In recent years Charleston SC has become known for its hot culinary scene and has become a top destination for self proclaimed foodies. With so many new restaurants opening in Charleston all the time there’s no shortage of new culinary experiences to be had. Here at Luxury Simplified Retreats we appreciate tasty local eats and our team thinks it’s only fitting to share some of our favorite new restaurants:

Vintage Lounge This swanky wine bar offers a selection of wines and cocktails along with a variety of cheeses, charcuterie, and small plate pairings. “This place is great! It has my three favorite things: good atmosphere, hand picked wines, and tasty cheese fondue.” – Abby Hibbard, Marketing Manager 

Chubby Fish  This hidden gem is tucked away in Charleston’s Historic Elliotborough neighborhood. With a focus on fresh, local seafood and farm-to-table ingredients, this chef driven restaurant changes its menu daily to showcase the day’s catch. “I went on the recommendation of a friend and ended up really enjoying it. I recommend the Smoked Mackerel Curry – so good!” – Alison Benson, Managing Director

Renzo’s  The best place in town for a slice of Detroit-style wood-fired pizza, share a pie and a bottle of wine with friends on the patio or take it to go and enjoy it at your favorite Charleston park. In addition to pizza, they serve up a menu of Italian inspired cuisine that changes to accommodate local, seasonally available ingredients.  “You have to get the Mexican Corn pizza!” – Brittany Walker, Business Development & Client Relations Manager

Parcel 32  Tracing its building’s roots back to 1837, its connections to history, agriculture, grain, and the lowcountry help to inspire the menu. The kitchen serves up a delectable, elevated cuisine including Pecan Meal Hush Puppies and Pan Roasted Sumac Day Boat Catch. “It’s at the top of my list of new restaurants to try!  I’ve heard it’s a great spot for lunch or happy hour.” – Meagan Moore, Marketing Associate

El Pincho Taco The most authentic taco spot in Charleston is making the move from food truck to store front restaurant. The chefs behind these mouthwatering tacos want diners to know that they didn’t study Mexican cuisine, they were raised on it. “As someone who ate a lot of tacos in Mexico, these are definitely the most authentic tacos I’ve had in Charleston so far. I recommend the al pastor and the Chorizo tacos for sure.” – Zach Rogers, Guest Relations & Concierge Manager

Lowlife Bar  This funky bar is brand new and right at home on Folly Beach. With an indoor-outdoor bar wrapping around much of the building, it’s the perfect casual spot to stroll up to for mid-day cocktails. Serving brunch 7 days a week, it’s also the perfect spot to start the day. “I like to go there for the great cocktails and tasty bites.” – Haig Powers, Concierge Manager, Folly Beach

Tattooed Senorita  Bringing it’s own unique take on a Tex-Mex cantina, offering happy hour specials and live music, the sprawling deck is the perfect place to relax and unwind with a large-sized margarita.“I like the atmosphere, the bar is open to the outside so it’s got an indoor-outdoor thing going on. I would definitely recommend the War Pig Taco with Street Corn and a large Mexican Ashtray to wash it all down.” – Taylor Luff, Realtor & Office Manager

Booking a stay in one of our luxury vacation rentals?  Whether you are staying in historic downtown Charleston or at the beach, our Concierge Manager is happy to make a reservation for your at any Charleston area restaurant.  After all, these may be the hottest new places in town, but you can rest assured that there are many longtime, local Charleston eateries, from  James Beard award winners to neighborhood corner diners, that are serving up creative cocktails and mouthwatering dishes.