Bushido

1517 Palm Blvd,Ste A
Isle of Palms, 29451
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What a great place to eat. Sat at the sushi bar and was treated like top notch guests. Then we got served and it was just as good. Awesome food and great service. Justin at the sushi bar is great. Knowledgable about what he does and passionate about what he does. Just tell him to fix you something special. Don't drive off the island for sushi.
Bushido is definitely a hidden gem on Isle of Palms. Tucked into the corner of a shopping center, it could be easily missed by passersby, but definitely shouldn't be! Walking in on a Friday night at 7:45pm, the bar area was lively but the restaurant wasn't overly packed since it is off-season. My husband and I sat at the sushi bar and ordered water and a beer each. Everything on the menu looked so great, it was a bit of a tough decision. We decided on a couple of Miso Soups, followed by two signature rolls to share. We went with the Out of Control Roll and the Lobster Tango Roll. It didn't seem to us that it took that long, but the man making the sushi apologized for the wait time (apparently a lot of people were getting sushi at the same time) and gave us a Squid Salad on the house. It is not something I would have ordered normally, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed. The flavor combinations of the Marinated Squid, tossed with Cucumbers, Seaweed & Sesame Seeds was amazing. Our specialty rolls arrived shortly thereafter and I must say, it was worth the wait! Both the Out of Control and Lobster Tango rolls were beyond delicious! The Out of Control consisted of Tuna, Salmon, Asparagus, and Avocado inside, and was topped with seared Tuna, Salmon and yellowtail with Eel & Sweet Chili Mango Sauce, Sprinkled with Crispy Rice Balls. The name fits it perfectly! The Lobster Tango roll was Lobster Tail Tempura, Spicy Salmon, Avocado, Seaweed, Lettuce, and Caviar, wrapped in Soy Paper in Chef's Special Sauce. It was incredible. Despite only ordering soups and two rolls to share, we were both full with the inclusion of the Squid salad. The service provided was excellent throughout our dinner. There was a live acoustic singer in the bar area and she was really talented and a fantastic addition to the evening atmosphere.
The fish is so sweet and fresh I will miss this place when I go back to Cali! The people are so nice and make you feel at home and not rushed. Excellent sushi bar! Will be dinning here for the next couple days, this has become our favorite place.

(843) 885-6121

Asian Fusion, Sushi Bars

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Long Island Cafe

1515 Palm Blvd
Isle of Palms, 29451
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We have been vacationing on IOP forever. I cannot believe our family has never been to this hidden gem. Perhaps, it is the name? I always assumed it was a sandwich spot. In August, after reviewing Yelp like I always do, I spotted rave reviews so I called for a last minute reservation and was able to book one at 7:30. I have to admit this was a little scary. Another bad assumption on my part. Upon arriving we were promptly greeted and seated. The sever appeared immediately. The ambiance is really quaint. For those of you familiar with the show, Fixer Upper, the decor matches that rustic home- like feel. We went with our children ages 9 and 11. As you know, it is always hard to please this age group. After ordering drinks and appetizers, which were amazing, our dinner was served. I had the Grilled Tuna cooked to perfection, my husband had the whole fish special and my son had the Pan-Fried Flounder. All through the meal my 11 year old was gushing about this fish and how it was the best thing he had ever eaten. He was asking for the recipe and giving compliments to the chef. The next thing you know, the chef appears at our table and chatted for awhile. The way our son was acting, you would think a movie star was in the room. We followed all this up with what also tuned out to be the best dessert ever. The Hummingbird Cake and Peanut Butter Cream Pie. It has been a month and our son asks to go back all the time. We cannot believe this place has been here since 1986 and we have never been there. It just goes to show, don't judge a book by its cover or its name.
What a wonderful treat. Everyone is on their game here. They're doing a brisk business but no one in our large party ever felt neglected. My bro snatched up the last swordfish special and it was the envy of everyone else at the table. Our server was charming and attentive. Our water glasses were never empty (a bonus when that was all anyone was drinking). They put together a nice caesar salad to go for a family member who could not attend. And, you guys, the red velvet cake. GET THIS. Truly orgasmic.
For me, this place was just OK. I am not much of a fish person, and the group I was with was going to Isle Of Palms Beach for the afternoon, and we stopped here for lunch as our original choice could not accomate as for the amount of people in our group. As I mentioned (at least for lunch) the vast majority (at least the sandwiches) were some type of fish dishes. I was able to get a grilled chicken sandwich - but did not realize the one thing I did know that was in the sandwich was a variation of cheese. Not being much of a cheese person that comes on grilled sandwiches (as it is usually melted cheeses), I was surprised it was more of a sauce type garnishment that had some kick to it which made the sandwhich taste better. Given that the majority of the dishes were fish, the interior was set to a Mariners type of decor. Also, as someone else mentioned, this shop is nestled in the strip mall where Harrold Teeters is. I believe this place is only open for lunch and dinner, with it being closed for a couple of hours between the lunch and dinner rushes. With us eating here at lunch, the majority of the choices were sandwiches, so not sure if there is more of a "dinner type" entree choice for dinner.

(843) 886-8809

American (New), Seafood

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The Windjammer

1008 Ocean Blvd
Isle of Palms, 29451
Reviews:
Left my credit card at the bar overnight. Came back the next day to close out. My tab was closed out, courtesy of Windjammer, with a 30% gratuity added on to my check. Bartender told me that I should not have left my card and that it is Windjammer's policy to add their own arbitrary gratuity to anyone who forgets to close out a tab. I asked to see where this policy was stated in the establishment. He could not document it. I called my credit card company and they told me this" policy" constitutes credit card fraud as I did not authorize the tip or the charge.
Some things never change, and the Jammer is one of them. You can't help but relax with the laid back divey atmosphere inside, super chill bartenders, and breathtaking views outside on the deck. Challenge friends or foe to a game of Volleyball if you're hanging out back by the beach or sit back with a cold one and watch in the captain's chairs like the rest of us. LOL. After frolicking in the mist or pounding some balls in the sand, I recommend heading inside for one of the best hangover prevention burgers in town, although I prefer the hand battered corndogs with tater tots. When the sun goes down, don't be surprised to catch fresh local talent or big time favorites like Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Sister Hazel and Widespread Panic playing center stage. The untamed energy in this bar at night and beach bum atmosphere by day are the charms that keep me coming back all year round. Whether you fly by day or by night to The Windjammer, you're guaranteed to find good music, friendly bar staff & a jam good time!
What a fun place to have a drink. Right on the beach, volleyball court below the deck, comfy adirondack chairs to gaze at the ocean and CHEAP drinks. My husband's father and uncle, who are in their late 60's now, used to party here back in the day. Nuff said!

(843) 886-8596

Bars, Pool Halls, Music Venues

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Sea Biscuit Cafe

21 J C Long Blvd
Isle of Palms, 29451
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Although we'd vacationed here for many years, usually staying on the Isle of Palms, we'd never heard of the Sea Biscuit Café. So after a great recommendation, we were off to our newest adventure. The Sea Biscuit Café is a place you want to like. The restaurant is small, the staff is very friendly, and the atmosphere is very welcoming. On top of that they've been there since 1987 so you'd figure they must be doing something right. They only accept cash or local checks which to some may be a turn off, but good for them!! The credit card rates are so high it's nice to someone finding a way around them. Two large blackboards describe the daily specials. All seemed interesting, but my husband chose the homemade banana bread French toast. Boring as it may seem I chose a sausage and cheese omelet with a biscuit and home fries. As we waited for our meal the restaurant's business was brisk. Customers came and went and the staff kept the pace. We were quickly served juice - orange and grapefruit and were somewhat disappointed. I don't know if they are made from concentrate, but they tasted like they were, not great. Our waitress was kind, but forgetful. She did not know who ordered which juice and this forgetfulness would prove true for breakfast as well. I watched as her service style was repeated with the tables around us. "Who had the Shrimp Benedict?" How hard can this be, the restaurant has about 15 tables. Our breakfast arrived in no time. The plates were nicely garnished with whipped cream, fresh bananas, a small slice of fresh pineapple and cantaloupe and a small slice of a Roma tomato. Nice, but really not necessary. I would have rather had the focus on our breakfast versus its garnish. The banana bread French toast was hardly toasted, so it just seemed like banana bread, very odd. My husband remarked that he thought there was a bit of a "taste transfer", whereas the bread was cooked with something else. Hmmm. My omelet was cold inside and out and I asked the waitress to take it back. She quickly returned and said that they were going to make a new one for me, and it arrived rather quickly. A great recovery. Whatever they use on their griddle for shortening was so overpowering that I couldn't eat my breakfast. The hash browns were good, as was the biscuit. But everything else smelled and tasted like some type of bad oil. My husband was right; the taste transfer of other menu items/oil really ruined the meal. There's a saying that something leaves "a bad taste in your mouth", this was true of our visit to the Sea Biscuit Café. If you go, we hope you're luckier.
Seabiscuit Cafe is easily my favorite place to eat on the Isle of Palms! I will make it a point to get up 15 minutes early so I can swing by and pick up breakfast before work. You think it would be hard to mess up something as simple as a bacon, egg and cheese biscuit, but once you try Seabiscuits you will quickly realized how wrong everyone else has been! Delicious food with your quaint southern charm! For all you out-of-towners- trust the locals! Follow the locals to find out where the best food in town is. Only downside is they take CASH only! That is why I allow 15 minutes extra in the morning, 5 minute drive, 5 minutes to run to the ATM next-door and 5 minutes for the food to be ready! Quick if you want it to be, but also the perfect place to sit out on the screened in porch drink a glass of sweet tea and enjoy your company! I highly recommend Seabiscuit Cafe on the Isle of Palms, SC!
This is a small place and very popular, at least in July when the island is packed with tourists. The cafe is small but homey and had great service, very good food (I had the blueberry/walnut french toast and really enjoyed it). Also note there is outside dining on a small porch - I wasn't aware of that until I'd been seated inside, where it was fairly loud with every table taken. They only take cash - this is clearly posted on the door as you come in. And I agree with others who've noted it is quite expensive for a simple diner. My french toast and a cup of coffee were over $14 with tip. I'd come back though, due to the great quality of the food and excellent service.

(843) 886-4079

Coffee & Tea, Sandwiches

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Morgan Creek Grill

80 41st Ave
Isle of Palms, 29451
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First off I want to say that the view at this place is gorgeous! You could see lots of ships on the docks and the ocean view was wonderful too. There is even another restaurant above this one for an even higher up view. I got the three peppercorn fillet and I thought that it was really good but there was a little too much salt. I went through a lot of water as my mouth was burning! My Dad's fresh grilled tuna was great with a good chewy texture and cooked well. Overall, I would return again for some great food.
Have a friend down from Boston, and was looking for that perfect "you get it at the beach kind of ambiance" for breakfast on Sunday. After lamenting over where to go, I settled in on Isle of Palms...somewhere...anywhere. After cruising past Sea Biscuit and seeing the line of hot, hungry tourists standing in the sun waiting for seats, I wheeled right around and drove us to Morgan Creek Grill. I knew they offered a Brunch, and hadn't recalled hearing any negatives, so thought 'why not?' Seeing now that I should have turned to fellow Yelpers for help with my choice, as this was not my most stellar moment in terms of entertaining an out-of-towner... To begin, our waiter was either still intoxicated from the night before or was simply THAT CONDESCENDING by nature. We ordered one coffee, one tea, and one Mimosa. Funny thing about that Mimosa, as was quite colorful, arriving to our table in a flute covered in some other gals pink lipstick. There was no mistaking that our waiter saw this and seemingly figured he wouldn't say anything if I didn't. Plates came quick, so was optimistic, only to be let down before even tasting. People, they are only 'homefries' if you put some onions, the occasional bell pepper and a bunch of TLC into them; everything else is just a frozen, salt and preservative-coated potato hunk that you threw into a deep fryer, and frankly, leaves me wondering why I am paying the price I am for the accompanying plate of eggs. My Benedict was meh and barely warm when served; I ordered it with a filet, but will testify that it was no more than a tip. My friend ordered the Western omelet. She picked most of the RAW vegetables out of it and settled in on choking down the aforementioned potato hunks. So, two plates, one each coffee/tea and one hot pink Revlon-laced Mimosa, $51.98 before gratuity. I am a local who should know better; visitors, go elsewhere unless you have a strong stomach and are made of money. This makes me sad, because the location and the vistas and the boat activity...it's all going to waste. This venue deserves to be so much more, and employ servers and a chef who care about first and second and third impressions, and about the food and bev industry. Sooooo many AMAZING places to dine in the Lowcountry. Next time, I take my own advice!
Apps and club sucks you can tell this is a tourist trap only lam local and own a bar restaurant would never come here to eat the beer was cold

(843) 886-8980

Seafood

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Banana Cabana

1130 Ocean Blvd
Isle of Palms, 29451
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Drinks were not great. Beer came in cans. Starters were pretty good but the main course left something to be desired. The restaurant itself feels like a dump. The service was pretty good, considering we showed up with a party of 21 with no reservation. There have to be better alternatives if I was to visit again. If I were a first time visitor- I would skip this. Try something else. For what it's worth, we loved the nachos and conch fritters. We hated the fried shrimp and crab dip.
I have dropped into the Banana Cabana for quick lunches and drinks on a couple of visits to IOP. While I did not find the food to be fabulous, the drinks were nice and cold and the service was friendly. Prices are very reasonable as well. With all of the great eating establishments in Charleston and Mt. Pleasant, this would not be my first choice for a great meal. However, if you are staying on the island and looking for a quick meal without getting in your car and going off island, this is a good alternative.
We were totally unimpressed. Frozen drinks were OK, food mediocre, service was good. Beach setting is nice. Fried oysters were the best thing that we tried.

(843) 886-4360

Seafood, American (Traditional)

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Boathouse At Breach Inlet

101 Palm Blvd
Isle of Palms, 29451
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I'm giving this place a 4 star review for the most awesome sunset. Absolutely beautiful with fantastic seating outside. The food was ok but the price was in my opinion outrageous. $30.00 for broiled seafood combination. 2 small lobster tails, 3 shrimp, 2 scallop, with a choice of sides. I had mixed vegetables & collard greens. The collard greens were excellent. The mixed veg consisted of onions & squash. It was ok. My son had pork tenderloin & mashed potatoes. He said it was excellent. The other party had shrimp & grits (Creole Style) she said it was good although spicy. They do have complimentary valet parking which is a big bonus because when busy this parking lot is rather small. Overall good & as I said spectacular views of the sunset. I would bring people here for that reason.
If you happen to stumble upon a breezy, hot summer day, you MUST come enjoy part of it at the upstairs bar here. Not a large area, just comfortable enough to seat 20, the patio looks over the inlet and Intercostal Waterway. Last time we were here for drinks, we got so lucky to even spot a few dolphins! In the summer, it seems that Boathouse is definitely tourista central, full of families staying on IOP or Sullivan's. I expect that once everyone goes back to school, this will turn into more of a local's spot (not like it makes a difference). When we were here, we decided not to dine because of all of the children in the dining room (no offense parents!!). If anything, come for a drink and stay for the view. It is worth it!
Weekend in for wedding planning, ate with future in-laws and then went back the night after wedding ceremony to try again. Sunset to die for. Great outside bar area. Meal was average but the ambiance was pretty special while outside. Table had Fried Green Tomatoes and Fried Calamari...average Various meals lacking seasoning. I had the Broiled Seafood Combination...Average Husband had the spicy shrimp and grits...Have had better. Noisy inside. Had requested seating to look out on the harbor...got stuck in the corner away from any visual outside. Thank goodness we came early to be on the deck.

(843) 886-8000

Seafood, Bars

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Sea Island Grill & Lounge

Wild Dunes Resort,200 Grand Pavillion Blvd
Isle of Palms, 29451
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Excellent food and spectacular service. Highly recommend.
Took my husband here to celebrate Father's Day, we loved the atmosphere and service. She Crab soup is among the best I've ever had. But our entrees weren't anything to write home about. They were good; but, not worth the hefty $49 tab without alcohol. I'm not sure we'd go back. They've got to step up the food quality or relax those prices in order to reel us back
We had spent the whole day driving and hadn't eaten since breakfast, so by the time we checked into Wild Dunes Resort, we were weary, tired of being in the car, and very hungry. Rather than driving somewhere for dinner, we walked over to the Sea Island Grill and Lounge. When we walked in at 7:30 on a Thursday night, there were two other couples in the place. But instead of a table, we got an extensive lecture that we should never, ever show up without a reservation. Instead of waiting for the hostess to find us some dark corner, we decided to find a restaurant that welcomed our business. And we left the Sea Island Grill and Lounge as empty as we had found it. There is a happy ending to this story, however. We did have to get back into our car, but we stumbled upon the Morgan Creek Grill, where we had an amazing seafood dinner.

(843) 886-2200

Seafood

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Coconut Joe’s

1120 Ocean Blvd
Isle of Palms, 29451
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This review is for the restaurant portion. Overall it was decent. It's very loud, which is fine, just putting that out there as a fair warning. The food was pretty decent! A bit pricey but I think you're paying extra for the location... Which is fabulous. The view is awesome! I got the jerk chicken tacos and they were good. The service was slow but our waitress was nice and competent. The bathrooms are suuuuper gross. My 5 year old niece had to go and I honestly wanted to take her elsewhere, it was that bad! The type of bathrooms you'd see in a crummy bar past 2am. An entire star was taken off for this issue alone. Not just general cleanliness, which was poor, but it didn't even seem like it would ever clean up well.
I dont often write reviews, as is evident by my profile. Often I think they are too reactionary, and being a small business owner myself, I know that things happen in businesses that are often out of control of management/owners. But the things I experienced at this place yesterday afternoon were actually directly the result of the direction of management, and well, I won't be back. It was a beautiful April day, sun shining, and clearly many in Charleston had the same idea as I - to head to the beach for a warm afternoon. I arrived to Coconut Joes after being allured by the sounds of great reggae music on the oceanview rooftop bar (i know, right! Sounds awesome). I went up the stairs and was immediately met with a line to get in to the place (it's a restaurant downstairs and bar upstairs). After waiting about ten minutes, I got to the front, only to find that I had to pay $10 to get in to the rooftop area. In return, I was given two $5 "chips" which looked like poker chips. I was told these were the "same as cash." The attendant explained the $10 it was NOT to pay the band; rather, it was to keep people from "just hanging out up there and not drinking." Confused and a little irritated, I went up the stairs, curious about what I'd find. I was NOT impressed. There were a few plastic tables - all occupied of course - peppered around a vast rooftop area. Probably 100 people stood around uncomfortably all amongst these tables, bc these were the only places to stand. I went straight to the bar, since that was the only natural refuge, and took out my chips. I saw the drink menu board, and I decided on a margarita, the "classic" one, which was a nice way of saying "cheap house margarita," which is fine with me. And then I waited. And waited. I was standing right there - not one or two deep....right there front and center as the two attendants made drinks. Bar was crowded, but not that crowded. After EASILY 10 minutes I got the lady's attention and ordered my marg. I watched her pour a miniscule splash of plastic bottle tequila (ew) over ice. It seriously covered the bottom half of one of the ice cubes on the bottom of the plastic cup. She filled the rest with the mix they use, and handed it over. "Seven dollars" is all she said. Wow...considering the cheap brand of booze i saw, which costs about $7 for an entire handle at the store, and the amount she poured, which was about a third of a normal drink, I'd say they are bringing in about $700 per bottle of $7 Sauza they serve. But I digress. I handed her my two $5 chips, and she said "thanks." and walked away. I stayed. When I got her attention again, she explained that "yea the chips are the same as cash." So I asked for my change back. Frustrated and rolling her eyes, she came back a few minutes later with two crumpled one dollar bills and another dollar in quarters, dimes, and nickels. What? I was so bewildered...I just left the coins and walked away. I am usually a very good tipper in almost any circumstance, but wow. Moving on though, I "pardon me, excuse me"'d away from the bar area and looked for a place to hang out. All of us former chipholders like myself had nothing to do but basically stand in between, around, and over people who were sitting at the tables and then try not to get bumped into by the other nervous walkers looking for a place to stand and (good luck with this) maybe even find a place to set their overpriced, underpoured fruity cocktail down. Though the music was good and the view even better, I just couldn't stick around for this. With summer right around the corner, this place needs to rethink the service they are offering and decide what's important. Or maybe they already have. Herd a bunch of people in, charge money to make sure they are forced to buy their expensive drinks, and then give them no love. They have your $10 up front, so they don't care if you stick around after that. And since there are so few choices on Isle of Palms and so many tourists, I guess if people like me don't come back, they really don't care. There are throngs of unsuspecting others who will spend their $10 in chips and also leave unhappy. I guess like other establishments in the world that offer poker chips in exchange for money, you gotta know when to hold em and when to fold em. I fold. This place has spoiled the entire IOP experience for me.
Reading some awful posts on this restaurant and am very confused. I've been here twice now and both times have been wonderful! Our waitress was Joell who is just a pleasure to work with. She is a great waitress! We had their Eggs Benedict with a Fried Green Tomato instead of Canadian Bacon. It was the best I've ever had! Second time we had the exact experience. Pouched Eggs are really had to do, this place has it down to perfection!!! I'll be back..

(843) 886-0046

Seafood, American (Traditional)

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Island Joe’s Ice Cream & Espresso

1120 Ocean Blvd
Isle of Palms, 29451
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It's fine for ice cream cones.
Very disappointed Pros: open after hours when others are closed. Cons: the happy meal at McDonald's is a better burger... literally. The coffee at the BP station is better!! Everything is overpriced.
This place is convenient being that it's practically on the beach and is embedded into the main walkway to the sand. There's no inside, they have a walk up window and some outdoor tables. It's great for an ice cream or smoothie etc... while you out on the beach. I've had some of the food items and wasn't top impressed. I once had a grilled cheese that wasn't really even toasted and the cheese wasn't melted either. If you need a quick bite maybe some fries or something can hold you over. Stick to ice cream and you can't go wrong!

(843) 886-4990

Coffee & Tea, Burgers, Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

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