The Holy City is renowned for Southern classics like stone ground grits, homestyle mac n' cheese, fresh-caught shrimp, fried okra, and seafood perlou.  Charleston is a foodie paradise featuring a variety of American and international cuisines to please every palate.

Below, you will find many popular restaurants and dining experiences in Charleston, but if you are hungry for more, download our Charleston Sea Island vacation guides. Our guides include over 100 recommendations on restaurants, breweries, and top attractions in the area!

HUSK

843-577-2500
76 Queen Street

Chef Sean Brock's love of Southern cuisine served as the inspiration for this iconic Charleston classic.   The menu features ingredients only sourced from the South. 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 has been voted the best restaurant in the United States, so call early for reservations.

HIGH COTTON

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.

CHARLESTON GRILL

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. General Manager Mickey Bakst and staff will set the mood for an incredible dining experience.

CIRCA 1886

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

Chef Marc Collins and staff offer a memorable dining experience. Enjoy healthy haute cuisine where the farm-to-table philosophy drives the dynamic menu. The crab cake soufflé and rice bread are divine!

HALLS CHOPHOUSE

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.

UPSCALE CASUAL DINING

THE MACINTOSH

479 King Street
Charleston, South Carolina
843-789-4299

Elegant and stylish, Chef Jeremiah Bacon takes farm-to-table dining to a new level. The appetizers and small plates make this the perfect choice for tapas style dining. Don’t miss the chance to try what catches your eye; their menu changes monthly.

THE ORDINARY

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.

CRU CAFE

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.

KAT’S LOCAL FAVORITES

BOWENS ISLAND RESTAURANT

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

If you want to experience a true Lowcountry seafood dining experience 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.

CAVIAR & BANANAS

51 George Street
Charleston, South Carolina
843-577-7757

Think Dean and DeLuca meets downtown Charleston. This specialty grocer offers delectable cheeses, prepared foods, baked goods, oils, pasta, craft coffee beverages, and candies. Enjoy fresh sushi and custom sandwiches. Sit and stay awhile.  The outdoor patio offers plenty of seating and it is a great place to bring the pooch.

BUTCHER AND BEE

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

This is where local chefs go for a great sandwich!  Butcher and Bee offers an adventurous menu comprised of the most delectable, seasonal ingredients.  Fresh baked goods including breads and sweets is another reason to stop by this popular spot for brunch.  Indoor and outdoor seating available.

GAULART & MALICLET/FAST AND FRENCH

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

This treasure is near the four corners of law in downtown Charleston. Feast on homemade pates, crusty baguettes, delicious soups, and croissants. Thursday night is fondue night!

LOST DOG CAFE

106 W. Huron
Charleston, South Carolina
843-588-9669

Lost Dog Café is a great breakfast joint that the locals love. They serve delicious huevos rancheros and huge pancakes, among many other things. It’s a great place for outdoor dining with your dog, and they have free dog biscuits for the furry kids!  It's busy during the summer so get there early!

WILD OLIVE

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

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.  Make a reservation in advance for this popular Johns Island restaurant.

FAT HEN

3140 Maybank Highway
Johns Island, South Carolina
843-559-9090

A quaint establishment where country French meets Lowcountry cuisine. Chef Fred Neuville is committed to using the freshest local ingredients with amazing preparations of such classics as shrimp and grits and the best beef short rib in Charleston! They also have an excellent Sunday brunch.

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