21 of the Best Charleston, SC, Restaurants You Need to Try

Although Charleston, SC, was named the No. 1 Best Food City in the U.S.by Conde Nast, it’s just one awesome destination in the Lowcountry for incredible cuisine. You’ll also find mouth-watering options in the beautiful barrier island communities of Kiawah, Seabrook, and nearby Johns Island. Whether you’re looking for seafood restaurants in Charleston, SC, indulgent fine dining, decadent desserts, or something else, you’ll find it in our area.

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Discover the Best Charleston, SC, Restaurants on Your Next Lowcountry Vacation

When you join us on the South Carolina coast, don’t forget to bring your appetite with you! The Holy City has a diverse and delicious dining scene to explore.


Downtown Charleston, SC

If you venture into the historic city during your next Lowcountry vacation, you can’t leave without trying one of the phenomenal restaurants in downtown Charleston, SC. While you won’t go wrong with any of the award-winning options on the peninsula, we always recommend Hank’s Seafood Restaurant and 167 Raw for fresh fish from local waters. For fine dining, make reservations at Magnolias in Charleston, SC.


Kiawah Island, SC

One of the best parts of vacationing on Kiawah Island is that you don’t have to leave the luxurious seaside community to find a fabulous meal. The Ocean RoomThe Atlantic Room, and Southern Kitchen are three convenient and delicious choices at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Start your day with a full breakfast filled with Lowcountry classics at Southern Kitchen. Then, for dinner, head to the Atlantic Room for fresh seafood. Or, if you’re looking for fine dining, try the Ocean Room. It is a Forbes 4 Star and AAA 4 Diamond restaurant and offers a wonderful steakhouse experience.


Seabrook Island, SC

Much like Kiawah, Seabrook Island also offers excellent dining choices within its resort community. You’ll find the oceanfront Pelican’s Nest is an outstanding choice for a meal by the water at the Seabrook Island Beach Club. Or, for a more upscale resort option, plan to experience the nearby Palmetto Room or Bohicket’s Lounge.  A club amenity card is required to dine at the Seabrook Island Club restaurants.

In addition to dining at the Beach Club, you’ll also find public dining options at the Bohicket Marina, just outside the island community’s entrance. The Salty Dog  is a fun and casual choice at the marina and is great for waterfront dining and fresh seafood. Fischers Pub is a local favorite!  Fresh Mahi sandwiches, shrimp PO boys, and the best burger around are just a few menu staples.


Freshfields Village

At the roundabout between Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, you’ll find Freshfields Village. This fantastic open-air shopping destination also features a variety of dining options to enjoy. If you’re vacationing in the area, stop by:

Hege’s French Bistro for international cuisine in a comfortable and casual atmosphere.

La Tela Pizzeria for the best Italian cuisine and wood-fired pizza.

Ladles Soups for soups, sandwiches, and salads during a shopping trip to Freshfields Village.

Forty-Eight – A Wine Bar for charcuterie, cheese, small plates, and sandwiches, plus a selection of 48 wines by the glass.


Johns Island, SC

Just minutes from Kiawah and Seabrook, Johns Island offers even more eateries. If you’re searching for artisanal Italian cuisine and an extensive wine list, go to Wild Olive. Or, for traditional Southern fare, try the Angel Oak Restaurant. The Royal Tern is another excellent choice. This neighborhood eatery features fresh seafood entrees, a raw bar, and a beautiful, open dining room. Blackbird Market and Tattooed Moose are two more Johns Island restaurants you should try. Both of them are perfect for a quick and delicious lunch. Or, if you’re looking for a fun and lively environment, try Minero for inventive Mexican eats and excellent cocktails. Minero recently opened in the old Fat Hen building on Maybank Hwy.

Discover the Johns Island Culinary Scene while shopping for a home!

If one thing is certain, it’s that you won’t run out of great places to eat when you live on Johns Island, Kiawah Island, or Seabrook Island.  Are you ready to call the islands home?  Contact Pam Harrington Exclusives,  to assist you with your island home purchase.  Whether you are looking for a home near the beach or a home purchase on Johns Island you’ll have the option to stay in and cook an amazing meal in your modern, gourmet kitchen and watch nature outside your window!  Let’s get started finding you an island home!

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