Lowcountry Bistro
Lowcountry Bistro

Lowcountry Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lowcountrybistro.com/
  • Phone: 8433020290
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch:

    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm


    Dinner:

    Daily: 4:00pm - 10:00pm



    Brunch

    Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Low Country, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Steven Lusby
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Church Street and South Market
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is parking on the street as well as many convenient parking garages nearby.
A word from Lowcountry Bistro
SIMPLY LOWCOUNTRY: Lowcountry Bistro focuses only on the freshest ingredients since all of the food we cook is from scratch. On the menu you will find cult favorites like Chicken and Waffles to Lowcountry classics like Shrimp and Grits. We also believe that great food can be affordable. Many of our lunch dishes are under $10.

Our goal as a restaurant is to serve high quality, delicious food, at a fair price. We hope you agree after your meal at Lowcountry Bistro.

SISTER RESTAURANT TO 82 QUEEN
As an icon of the city for over 30 years, we have seen restaurants come and go. We pride ourselves on the fact that we were one of the first original Lowcountry cuisine restaurants to open their doors in the city. We know Lowcountry and after diligently researching Market Street restaurants, have come to the conclusion that what the area needs is a true, authentic Lowcountry restaurant.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSouthern
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Lowcountry Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
154 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (62)neighborhood gem (60)great for lunch (47)great for brunch (40)great for outdoor dining (39)special occasion (30)good for groups (30)kid-friendly (28)romantic (25)scenic view (19)hot spot (13)notable wine list (10)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Very loud
    Kathy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was just so so. Waitress never asked how everything was. Location was perfect for where we were staying. We had reservations and got in quickly but very shortly after being seated a very large party was seated next to us and they were very loud.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Bistro
    Lowcountrygent1
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Having sampled many items from the Bistro during local events such as a Taste of Market Street, I was eager to visit the restaurant for a full-fledged dining experience. Unfortunately, I had to do this on my lunch break from work on a Friday, and was really worried about getting in and out in time. My guest and I were greeted promptly by our server, a friendly young woman who put our order in quickly so we could make the most of our time there. The food was excellent, we had the southern tacos and crab cakes - both of which were a pleasure to view and even more so to eat! Our server brought our checks shortly after the food came out, and I was able to make it back to work in time with no problems! Bar downstairs was really cool!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at LBs
    SParfrey
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband and I took my parents to LBs to celebrate my father's 62nd birthday who is quite the foodie. We had a great table on the 2nd floor and started with a few sangrias and the calamari and mussels (on special) to start. Our entrees included ciopinno, stuffed flounder, and the scallops which all lived up to our "picky" standards when it comes to seafood. We definitely plan on returning. My only complaint is that I wish they had done something special for my father's birthday which we mentioned in the OpenTable reservation and while at the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food for a good price
    bsilverVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We ate here during our last night in Charleston and it was a little more relaxed than some other places, but the food was just as good. It seemed to have a good menu for children as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Time in Charleston
    dineNdashVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We absolutely loved it here. The décor was adorable, and the food was fantastic, very fun and filling. I had the chicken and waffles; simply amazing! The chicken was cooked perfectly and the waffle seasoned well. This dish was truly a southern treat! We would definitely come back here! The service was outstanding as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, laid back atmosphere
    wakebrina
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Good place to get solidly good, but not outstanding, food in a casual atmosphere. It was great for our visit this weekend with children (have a children's menu), but also good options for the adults. Reasonable pricing as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Find!!
    Puigy22
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The Lowcountry Sweet Tea Mojito is one of the best mojito's I've ever had! Everyone at my table raved about their food. You could tell everything was cooked with fresh quality ingredients. This place was a great find and I will go back for sure! :)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Give it a try
    trvler
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    New to Charleston and overheard some tourists discussing this place. They had been reccomend to go by Hotel. They loved it. Not having plans for the next night decided to try it out. Shrimp and Grits were good. Would have been execlent but I did not care for the tomatoe sauce on top of the fried green tomatoes. Scraped it off and much better. The grits were awesome! As to ambience, they have a table stuck anywhere they can and it's kinda shabby chic is the impression I got. Would I eat here again? In a heartbeat! Service was excellent prompt polite and effecient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    MarcVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Brunch was all it was cracked up to be. Bloody Mary's with Shrimp to start, fried green tomatoes, and shrimp and grits. Quality food and beverage, not the normal fare! Balcony provides a great view of town, if you can get a seat on it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I had the Chicken and Waffles which is a signature dish for this restaurant. The fried chicken was outstanding. The outside coating was incredibly crispy while the chicken itself was juicy and tender. My husband had the Frogmore Stew which was also very good. The dessert special that evening was Cornbread Strawberry Shortcake. I didn't know what to expect from cornbread, but it was incredibly good. The cornbread was moist and sweet; and added to the flavor of the strawberries and whipped cream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • over cooked
    Dryspell
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The outdoor seating on the porch was pleasant. The service was of a consistently slow pace, which would have been fine, considering we were on a porch. The problem was that all the food was somewhat dry, like it had been sitting under a heat light too long. I was disappointed. In the end the server forgot to process my ticket adding 10 minutes of sitting after dishes were cleared. She admitted her mistake to her credit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Great food. Would recommend and return. Particularly enjoyed the Chicken & Waffles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Jrc412
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Went here for the first time on July 26th. The place is small and easy to miss from the outside. Decor is very simple but the food was great. My wife had the chicken and waffles and it was awesome. I had the sword fish and it was excellent as well. The prices were very reasonable given the location and would go back in a heart beat.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great local spot in Charleston!
    AnnaB615
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I was visiting Charleston with my family and stumbled across the LowCountry Bistro through OpenTable and was not disappointed! We had a party of 4 and had no issues getting our table on time with our reservation. We got the parmesean okra and the special crab stuffed fried green tomatoes for appetizers and both were awesome! For dinner the couple I was with wanted to split an entree and they offered to split it on to 2 plates and added a few veggies for them. Everyone was full and enjoyed the meal! I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant...
    Tabascoguy
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Had friends visiting the area, so I made a reservation at the Bistro. Everything was excellent, from the hostess, the server, Nicole, and the meal. The fried calamari was wonderful. Everything was hot, fresh, and the timing of service between courses was perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    Boba
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The food was excellent, the service was friendly and attentive.we had an early dinner, so the it wasn't too crowed yet,but as we were leaving,we noticed the crowd waiting to get seated. I would highly recommend making reservations at this restaurant,if you want to be assured of getting in.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good find
    rarefind
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    you would not think that a small place like this in the market area would have such good food, but it does and the servers are very nice as well. I would recommend this for lunch and dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    SuJayVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Although we had a reservation, no table had been reserved. We refused seating in the noisy bar area and had to wait for an upstairs table. Service was slow. The "hot" appetizer was not served first, as it should have been, and was cold when it arrived.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Last minute save
    AshleyWH
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Girls weekend in Charleston with every minute and meal planned...except Sunday brunch. Thankful that we saw Lowcountry Bistro while walking back to our hotel from the Straw Market. Biggest BLT I've ever seen with housemade chips and ranch, buttermilk fried calamari with tomato sauce and grits, and Lowcountry Benedict (biscuit, pimento cheese grits, crabcake, country ham and hollandaise!!) were all delicious. Sat upstairs - open & airy. Service was spotchy, but otherwise LOVELY.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love
    Char
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The environment is so romantic and was a perfect end to a romantic weekend getaway in Charleston! The patio is the best place to sit!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth it.
    KKAT
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Disappointed. The portabellas were overcooked. The menu describes the entree as encrusted. The mushrooms had some goat cheese slapped on them. Drinks were too strong. My husbands meal was good, but it was a tiny serving. Literally, three bites and he's not a pig. Sad to say it barely holds a candle to its sister restaurant. On a high note, all the servers and hostesses were pleasant and the location is good.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Debike
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We truly enjoyed our second trip to LCB. The chicken & waffles was wonderful! The service was attentive & the decor was unique. Chalkboard specials were all appealing. The desserts were very good too! My one son had the tuna & the other had crab cakes. Hot chocolate cake & strawberry shortcake!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • boulisVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Went to Low Country Bistro based on a recommendation of our hotel, and was pleasurable experience. We had our two young kids with us, and noticed there were two other families with young kids here as well. Good flavorable food, sizable portions and nice mix of ingredients on the plates. Friendly and helpful wait staff.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful, except for noise
    chebetzVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was a first-time experience for my friends and me. The food and service was outstanding. My friends all had the she-crab soup, which they all agreed was delicious. It was nice and thick and well-balanced. I had the cantaloupe gazpacho. Creamy, cool and refreshing. We were a little disappointed to learn that the two seafood specials on the boards were not available. If you like collards, theirs are great. A little spicy, full of ham flavor, and cooked to perfection. The swordfish and crab cakes were incredible. Our server was very attentive to our needs. Unfortunately, the entire experience was upstaged by the horribly loud noise level upstairs. We couldn't hear one another and we couldn't wait to leave just to have some quiet.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    RRA1234
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We were excited about the menu, and thought we were in for a good meal all the way up until the moment the food came out. All of it was terrible. Great, attentive, friendly service but very bad food. Nothing was seasoned, and it was clear that the oil used to fry (we had fried okra and fried green tomatoes) was old. Bread was stale. Everything was bland and no ingredients were fresh. We had to go to a different restaurant for dinner after leaving. So disappointing and a costly mistake!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Dish on Trip!
    BuzzinMontgomery
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We dined at Low Country Bistro on the recommendation of friends. I got the stuffed grouper with shrimp and crabmeat as well as the she crab soup. My wife dined on the swordfish specials served over spinach with a delicious dressing. Both dishes were excellent, but the combination of flavors with the swordfish made it our favorite dish for our entire trip. Great meal and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal
    KIacopi
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I was able to get a table a bit earlier than my reservation and loves the food. I sat on the upstairs porch ad was able to enjoy people watching on Market Street. I think the menu looked fantastic an really enjoyed my mussels and the portobello plate. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    WeLikeToEat
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Get reservations! We witnessed several groups get turned away because they were full. The food was of great quality, and pretty good preparation! The cheesy potatoes served with my filet were the highlight of my week - AMAZING! Nice wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved the rainbow trout!
    Diner
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    A great place, not too busy that they were able to seat us earlier than reserved time. Waiter was super and food was good. I really like his place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't miss the Chicken and Waffles!
    KVTAC
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I know there are many reviews that mention the Chicken and Waffles and our server also recommended it as a favorite, but not a single person is kidding. The combination of sweet/salty is unbelievable. I was super impressed and will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will come again!
    visittocharleston
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We had the scallops w pig belly, and the fried green tomatoes, both were amazing. You only get two scallops but five friend green tomatoes. I had the chicken and waffles, I cannot say anything bad about the dish. The chicken was prepared with minimal bones so eating was very easy. My wife had the jambalaya, said everything was really good, but the rice was a little off. Definitely a great place to eat, I wish I could have tried all the dishes, so many great choices it was hard to pick.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfectly nice but nothing special
    AckamoVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Had a perfect nice family dinner on a Charleston trip before heading to Black Fedora Sherlock show around the corner (very entertaining). Service was very good and food was perfectly fine, not special. Had the fried green tomato with crab app - nice. The seafood cioppino was good but the local fish component was overcooked. My son's strip steak was cooked well but not a great cut (quite fatty / Cysts). All in all, you could do better and worse in Charleston for the price.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a winner
    CMMTHVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We opted to go here for an earlier dining time--canceling a reservation at the familiar Poogan's Porch we had visited many times--and we were pleasantly surprised. Friendly staff, conveniently located on Market Street, and food was very good. Seemed to be very busy with lots of couples, groups and families. Lots of special items each night--love the chocolate pie with a light marshmallow topping.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tourist trap
    Wvushwag98
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Food was mediocre and overpriced. It was a total tourist trap. Obviously other reviews were written by their own employees
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Spot for Lunch
    SouthernGrub
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Great upscale southern comfort food. Service was amazing - our server even offered us to go cups of sweet tea (it's the little things in life). My wife enjoyed her dish (crab cakes) - and she is extremely picky as she is from Baltimore. Some of the best Shrimp and Grits I have had. Grits were creamy and flavorful. They did not skimp on the shrimp. We left full and happy. Definitely recommend for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second visit...now disappointed.
    Shoemama
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This past April we visited Lowcountry Bistro and had a wonderful meal. We have even recommended this since but now that we returned to Charleston and went for a second visit in July I have decided not to return. My daughter who ate from the Gluten Free menu was surprised by herbs and other ingredients listed were changed or omitted from her meal. Frog more Stew, which our table had in April, had NO flavor. Overall service was great but food has taken a back seat to this establishment. So sad too!
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Charming in Charleston!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We found this place while we were visiting Charleston for the first time and looking for a restaurant with the local flavor. It is located in an old historic building, right on Market Street, the atmosphere is great and gave us a real feel of Charleston. It is charming and informal, with excellent food and warm and friendly service. I would definitely return on my next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great shrimp and grits!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Fried green tomatoes and shrimp and grits (one entree), is excellent but too much richness. Get the apps version of each and you can get the best of both without glutting yourself. Service is inconsistent. Nice specials too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and service.
    raysfa
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Waitress was outstanding. Ambience was great and the food quality was awesome. I will suggest this restaurant to my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Lowcountry Bistro has a great decor and the food was very tasty. Our waitress made a great wine suggestion and the food was prompt. They were very busy that night so it felt a little rushed but we were well taken care of and left with happy bellies!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.