Seafood, Soul Food Highlight Charleston's Best Lowcountry Restaurants

Charleston, South Carolina is a lowcountry city, meaning that it resides below sea level on the Southeastern coast, where the lifestyle is gracious, welcoming, and a little slower at times. Lowcountry South Carolina is home to abundant wildlife, particularly in the form of fish and shellfish that make up so many of the region's most beloved traditional dishes. The region's storied past of plantations and enslaved West African peoples has, without a doubt, shaped the Charleston of today, and their influences are very much apparent in the Gullah culture of their descendents, and of course, their local cuisine.
This now well-known lowcountry palate of local rice, grits, seafood and produce is celebrated by many news and media publications for its savory, satisfying, comfort-food style flavors.

Thankfully, you won't have to look for long to seek out Charleston's many lowcountry restaurants, as they are spread throughout the city, both off and on the peninsula. Diners can enjoy these coastal dishes in both casual and fine dining settings across the city. Be sure to make reservations in advance for dinner at the elegant Circa 1886 restaurant located within Wenworth Mansion, or for any meal at Charleston's celebrated Queen Street restaurants, Poogan's Porch, Husk and 82 Queen. For a more casual bite of lowcountry fare, stop into Lowcountry Bistro, conveniently located for a quick meal after exploring the Charleston City Market.

This casual yet classic eatery serves up some of the best takes on traditional lowcountry cooking on the peninsula. The Lowcountry Bistro menu sets out to combine familiar Southern comfort foods with creole and French flavors, sourcing locally...  Read More

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A sister restaurant to East Bay neighbors Mangolias and Cypress, Blossom serves up traditional lowcountry fare with an emphasis on locally sourced seafood. Headed up by executive chef Adam Close, Blossom consistently delivers intricately...  Read More

Cypress Lowcountry Grille
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This lowcountry restaurant, a sister to neighbors Magnolia's and Blossom, presents a modern take on many classic Southern dishes, serving up dinner only in a beautiful historic East Bay building. Headed up by James Beard Award nominee Craig...  Read More

Best known for its now-famous head chef, Sean Brock, Husk has established a well-deserved reputation as one Charleston and the Southeast's best restaurants. Expect a twice daily-changing menu here, strictly dependent on the fresh catch,...  Read More

High Cotton is a reliably delicious lowcountry restaurant, located on busy East Bay Street, and managed by the well known Maverick Southern Kitchens. Specializing in southern hospitality and fresh, lowcountry ingredients, High Cotton for dinner...  Read More

82 Queen
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Located just outside of Charleston's historic French Quarter neighborhood, 82 Queen is named for its address on quiet Queen Street downtown, where it has served for over 30 years. This old Charleston classic is well known for its food and...  Read More


Opened in 1990, this Charleston classic is a beloved favorite for many Holy City locals, as it is consistently delivering top-notch lowcountry dishes as well as attentive and welcoming service. Seafood dishes are a highlight of the Magnolias...  Read More

Circa 1886, nestled within the massive Wentworth Mansion bed & breakfast, is a destination in itself, drawing diners from both the property's guest list and those staying elsewhere. This elegantly appointed restaurant offers high class...  Read More

Poogan's Porch is one of Charleston's most beloved restaurants, and is especially celebrated for its authentic lowcountry dishes and elegant setting in a restored historical Victorian home. The lowcountry theme is apparent through all meals and...  Read More

Managed by the Maverick Kitchens group alongside High Cotton and Charleston Cooks!, Slightly North of Broad, or S.N.O.B. as its sign reads, is named for the area of the peninsula historically reserved for those slightly less wealthy than their...  Read More


Meet 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...  More About Clare

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