Charleston's Finest Lowcountry Dining Guide


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Dining in Downtown Charleston ... No matter your choice of meal, whether it be a light brunch or an elegant five-course dinner at one of the country's top restaurants, Charleston offers it all...and then some! You'll have your pick of traditional southern fare, fresh and local seafood, or gourmet cuisines with French, African, Spanish or Caribbean influences. Read up on restaurant reviews right here at Charleston's Finest to select the meal, atmosphere, and ambiance that you're looking for.

82 Queen St. Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-7591
Lowcountry cuisine, she-crab soup, crab cakes, barbecue shrimp & grits. Garden courtyard. Daily Lunch and Dinner. Sunday Brunch. Outdoor Courtyard Dining. Private Group 36 ppl. Call for Reservations. Book Online Reservations
39 John Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 722-8881
French brasserie. Burgers, steaks, sushi, and salads. Indoor-outdoor patio seating.
Lunch and Dinner. Bar open until 2:00 a.m., Sunday Brasserie Brunch. Outdoor Patio Dining. Private Group 130 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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205 East Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 853-8600
Specializing in a variety of seafood dishes such as oysters, clams, lobster, fresh fish, and raw bar. Daily Lunch. Dinner Nightly. Private Group 20 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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12 Anson St. Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-0551
Seafood, chops, light entrees, barbecue or cashew-crusted grouper, she crab soup, shrimp & grits. Dinner Nightly. Private Group 100 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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115 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-2400
The Mills House Hotel offers daily dining serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Sunday Brunch. Courtyard Dining with weather permitting. Private Group 200 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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171 East Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 722-9200
Local fish and produce. Fried shrimp, salad, seared tuna, crab ravioli, wood oven pizza, lasagna. Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch. Private Group 140 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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224 King Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-4522
The menu, which changes regularly, is divided into four categories: Pure, Lush, Southern, and Cosmopolitan, each section beautifully reflecting its title, or allow the chef to create your own special tasting menu. Jazz Nightly. Dinner Nightly. Private Group 40 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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149 Wentworth Street Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 853-7828
Drawing inspiration from classic Southern dishes and always highlighting what is local and in season, Executive Chef Marc Collins puts a healthful, distinctive spin on classic Lowcountry dishes. Menu changes seasonally. Dinner Mon-Sat. Private Group 38 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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39-D John St. (behind 39 Rue de Jean Hutson Alley) Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 722-8838
Coast's chefs meet daily with local farmers and fishermen to procure the freshest seafood and produce in the Lowcountry. At the heart of the restaurant is the hickory and oak custom made wood burning grill, a feature you will only find at Coast. Dinner Nightly. Outdoor Patio Dining. Private Group 31 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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167 East Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 727-0111
Featuring items like dry aged beef from local MiBek Farms, sustainably caught Braised Carolina Wreckfish and Crisp Wasabi Tuna. Dinner Nightly. Private Group 140 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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129 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 405-5115
Eli's Table features a new menu offering bold, worldly flavors while using fresh and local ingredients.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Everyday. Sat. & Sun Brunch. Call for Reservations.
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232 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 805-5900
Serving seasonally-inspired cuisine with a commitment to using local and sustainable foods.
Dinner Mon-Sat. Call for Reservations.
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442 King Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 722-FISH
Fresh and seasonal, sweet and spicy, classic and modern, with the finest local ingredients, reimagining French and Asian classics. Patio seating available.
Lunch Mon-Fri, Dinner Mon-Sat. Private Group 100 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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186 Concord Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 722-8100
Charleston is the areas casual seafood restaurant with a waterfront view that is a distinctive destination unto itself. Housed in a 1940s retired naval building on the east side of the Charleston peninsula, Fleet Landing restaurant features contemporary Southern seafood fare in a setting that celebrates the areas waterfront heritage. Call for Reservations.
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225 East Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 266-4222
USDA Prime Beef, International and local seafood. Fillets, steaks, lamb, and veal.
Lunch and Dinner Daily. Private Group 125 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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Corner of Church and Hayne Streets Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-3474
Great food and a charming ambiance can only equal an extraordinary dining experience! Hank's Seafood restaurant is located in a turn-of-the-century warehouse overlooking the Historic Market. Dinner Nightly at 5 pm. Call for Reservations.
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434 King Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 727-0090
Prime beef, seafood, and signature desserts. Dinner Nightly. Brunch Sunday. Private Group 36 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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199 East Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 724-3815
Our meats, game, seafood and produce are the freshest local ingredients, expertly crafted into the most delicious Lowcountry dishes.
Lunch Sat. Dinner Nightly. Brunch Sunday. Private Group 60 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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76 Queen Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-2500
The menu changes daily and is driven by the market. Husk named Bon Appetit Magazine's 2011 Best New Restaurant in America.
Lunch Mon-Sat. Dinner Daily. Brunch Sunday. Call for Reservations.
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526 King Street Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 727-1228
Rustic Italian flavors fill the airy, modern space at Indaco, Upper King Street’s newest dining spot. Chef Michael Perez’s menu features wood-fire pizza, housemade pastas, salami and house-cured meats. The cocktail program and wine list boasts Italian favorites and classics. Call for Reservations.
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210 Rutledge Avenue Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 720.8899
Enjoy lunch, dinner, tappas, wine, cocktails and more at Lana Restaurant. Delivery is available, please visit the website for more information.
Lunch Mon-Fri. Dinner Mon-Sat. Closed Sunday. Call for Reservations.
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15 Beaufain Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 793-2230
Awaken your culinary senses to Leaf - Charleston's premier cafe + bar featuring a casually chic atmosphere with indoor and outdoor transitional dining, Southern cosmopolitan cuisine, and a fine selection of wines. Open 7 days a week for Lunch and Dinner. Outdoor Seating. Sunday Brunch. Call for Reservations.
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19 Vendue Range Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-7970
This historic dining spot has entered a new era, the menu features traditional yet approachable Lowcountry cuisine. Dishes are prepared with an emphasis on fish, meat and produce from small local farms, markets and artisans. Dinner Tues-Sat. Private Group 100 ppl. Call for Reservations.
479B King Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 789-4299
The menu at the Macintosh presents a taste of chef Jeremiah Bacon's signature culinary style, offering a thoughtfully curated selection of dishes stirred by the soul of the American table. The restaurant serves classic American fare that showcases the bounty of Charleston's local produce and seafood. Call for Reservations.
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185 East Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-7771
With every dish, Executive Chef Don Drake harmoniously blends traditional southern ingredients and cooking techniques with modern international flair for an "uptown" presentation. Lunch Mon-Sat., Dinner Nightly. Sunday Brunch. Private Group 140 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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2 Unity Alley Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-0025
McCrady's Restaurant, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Landmarks, represents the best of the amalgam that is new Southern fine dining, concomitantly serving as a canvas for postmodern gastronomy. Dinner Nightly. Private Group 120 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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102 North Market Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 722-6393
Mercato brings delicious Italian-American dishes to Charleston's historic City Market. It conveys an Italian attitude - expressive, stylish and fun. Mercato offers a comfortable ambiance and spirited bar scene paced by Cafe Jazz. Dining Nightly. Call for Reservations.
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82 Society Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-1102
There are 100 wine offerings by the glass and 500 bottle offerings from producers all around the world, who create products that are true to their region, history, and varietal. The menu offers dishes inspired by the many cultures of the Mediterranean and is prepared with local ingredients. Dinner Nightly. Outdoor Dining. Private Group 30ppl. Call for Reservations.
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17 Broad Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 722-4220
Touted as "one of the best and most distinctive steakhouses in America," Oak Steakhouse presents classic steakhouse cuisine as well as locally sourced seafood and produce in an impeccable setting. Dinner Nightly. Valet Parking. Private Group 35 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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463 King Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 737-0112
O-Ku offers an upscale dining experience celebrating authentic, traditional Japanese cuisine. O-Ku is a reflection of the minimalist interior of classic Japanese restaurants, while the exposed brick and high ceilings offer a reminder of Charleston's charms and unique history in the modern space. Lunch Mon-Fri. Dinner Nightly. Call for Reservations.
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17 Warren Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 853-5955
Charleston's finest Italian fare with exciting dishes and unique ambiance. At Pane e Vino, every dish is created using only the freshest, finest ingredients. Dinner Nightly. Call for Reservations.
153 E Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-5755
Located in the historic district of Charleston on East Bay Street, the original Pearlz is a fun, eclectic restaurant serving only the freshest seafood in a casual dining atmosphere. Open 4pm - until Nightly.
112 N. Market Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-0700
Acclaimed Chef Graham Dailey and his team create exceptionally flavorful fare using the finest Lowcountry produce and seafood combined with the very best ingredients flown in fresh daily from points around the world. Courtyard Dining. Dinner Nightly. Private Group 88 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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72 Queen Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-2337
Poogan's Porch is one of Charleston's oldest independent culinary establishments, with a fresh approach to Lowcountry cuisine. Recognized by Martha Stewart Living, Wine Spectator and The Travel Channel, this beautifully restored Victorian house is the perfect southern spot. Lunch & Dinner Mon-Fri. Brunch & Dinner Sat & Sun. Private Group 200 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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192 East Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-3424
Regional cuisine. Grits, grilled barbecue tuna, homemade desserts. Lunch Mon-Fri, Dinner Nightly. Call for Reservations.
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188 East Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-5665
All plates are designed to be shared and will be served continuously throughout the meal . Open Nightly 7 days a week til 2am. Call for Reservations.
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495 King Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-0100
Stars Restaurant supports reuse, restore, reclaim, and sustain. Stars Restaurant will feature a live fire grilling and rotisserie, 1930's Grill Room and Rooftop Bar. Open Nightly 7 days a week 4pm til 2am. Call for Reservations.
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544 King Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 414-7060
The Ordinary is a Southern seafood hall and oyster bar located in an old bank in Charleston, SC. Serving fancy seafood and oysters. Hours Tueday - Sunday 5-close. Call for Reservations.
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10 Linguard Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 534-2155
Seasonal menus feature fresh seafood, farm-raised poultry and beef, artisan pasta and cheeses and more than 450 wines. Dinner Mon-Sat. Sunday Brunch. Private Group 50 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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412 King Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 735-5800
Local, fresh ingredients and old family recipes. Southern cooking. Lowcountry style. Mon-Sat Lunch, Dinner, and Sunday Brunch. Private Group 48 ppl. Call for Reservations.
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