Charleston Restaurants

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  • 1. Bowens Island

    $$ | Greater Charleston | 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 & Bee

    $ | Greater Charleston | 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. Extra Virgin Oven

    $ | Greater Charleston | 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

  • 4. Lewis Barbecue

    $ | Greater Charleston | 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

  • 5. Ted's Butcherblock

    $ | North of Broad | Café

    Land at Ted's on a lucky afternoon and you'll likely be conferred a memorable greeting: the scent of smoked meat drifting from a grill perched...Read More

  • 6. The Grocery

    $$$$ | North of Broad | 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

  • 7. The Wreck of the Richard & Charlene

    $$$$ | Mount Pleasant and Vicinity | 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

  • 8. Tomato Shed Cafe

    $$ | Greater Charleston | 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

  • 9. Bakehouse

    $ | North of Broad | Bakery

    Delicious seasonal desserts—heavenly sweet 'n' salty brownies, cheesecake bars, and whoopie pies—are baked at this popular spot. Soft as a pillow...Read More

  • 10. Blind Tiger

    $ | South of Broad | American

    One of Charleston's oldest speakeasies, the Blind Tiger can go toe-to-toe with any newcomer. Name the beer, name the backdrop, and the Tiger...Read More

  • 11. Cupcake DownSouth

    $ | North of Broad | Bakery

    This cute shop features more than 50 flavors of cupcakes. A daily flavor chart reveals the collection of pocket-sized pleasures on offer. Favorites...Read More

  • 12. Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ

    $ | Greater Charleston | American

    This bar and restaurant has swiftly earned the endorsement of even the old-school barbecue set (the restaurant's newfangled pork tacos...Read More

  • 13. Glazed

    $ | North of Broad | Bakery

    Three words: maple bacon doughnuts. If that's not enough to get you in the door, any number of other creative options—think raspberry nutella...Read More

  • 14. Hominy Grill

    $$ | North of Broad | American

    The wooden barber poles from the last century still frame the door of this homespun café and Lowcountry landmark. Chef Robert Stehling is a...Read More

  • 15. Jack's Cosmic Dogs

    $ | Greater Charleston | American

    The Galactic, Krypto, Orbit City, and Blue Galactic hot dog varieties at Jack's Cosmic are otherworldly excellent, with blue-cheese slaw, spicy...Read More

  • 16. Main Street Grille

    $ | American

    Grab a window seat at this casual spot for a pleasant view of East Washington Street while you dig into shrimp and stone-ground grits, a Philly...Read More

  • 17. Martha Lou's Kitchen

    $ | North of Broad | American

    Martha Lou Gadsden has made her pink cinder-block building into a palace of soul food. Although the building is quirky, with a huge mural of...Read More

  • 18. Moe's Crosstown Tavern

    $ | North of Broad | American

    The decidedly old-school Moe's Tavern earns a perennial place on the area's best-burger list. The big, half-pound, Angus beef chuck patties...Read More

  • 19. Monza

    $$ | North of Broad | Pizza

    An homage to the Italian city of the same name, Monza provides genuine Neapolitan-style pizza and an introduction to one of the world's most...Read More

  • 20. Old Post Office Restaurant

    $$$ | American

    The old metal cages remain at this converted post office, but instead of mail you'll find Southern-inspired fare from Chef Cherry Smalls. Try...Read More

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