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.

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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.

5Church Charleston

Hip, new American restaurant on Market St. in beautiful 100 year old historic church. Dinner and late night. Brunch/lunch. Complimentary valet parking.

A.W. Shuck's Seafood Shack

Fresh & fast! Enjoy Lowcountry favorites as well as a taste of the islands at our fast casual seafood restaurant! Indoor & patio seating is offered.

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.

Baker and Brewer

Long time friends EVO Pizzeria and Holy City Brewing have joined forces to open Baker & Brewer downtown in the Charleston Brewery District!!

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.

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.

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.


The basic necessities of a healthy diet including fresh: fruit, fish, rice and vegetables, sourced sustainably, locally and organically when possible. Fast-casual atmosphere.

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.


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.

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!

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.

Camellias at Hotel Bennett

Named “Most Instagrammable Restaurant in South Carolina” by Food Network, Camellias is Charleston’s premier Champagne Bar.

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.


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


Fiat Lux sets the bar high by providing some of the most spectacular views of Charleston paired with an expansive spirit selection & Mediterranean-inspired culinary offerings.


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.

Gabrielle Charleston

With a menu inspired by the flavors of the Big Easy, Chef Sichel creates classic and comfortable dishes with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Located on Marion Square.

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


European-inspired fromagerie and wine shop on the Upper Peninsula. Café and wine bar which recently received Best New Restaurant Design from the readers of Eater Charleston.

Goulette Rotisserie & Grill

Blending casual French dishes like rotisserie chicken and hanger steak with their famous pommes frittes. The menu is an eclectic blend of the dual nationality of its owner.


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.


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

Hooked Seafood

A modern approach to classic local seafood featuring an open-air dining room overlooking the Charleston Market in the heart of the city. Once you're here you will be Hooked

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.

Husk Restaurant

A celebration of the South using only ingredients from Southern farmers & purveyors. Offering extensive bourbon selection, wine list, Southern beers & handcrafted cocktails.


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.

La Patisserie

La Pâtisserie serves the Holy City’s finest breads and pastries. Choose to dine in or are on-the-go, our French Pastry Chef Remy Funfrock ensures authenticity & freshness.

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

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 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.


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.

Paolo's Gelato & Gourmet

Paolo's Gelato Gourmet was created in order to provide an authentic Italian experience - including pastas, sauces, olive oils and sweet treats for every palate.

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.


Inspired by the jazz age, Prohibition combines amazing food, award winning drinks and a unique atmosphere...all without a secret knock.


A welcoming neighborhood bistro and eatery Purlieu pulls inspiration from both traditional European cooking and from the culinary traditions of the Lowcountry.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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 Daily

The Daily is a cafe + market that serves coffee + juice, breakfast, pastries, sandwiches, breads, and SC made provisions that are great for gifting.

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 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.

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 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.

The Royal American

A restaurant, bar, and live entertainment venue in downtown Charleston. Drawing locals/visitors alike for its music scene, diverse menu and stunning marsh views.

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, a la carte dining & Chef's Table - great for groups & celebrations!


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.

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.

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.

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