Welcome to Eater Scenes, where Eater photographers visit some of the city's great restaurants to capture them at a certain, and very specific, point in the day. Today, a visit to Oak Steakhouse at 7:00 p.m., on a Thursday, for The Five Days of Meat.
Situated on stately Broad Street, Oak Steakhouse is a pillar of fine dining in the Lowcountry. The restaurant is housed in the 150-year-old South Carolina Loan & Trust bank building and even stores its wines in the original vault. The three floors of the establishment have separate, distinct personalities. The first floor is home to the bar and the open kitchen, so it can get a bit boisterous—definitely the place to watch the South of Broad crowds from the window or peer at chef Jeremiah Bacon while he works. The mezzanine level peers down into the action, but is reserved from being in the thick of dinnertime operations. The third floor is where you want to be if it's an intimate meal you're looking for.
Oak serves traditional steakhouse fare, like jumbo shrimp cocktails, perfectly seared Certified Angus Beef steaks, and racks of lamb. It's the sort of place you'd bring a date you were hoping to impress or when you wanted to celebrate a big birthday. Regulars know, however, you can also belly up to the bar for $10 cheeseburgers during happy hour.
For a closer inspection of all the action on Broad, Eater sent photographer Rémy Thurston to view the scene on a recent Thursday night.