Hominy Grill 

Dining Description:  Reasonably priced Southern fare featuring generous servings, fresh breads, and good cooking. Try the breakfast sausage. Voted Best Breakfast and Best Shrimp and Grits by CP readers.

User Rating:  ★★★★★ ★★★★★ by 21 Users

Hours:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Mon.-Sat.), & Weekend Brunch

Price:  $$, $$

Features:  Best Of, Staff Pick, Menu, Image

Dining Features:  Sunday Brunch, Lunch, Saturday Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Best of Charleston winner, Top 50, Non-Smoking

Neighborhood:  Downtown

Reviews / Comments (35)

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★★★★★ ★★★★★

I can't believe these reviews. The food here is incredible. I've been here for breakfast, which was good but probably a little too hyped up. Fine, let the tourist go here for breakfast...
I went here for dinner for the first time on Monday night and I actually woke up thinking about my food from the night before. It was incredibly delicious. There were four of us and all of our food was delicious, one had shrimp and grits, one had cajun meatloaf and one had trigger fish with cheesy deep fried grits. I had lima beans, mac and cheese, mashed sweet potatoes and corn bread. I could eat these for the rest of my life. Not to mention that we all drooled over the menu and all had a really hard time deciding what to order.
Our waitress was helpful with helping us choose, very friendly and attentive.
I can't wait to come back here for dinner.

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Posted by SarahKate on February 15, 2011 at 4:01 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

The shrimp and grits are the best in Charleston (which means the best anywhere, really). The Cobb salad and the Chicken Ranch salad (a frequent special with fresh corn, fried green tomatoes, chicken, and a home made ranch dressing with a punch) are long-time favorites. Every "vegetable" (sides, really) on the blackboard is fresh, local, home-made and amazing. The fried green tomato BLT rocks. And how does a southern chef make such awesome french fries and huevos rancheros? Oh, and did I mention the fried chicken? The food is always top-notch and consistent. The service is knowledgeable and friendly. And since they've added more enclosed space, the wait is more tolerable (shorter and with cocktails!), the restrooms easier (two instead of one...no line), and they have a bartender cranking out creative southern-based adult beverages. Rock on, Hominy Grill.

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Posted by CantThinkofOne on August 18, 2011 at 1:23 PM

The last time I took people here was the last time I visit.

The portions are really getting skimpy - I would have to order 2 entrees to avoid being hungry and I'm 5'11 160lbs.

And the food is not as good as it used to be - it's getting downright insipid.

Forget these guys - they are completely resting on their laurels.

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Posted by Nate D on February 16, 2011 at 1:48 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

I will preface this review by saying we went on Father's Day, so I knew it would be 'blown up' with people. I arrived 30 minutes ahead of my group to put our name on the list b/c we had 7 people in our party & I figured they would need to combine 2 tables or something, so I was trying to think ahead. The hostess looked put out when i said there were 7 people and said things like, "well, we dont really have tables for 7, can you split tables?" and "if everyone isnt here when we call you, we have to skip you." I appreciated the honesty, but not the attitude it came with. Well, when they called us, 5 of the 7 folks were present (the other 2 were trying to find a parking spot). We explained this and when the hostess walked away, she said "Well, I cant hold a 7 top for people who arent here" to a waitress. 5 of the 7 of us WERE right there, and we were going to sit and order coffees/mimosas, etc. They sat us at a 5 top and told us the other 2 would have to sit 'over there' -- totally across the room. SO, she wasnt holding a 7 top, then, right?! We actually asked the waitress if there was any way to squeeze 2 extra chairs at our current table & she was nice enough to suggest we add the adjacent 2 top she had (couple there were paying bill). Once we got settled and ordered, the food came out pretty quickly and was decent enough for breakfast fare, although nothing 'spectacular'. The other posters are right, this place really seems to cater to tourists and shoots for quantity over quality experience. I hadnt been here in a while and probably would try other places before returning again.

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Posted by yournamehere on June 17, 2013 at 11:54 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

Went to the Sunday brunch yesterday. Not as good as it was cracked up to be. The salmon patties had little salmon in them and for a "home cooking" touted place our food came out surprisingly fast. Fast is not such a bad thing but to us fast does not necessarily mean home cooking which is what we expected. The shrimp and grits were over priced at $17 and were also not what we expected and all three dishes were bland. Overall, may give it another shot but not anytime soon.

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Posted by barnone on August 23, 2010 at 8:42 AM

Cannot go here anymore. Its crowded as heck with tourists. So sad, really! I had liked their food, but is just gotten impossible to navigate.
I wouldnt really call this a local spot anymore. Its a tourist spot. That might not make it any worse, but dont come here expecting to eat with locals!
Just keepin' it real.
Dont drive here either...impossible parking.

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Posted by Joey Mama on September 3, 2010 at 7:04 AM

DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE!! Over priced, over rated and if you like crappy service with an attitude... this is the place for you.

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Posted by Wexler on May 3, 2009 at 9:37 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

My last two visits for lunch have been so disappointing. Servers are zombie-like with no interaction or introduction. Just walk up and say "there's the special board. Ready to order?" Bloody mary's had to be sent back because they were basically tomato flavored water. Cheese grits had virtually no hint of cheese. It's been embarrassing because both times I was entertaining guests for their first time at a well known restaurant in charleston. Come on, guys, don't slip now.

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Posted by Bethwoff on August 15, 2011 at 5:14 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

The service was friendly and attentive. The food (especially the SIDES) ranged from very good to JAW DROPPING. I will never look at lima beans the same way again.

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Posted by durwoodx on March 4, 2010 at 11:36 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

After 15 years of eating at Hominy Grill on occasion, I had a craving for shrimp & grits recently and stopped by for lunch all by myself. I was shocked at the disgusting glob of goo that was presented to me...it just LOOKED terrible. Regardless of the appearance, I dived in and, yes, looks weren't deceiving - it was TERRIBLE. After reading year after year about the BEST shrimp & grits in Charleston, I finally tried it & it was awful. The service wasn't much better. What a shame. The two stars are for easy access to parking & the guy bussing tables that finally came over & took this atrocity from my table.

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Posted by hollyplay on February 8, 2014 at 12:33 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

overated. head to Jestine's

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Posted by ncspartan on August 26, 2010 at 6:49 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

I loved this restaurant. We sat outside and ate breakfast. The food was wonderful...especially the pumpkin and banana bread! The customer service was excellent. We will definitely be going back!

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Posted by ATanner on May 2, 2009 at 7:27 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

I had a shrimp etouffee. Nothing fancy but so well balanced a mix of flavors that I enjoyed the last bite more than the first - it grew on me with experience.

My wife comes from the Roussillion region of France, where chicken livers are eaten often. She declares the chicken livers at the Hominy Grill the best she ever had.

And let me second the comment on the lima beans. I never liked lima beans before.

The service was fair, the atmosphere unpretentious almost to a fault. The food is a bargain for the quality.

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Posted by j2hess on July 18, 2010 at 12:54 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

Ate there for the first time after hearing they were in the "Top 10" places in the USA to eat a pancake. I don't think they make my "Top 100."

1. The pancakes seemed slightly overcooked, and not an overwhelming portion - no sides?
2. The butter provided is little, individually wrapped pats of butter. What a pain to unwrap butter pats when you are trying to eat pancakes.
3. The syrup arrived well after the pancakes. Even Waffle House brings syrup when you place your order, not as an afterthought or only on request.

On the upside, the wait staff was neat, attentive, and did bring the syrup when asked.
As others have stated, parking is, well, very hard to come by.

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Posted by ctcatches on August 12, 2011 at 1:47 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

It's a good thing James Beard isn't alive to experience this "award winner." All hype. No substance. They spend more time on the logistics of filing busloads of tourists in and out than they do on their actual food. The biscuits are dry. The grits are bland. The food is overpriced. Not worth the wait even if there weren't a wait. It's the Hyman's of breakfast.

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Posted by kellerskards on April 16, 2009 at 8:16 AM

IHOP may not have the shrimp with their grits, but definitely has better food and better service than this place...the Hyman's of comfort food describes it well. Best tourist trap is the only Best of Charleston award Hominy deserves. Zero stars!

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Posted by Los Super Saturn on February 9, 2014 at 1:20 AM

I love the food, but Shrimp and Grits at brunch for $16.00 and $7.00 chocolate pudding??? Sort of ridiculous...
Small portions as well.

However, the BBQ chicken sandwich, with FF is a great value.
The chef/owner Robert obviously takes pride in his kitchen and the food is always of the best and freshest quality, but its all sold at tourist prices.

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Posted by MrsCraine on June 20, 2008 at 4:11 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

My coworkers and I ate here today while checking off items from your 101 list. I have only ever been here for breakfast, which I loved.
The patio is now closed in. I, personally don't like it. I loved the patio. It was like a secret hideway from the tourists.
The food was lackluster. I ordered the club and I could have had the same sandwich anywhere. My coworker ordered the shrimp and grits (which were very good) but are only offered at a dinner portion for $16.95 at lunch.
The service was the real issue. Our waiter seemed bothered to be serving us. Rushed us through the meal and everytime he spoke he seemed annoyed we were even there. We all work in the hospitality industry as well and know you have to give the customers a reason to return. Average food and poor service are not a reason.

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Posted by uenvyme on August 17, 2011 at 10:47 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

I love Hominy Grill. Yes, it does get packed so plan ahead or get there early. To me, it's always been well worth the food. I'm a breakfast person so this place is FANTASTIC for me.

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Posted by Pepper.Potts on February 17, 2011 at 8:38 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

What passes for good food here is better comedy than most of what you'll get at Theatre 99. I assume the head chef makes only sporadic visits. Or maybe he's in line with all the overweight tourists outside. Someone needs to tell him he doesn't need to wait out there; he can go on back to the kitchen and take over the reins from that stoned CofC student. Seriously, Denny's makes a better biscuit. Who cares, right? You've got a cash cow. James Beard would be so proud!

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Posted by lizard man on September 13, 2011 at 2:32 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

i disagree my food was really good and the portions were fine, the one thing i will say the host told us there were no seats available inside, only 3 tables were being used, and only had outdoor seating, it was pretty cold outside (getting caught up on my reviews), and when we left there were still tables that had not been touched, so that didnt sit well with me, but whatever still had a really good meal

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Posted by erinsloan on April 27, 2011 at 11:25 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

One of the highlights of the trip!

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Posted by Georgiafan on July 26, 2010 at 7:42 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

Never been disappointed here. Always a good selection and terrific wait staff

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Posted by csb on September 21, 2009 at 2:10 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

Best shrimp and grits in town. Whenever I have company visiting me, I always take them to Hominy for brunch. It is always well worth the wait and delicious.

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Posted by katiek11 on May 6, 2009 at 11:26 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

Okay, I visited from Toronto, Canada and I have to say I was a bit disappointed. My family and I ordered brunch. It was very busy but the wait wasn't too bad. My sister ordered the pork chop special and it was rather dry and the sauce was nothing special, I had the eggs with grits, double smoked bacon and ordered a side of sausage. The double smoked bacon was good but only two slices, I expected maybe one more; the real disappointment was the sausage, tiny and horribly dry!! The real praise is for their desserts, my mother ordered the butter milk pie and I had the chocolate pudding. OMG, this could have been the best dessert I have ever tasted, the pudding was so rich and smooth!! I had a few bites of the buttermilk pie and I was impressed although I had nothing to compare it to. Next time I am in Charleston, I think I will just order dessert;)

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