Dining & Nightlife in Charleston, SC in Charleston/Downtown

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 Charleston restaurants. Outdoor cafés. Fresh from the dock seafood. Every meal is an event in itself. Prepared with perfection. Served with a warm smile. Enjoy.

Circa 1886

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.

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!

5Church Charleston

New American cuisine by Top Chef Alum Jamie Lynch and Culinary Director Adam Hodgson. Cutting edge design, set in a casual yet refined atmosphere of a 104 year old church.

Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar

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

Anson Restaurant

Long known for taking the best ingredients historic Charleston's seasons have to offer & crafting them into innovative turns on traditional Southern Cuisine.

Basic Kitchen

Basic Kitchen uses tons of local produce and a rainbow of ingredients to create food that’s nourishing, healthful and delicious. Open for lunch + dinner M-Sat and Sun. brunch.

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.

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.

Bodega

Chef brings favorite childhood sandwiches to life with menu of old school staples with a Charleston twist! These homemade Kaiser rolls are a must for the boat, beach or couch!

Bon Banh Mi - Charleston

Southeast Asian, fast, casual kitchen. We offer our customers a well prepared, fresh, Southeast Asian inspired meal at a reasonable price. We let the food speak for itself!

Bourbon N' Bubbles

Bourbon n’ Bubbles is Charleston’s luxury restaurant and bar. Located at the corner of King and Spring Streets, enjoy our offerings of shared plates & select southern entrees.

Bumpa's

Elevated bar fare, curated cocktails and craft beer in a beautifully restored 19th Century warehouse. The family-owned spot has 7,770 different French fry combinations to try.

Butcher & Bee

Honest-to-goodness eats made with locally sourced ingredients. Serving Middle Eastern-leaning menus for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.

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.

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.

Caviar & Bananas Downtown

Extraordinary product offering, sourced locally and globally to create the ultimate culinary experience. Upscale, sophisticated environment that stimulates the five senses.

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.

Culinary Institute of Charleston (CIC)

Taste the future of Charleston's culinary scene in the Culinary Institute of Charleston's student-run restaurants, Relish and 181 Palmer. Reservations: OpenTable.com.

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.

Edmund's Oast

Edmund’s Oast restaurant is a a rare combination of brewery, locally and seasonally driven menu, impressive cocktail and wine lists, outdoor courtyard and covered event space.

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.

El Jefe Texican Cantina

Signature Ribeye Taco; marinated for 7 days, the "Nitro-Rita" voted Charleston's Best Margarita and a Mechanical Bull, what's not to love about this Texican inspired Cantina.

Eleve

Discover modern American cuisine with a coastal influence while enjoying spectacular views of Charleston at our vibrant rooftop bar and restaurant.

Eli's Table

Southern cuisine in the heart of Charleston's French Quarter specializing in bold, worldly flavors using fresh & local ingredients.

Felix Cocktails et Cuisine

Experience Paris in one of upper King Street's newest favorites. Félix offers a beautiful atmosphere to enjoy creative cocktails and delightful small plates.

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.

Galpao Gaucho

Galpão Gaucho is an authentic Brazilian Steakhouse in downtown Charleston. We feature a gourmet salad bar and 17 unlimited selections of meat, carved tableside by our Gauchos

Graft

Graft is a wine shop and wine bar now open in Charleston. Created by two long-time friends, it is a celebration of good wine, community, and great times.

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.

Handy & Hot

Helmed by award-winning chef, TV personality & cookbook author, Vivian Howard, Handy & Hot is a small batch bakeshop located at 68 Wentworth Street open daily from 7am – 4pm.

Hannibal's Kitchen

One of Charleston’s popular legacy businesses, Hannibal’s Kitchen has been serving up authentic gullah geechee cuisine since the 80’s from shrimp & crab rice to okra soup!

Henrietta's

In the spirit of a traditional French brasserie, Henrietta’s offers food anchored in Lowcountry bounty, executed with global influences, delivered with unrivaled hospitality.

Herd Provisions

Offering a rustic version of neo-American bistro fare, we feature grass-fed meat that comes directly from our farm. Open for lunch/brunch, happy hour & dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

Hot Little Biscuit

Callie's grab & go eatery serves a variety of piping hot, award winning biscuits, pimento cheese sandwiches, and locally inspired breakfast, lunch, and late night treats.

Indaco

Rustic, modern Italian cuisine by Chef Michael Holler. Available family-style or a la carte, wood-fired pizzas, hand-crafted pastas, antipasti, + Italian-inspired entrees.

Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer

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.

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.

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.

Lewis Barbecue

Pitmaster John Lewis brings Texas barbecue to the Lowcountry with Lewis Barbecue (464 N. Nassau St). Dig in Tues. – Sun., from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visit lewisbarbecue.com.

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.

Magnolias

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

Melfi's

Clubby, classic Italian restaurant in downtown with fresh pasta, salads, larger plates, and Roman-ish thin crust pizza. Intimate for 2 or a proper adults evening on the town.

Mercantile and Mash

Located inside the Cigar Factory. Mercantile, a food emporium offers breakfast, lunch, coffee, gifts + more. Bar Mash, a cozy spot for a thoughtfully crafted beverage + more.

MESU

MESU is a lively urban spot with a dual cuisine of both Mexican and Sushi. Tequila infusions complement Sake Sangrias with a full cocktail list.

Millers All Day

Millers All Day celebrates breakfast and brunch with timeless food and drinks in a centuries-old King Street building outfitted with a midcentury modern aesthetic.

Monza Pizza Bar

We offer wood-fired pizza, salads and small plates, fresh pasta and classic Italian desserts made in-house. A true Charleston favorite.

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.

O-Ku

Authentic Asian cuisine with Southern style. The freshest fish from the finest markets locally & worldwide, offering high-end, traditional sushi in an approachable way.

Oak Steakhouse

Executive Chef Mark Keiser offers a remarkable menu featuring aged beef and locally-sourced seafood, complemented with superior service and expansive wine program.

Park & Grove

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.

Peninsula Grill

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

Pink Cactus Charleston

Join us for lunch or dinner to try our authentic Oaxacan cuisine on our laid-back outdoor patio. Don't miss our tamales, tacos, enchiladas, tortas, quesadillas & margaritas!

Queology

We 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.

Republic Garden & Lounge

Republic Garden & Lounge is a modern venue setting the gold standard in hospitality through great food and drinks, luxurious surroundings and exceptional personalized service.

Rodney Scott's BBQ

Rodney Scott's BBQ serves true South Carolina whole-hog barbecue alongside Southern favorites in a lively, upbeat atmosphere in the North Central neighborhood.

Rudy Royale

Rudy Royale, Chicken + Cocktails, located downtown, combines a fun atmosphere with approachable yet elevated seasonal cuisine. Event & Private Dining Spaces Available.

Rutledge Cab Co.

Rutledge Cab Co-voted “Best American Restaurant” 2 years running and “Best Burger” by several media outlets. Guests love our all day/night menu including breakfast anytime.

Stars Rooftop & Grill Room

Stars Rooftop & Grill Room brings live fire cooking to Charleston with our Carolina Cuisine, a fabulous rooftop bar with 360° views & two banquet spaces fit for any occasion.

Swamp Fox Restaurant & Bar

Featuring Lowcountry specialties reminiscent of the old south. Award-winning shrimp & grits and Certified SC farm fresh ingredients artfully prepared by Chef James.

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.

Ted's Butcherblock

A neighborhood butcher shop & cafe offering premium quality meats, seafood & charcuterie, award-winning sandwiches, prepared foods, wines & craft beer. Tues-Sat, 11am - 7pm.

Tempest

“Best New Restaurant” in the country by USA Today 10Best. Upscale dining featuring hyper-local seafood, with a seasonal menu curated by Chefs Jamie Lynch and Adam Hodgson.

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.

The Brick Charleston

A favorite neighborhood tavern where locals gather to watch their favorite teams, listen to live music, and play bar games on patio. Kitchen is open until 1am every night.

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.

The Establishment

Everything at The Establishment begins with well-sourced ingredients from sea and field. Working with local farmers and fishermen allows our menu to be seasonal, fresh & pure.

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.

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.

The Pass

A small sandwich shop with all of your vacay food needs. At night, The Pass transforms into an eight course chef’s tasting for small groups.

The Rise Coffee Bar

Located on Wentworth Street, The Rise is an effortless, sip and stroll coffee shop that offers guests the finest selection of local coffees, teas, and homemade pastries.

Toast! of Charleston

The original breakfast all day in Charleston, home to the famous Stuffed French Toast, Eggs Meeting Street and Bacon Bloody Mary. Celebrating 15 years with 4 locations.

Uncork Charleston

Modern wine bar located on historic King Street. 40 curated wines on tap, craft beers and fine spirits. Our charcuterie and cheese Selections are bound to entice every palate.

Uptown Social

Iconic and lively location that includes a rooftop bar with classic design and festive atmosphere. NEW outdoor dining space, happy hours, appetizers and more.

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.

Vintage Lounge

A wine bar offering a curated selection of charcuterie, cheese & small plates. In addition to our award-winning interiors, we feature live music & a beautiful patio.

Wild Common

Wild Common is a wildly unique and unforgettable culinary experience by Chef Pagan featuring Tasting Menus & Chef's Table - great for groups & celebrations!

Zero Restaurant + Bar

Dining at Zero is an experience as much as a meal. Menu showcases Chef Petrillo’s masterful touch. Zero fads, zero smothering sauces, just deliciousness beautifully executed.

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