Thanks to bountiful seafood selections, readily available local ingredients, and an array of talented chefs and restaurateurs, Charleston, SC, has become one of the top foodie destinations in the country. In fact, the Holy City was named the #1 Best Food City in the U.S. in 2015. You’ll find vibrant creations in every part of the Lowcountry, and many of these satisfying dishes feature phenomenal local seafood. If you are looking for excellent Charleston seafood restaurants to try, you’re in luck! We have plenty of mouth-watering eateries to recommend.
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10 of the Best Charleston Seafood Restaurants
Dine in Historic Downtown Charleston
The Lowcountry is bursting at the seams with exceptional dining choices. In historic downtown Charleston alone, you’ll find more tantalizing options than you could ever sample in one visit. Nonetheless, you can take on the challenge and try a few of the following Charleston seafood restaurants each time you stay with us.
1. 167 Raw
167 Raw is a fantastic choice if you are looking for high-quality seafood in a cozy and comfortable atmosphere. This casual seafood restaurant has a raw bar and serves up tacos, po’ boys, and house specialties on a first-come, first-served basis.
2. Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar
For a seafood restaurant with plenty of Southern flair, head to Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar. If you do, you’ll find “quintessential Lowcountry cuisine and inspired Southern cooking.” Amen Street creates dishes that feature fresh, local, and sustainable seafood ingredients including oysters, clams, shrimp, and fish caught in local.
3. Hank’s Seafood Restaurant
As one of our personal favorites, Hank’s Seafood Restaurant in Charleston, SC, is one of the most beloved eateries in town. With over 15 years in the business, Hank’s exudes “classic Charleston” charm and has perfected its succulent seafood offerings.
4. The Darling Oyster Bar
A newcomer to the Charleston dining scene, The Darling Oyster Bar opened on King Street in February 2015. Since then, it’s earned acclaim for its recognizable window-front raw bar and its irresistible seafood dishes.
Seafood Restaurants Near Kiawah and Seabrook Islands
In addition to an excellent variety of seafood restaurants in historic downtown Charleston, you’ll also find plenty of choices near Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. These convenient dining options are fantastic places to refuel after a long day on the beach, trails, courts, or golf course.
6. Blackbird Market
You may have visited Blackbird Market for local groceries on Johns Island, but did you know it is also a great place to go for a delicious seafood meal? The next time you stop at the market for a few essentials, enjoy a quick lunch while you’re there! The menu changes frequently and always features local ingredients!
7. Red’s Ice House
If you’re looking for seafood “basket style” head to Red’s Ice House at Bohicket Marina. This casual and fun restaurant boasts a relaxing atmosphere, awesome sunsets, and live music during the summer.
8. Lokal Seabar
Lokal Seabar is another popular choice at Bohicket Marina. This excellent eatery features one of the best raw bars near Seabrook Island, plus a variety of Lowcountry favorites, fresh salads, and unique small plates. Lokal also offers a hearty Sunday brunch each week!
9. The Atlantic Room at Ocean Course Clubhouse
One of the best parts about vacationing on Kiawah Island is the access to all of the community amenities. One such amenity is the Atlantic Room at the Ocean Course Clubhouse. This conveniently located restaurant serves elegant seafood dishes that you will love.
10. Ryder Club Bar
Are you in the mood for sushi? If so, head to the Ryder Club Bar. This modern clubhouse bar is a great place for a casual lunch on Kiawah island and offers sushi, fried shrimp, and other seafood specialties.
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Diving into a delicious dish at one of these Charleston seafood restaurants is just one of many things to experience on a vacation to the Lowcountry. Book your next Charleston getaway with Pam Harrington Exclusivesand you can enjoy everything else that the area has to offer.
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