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“Go somewhere else”
Review of Sandbar Restaurant - CLOSED

Sandbar Restaurant
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff
Charleston, SC
Level Contributor
140 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Go somewhere else”
Reviewed 21 July 2013

There are so many outstanding restaurants in Charleston and Folly Beach. The Sandbar is not one of them. It has a privileged location; looks funky and laid back; and could be something very special. It's not. It took 2 hours from start to finish. First, no table was available .. although 3 sat empty and 2 booths were dirty and unoccupied. A hour in the bar, where smoking is permitted and the wait staff gathers too frequently to get a few puffs in their system, and we were seated, to learn that many of the menu items were not available. Food was too salty, and nothing more than tiny fried shrimp and a mini piece of fish. The wait staff runs and runs, but doesn't really go anywhere (except to the bar to smoke). In short, it was a terrible experience.

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank Joseph W
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James island sc
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Do not go there!!”
Reviewed 20 July 2013

The worst experience ever! I took my visiting family members there for seafood. It was awful. The food was salty and the steaks were paper thin and way over cooked. I was so embarrassed.
The bartender was out of crown royal. Instead of telling us he tried to "make" some by mixing liquors together. Really?!

It has such potential. It could be great. The owner has no clue!!

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank Kelly H
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Charleston, South Carolina
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Don't go here to eat seafood or steak”
Reviewed 26 June 2013

This place has tons of potential and a great view. Go here for the ambiance and maybe a drink or dessert (but they don't always have dessert). Sit on the deck with live music surrounded by gorgeous scenery. Good service but whatever you do, DONT GO HERE TO EAT A MEAL!! Typical food service fare overcooked even though place was not busy and no need to nuke everything. Small portions of small seafood. Price a little high at $50 for two with maybe $5 worth of seafood and steak. Best I can figure, you have an 70% chance of being disappointed if you go here for a meal.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank J R H
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Folly Beach, South Carolina, United States
1 review
“Candidate for Restaurant Impossible”
Reviewed 16 June 2013

Review is for TAKE OUT only...very accommodating for handicapped unable to enter premises......
Absolutely the worst seafood I have ever experienced...ordered biggest seafood platter, highest priced menu item...Both oysters and scallops were fine but the rest was garbage...hush puppies cooked nearly black, small creek shrimp appeared to be warmed over from the broil menu and re-heated, so tough could not eat, same with cheap tilapia fish filet not breaded at all (I learned to ask what "fish" on a menu means), crabcake that could have been anything as it had not a bit of crab taste, stone cold fries after a 12 block ride back to the house...Had to ask for tartar sauce...No utensils included (glad I was home)...Had I been eating in, the platter would have been sent back to the kitchen...There is no excuse for a "chef" letting food like this out of his kitchen; if he persists, he won't be doing it long...I am a local and I sure won't be back....every Chinese restaurant in town cooks better seafood than this...

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Vance K
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great food”
Reviewed 24 May 2013

The food was the best that we had eaten in the Charleston/ Folly Beach area. And we ate at a few places in Charleston.But Sandbar was the best. I had their steak and it was wonderful. Best I had ever eaten. My friend had seafood and loved it. I told 3 other friends that were going to be going to that area and loved it also. We keep talking about going back for a weekend just to go eat there. They will even come pick you up if your staying close by.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank sliver008
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