Brunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Brunch restaurants in Charleston and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Hominy Grill thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Saffron Café & Bakery, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Brunch.

10 Saffron Café & Bakery
Popular Saffron Café & Bakery serves some of Charleston's best Mediterranean cuisine. Not to be missed is the roasted lamb stewed with cilantro and parsley and served with saffron rice. Nibble on a wide selection of muffins, cookies, and chocolates while sipping on gourmet coffees and teas. Dine in or take it out — just be sure to check out the imported food products from around the world. (843-722-5588)

9 Sea Biscuit Cafe
Despite its diminutive size, the Sea Biscuit Café has a huge reputation. Crowds gather for hearty weekday breakfasts and satisfying midday lunches, and weekend brunches are even more popular. Breakfast dishes are just fantastic, from Southern shrimp with gravy and biscuits to omelettes filled with crab or veggies, and pancakes to eggs Benedict. There's usually a wait, but things move fast enough a table shouldn't take too long to open up. (843-886-4079)

8 Hominy Grill
Hominy Grill, at home in a historic 19th century house, features a giant wall mural of waitress "Rosie" serving up a steaming bowl of grits. James Beard Award winning chef Robert Stehling serves up classic southern staples for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, like the Catfish Sandwich, Pecan Crusted Pork Chop, and quite possibly the best Shrimp & Grits in all of Charleston. An addition was completed in summer of 2011 to add a full bar and courtyard, making long waits a little easier. Very popular with locals and visitors alike, be prepared to wait, especially during Sunday brunch hours. (843-937-0930)

7 Queen Anne's Revenge
Fun seafood restaurant with a big, varied menu and lots of authentic pirate artifacts to interest the eyes and engage the imagination. (843-216-6868)

6 Long Island Cafe
There is nothing ambiguous to customers about the quality or taste of the food at the Long Island Cafe, found just off the Connector Bridge on lovely Isle of Palms. Fried, broiled or sautéed, have your favorite seafood prepared in almost every fashion. And if you're still buzzing after your meal, try a piece of their delicious Hummingbird Cake. Small and relaxing, the cafe will treat you right, just like your island getaway. (843-886-8809)

5 Barbadoes Room
Located in the historic Mills House Hotel, the Barbadoes Room offers an upscale dining experience . Enjoy Southern specialties such as pan-fried Lowcountry crab cakes, grilled salmon glazed with honey jalapeño sauce, pork tenderloin with curried fruit compote, blackened shrimp and scallops with grit cakes, and ginger-encrusted tuna with apple relish. For dessert, the mud pie can't be missed. (843-577-2400, 800-874-9600)

4 Fat Hen
Perennially busy, this casual cafe offers a host of delicious dishes any time of day. Sunday morning is an especially good time to stop by for a brunch that features omelets, créme brûlée french toast and crab cake benedict. (843-559-9090)

3 Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar
If you ask around for a downtown seafood restaurant with waterfront dining, you'll find Fleet Landing the most popular recommendation. Fleet Landing's outdoor deck is refreshing after a long day of walking and exploring, and even the indoor "Main Deck" dining area offers fantastic views of the harbor. The Fresh Catch menu offers shrimp, scallop, or fish options pan-fried or seared in your choice of house-made marinades. Dishes like the Charleston Shrimp 'n Grits and the Fried Southern Flounder with Apricot Glaze pair perfectly with your harbor views. Families are welcomed and a kids menu is available. All facilities are handicap accessible. (843-722-8100)

2 Red Drum Gastropub
A welcome addition to the Mt. Pleasant dining scene, Red Drum takes the British gastropub concept in its own unique way. Focusing as much on food as on beer and wine, the owners have crafted a great menu with Southwest accents, as well as fantastic artisan cheese and beer or wine pairings. Beer aficionados will be quite happy here: there are a dozen draught beers (Guinness, Mad Hatter IPA, Dos Equis Amber, Spaten Franziskaner Hefe Wissen) and more than 30 in bottles. If wine is your quaff of choice, you can enjoy one of more than 15 by-the-glass selections plus dozens of bottles. (843-849-0313)

1 Morgan Creek Grill
For on-island dining, Morgan Creek at the IOP Marina offers the best, with a casually upscale ambience and views out over the water. Although there are numerous options, from steaks to fried shrimp, the kitchen really shines when preparing the fresh catch of the day, grilled or blackened to your specifications with a choice of six sauces and eight sides. Alternatively, you can head upstairs to the Upper Deck, which has similar but more casual food, a fun bar-like atmosphere and live music a couple times a week. (843-886-8980)


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Saffron Café & Bakery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Bakery, European, Mediterranean
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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Sea Biscuit Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: Isle Of Palms
COST: $
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Hominy Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner, Local Specialty, Southern
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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Queen Anne's Revenge 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Family Friendly
Neighborhood: DANIEL ISLAND
COST: $$
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Long Island Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Regional
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: Isle Of Palms
COST: $$
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Barbadoes Room 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Local Specialty, Southern
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $$
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Fat Hen 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, French, Seafood, Southern
Dining Options: Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: Johns Island
COST: $$
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Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Local Specialty, Regional, Seafood
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $$
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Red Drum Gastropub 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Southwestern
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: MOUNT PLEASANT
COST: $$
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Morgan Creek Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Southern
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Isle Of Palms
COST: $$