Five Charleston Restaurants Receive Four Stars From Forbes

While not a single South Carolina restaurant cracked the list of Forbes Travel Guide five-star winners, five area properties received four stars from the hospitality evaluator.

According to the list, released last week, Charleston Grill; Circa 1886; Peninsula Grill; Tristan and The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary – which earned five stars for its hotel and spa – provide “refined personal service” and “feature creative, complex foods and emphasize various culinary techniques and a focus on seasonality.”

Forbes updates its list twice a year.

Halls Chophouse Rates Highly With OpenTable Users

OpenTable diners this year elected four steakhouses to its “Top 100 Best Restaurants in America,” but Atlanta’s Bone’s and Charleston’s Halls Chophouse are the only independently-owned red meat temples on the list.

Halls Chophouse finished fourth in the annual survey, which tabulates reviews submitted by five million users of the online reservation service. Although OpenTable doesn’t reveal exact rankings beyond the top 10, Peninsula Grill was also a Diners’ Choice winner.

FIG and Tristan — which were among the site’s top 100 restaurants specializing in U.S. cuisine, according to a list released last month – didn’t make the final cut. Continue reading

Zagat’s Selects Peninsula Grill as Charleston’s Best Restaurant

pengrillintAsked to choose “their favorite restaurant” in Charleston, Zagat voters picked “Peninsula Grill.”

The “downtown restaurant” scored 29 points for food; 28 points for décor and 29 points for service, ratings comparable to New York’s Le Bernardin, where – according to Zagat’s report – its costs $102 more per person to dine.

According to an explanatory blurb accompanying the winners’ list, which included the top restaurants from 36 U.S. cities, “this ‘classic dining room’ with ‘loads of Southern charm’ offers ‘gastronomic bliss’ in the form of ‘sublime’ ‘interpretations of Lowcountry classics’ presented with ‘flair’.”

Other Southeastern restaurants which finished atop the poll include Cochon Butcher in New Orleans; Etch Restaurant in Nashville and Bacchanalia in Atlanta.

Pix From the Prix Fixe Front

Charleston Restaurant Week kicked off last week, and local eaters are documenting their three-course dinners on Twitter and Instagram. Here, a few early visual reports:

Checked off another spot on foodie bucket list on 1st Day of Charleston Restaurant Week

@l8nrfan “checked off another spot on (her) foodie bucket list at Peninsula Grill.” She reports she was sorry a slice of coconut cake wasn’t included.

Charleston Restaurant week... Dinner at The Grocery: seafood bouillabaisse (top), roasted pork shoulder w/ corn and butter bean panzanella, & lemon semifreddo w/blueberries #3for30 #ieatwell #irecommendit

At The Grocery, $30 bought @theewillmill1 seafood bouillabaisse, roasted pork shoulder with corn and butter bean panzanella and lemon semifreddo with blueberries. His conclusion? “#irecommendit”

Have you had a Restaurant Week meal yet? How was it? Let us know in the comments section.