Oak Steakhouse - Charleston SC
A local recommend Oak Steakhouse in Charleston for an Anniversary trip. Has anyone been hear and can tell me a little about it??
Ive heard mixed reviews about it. One thing I will say is that if you are looking for steak in Charleston then you cannot get better than Grill 225 or High Cotton. High Cotton is a great restaurant experience, excellent service (the staff are awesome) and a good overall menu, oh and do not miss the killer souffles for desert. Grill 225 is more formal and even though the steaks are better than High cotton the atmosphere, in my opinion, is not as good.
I had their "17" burger, and was not impressed. Much too expensive for basic and unnotable food.
Oak has a great atmosphere and excellent steaks with an Italian influence.
Halls Chophouse maybe has better food, but the atmosphere is not as good as Oak.
Love High Cotton. Never had a bad meal.
Grill 225 is good, but they get a lot of casually dressed tourist traffic and unless you are in a wrap around booth, there is very little privacy- you fell like you are on display.
For an anniversary I'd highly recommend the Oak. The ambiance can't be beat anywhere in Charleston.
Also, their grilled calamari app is one of the best appetizers in the city.
Oak invited me back to try their "new and improved" burger after I lambasted it...it was roughly three times larger, much saltier, and had a pronounced crust. The bun was also much better, but I still can't say it was an outstanding burger...just because it is huge, doesn't make it superb.
I had lunch at Grill 225 and I highly recommend it. I had a 10 oz. NY strip steak, seared heavily on the outside and moist within, accompanied by a hill of crisp and tender handcut fries and impressive tiramisu for dessert. The tiramisu was amazingly presented, including milk chocolate hazelnut cubes placed on a spray of chocolate, strawberry slivers with a large blackberry heavenly placed on a puff of whipped cream, and a cookie-like "spoon" perched against the large coffee cup stuffed with marscopone and espresso-soaked cake and dusted with cocoa. Total bill with tax and tip: $66.
225 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401