THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN CHARLESTON, SC
Over the past decade, Charleston has been the epicenter of a culinary revolution. In no time at all, our sleepy Southern town has become known for having some of the best restaurants in the country. Our diverse and innovative food scene features a wide variety of styles. You’ll find upscale twists on classic Southern dishes as well as traditional preparations of French cuisine, and everything in between. With so many options, it’s hard to know where to start. Check out some of our favorite picks for the best restaurants in Charleston, SC below!
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167 Raw Oyster Bar
With a menu that highlights the outstanding seafood mecca that is the East Coast, spanning from New Brunswick, Canada to the local waters here in Charleston and beyond 167 Raw Oyster Bar prides itself on bringing you the freshest seafood our oceans have to offer. This is a must try destination for the foodie lover.
Gaulart & Maliclet
Also known as Fast & French, this small cafe has been a staple of the French Quarter since it opened in 1984. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and each dish is (you guessed it!) authentically French. It’s owners, artists Gwyleen Gallmiard and Jean-Marine Mauclet, opened the restaurant to be a non-tipping establishment—meaning tips are included in the prices of each meal.
Millers All Day
Millers All Day is built on the belief that the best way to start off your day is with a good breakfast (and maybe a cocktail). As such, they serve brunch all day. The antique mill operating in the front window is a nod to the local food and agriculture that helps create the cuisine of the South. Whether it’s 9:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m., you can stop by Miller All Day at any time for a plate of Charleston’s finest biscuits with homemade jam or cornmeal pancakes.
Basic Kitchen uses South Carolina’s best local and seasonal ingredients to create their veggie bowls, grain dishes, juices, and smoothies. Their space, located just a few blocks from the Historic Charleston City Market, is large and open for enjoying their light and fresh dishes.
Located inside the Charleston Place Hotel on Lower King, Charleston Grill is one of the city’s most grand dining establishments. The restaurant serves Southern-French dishes like their meaty crab cakes, but they also have internationally influenced dishes, such as their Norwegian trout.
If you are looking for a restaurant in Charleston, SC with an old-school feel and Southern hospitality and cuisine, check out Hall’s Chophouse. The restaurant is known for its shrimp cocktails and steaks, and there is live music every night of the week. If you want to hear some soul music, stop by on Sunday’s for their Sunday Gospel Brunch.
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During your next trip to Charleston, enjoy a vibrant culinary landscape that’s rich with Southern food history and locally loved favorites from soul food kitchens to primitive fish camps known for serving up the fresh catch of the day, and culinary destinations that include James Beard Award winners. Home to the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, the Holy City offers up a dizzying array of restaurants, rooftop eateries, food trucks, and something for everyone plus the foodie in your group. Add to that our outstanding service, our luxury accommodations, and our convenient locations, and you have the makings of a fabulous vacation.