Discovering Charleston: Restaurants & Dining

Satisfy your southern appetite in Charleston

During your historic escapade, Charleston promises to deliver delicious meals at various restaurants across town. You’ll soon discover culinary treats that range from famous, local seafood to award-winning 5-course meals

Offering dining on the intracoastal waterway, the Charleston Crab House will give you all the crab you crave, including their famous crab puppies. Still looking for that seafood dining experience but travelling with family? Visit the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company made famous by Forrest Gump, for a treat the whole family can enjoy.

Historic downtown Charleston has many fine dining options. Stop by Circa 1886, a dining establishment heavily influenced by the town’s historical charm. At Tristan’s, be presented with exotic dishes made with only the finest ingredients.

A trip around the world in historic Charleston

Browse our suggested list of Charleston dining experiences and see where your hunger will lead you.

American Dining

From the culinary creations of Chef Graham Dailey at the Peninsula Grill to the sophisticated cuisine of Halls Chophouse presented by Chef Matthew Niessner, be prepared to sink your teeth into American culinary delights.

  • Charleston Grill
  • Cypress
  • Peninsula Grill

Southern Dining

Walk through the doors of Circa 1886 and you’ll be wrapped in the aroma of history-influenced cuisine and a true Charleston dining experience. Discover more taste-bud pleasers at other Southern dining establishments.

  • Circa 1886
  • Magnolia’s
  • Husk

Contemporary/ American Dining

Savour Carolina’s exquisite, contemporary touch to Lowcountry cuisine. The smell of hearty and southern aroma at High Cotton and other contemporary restaurants is enough to keep your mouth watering.

  • Carolina’s Southern Bistro
  • High Cotton
  • McCrady’’s
  • The Macintosh

Lowcountry Dining

Authentic Lowcountry cuisine reflects the heart and soul of Charleston. When you take a bite out of one of these uniquely prepared meals, you’ll be taking a bite out of Charleston’s past. Pair it up with wine and you’ll have yourself a great Charleston dining experience.

  • 82 Queen
  • The Library Restaurant

Seafood Dining

Enjoy spectacular sunset views as you wait for your freshly prepared main course of seafood at the Boathouse at Breach Inlet. Experience Chef Frank McHahon’s culinary creativity when it comes to seafood platters, sprinkled with Charleston flare when you drop by Hank’s Seafood Restaurant.

  • Blossom
  • Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar
  • Hank’s Seafood Restaurant

Other Dining Experiences

At Mercato find yourself transported to the ambiance of Little Italy from the historic City Market. Or enjoy one of the three best French bistros in North America at Perig Goulet’s La Fourchette on Upper King. Wherever your hunger takes you, you’ll find a Charleston restaurant that will tantalize your taste buds.

  • O-Ku | Gourmet Sushi and Japanese
  • Osteria la Bottiglia | Southern Italian Bistro
  • FIG | Seasonally-Inspired Cuisine
  • Fish | French-Asian Fusion
  • Muse Restaurant | Mediterrean
  • Oak Steakhouse | Steakhouse
  • Red Drum Gastropub | Gastro Pub

Casual Family Dining

After a fun day, sometimes it’s nice to find a casual dining where the food is great and the ambiance is as relaxed as you.

  • Juanita Greenberg’s
  • Taco Boy
  • Poe’s Tavern

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