Charleston, SC is renowned for its rich cultural history, and the abundance of natural food sources.  The confluence of European and African traditions comes together in a world-renowned, vibrant dining scene.  Foodies flock to the Holy City for southern classics such as creamy stone ground grits, fresh-caught shrimp, fried okra, and seafood Perlou.  Rice and seafood are intrinsic to Lowcountry cuisine. Charleston is a culinary paradise featuring cuisines to please every palate.  Below, is our guide to Charleston restaurants and dining options.

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CHARLESTON RESTAURANTS

 

UPSCALE DINING


843-577-2500
76 Queen Street

A celebration of southern cuisine, featuring heirloom and locally sourced ingredients.   Renowned chef Sean Brock offered the original inspiration for this iconic Charleston classic.   The ingredients drive the menu at Husk Charleston.  The result is a subtle interplay of culinary genius, and Southern soul, an homage to a culture of food that continues to gain recognition. Husk was voted the best restaurant in the United States, so call early for reservations.

149 Wentworth Street
Charleston, South Carolina
843-853-7828

Looking for the perfect romantic backdrop for a special celebration?  Circa 1886 occupies a historic carriage house in the heart of downtown Charleston.  Chef Marc Collins and staff offer a memorable dining experience. Enjoy healthy haute cuisine where the farm-to-table philosophy drives the dynamic menu. Chef Collins and his team focus on South Carolina foodways, taking diners on a journey through South Carolina.

199 East Bay Street
Charleston, South Carolina
843-724-3815

Specializing in new Southern cuisine, High Cotton offers a menu highlighted by steaks, chops, and a well-known charcuterie program. Don’t miss their excellent brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

224 King Street
Charleston, South Carolina
843-577-4522

Executive Chef Michelle Weaver’s menu offers flavors ranging from butter-poached lobster and foie gras to shellfish stew and “pork and beans” with pork belly and field peas. Classic southern meets French cuisine with nightly live music that sets the mood for an incredible dining experience

434 King Street
Charleston, South Carolina
843-727-0090

Halls Chophouse serves from a classic steakhouse menu featuring dry-aged beef and such favorites as creamed spinach and oysters Rockefeller. Great Charleston dining, live music, and a lively bar scene make for a fun night out.  The Sunday Gospel Brunch is a wonderful way to start a Sunday excursion in downtown Charleston.  Reservations required.

6 Payne Ct
Charleston, South Carolina
843-579-3060

For the real foodie!  Chez Nous is an intimate, neighborhood eatery offering two selections each day.  The menu features Spain, Southern France, and Italian-inspired dishes.
Chef posts the menu online each day.  However, you will want to make a reservation in advance and just enjoy!  Check out their Instagram for daily menu features.   www.instagram.com/cheznouscharleston/

UPSCALE CASUAL DINING


544 King Street
Charleston, South Carolina
843-414-7060

Brought to you by renowned Chef Mike Lata, this oyster bar in a renovated bank is anything but ordinary. Fish and chips, schnitzel, fresh snapper, and the most succulent oysters available are served up on large plates intended for sharing. Visit this hip, upscale casual dining spot on upper King Street for an exceptional Charleston dining experience.

18 Pinckney Street
Charleston, South Carolina
843-534-2434

This cozy corner restaurant is popular with locals for its upscale comfort food. Cru is a great lunch spot, with both indoor and outdoor seating. Try the Asian chicken salad or the mac-n-cheese.

232 Meeting Street
Charleston, South Carolina
843-805-5900

Since 2003 Chef Mike Lata and his team continue to serve creative, inspired dishes.  FIG is a James Beard award-winning restaurant with a renowned wine program.  This stylish Ansonborough eatery never disappoints!  Make a reservation.  Food is Good = FIG.

2063 Middle Street
Sullivans Island
843-416-5020

Chef Jacque Larson does it again! This rustic, nautical-themed restaurant at the beach serves the best food on Sullivans Island.  Wood-fired pizzas, small plates, a raw bar, there's something for everyone here. With a focus on sustainability, The Obstinate Daughter earned the distinction of Green Restaurant Certification.  Everything is locally sourced.  See their website for a list of purveyors.  If you like brunch at the beach.  This is the place.

 LOCAL FAVORITES


1870 Bowens Island Road
Charleston, South Carolina
843-795-2757

If you want to experience a true Lowcountry seafood dining experience with a waterfront sunset visit Bowens Island Restaurant.  Families for generations have enjoyed this legendary, rustic, waterfront Charleston restaurant. In the winter, you’ll find the best oysters right here. The location is also full of history. It was founded in 1946 by May and Jimmy Bowen. Throughout the decades, they have been best known for local oysters harvested and roasted by Lowcountry oystermen. Today, their grandson, Robert Barber, proudly continues this tradition. Have one of their delicious fried seafood platters or the Frogmore stew. Bowens Island is on Folly Road, just a couple of miles before Folly Beach.  This is a rustic, no-fuss place.  Flip-flops and disposable dinnerware are standard.

688 King Street
Charleston, South Carolina
843-531-6500

Every night should be chargrilled oysters and champagne! This is one of the best combinations ever! But oysters are not the only star at this hip, upper King Street poultry and oyster shop.  The fried chicken is finger-lickin' good too! Rose on tap, soft serve ice cream, and a fun atmosphere make this a local favorite Charleston restaurant.

1085 Morrison Drive
Charleston, South Carolina
843-619-0202

This is where local chefs go for a great sandwich!  Butcher and Bee offer an adventurous menu comprised of the most delectable, seasonal ingredients.  The fresh baked bread and sweets are another reason to stop by this popular spot for brunch.  Not to mention, Leonardo DiCaprio brunched here!!!  Indoor and outdoor seating are available.

98 Broad Street
Charleston, South Carolina
843-577-9797

For decades, this casual, french treasure serves lunch and dinner.  Located near the four corners of law in downtown Charleston. Feast on homemade pates, crusty baguettes, delicious soups, and croissants. Try the hibiscus tea at lunch.  Thursday night is fondue night!

224 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, South Carolina
eat@xiaobaobiscuit.com

This Asian soul food eatery opened in 2012. No reservations, just show up.  The OKONOMIYAKI is a must! Top this delicious Japanese cabbage pancake with pork candy and a sunny-side-up egg.  Oh my!

106 W. Huron
Folly Beach, South Carolina
843-588-9669

If you are on James Island, or Folly Beach, Lost Dog Café is a great breakfast joint that locals love. Lost Dog serves delicious huevos rancheros and huge pancakes, among many other things. It’s our favorite place for outdoor dining with your dog.  They have free dog biscuits and water bowls for your furry kids!  It's busy during the summer so get there early or hang outside with a coffee or bloody mary!

2867 Maybank Highway
Johns Island, South Carolina
843-737-4177

This is one of the best restaurants in Charleston.  Johns Island is fortunate to have this top-notch restaurant.  Wild Olive’s menu captures the soul of Italian cuisine. They emphasize fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients paired with the highest-quality, imported Italian goods. Chef Jacques Larson and his team produce their own house-made pasta and house-cured salumi.  Check out their menu or call for the daily specials.  Make a reservation in advance for this popular Johns Island restaurant.

3669 Savannah Highway
Johns Island, South Carolina
843-556-7525

This quaint family-owned and operated restaurant serves delicious southern American fare. The menu reflects local ingredients and just about everything is made in-house.  Lunch and dinner service and a great Sunday brunch! The piggie mac is a cast iron skillet of decadent heaven!

114 St. Philips Street
Charleston, South Carolina
843-400-0026

Enjoy delicious Greek-inspired dishes in a stylish, modern atmosphere.  Dine inside or on the intimate outdoor patio.  The horseshoe bar is a great place to meet friends and enjoy cocktails and small plates.  Yummy hummus!

 

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