Alluette's Café

Food & Drink
80A Reid St., Charleston, SC 29403 80A Reid St., Charleston Directions
This place has not been rated by customers.
76% of 133 customers recommended
This place is closed.

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About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Cafe, Soul Food, Vegetarian, Southern, Healthy
  • Meals
    Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    $15-$30
  • Cuisine
    Cafe, Soul Food, Vegetarian, Southern, Healthy
  • Meals
    Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Street
  • Delivery
    Yes
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Gluten Free Options
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
  • Good For Groups
    Yes
  • Vegan Options
    Yes
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Tips

49 Tips
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Report | 4 years ago
Ridiculously slow service! My daughter and I went on a Mon. @ 1:15 p.m. Only 6 people in restaurant. Each of us ordered a sandwich with a side salad (less that $10 each) and water. It took OVER AN HOUR for our food to be served! No refills on water. When bill came we were charged $15 (after submission of our $15 groupon when we ordered) and were told the groupon was only good for one of the sandwiches. Would have been nice for the server to tell us that upfront. The math wasn't correct even with that. We were so DISGUSTED that we left as quickly as possible - we had no more time to waste. Too many good places in Charleston to patronize and the sandwich was not that good to make up for the wait and lack of service. Would never recommend this place.
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Report | 4 years ago
Will never go there again! I do not recommend this place at all!!!
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Report | 4 years ago
nice local flavor and awesome tasting 'healthy' soul food with a unique spin. A must!
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Report | 4 years ago
Unusual for them but the service was bad and food came 2 hours later after arrival. Had a $40 groupon and advertised like that was the cost of dinner for 4 when it cost an additional $89. For the amount of food and service I was very disappointed and embarrased with the friends we brought to dinner. We were all tired and beyond hungry. Not sure we'll go back.
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Report | 4 years ago
Wonderful fresh food. Great atmosphere. Alluette is wonderful and knows how to make healthy taste delicious.
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Report | 4 years ago
suggest the older male working on the floor be a bit more polite. the girls were fine yet do not acknowledge people as they sit down and act very quickly at all. yes the food is made to order,but 35 minutes for hummus & pita chips? 85 minutes for pasta and kids fried shrimp? this wasn't even at capacity. pasta overseasoned with oregano (?) but underseasoned with salt & pepper, the basics. Great fries!
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Report | 4 years ago
Not a good restaurant for groupon. Overwhelmed them a little, I think.
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Report | 4 years ago
will probably never go back. even though the food was fairly good, the service was the worst i have ever had. we ordered two salads and two bowls of soup. An HOUR AND A HALF later we were served. REDICULOUS!
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Report | 4 years ago
Was not impressed, took over an hour for two dishes, overpriced.
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Report | 4 years ago
long wait 1 hour 15 min from ordering until meal was brought
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From Our Editors

Next to the day's special dishes, the chalkboard at Alluette's Café proudly proclaims a few phrases that may shock loyalists to the fried-chicken school of soul food: "Vegans Welcome," "This is a no Pork Cafe," "Organic & Natural Products," and "Fresh Local Seafood." Alluette Jones-Smalls has been cooking up what she calls "holistic soul food" in various ventures since 1993, but after she overcame the cancer that nearly claimed her life, she embraced the concept of fresh ingredients, free of toxic chemicals, with more vigor than ever.

Now, she's come back to her Charleston roots at Aluette's Café. She cooks everything up to order, which takes a little longer—but Travel + Leisure magazine makes it clear that it's worth the wait, calling the food "vegetable-centric, truly luscious, Southern food." O, The Oprah Magazine's Celia Barbour praised the shrimp as "quite possibly the tastiest … I've ever eaten, dusted with spicy flour and fried so lightly that each sweet crustacean bore a crisp, fragile shell." Alluette doesn't add sugar to any of her dishes or drinks—including her signature Aunt Mary's iced tea, which is sweetened with fruit juice.

Guests can admire the local artwork on Alluette's brightly painted walls as they wait for local shrimp over organic, seasonal greens or hormone-free grilled chicken with brown rice and lima beans. Alluette frequently invites live musicians, poets, and other artists to perform in the shop, and out on the patio, herbs and flowers uproot themselves to waltz for diners.

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