on a rainy Saturday night. The wait for a table in the main dining room was over an hour at 8:00; just shows you how popular this place is. We were able to get a table in the bar area which suited us fine. The drinks were comparably priced with other restaurants and they offered some interesting concoctions. My daughter had an Esspresso martini which she thought was delicious; I had Smokey Rose which I enjoyed tremendously. Full menu was offered in the bar area (which by the way was quite spacious with lots of room for small intimate tables as well as seating at the bar.) We considered the entrees which offered diverse and tasty dishes, but instead decided on the She Crab soup and two selections from the shared plate section of the menu. The She Crab soup was like eating velvet it was so smooth. It was not tremendously heavy on crab meat, but it was there and the flavor was evident throughout the bowl (which was also quite roomy and filled.) It came hot (unlike some places where the soup is usually lukewarm) along with some warm crusty rolls and butter. The soup was creamy, with little pools of butter on the surface, but thankfully not overly salted. The Charcuterie plate was a plentiful selection of thinly sliced meats accompanied with pickled beets, gerkins, and pickled peppers, two mustards, and a place of toasted, buttered baguette slices. Our Buttermilk Fried Oysters were amazingly good. Lightly coated on the outside and very fresh, I dare say even someone who did not fancy the thought of eating an oyster would have enjoyed these. All of this for two people had us leaving the restaurant plenty full and happy. To top things off that night, there was also a jazz trio playing in the bar area. Overall, this dining experience was worth it.

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Thank Empty_Nest-to-be
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

Great music, perfect ambience, delicious food, courteous staff...all made for a wonderful dining experience! Their Maverick Chard went perfectly with the octopus special, which was so tender and tasty. The pork chop is moist and reduction is superior. Rolls were crusty on the outside and dense on the inside. You will not be disappointed!

Thank lss1227
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

Dined at high cotton after only planning to take advantage of their great happy hour specials. Our meals were very tasty! The bar scene is lively with live music and great drink specials from 4-7 pm daily. The staff makes you feel right at home and are very attentive and genuine!

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Thank Carly C
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

Booked 3 days ahead for a 1pm lunch for 8. Husk, FIG and SNOB were fully booked. SNOB's sister restaurant, and across the street, is High Cotton, and the girl at SNOB gave me their number. It was very good and we all had a good time. Many afternoon drinks helped but the food was not disappointing. I had the shrimp and grits, which was excellent. Others were so-so with their meals. The soup was not hot and the others needed some seasonings to spice it up. Total for 8 of us for lunch with drinks was $240. (2 drinks each and a bottle of wine). I'd go back, however I'd go to Husk, FIG or SNOB first.

Thank SteveK61
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