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Review of Peninsula Grill

Peninsula Grill
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Ranked #11 of 897 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 10 - USD 50
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Cross street: Meeting Street
Description: Located in the very heart of Charleston's famed Historic District, this AAA Four-Diamond restaurant has been recognized by Departures, Conde Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, The New York Times, Southern Living, Travel + Leisure, Wine Spectator, and others for serving the finest and freshest ingredients sourced locally and globally. With velvet-lined walls in shimmering oyster tones, woven seagrass, and indigenous cypress, the Peninsula Grill Dining Room ambiance is supper club sumptuousness. The Peninsula Grill Champagne Bar is an intimate jewel box space that offers several outstanding champagnes by the glass and a delicious bar menu. The lush Peninsula Grill Courtyard is one of the Charleston's true hidden gems and the most romantic al fresco dining setting in the city. Peninsula Grill also offers private dining. Peninsula Grill is a proud member of Relais & Chateaux, an exclusive collection of restaurants and hotels in romantic destinations around the world. Business casual attire.
Portland, OR
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“Can't wait to return!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2012

I recently returned from a delightful trip to Charleston, SC. We enjoyed delicious dinners at High Cotton and Husk, but a highlight of the trip were our meals at the Peninsula Grill in the beautiful Planters Inn. Although we stayed at the nearby Charleston Place Hotel, we discovered that the $10 continental breakfast at the Peninsula Grill was terrific and a great value. The ambiance of the restaurant is rich and elegant without being stuffy or pretentious. Our servers, Pam and Jarod were friendly and efficient. Saving the "best for last", we returned to the Peninsula Grill for dinner on our last night in Charleston, and we had an amazing meal. We shared the "trio of soups" (mushroom bisque, heirloom pumpkin, and lobster and corn chowder) as an appetizer, I chose the garlic herb roasted chicken with wilted arugula and mushroom panzanella, sweet potato beignets, and a lemon thyme poultry jus for my entree, and we indulged in the "ultimate coconut cake" with coconut anglaise and strawberries for dessert. Dinner is a bit more formal, but I felt quite comfortable in a collared shirt (without a jacket, which is recommended but not required). Service from the entire waitstaff was "top notch", and our primary waiter, Ralph, helped to make our last evening feel very special and memorable!

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Planters_Inn, General Manager at Peninsula Grill, responded to this review, 2 March 2012
Thank you for your rave review. I have to agree with you 100%. On your next visit you should stay with us at the Planters Inn. Chef Dailey and his staff do an amazing job with the food we serve no matter the time of day. We are thrilled that you enjoyed dining with us and look forward to serving you again.

Cheers,

Ryan Groeschel
General Manager / Sommelier
Peninsula Grill
Relais & Chateaux
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Atlanta, GA
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“Wow! Wow! Wow!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2012

We eloped and then came to the Peninsula Grill for dinner after. The food was simply described as WOW. The plates set before you are not only a meal, but carefully constructed works of art. Our meal started with a gift from the chef for our marriage: a lovely grits and shrimp fritter with a red pepper aoli. Amazing! We then sampled the crab and lobster cakes. Again, amazing! I chose the duck breast and my new husband went with the chicken. The duck was a perfect medium and had a fabulous crunchy sear. My husband loved his dish as well. We shared the chocolate cake - also amazing. Words cannot describe it.. You must go!

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Planters_Inn, General Manager at Peninsula Grill, responded to this review, 2 March 2012
Congratulations!!! We are honored that you chose Peninsula Grill to celebrate the start of your life together. Chef Graham Dailey and his staff have created an amazing menu. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us. Thank you for your rave reviews and generous comments. We look forward to celebrating with you again.

Cheers,

Ryan Groeschel
General Manager / Sommelier
Peninsula Grill
Relais & Chateaux
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Midwest
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“Nice Decor and Good Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2012

Good menu but quality varied from dish to dish. The service and bar area were up to its four star ratings, but don't expect to be blown away.

Visited February 2012
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Planters_Inn, General Manager at Peninsula Grill, responded to this review, 27 February 2012
Thank you for your review. I am sorry that we didn't "blow you away". I know that we have the most beautiful restaurant in Charleston, I know that the service Peninsula Grill's professional staff gives is on the highest level. Chef Graham Dailey and his staff prepare amazing dishes using only the freshest and most desirable ingredients from both local sources and around the globe. I hope that you have the opportunity to dine with us again. We look forward to serving you then.

Cheers,

Ryan Groeschel
General Manager / Sommelier
Peninsula Grill
Relais & Chateaux
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Lauderdale by the Sea
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“Expensive and pretentious”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2012

Very busy,noisy, stuffy not my first choice to go back

Visited February 2012
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Planters_Inn, General Manager at Peninsula Grill, responded to this review, 23 March 2012
We are terribly sorry that you left Peninsula Grill with that opinion. I would appreciate the oportunity to talk to you further. One of the most frequent compliments we receive is for our hospitality and our professional staff. I hope that you will visit us again to experience the Peninsula Grill's amazing food, service, and hospitality.

Thank you,

Ryan Groeschel
General Manager / Sommelier
Peninsula Grill
Relais & Chateaux
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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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“Exquisit! Food and service, both!! Would absolutely go back!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

Although I wasn't sure I would like the coconut cake, thinking it would be too sweet, it has a well deserved reputatiion. Wonderful, and not overly sweet!! The whole experience was wonderful and although it was our most expensive dinner, I would definitely go back!!

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Planters_Inn, General Manager at Peninsula Grill, responded to this review, 24 February 2012
Thank you for such high regards. We strive daily to make wonderul lasting impressions. Chef Graham Dailey and his culinary team wow our guests with the best local ingredients, and the best ingredients from around the globe, served in uncompromisingly flavorful dishes. Our professional and polished service staff is available to guide you on tour of gastronomic delights. If you choose you can finish your dining experience with the famous Coconut Cake or another of our delectable desserts. We look forward to serving you again.

Cheers,

Ryan Groeschel
General Manager / Sommelier
Peninsula Grill
Relais & Chateau
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