Amid ever-shifting culinary fashions, Charleston Grill has remained one of the city’s crown jewels by delivering a consistently flawless dining experience. Executive Chef Michelle Weaver’s dishes can be decadently lush, like her beef tenderloin with bourguignon sauce or seared foie gras with an apple hand pie topped with whipped mascarpone crème fraîche. The dishes are balanced, ingredient-centric creations, like a delicately bright salad of octopus tossed with heirloom cherry tomatoes, lemon, and parsley, while contemporary spins on Southern cuisine — fried catfish with shrimp creole and rice grits or a braised pork shank with Sea Island red peas and smoked jowl jus — are bold and satisfying. 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, Winter 2016
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 nightly.