Fresh Catch: Charleston's 10 Best Seafood Restaurants

Clare Sweeney

By , Local Expert, Charleston
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The soul of any great harbor town dwells in the finest fresh seafood of its own waters. In Charleston, SC, expectations of excellent seafood abound in the anticipations of eager travelers and lowcountry locals alike. Charleston chefs and restaurants proudly serve the very best in traditional and contemporary styles of classic seaside dishes.

If beachfront dining is what you seek, make the drive out to Blu at the Tides Folly Beach Hotel on James Island, where elegant dishes are served in the brightly decorated interior, outdoors on the beach view patio, or by the pool. For simple fried seafood baskets, hushpuppies, and cold...  Read more »

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    Hank's Seafood Restaurant

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the popular Hank's Seafood Tower of assorted shellfish - a great appetizer for large parties!"

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    Local Expert Tip: "Try Blossom for lunch 6 days a week for a less expensive but more extensive midday menu. Lunch plates average around $8 - $20."

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    Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar

    Local Expert Tip: "While a small parking area is available, the lot fills up quickly. Nearby street parking or garages are better options."

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    Cypress Lowcountry Grille

    Local Expert Tip: "Opt for the Caesar Salad to start off your meal at Cypress - it's handmade table side, the good old fashioned way."

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    Local Expert Tip: "Fish is known to join right in with the buzzing nightlife of Upper King with a wide variety of wine, cocktails, and a DJ-fueled dance party on Saturdays."

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    Blu Restaurant & Bar

    • Cuisine: Regional, Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $15
    • Neighborhood: Folly Beach

    Local Expert Tip: "Head to Blu for happy hour Monday - Friday from 4 - 7 pm for drink specials and $1 off all bar menu items!"

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    Local Expert Tip: "Head to COAST on Sunday nights for live music, $3 Fish Tacos, and half price bottles of wine!"

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    Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar

    Local Expert Tip: "Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar is almost always packed! Be sure to make a reservation by phone or online through their website!"

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    Red's Icehouse

    • Cuisine: American, Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $8
    • Neighborhood: Mount Pleasant

    Local Expert Tip: "Check Red's website for nightly specials and live music entertainment!"

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    Bowens Island Restaurant

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to bring a marker to add your name to the visitor graffiti covered walls and tables!"



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