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“What a gem!”
Review of R Kitchen

R Kitchen
Ranked #7 of 984 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Cajun & Creole, Asian, French, Lebanese, Moroccan
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Was in town visiting family and my sister made reservations based on the fact she loved this place on her first visit. What a wonderful experience. We were at the West Ashley location. Don’t let it fool you...Spectacular food. Raul was the chef and he was friendly, funny, and prepared a great 5 course dinner. From soup to desert just to die for. Each dish better than the one before! Ranks up there as one of the best meals I have ever eaten. Another reason to visit Charleston!

Thank scc4eyes
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

By far the best dining experience we have had in a while. Chefs, Chris and Hunter along with Amanda, kept us entertained and extremely well-fed. Every course was innovative and delicious. Who would think of making a honey grits cake with cilantro whipped cream? Chef, Chris and it was out of this world! Wish we lived closer, would be regulars.

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Thank Kathy H
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

The Chefs Chris and Raul were very friendly and funny. The food was amazingly delicious. I’m not too picky so I wasn’t too concerned with the fixed menu. Everything was incredible. Definitely worth a visit, if I lived here, I would come all the time

Thank Marley W
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Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

This was our first visit. We made the reservation based on other TripAdvisor reviews. We drove by the day before to scope out the place and parking and were underwhelmed by the very unassuming building with tape on the window where it was cracked. We persevered and were highly rewarded. 'Eating in the kitchen' made for a relaxed and fun atmosphere, and easy interaction with the chefs, which was encouraged. Each course was preparec in front of you and thoroughly explained, usually with an interesting twist, and had an appealing presentation. The only thing that kept us from providing an excellent rating was the dessert, which was a little bland for our taste. We would definitely return and provide a strong recommendation.

2  Thank Cardinalsfans52
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

We really wanted to love this place. We visited a couple years ago as part of a food tour. We absolutely loved the small bites we got. But at that time the chef/owner was still running the kitchen. We were told he has stepped back from everyday operations to open new locations. And now a rotating cast of chefs run the Kitchen. The pricing is still incredible as you get 5 courses for $35.00 and what little choices they have for wine are only $30-$40 a bottle. Just don't set your expectations too high as the wine choices are sparse. There are two big issue with the entire concept, one you don't know what will be on the menu before you walk in. Some nights I imagine we would of given the restaurant a 5 star but on this night the menu just didn't appeal to us. And yes the chef does say he will make you something else but we did not want to be one of those people. The starter of lentil and black bean soup was very salty, stuffed poblano pepper with Israeli couscous was innovative but again not really to our liking. The fried rice really uninspired and bland. The last two courses were incredible short ribs and pear tart, shows what this place at their best. The 2nd huge problem is this is a very small place and if you are not sitting at the counter facing the chefs the entertainment value drops considerably. We were at one of the two tops and even though in the main room we were trying to look over the heads at everyone at the counter.And the noise level is such we had a hard time hearing the chefs. Yes, the server or one of he chefs comes over to talk to you but it isn't the same as being right in front of them. And god forbid you are stuck in the Siberia that is the back porch. i felt so sorry for the one couple eating out there all by themselves. Their meal should of been comped.All in all the food can be spectacular or average at best. And depending on the menu for the night or the chefs working that night you experience may be much different. Charleston is such an incredible food city you may or may not want to roll the dice.

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5  Thank ajbike
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