Best Restaurants in Charleston, SC

Posted by Lee and Katherine Keadle on Friday, February 10th, 2017 at 8:32am.

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Some of our recent blogs have discussed Charleston’s awards and rankings from sources such as Forbes and Condé Nast Traveler. We’ve also tried to explain (from a Realtor’s perspective) why so many people want to live in our historic port city. At The Keadle Group, we thought this might be a great opportunity to hear firsthand from residents, visitors, past clients, colleagues, and friends about their favorite places and traditions in Charleston.

We’ve come up with a list of what we think are the best local restaurants. You’ll find the full list below, and we’d love your input! We’d also love to hear if there are any great places we haven’t listed. By all means, this is a list that should continue to grow with suggestions from readers. We’ll also be collecting feedback on our social media accounts, so you can also share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and LinkedIn.

Best Charleston Restaurants

Use the Comments section below to vote for your favorite foodie spot. Or, add a suggestion!


Circa 1886 | FIG | Halls Chophouse | Hominy Grill | Husk | Fleet Landing | High Cotton | Kitchen 208 | Magnolias | Oak Steakhouse | Poogan’s Porch | Rue de Jean | Slightly North of Broad (S.N.O.B)

Mount Pleasant

Another Broken Egg Café | Locals | Old Village Post House | Page’s Okra Grill | SOL Southwest Kitchen | Tavern & Table | Village Bakery

James Island

Bohemian Bull | Kickin’ Chicken | Ladles Soups | Low Down Oven and Bar | Melvin’s BBQ | Roadside Seafood | Smoky Oak Taproom

Johns Island

Fat Hen | The Loophole | Maria’s Mexican Grill | Tattooed Moose | Wild Olive

West Ashley

Boxcar Betty’s | East Bay Deli | The Glass Onion | The Green Goat | Red Orchids China Bistro | Sesame Burgers | Swig and Swine | Triangle Char and Bar

9 Responses to "Best Restaurants in Charleston, SC"

Mary Glenn wrote: In Downtown, Fleet Landing has the best lunch prices for seafood, and you can't beat those harbor views. In Mount Pleasant, Page's Okra Grill has the best shrimp and grits in all of Charleston. And on James Island, Bohemian Bull has the best burgers - the "That's My Jam Burger" is my go to item on the menu!

Posted on Friday, February 10th, 2017 at 8:57am.

Elizabeth Baker wrote: For me, it's all about the ambiance and scenery. In Mt. Pleasant, you can't go wrong at Shem Creek. Vickery's is my personal favorite, with views of the boats and paddleboarders gliding by...then downtown the Vendue Inn offers 360° views of Charleston from its multi layered rooftop bar...Blu and Rita's at Folly Beach offer an eclectic and fun dining experience...on Isle of Palms, there's Coconut Joe's, with multiple levels and amazing ocean views...on James Island, the Charleston Crabhouse is the obvious choice for relaxing water views and dolphin entertainment while West Ashley, although it doesn't offer much of a view, it doesn't need one...Triangle Char & Bar has an excellent central location, hip vibe, and fun atmosphere! Did I forget to mention that the food is excellent at all of these places?

Posted on Friday, February 10th, 2017 at 9:29am.

Caroline Eskridge wrote: You really can't go wrong with the food scene in Charleston. Page's Okra Grill in Mt. Pleasant is always a good go-to with a wide variety of home cooking favorites, including amazing fried flounder. Save room for dessert, though, because they have a large variety of cakes and pies. EVO Pizzeria in Park Circle has pizza that rivals that from Italy - super fresh ingredients and cooked in a wood-fired oven. They also have a great bakery and coffee shop behind the restaurant. As far as great Mexican fare, Santi's in Mt. Pleasant and downtown is delicious and has the best margaritas and chips & salsa in town.

Posted on Friday, February 10th, 2017 at 10:02am.

Brian Kline wrote: Some of our favorite's Downtown are Indaco (Italian), Cannon Green (Mediterrean), Oak Steakhouse....there are so many options when it comes to dining in Charleston! Another great spot for a change of scenery is Xiao Bao Biscuit located on Spring St.... Authentically inspired Asian comfort food and classic Southern cuisine, with a really neat environment!

Posted on Friday, February 10th, 2017 at 10:36am.

Jennifer Pratt wrote: For casual dining on James Island I LOVE Smokey Oak! Great ribs and BBQ and the best salads around (Love the Thanksgiving Salad). For finer dining I think you just can't go wrong at the Fat Hen on John's Island. Award winning chef Fred Neuville brings a french flair and combines it with all farm to table ingredients from local farms..a must try!
For breakfast (brunch) try Page's Okra grill in Mt. will leave full and happy and NEED a NAP!

Posted on Friday, February 10th, 2017 at 11:17am.

Catherine Laffitte wrote: Here are my go to favorites: (Please keep in mind that I am a food snob and have a F&B back ground so the restaurant's menu prices have to support the food, atmosphere and service. I hate paying for mediocre food, in a poor setting with an untrained wait staff.)
SNOB (Slightly North of Broad) : for the Beef Carpaccio.
Gaulart-Malicet (Fast & French) : for the Cheese and Pate Plate Dujour.
Minero: for the Street Tacos, Shrimp and Grits and Spicy Margaritas.
Anson's: for the Duck Confit, Crispy Flounder and Creme Brulee.
West Ashley:
Riso Noodle House: for the Gyoza Pan Fried Pork Dumplings, Chicken Pho Gao, Summer Rolls, and Bubble Tea Drinks.
Osaka: for the Best Sushi and Sake.
Fiore's Pizza and Grinders: for the Best Take Out or Delivery Pizza.
Johns Island:
Southern General: for the Cubano sandwich or the Chicken Schnitzel sandwich.
Tattoo Moose: for the Duck Club sandwich and house made French Fries- fried in duck fat with Duck Gravy.
La Tella Pizzeria: for the Quail Egg and Pancetta Pizza.
Maries Mexican Grill: for the best Tex Mex-Great Tamales and Habenero Salsa.
Stono Cafe (aka The Tomato Shed) : Fresh farm to table Seafood and Veggies. The owners have their own farm and shrimp boats. My favorites: Tomato Pie, Squash Casserole, Butter Beans, and Roast Pork.
Charleston Bakery and Delicatessen: This is the closest thing to a New York Deli you will found in the tri-county area. Great Bagels, Pastrami and Corned Beef sandwiches.

Posted on Friday, February 10th, 2017 at 1:54pm.

Anna Eskridge wrote: I always love Boxcar Betty's and Tavern & Table!

Posted on Saturday, February 11th, 2017 at 1:53pm.

Thomas Fidler wrote: Another Broken Egg Cafe: Just as great as the one downtown; great service, great staff and yes the food is wonderful.

Posted on Monday, February 20th, 2017 at 9:04am.

Debbie Dean wrote: Screendoor on Folly Rd. You can eat inside or outside
with a good family atmosphere.

Posted on Friday, March 31st, 2017 at 11:17am.

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