Charleston Restaurants

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  • 1. Bowens Island

    $$ | Seafood

    This seafood shack has survived hurricanes, fires, and the onslaught of trendy restaurants hitting downtown. Littered with oyster shells and...Read More

  • 2. Butcher and Bee

    $ | North Morrison | American

    Healthy and light but always satisfying, this local favorite has grown into new digs and expanded its lunch and dinner menus. The seasonal menu...Read More

  • 3. Charleston Grill

    $$$$ | Market | American

    Quite simply, this restaurant provides what many regard as the city's highest gastronomic experience. Chef Michelle Weaver creates the groundbreaking...Read More

  • 4. Chez Nous

    $$$$ | Upper King | French

    The menu may be nearly illegible, the space minuscule, and the tucked-away location like finding Waldo, but the food is almost always sublime...Read More

  • 5. Chubby Fish

    $$$ | Cannonborough | Seafood

    Bold flavors and local seafood are the hallmarks of this neighborhood café that gets creative with dishes like smoked fish curry and tempura...Read More

  • 6. Edmund's Oast

    $$$$ | North Morrison | American

    It's not just what's in the pint glasses at this upscale brewpub that has locals raving. The kitchen dishes up heritage chicken and Carolina...Read More

  • 7. Extra Virgin Oven

    $ | Pizza

    Known to locals as EVO, this Park Circle pizzeria is considered by many to be the area's best, doling out Neapolitan-style pies with super-thin...Read More

  • 8. FIG

    $$$$ | Market | American

    Spend an evening at this trendsetter for fresh-off-the-farm ingredients cooked with unfussy, flavorful finesse—the kitchen has produced two...Read More

  • 9. Husk

    $$$$ | Market | American

    With an abundance of accolades, Husk serves an ambitious menu steeped in the South, and the South alone—everything is sourced regionally, barring...Read More

  • 10. Lewis Barbecue

    $ | North Morrison | American

    Austin pitmaster John Lewis transformed Charleston's smoked meat scene when he opened this Texas-style joint that serves prime rib, pulled pork...Read More

  • 11. McCrady's

    $$$$ | Market | Eclectic

    The old McCrady's is now McCrady's Tavern (serving the most elevated pub fare in town), and the new McCrady's—tucked into a nook around the...Read More

  • 12. Renzo

    $$ | Hampton Park Terrace | Pizza

    Although it's billed as a pizza parlor, this neighborhood trattoria stuns taste buds with its entire menu, including anchovies in pepper and...Read More

  • 13. Ted's Butcherblock

    $ | Ansonborough | Café

    Land at Ted's on some lucky afternoon for a memorable greeting: the scent of smoked meat wafting from a grill perched near the entrance. Ted...Read More

  • 14. The Grocery

    $$$$ | Market | American

    Executive chef and owner Kevin Johnson's restaurant sits in impressive quarters near the corner of Cannon and King Streets. The menu suggests...Read More

  • 15. The Macintosh

    $$$$ | Upper King | American

    Here's another name to tuck into your sweetgrass basket filled with great Charleston chefs: Jeremiah Bacon. In his lauded kitchen, he shows...Read More

  • 16. The Obstinate Daughter

    $$ | Italian

    Known for his fine Italian cuisine at Wild Olive on Johns Island, chef Jaques Larson expands his creative touch with the Obstinate Daughter...Read More

  • 17. The Ordinary

    $$$$ | Upper King | Seafood

    Award-winning chef Mike Lata delivers every possible type of underwater delight here, from local littleneck clams to wahoo carpaccio. The two...Read More

  • 18. The Wreck of the Richard and Charlene

    $$$$ | Seafood

    At first glance, the odd name appears to refer to this waterfront restaurant's exterior, topped off with a shabby screened-in porch (in actuality...Read More

  • 19. Tomato Shed Cafe

    $$ | American

    This Johns Island roadside joint presents a banquet of locally raised delicacies. Owners and farmers Pete and Babs Ambrose maintain a 135-acre...Read More

  • 20. Trattoria Lucca

    $$$$ | Cannonborough | Italian

    Chef Ken Vedrinski's downtown wonder, Trattoria Lucca, is a welcoming invitation to the world of Italian food in Charleston. Come in for the...Read More

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