Angel Oak Restaurant is an American style full service restaurant that
utilizes local ingredients to highlight the cuisine of the community.
is located just minutes from downtown Charleston on the Savannah
highway in John’s Island.
The approach at Angel Oak Restaurant is simple, to obtain the freshest ingredients that the seasons allow, and present them in a way that would best represent the area. The menu changes often to include what is in season. Our lunch menu provides people with fresh, quick, made from scratch food that is rustic and delicious. Dinner takes a more innovative approach to southern American cuisine. Whether you are looking to share a few appetizers over a bottle of wine, a country fried steak with a local beer, or want to explore one of our alluring culinary entrees, the menu at Angle Oak can meet all of your wishes. We encourage you to relax during dinner and try our daily wine flights or order a great wine by the glass or bottle. Angel Oak also offers a small select bottled beer list that will please any beer enthusiast. Make sure to save room for dessert, where the chef reflects on traditional southern style sweets that would cure any sweet tooth.
Jay and Nicole Kees moved from New York to open Angel Oak Restaurant in
the summer of 2012. Nicole was born and raised in the Hudson Valley
region about an hour north of New York City. Her career with hospitality
began at a young age. She has worked at many local notable restaurants
while obtaining her Master’s degree in Art Education.
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She has spent the
last seven years leading up to the opening of Angel Oak teaching art at
an inner-city school. Jay was born and raised in southern Mississippi
and started working in local restaurants at a young age. After his
career in Mississippi he worked in New Orleans at one of the best local
restaurants. He decided to further his career in the food industry which
guided him to New York. Jay obtained his Bachelor’s Degree at the
Culinary Institute of America. During his professional expedition he
trained under a master chef at Ritz Carlton, Naples, FL and at David
Burk’s Townhouse, NYC. Jay was a personal chef for many affluent
residents of the Hudson Valley area. He has been an Executive Pastry
Chef for four sister restaurants in the Hudson Valley.
While in New York, Jay and Nicole met working together at a banquet
facility. Immediately they knew that this was the start of something
amazing for their futures. While exploring the east coast for a happy
balance of North and South, for a career and lifestyle change, they fell
in love with the Charleston area. Like Jay and Nicole’s journey
together, Angel Oak Restaurant exemplifies the modern approach to
cuisine found in the top restaurants in New York City, without losing
the honest rusticity of southern fare.