Charleston’s Tidewater Grill Continues To Please
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 in West Virginia. That translates to being in business in for thirty years. (ssshhh….)
Tidewater Grill must be doing something right to have that kind of staying power in West Virginia’s capital city. (updated 10/7/2018)
Getting Down to Business: Tidewater Grill’s Food
The most important parts of the meal at Tidewater, trust me on this, are the delicious poppy seed dinner rolls and the 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 Greek Salad is loaded with tomatoes, feta cheese, beets, onions, and Kalamata olives. It has just the right amount of tangy dressing, too.
Impressive dishes include Battered Fish and Chips, Chicken Artichoke Pasta, Crab Cakes, Club Sandwich, and any of Tidewater’s steaks. My mother’s favorite dish, which may or may not be on the actual menu, is Chicken St. Tropez. This tasty pasta dish with garlic, herbs, and a tomato cream sauce, can still be made and has been a highly ordered dish since the 1980’s.
Dining at Tidewater Grill
Although Tidewater Grill boasts a large seafood selection on their menu, the restaurant offers much more. Charleston locals know Tidewater best for their Birthday Meal Deal. Diners eat free (or have a check for two divided in half, a 50% savings) on their exact birthday. Proof of identification is required. That is a fantastic offering and I personally know dozens of people who take part in it each year.
Recently, Tidewater underwent a huge remodel and is now more contemporary in style and has a large outdoor covered seating area.
On my last visit to West Virginia, my family gathered to celebrate my Aunt and Uncle’s 50th wedding anniversary with a special dinner. Tidewater Grill was most helpful to reserve seating for our large group at the last minute, and in an area that offered a bit of privacy.
Although Tidewater is a great dinner spot, they also offer a lunch menu with smaller portions and prices.
A Perfect Celebration of Family and Food
All of our food came out of the kitchen with no complaints. Judging by the silence at our table, everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals.
The Crab Cakes, heavy on the crab, were plump and paired perfectly with tasty coleslaw. I enjoyed my Chicken Artichoke Pasta, with mushrooms, artichokes, garlic, red peppers, and touched with a light, but rich, cream sauce. All of this was tossed with chunks of chicken and atop a mound of fettuccine.
Tidewater’s Fish & Chips are a bit pricey, but the portion is large and they are really good. The fish is paired with a flavorful tartar sauce and fries. Tidewater does allow for substitutions.
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.
Tidewater Still Pleases Guests
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 Tidewater Grill is where many people choose to dine in the downtown Charleston area.
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