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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SOL Southwest Kitchen & Tequila Bar Downtown

SOL serves made-from-scratch dishes with Southwestern & Southern influences, plus hand-crafted cocktails and margaritas prepared with juices squeezed fresh daily at the bar.

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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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Home Team BBQ - Downtown Charleston

With 3 locations serving award-winning barbecue, ever-evolving bar offerings, a family-friendly atmosphere, catering & live entertainment, it’s easy to root for Home Team BBQ!

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492 King Street

492 showcases award-winning cuisine by Chef Josh Keeler, craft cocktails and homemade desserts. Open for dinner, happy hour or Sunday brunch. 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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Another Broken Egg Cafe

Savor a Lowcountry southern twist on your favorite breakfast & brunch classics! We boast a cozy, French country atmosphere located in the heart of the Historic District.

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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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Café Gibbes

Café Gibbes is located near the entrance inside the Gibbes Museum of Art. The café showcases locally sourced artisan sandwiches, soups and salads.

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California Dreaming

California Dreaming serves a mix of hearty American classics that are prepared from scratch daily. See for yourself why it's been an institution since 1987.

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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

Family-fun sports venue Carolina Ale House has scratch made food just right for everyone...72 beers on draft with an amazing view of Marion Square.

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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 Brewing Co.

Edmund's Oast Brewing Co. is a 20,000 square foot brewery, restaurant, and taproom produces a variety of beers packaged in cans, bottles, and kegs for wide-reaching wholesale.

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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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Fatty's Beer Works

We tell the story of our favorite beverage through the history of the greatest time-traveling brew master the world has never known. Taproom at 1436 Meeting Street open daily!

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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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Five Loaves Cafe - Downtown Charleston

We go to great lengths to create a healthy, sustainable and more responsible menu and restaurant for our customers. We use local farms to provide fresh vegetables everyday.

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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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Ink n Ivy

Eat, Drink n Be Social! The atmosphere of this eclectic restaurant is all about being yourself and eating the delectable American cuisine that you love.

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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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Juliet

New upper King Street eatery, Ristorante Juliet serves pizza, pasta and other authentic classics alongside an Italian-inspired wine list, exciting cocktails and beer.

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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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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

A locals' favorite set in a historic home reminiscent of an Italian villa with terrace. Homemade pasta & bread, fresh fish, savory meat dishes & extensive wine list.

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North Central Deli

Charleston Delicatessen providing takeout, box lunch & catering services: NY Bagels & Hard Rolls, Sandwiches, Taylor Pork Roll, HotDogs, Salads, NYC Cheesecake, Coffee & more!

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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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Pancito and Lefty

This lively spot features cantina-style dishes with a focus on vegetable-based, shareable plates. The menu boasts an extensive tequila and mescal menu.

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Parcel 32

Opening Soon | Wood-fired cuisine inspired by the Lowcountry land and sea meets warm, welcoming service in a revitalized 1837 home.

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Poogan's Smokehouse

Charming without pretension, tried and true, a seat at Poogan's Smokehouse is a bite into the American South. Casual regional fare with bold flavors and a barbecue backbone.

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Purlieu

Acclaimed Chef John Zucker combines traditional European cooking with Lowcountry classic cuisine to create one-of-a-kind dishes at his newest restaurant.

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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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Rappahannock Oyster Co.

Nestled in an 1890s cigar factory along the Cooper River, this 4-star, oyster farmer-owned restaurant features light, bright seafood creations. And the oysters are to die for.

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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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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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Stella's

Honoring rustic & modern Greek cuisine and bringing the freshest ingredients & Mediterranean fare table side, Stella's serves lunch, dinner and a Greek inspired Sunday brunch.

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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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Taco Boy - Downtown

Skip siesta. Let’s fiesta. Charleston’s ultimate taqueria and cantina style restaurant, serving casual Mexican food/drinks. Tacos, nachos, fun margaritas, tequila flights.

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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 Chairman’s Grill - Harbour Club

The Chairman’s Grill offers a creative mixture of Southern and classical fare. Harbour Club makes each visit memorable with personalized service and exquisite cuisine.

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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 Park Cafe

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 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

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 - Downtown

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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Workshop

Located on Charleston’s Upper Peninsula, Workshop is a fancy food court, elevating the idea of a shared kitchen and dining space with six chef-driven restaurant concepts.

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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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