I went there in a group of 6 last Saturday night. While the food was acceptable the service was abyssmal. The waiter had tobe flagged for drink and dinner orders. Although they make a deal of a number of services presenting the plates at the same time, they routinely got it wrong. The wait between appetizers and entrees approximated an hour--and the waiter didn't check in with us. The service killed the evening. Maybe they treat tourists that way--but I will probably be in Charleson again, and wuld never return--
That's really sad. I was there the weekend before and had just the opposite experience. The service was absolutely fantastic.
My problem there was that every dish looked very pretty on the plate but tasted like a science experiment. I actually didn't find the portions to be all that bad if you order a dish from every flight. A lot of other molecular gastronomy places are a lot more...sparing when it comes to plating size (but then again I like them better).