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!

Visit the Best Charleston Restaurants on Your Trip

McCrady’s Restaurant

Located in the French Quarter of downtown Charleston, McCrady’s Restaurant is often cited as being the best restaurant in town. This 20-seat restaurant features an ever-changing menu of Southern and Gullah dishes. It’s a unique experience that is not to be missed. Whether this is your first or 50th trip to Charleston, a reservation to McCrady’s is a must.

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

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.

Charleston Grill

Located inside the Belmond Charleston Place 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.

Hall’s Chophouse

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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