Charleston's Most Delicious Hotel Restaurants

Molly Ramsey | February 09, 2018

Hotel dining gets a bad rap. And it’s no wonder, as many inns across the country offer an underwhelming continental breakfast plus bar fare and call it a day. But foodies planning a trip to Charleston can rejoice because a handful of the city’s best restaurants are conveniently located inside hotels, making wining and dining during your stay all too easy. Cheers!


The Restoration

Why it made the list

If the Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits weren’t on a rooftop with stunning skyline views of downtown, it’d be good. But since it boasts both indoor and outdoor seating with panoramic views of the city along with delectable fare, it’s great. Offering a selection of salads (the carrot and grains is a winner), light bites (try the truffle frites), and larger entrees, it satisfies appetites both big and small.

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The Dewberry Charleston

Why it made the list

A Southern brasserie tucked in the gorgeous ground floor of this luxury boutique hotel, Henrietta’s marries classic French cooking with Southern ingredients and a dash of creole style. Expect boudin bites and escargot along with artful salads and hearty mains (like roast duck and steak frites), plus a stunning setting (it’s got a white-and-black checkered floor, open-back chairs, and crisp white linens).

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Old Village Post House

Why it made the list

Across the Cooper River from the hustle and bustle of downtown is the sleepy Old Village in Mount Pleasant. And at the heart of the picture-perfect historic neighborhood is this delicious fine-dining restaurant. The menu stars fresh catches served over decadent Southern sides like Carolina Gold rice or Geechie Boy grits, and the atmosphere is charming indeed, with tables tucked into three intimate, old-school dining rooms. Those staying at the same-named six-room inn need only walk upstairs to retire after supper.

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Market Pavilion Hotel

Why it made the list

White linens, wood-paneled walls, and red-velvet upholstery set the swanky stage at Grill 225, a lauded steak house. Meat eaters will be in heaven ordering from the long list of USDA prime cuts that can be dressed up with one of their 10 decadent sauces, and a lobster menu and vegetarian offerings delight others. The wine list is noteworthy (read: super extensive), too.

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Wentworth Mansion

Why it made the list

Impeccable service and forward-thinking Southern fare are waiting for you at the romantic Wentworth Mansion’s equally beguiling eatery, Circa 1886. The seasonal menu will delight, with surprising dishes like broken arrow antelope alongside more standard options (such as coconut crab cakes and rainbow trout). Save room for dessert though: the chocolate benné cake is not to be missed.

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Zero George

Why it made the list

Chef Vinson Petrillo’s adventurous tasting menus at Zero Restaurant + Bar are a sight to be seen—and tasted, of course. You’ll choose a lineup of either omnivore- or herbivore-themed dishes concocted with the freshest of ingredients. Pair the top-notch food—which is as beautiful as it is delicious—with the intimate setting (you’ll sit in either the petite candlelit dining room or outside in the verdant courtyard) and it’s no wonder locals flock to this spot to celebrate special occasions.

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Planters Inn

Why it made the list

As Charleston’s only Relais & Châteaux inn, you know you’ll be treated to a delicious meal at Planters Inn’s on-site restaurant, Peninsula Grill. But what you may not know is that you’ll be supping in a resplendent dining room complete with velvet walls and a champagne bar, or in their quaint, lush courtyard with bistro lights weaving through Palmetto trees and a fountain peacefully gurgling. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget, for sure.

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Belmond Charleston Place

Why it made the list

Meals are a memorable experience at the Charleston Grill, where chef Michelle Weaver whips up delectable delicacies from both land and sea and general manager Mickey Bakst showers you with sincere smiles and hospitality in spades. After wrapping renovations at the start of 2018, the restaurant—a revered fixture in Charleston’s culinary scene for decades—will have a freshened aesthetic to go along with its stellar fare.

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