March 07, 2012
224 King St. (Downtown)
Exec. chef Michelle Weaver takes the helm in the kitchen of this world-class dining room. The innovative menu is broken into four types of dishes: pure focuses on fresh ingredients in simple preparations, lush delivers lavish French fare, cosmopolitan explores exotic and imaginative cuisine, and Southern is the Grill's take on local favorites. Live jazz by Quentin Baxter.
Over the past five years, many of the older fine-dining restaurants have struggled to keep pace with the brash, young upstarts, but the ever-evolving Charleston Grill has managed to keep its place at the head of the pack. Executive Chef Michelle Weaver still turns out the decadently lush entrees that have long been the restaurant’s calling card, like butter-poached lobster with gnocchi and truffle sauce or an intensely flavored rabbit ragu with fresh pappardelle and foie gras. At the same time, she can deliver pristine, ingredient-centric dishes like a delicately bright salad of octopus tossed with heirloom cherry tomatoes, lemon, and parsley. And her contemporary spins on Southern cuisine — fried catfish with shrimp creole and rice grits or a grilled Kurobutu pork chop with dirty purlou and mustard greens — are as Dixie as they come. The best way to experience the full sweep of the cuisine is with Weaver’s six-course tasting menu, which may well be the most impressive in town. Sommelier Rick Rubel’s extensive wine list provides spot-on pairings for such impressive food, and Mickey Bakst’s reliably attentive front-of-the-house team ensures a luxurious experience from start to finish. —Robert Moss Dish (Summer 2014)
all0327 says... great and relaxing! ★★★★★
Charleston97 says... WoW, need I say more, Two apps and two entrees for around $50, we enjoyed the Amberjack which was AWESOME and the Halabat which lacked seasoning (compared to the Amberjack) but the buttery sauce was great on the potatoes, and dipping the bread. If you hve never been the service is like none other, the atmosphere is also quite nice. Again if you need an excuse to splurge this is it, While we didn't drink, there is a very extensive wine list, about 40 of them are available by the glass ★★★★★
emichan says... Dinner here is an annual birthday tradition for me, and it is always the best part. I've had fine dining experiences all over Charleston, and many in New York and Boston. This restaurant tops all others for consistency, freshness, innovative dishes, service, and an overall great experience. It does not come cheap by any means, we'll easily drop over $200 for two people with drinks/tax/tips. But, as an annual treat it is well worth it. I recommend Charleston Grill without reservation. The local seafood is usually especially good, but I don't think you can go wrong with any menu selection. Exceptional service and exceptional food. ★★★★★
Forget Pappy Van Winkle and shots of Grand Ma. The signature tipple of Charleston was once Madeira, an aged, fortified wine that was the ultimate mark of wealth and sophistication during the Antebellum era. An 1850s mildew outbreak on the island of Madeira disrupted the wine's production, and in the wake of the Civil War all the old bottles disappeared one by one from Charleston, making them almost as rare as a unicorn. But you can recover a little of that lost wine history with the Madeira Flight at the Charleston Grill: three 1.5 ounce glasses of vintage Madeiras, the oldest dating all the way back to 1920. Slightly sweet with rich, complex spice notes, a 90-year-old wine is a thing of wonder.