Charleston Dining Guide

Dining in Charleston can be an unforgettable experience. The Holy City and its surrounding areas have literally hundreds of restaurants from which to choose. Lowcountry cuisine is the choice of many who wish to sample the local fare but Charleston is rife with highly trained, world-class chefs who seek to show off their skills in all areas of cuisine. Our Dining Guide offers experiential reviews of various fine restaurants around town to help you find and select the right atmosphere and menu to satisfy your appetite. If you seek information regarding a stay in Charleston or other entertainment, additional articles can be found in Recommendations and Interesting Tidbits to assist you in finding just the right tour, special event and the best place for lodging during your visit to Charleston.

Our Favorite Restaurants in Historic Charleston

    82 Queen St. Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 723-7591
    Lowcountry cuisine, she-crab soup, crab cakes, barbecue shrimp & grits. Garden courtyard. Daily Lunch and Dinner. Sunday Brunch. Outdoor Courtyard Dining. Private Group 36 ppl.
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    39 John Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 722-8881
    French brasserie. Burgers, steaks, sushi, and salads. Indoor-outdoor patio seating.
    Lunch and Dinner. Bar open until 2:00 a.m., Sunday Brasserie Brunch. Outdoor Patio Dining. Private Group 130 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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    80A Reid Street Charleston SC 29401
    (843) 577-6926
    Alluette's Cafe is a one of a kind eating establishment. They offer top quality Certified Angus Beef burgers, fresh, local shrimp with no sulfites, fresh local fish.
    205 East Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 853-8600
    Specializing in a variety of seafood dishes such as oysters, clams, lobster, fresh fish, and raw bar. Daily Lunch. Dinner Nightly. Private Group 20 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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    12 Anson St. Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 577-0551
    Seafood, chops, light entrees, barbecue or cashew-crusted grouper, she crab soup, shrimp & grits. Dinner Nightly. Private Group 100 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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    115 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 577-2400
    The Mills House Hotel offers daily dining serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Sunday Brunch. Courtyard Dining with weather permitting. Private Group 200 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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    102 North Market Street Charleston SC 29401
    (843) 722-6393
    Brasserie Gigi brings a casual, lively atmosphere to dining in Charleston's Historic District. Guests are greeted by servers in classic French aprons, and the menu celebrates the heart of brasserie-style cuisine, simple food made with high-quality ingredients, available all day and into the evening. Serving lunch and dinner daily as well as weekend brunch.
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    58 Line Street, Charleston, SC 29403
    (843) 577-5393
    Barsa is a Spanish tapas restaurant on Upper King Street Charleston, South Carolina (Corner of King & Line). Spanish Tapas, Bar, and Lounge serving late night on the weekends! Book Online Reservations
    460 King Street Charleston SC 29401
    (843) 724-3490
    Refined Thai Cuisine and an invigorating dining experience in the heart of downtown Charleston. Lunch Mon-Fri, Dinner Nightly.

    152 King Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 577-7359
    Bin 152 is a wine bar, cheese bar, art gallery and antiques market offering 30 different wines by the glass and over 130 wines by the bottle, 40 different cheeses and charcuterie all served a la carte with freshly baked bread.
    171 East Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 722-9200
    Local fish and produce. Fried shrimp, salad, seared tuna, crab ravioli, wood oven pizza, lasagna. Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch. Private Group 140 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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    158 Church Street Charleston SC 29401
    (843) 720-2121
    Bocci's - a great Italian restaurant in historic downtown Charleston. Lunch and Dinner Daily.
    102 North Market Street Charleston SC 29401
    (843) 722-6393
    Brasserie Gigi brings a casual, lively atmosphere to dining in Charleston's Historic District. Guests are greeted by servers in classic French aprons, and the menu celebrates the heart of brasserie-style cuisine, simple food made with high-quality ingredients, available all day and into the evening. Serving lunch and dinner daily as well as weekend brunch.
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    14 N. Market Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 737-8700
    Prime Steak and Fresh Seafood served in a modern and casual atmosphere. Burwell's has received national attention for its "modern" and "approachable" presentation of the steakhouse. Prime Steaks and exquisite culinary talent served in a super friendly and fun style. Dinner Nightly. Private Group up to 70 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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    224 King Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 577-4522
    The menu, which changes regularly, is divided into four categories: Pure, Lush, Southern, and Cosmopolitan, each section beautifully reflecting its title, or allow the chef to create your own special tasting menu. Jazz Nightly. Dinner Nightly. Private Group 40 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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    149 Wentworth Street Charleston, SC 29403
    (843) 853-7828
    Drawing inspiration from classic Southern dishes and always highlighting what is local and in season, Executive Chef Marc Collins puts a healthful, distinctive spin on classic Lowcountry dishes. Menu changes seasonally. Dinner Mon-Sat. Private Group 38 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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    39-D John St. (behind 39 Rue de Jean Hutson Alley) Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 722-8838
    Coast's chefs meet daily with local farmers and fishermen to procure the freshest seafood and produce in the Lowcountry. At the heart of the restaurant is the hickory and oak custom made wood burning grill, a feature you will only find at Coast. Dinner Nightly. Outdoor Patio Dining. Private Group 31 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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    167 East Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 727-0111
    Featuring items like dry aged beef from local MiBek Farms, sustainably caught Braised Carolina Wreckfish and Crisp Wasabi Tuna. Dinner Nightly. Private Group 140 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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    129 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 405-5115
    Eli's Table features a new menu offering bold, worldly flavors while using fresh and local ingredients. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Everyday. Sat. & Sun Brunch. Call for Reservations.
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    232 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 805-5900
    Serving seasonally-inspired cuisine with a commitment to using local and sustainable foods.
    Dinner Mon-Sat. Call for Reservations.
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    442 King Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 722-FISH
    Fresh and seasonal, sweet and spicy, classic and modern, with the finest local ingredients, reimagining French and Asian classics. Patio seating available.
    Lunch Mon-Fri, Dinner Mon-Sat. Private Group 100 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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    43 Cannon Street Charleston SC 29401
    (843) 937-4303
    Five Loaves is not your typical soup & sandwich place. Five Loaves is a gourmet eatery. Lunch, Dinner, Mon-Sat.
    186 Concord Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 722-8100
    Charleston is the areas casual seafood restaurant with a waterfront view that is a distinctive destination unto itself. Housed in a 1940s retired naval building on the east side of the Charleston peninsula, Fleet Landing restaurant features contemporary Southern seafood fare in a setting that celebrates the areas waterfront heritage. Call for Reservations.
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    98 Broad Street Charleston SC 29401
    (843) 577-9797
    Love our ethnic specials! A taste of the world each weekend. Call for the dish of the week. Lunch and Dinner Mon-Sat.
    225 East Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 266-4222
    USDA Prime Beef, International and local seafood. Fillets, steaks, lamb, and veal.
    Lunch and Dinner Daily. Private Group 125 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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    Corner of Church and Hayne Streets Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 723-3474
    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 Historic Market. Dinner Nightly at 5 pm. Call for Reservations.
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    434 King Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 727-0090
    Prime beef, seafood, and signature desserts. Dinner Nightly. Brunch Sunday. Private Group 36 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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    199 East Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 724-3815
    Our meats, game, seafood and produce are the freshest local ingredients, expertly crafted into the most delicious Lowcountry dishes.
    Lunch Sat. Dinner Nightly. Brunch Sunday. Private Group 60 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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    563 King Street Charleston SC 29401
    (843) 573-7505
    HoM is a burger boutique and pong lounge where creative burgers of delicious consequence demand happy noises and extra napkins. Where "burgers" come in the form of everything from house-ground beef to fresh portabello mushrooms and every morsel is made with care and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Lunch, Dinner Daily.
    207 Rutledge Street Charleston SC 29401
    (843) 937-0930
    Nationally acclaimed and locally beloved, Hominy Grill is a Charleston institution serving classic southern specialties that taste just like Grandma used to make (well, if Grandma had known how to cook), that is!
    76 Queen Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 577-2500
    The menu changes daily and is driven by the market. Husk named Bon Appetit Magazine's 2011 Best New Restaurant in America.
    Lunch Mon-Sat. Dinner Daily. Brunch Sunday. Call for Reservations.
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    428 King Street Charleston SC 29401
    (843) 853-1888
    IL Cortile Del Re's food is only Italian, keeping to the old tradition. Everything is prepared at the moment of your order, a few minutes of your patience is our quality. We are located in the Antique District on lower King Street, with indoor and outdoor dining in our romantic courtyard. Lunch Thurs-Sun. Dinner Nightly.
    526 King Street Charleston, SC 29403
    (843) 727-1228
    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, salami and house-cured meats. The cocktail program and wine list boasts Italian favorites and classics. Call for Reservations.
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    251 Meeting Street Charleston SC 29401
    (843) 722-7224
    Enjoy southern cooking, corn bread and fried chicken.
    208 King Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 725-7208
    An open kitchen, fresh house made ingredients and whimsical menu with heart of pine floors and the 100-year old brick walls and a breezy street side patio. It's a fun fast casual restaurant on lower King Street. A new gathering place. Great fare,and fresh air with breakfast and lunch served daily and weekend brunch.
    210 Rutledge Avenue Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 720.8899
    Enjoy lunch, dinner, tappas, wine, cocktails and more at Lana Restaurant. Delivery is available, please visit the website for more information.
    Lunch Mon-Fri. Dinner Mon-Sat. Closed Sunday. Call for Reservations.
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    15 Beaufain Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 793-2230
    Awaken your culinary senses to Leaf - Charleston's premier cafe + bar featuring a casually chic atmosphere with indoor and outdoor transitional dining, Southern cosmopolitan cuisine, and a fine selection of wines. Open 7 days a week for Lunch and Dinner. Outdoor Seating. Sunday Brunch. Call for Reservations.
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    298 King Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 501-7500
    Enjoy fine Lebanese cuisine.
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    19 Vendue Range Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 577-7970
    This historic dining spot has entered a new era, the menu features traditional yet approachable Lowcountry cuisine. Dishes are prepared with an emphasis on fish, meat and produce from small local farms, markets and artisans. Dinner Tues-Sat. Private Group 100 ppl. Call for Reservations.
    479B King Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 789-4299
    The menu at the Macintosh presents a taste of chef Jeremiah Bacon's signature culinary style, offering a thoughtfully curated selection of dishes stirred by the soul of the American table. The restaurant serves classic American fare that showcases the bounty of Charleston's local produce and seafood. Call for Reservations.
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    185 East Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 577-7771
    With every dish, Executive Chef Don Drake harmoniously blends traditional southern ingredients and cooking techniques with modern international flair for an "uptown" presentation. Lunch Mon-Sat., Dinner Nightly. Sunday Brunch. Private Group 140 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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    2 Unity Alley Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 577-0025
    McCrady's Restaurant, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Landmarks, represents the best of the amalgam that is new Southern fine dining, concomitantly serving as a canvas for postmodern gastronomy. Dinner Nightly. Private Group 120 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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    39 John Street, Charleston, SC 29403
    (843) 203-3000
    Michael's on the Alley offers fresh seafood, steaks and yummy desserts. .
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    82 Society Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 577-1102
    There are 100 wine offerings by the glass and 500 bottle offerings from producers all around the world, who create products that are true to their region, history, and varietal. The menu offers dishes inspired by the many cultures of the Mediterranean and is prepared with local ingredients. Dinner Nightly. Outdoor Dining. Private Group 30ppl. Call for Reservations.
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    17 Broad Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 722-4220
    Touted as "one of the best and most distinctive steakhouses in America," Oak Steakhouse presents classic steakhouse cuisine as well as locally sourced seafood and produce in an impeccable setting. Dinner Nightly. Valet Parking. Private Group 35 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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    463 King Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 737-0112
    O-Ku offers an upscale dining experience celebrating authentic, traditional Japanese cuisine. O-Ku is a reflection of the minimalist interior of classic Japanese restaurants, while the exposed brick and high ceilings offer a reminder of Charleston's charms and unique history in the modern space. Lunch Mon-Fri. Dinner Nightly. Call for Reservations.
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    17 Warren Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 853-5955
    Charleston's finest Italian fare with exciting dishes and unique ambiance. At Pane e Vino, every dish is created using only the freshest, finest ingredients. Dinner Nightly. Call for Reservations.
    112 N. Market Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 723-0700
    Acclaimed Chef Graham Dailey and his team create exceptionally flavorful fare using the finest Lowcountry produce and seafood combined with the very best ingredients flown in fresh daily from points around the world. Courtyard Dining. Dinner Nightly. Private Group 88 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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    72 Queen Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 577-2337
    Poogan's Porch is one of Charleston's oldest independent culinary establishments, with a fresh approach to Lowcountry cuisine. Recognized by Martha Stewart Living, Wine Spectator and The Travel Channel, this beautifully restored Victorian house is the perfect southern spot. Lunch & Dinner Mon-Fri. Brunch & Dinner Sat & Sun. Private Group 200 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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    547 King Street Charleston, SC 29403
    (843) 793-2964
    Prohibition Restaurant combines amazing food, award winning drinks and a unique atmosphere.
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    23 Vendue Range Charleston SC 29401
    (843) 723-0485
    192 East Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 723-3424
    Regional cuisine. Grits, grilled barbecue tuna, homemade desserts. Lunch Mon-Fri, Dinner Nightly. Call for Reservations.
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    188 East Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 577-5665
    All plates are designed to be shared and will be served continuously throughout the meal . Open Nightly 7 days a week til 2am. Call for Reservations.
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    161 East Bay Street Charleston SC 29401
    (843) 853-4677
    495 King Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 577-0100
    Stars Restaurant supports reuse, restore, reclaim, and sustain. Stars Restaurant will feature a live fire grilling and rotisserie, 1930's Grill Room and Rooftop Bar. Open Nightly 7 days a week 4pm til 2am. Call for Reservations.
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    306 King Street Charleston SC 29401
    (843) 576-3540
    From perfectly grilled meats served with signatures sauces to mouth watering salads fille with fresh fruits and veggies, at Taziki's they have mastered the art of creating imagination. Lunch and Dinner 7 Days a Week.
    544 King Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 414-7060
    The Ordinary is a Southern seafood hall and oyster bar located in an old bank in Charleston, SC. Serving fancy seafood and oysters. Hours Tueday - Sunday 5-close. Call for Reservations.
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    387 King Street Charleston SC 29401
    (843) 724-8888
    The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel showcases Charleston's locally supplied produce and meats. This menu changes monthly and is based on product availability from our wonderful farmers.
    412 King Street Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 735-5800
    Local, fresh ingredients and old family recipes. Southern cooking. Lowcountry style. Mon-Sat Lunch, Dinner, and Sunday Brunch. Private Group 48 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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