Restaurants & Dining

Come hungry, because Charleston has something delicious in store for every taste and style. If fresh from the dock seafood is on your mind, then you’re in the right place. Indulge in local oysters, shrimp, and freshly-caught fish in diverse and inviting atmospheres- from flip flop style on the deck seating to white linen fine dining.

Got a hankering for Southern staples like grits and okra? Charleston’s got it. Italian? Thai? New American cuisine? It’s all here. The best ingredients.

Prepared by award-winning chefs. Served with true Charleston hospitality. Come on and join us – at the table of your choice.       

HUSK

76 Queen Street
Charleston, South Carolina
843-577-2500

Chef Sean Brock's love of southern cuisine is apparent in the devotion to using ingredients only sourced from the south.  The result is a subtle interplay of culinary genius, southern soul, and homage to a culture of food just now being recognized.  Voted best restaurant in the United States better call eary for reservations.

HIGH COTTON
199 East Bay Street
Charleston, South Carolina
843-724-3815
New southern cuisine; High Cotton offers a menu highlighted by steaks, chops and a well known charcuterie program. Don’t miss Jazz Brunch Sunday.

CHARLESTON GRILL

224 King Street
Charleston, South Carolina
843-577-4522
Executive Chef Michelle Weaver’s menu offers flavors ranging from butter-poached lobster and foie gras to shellfish stew and “pork and beans” with pork belly and field peas. General Manager Mickey Bakst and staff will set the mood for an incredible dining experience.

CIRCA 1886
149 Wentworth Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
843-853-7828
Chef Marc Collins and staff offer a most memorable dining experience. Enjoy healthy haute cuisine where the farm to table philosophy drives the dynamic menu. The crabcake souffle and rice bread are divine! 

HALLS CHOPHOUSE 
434 King Street
Charleston, South Carolina
843-727-0090
Classic steak house menu featuring dry-aged beef and such classics as creamed spinach and oysters rockefeller. Live music and a lively bar scene make this a fun night out.

TRISTAN
10 Linguard Street
Charleston, South Carolina
843-534-2155
Chef Nate Whiting offers a playful, innovative menu based on classic techniques. The tasting menu is an adventurous, delicious, culinary adventure. Located in the middle of the Market downtown.

UPSCALE CASUAL DINING

THE MACINTOSH
479 King Street
Charleston, South Carolina 
843-789-4299
Elegant and stylish, Chef Jeremiah Bacon takes farm to table dining to a new level. The appetizers and small plates make this the perfect choice for tapas style dining. Don’t miss the gnudi tossed with stone crab claw meat or any of the local, fresh caught fish selections. 

THE ORDINARY
544 King Street
Charleston, South Carolina
843-414-7060
Chef Mike Lata's latest hit this oyster bar in a renovated bank is anything but ordinary.  Fish and chips, schnitzel, fresh snapper and the most succulent oysters available are served up on large plates, intended for sharing.  Visit this hip, upscale casual dining spot on upper King Street. 

FISH
442 King Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29403
843-722-3474
Chef Nico Romo combines asian flavors offering playful dim sum, in addition to a selection of fresh fish and seafood. Great happy hour and lunch specials in a beautifully renovated upper King street location. 

CRU CAFE
18 Pinckney Street
Charleston, South Carolina 
843-534-2434
This cozy corner restaurant is a local’s favorite for upscale comfort food, indoor and outdoor seating. Great lunch spot. Don’t miss the asian chicken salad or the mac n cheese.

KAT’S LOCAL FAVORITES

HOMINY GRILL
207 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, South Carolina 
843-937-0930
James Beard award winning chef Robert Stehling offers a gem of a restaurant serving southern classics with a modern twist. The “Big Nasty” fried chicken biscuit is smothered in gravy. Don’t miss the best shrimp and grits in town or the chocolate pudding. (DOWNTOWN)

BOWENS ISLAND RESTAURANT
1870 Bowens Island Road
Charleston, South Carolina 
843-795-2757
Legendary rustic waterfront dining. The best oysters are found here in the winter. The Bowens Island Restaurant was founded in 1946 by May and Jimmy Bowen. Throughout the decades we have been best known for our local oysters harvested and roasted by lowcountry oystermen who’ve been practicing their family trade for generations. Today, their grandson, Robert Barber, proudly continues this tradition.Delicious fried seafood platters and Frogmore stew. Bowens Island is on Folly Road, just a couple of miles before Folly Beach.

CAVIAR&BANANAS 
51 George Street
Charleston, South Carolina 
843-577-7757
Think Dean and DeLuca meets downtown Charleston. This specialty grocer offers delectable cheeses, prepared foods, baked goods, oils, pastas and candies. Enjoy fresh sushi and custom sandwiches. Plenty of space for dining in. (DOWNTOWN)

BUTCHER AND BEE
654 King Street
Charleston, South Carolina 
843-619-0202
The place where local chefs go for a great sandwich! Tucked out of the way on upper King Street this gourmet craft sandwich spot serves up the freshest and tastiest sandwiches on the peninsula!  Menu is seasonal and if you are looking for a late night bite this is the spot. (DOWNTOWN)

GAULART&MALICLET/FAST AND FRENCH
98 Broad Street
Charleston, South Carolina 
843-577-9797
A true treasure near the four corners of law in downtown Charleston. Feast on homemade pates, crusty baguettes, delicious soups and croissants. Thursday night is fondue night! (DOWNTOWN)

LOST DOG CAFE
106 W. Huron 
Charleston, South Carolina
843-588-9669
A great locals breakfast joint with delicious huevos rancheros and huge pancakes. Outdoor dining and free dog biscuits for the furry kids! (FOLLY BEACH)

EL MERCADITO AND TAQUERIA
3575 Maybank Highway
Johns Island, South Carolina
843-559-7216
Located in the Bi Lo shopping center , serving up authentic favorites such as Chile Verde, al pastor tacos, pollo ranchero and many others. A great value!

JB’S SMOKESHACK
3406 Maybank Highway
Johns Island, South Carolina 
843-557-0426
Pork, brisket, and ribs cooked slowly over Hickory wood. Chicken cooked slowly over apple wood and seasoned with a special rub. Low country veggies are prepared from fresh produce, when available, along with homemade desserts and BBQ Sauce. 

WILD OLIVE
2867 Maybank Highway
Johns Island, South Carolina 
843-737-4177
Wild Olive’s menu captures the soul of Italian cuisine. By placing the emphasis on fresh,local and seasonal ingredients,Wild Olive highlights these offerings by pairing them with the highest quality, imported Italian goods. The kitchen also shares the Italian craftsman’s pride by producing artisinal, in-house salumeri as showcased in the Piatto di Antipasti di Oliva and house-made pasta.

FAT HEN
3140 Maybank Highway
Johns Island, South Carolina 
843-559-9090
A quaint establishment where country french meets lowcountry cuisine. Chef Fred Neuville is committed to using the freshest, local ingredients with deft preparations of such classics as shrimp and grits and the best beef short rib in Charleston! Great Sunday brunch.

TWO BOROUGHS LARDER
186 Coming Street
Charleston, South Carolina 
843-637-3722
Get off the beaten path and visit this funky, intimate dining spot.  Wednesday is burger night and the menu frequently changes with seasonal nods.  The pork scrapple, Wagyu belly tartare, noodle bowls and weekend brunch sandwiches point to the eclectic nature of the menu.  The Larder also offers products for take out including soy candles! (DOWNTOWN)