March 09, 2011
10 Exchange St. (Downtown)
Dinner (daily), Sun. Brunch
A distinctive focus on fresh fare at this dining institution.
Carolina’s was one of Charleston’s original fine dining restaurants, and Executive Chef Jill Mathias now leads it into its fourth decade of upscale local dining. Fresh local seafood — grouper, porgy, shrimp — are the stars of the ever-evolving bistro-style menu. The Perdita’s Room, with big wood columns, white tablecloths, and booths lined with burgundy velvet, is a throwback to an earlier era, while the front dining room and a large bar area hosts a more fast-paced, contemporary dining style. The Sunday brunch menu, complete with a crab cake benedict, a Hangtown Fry omelet, and signature Bloody Marys, is one of the most intriguing on the Peninsula. —Robert Moss Dish (Winter 2013)
shonnamack says... THE BEST! ★★★★★
csb says... Always good ★★★★★
localgal says... I love this place for happy hour or dinner. For happy hour you really can't beat their french fries with parmesan & truffle oil...plus 1/2 price bar menu & drinks. LOVE it!! ★★★★★
The horseshoe-shaped bar off of the main dining room at Carolina's looks like it's right out of a whiskey commercial, meaning Lost in Translation's Bob Harris would fit right in. One of Carolina's most popular concoctions is the Exchange Street Cocktail ($9), a bourbon-based treat that's fruity, light, and tasty. It features muddled lemon and a maraschino cherry, a shot of 10-year-old Russell's Reserve Bourbon, a dash of Grand Marnier, a glug of pineapple juice, and bitters. The South of Broad Old Fashioned blends bourbon with peach, orange, and lemon. Other spirits are available for cheap during the 5-7 p.m. happy hour - affordable enough for any booze-sipping character to buy a few for the Scarlett Johansson look-alike across the room.