As soon as you arrive in Charleston, South Carolina, you know you're in a special place–unique with its own southern graces and coastal charms. And if you're an oyster lover, you'll feel nearly spoiled after a meal at any Charleston seafood restaurant or oyster bar. In the South Carolina lowcountry, oyster bar dining comes standard with incredible sunset and ocean views, shady courtyard seating, and local live music.
Oyster lovers know there are two ways to indulge: in the finest of seafood establishments, where the oyster is revered, or in a place as casual as they come, where you're more likely to find oysters fried than on the half shell.
For the ultimate in oyster fine dining, look no further than The Ordinary, a classic raw bar and restaurant housed in a historic bank building on Upper King. Just a few blocks away, there's COAST, another oyster hotspot with top-notch service, and in the other direction, Leon's, an oyster establishment known just as well for its fried chicken. 167 Raw, on East Bay, offers an elegant option for an intimate oyster date, alongside a wide variety of raw bar temptations.
The more casual oyster and seafood crowd will enjoy Bowens Island Restaurant, a local's haven occupying it's own island just south of Charleston. Snag a view with your oysters from the deck of Fleet Landing downtown, or slurp down an oyster shooter–a local specialty–at Pearlz Oyster Bar. Wherever you choose, settle in for a uniquely Charleston oyster experience.