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“Best Seafood of our trip!”
Review of The Seafood Academy - CLOSED

The Seafood Academy
Price range: $12 - $28
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Bar, Soups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed October 12, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I stopped on our way back home to Tn from Savannah. As my husband said earlier, everything from the atmosphere to the prices were great. I had "plate envy" of my husband's shrimp and grits until I took a bite of my salmon. WOW! Good job guys and keep it up!

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Thank beatwalkerswife
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

We frequently travel from FL to the mountains of NC and back using I95 and I26. I was resigned to the fact that unless you want a pepsi and a bag of chips from the gas station, there is NOTHING to eat between Walterboro and Columbia, SC on this route. That was until our delightful discovery of the Seafood Academy in Orangeburg, SC yesterday. We stopped in about 2pm.

We almost didn't stop after reading the reviews, but we are SO glad we did. This is a hidden gem! Everything about it impressed us. First, its very easy to find - not even a mile SE of Interstate 26 at the St. Matthews Rd (Rte 601) exit. Second, when you walk in, its like a breath of fresh air - cool, low-key jazz playing in the background, cloth tablecloths and napkins, and a welcoming hostess who made it feel as if she was just waiting for us to arrive so she could invite us in. But BEST - the food. My husband and I have eaten seafood from FL to Boston and we know something about quality. The seafood at this restaurant is some of the best we've had anywhere. Because we had been put off by some previous reviews, we had made plans for dinner with friends further south. We just went into The Seafood Academy to have a break, enjoy a glass of wine and get an appetizer to hold us over til dinner.

Our waiter, Webb, was truly attentive and seemed interested in making sure we had just what we wanted. We both ordered Pinot Grigio - it was perfectly chilled and served right away. My husband ordered raw oysters on the half shell - hard to get good ones unless you are right on the coast. I was struggling between the shrimp cocktail and the "shrimp feast" - 10 shrimp that could be ordered steamed, broiled or fried. I wanted to share with my husband so I wouldn't fill up before our dinner. Webb recommended the shrimp feast and I ordered them fried. OMG... they were delicous. I could only part with one token shrimp to keep my word about sharing. My husband's oysters were so fresh and delicious that he asked Webb where they were from. Webb told us that they came from Charleston - right down the road. (I always appreciate restaurants that focus on local products.) And then, for the icing on the cake, the chef sent us out two more oysters that had been broiled with a magnificent parmesan and basil topping. So... right about then, I regretted that we'd made dinner plans elsewhere. I was ready to go ahead and order entrees!

One other great thing about this restaurant: The prices are very reasonable. Both of our appetizers were less than $10 and with 3 glasses of wine, our bill was $37 (w/o the tip). Also, they are open from 11am thru dinner - I think it was until 9 or 10pm. When we're traveling, I always get thrown off by those restaurants that close at 2 or 3 and reopen at 4 or 5. Invariably, we hit them at the wrong time.

Happily, we're making this FL/NC trip again next week, so we'll be able to stop in and really enjoy a full meal. We can't wait! This restaurant has only been open for a few months. We know tha one of these days, the place is going to be so jammed we won't be able to get in without a reservation - so we'll enjoy it now while we can!

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Thank Piacere_9
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

This restaurant was recommended to us by the staff at the Comfort Inn. It's owned by two professors and has been beautifully redecorated inside. The food was good and prices were very reasonable plus they give a 10% discount if you are staying at one of the local hotels.

Thank Larry_WC
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

As we left Savannah for Tennessee we stopped in Orangeburg, SC for one last seafood meal. This couldn't have been any better. I had Shrimp and grits off the lunch menu at an incredible price. My wife got the grilled salmon with Asparagus and smashed potato dish, both were excellent. The price was reasonable and we did not have to settle fro fried seafood like a certain famous name restaurant in Savannah. I had a cold adult beverage with my meal and their was a nice bar inside, but don't let that deter the non drinker. This place did not look like a drinking hangout. The waiter and staff were dressed up nice, and it was a tablecloth experience. We will stop again.

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Reviewed September 28, 2012 via mobile

Food was good service was terrible.
Waitress could not get our order right.
Waited 25 minutes before we could get our check. It might have not have been so bad if they were busy but only 8 tables were filled. Maybe they need to send there waitress to waitress academy .

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Thank Chey12
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