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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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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Party Bus Charleston SC

Party in the bus! Our new party buses and limos turn any gathering into an unforgettable night. Home to Charleston’s only Karaoke Party Bus. Save money and drink responsibly.

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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. Complimentary valet parking.

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60 Bull Cafe

Nestled among historic oaks and stately Charleston residences, 60 Bull Cafe enlivens Harleston Village with an eclectic menu in an approachable and comfortable environment.

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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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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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Bay Street Biergarten

In the atmosphere of a traditional Biergarten, enjoy Bavarian inspired, Southern-made cuisine alongside international beers on tap at the bar & directly at your table.

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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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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

Honest-to-goodness eats made with locally sourced ingredients. Serving Middle Eastern-leaning menus for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.

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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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Crooked Crown

Crooked Crown is a popshop/cocktail bar serving King of Pops gourmet popsicles, craft cocktails, local brews, tasty tamales, alcoholic poptails and good times for all!

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East Bay Meeting House

A cafe described as the marriage of Southern hospitality and European cafe culture. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, high tea, dinner. Cocktail bar, espresso bar, decadent desserts.

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Edmund's Oast

Edmund’s Oast restaurant is a a rare combination of brewery, locally and seasonally driven menu, impressive cocktail and wine lists, outdoor courtyard and covered event space.

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Eleve

Discover modern American cuisine with a coastal influence while enjoying spectacular views of Charleston at our vibrant rooftop bar and restaurant.

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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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Feathertop

Inventive, locally sourced New American cuisine served in an airy, modern former train depot.

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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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HoM Restaurant

HōM burger boutique and ping pong lounge is home to addictive and inventive hamburgers, indulgent apps and non-beef options. Classic Burger Night and Happy Hour deals.

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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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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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Kitchen 208

Kitchen 208 offers a fast casual Southern breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch. Dine inside our beautifully renovated 100-year-old cafe or on our shaded King Street patio.

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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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Lagunitas Taproom and Beer Sanctuary

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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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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Lewis Barbecue

Pitmaster John Lewis brings Texas barbecue to the Lowcountry w/Lewis Barbecue. Dig in to smoked beef brisket, pulled pork, turkey and more Tues. – Sun., from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m

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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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Lotus Vietnamese Cuisine

Chic, contemporary spot for elevated versions of Vietnamese classics & some outdoor seating.

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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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McCrady's Restaurant

A tasting menu-only restaurant helmed by James Beard Award winning Chef Sean Brock. The 18-seat space, features exceptional hospitality and an adventurous dining experience.

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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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Noisy Oyster Seafood Restaurant-Downtown Chas.

Have you been fishin' around for the perfect restaurant? The Noisy Oyster may be the perfect catch! Featuring fresh seafood, hand cut steaks & laid back atmosphere since 1992.

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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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Old Towne Grill & Seafood

We are Charleston landmark being the oldest family owned restaurant in Charleston. Specializing in flame grilled steaks, broiled-steamed-fried seafood, slow roasted chicken.

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Pawpaw Southern Plates

Pawpaw offers a modern, Southern-inspired menu of small plates, craft cocktails, and boutique wines.

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Poogan's Porch

Charleston’s oldest independent culinary establishment, with a fresh approach to Lowcountry cuisine. This beautifully restored Victorian house is the perfect place to dine.

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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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Rebel Taqueria

Rebel Taquería food truck serves "Baller Tacos" with a Rebel Attitude! Bringing fresh made tacos using local organic ingredients to your next event!

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Rutledge Cab Co.

Loyal customers and food critics give RCC rave reviews for outstanding food and service. Many signature menu items are cooked over Charleston’s only indoor charcoal grill.

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Scarecrow & Co

Thoughtfully sourced meats, seafood & vegetables cooked over fire in a restored train depot.

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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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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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Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe on King

Enjoy our hand cut lamb, beef and chicken Gyro's, fresh Mediterranean salads and home made pimento cheese. Beer and wine service available.

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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 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 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

Inspired by rich history and coastal location, The Watch serves modern American food with lowcountry and global influences. Experience incredible 360 views and drink specials.

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Toast of Charleston - West Ashley

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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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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Warehouse

A neighborhood eatery and bar welcoming locals and travelers alike. A thoughtful and eclectic menu focused on elevated yet familiar dishes. Local and seasonal to our core.

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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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Yokoso - West Ashley

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

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