Tony Foreman & Cindy Wolf's Charleston is located on the waterfront in the burgeoning Harbor East neighborhood. Chef Cindy Wolf is a two-time nominee ... More
Tony Foreman & Cindy Wolf's Charleston is located on the waterfront in the burgeoning Harbor East neighborhood. Chef Cindy Wolf is a two-time nominee for Best-Chef, Mid-Atlantic by The James Beard Foundation (2006 & 2008). Her award-winning, contemporary cuisine is rooted in the regional cuisine of France and traditions of the "Low Country" area of South Carolina. Chef Wolf's commitment to fresh, local, seasonal products is reflected in the prix fixe tasting menu, which changes daily. The menu is complemented by an award winning wine list of more than 700 fine wines, which are displayed in the wine library and are chosen by co-owner and wine director, Tony Foreman. An elegant yet comfortable ambiance & luxurious service complete the extraordinary dining experience.
We just came from Charleston for our anniversary New Years' Eve dinner. My husband said it was the best meal he's ever had. We both like to experiment and find extraordinary good restaurants. Charleston is certainly in this category. We've been together 34 years and this meal was so wonderful. He got the 7 or 8 course meal with lamb and then veal. I got the oyster and then rock fish. Each came with soup, salad and though each dish was small, each was delicious. We like French restaurants and Northern Italian best because of the great sauces. The sauces with each dish at Charleston were so wonderfully tasty. The red wine recommended was one we enjoyed very much. I cannot say enough about Charleston. The food, the service, the ambience.....I guess you can tell, we both appreciated it and will return. I don't think it's casual or moderate as discribed in some places. Of course, this was New Years Eve but even so, this does not look like a casual dress place. And we spent with the tip a little over $300. but sometimes it's worth it. This time was one of those times...a very satisfying and romantic evening.
This was one of the most incredible dining experiences i have ever had. yes, it is pricey ($240 for 2 of us), but the food and wine were exquisite. We had seafood bisque, tuna and hamachi ceviche, roasted duck breast, colorado lamb, beef tenderloin, the cheese course, the east harbor martini. the service was excellent, the were very patient in explaining the dishes and the wines.
Wow! I love Charleston. It's pricey, but delicious. This is a great place to go out on a date or impress a date. The menu is set and you can choose among 3, 4, 5 or 6 courses. I have had the 5 course meals the few times I've been and they were all delicious. I have not been there since they've remodeled, but I hear it's a great trendy fine dining atmosphere. Can't wait to go back and check out the new decor and get another tasting menu.
I had been waiting for some time to visit Charleston after seeing many positive reviews. The food was generally good, but nothing wowed me as you would ordinarily expect from a $100+ meal, not including alcohol. The service was attentive and perhaps a little stifling. For instance, when my dining partner left the table before any food arrived, the assistants came back to straighten her utensils and re-point the corners of the table linens. The restaurant reminded me of an experience at Emeril's in New Orleans, where it seemed like more attention was paid to making the restaurant seem exclusive than was focused on the food. The dishes were very beautifully presented. Our server was a little too pretentious for my liking. Ordering is by the course (3-6) and portion sizes are smaller. Entrees were good to very good, but I found the dessert to be disapointing.
My dining partner and I had the following:
A fennel cold soup with Parmesan crisp
Lobster and crab bisque
Romaine salad with white peaches, stilton, pine nuts and balsamic ving.
Soft shell crab
Roast duck with cherry sauce
we went here for valentines day and I have to say, it was the best valentines day ever! The restaurant is definitely upscale, but not stuffy at all. The atmosphere was so warm and cozy and the staff could not have done more to make us feel at home. They were so friendly (even when my bf knocked over his water w/in 5 min of sitting down :)), were so willing to help us with wine selections, and even supplied me with a wrap because I was cold. On top of it all the food was a-ma-zing. Certainly a little pricey for us to go on a regular basis, but WELL worth it for a special occaition. I would highly suggest this wonderful restaurant to anyone.
Don't let my comment about needing a home equity loan drive you away. Charleston is expensive, but it is well worth the price for an important event -- a big birthday, anniversary, etc.
In my experience (two visits), the imaginative and immaculately presented food has been fresh tasting and flawlessly prepared. Located in Inner Harbor East, it's a short 10 minute walk or five minute drive from the Inner Harbor proper.
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