A Johns Island Dining Guide

The Royal Tern

  • 3005 Maybank Highway, Johns Island
  • (843) 718-3434 

Enjoy this Johns Island neighborhood eatery for delicious seafood dishes, steaks, and a raw bar.  Conveniently located on Maybank Highway this popular family-owned restaurant requires a reservation.  Dinner service  Monday through Saturday from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 

Wild Olive Restaurant

  • 2867 Maybank Highway, Johns Island
  • (843) 737-4177

A local favorite since 2009, diners appreciate executive Chef Jacque Larson’s celebration of ingredients used in the Italian-inspired menu.  Diners enjoy a warm, friendly dining experience.  House-made pasta, fresh seafood, and locally sourced produce come together in inspired dishes.  Dinner service daily from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.  Reservations are strongly recommended. 

Angel Oak Restaurant 

  • 3669 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC
  • (843) 556-7525

This intimate, family-owned restaurant is a hidden gem in the Johns Island dining scene.  Jay and Nicole Kees opened this cozy space in 2012 focusing on modern southern cuisine.  Everything is made from scratch!  Lunch and dinner service and a great spot for Sunday brunch.  Check out their website for hours of operation. 


  • 4430 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, Johns Island
  • (843) 768-0006

One of our favorite grab-and-go options in Charleston!  Small dining room and some outdoor seating available.  The star of Kinfolk is the meats.  Think southern smokehouse brisket, slow-cooked ribs, and roadside chicken shack with the best, fried chicken.  Tasty seasonal sides and soft-serve ice cream round out the menu.  Open Monday thru Sunday 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.  No reservations.

Stono Market and Tomato Shed Cafe

  • 842 Main Road, Johns Island
  • (843) 559-9999

Farmer Pete Ambrose and Babs Ambrose pay homage to the legacy of Johns Island in this popular market and eatery.  Started as an open-air market selling their farm produce, the “Tomato Shed” evolved into a full-service restaurant serving lunch and dinner a few nights a week.  The down-home atmosphere and casual setting remind us of eating lunch with grandma.  Open Tuesday through Saturday.  Check for hours of operation.

Tattooed Moose 

  • 3328 Maybank Highway, Johns Island
  • (843) 952-7591

Featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives this popular casual eatery features the famous Duck Club and french fries cooked in duck fat.  Great outdoor seating for bringing the pups. Happy Hour specials and live music at this locals hang out.  Open daily for lunch and dinner.  Sunday brunch too.  Call or visit the website for hours.  No reservations. 

Kiss Cafe  

  • 1802 Crowne Commons Way, Johns Island
  • (843) 405-8808

Fresh to order breakfast, brunch, and lunch service.  Chef prepares made-to-order breakfast and lunch favorites focusing on locally sourced ingredients.  Indoor and outdoor seating available.  Johns Island’s new favorite spot for breakfast!  Open Tuesday through Sunday until 3:00 pm

Low tide Brewing

  • 2863 Maybank Highway, Johns Island
  • (843) 576-9194

Johns Island’s favorite place for a cold brew since 2016.  Mike and Andy offer unique and creative craft beers in a friendly atmosphere. The large beverage menu rotates seasonally.   Food trucks, outdoor seating, pet, and kid-friendly.  If you are new to the area it’s a great place to meet your neighbors.  Open daily.  Call or visit the website for hours of operation. 

Gilligans Seafood Restaurant 

  • 160 Main Road, Johns Island
  • (843) 766-2244

For over two decades this traditional, family-friendly seafood eatery has served residents and guests on Johns Island.  Great place for shuck and eat oysters in season.  Indoor and outdoor seating available.  Serving lunch and dinner.  Call or visit the website for hours of operation. 

El Mercadito & Taqueria  

3575 Maybank Highway, Johns Island  

(843) 559-7216

Johns Island’s long-time favorite for traditional Mexican dishes.  Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Located in the shopping center at the corner of Bohicket Road and Maybank Highway.

Ji Pizza

  • 2770 Maybank Highway, Johns Island
  • (843) 559-9200

Johns Islanders flock to this pizzeria for its pies, subs and salads.  Mostly a take-out place.  Ask about “with love” seasoning.  It adds just the right pizazz to your pizza!