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“Excellent new restaurant in town” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Brasserie Gigi - CLOSED

Brasserie Gigi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $17 - $30
Cuisines: French, American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Open daily! A casual, lively atmosphere that serves great food all day and into the night, Brasserie Gigi offers lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Located in the very heart of Charleston's famed Historic District! The menu features classic brasserie-style dishes such as Soup D'Onion Gratinee with caramelized onion, beef broth, and gruyere crouton; Salad Nicoise with rare yellowfin tuna; and Steak Frites with bernaise, a petite salad, and frites. The raw bar options include iced shellfish towers and fresh seafood samplers.
Charleston, South Carolina
Level Contributor
9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Excellent new restaurant in town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2014

Lovely place. Beautiful setting, excellent service and the food is really good. The Versailles single tower of shelfish was so beautifully presented and delicious. Duck confit, and moules frites fabulous!
Highly recommended

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
2 Thank Caxier
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PlantersInnMedia, Owner at Brasserie Gigi, responded to this review, April 12, 2014
Dear Caxier,

Thank you for taking time to share your Brasserie Gigi experience via TripAdvisor. Your positive feedback is greatly appreciated by Chef Frank McMahon and the entire staff of Brasserie Gigi—thank you! We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon.

We wish you all the best!

Sincerely,
The entire staff of Brasserie Gigi
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Charleston, South Carolina
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“What a great addition to the Holy City”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2014

It was a pleasure to dine at Brasserie Gigi within their first week and I must say, it took me right back to the 6th in Paris. All that was missing were the windows to be open and a plethora of skinny people walking about wearing scarves and lots of black!

The menu and wine list is spot on. As the front of the house is as important as the back to me, it was great to see the welcoming service of smart hires on management's part. Among local favorite staff we saw were former High Cotton manager Katie DeHart running the floor and former High Cotton bartender Korey Richards serving up the spirits behind the bar. DeHart in a fantastic black dress and the highest of heals reminded me of Maguay Le Coze at Le Bernadin working the room hard and always looking like she walked off of a run way.

The Charleston crowd that filled the tables, smart banquets and tables felt like old home week and reminded me of the ad from Hank's years ago, depicting everyone at the gathering table from our then City of Charleston police chief to socialites to local businessmen and politicians.

We ordered tons to taste and so very much enjoyed it all with some great highlights of classic items like French Onion Soup (veal stock maybe? Hummmmm), the tasty escargot who were not drowning in butter and garlic but slightly kissed the way they should be, the firm, fresh and perfect monkfish and the steak that made me exude a culinary purr.

I have always been a fan of chef Frank McMahon, since arriving to Charleston after working with Chef Gilbert LeCoze, founding partner at New York's Le Bernadin (the Chef who taught American's how to appreciate rare fish!) Being a fan of chef's who have a french influence in their history like Chef Bob Waggoner, I have always been drawn to his food. After serving the very finest fried seafood in Charleston for the past umpteen years along with classics like Wahoo and one of the very few restaurants to have curry dish on the menu in a nod to our history of the English from the West Indies settling Charleston, it is so exciting to see him put his teeth into a french project (bring the croque monsieure on!)

Nationally renown interior designer Amelia Handigan's craft work, which set the tone in so many institutions in this town to include Fulton Five, Hank's, the Peninsula Grill, and no less than 20 stories in Southern Accents over the years, dressed the space to feel like you just walked in off of the Trocadero.

Congrats to this well put together team who will make some serious culinary magic for many years to come on the Market - the place where Charlestonians have shopping and gathered for centuries.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank MitchellCrosby
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PlantersInnMedia, Owner at Brasserie Gigi, responded to this review, April 14, 2014
Dear Mitchell,

Your penchant for description is delightful. Have you ever thought about becoming a travel writer? We are tickled pink to know you enjoyed Brasserie Gigi and sincerely appreciate the many details included in your review. Thank you!!

It was our sincere pleasure to serve you and your lively party as some of our very first guests. And we look forward to welcoming you back to Brasserie Gigi very soon. The slightly-kissed-by-butter-and-garlic escargot await your return. Cheers!!

Sincerely,
The entire staff of Brasserie Gigi
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Charleston, South Carolina, United States
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147 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Charming French Reproduction”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2014

We went opening day - Service was crisp and friendly Paris in Charleston ? A very nice replica of a Parisian Brasserie. Lunch menu was good if limited choices - I had the pork schnitzel avec frites and salad - very good- my client had les hamburger - he liked it my wife and her friend had the lunch salads which were good but small - I want to go back for dinner and try the raw bar

  • Visited April 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Robert K
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PlantersInnMedia, Owner at Brasserie Gigi, responded to this review, April 12, 2014
Dear Robert,

Thank you for visiting Brasserie Gigi on opening day and also for sharing your experience via TripAdvisor. We are delighted to receive a positive review from you! The menu at Brasserie Gigi is a combination of Chef Frank McMahon's European childhood, his training at the renowned Culinary Institute of America, and his previous experience (Le Bernardin, Hank's Seafood Restaurant) — we are pleased to know that you enjoyed lunch, and we look forward to welcoming you back for dinner.

Sincerely,
The entire staff of Brasserie Gigi
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Columbia, South Carolina
Level Contributor
139 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Good but not quite France”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2014

The expectations for this new place on Market Street are great. The chef has been very impressive with his work at Hanks. I was excited by the menu as it reads like most bistros
in France. Don't get me wrong the food was very good just not what I expected. The soupe de poisson was a very good seafood chowder, but I had hoped for the classic preparation with a
tureen of soup with croutons, garlic, rouille, and grated gruyere. The lobster salad was excellent.
The mussels were very good with a nice broth with fresh herbs. The fries would have been better
with a little duck fat. The setting is very reminiscent of Paris. It's worth a visit.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Carl J
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Brasserie_Gigi, Manager at Brasserie Gigi, responded to this review, June 12, 2015
Thank you for your previous visit to Brasserie GiGi. Our restaurant has had wonderful success in its first year, much thanks to engaged diners such as yourself! We appreciate your review, and hope you will see your feedback reflected in your next experience here with us. We hope to see you again soon!
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