Loved by Locals: Charleston's Best Value Restaurants

Charleston, South Carolina is known for its setting in Revolutionary and Civil War history, its genteel residential neighborhoods and its friendly and welcoming people. Best of all, Charleston has grown into a culinary hotspot of the Southeast, wowing visitors with a seemingly endless collection of high quality restaurants. Charleston chefs and restauranteurs share a unique passion for serving locally sourced produce, meat, and seafood from our farms and shores. Thankfully, the the culinary scene you'll encounter here is one of much variety, with a wide range of menu prices found throughout the peninsula and beyond. From breakfast and brunch to lunch and dinner, you'll find Charleston restaurants serving high quality food without the high priced bill.

Do know that it may require a short venture off the beaten tourist path to find Charleston's budget-friendly restaurants. Start your day with a short stroll down Spring Street to Sunrise Bistro Xpress for a breakfast burrito and grits, or stick close to middle King Street with a crepes brunch at Breizch Pan. Enjoy the deeper exploration into Charleston's city neighborhoods by reserving a dinner for two at Five Loaves on Coming Street, or visiting Pane e Vino on Warren Street for authentic Italian dishes, (most are priced under $20)! In Charleston, an incredible meal doesn't always come with a fine dining price tag.

White Duck Taco Shop
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This Folly Road taco hotspot is located just over the bridge from downtown Charleston, and has been welcomed heartily by taco lovers in the area. The prices and variety you'll find among the White Duck Taco Shop taco selection is competitive...  Read More



This small, classic French lunch and brunch cafe is tucked just a few steps off of busy King on George Street–central to downtown's shopping district and College of Charleston campus. Duck inside, and you'll likely be welcomed by the...  Read More

Sunrise Bistro Xpress
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Located on Spring Street between Rutledge and Ashley Avenues, this small streetside cafe serves a big menu of breakfast and lunch favorites, all at a great value of prices and portions. Expect a hefty serving when visiting Sunrise Bistro Xpress...  Read More



This corner restaurant is small, but colorful and lively inside and out. Expect quick, friendly service and plenty of "good vibes," a priority for the family-owned Dellz business. Dellz Uptown, located just past the Crosstown in the northern...  Read More

North Downtown


When in search of food-fuel in downtown Charleston, you'll find that there is no shortage of sandwich-serving options at hand. If you're a little more selective in your cravings, and would like to sample local specialties rather than chain...  Read More

R Kitchen
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This tiny but mighty restaurant packs in a crowd each day of the week (except Sundays when R Kitchen is closed for business). Chef and owner Ross Web heads a small team of assistant chefs in his venture here on Rutledge Ave--to bring affordable...  Read More



Step off of iconic Broad Street and into the small yet charming interior of Gaulart & Maliclet's Fast & French, a traditional bistro living up to its quirky name. Come to Fast & French for your Battery Park picnic supplies of French...  Read More



This charming, unmarked Italian restaurant is tucked just off of Upper King Street onto quiet, residential Warren Street, within walking distance of many hotels and shops. At Pane e Vino, you'll enjoy a cozy, authentic Italian fine dining...  Read More



You might be surprised to find that one of Charleston's best sandwich joints is housed in a laundromat! It's true: Persimmon Cafe, located at 226 Calhoun Street, shares its deli counter and eat-in seating with several dozen washing machines....  Read More



This humble and inviting corner cafe is located on the corner of Cannon and Coming Streets, and beloved by regulars and first-time visitors alike. Any choice from the Five Loaves lunch or dinner menus is likely a great value, with modestly...  Read More


Meet Clare Sweeney

A South Carolina native and avid locavore, Clare is always venturing between traveling abroad and her beloved Lowcountry. 

Clare works and plays in downtown Charleston, spending her days...  More About Clare