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. Bertha's Kitchen

    $ | American

    One of the Charleston area's great soul food institutions, Bertha's is owned and run by sisters Julie Grant, Linda Pinckney, and Sharon Grant...Read More

  • 2. Butcher & Bee

    $ | North Morrison | Modern 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. Chez Nous

    $$$ | Upper King | French

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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Grill 225

    $$$$ | Market | Steakhouse

    The cuisine at this atmospheric establishment—combined with a staggering array of excellent wines and professional, caring service—makes Grill...Read More

  • 6. Hiott's Pharmacy

    $ | American

    This spot is one of those delightful throwbacks—a drugstore with a soda fountain where the news of the day is discussed and young people share...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Leon's Oyster Shop

    $$ | Upper King | American

    Casual, quirky, and a tad Wes Anderson-y, this oysters-and-fried-chicken joint sports a kitschy ambience and blues-heavy soundtrack. Fried catfish...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Millers All Day

    $$ | South of Broad | American

    The owner of Marsh Hen Mill co-owns this breakfast joint that caters to the white-collar Broad Street crowd, balancing blue plate breakfasts...Read More

  • 11. Slightly North of Broad

    $$$ | Downtown Historic District | American

    Affectionately known as S.N.O.B., this former warehouse with atmospheric brick-and-stucco walls has a chef's table that looks directly into...Read More

  • 12. Stono Market and 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

  • 13. Ted's Butcherblock

    $ | Ansonborough | Café

    Operating as a one-stop butcher shop and deli counter, Ted's sells beef, game, seafood, and homemade sausages to complement its selection of...Read More

  • 14. The Obstinate Daughter

    $$ | Italian

    Known for his fine Italian cuisine at Wild Olive on Johns Island, chef Jacques Larson expands his creative touch with this elegant seafood,...Read More

  • 15. 39 Rue de Jean

    $$$ | Upper King | French

    Against a backdrop of classic French-bistro style—think gleaming wood, cozy booths, and white-papered tables—Charleston's night owls feast on...Read More

  • 16. 82 Queen

    $$$ | Lower King | American

    This landmark mainstay continues to thrive as an atmospheric, fine-dining establishment. As always, the food has strong Southern leanings, with...Read More

  • 17. Basil

    $ | Upper King | Thai

    There's a reason that this corner restaurant in the heart of downtown has been lauded again and again for its Asian fare. Dinner hours generate...Read More

  • 18. Blind Tiger Pub

    $$ | 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

  • 19. Briny Swine

    $$ | American

    Begin your meal here with a half-dozen raw oysters, then fill up with a platter of ribs, pulled pork, and brisket. That's the concept behind...Read More

  • 20. Caroline's Aloha Bar

    $ | West Ashley | Eclectic

    Step into the South Pacific at this Hawaiian-theme Avondale hangout for creative bites like pork belly, kimchi, wasabi cheese balls, loaded...Read More

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