Dining & Nightlife in Charleston/Downtown

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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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A celebration of the South, using only ingredients from Southern farmers and purveyors. Our bar offers a progressive wine list, Southern beers, and handcrafted cocktails.

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One of Charleston’s most acclaimed downtown restaurants, providing a perfect spot for cocktails and dinner. This contemporary restaurant is located in the French Quarter.

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Charleston’s freshest seafood, with Lowcountry style. Chefs meet with local farmers & fishermen procuring the freshest ingredients. Open nightly 5:30. Indoor/ outdoor seating.

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Offering old-fashioned Italian-American fare, domestic ingredients, handmade pastas & rich house made sauces. Housed in a historic warehouse with full bar & private dining.

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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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The elegant setting showcases the finest products available. McCrady’s offers Modern American cuisine, an award-winning wine cellar and impeccable Four-Diamond service.

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A family owned restaurant valuing hospitality & a dining experience that guests revere. Dinner is served 7 nights a week and a Gospel Brunch on Sundays, all with live music.

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Your enchanted evening awaits. The Four Diamond ranked Peninsula Grill serves the finest ingredients in a resplendent garden setting. Charleston's premier culinary experience.

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Serving the highest quality steaks, seafood, tableside salads & desserts. Providing Charleston’s ultimate dining experience, with Prime Angus & Choice steaks, wet & dry aged.

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Using fresh, local ingredients, Executive Chef Amalia Scatena gives a contemporary, Mediterranean twist to Lowcountry seasonal cuisine. A la carte dining, wine program.

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The Forbes Four Star Charleston Grill features a unique blend of Southern, French and contemporary cuisines while live jazz creates an elegant, yet relaxed ambiance.

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French style café & bar offering the best in Brasserie cuisine. Indoor/outdoor seating, cocktails & robust wine list. Sun brunch 10a, lunch daily 11:30a, dinner nightly 5:30p.

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A Forbes Four Star, AAA Four Diamond restaurant located on the grounds of the Wentworth Mansion. Our menu boasts contemporary cuisine influenced by Charleston's rich history.

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High Cotton's feeling of warmth & celebration begins the moment you step inside & continues with gracious, knowledgeable servers, expertly prepared dishes & remarkable wines.

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Featuring a collection of family recipes & southern traditions, specializing in upscale Lowcountry cuisine. Open daily for breakfast, dinner, supper, brunch & private dining.

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Elegant cocktail lounge taking guests back to the days of Hemingway. Known for fine spirits, VSC is a destination for generous hospitality, fine cuisine & creative cocktails.

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Inspired by Cypress’ meat share program, Artisan Meat Share offers options for everyone—Chef Deihl’s artisanal charcuterie, hearty sandwiches, and freshly butchered meats.

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Fun, eclectic & serving the very best in fresh seafood, including an assorted mix of raw shellfish, local seafood, Lowcountry recipes and regional favorites.

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Magnolias ignited a culinary renaissance in 1990 and remains a forerunner in upscale Southern cuisine, featuring classics and modern interpretations of local cuisine.

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Blossom serves Lowcountry-inspired cuisine with a focus on local seafood. Executive Chef Adam Close showcases simple, clean dishes sourced from area fishermen and farmers.

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Nestled in Charleston’s historic French Quarter for the past 33 years, known for gracious Southern hospitality & fresh local cuisine. Serving lunch, dinner & weekend brunch.

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Tbonz Gill & Grill is perfect for lunch, dinner, or in-between. Proudly serving certified Angus Beef steaks and burgers, homegrown ales, comfort foods and seafood.

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Cypress restaurant features Lowcountry ingredients and tradition by Chef Craig Deihl. The impressive menu showcases Deihl’s signature style and renowned charcuterie program.

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Inspired by the jazz age, Prohibition combines amazing food, award winning drinks and a unique atmosphere...all without a secret knock.

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French Master Chef Nico Romo reimagines classic French cuisine with local ingredients, delicate Asian touches and unrivaled presentation inside this 1837 Charleston single.

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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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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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492 is a unique dining experience. Our menu encourages shared plates or a progressive dining style. Varied seating options, spacious courtyard and complimentary valet parking.

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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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Specializing in fresh, local, sustainable seafood dishes. We offer quintessential Lowcountry cuisine and the best variety of fresh shellfish and seafood in Charleston.

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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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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 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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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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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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Fried chicken! This new counter service spot from the team at the award-winning Hominy Grill offers delicious fried chicken and southern vegetables in a lively atmosphere.

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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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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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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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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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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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Get your 'Cue On! at Food For The Southern Soul's City Market 'Cue-osk featuring our award-winning BlackJack Barbecue with Lowcountry Red Rice and macaroni and cheese.

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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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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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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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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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Voted best seafood in Southeast by Southern Living Magazine reader’s poll survey out of 18 states and 8 years running. A Hyman establishment since 1890 and open 7 days a week.

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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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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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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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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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Authentic Chinese fare in a vibrant downtown setting. Based on the family recipes, we offer Chinese staples such as General Tso's Chicken, Singapore Noodles and Mu Shu Pork.

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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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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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Located in the Cigar Factory, Mash is a cozy American spirits-driven bar offering a thoughtfully crafted selection of domestic whiskeys, beer, wine and craft cocktails.

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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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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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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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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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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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We are Charleston landmark being the oldest family owned restaurant in Charleston. Specializing in flame grilled steaks, broiled-steamed-fried seafood, slow roasted chicken, large salads, great sandwiches, Greek dishes, desserts and full bar. Private dining rooms available for larger groups.

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Enjoy lunch or dinner in one of Charleston’s original seafood warehouse buildings on Historic Market Street, featuring Chef Ryan Franz’s local seafood specialties.

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

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A locally owned and operated full service restaurant with 5 locations. Offering lunch, dinner, late night or delivery. Serving wings, sandwiches, burgers, and local brews!

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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