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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This sophisticated Southern dining spot blends the comforts of a traditional Southern kitchen with familiar regional dishes prepared with the utmost care for quality and flavor. The menu incorporates local fresh ingredients and old family recipes to bring you Southern cooking, Lowcountry style.
Charleston’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.
Charleston’s original raw bar and restaurant right on historic Market Street. New menu inspired by classic Charleston tradition that includes stuffed shrimp, she-crab soup, and seafood casserole that’s a legend among locals! Extensive selection of craft beers from our bar.
McCrady’s has been a downtown destination for generations. The elegant setting showcases Chef Sean Brock’s pursuit of the finest products available, many of which come from the Lowcountry. McCrady’s offers Modern American cuisine, an award-winning wine cellar and impeccable Four-Diamond service.
Offering steaks, fresh seafood, prime rib, tableside salad preparations, and enticing desserts. We specialize in serving the highest quality cuts from Meats by Linz, featuring USDA Prime, Angus and Choice steaks wet-aged or dry-aged to your specifications. Our flavor means business, whether from land or sea we provide an authentic, classic dining experience.
Fleet 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.
The SpiritLine Dinner Cruise aboard the Spirit of Carolina features fine dining prepared to order onboard, entertainment, dancing, fully stocked bar, and a magnificent cruise on Charleston Harbor with views of downtown. Departs Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Mt. Pleasant. Skip the traditional restaurant one night and join us aboard one of Charleston's finest places to eat. Call for information, package deals, and reservations.
Husk is a celebration of the South, using only ingredients sourced from Southern farmers and purveyors. Adjacent to the restaurant space holds the bar at Husk, where a progressive wine list, Southern beers, and handcrafted cocktails are also available.
High Cotton Charleston is high steppin' Lowcountry living. It's a feeling of warmth and celebration that begins the moment you step inside. You'll find it in our gracious, knowledgeable servers, expertly prepared dishes and a remarkable wine and cocktail program. Now offering Saturday and Sunday Brunch.
Named Best Seafood Restaurant for 13 consecutive years by readers of the Charleston City Paper, locals love to eat at Hank’s Seafood. Chef Frank McMahon serves classic brasserie-style seafood with Lowcountry influences seven nights a week.
This AAA Four-Diamond restaurant located in the very heart of historic Charleston has been recognized by Food & Wine, The New York Times, Southern Living, Travel + Leisure, Wine Spectator, and others for serving the finest and freshest ingredients sourced locally and globally.
Good old-fashioned Italian American fare, celebrating domestic ingredients, handmade pastas, rich homemade sauces and a full-service bar. Vincent Chicco’s boasts sophisticated comfortable surroundings offering dinner nightly with a private banquet room to host up to 100 guests. Step back in time and enjoy classic flavors that were founded in our country.
Halls Chophouse is a family owned restaurant valuing hospitality and a dining experience that guests revere. Dinner is served seven nights a week and a fabulous Gospel Brunch is offered on Sundays, all with live music. Halls Chophouse…bringing Southern hospitality to the American Steakhouse.
A casual, lively atmosphere that serves lunch and dinner daily as well as weekend brunch, Brasserie Gigi is adjacent to the acclaimed Planters Inn on North Market Street. This is the second restaurant opened by award-wining Chef Frank McMahon (also of Hank’s Seafood).
French style cafe and bar offering the best in Brasserie cuisine. Enjoy indoor/outdoor patio seating, cocktails and a well-rounded wine list. Sunday Brunch from 10am, lunch daily from 11:30am, dinner service beginning at 5:30pm. Late night menu through 1am.
Serving Fresh Lowcountry seafood everyday! Indoor/patio seating and banquet rooms are available. Visit James Island for waterfront dining or Market Street for rooftop dining. Reservations recommended.
A Grand Charleston Club Reorganized - again. Victor Social Club was a gentlemen-only meeting place for all sorts back in the day. Today, we pay homage to the legend, serving classic cocktails, ice cold beers and an extensive wine list. Like most club life established in the eighteenth-century, Victor Social Club is based strongly on Charleston foundations of leisure and community.
Slightly North of Broad, an eclectic Lowcountry bistro that brings together local ingredients and thoughtful, expert presentation with a contagious energy. The dining room, an extension of the kitchen, where culinary skill, considered wine program and warm service meld together.
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. Start with a smokin’ Nitrotini cocktail and segue to a 100% USDA Prime filet.
Magnolias ignited a culinary renaissance when it opened in 1990. Led by executive chef Donald Drake, Magnolias remains a forerunner in upscale Southern cuisine, blending traditional ingredients and cooking techniques with a modern flair. Private dining available for parties of 30-130.
Circa 1886 is home to some of Charleston’s finest fare. With a wine list that boasts close to 280 bottles, and contemporary cuisine influenced by Charleston’s rich history, diners experience an intimate evening that won’t soon be forgotten. Complimentary parking and patio dining.
Blossom, located on historic East Bay Street, serves American cuisine highlighting the Lowcountry’s best seafood. Executive chef Adam Close offers simple, clean preparations, which feature ingredients sourced from area fishermen and local farmers. Private dining available for parties of 12-20.
Dinner only. Cypress opened in 2001 in downtown Charleston, S.C. Led by two-time James Beard nominee Craig Deihl, the restaurant’s team uses Lowcountry ingredients to showcase Deihl’s eclectic style as well as an in-house charcuterie program producing over 80 types of meats. Private dining available for groups up to 70 people.
Open 7 days a week. Voted best seafood in Southeast by Southern Living Magazine reader’s poll survey out of 18 states and 8 years running. A fourth or fifth generation are in the building 7 days a week to insure 100% satisfaction. A Hyman establishment since 1890.
From the ordinary to the extraordinary, Caviar & Bananas offers an epicurean experience to excite the senses. This upscale specialty food destination features gourmet prepared foods, sandwiches, salads, sushi, artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, beer, wine, an espresso bar and more!
Traditional 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.
Ted'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
Cozy and eclectic, Kaminsky’s makes for the perfect place to grab a bite of something sweet or get a quick jolt of caffeine. The first thing to catch your eye upon entering Kaminsky’s is the rotating selection of delectable desserts, showcased proudly in the case by the front door.
Kitchen 208 offers a fast casual Southern breakfast, lunch, and Sunday Brunch. A whimsical menu with pastries, sandwiches, salads, coffee, wine and local beer. Relax inside our beautifully renovated 100-year-old cafe or on our shaded street side patio. Great fare, fresh air: served daily.
The acclaimed Forbes Four Star Charleston Grill features a unique blend of Southern, French and Contemporary cuisines while live jazz creates an elegant, yet relaxed ambiance. From the impeccable service to the nearly 1,300-label wine list, Charleston Grill is a favorite among locals.
Bay 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.
The 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.
Voted Best Raw Bar, Oysters, and Happy Hour in Charleston by City Paper readers, this eclectic little oyster bar is a fun place to go for the freshest seafood around. Both Pearlz Oyster Bar locations feature an assorted mix of raw shellfish and Lowcountry favorites and raw bar.
One block from the historic Market area, Tommy Condon’s is a longtime Charleston tradition. Find an experience crafted after a true Irish pub, offering an atmosphere appropriate for families, couples and folks just looking to hoist a pint! Live Irish music Wednesday–Sunday nights.
Just off the historic Market area, a favorite among locals, Bocci’s is known for their fresh pastas, homemade sauces, veal, chicken and seafood. When combined with an excellent wine list, gourmet coffees, and desserts, Bocci’s delivers an Italian dining experience unique to downtown.
Head to one of the area’s popular TBonz restaurants for lunch, dinner, or in-between and discover everything they have to offer. The extensive menu has a wide variety of appetizers, including acclaimed Tommy Texas Cheese Fries, entree salads, Certified Angus Beef steak and burgers, and fresh seafood.
A 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.
Cru 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.
Transport 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.
82 Queen
Nestled 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 Deli
A 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 Bar
Amen 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.
Anson Restaurant
Open 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.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market
Bubba 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.
Cannon Green
Downtown’s newest and most distinctive restaurant and event venue features indoor and courtyard spaces, reflecting historic charm in a contemporary, state-of-the-art facility. Our “Exclusively Yours - Artisan Package” is unique and comprehensive – full catering, dining furniture, tabletop and linens.
CO banh
CO is Charleston’s gateway into the exotic flavors of Vietnam. 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.
Cupcake Downsouth
Fans 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!
DeSano Pizza Bakery
DeSano Pizza Bakery at 94 Stuart Street, Charleston. Serving authentic Napoletana pizza Monday-Sunday 11:00 until the dough runs out. Our flour, fresh mozzarella, and pizza ovens are imported from Italy. Join us in our Italian kitchen . (843-637-4225) DeSano Pizza
Edmund's Oast
We are a new brewpub/bar/restaurant opening in downtown Charleston in early 2014! We strive for quality in everything we do. House made beer, select guest beers from around the city/state/country/world, delicious cocktails, smart wine list and fun, fresh food menu!
At 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.
South 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.
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 Grill
Nationally 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.
Hot Little Biscuit
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit will 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. “What could be more fun than to feature some of the fine foods from other local restaurants and artisans with our ‘biscuit of the day.’ - See more at:
Rustic Italian flavors fill the airy, modern space at Indaco, Upper King street’s newest dining spot. Chef Michael Perez’s menu features wood-fire pizza, housemade pastas, salumi and house-cured meats. The cocktail program and wine list boasts Italian favorites and classics.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
Located at 499 King Street, the Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Charleston scoop shop serves a 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 between two hand-piped, meringue cookies as an ice cream sandwich.
Jestine's Kitchen
Jestine's Kitchen, serving SOUTHERN FOOD WITH LOTS OF SOUL, was opened in 1996 to honor Jestine Matthews by the Berlin children. Aleck and Etta Ellison hired Jestine to tend their child, SheraLee, who was on the way. SheraLee and Alwyn Berlin wed, four children came along, and so did Jestine!"
Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer
Kudu 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.
Lee Lee's Hot Kitchen
Lee Lee's Hot Kitchen offers authentic Chinese fare in a vibrant downtown setting. Based on the family recipes of co-owner Lily Lei, the menu offers Chinese staples such as General Tso's Chicken, Singapore Noodles and Mu Shu Pork. The back room is available for private parties up to 20.
Leon's Oyster shop
Leon’s Oyster Shop is a fried chicken and oyster joint serving on Upper King Street. Open 7 days a week, it has quickly become a well loved neighborhood restaurant, with lighter updates on classic Southern fare, cheap beer and expensive champagne.
Lowcountry Bistro
Lowcountry 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 & Grill
Located 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 Grill
Convenient 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!
Mellow Mushroom - Downtown
Unique starters, build-your-own salads, extreme hoagies & calzones. Gourmet pizzas -- Magical Mystery, Mighty Meaty, Mega Veggie and more. Craft beer, full bar. Two floors, outdoor patio. Events, catering, delivery. 11am-11pm, Fri & Sat until 12am, Bar open late.
Molly Darcy's Traditional Irish Pub & Grill
Molly Darcy's, Irish family owned & operated offers traditional Irish fare, fresh seafood & an excellent selection of Irish draughts & whiskeys. We offer a full bar, live music, sports shows on 8 HDTV's, entertainment room with pool table & a back patio bar.
Nicks Bar-B-Q
Everything 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.
Named 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 Steakhouse
Oak 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 & 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, large salads, great sandwiches, Greek dishes, desserts and full bar. Private dining rooms available for larger groups.
Poogan’s Porch
Tucked 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.
Inspired by the jazz age, Prohibition combines amazing food, award winning drinks and a unique atmosphere...all without a secret knock.
Queen Street Grocery
Established 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.
Republic Garden & Lounge
Republic Garden & Lounge offers exquisite small plates and contemporary bar fare. Sip innovative cocktails or choose from extensive wine and champagne offerings.
Sermet's Downtown
Sermet'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 Bar
Social 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 Smokehouse
Southend 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 Room
Stars 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.
Swamp Fox Restaurant & Bar
Casual 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.
The Daily
From the makers of Butcher & Bee, The Daily offers coffee, juices and smoothies, breads and pastries, breakfast, prepared foods, beer, wine, and more. It is open Mondays-Saturdays from 7am-7pm and Sundays from 9am-4pm, and features plentiful parking and a convenient location.
The Drawing Room
The Drawing Room is located in a restored 1780s Charleston warehouse and melds effortlessly into the art exhibition space at The Vendue. Locally sourced seafood and produce are the mainstay of a menu designed to showcase Chef Cropf’s artistic style.
The Grocery
The 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 Downtown
The 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 Ordinary
The 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.
The Park Cafe
The Park Cafe is a neighborhood restaurant that celebrates Charleston's beautiful Hampton Park with a seasonal menu that offers dishes such as house-made pastas, gourmet hot dogs and a local catch of the day. The Park Cafe is open for breakfast through dinner and brunch on Sundays.
The Press
For those craving caffeine with a dose of history, The Press sits in the former home of The South Carolina Gazette. Grab a Starbucks coffee and a fresh pastry or sandwich made in-house before taking on the streets of Charleston.
The Royal American
The Royal American is a restaurant, bar, and live entertainment venue in downtown Charleston that opened in 2011. Located on Morrison Street close to the Ravenel Bridge, it draws locals and visitors alike for its lively music scene, eclectic setting, diverse menu and stunning marsh views.
Union Provisions
Union Provisions is a lively American Brasserie where Executive Chef Chari Skinner crafts a menu of fresh, seasonal ingredients inspired by the San Francisco market . Housed in a historic, 114 year-old building, Union Provisions features a bustling bar and exceptional wine selection.
Verde 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 Grill
Fusing 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.