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.
82 QueenNestled in Charleston's French Quarter for the past 32 years, 82 Queen is known for it's gracious hospitality and Chef Steven Lusby's seasonal menus which represent the best in fresh Southern cuisine. 11 quaint dining areas and a brick courtyard surrounding a mammoth magnolia tree.
Aaron’s DeliA Hyman establishment since 1890. Aaron’s Deli is a New York style deli with Southern hospitality. Serving great deli sandwiches, po-boys and huge burgers. Aaron’s is located next door to Hyman’s Seafood and is a Hyman’s family business for 23 years.
Amen Street Fish and Raw BarAmen Street Fish & Rawbar is located in the heart of downtown Charleston. Specializing in fresh, local, sustainable seafood dishes. Amen Street offers quintessential Lowcountry cuisine. Our rawbar features the best variety of fresh shellfish and seafood in Charleston.
Another Broken Egg CafeSavor a Lowcountry southern twist on your favorite breakfast & brunch classics! ABEC boasts a cozy, French country atmosphere located in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District. Ask to view our Distinctively Charleston menu.
Anson RestaurantOpen Su-Th 5:30-10pm;F-Sa 5:30-11pm, Bar Opens Daily at 4pm. Charleston flavors and elegant decor in the heart of the old City Market. Specializing in delicious seafood caught daily in Charleston waters. Crispy whole flounder, shrimp & grits, oysters, intimate dining. Private rooms available.
Bay Street BiergartenBay Street provides the atmosphere of a traditional Biergarten, combined with the newest experience in beer. Enjoy Bavarian inspired, Southern made cuisine, alongside beers from around the world on tap behind the bar and directly at your table.
Boone's BarOur family owned restaurant is recognized for an affordable rotating selection of bourbon, craft beer and handmade cocktails. Our menu features fresh burgers and unique lowcountry inspired dishes made from high-quality ingredients. We are located conveniently between the Market area and Upper King.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & MarketBubba Gump Shrimp Co. captures the charm and American spirit that made "Forrest Gump" a smash hit. Shrimp is the specialty at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., but in our fun, casual setting there is definitely something for everyone.
Butcher & BeeA craft sandwich shop serving honest to goodness sandwiches made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Open for lunch daily, dinner on Thursdays, and late night Fridays and Saturdays.
Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-PâtissierTransport yourself to France...Located on Society Street right off of King Street, third generation French Chocolatier Christophe Paume is creating an art of chocolates and pastries. Featuring hand-painted chocolates, french pastry, baguette sandwiches and french press coffee. Visit the French Chocolate Cafe.
Closed for BusinessClosed for Business brings fresh and local ingredients to the classic American neighborhood bar. Offering a unique spin on southern traditional pub favorites, boasting the most eclectic draught beer selection in the southeast with forty-two taps and counting.
Cru Cafe & CateringCru Café, is Charleston’s hidden gem receiving accolades and write-ups yearly thanks to John Zucker’s ambition to offer a delicious gourmet twist to comfort food. Cru Café opened in 2002 and is ranked as one of Charleston’s top eateries.
Cupcake DownsouthFans flock to Cupcake, Charleston's first and only bakery dedicated to happiness in a paper liner. 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!
Dixie Supply Cafe & BakeryTraditional Lowcountry dishes, including shrimp & creamy grits, omelets, stuffed French toast & specialty pancakes. Our famous tomato pie or bacon bourbon pecan pie, the shrimp bacon & fried green Tomato sandwich or the Dixie Burger & pastries. As seen on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. Like us on Facebook.
Eli's TableEli's Table offers a taste of Charleston that makes Charleston memorable. Our American dishes come kissed with southern charm. We invite you to join us for breakfast, lunch, brunch, or dinner. Come join our table.
FIGAt this neighborhood bistro, James Beard winner Chef Mike Lata serves up seasonal cuisine, focusing on fresh, sustainable product from local farmers. FIG has been featured in Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Food Network and The New York Times.
FISHSouth Carolina’s only French Master Chef Nico Romo blends classic French technique with artful Asian flair to create a menu complementing local harvests. Straight-off-the-boat seafood, innovative dim sum, handcrafted cocktails and boutique wines. Local favorite for weekday happy hour.
Fleet Landing Restaurant & BarFleet Landing - Historic downtown's Best Waterfront Dining on the Charleston Harbor features Chef Drew Hedlund's classic and contemporary Southern fare. Enjoy sustainable seafood and waterfront views from the wrap-around deck and maritime chic dining room. Reservations recommended.
Food for the Southern Soul"Get your 'Cue On!" at Food For The Southern Soul's City Market 'Cue-osk featuring our award-winning BlackJack Barbecue. Pulled Pork & Sliced Beef Brisket Sandwiches with Lowcountry Red Rice & Macaroni & Cheese. Grab it to go or a seat.
Hominy GrillNationally acclaimed and locally beloved, Hominy Grill has become a Charleston institution. James Beard award-winning chef Robert Stehling has won accolades nationwide for his simple, pared-down approach to classic low country specialties served in a cozy and lively setting.
Kudu Coffee & Craft BeerKudu Coffee & Craft Beer serves freshly roasted coffee prepared by skilled baristas and has over 20 rotating taps, which can be enjoyed in their spacious courtyard with a sandwich, pastry or slice of quiche prepared daily by local bakeries.
Lowcountry BistroLowcountry Bistro is a casual restaurant featuring distinctly Charleston fare including She-Crab Soup, Chicken & Waffles and Frogmore Stew plus seasonal dishes made using fresh ingredients that are indigenous to the area. Enjoy lunch, dinner and brunch with outdoor dining overlooking Historic City Market.
Mad River Bar & GrillLocated in the Old Seaman's Chapel on Market Street, Mad River Bar & Grille is the perfect setting for friends and family to enjoy everything Charleston has to offer. With its high vaulted ceilings and original stained glass windows, it is truly a sight to be seen!
Manny's Neighborhood GrillConvenient to historic plantations and sites, folks from all walks of life come in for the energy-charged atmosphere, warm welcome and superb food. Specializing in seafood, pasta, pizza and Mediterranean cuisine. Manny's Neighborhood Grill, where the food is delicious and the fun never ends!
MonzaFrom La Pista Magica – the magic track – comes our Neapolitan-style pizza. Our dough is made using imported San Felice wheat flour. Our pizza is baked in a wood fired oven resulting in a thin crispy crust. Fresh local ingredients whenever possible.
Nicks Bar-B-QEverything is scratch-made. Yes, Everything! From our BBQ that is slow-smoked for up to 14 hours to our flour-and-rolling Pin-Fresh pies you can taste tradition in every bite. Join us for Lunch and Dinner.
O-KuNamed one of Esquire’s Top 20 Best New Restaurants of 2010, O-Ku offers upscale Japanese cuisine with a contemporary twist that showcases rare seafood from the world’s finest fish markets in a modern atmosphere on upper King Street.
Oak SteakhouseOak Steakhouse captures the essence of fine dining in Charleston, offering an inspired menu of succulent steaks, seafood specialties and vegetarian dishes in a stunning setting inside a restored 150-year-old bank on historic Broad Street.
Old Towne Grill & SeafoodWe 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.
Poogan’s PorchTucked away on charming Queen Street, Poogan’s Porch is Charleston’s oldest independent culinary establishment, with a fresh approach to Lowcountry cuisine. This beautifully restored Victorian house is the perfect place for brunch, lunch, dinner and southern hospitality.
Queen Street GroceryEstablished in 1922, Charleston’s oldest corner store has been a little bit of everything through the years: from a true butchery, a 60′s candy shop, and late-night convenience store. It’s newest personality is the neighborhood corner store of your dreams.
QueologyWe cook our BBQ with a balanced, signature flavor of savory, sweet & smoky that folks can't resist. Queology has over 25 years of experience, serving moist and tender barbecue. Queology, 32-C North Market Street in beautiful Charleston, SC.
Republic Garden & LoungeRepublic Garden & Lounge offers exquisite small plates and contemporary bar fare. Sip innovative cocktails or choose from extensive wine and champagne offerings.
Sermet's DowntownSermet's Downtown combines an elegant Charleston fine dining atmosphere with crisp hospitable service to create the ultimate culinary experience. The open & uplifting restaurant design offers true Mediterranean cuisine that maintains the integrity of it's roots- fresh, innovative, and healthy.
Social Restaurant + Wine BarSocial is Charleston's preeminent wine bar, offering more than 50 wines by the glass from an award-winning cellar. Complementing the extensive wine selection, Social’s menu is inspired by the wine-growing regions of the world. Social has been recognized by Wine Spectator, Food & Wine, and Travel + Leisure.
Southend Brewery and SmokehouseSouthend Brewery and Smokehouse specializes in regional cuisine and custom-crafted microbrewed beers, served in a kid-friendly setting to the tune of live music. Our menu boasts pastas, wood-oven pizzas, fresh fish, in-house smoked BBQ ribs, steaks, chicken and sausage.
Stars Rooftop & Grill RoomStars Rooftop & Grill Room brings a new tradition of live fire cooking to Charleston. Executive Chef Nathan Thurston offers well balanced seasonal cuisine crafted with local & southern ingredients. The rooftop bar offers an excellent view of Downtown Charleston.
Sticky Fingers RibhouseKnown for our award-winning hickory-smoked meats and barbecue sauces. The very first Sticky Fingers Smokehouse opened in Mt. Pleasant, SC in 1992 by three lifelong friends. We specialize in accommodating large parties. Banquet space, off-site catering, box lunches and delivery at your convenience available.
Sticky Fingers Ribhouse - SummervilleKnown for our award-winning hickory-smoked meats and barbecue sauces. The very first Sticky Fingers Smokehouse opened in Mt. Pleasant, SC in 1992 by three lifelong friends. We specialize in accommodating large parties. Banquet space, off-site catering, box lunches and delivery at your convenience available.
Swamp Fox Restaurant & BarCasual dining featuring regional specialties reminiscent of the old south. Noted for award-winning shrimp & grits and Certified SC farm fresh ingredients artfully prepared by Chef Klatt. Overlooks historic Marion Square and features evening live jazz piano. Private dining available for 30.
Sweet CeCe'sDelights guests with 14’ tall “walk-in” toppings silo, flavors like Charleston Chocolate, East Bay Vanilla, and others (gluten free, vegan, no sugar added and non-fat). Juice Bar serves intense juice in purest form delivering maximum vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Travel & Leisure picked Sweet CeCe’s as a Charleston favorite! 20% off frozen yogurt!
Tabbuli GrillTabbuli serves tapas and authentic Mediterranean cuisine in downtown Charleston. At night, Tabbuli turns tropical with warm sea breezes and romantic sunsets while you enjoy the sounds of south beach, styles and libations. Brunch, Lunch, Dinner and Hookahs.
Taco Boy DowntownSkip siesta. Let’s fiesta. Charleston’s ultimate taqueria and cantina style restaurant, Taco Boy serves casual Mexican food and drinks. Enjoy tasty tacos, nachos, fun margaritas, special tequila flights at our downtown and Folly Beach locations.
Ted's BurtcherblockTed's is a locally owned and operated butcher shop and gourmet market offering the finest selection of meats and prepared foods in the Lowcountry. Enjoy homemade prepared meals, sandwiches, boutique wines, hand-crafted beers, artisanal cheeses and specialty foods. Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-7pm
The GroceryThe Grocery presents an ingredient inspired menu rooted in Southern and Mediterranean flavors ranging from small bites to family style portions. The warm, familial setting boasts an open kitchen and wood-burning oven, heightening the atmosphere in the former furniture warehouse.
The Kickin' Chicken DowntownThe Kickin' Chicken is a locally owned and operated full service restaurant with 5 locations in the Charleston area. Visit us for lunch, dinner, late night or for delivery. We're serving up the best wings, sandwiches, burgers, and local brews!
The Library at Vendue InnThe Library at Vendue Inn offers a creative new upscale approach to Southern cuisine. Whatever the occasion, the Library offers the perfect mixture of ambiance, service and outstanding menu options. Lowcountry reborn fresh local innovative.
The MacintoshThe Macintosh explores the breadth of Lowcountry flavors in a comfortable setting. Executive chef and partner Jeremiah Bacon creates upscale, American cooking using the seasonal bounty provided by local farmers and fishermen throughout the menu.
The OrdinaryThe Ordinary is a James Beard nominated convivial seafood hall and oyster bar, helmed by award-winning Chef Mike Lata. Housed in a thoughtfully restored historic bank in the Upper King District, Lata supports local and regional fisherman, farmers and producers.
Toast! of CharlestonToast has been praised by the New York Times as “a must for breakfast” and has been voted best breakfast in Charleston. It is also the home of the Bottomless Mimosa every day! Toast! serves up great Lowcountry food in a carefree atmosphere.
TristanLocated inside the French Quarter Inn on Historic Market Street, Tristan is a stunning representation of contemporary cuisine. Chef Nate Whiting combines tradition, innovation and exceptional ingredients to create a well-rounded dining experience. 7 Year AAA 4-Diamond Award winning restaurant.
VerdeVerde is the Charleston area’s source for fresh, bright, and satisfying healthy food. Create your own salad or wrap from over 45 toppings and handmade dressings or choose one of our signature creations, for under $10. Downtown and Mount Pleasant.
Wentworth GrillFusing the freshest ingredients with creativity, Wentworth Grill hand crafts delightful entrees, enticing appetizers and desserts prepared from scratch. Paired with specialty cocktails and notable wines in a bistro environment sets the stage for its highly coveted fireside dinners. Reservations are suggested but not required.
Whisk Bakery and CafeWhisk bakery offers the finest, flakiest pastries, the freshest baked breads and garden crisps, colorful salads. The intoxicating aromas fill Meeting Street every morning as our master pastry chef and his staff produce exquisite pastries and a variety of coffees.
YardbirdsAt Yardbirds, we’re head over heels for fried chicken – and we’re cluckin’ proud to be serving the best fried chicken in beautiful downtown Charleston! Come see us at the Farmers Market in Marion Square every Saturday and try our golden fried chicken & rice-flour waffles.