There is one place in Charleston, West Virginia that stands out for its fine dining and fabulous upscale setting: The Chop House, located at the end of the Charleston Town Center Mall. The Chop House is by far Charleston’s premier restaurant, offering classic steakhouse dishes and extraordinary service. It was also the place my family chose to celebrate special occasions when we lived in Charleston.
What to Expect at the Chop House
When you step inside of the Chop House, prepare to be delighted by the savory fare and waited on hand and foot. Elegant tables, beautifully set with china and silverware, sparkle from the table candlelights. Intimate seating groups and less formal tablescapes are arranged throughout the restaurant. Rich oil paintings and oil lanterns adorn the walls.
My Visit to the Chop House
On a recent visit to West Virginia, my friend, Kim, and I had a girls’ night out at the Chop House. We sat within view of the bar, a popular hot spot for happy hour, and began perusing the menu. Both of us chose to start with soup.
Our Baked French Onion Soup and Lobster Biqeue soups arrived piping hot. You know you are in a fine dining establishment when the soup bowl arrives with the fresh premium lobster in the middle and your server pours the bisque from a silver boat. I love that presentation! Our server also brought us a fresh bread assortment and squares of butter stamped with the Chop House logo. Be sure to try the olive bread; it is sensational!
Tableside Salad Preparation
My second course was a traditional Caesar salad, because the Chop House makes them tableside. It had the perfect amount of mustard, egg, Parmesan cheese, and anchovies.
While we were waiting on our main courses, Kim and I enjoyed chatting with some patrons at the table beside us. They were enjoying dessert and it boy did it look spectacular. The bar was hustling to keep up with their wine, signature martini, and cocktail drinkers. The Chop House decants their wine bottles, adding a big burst of flavor by allowing the wine to properly aerate.
The Main Course Arrives
Our main courses arrived and both presentations were perfection. Kim ordered the Australian Rib Lamb Chops, which were meaty and glistening. I opted for the special of the day, a USDA Prime Beef Filet Mignon drenched in Béarnaise sauce, topped with crab meat, atop a bed of asparagus. I am a sucker for a good Béarnaise sauce and I appreciate it always being freshly made. For those of you not familiar, the sauce is made of clarified butter, white wine vinegar, and egg yolks, flavored with shallots and tarragon, and then reduced.
My steak was tender, luscious, and cooked to the perfect temperature. I loved every bite of it! Kim thoroughly enjoyed her Lamb Chops. We ate until we could not hold any more and then asked for a small box to take home what was left.
The Side Dishes Are Equally Impressive
We chose broccoli florets (served with creamy hollandaise) and Baked Three Cheese Macaroni (with jalapeños) covered with buttery bread crumbs as our side dishes. While I love the Chop House’s food, the drawback with serving side items ala carte is that the pictures are not as impressive as when the plate arrives professionally staged.
Kim thought that we should try dessert, so we split the Pecan Pie ala mode. Our server portioned the pie on two plates and served them right away. Kim loved the pie, but it was too rich for me (I am not a dessert fan anyway). The Pecan Pie was both rich and decadent.
Since my last visit, the Chop House has enclosed their outdoor terrace to make a romantic stone patio. The patio has a cozy fireplace and many seating groups, some conducive for eating and some for just enjoying cocktails. Smooth jazz played and it looked like a cool place to hang out. Although referred to as a cigar lounge, I did not see any smokers out there when we visited.
Chop House still has it going on after more than a dozen years of business in the Charleston market. Chop House is family friendly, so do not be afraid that your little ones will spoil the atmosphere. Make your reservations online through Open Table. The restaurant’s temperature is a little on the cool side, so dress accordingly. I cannot imagine why you would not leave the Chop House without licking your chops, literally. Enjoy!
Charleston Chop House
1003 Charleston Town Center
Charleston, WV 25386
(304) 344-3950 or (888) 456-3463 (DINE) for reservations
Mon-Thurs 5-10PM, Fri-Sat 5-11PM, Sun 5-9PM
TIP: Ask about the Chop House Birthday Meal Deal!
Tip: Valet parking is available for your convenience.
Seafood Lovers: The Chop House Seafood Platter is to die for! This chilled combination platter of oysters, lobster meat, shrimp, and crab Louie is my favorite thing of all (though pricey). Perfect to share with the table but keep the tantalizing crab Louie all to yourself!
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