Earlier in June, I attended the soft opening for Charleston Harbor Fish House with my friend TJ. The restaurant is located right on Patriot’s Point and overlooks the harbor. The views of the water and the bridge are astounding.
We first went upstairs to the open bar area. The upstairs is pretty big and part of it is covered. Sitting at the bar with a glass of wine and smelling the sweet, salty air was quite lovely, even for a local who has many opportunities to do this.
After a drink at the bar, we were called down to be seated. The dining area is a large, very open space. Because it’s so open, with high ceilings, it was very loud. The noise level didn’t bother me too much, but it was quite noticeable. If you’ve got kids, bring ‘em — this place is not at all stuffy.
We started with the Calamari Fritto Miso — served with a black garlic aioli. The calamari itself was good, especially with the addition of the fried lemon slices. I thought the aioli was okay — probably sitting out for too long under the heater.
For dinner, TJ had the Crab & Gnocchi with prosciutto, tomatoes, and sherry cream. This was incredibe. It was the largest, densest gnochi I’ve ever had, and the crab was so sweet.
I had the special of the night: SC Sheepshead (a white, meaty fish) in a ham au jus with broccoli. After having sheepshead for the first time at Husk a while ago, I knew I had to have it again. What a fantastic fish this is. Google it — it’s quite an ugly creature but delicious plated. Ha!
I’d love to go back to the Charleston Harbor Fish House now that the weather has warmed up. I’d recommend having a drink upstairs and then finishing up downstairs with a meal. Though the menu for the soft opening was limited, the actual full menu is huge. They’ve got a raw bar, have steamed and fried fish options, a vegetarian menu, and much more. Check it out!
What’s your favorite fish? Favorite seafood dish?