Destination Mount Pleasant: Best Restaurants East of the Cooper

Peninsular Charleston, South Carolina may be better known when it comes to being a foodie town, but Mount Pleasant is not-so-quietly stealing the show with some truly impressive restaurants east of the Cooper. Make a trip over the bridge from downtown and you'll discover a wide variety of restaurants adored by both locals and visitors to Charleston, with, in many cases, a more reasonable price tag, shorter wait times, and more space.

If it's Mount Pleasant waterfront dining you seek, look no further than Tavern & Table on beautiful Shem Creek, where dolphin spotting is a regular occurrence. Old Village Post House, a restaurant-inn hybrid located within the historic Old Village residential neighborhood of Mount Pleasant, is within walking distance of one of the lowcountry's prettiest views from Pickett Bridge Rec Area.

For an authentic sampling of what the Charleston metro area has to offer, visit one of the many Mount Pleasant restaurants that prioritize locally grown produce, meats, and seafood, such as The Granary in Belle Hall Shopping Center, The Pickled Plate garden cafe on Coleman, or Red Drum's southwestern-style gastropub.

Want to scope out a lively brunch or Sunday Funday across the bridge? Check out Crave Kitchen & Cocktails, or kick back on the lighted patio at Sesame Burgers & Beer. 


Wherever you choose to dine, you'll quickly realize the true identity of Mount Pleasant as a culinary destination all its own.

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Located just past Shem Creek between peninsular downtown and the town of Sullivan's Island, this colorful, eclectic cafe is an easy choice for your next leisurely weekday or weekend lunch. It's not that the service is slow - the pressed sandwich...  Read More



Casual yet delicious burgers & salads that are sneakily good for you, with beef, black bean, turkey, and chicken varieties on the menu at Sesame Burgers & Beer. A sister restaurant to the well-known Five Loaves Cafe, this laid-back Mount...  Read More

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Fresh, creative interpretations of classic dishes grace this restaurant's addictive menu. Open for lunch, dinner, and brunch, Graze offers a varied menu that's heavy on fresh seafood with items like lobster mac & cheese, shrimp & grits,...  Read More

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Ideally located for visitors staying in both downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant, Page's Okra Grill is the go-to spot East of the Cooper River for home-style Southern cooking. The Page's Okra Grill menu is huge, and stuffed to capacity with...  Read More

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With a kitchen that's open late each night, a comfortable locals' atmosphere, and 10 varieties of burgers for $10.95 or less, Coleman Public House is one of Mount Pleasant's best picks for an easygoing and delicious night out. Craft beer...  Read More

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What better way to enjoy farm-fresh Charleston dishes and crisp cocktails than waterfront on Mount Pleasant's Shem Creek? Tavern & Table offers up that very experience, serving shareable snacks, cheese and meat boards, small plates, brick...  Read More



This appropriately-named eatery has visitors pining for its menu long after leaving Mt. Pleasant. Crave's deliciously imaginative American Fusion cuisine, welcoming ambiance and superb service make it a highly-acclaimed favorite, with menu musts...  Read More

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A welcome piece of culinary diversity in the Mt. Pleasant dining scene, Red Drum takes on the gastropub concept in its own unique way, by combining local lowcountry ingredients with a Southwestern style set of menu offerings. Red Drum is open 7...  Read More



The Old Village Post House, located in Mount Pleasant's beloved historic Old Village neighborhood along the water, is equal parts fine dining restaurant and coastal inn. The style here is easy-breezy, with both accommodations and menu erring on...  Read More

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This farm-fresh Mount Pleasant restaurant is a true local's favorite, with a stacked, varied menu sure to please all tastes, from vegetarian to the butcher board enthusiast. The Granary's pride and joy may be their charcuterie program, but...  Read More


Meet Clare Sweeney

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

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