The Tidewater Grill has been a locals’ favorite seafood restaurant since I was in high school. It is located at the East end of the Charleston Town Center Mall. That translates to being in business in for thirty years. (ssshhh….) They must be doing something right to have that kind of staying power in the capital city of West Virginia.
The Tidewater Grill Restaurant
Although Tidewater features a large seafood selection, their menu offers much more. Most people around Charleston know Tidewater best for their Birthday Meal Deal. Diners may eat free or have a check for two divided in half, a 50% savings on their birthday. Proof of identification is required. That is a fantastic offering and I personally know dozens of people who take part in it.
Most recently, Tidewater underwent a huge remodel and is now more contemporary in style and has a large outdoor covered seating area . On my most recent visit, my family gathered to celebrate my Aunt and Uncle’s 50th wedding anniversary. Tidewater was most helpful to reserve seating for our large group at the last minute, and in an area where we had a bit of privacy.
Getting Down to Business: The Tidewater Grill Food
The most important part of the meal at Tidewater, trust me on this, is the amazing poppy seed dinner rolls and their perfect Greek salad. Tidewater’s bread is so fabulous, that at times, I have purchased it frozen to take home and bake. Talk about impressing your friends! The salad is loaded with tomatoes, feta cheese, beets, onions, and Kalamata olives and has just the right amount of tangy Greek dressing.
Some of our orders for the evening were Fish and Chips, Chicken Artichoke Pasta, Crab Cakes, Club sandwich, and steaks. My mother was thrilled that her favorite dish, Chicken St. Tropez, (with garlic, herbs, and a tomato cream sauce) was still on the menu. In fact, we have enjoyed that dish for nearly 30 years now.
All of our food came out with no complaints and judging by the silence at our table, everyone enjoyed their meal. The Crab Cakes were plump, very heavy on the crab, and Tidewater’s cole slaw was spectacular. I enjoyed my Chicken Artichoke Pasta because it was rich with mushrooms, artichokes, garlic, red peppers, and touched with a light cream sauce. All of this was tossed with chicken and atop a mound of fettuccine. Tidewater’s Fish & Chips are a bit pricey, but it is fresh fish of great quality and the portion is large. This is paired with yummy tartar sauce and fries. Tidewater does allow for substitutions.
From the attractive fixtures and decor, fresh seafood, as well as going the extra mile for your special day, it comes as no surprise that this is where many people choose to dine in the downtown Charleston area.
FYI: Although Tidewater is a great dinner spot, they also offer a lunch menu with smaller portions and prices.
Extra: Tidewater has a beautiful bar with happy hour specials and a delightful dessert menu; the creamy Tiramisu has been one of my favorites for years now.
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My Rating Scale 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest)= 8 1/2
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