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.
Think good seafood means frozen, flash-fried fish from continents away? Well, bless your heart. Thankfully, Charleston's seafood restaurants will forever change your beliefs. Leon's Oyster Shop, for example, is often hailed for serving up one of the best seafood restaurant experiences in the country–according to both locals and visitors alike.
Several other Charleston seafood restaurants are also known just as well for their atmosphere as their fresh, local fish, shrimp and oysters. The Ordinary, housed in a historic old bank building, offers an impressive daily selection of local and exotic raw bar delicacies. Enjoy the outdoor waterfront deck on a summer night at Fleet Landing or the pristine marsh views from Bowen's Island Restaurant.
There's nothing like a fresh, beautifully presented lunch or dinner to refuel dedicated shoppers on a mission along Charleston's famous streets. While strolling along Upper King, stop by Fish for small and large plates, an impressive wine selection, attentive service, and the streetside patio–perfect for people watching. Another centrally located lunch or dinner option is the small, but flavor-packed 167 Raw, a mini-market and seafood joint specializing in New England style po' boys and lobster rolls. At Hank's downtown, an elegant setting and old world service come together for a truly authentic Charleston seafood meal.