Charleston Restaurants

Charleston is blessed with a bevy of Southern-inflected selections, from barbecue parlors to fish shacks to casual places serving Lowcountry fare like shrimp and grits. If you'd like to try something new, there are plenty of places serving updated, inspired versions of classic dishes. Before you leave, you'll definitely see why Charleston is considered one of the greatest food cities in the world.

The city's dining scene status continues to rise, boosted by a group of James Beard Foundation repeat award winners. Robert Stehling of Hominy Grill, Mike Lata of FIG and The Ordinary, Jason Stanhope of FIG, and Sean Brock of McCrady's and Husk each earned the designation of Best Chef: Southeast, in successive years. The city boasts other prodigious talents, too: Alex Lira of Bar Normandy, Jeremiah Bacon of the Macintosh, Michelle Weaver of Charleston Grill, Ken Vedrinski of Trattoria Lucca, Jacques Larson of Wild Olive and The Obstinate Daughter, and Josh Walker of Xiao Bao Biscuit. It's the establishment of the New South, circa now.

As for attire, Charleston invites a crisp yet casual atmosphere. Don't forget, it was recognized as the Most Mannerly City in the country by Marjabelle Young Stewart, which means that residents are slow to judge (or, at the least, that they're doing so very quietly). On the whole, the city encourages comfort and unhurried, easy pacing. The result is an idyllic setting in which to enjoy oysters on the half shell and other homegrown delicacies from the land and sea that jointly grant the city its impressive culinary standing.

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  • 1. The Shellmore

    $$ | Wine Bar

    Mount Pleasant's culinary ambitions perhaps reached their apex at the Shellmore, an unassuming wine bar with a chalkboard menu and some of the...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Langdon's

    $$$$ | American

    Though it's in a nondescript strip mall across the Cooper River Bridge, this restaurant and wine bar belonging to Mount Pleasant native son...Read More

  • 4. Old Village Post House

    $$$$ | American

    Many residents of this tree-lined village consider this their neighborhood tavern. Expect contemporary takes on Southern favorites like lump...Read More

  • 5. Post House

    $$ | American

    From the moment that Kate and Ben Towill came to South Carolina to open an exceedingly Instagrammable vegetable-focused restaurant in downtown...Read More

  • 6. Red Drum

    $$$ | American

    Locals and visitors alike tend to (mistakenly) overlook this Mount Pleasant staple in favor of the more stylish picks downtown. Chef Ben Berryhill...Read More

  • 7. See Wee Restaurant

    $ | American

    This former general store is about 25 minutes from downtown Charleston, but it's worth the trip for the Southern-style flashback. The veteran...Read More

  • 8. Wood & Grain

    $$ | Pizza

    The first casual entry in chef-owner Patrick Owens's portfolio, Wood & Grain takes its name from its centerpiece oven and the masterful...Read More

  • 9. Boulevard Diner

    $ | American

    This former Dairy Queen is now a no-frills counter-and-booth diner. The service is attentive, but the waitresses don't call you "hon . " The...Read More

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