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US$25 - US$100
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
American, Bar, Seafood
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 17 August 2021

Great food! Large portions! Great wait staff Everyone at the restaurant were very friendly, Great bar

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 2 August 2021

The food is terrible. There is no A/C. And the "tavern" is very dirty and gross. They apparently have a "no dicks allowed" policy which I found entertaining considering the owner was smoking a cigar indoors! I am very visibly pregnant and had my two...year old with me! Also, considering the place hasn't been wiped down in years, it should surprise no one that they are not following any COVID precautions/guidelines.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 25 July 2021

Johnson Creek Tavern has been a staple in the area since before our family began vacationing to Beaufort over 30 years ago. We hadn't been there for a number of years, but with Boondocks now closed, we decided to check JCT out again. We lucked...out with being seated right away despite a full parking lot. Our food was pretty good (all of us ordered local seafood specialties.) Portions were of a good size, and prices were reasonable (considering this was fresh locally caught fish.) Depending on where you sit, you could get a great view of the marsh and Johnson Creek as well. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the mood for some local seafood flavor.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 9 July 2021

Hubby and I both loved the food. He had gumbo and side salad, I had Ceasar salad and crab cake. Crab cake was wonderful and totally enjoyed the Ceasar. Hubby also very happy with all. Atmosphere is an old building with large windows overlooking marsh....There is also out side seating overlooking marsh. It's not fancy but comfortable with great service. Recommend.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 1 July 2021

Family was looking forward to seafood so we heard this place has good fish tacos. For 13 dollars you get a finger sized pre shaped piece of fish that had no taste with a bit of cabbage on a cold tortilla. The best part we’re...the fries. The whole family within an hour was sick. We spent several hours in the bathroom. This place should not be serving food and stick to drinks. Ruined a full day at the beach and even dinner that night !More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 28 June 2021

Been going to JCT for many years and have to say the quality of the food recently has really gone downhill. I get having to wait for a while for good food, and we did wait for almost an hour before we were seated, but...the wait has always been worth it before. However, I can't say that this time. They brought out the appetizers (which were hot) and within 3 minutes our entrees came out, and we had to choose at that point which was going to be allowed to get cold, the apps or the meal. My husband's fish was SO overcooked it was dry and crumbly, with no taste to it. Just very disappointed in a place that has always been a favorite.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 19 June 2021

I have never written a review before, this is my first. I felt the need to write this hopefully so others don't have an experience like my family. We went on a Tuesday night thinking they would not be that busy and we got there...at 5:30. We waited for 30 minutes for a table which was fine. We had a party of 7 and a baby. (A 5 year old, a three year old and a 10 month old). It took about 45 minutes to get our appetizers which was a red flag. After an hour and a half, I finally asked the hostess to check on our order. We had not seen our waitress in 30 minutes or longer. Our waitress came to our table and told us our order would be out in a few minutes. She also said the manager was coming to talk to us. About ten minutes later we finally got our food. Total time about 1 hour 40 minutes. My daughter and her husband had to ask for theirs to be put in to go boxes because they had to leave with the baby. We were missing an entrée after all of this. I told the waitress to cancel that order, we didn't want to wait any longer on food. The manager finally came out and told us that they were short staffed was why our food took so long. I explained had we been told this up front, we probably would have left since we had 3 young children with us. I totally understand that many restaurants are having trouble getting help and keeping help. However, we should have been told and I also think they should have signs posted that they were short staffed. I will not be returning.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 1 June 2021 via mobile

This is one of our favorite places to visit when we come to South Carolina. The charm of this place is out the roof and the seafood delicious.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 1 June 2021 via mobile

My daughter and I went here at about 8:00 pm and the wait was about 15 minutes and we were seated but we waited another 20 minutes for someone to acknowledge us so we left. In their defense it was Memorial weekend and the servers...were doing all they could. So we went home and had a chicken salad sandwich.😂 Then we tried again the next night and went a little earlier and it was still packed but we got in quickly. I’m so glad we went back cause the food was delicious. My daughter had crab legs and I had the lobster and shrimp pot pie. Excellent! They have great music so it’s a little loud. Customers write things on dollar bills and staple them to the wooden areas. We wrote Visit Xanadune and stapled ours next to our table. The bills are removed ever so often and donated to a charity. We had a great time here!More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 28 May 2021

We moved to SHI in Jan and stumbled upon JCT soon after. We can immediately loved the laid back atmosphere and history. So much so, that we hung a dollar on the wall near our seat at the bar, now, our favorite spot! Our bartender,...Mike was fun, attentive and steered us in the right direction on the menu. The steamed oysters were so good that we ended up having 3 buckets!!! We knew that we had found our new local favorite and we were correct! Almost 5 months in and TCT is our go to!!! Mike makes a mean Pina Colada ...be sure to ask for his special, made with Myers Rum and topped with a floater!!!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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This place is a tavern, not fine dining. Service people just like all of us can have bad days. We have not had bad service there, but maybe we were fortunate. We also go there off-season. I like the food and the locally... More
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Yes, Johnson Creek Tavern offers takeaway services.

Johnson Creek Tavern is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5