Charleston has earned a reputation for outstanding low country cuisine and as a result there are many fabulous dining choices. For our guests’ convenience and prior familiarization, however, we are including some of our favorite restaurants that we regularly recommend to our guests and get excellent feedbacks. By all means this is not an inclusive list of outstanding dining options in Charleston.
82 Queen Street
Nestled in downtown Charleston’s historic French Quarter for the past 30 years, 82 Queen is known for its gracious Southern hospitality and fresh local cuisine. Serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, the restaurant is spread throughout three buildings with eleven quaint dining areas including a turn-of-the-century courtyard featuring a mammoth Magnolia tree. 82 Queen is a three time winner of the ‘Best City Restaurant’ award from Southern Living magazine. This 300 year old address represents both the history and the cuisine of the Lowcountry. We highly recommend their “She Crab” soup for which they have won awards for many years.
171 East Bay Street
“Graced with a light, outdoor feel with courtyard dining and stunning décor, this restaurant offers up simple, American seafood dishes with a bit of flare. If seafood’s not your thing, check out the wood-fire gourmet pizza oven.”
224 King Street
“This acclaimed, Mobil Four-Star restaurant features a unique balance of Southern, French and cosmopolitan cuisine, which, along with local jazz favorite The Quentin Baxter Jazz Ensemble, creates an elegant, yet relaxed ambience. From the impeccable service to the nearly 1,300-label wine list, Charleston Grill is a favorite among locals.”
149 Wentworth St
Circa 1886 is a fine dining restaurant located on the grounds of the Wentworth Mansion in downtown Charleston, SC. One of Charleston’s best restaurants, Circa 1886 serves a seasonal menu with a focus on local product, high quality ingredients and Southern flavors. Executive Chef Marc Collins puts his own forward-thinking spin on traditional Lowcountry dishes and the result is food that is both modern and comforting. Each bottle of our 325+ bottle wine list has been carefully selected for its character and ability to pair well with our cuisine. To keep pace with varying menus and trends, our wine list is ever-changing as well. In cooler months, the list is stocked with rich and bold wines, whereas in the warmer months, the focus is on light and refreshing profiles. All of our wines are stored in the original wine cellar of the Wentworth Mansion.
FIG (Food Is Good)
232 Meeting St
In 2003, Mike and Adam began with a simple philosophy that holds true today: serve honest, local ingredients, with informed service, in a comfortable setting. Once a humble corner bistro, FIG has blossomed into one of the Southeast’s top culinary destinations. The staff is passionate and polite. The room is simple and modern. The menu is creative and seasonal. The menu is the heart and soul of the restaurant. It will change often, fluctuating with the seasons and availability of product. We are relentless in our pursuit of the freshest products, which are constantly inspiring and defining our work. We have curated a family of purveyors. Paying respect to their efforts and traditions is essential to our mission.
434 King Street
“Halls serves prime steaks plus Lowcountry and seafood specialties in a comfortable, family-owned setting in the Upper King Street district. The two floor eatery also features an extensive wine list. Don’t miss the lively Gospel Brunch every Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm.”
10 Hayne Street
Great food and a charming ambiance can only equal an extraordinary dining experience! Hank’s Seafood Restaurant is located in a turn-of-the-century warehouse overlooking the Charleston City Market. Hank’s Seafood has been beautifully renovated to an ambiance that reflects Charleston’s port history and family roots… This restaurant recreates a Classic Charleston Fish House with an old-fashioned saloon-style bar and an exhibition raw bar.
76 Queen Street
“The newest brainchild of James Beard Award-Winning Chef Sean Brock takes the concept of using locally grown products to a whole new level. Brock changes his menu offerings daily to reflect whatever is coming off the farms and from the sea, and all dishes are cooked using only ingredients that are indigenous to or produced in the South.” This highly acclaimed restaurant in Charleston was recently named #1 New Restaurant in the United States by Esquire and Bon Appetite.
251 Meeting Street
If you want food a Southern housekeeper would make, there’s a heaping of it here: Think fried chicken, corn fritters, lima beans, meat loaf, fried shrimp, okra, collards, fried green tomatoes, red rice, pork chops, and chicken livers, then drift eagerly to what’s for dessert: Named after a housekeeper who formerly looked after the restaurant’s owner, the once unobtrusive place now attracts lines, plus the likes of the Food Network’s Anthony Bourdain.”
208 King St
The only place on King with great fare and fresh air.Need we say more? Let our open kitchen, fresh house made ingredients + whimsical menu tell the story. Our heart of pine floors + 100-year old brick walls can do the talking. See for yourself from a spot on our breezy street side patio. Every day of the week we offer themed specials, from Meatless Monday to Burger Thursday. Scroll down to see today’s special! It’s a fun fast casual restaurant on lower King Street. A new gathering place. Great fare, fresh air: served daily at 208 King Street.
479 King Street
“This warm, woodsy restaurant stands by their local-first philosophy with dinner, late night and Sunday brunch offerings based on homegrown cuisine. Their soulful menu has classic and seasonal favorites prepared with contemporary creativity and traditional techniques.”
185 East Bay Street
“Billed as ‘uptown down South,’ Magnolias blossoms with a menu whose highlights include the Down South Egg Roll stuffed with collard greens, plus shellfish over grits and frequently changing entrees.”
112 North Market Street
“Sunshine is served with a side of swanky in this elegant courtyard. Sit by the gurgling fountain and savor the exceptional service, high-quality fresh fare and award-winning wine list. Feast on seasonal specialties like bourbon-glazed shrimp or grilled pork with braised greens and barbecue jus. And make sure to save room for dessert: This is home of the 12-layer Ultimate Coconut Cake.”
72 Queen Street
“One of Charleston’s oldest independent culinary establishments, Poogan’s Porch is in a Victorian house that has been gracefully transformed into a restaurant. Tables on the patio and porch are dressed in white table cloths for brunch, lunch and dinner. Whether it’s a bowl of she-crab soup or the signature buttermilk fried chicken, Poogan’s does Lowcountry cuisine proud.”
SNOB (Slightly North Of Broad)
192 E Bay St
An eclectic Lowcountry bistro with contagious energy. Here the dining room is a natural extension of the kitchen, a place where culinary skill, a clever, considered wine program, warm service, and conversations meld together. Our local farmers, fishermen and producers are as integral to the food we make as they are to our place in this community.