The Middleton Place Restaurant offers visitors traditional Low Country fare. Okra soup, she-crab soup, shrimp and grits, collard greens and Huguenot torte are just a few of the tempting dishes served for lunch daily. In the evening, guests enjoy elegant dining overlooking the Mill Pond and Azalea Hillside while savoring a more formal menu featuring local seafood, organic chicken, and carefully selected cuts of meat, and seasonal vegetables.
The influence of renowned Southern Chef Edna Lewis is still felt at Middleton Place, where she was the resident Chef for several years. The recipes Ms. Lewis developed for the Restaurant give special attention to authentic Low Country cuisine, and continue to be used for both lunch and dinner menu selections.
The Middleton Place Restaurant originated in 1928 when the Junior League of Charleston set up one of its first fund raising enterprises, a springtime Tea Room located in the Mill at Middleton Place. In the upstairs kitchen, League volunteers prepared okra soup and made sandwiches that were served to guests seated at tables overlooking the Ashley River. In 1949, the Tea Room, now the Restaurant, was moved to its present location.
The Restaurant building was designed by W. Bancel LaFarge in 1933, based on research done in Barbados, and has the same roof lines as the Mill. It was originally used as a guest house, with two bedrooms and a sitting room upstairs. The cypress-paneled room downstairs was a living and game room surrounded by a screened porch. The Cypress Room, now used as a private dining room, was originally a series of storerooms leading to the plantation office.
Proceeds from the operation of the Restaurant support the preservation work of the not-for-profit Middleton Place Foundation.
In keeping with traditional Southern Foodways, the Middleton Place Restaurant strives to use seasonal, local, and organic ingredients whenever possible, as well as supporting the conservation efforts of the Sustainable Seafood Initiative, the Billfish Foundation, Slow Foods and Fresh on the Menu.