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  • Address:
    171 East Bay Street
    Charleston, SC 29401
    Downtown Charleston
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Blossom Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.magnolias-blossom-cypress.com
  • Email: reservations@hmgi.net
  • Phone: (843) 722-9200
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:45pm
    Dinner starts at 4:00 pm
    Sunday Brunch 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Seafood, Low Country
  • Executive Chef: Adam Close
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Located between Queen & Cumberland Streets
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary parking weekdays after 5:00pm & all day Saturday & Sunday.
    **Please note that the parking lot is not available Monday-Friday before 5:00pm. Public parking is located in the garage on Cumberland Street.
A word from Blossom
Blossom, located in downtown Charleston, S.C., serves American cuisine highlighting the Lowcountry’s best seafood. Executive chef Adam Close offers simple, clean preparations which feature ingredients sourced from area fishermen and farmers. Open for lunch on Monday through Saturday, dinner nightly, and Sunday brunch, Blossom also offers seating on its patio.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "Food was veery good and service was great. Will go back for sure."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Food was VERY bland. Had the Potato Crusted Tuna-no flavor. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This was my first time at Blossom. My daughter and I had a wonderful evening. The red velvet bread pudding was worth leaving room for!! Highly recommend this excellent restaurant."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "If you are taking your car they have a parking lot next to the restaurant. However, the lot may be full, as was our experience, and you will need to find your own parking. Which of course, isn't easy in Charleston. The wait staff was great, very accommodating, fun, and friendly. The food was not as good as at Magnolia's. My fish was over cooked. The desserts were average. The best dessert is the sorbet. The raspberry was wonderful."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Ordered the fried oyster salad. Delish!! Sister ordered the crab cake and said it was all crab , no filler. I think I will order this next time. Fresh corn on the crab cake. Brother in law ordered shrimp and grits and said it was very good also."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We are late-900 pm res-table was ready, service and food were very good and served hot, mahi mahi was very good, as were buttermilk shrimp and crab cake-lots of crab, not much filler. Rice was so yummy. For starters, the mussels and the calamari were both good and served hot. The caeser was a little overdressed and soggy, but flavor was good. Waitress was very patient, even with my children. Ambience is ok-nothing real special, but fine. All in all, a real pleasure and would recommend. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the restaurant was very nice."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Our party was visiting from Northern Virginia. We had reservations and were seated immediately. The architectural design where we were seated made you feel you were in a modern open, airy atrium. The waiter was very attentive and helpful with recommendations. The wine, appetizers and main courses were perfect. Loved the different spreads, the tuna was cooked and prepared to perfection and the deserts were heavenly; especially the bread pudding and the lemon tart. This place was recommended to me by a friend. I definitely highly recommend Blossom Restaurant as well. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "On April 15th, I took a small group of new hires for my company out to dinner at Blossom. The wine and food selection was perfect and the richness of taste as well as the presentation were perfectly balanced. As I looked at everyone's plate after eating, NO ONE had any food at all left on their plate...delicious!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We were very disappointed. My steak was good, but crab soup and husband's fish were very disappointing. My father says Magnolia's is better. He ate there last month. I guess early on a Monday isn't when you are at your best. Do you put instant mashed potatoes in your crab soup? I can give you a better recipe. Your competition is so stiff that you probably do better with corporate groups or bus loads of tourists. Glass onion blows your socks off, folks. Maybe your corporationhas gotten too big or too important. I am so very sorry. I was wanting the very best from you. I am sorry.Maybe with summer coming, your food quality will improve."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Had heard about Blossom but was pleasantly surprised! The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. Will go back next time we are in Charleston."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We eat at Blossom's or Magnolia's before attending any theater event in Charleston. Always have a wonderful experience. Drive from Summerville so it is wonderful not to hunt for parking in Charleston."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The service and food were excellent. We made the mistake of sitting outside with active noceums and forgot our bug spray (we know better - we're from the south) but the view was gorgeous, service was great, and the meal was memorable. The shrimp and grits had a wonderful sauce that was a little different that we've had before. We couldn't get enough - the best!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Food was amazing and service and ambiance were impeccable. My wife spilled her wine on the table and the waiter handled it perfectly and replaced her glass free of charge. There was a great diversity of ages and types of people in the restaurant and the outdoor seating looked beautiful. Menu is varied with cheaper small plates to more expensive entrees. Would suggest this place for almost any occasion."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The first night we walked through downtown Charleston it looked empty from the outside, and we thought that wasn't a good sign. By our last night in town we thought we would try it. It turns it there is actually a lot of seating - in the back! Which makes for a nice setting. The service was great, the energy was good (not too loud), and the food was absolutely delicious! Definitely a great option in Charleston!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Have meals frequently here and the restaurant is always consistently good. The salmon salad was great as usual -- the fish was a little small but cooked perfectly and there was an abundance of dressing (my dining partner gave me his side salad; I mixed his salad with mine and the dressing was still a bit too much). My friend's fish sandwich was reportedly a 10 out of 10. Service was above average but rose to outstanding due to Megan's constant efforts to fill our glasses, clear our plates and otherwise take care of us (I know Megan from a previous visit when I left my American Express card; she had someone call me and Megan graciously agreed to meet me on the street with my card). Megan is the one who keeps this place together. Bravo!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "My husband, 18 year old son and I went to dinner at Blossom while visiting Charleston. We chose Blossom based on a family member's suggestion and were very pleased. The atmosphere is beautiful and the wait staff was professional and friendly. The menu options were varied and truly southern. My son loved the southern fried chicken (boneless) and the wedge salad. My husband opted for the swordfish special and was not disappointed. We shared an appetizer of fried green tomatoes with both a remoulade and some type of chutney - delicious! I decided on the short rib over mashed potatoes with glazed carrots. Although usually a winter dish, the short rib was not heavy and was so tender that I only needed to use a fork."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Visiting Charleston for the first time with another couple, I picked Blossom for our first meal strictly based on Open Table and Trip Advisor ratings and a quick study of the on line menu. We were delighted. The service was friendly and professional - complicated orders for 4 taken with no notes, all served without a hitch. The pace did seem somewhat slow, but we learned over the course of our visit that slow service seems to define the Charleston dining experience. The food was as good as we could have asked for. Every item in a 3 course meal for 4 literally competed for best order. Our investment in time paid off handsomely, and we all agreed it was a place we would definitely re-visit in a city worth a return trip."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Excellent experience to have Brunch at HALLs Chophouse. The service was outstanding and the food was also well prepared and taste great. The gospel music was heavenly and just the final touch to make this Brunch the best."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Everyone at our table loved everything we ordered, from appetizers, to meal selections, through dessert. Our waiter was very helpful and friendly as well. Blossom always makes a great meal, and is impressive for out of town visitors."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "After making a b-day reservation for four 2 weeks in advance, we were shown to a high traffic table close to a patio door then were reluctantly changed to one with less in/out traffic and draft. After 15 minutes the waiter came and was abrupt and didn't smile once. Martini came with olive instead of twist and sent back. Next one tasted of olive juice with a twist! Mussels were very small and some were empty shells; the broth was nice. Caesar salad had brown pieces; mostly spines and dressing was bland. Crab cake was nice and scallops tasty. Pasta special was really starchy and tasted like flour but lobster sauce had potential. Duck was overcooked and tough. Overall, Blossom was very disappointing. Spend your time and money somewhere else."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Loved Blossom, food was amazing service was great. We had a great meal will definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We just loved our diner at Blossom. highly recomended."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We absolutely love Charleston and all the wonderful food that there is offered. Magnolia's is one of our many favorites and Cypress is too bad either, but Blossom really fell short of good expectation. The waiter was fabulous, was knowledgeable and very attentive. We ordered suggestions, but it just wasn't any good. The Cerviche was old and chewy...the short ribs were over cooked...Just a sad day in Charleston...They need to step it up."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The food was outstanding. The inside of the restaurant was very noises which made it a little difficult to carry on a conversation. Our waitress was also serving another table of about ten college age folks that were very demanding of her time, which left us waiting to order and have our glasses refilled a few times. In the end, the manager was the one that brought our check to us."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Blossom and Magnolia never disappoint. Great food, great service. Two of my "go to" restaurants when I'm in Charleston. Only two negatives - VERY loud, and the recently refurbished banquette is so low my chin nearly hit the table. Either have it redone or provide booster seats for those of us under 6 feet!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Blossom is our favorite first night in Charleston restaurant. Great wood fired oven pizzas and salads. The service is always very good and the patio dining area is very nice."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I took my mother to Blossom for a celebration, and we thoroughly enjoyed it! She got the ricotta gnocchi and I got the cast iron skillet scallops. Both were Small Plates options, which is a GREAT thing to offer in my opinion. I tasted her gnocchi and it was delicate and flavorful. My scallops were absolutely delicious. We shared the red velvet cake for dessert and it was both unique and delicious. Our server was helpful and friendly, and the atmosphere was elegant but relaxed. I'll definitely return to Blossom the next time I'm in Charleston."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Blossom had been on my list of restaurants to try and I finally made it earlier this week. The food was outstanding; our server was delightful and I will definitely return. Also enjoyed the private parking lot!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Gorgeous day for dining on the terrace. Began with sharing come perfect calamari followed by a lovely, fresh-from-the-garden green salad, She crab soup is also a must have."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "After eating at a few other Charleston restaurants (Low Country Bistro, Amen, FIG), we were disappointed in Blossom. The waitstaff was average (our water glasses were empty most of the time, server interrupted conversation with the arrival of each course to ask how our food was). Aside from the shrimp and grits, the other food was very good -- especially the desserts. Our favorite was a "southern sundae.""
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This was my second try at Blossoms and unfortunately, I won't be going again. I had friends in town and wanted a little southern gem, so I decided to put my first experience behind me, which was an incredibly over salted meal, surely that was a fluke. But it wasn't. Again, my side dish was SO SALTY I couldn't even eat it (and I like my salt). The main dish, not a whole lot of taste. The pork tasted like the sweet potatoes which also tasted like the biscuits. My friend, who ordered the crab cakes, compared them to a low price restaurant in Mt. Pleasant and said that the Blossom crab cakes didn't even compare, they bordered on burnt and lacked substance. It was sad, I really wanted this work out."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The food is very good. Really enjoyed it. The staff is friendly, but the service was slow at first. It later got better. The ambience is nice but needs to be refurbished. It is starting to look worn (rips and wear in carpet). I would definitely go back, as the fish was very good and all the ingredients very fresh. It is very casual and you see a lot of families there."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We stopped in Blossom during our vacation to Charleston. The food was wonderful and we had the chefs speciality, mahi mahi, and it was wonderful. Service was great, too. We would recommend blossom to others!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "At best a three out of five. Least favorite of the 5 we tried."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Hadnt been to Blossom in over 8 years and it was as good as ever. My wife had the shrimp and grits which were excellent, flavor to die for, well prepared. I had the buttermilk fried shrimp, extremely tender, and well prepared. Started with the fried green tomato appetizer, again an excellent choice. Service was excellent, drinks were served cold and well mixed from the bar and the staff was attentive to all our requests, expecially with certainly food allergies. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and made excellent suggestions."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Blossom uses fresh, local food. My dining partner's salmon was cooked to perfection. My seafood stew was good but the mahi-mahi and shrimp were overcooked and the broth was more of a rich gravy than a soup. Bread was pre-buttered - not a preference of mine. Service was very good."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We had a great meal on Friday evening at Blossom! The wine list was good, the salads big enough for a meal and the trout to die for! We all ended up having the trout so can't tell you about any other entree but I'd go back just for that! Oh, and dessert was sinful. The inside of the restaurant is charming - bright, light and conducive to a good conversation as well as a good meal."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food was excellent and our service was wonderful. Our waiter was attentive and informative. A great example of local dining."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My husband and I had great service and great food. We also had a Hollywood star seated next to us. Not that that was the culmination of the dining experience, but it definitely added some zing to it. Even if that doesn't happen to you the restaurant stands on it own for good food, great service and great atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/28/2014