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JUST ANNOUNCED: The Planters Inn, located in the heart of Charleston’s famed Historic District, has been named #1 Best Small City Hotel in the continental United States by Travel + Leisure 2014 World’s Best Awards.


Staying at the Planters Inn is akin to an overnight with well-to-do friends in their old Charleston mansion. The hotel is also home to the Peninsula Grill, a Lowcountry institution and one of the best restaurants in town.” — Travel + Leisure


Welcome to the Best of Charleston Hotels - Welcome to Planters Inn

Copper carriage lanterns flicker and guests pause to wonder what awaits on the other side of the wrought iron gate... 

Pass beneath the arch and stroll along the hand-pointed brick alley that meanders through the Planters Inn courtyard, an urban oasis in the very heart of the historic district... 

The gleaming Charleston Green-hued French doors offer a glimpse of the vibrant dining room and beckons guests inside... 

Peninsula Grill’s romantic and resplendent sense of arrival is without peer in Charleston.


Peninsula Grill

About Our Restaurant

When Peninsula Grill opened in 1997, the handsomely appointed dining room and sophisticated interpretations of Southern cuisine set the bar for dining in Charleston, South Carolina. Heralded by Esquire magazine as one of America’s Best New Restaurants, Peninsula Grill continues to earn recognition from esteemed publications, including The New York Times, Southern Living, Travel + Leisure, Wine Spectator and Food & Wine, which named it one of America’s Top 50 Hotel Restaurants.

Dedicated to serving the finest and freshest ingredients sourced locally and globally, the Mobil Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond-ranked Peninsula Grill remains the Lowcountry’s foremost culinary experience.

Peninsula Grill’s ambiance is supper club sumptuousness: velvet-lined walls in shimmering oyster tones, woven seagrass, and indigenous cypress crown molding that draws the gaze upward toward custom-made chandeliers built to resemble those noted designer Amelia Handegan discovered while touring of Venice, Italy.

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Culinary Team

Meet the Chefs

Spend a moment or two with Peninsula Grill Executive Chef Graham Dailey and two things will become apparent: his boyish charm and his passion for being a chef. Dailey’s first culinary lessons came at a young age, when he worked alongside his father in the kitchens of their family-owned restaurants. As a teenager, Dailey worked long days and nights on fishing boats. The experience, he says, forged a deep connection to the ocean and a desire to prepare the very best and freshest seafood possible.

Dailey went on to work under Chef Anthony Bourdain for two years before earning a degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. While in Paris, Dailey was the first American student to work in the three-star Michelin rated Hotel Lutetia, where he embraced the refined elegance of grand European style dining. Dailey’s well-rounded experience has resulted in a driving passion to prepare dishes that showcase the natural flavors of seasonal ingredients—the hallmarks of Peninsula Grill’s Mobil Four Star and AAA Four-Diamond cuisine.

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Courtyard Dining

Illuminated by flickering gas lanterns

When a beautifully restored circa 1844 building, a charming courtyard illuminated by flickering gas lanterns, exceptional cuisine, and an experienced staff are all combined, the result is spectacular.

Thanks to Charleston’s temperate climate, Peninsula Grill is delighted to offer seasonal al fresco dining in the Planters Inn courtyard.

Designed by Sheila Wertimer, the landscape architect responsible for Charleston’s most elegant gardens, the Planters Inn courtyard is an enchanting urban oasis and the most romantic al fresco dining setting in the city. With bluestone and historic Charleston brick, boxwoods, bubbling fountains, and beautiful crepe myrtle trees, Sheila’s goal to “make guests feel like they are in a lovely, unique Southern garden” is a vision come true.

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A Little Slice of Heaven


From Bon Appetit and Saveur to Martha Stewart Living and The New York Times, the Ultimate Coconut Cake® has inspired many food and travel writers to wax poetically about its twelve layers of Southern perfection. At Peninsula Grill, we serve the iconic dessert by the slice; however, we also ship whole cakes across America via overnight delivery.

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“The Peninsula Grill in the Planters Inn is deservedly famous for its scrumptious coconut cake, said to be a Charleston specialty.” —Vogue

“A little slice of heaven…” — The New York Times

 “. . . skyscraper high. . . light as a cloud. . .” — Bon Appetit

One of the South’s Grand Desserts.” — Southern Living

 “All time favorite dessert.” — Bobby Flay

“The richest filling, and the best ingredients…” — Martha Stewart

“. . . a thing of tearful beauty.” — Delta Sky

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Our Cookbook

Served with Style

Peninsula Grill’s stunning new cookbook, Served with Style, shares the story of how the Relais & Châteaux restaurant catapulted onto the national dining scene with accolades from Esquire, Bon Appétit, The New York Times, Southern Living, Travel + Leisure, and Food & Wine—which named it one of America’s top 50 hotel restaurants—and secured its place there.

In addition to scores of many never-before-revealed recipes for the Mobil four-star and AAA four-diamond restaurant’s sumptuous dishes, backstage stories abound. Readers learn how its first pastry chef created a coconut cake so praised by Martha Stewart that it yielded its own cottage industry, and how the wait staff established a style of service so graceful that it became the standard-bearer for fine dining in the region.

And the tales stretch beyond the culinary world: read how famed designer Amelia Handegan battled to wrap the dining room in velvet and landscape architect Sheila Wertimer created its urban oasis garden from a parking lot on the busiest corner in the state.

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Make a Reservation

at Peninsula Grill

Reservations are highly recommended and can be made daily by phone between the hours of 12 noon and 11 p.m. Call (843) 723-0700 or reserve online via OpenTable.

Attire is business casual. It is recommended, but not required, that gentlemen wear a jacket.

To provide the highest quality dining experience, cell phones are prohibited inside the restaurant. We ask that you please take calls outside of the dining room.

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