Favorite Charleston Restaurants

Many of you have asked for restaurant recommendations when visit Charleston. That’s difficult to answer because there are many variables that go into a recommendation: type of cuisine, budget, time of day (breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner) and atmosphere.

Fortunately the Eater has it covered; they provide the most comprehensive coverage of Charleston’s food scene including the “hottest” restaurants, places to brunch, bar scenes, pizza joints, best burgers, where to get your java fix and more…

It’s definitely worth a browse.

Below are some of our favorite dinner places (in no particular order):



Le Farfalle  Great food.  Best Pasta.  Spacious atmosphere.  Courtyard seating available.

The Ordinary Wonderful apps.  Great seafood.  Exceptional service.  Pricey.

McCrady’s Tavern Tasty apps.  Delicious Main courses.  Yummy desserts.  Fun atmosphere.

Halls Chophouse  Best steaks.  Fun atmosphere.  Very good service.  (Greenville is my fav Halls)

Fig  Long standing.  Fabulous food.  Reserve a month in advance.  Wonderful service.  Pricey.

McIntosh  Interesting & tasty dishes.  Trendy atmosphere.

The Grocery  Original dishes.  Locally sourced ingredients.  Tasty.

Edmund’s Oast  Delicious charcuterie.  Interesting & tasty menu items.

167 Raw  No reservation.  Generally a line.  Eat early. Worth a stop.  Previous post.

Hank’s Seafood  Great apps.  Delicious desserts.  Sit at the bar for fun.  (We prefer to fill up on apps & dessert)

The Palmetto Cafe  (we’ve only had lunch) Great food.  Very good service.  Nice atmosphere.

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Poe’s Tavern  Great burgers.  Beachy atmosphere.

The Obstinate Daughter  Good Raw Bar

High Thyme  Good food.  Reasonably priced.  Laid back but not beachy.

We do love to dine. We’ve lived in Charleston almost 20 years and we’ve seen a lot of restaurants come and go. There are still so many we’ve yet to try. I highly recommend making reservations before hitting town. Many are booked solid weeks in advance.

Happy dining!

XO Cheryl

PS.  The feature pic is a dish our son made for us.  Love it when he cooks for us!

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