Dining & Nightlife in Charleston/Downtown

Some would say Charleston tastes as good as it looks.

Many come to Charleston with one thing on their mind: food. The best grits you'll ever have, prepared in ways you never imagined. Festive dockside oyster roasts. High-end restaurants. Outdoor cafés. Fresh from the dock seafood. Every meal is an event in itself. Prepared with perfection. Served with a warm smile. Enjoy.

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Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Variety of built-from-the-ground-up ice creams and frozen yogurts. Enjoy flavors in a cup, hand-made waffle cone, as a sundae, or as an ice cream sandwich.

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Cru Cafe & Catering

Charleston’s hidden gem receiving accolades and write-ups yearly with a gourmet twist on comfort food. Cru Café opened in 2002 & is ranked as one of Charleston’s top eateries.

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492 King Street

492 offers an experience for every diner with seasonally inspired dishes and craft cocktails. Varied seating options, spacious courtyard and complimentary valet parking.

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5 Church Charleston

Hip, new American restaurant on Market St. in beautiful 100 year old historic church. Dinner and late night. Brunch/lunch starting in Jan 2016. Complimentary valet parking.

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Anson Restaurant

Charleston flavors and elegant decor in the heart of the old City Market. Specializing in delicious seafood caught daily. Intimate dining, private rooms available.

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Barony Tavern

Chef Robert Carter's Barony Tavern pairs aristocratic style with a whimsical flare, providing guests with innovative Southern American cuisine in a comfortable setting.

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Basil Restaurant Downtown Charleston

Refined Thai cuisine and an invigorating dining experience in the heart of downtown Charleston. Serving lunch throughout the week and happy hour. Indoor/Outdoor dining.

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Beech

The basic necessities of a healthy diet including fresh: fruit, fish, rice and vegetables, sourced sustainably, locally and organically when possible. Fast-casual atmosphere.

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Ben & Jerry's Charleston

Serving Charleston euphoria in a cup, cone, sundae, milkshake or smoothie since 1996. Peace, love and ice cream!

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Black Bean Company

Charleston's premium organic, all-natural, vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free friendly restaurant, specializing in our signature salads, energy wraps, and delicious breakfasts.

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Bull Street Gourmet & Market

Bull Street Gourmet and Market is a Charleston staple, known for signature soups, salads, sandwiches, breakfast all day, free delivery and its great beer and wine selection!

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Burwell's Stone Fire Grill

Classic Charleston dining, housing a premier culinary team passionate about prime steak, local seafood, and hospitality that guests crave. Hot spot in downtown!

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Butcher & Bee

A craft sandwich shop serving honest to goodness sandwiches made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Serving lunch daily and brunch on Saturday & Sunday.

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Carmella's Cafe & Dessert Bar

Carmella's on Historic East Bay St. features handmade ice creams, Italian ice, premium coffees, wine, adult dessert cocktails, pastries, cannolis, cookies, & gourmet desserts.

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Carolina Ale House - Downtown Charleston

Carolina Ale House is a neighborhood gathering place. Best known for food, sports and fun. Our menu goes beyond the typical sports bar fare, with a wide selection of Ales.

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Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Pâtissier

Third generation French Chocolatier Christophe Paume creates hand-painted chocolates, french pastry, baguette sandwiches & french press coffee at The French Chocolate Cafe.

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CO banh mi..noodles..bar

Saunter into the warm, urban atmosphere at CO and take your palate on a luxury flight to the Far East with exotic flavors for lunch, dinner, or after-hours cocktails.

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Cupcake Downsouth

Flavors rotate daily, and are complemented by vegan and gluten-free flavors. Find out why so many folks (including USA Today and Ellen DeGeneres) are sweet on Cupcake!

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Dixie Supply Cafe & Bakery

Traditional Lowcountry dishes, shrimp & creamy grits, stuffed French toast & specialty pancakes, famous tomato pie! Seen on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, and Unique Sweets.

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Edmund's Oast

Brew pub where artisanal beers are found alongside inventive cocktails & a thoughtfully curated wine list. The dinner and brunch menus feature seasonally inspired plates.

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Eli's Table

We offer a taste of Charleston that makes Charleston memorable. Our American dishes come kissed with southern charm. Join us for breakfast, lunch, brunch, or dinner.

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FIG

James Beard winning Chef serves up seasonal cuisine, focusing on fresh, local sustainable product. Featured in Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Food Network and The New York Times.

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Grill 225

This fine dining establishment stockpiles accolades, like Fodor’s Choice. A member of “Great Steakhouses of North America,” seafood and live lobsters flown in daily.

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Harborview Restaurant and Lounge

The Harborview Restaurant & Lounge located on the top floor of the Holiday Inn Charleston Riverview can accommodate up to 150 ppl. Serves breakfast lunch, dinner & cocktails.

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Hominy Grill

Nationally acclaimed & locally beloved, this has become a Charleston institution. James Beard award-winning chef offers country specialties served in a cozy & lively setting.

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Hot Little Biscuit

We offer all seven varieties of Callie’s Biscuits sold piping hot in pairs or by the dozen as well as a “biscuit of the day” special & fine foods from other local artisans.

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Indaco

We serve rustic Italian cuisine by Chef Michael Perez. Available family-style or a la carte, wood-fired pizzas, hand-crafted pastas, house-made salumi, & cured sausages.

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Jestine's Kitchen

SOUTHERN FOOD WITH LOTS OF SOUL! Opened in 1996 to honor Jestine Matthews by the Berlin children as Jestine tended to & helped to raise several generations of their family.

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King Street Grille Downtown

Charleston's premier destination for food, sports, beers and spirits. An award winning upscale sports bar concept with an amazingly delicious, made from scratch menu.

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Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer

Serving freshly roasted coffee & boasting over 20 rotating taps. Relax in their spacious courtyard with a sandwich, pastry or slice of quiche prepared daily by local bakeries.

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Lana Restaurant & Bar

Eclectic menu reflects flavors of the Mediterranean sourced from local farmers and fisherman. Chef/Owner John Ondo features house-cured meats, sausages, gnocchi and gelato.

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Le Farfalle

Authentic historic district Italian restaurant, Chef Michael Toscano serves up lunch, brunch and dinner with modern Italian style. Impressive wine and craft cocktail program.

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Leon's Oyster Shop

A fried chicken & oyster joint on Upper King. A well loved neighborhood restaurant, with lighter updates on classic Southern fare, cheap beer and expensive champagne.

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Little Jack's Tavern

A friendly neighborhood joint with classic cocktails and smart updates to classic tavern fare. Think burgers, fresh fish, generous salads and nightly steak offerings.

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Lowcountry Bistro

Lowcountry Bistro is a casual lunch, dinner and brunch restaurant featuring Southern classics and seasonal dishes. Enjoy outdoor seating on patio over Market Street.

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Market Street Saloon - Downtown

There is no place like the Market Street Saloon! We are Charleston's Bachelor & Bachelorette Headquarters where the girls dance on the bar all night long!

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Mellow Mushroom - Downtown

Unique starters, build-your-own salads, extreme hoagies & calzones. Gourmet pizzas -- Magical Mystery, Mighty Meaty & more. Craft beer, full bar. Events, catering, delivery.

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Mercantile and Mash

Located inside the Cigar Factory, featuring a provisions style retail center, casual eatery, provision stations, coffee shop, casual bar and a series of unique indoor markets.

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Minero

A casual Mexican eatery & a lively environment. James Beard award-winning Chef Sean Brock offers a collection of dishes inspired by the flavors and culture of Mexico.

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MUSE Restaurant & Wine Bar

Locally sourced ingredients melded with Mediterranean flavors and complemented by 100 glass pour selections of wine. Bar opens onto a terrace for outdoor dining and cocktails.

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Nakato Charleston

Come experience an authentic Hibachi meal, or made to cut sushi at Nakato’s where providing exceptional service in a family-friendly environment is our main priority.

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O-Ku

Authentic Asian cuisine with Southern style. The freshest fish from the finest markets locally & worldwide also offering high-end, traditional sushi in an approachable way.

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Oak Steakhouse

Our Chef sources locally & regionally from sustainable farms & fisheries for a menu that includes aged beef and fresh seafood complemented by an expansive wine program.

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Pavilion Bar

Atop the Market Pavilion Hotel is the swanky Pavilion Bar, Charleston’s alfresco rooftop hot spot, offering panoramic city & harbor views, cool cocktails & savory cuisine.

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Poogan's Smokehouse

Charming without pretension, playful yet proven; a seat at Poogan’s Smokehouse is a bite into the American South. Casual Southern fare with a barbecue backbone.

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Queen Street Grocery

Established in 1922, Charleston’s oldest corner store has diverse history, a butchery, a candy shop, a convenience store & now the neighborhood corner store of your dreams.

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Queology

We cook our BBQ with a balanced, signature flavor of savory, sweet & smoky that folks can't resist. With over 25 years of experience, serving moist and tender barbecue.

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Saffire Restaurant at Charleston Marriott

Marriott’s signature restaurant artfully blends the spirit of Charleston with high energy American Fusion cuisine. Experience our low country inspired menu throughout the day.

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Smoke BBQ

We’re proud of our locally sourced and house-made (whenever possible) delicacies & fixings. Among them are brisket beef, hand-cut French fries & critically acclaimed Wings.

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Southend Brewery and Smokehouse

Southend Brewery specializes in regional cuisine, wood-oven pizza, in-house smoked BBQ & custom-crafted beer in a kid-friendly environment with live music & event space.

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Squeeze

A unique drinking destination for locals & tourists alike. Featuring handcrafted martinis & specialty cocktails, high-end spirits, fine wine selection, draft & bottled beers.

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Tabbuli Grill

Tabbuli serves tapas and authentic Mediterranean cuisine. At night, Tabbuli turns tropical with warm sea breezes and romantic sunsets. Brunch, Lunch, Dinner and Hookahs.

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Ted's Butcherblock

A neighborhood butcher shop & cafe offering premium quality meats, seafood & charcuterie, award-winning sandwiches, prepared foods, wines & craft beer. Tues-Sat, 11am - 7pm.

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The Alley

The Alley offers an experience unique to Charleston. In addition to 8 bowling lanes and arcade games, the space features a 150 seat restaurant, 40ft bar and event space.

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The Barbadoes Room

Whether it is an al fresco breakfast in the courtyard, a simple lunch or elegant dinner, The Barbadoes Room has a sophisticated, relaxed dining experience everyone can enjoy.

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The Cocktail Club

An upscale lounge with rooftop terrace offering an extensive selection of house-made infusions, rare liquors & farm-to-shaker beverages alongside a menu of light fare.

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The Daily

The Daily is a cafe + market that serves coffee + juice, breakfast, pastries, sandwiches, breads, and SC made provisions that are great for gifting.

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The Darling Oyster Bar

Housed in a restored 115-year-old storefront, you can grab a stool at the 14-seat raw bar and settle into a table full of deliciousness. Or, perch beside the full-service bar.

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The Grocery

An ingredient inspired menu rooted in Southern and Mediterranean flavors. Small bites to family style portions. A warm setting boasts an open kitchen and wood-burning oven.

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The Macintosh

Cuisine from the American South, utilizing the bounty of Lowcountry farms & waterways for a fine dining experience with a casual vibe. Local beers, seasonal cocktails, & wine.

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The Ordinary

A James Beard nominated convivial seafood hall and oyster bar, helmed by award-winning Chef Mike Lata. Lata supports local and regional fisherman, farmers and producers.

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The Park Cafe

A restaurant that celebrates Charleston's beautiful Hampton Park with a seasonal menu offering dishes such as house-made pastas, gourmet hot dogs & a local catch of the day.

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The Press

The Press sits in the former home of The South Carolina Gazette. Grab a Starbucks coffee & a fresh pastry or sandwich made in-house before taking on the streets of Charleston.

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The Royal American

A restaurant, bar, and live entertainment venue in downtown Charleston that opened in 2011. Lively music scene, eclectic setting, diverse menu and stunning marsh views.

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The Vendue Hotel Rooftop Bar

Voted "Best Rooftop Bar" since 2007. The Rooftop bar at The Vendue combines live music, a casual atmosphere and one of the most captivating views downtown.

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The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits

Taking a cue from the rich history and coastal location, The Watch serves modern American food with low country and global influences. Come experience incredible 360 views.

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The Westendorff

Enjoy our inspired, innovative, elevated comfort food presented in a former family hardware store. Featuring regional foods/products, seasonal sourcing and local suppliers.

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Toast! of Charleston

Praised by the New York Times as “a must for breakfast” & voted best breakfast in Charleston. Great Lowcountry food in a carefree atmosphere & Bottomless Mimosa every day!

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Trattoria Lucca

Charming and award winning Italian eatery. Cuisine inspired by Tuscan tradition with handmade pastas, fresh local ingredients and an extensive list of imported Italian wines.

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Verde

Fresh, bright, and satisfying healthy food. Create your own salad or wrap from over 45 toppings & handmade dressings or choose one of our signature creations, for under $10.

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Whisk Coffee & Juice Bar

Our master pastry chef and his staff produce exquisite pastries the freshest baked breads, garden crisps & colorful salads daily in addition to a variety of coffees.

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WiseBuck Smoked Meats

In the Historic District, Wise-Buck Smoked Meats is a modern smokehouse featuring responsibly sourced meals with health conscious sides. Indoor and shaded outdoor seating.

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