Best Charleston, SC Restaurants

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    9. Hank's Seafood Restaurant

    Voted the "Best Seafood Restaurant" in Charleston 13 years in a row, Hank's on the corner of Hayne and Church street serves up fresh seafood entrees and raw bar items for dinner 7 days a week. Hugely popular with...

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    8. Pearlz Oyster and Raw Bar

    Pearlz is self-described as, "Charleston's eclectic little oyster bar," and does it's best to live up to the title. A fresh seafood, raw bar, and late night menu are offered, starring starters like the Crispy Ahi...

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    7. Magnolias

    Opened in 1990 as part of Charleston's culinary renaissance, this dining dowager has earned the respect of both residents and visitors over the years. "Uptown Down South" is the restaurant's motto, and Magnolias puts...

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    6. The Macintosh

    This laid-back neighborhood spot on upper King Street wows diners with Chef Jeremiah Bacon's takes on American fare. A native of John's Island, South Carolina, Bacon honed his skills at Carolina's and Oak Steakhouse...

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    5. Peninsula Grill

    The Peninsula Grill, a AAA Four Diamond Restaurant, is known as one of the best fine dining spots in the Charleston. Expect exceptionally knowledgeable service while you enjoy local ingredients and some of the finest...

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    4. Cypress Lowcountry Grille

    The two-story wine wall is bound to wow you when you walk into Cypress. Housed here are some 4,500 bottles, representing varietals from around the globe. The well-chosen wine list is on the pricy side, and some of...

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    3. Charleston Grill

    As second-in-command under award-winning chef Bob Waggoner for 11 years, Michelle Weaver has earned her stripes in the kitchen. After Waggoner left in 2009 to develop a television cooking show, Weaver took the helm...

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    2. FIG

    Distilling the essence of each season is what FIG is all about. True to its acronym, which stands for Food Is Good, FIG delivers big taste in a lively dining room, where the walls are decorated with serene scenes of...

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    1. Husk

    Chef Sean Brock pays homage to solely Southern ingredients in an 1893 house on Queen Street. Casually elegant d--cor showcases the Lowcounty in soft, neutral tones and details such as dried okra pods as table...

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About Charleston, SC Restaurants

It's official: Charleston has made it to the national stage of fine dining and popular modern cuisine. It's about time! There are over 200 restaurants to choose from on the Charleston peninsula, several featuring James Beard Award winning chefs, and many boasting AAA Four Diamond ratings. Southern Living and Bon Apetit Magazines both declared one Charleston restaurant the Best New Restaurant in the country in 2011!

If you're visiting the lowcountry for the first time, just follow the golden rule: When in Charleston, dine where the Charlestonians dine. Any local will tell you, that the best way to wrap up a day spent exploring the city’s romantic streets and rich history is to reward yourself with a meal at one of Charleston’s many restaurants. Sample local, sustainable seafood with views of the water at Fleet Landing; a fun spot for families and children. Take a carriage ride to Peninsula Grill to share a piece of their famous Coconut Cake. Break off the beaten King Street path for lunch at Five Loaves in the Cannonborough neighborhood, or try Shrimp ‘n Grits for brunch at Hominy Grill - we do.

Whatever you do, open your heart and your palate to real southern cuisine, and Charleston's world-famous Southern hospitality.  You may discover the South isn’t all what it’s fried up to be, (Although some honey fried chicken skins never hurt). 

About Clare Sweeney

A South Carolina native and avid locavore, Clare also ventured abroad to Spain and north to Boston before returning to Charleston and her beloved Lowcountry. 

Clare works and plays in downtown Charleston, spending her days enjoying the city’s perpetually sunny weather, nearby beaches and ever-growing food and craft beer scene. Follow Clare on Twitter...  Read more »

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