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What to Eat in Charleston

Charleston is a top foodie destination in its own right. Even if you're not in town for one of the city's culinary events (like the Charleston Wine + Food Festival or Charleston Restaurant Week), you'll still get a chance to sample some low country cuisine at any one of the city's top restaurants.

Travelers and locals alike heap praise on Husk and Magnolia's for their contemporary Southern menus and attentive service. Favorite dishes at Magnolia's include the down south egg roll, the buttermilk fried chicken breast and the parmesan crusted flounder. FIG and The Ordinary are equally popular for their seafood-centric menus and trendy interiors. Poogan's Porch (a great place for brunch) offers a similar low country menu in a charming, restored Victorian house. High Cotton, another purveyor of low country fare, hosts a popular Sunday brunch that features live jazz from local musicians. If you're in the mood for more casual breakfast or coffee spots, consider The Daily or Black Tap Coffee. And if you're not too full from a hearty brunch, head to 167 Raw for lunch, an oyster bar that's popular for its oyster selection and lobster rolls. During peak tourist season, waiting for a table at one of these eateries can turn into a long night. If you already know where you'd like to dine while in Charleston, make reservations before you get into town. 

You can't make reservations at Hyman's Seafood, so be prepared to battle the line snaking out of the door for a seat at this perennial tourist favorite. With a more casual atmosphere and budget-friendly menu than some of Charleston's other downtown area restaurants, it's easy to see why travelers (especially those with kids in tow) prefer to stake a claim in the line than pay some of the city's other restaurant tabs. You won't encounter too many locals, but you will find a big menu with just about any seafood you could imagine.

Along with its impressive food menus, Charleston also boasts a bevy of trendy drinking establishments worth checking out. The Gin Joint, The Belmont and The Rooftop Bar at Vendue are all praised watering holes to consider.


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#1 Halls Chophouse

#1 of 1,018 Places to Eat in Charleston

Ranked 5.0 out of 5490 (5490) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$$$ | American, Steakhouse

434 King St, Charleston, SC 29403-6230

434 King St, Charleston, SC 29403-6230

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#2 Charleston Grill

#2 of 1,018 Places to Eat in Charleston

Ranked 4.5 out of 1778 (1778) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$$$ | American, Contemporary

224 King St, Charleston, SC 29401-3102

224 King St, Charleston, SC 29401-3102

Ranked 4.5 out of 1778 (1778)
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#3 Grill 225

#3 of 1,018 Places to Eat in Charleston

Ranked 4.5 out of 2012 (2012) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$$$ | Seafood, American, Steakhouse

225 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-2608

225 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-2608

Ranked 4.5 out of 2012 (2012)
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#4 Circa 1886 Restaurant

#4 of 1,018 Places to Eat in Charleston

Ranked 4.5 out of 1955 (1955) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$$$ | American, Contemporary

149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733

149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733

Ranked 4.5 out of 1955 (1955)
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#5 167 Raw

#5 of 1,018 Places to Eat in Charleston

Ranked 4.5 out of 1478 (1478) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | American, Seafood

289 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-1620

289 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-1620

Ranked 4.5 out of 1478 (1478)
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#6 Swig & Swine

#6 of 1,018 Places to Eat in Charleston

Ranked 4.5 out of 1637 (1637) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | American, Bar, Barbecue

1217 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407-7826

1217 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407-7826

Ranked 4.5 out of 1637 (1637)
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#7 Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

#7 of 1,018 Places to Eat in Charleston

Ranked 4.5 out of 457 (457) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$ | American

501 King St, Charleston, SC 29403-7205

501 King St, Charleston, SC 29403-7205

Ranked 4.5 out of 457 (457)
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#8 Peninsula Grill

#8 of 1,018 Places to Eat in Charleston

Ranked 4.5 out of 2506 (2506) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$$$ | American, Seafood, Grill

112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401-3157

112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401-3157

Ranked 4.5 out of 2506 (2506)
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#9 R Kitchen

#9 of 1,018 Places to Eat in Charleston

Ranked 4.5 out of 557 (557) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | American, Cajun & Creole, International

212 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403-5303

212 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403-5303

Ranked 4.5 out of 557 (557)
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#10 82 Queen

#10 of 1,018 Places to Eat in Charleston

Ranked 4.5 out of 3220 (3220) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$$$ | American, Soups

82 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401-2220

82 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401-2220

Ranked 4.5 out of 3220 (3220)
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