Cypress - A Lowcountry Grille

★★★★☆
  • 167 E Bay St Ste 200

    Charleston, SC 29401

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  • 843-727-0111

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Lunch: Monday-Saturday 11:30am-3:45pm Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 3:45pm-9:45pm; Friday and Saturday 3:45pm-10:45pm Brunch: Sunday 10:00am-3:45pm

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I can't think of a better way to describe our experience at Cypress.

The Best Of Times.
We ordered a few beverages and then began to pursue the menu selections. The menu is very interesting. There is a page that has your regular apps, salads, entrees, etc. and a page that has seasonal offerings which included Three for $39.00 selections appetizer, entre and dessert. We liked the variety and the selections.

We started with the Crab Cake over Creamed Corn, a Butter Lettuce Salad and the Charcuterie (House Cured Meats Plate). Chef Craig Deihl is one of only a couple Chefs making his own Salami and dried meats . Bar none, every dish was terrific. Our friend grew up in Maryland and is a crabmeat afficianato. She mentioned that her dish was one of the best crab cakes shed ever tasted. The House Cured Meats were served room temperature which brought out the flavor even more. A variety of olives also garnished the dish. This too, was very nice. My Butter Lettuce Salad was like budda, but the top core of the salad was very brown. How do you miss that? Brown-ness aside we thought we were off to a great start.

It was then that we began to wait awhile for our entrees. No big deal as the company was great. But I did notice that other servers were much more engaging with their customers than ours. They were making suggestions, explaining were the local products came from, etc. Our server was just robotic. ""Oh well, I thought, our appetizers were very good, so perhaps the entrees would be too.

The Worst Of Times
This is when the fun came to a screeching halt. First of all, our server was nowhere to be found. Many runners brought our entrees. The plates were very warm and everything looked good. Alas, looks arent everything.

I ordered the Wahoo. On a dare the server couldnt really tell me much about it, but it was the only fish dish offered. Two building-block-like pieces of incredibly bland, pan seared fish were served over a succotash concoction that included local beans. I dont think Ive ever had a more bland dish - bland and salty, very salty.

The guys ordered the filet that was topped with a house-made Boursin cheese. It was accompanied by boring, zero flavor fingerling potatoes and asparagus. I think our friend said it best when he said, Had I known there would be a Tsunami of cheese I would have never ordered this. The cheese completely overpowered the meat.

An Oscar version of a filet was also ordered. It came with some asparagus and this gross, burnt version of a large potato chip which was inedible. Each steak had a different degree of doneness although they were all ordered medium. All of the dishes were also very salty. Our server remained MIA.

We got through dinner OK and then he did arrive to see if we wanted dessert. I suggested some decaf and then we all passed on dessert. I had ordered the Three for $39.00 special and dessert was included however. So I asked for 4 forks so that we could all try it.

Tick tock, tick tock, time march on. No server and no cheesecake. Finally after we were on our second cup of not-even-lukewarm coffee we asked if the cheesecake had been forgotten. He said it was on its way. We watched then as he scurried around the kitchen. We started timing this and it was over 12 minutes before it arrived. This was on top of the first 8 minutes or so we waited.

And THEN the cheesecake was just awful. A small 1 by 2 piece of ricotta cheesecake was served on a plate with three strawberries. It tasted like packing peanuts. But the absolutely horrid thing about the dish was it was topped with what appeared to be candied orange rind. We think that the pastry chef might have mistakenly used salt instead of sugar in making it. It literally made us all gag.

All in all, don't bother. There's plenty of other great restaurants in Charleston.

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★★☆☆☆

I can't think of a better way to describe our experience at Cypress.

The Best Of Times.
We ordered a few beverages and then began to pursue the menu selections. The menu is very interesting. There is a page that has your regular apps, salads, entrees, etc. and a page that has seasonal offerings which included Three for $39.00 selections appetizer, entre and dessert. We liked the variety and the selections.

We started with the Crab Cake over Creamed Corn, a Butter Lettuce Salad and the Charcuterie (House Cured Meats Plate). Chef Craig Deihl is one of only a couple Chefs making his own Salami and dried meats . Bar none, every dish was terrific. Our friend grew up in Maryland and is a crabmeat afficianato. She mentioned that her dish was one of the best crab cakes shed ever tasted. The House Cured Meats were served room temperature which brought out the flavor even more. A variety of olives also garnished the dish. This too, was very nice. My Butter Lettuce Salad was like budda, but the top core of the salad was very brown. How do you miss that? Brown-ness aside we thought we were off to a great start.

It was then that we began to wait awhile for our entrees. No big deal as the company was great. But I did notice that other servers were much more engaging with their customers than ours. They were making suggestions, explaining were the local products came from, etc. Our server was just robotic. ""Oh well, I thought, our appetizers were very good, so perhaps the entrees would be too.

The Worst Of Times
This is when the fun came to a screeching halt. First of all, our server was nowhere to be found. Many runners brought our entrees. The plates were very warm and everything looked good. Alas, looks arent everything.

I ordered the Wahoo. On a dare the server couldnt really tell me much about it, but it was the only fish dish offered. Two building-block-like pieces of incredibly bland, pan seared fish were served over a succotash concoction that included local beans. I dont think Ive ever had a more bland dish - bland and salty, very salty.

The guys ordered the filet that was topped with a house-made Boursin cheese. It was accompanied by boring, zero flavor fingerling potatoes and asparagus. I think our friend said it best when he said, Had I known there would be a Tsunami of cheese I would have never ordered this. The cheese completely overpowered the meat.

An Oscar version of a filet was also ordered. It came with some asparagus and this gross, burnt version of a large potato chip which was inedible. Each steak had a different degree of doneness although they were all ordered medium. All of the dishes were also very salty. Our server remained MIA.

We got through dinner OK and then he did arrive to see if we wanted dessert. I suggested some decaf and then we all passed on dessert. I had ordered the Three for $39.00 special and dessert was included however. So I asked for 4 forks so that we could all try it.

Tick tock, tick tock, time march on. No server and no cheesecake. Finally after we were on our second cup of not-even-lukewarm coffee we asked if the cheesecake had been forgotten. He said it was on its way. We watched then as he scurried around the kitchen. We started timing this and it was over 12 minutes before it arrived. This was on top of the first 8 minutes or so we waited.

And THEN the cheesecake was just awful. A small 1 by 2 piece of ricotta cheesecake was served on a plate with three strawberries. It tasted like packing peanuts. But the absolutely horrid thing about the dish was it was topped with what appeared to be candied orange rind. We think that the pastry chef might have mistakenly used salt instead of sugar in making it. It literally made us all gag.

All in all, don't bother. There's plenty of other great restaurants in Charleston.

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Highly recommend. We had a waitress by the name of JoAnn and she was outstanding (I would even request her when I go back!). The food was fabulous and the atmosphere was incredible. I will definately be making a trip back here!!!!

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★★★★★

Highly recommend. We had a waitress by the name of JoAnn and she was outstanding (I would even request her when I go back!). The food was fabulous and the atmosphere was incredible. I will definately be making a trip back here!!!!

Pros: Complimentary parking, Ambience, Perfect Service, Fabulous Food.

Cons: I can't think of any! Other than too many things I wanted to try.

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Cypress was one of the best restaurants my husband and I have enjoyed in a long time! The food was wonderful and the atmosphere was great! Even though we were only passing through Charleston on our way from Florida back home to Pennsylvania, we would be very tempted to come back to Charleston to eat at the Cypress again.

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★★★★★

Cypress was one of the best restaurants my husband and I have enjoyed in a long time! The food was wonderful and the atmosphere was great! Even though we were only passing through Charleston on our way from Florida back home to Pennsylvania, we would be very tempted to come back to Charleston to eat at the Cypress again.

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overall the food is great and the atmosphere is awesome. With a wine selection that is truly something that will amaze you. However, the food is a little expensive, but Worth it. Dinner for 2 without drinks is approx. $60. However, this figure can be lower or even higher based on your choice. I will recommend it to everyone though. Foods Great!

2
★★★★★

overall the food is great and the atmosphere is awesome. With a wine selection that is truly something that will amaze you. However, the food is a little expensive, but Worth it. Dinner for 2 without drinks is approx. $60. However, this figure can be lower or even higher based on your choice. I will recommend it to everyone though. Foods Great!

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Cypress has long been one of our favorite places to have a drink and an appetizer. The bar combines space-age contemporary elements with a '50s supper club atmosphere and creates a striking effect, largely due to a beautiful view of the…

 

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