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.
best fresh seafood Charleston has to offer. Mix of raw shellfish, local seafood, Lowcountry recipes and regional favorites. Raw bar offers a variety of oysters and fresh seasonal shellfish, and a full-service bar serves up cold beers and unique cocktails.
39 Rue de JeanFrench style cafe and bar offering the best in Brasserie cuisine. Indoor/outdoor patio seating, predominantly French wine list with champagne and sakes. Sunday Brunch from 10am, lunch daily from 11:30am, dinner service beginning at 5:30pm. Late night menu through 1am.
82 QueenA staple in Lowcountry cuisine for 30 years, we've never forgotten our roots. Executive Chef Steven Lusby continues “Reconstructing the South” with fresh, local cuisine and gracious hospitality. 11 quaint dining areas and a 19th century courtyard underneath a breathtaking Southern Magnolia tree.
Aaron’s DeliAaron’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.
Alluette’s CaféAlluette’s Café, a “slow food movement restaurant” is open for lunch and dinner. Its Lowcountry Gullah-Geechee menu offers local organic fruits and vegetables, hormone free meats, vegetarian, and vegan options. Rave reviews from O magazine and Southern Living.
Amen Street Fish and Raw BarAmen Street Fish and Raw Bar, located in the heart of Charleston's Historic District, specializes in fresh, local, sustainable seafood. We have a wide variety of oysters, clams, shellfish and fish. Full service bar with wine, beer and craft cocktails.
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.
Bake HouseBake House Charleston is the historic district's preeminent bakery and coffee house, offering tantalizing cakes, cookies, brownie bars, tarts, quiches, sandwiches and our delectable custom-roasted Bake House Blend coffee, conveniently located on East Bay Street between The Battery and The Market.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & MarketYou’ll love what Bubba’s servin’ up! Come experience this delightful destination filled with fantastic food and fun, where each visit creates fresh memories for family and friends, and each visit tops the last. Menu includes a variety of Southern and Cajun dishes!
Butcher & BeeA craft sandwich shop serving honest to goodness sandwiches made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Open for lunch and late night.
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.
Coast Bar & GrillCharleston’s freshest seafood, with laidback Lowcountry style. Coast’s chefs meet daily with local farmers and fishermen to procure the freshest seafood and produce available. Featuring wood-grilled fish, a full raw bar, and a refreshing drink list. Open nightly from 5:30. Outdoor seating available.
Cru CafeIt’s the Holy City’s hidden gem. Located in a classic 18th-Century Charleston home near the Market, Cru Cafe offers gourmet comfort food such as Four Cheese Macaroni and Chinese Chicken Salad. Guests can dine inside or on our outdoor porch.
CupcakeFans 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. Breakfast, including creamy stone-ground grits, omelets, Stuffed French Toast and pancakes. Lunch, homemade pickles, tomato pie, daily specials or a classic Dixie Burger, done your way! Bakery & more. As seen on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. “Eat dessert first, life is uncertain.”
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 quick, creative $10 lunch.
Fleet LandingFleet Landing is historic downtown's Best Waterfront Dining featuring classic & contemporary Southern seafood fare, regional favorites, burgers, salads & more. Enjoy waterfront views from the wrap-around deck and maritime chic dining room. Reservations recommended, full bar, parking, family friendly.
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 is 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.
Lowcountry BistroLowcountry cuisine with a creative touch featuring fresh, local ingredients and simple, southern, scratch cooking. With double Charleston porches and a gorgeous view overlooking the Market, LB's offers Charleston favorites like She Crab Soup, Chicken & Waffles, Shrimp & Grits, and more.
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!
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’sTucked away on charming Queen Street, Poogan’s Porch is Charleston’s oldest independent culinary establishment. Recognized by Martha Stewart Living, Wine Spectator and The Travel Channel, this beautifully restored Victorian house is the perfect spot for lunch, dinner or brunch.
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 Restaurant + Wine Bar is the preeminent wine bar of Charleston. Housed in a 19th century warehouse, Social offers more than 50 wines by the glass from its 4,000 bottle wine cellar. The Modern American cuisine is meant to be shared + complement the wine.
Southend Brewery and SmokehouseSouthend Brewery and Smokehouse specializes in custom-crafted beers and excellent regional cuisine including smoked BBQ and wood oven pizzas. Southend features two private harbor-view banquet rooms and live music in the main dining room.
Stars Rooftop & Grill RoomStars Rooftop & Grill Room brings the art of live fire cooking to Charleston. Executive Chef Thurston focuses on the details of seasoning, balance and presentation of each dish. Dedicated to serving locally sourced food, Stars’ menus are not to be missed.
Sticky Fingers RibhouseOur famous ribs, wings, brisket and barbecue are smoked onsite over hickory wood and complemented with traditional, southern sides and our five signature barbecue sauces for an authentic smokehouse experience. Also located in Mt. Pleasant and Summerville. Open daily at 11 a.m.
Swamp Fox Restaurant & BarCasual dining featuring regional specialties reminiscent of the old south. Award-winning shrimp & grits and Certified SC farm fresh ingredients, which are artfully prepared by Chef Klatt. Overlooks historic Marion Square and features evening live jazz piano. Private dining in The Parkview Room for 30.
Sweet CeCe'sLike no other frozen yogurt shoppe, Sweet CeCe's delights guests with its 14' tall "walk-in" toppings silo! Locally harvested farm-fresh berries, other natural and decadent toppings fill our "cold-bar". The ultimate vacation experience for frozen yogurt lovers! Sweet CeCe's has no sugar added, non-fat and gluten free frozen yogurt flavors.
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 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.
TristanLocated in the heart of Charleston, Tristan offers a modern atmosphere, dynamic seasonal menus and unparalleled service. Menus feature inspired twists on traditional ingredients. Dinner service begins at 5:30. Lounge Happy Hour begins at 5. Sunday Brunch: 11:30 to 2:30.
VerdeVerde is a quick service, salad-focused restaurant. Our fresh, healthy ingredients and specialty dressings take salads and wraps to a whole new level. Build your own or try one of our signature creations, for under $10.00. Hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-9pm; Sun, 11am-5pm.
Wentworth GrillA hidden gem in the Historic District; savor mouth-watering selections thoughtfully created by experienced Chef Tyler Murray. Enjoy the ambiance with patio seating and fireside dining. Plus, cool cocktails, warm lattes and free WiFi make the lounge a perfect escape.