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June 29, 2005
The restaurant keeps the decor simple, and its furnishings are little more than lightly stained wood affixed together into tables and chairs. Whether the restaurant is almost empty or overflowing with patrons, prompt and attentive service is guaranteed during your visit. If nothing else, the staff wants to ensure that every customer is treated like family.
If you don't enjoy seafood, especially shellfish, you probably aren't going to find many things to your liking on the menu. Unfortunately, seafood is not one of my favorite things, so I ordered buffalo wings and hush puppies. The side order of tasty hush puppies is easily enough to provide for three or four people, and we made the mistake of ordering two baskets. The buffalo wings are not (and never will be) a Hyman's specialty, but the other people in my group raved over the Shrimp Po Boy sandwich and the "best Bloody Mary’s" in town.
To ensure that you have been properly attended to during your visit, a Hyman family member is usually on site and will check in with your table. Following your meal, you will be provided with a small sticker to wear on your clothing. If someone from the Hyman family spots the sticker while you are out in Charleston, your next meal is on the house.
Personally, I didn't care for the food, and the limitations of the menu in regard to non-seafood lovers was disappointing. While my friends enjoyed their food, they didn't feel that Hyman's was one of the best places to eat in Charleston. In my opinion, the restaurant draws hoards of customers based on a sense of nostalgia and the staff's overall friendliness.
From journal A Charming Place Called Charleston
North Providence, Rhode Island
July 29, 2004
Well, one night we decided to do just that, and what a well-worth-it wait it was!
As you walk into Hyman's there is a large bar where you can order a drink while waiting. Once escorted to your table you may find yourself sitting at a seat where a famous politician, actor, or musician had dined. The tables have small brass plaques on them with the name of the person that dined at that table and I believe they were also inscribed with the date. We sat at a table that the actor that plays the President on the West Wing had sat at.
Now for the great part! The service and the food!!! Our waiter was happy to help us with out choices of meals and was very attentive throughout the meal. My husband and I ordered calamari as an appetizer and then both of us enjoyed one of their seafood meals. The fish was cooked to perfection and one could tell that it was VERY fresh. The many choices on the menu can be overwhelming at first, but with the help of our waiter we were guided toward a meal that was just right for us.
If you go to Charleston, Hyman's is a must!
Oh, and by the way, the owner of the restaurant visits each table to speak to each diner. He said "if there is anything you don't like, or isn't what you thought it was going to be--send it back! We'll gladly give you another meal!"
Now THIS is service!!!
From journal It's Festival Time Again!
by Armed With Passport
Miromar Lakes, Florida
July 2, 2001
Inside the decor is hardword floors and brick walls. Some of the tables have little plaques to bearing the name of the celebrity who sat at that particular table. (The celebrities who dined at our table were Oprah Winfrey and Sinbad; imagine the quantities of seafood consumed that day!)
My wife and I ordered shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, fried oysters, shrimp, scallops, and fish. The meal also included a bowl of boiled peanuts and a basket of hush puppies. The service was friendly and attentive. There was also a good selection of local beers.
From journal Low Country Crown Jewel: Charleston
Winston-salem, North Carolina
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From journal Charleston in High Summer
Blacksburg, South Carolina
February 20, 2005
From journal The Old South is Alive and Well in Charleston
by Mint Julep
October 28, 2003
When we arrived there was a line outside, but we decided to wait. While waiting we were served hot hush puppies and there was a video playing showing how they made various dishes. This in addition to a copy of the menu gave us an idea of what to expect. The atmosphere of the restaurant is very casual and the food EXCELLENT. You can pick your fish and its preparation. Decided to go with a combo for two and ordered their signature fried flounder, buffalo shrimp, fried shrimp, scallops, and calamari. This combo was only $28!
The seafood was extremely fresh and the portions generous. This was definitely a place we want to return to.
From journal Hilton Head & surrounding area (Charleston, SC)
December 13, 2001
From journal Charleston SC
by Mary Porcher
New Haven, Connecticut
September 28, 2000
From journal A Native's Favorites in Charleston
Charlotte, North Carolina
June 9, 2008