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Magnolias
Magnolias

Magnolias Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.magnolias-blossom-cypress.com/
  • Phone: (843) 577-7771
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday starts at 11:30am
    Dinner starts at 4:00 pm daily
    Sunday Brunch starts at 10:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Low Country
  • Executive Chef: Donald Drake
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: located between Cumberland & Queen Streets
  • Public Transit: Charleston CARTA to and from Visitors Center can be picked up 1/2 block from the restaurant on the quarter hour. There are also local cab companies and Charleston's famous Rickshaws that will transport guests to their hotels.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private parking lot adjacent to the restaurant is available weekdays after 5:00pm & all day Saturday & Sunday. **Please note:This lot is not open during lunch Monday-Friday. However, public parking is available in the garage at the corner of Cumberland & Concord and rates will apply.
A word from Magnolias
Igniting a culinary renaissance upon opening in 1990, Charleston's most popular restaurant is located at the site of the city's original Customs House (circa 1739). Led by Executive Chef Don Drake, Magnolias remains a forerunner in upscale Southern cuisine, blending traditional ingredients and cooking techniques with a modern flair for artful presentations. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSouthern
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "During our first trip to Charleston, my husband and I spotted Magnolia's, but didn't have a chance to eat there . This time we did, and it was absolutely wonderful. The servers were knowledgeable and considerate, the atmosphere quiet and romantic, and the food and drinks were delicious. I would highly recommend it."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Our meal and service was tremendous. The Seafood medley and grits was the best in Charleston. The seafood was fresh and the atmosphere was so authentic in this restored 1800's house."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Excellent service and a wonderful place to celebrate the special occasions in your life. My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here and the food and ambience made the occasion even more special."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "After 20+ years of being a yearly patron at this restaurant, Magnolia's continues to impress with great food, wine, service and ambience."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Magnolias provided us with the best meal we ate in Charleston. I highly recommend the seafood and grits; it was amazing! Plenty of seafood and the grits are creamy and luscious. This dish will not disappoint. My husband ordered the Parmesan crusted flounder and it was delicious as well. We ended with the warm strawberry shortcake and it was moist and provided the perfect level of sweetness; the strawberry shortcake ice cream that was on top was divine. When we come back to Charlotte, Magnolias will be the first reservation we make."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Very accommodating. Last minute reservation for group of two, became group of 5. Restaurant was happy to accommodate us at busy dinner hour. This is definitely a landmark location in Charleston."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I have dined at Magnolias several other times and always enjoyed it, but not this trip. Having to walk past the kitchen (double width doorless), the floor virtually covered with food debris, to get to the rear dining room in which we were to be seated was a prelude to an "off" dining experience. I had one of the suggested dishes (flounder) which was a bland, tasteless meal if ever I had one. The server was fine, timely without being intrusive. Sadly, I have had my last meal at Magnolias."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Location is on a street with two of it's sister restaurants. Décor actually matched what was available for on-line for viewing. Not to close table arrangements, with a mix of seating for 2, 4, and large groups. Menu items were inventive and quite tasty. Fried green tomatoes were unique and wonderful. Another gem of a find was the crab risotto with a huarache sauce that came with the grilled salmon. A welcome change from shrimp and grits, was the shell fish and grits --- shrimp, scallops, and lobster. Room temperature was just right and the noise level was such that you could still talk to one another. Staff was attentive and most helpful in describing the selections."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "the menu and food were not as good after the change in chefs.Did not feel"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I had the duck breast. It was very pepper hot that I took my knife and scraped off the pepper from the breast. The menu said over blacked green tomatoe but nothing about the breast being spicey. I know I could have mentioned it to the waiter but I just didn't. If someone had asked me how my food was I would have said something. Everything else at the restaurant was fine. Key lime pie was super."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "You can't go wrong with Magnolias! The food, service and atmosphere are fabulous! The fried green tomato BLT with pimento cheese is wonderful. I would also order the fried chicken...it's crisp and moist and a mouthful of heaven. The corn is sweet and perfection. Don't miss this place it's wonderful."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We only had time for one dinner in Charleston - and we chose well by coming here! We enjoyed cocktails, dinner, and dessert - all were well presented beautifully. The dinner portion was large but not overdone. Definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "My husband and I love Charleston, mainly because of the food. We think Magnolias is the perfect place for a family or a romantic dinner date. The food is wonderful."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Magnolias to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. When we got to our table we were welcomed with 2 glasses of champagne. We had a wonderful dinner and they also gave us an anniversary dessert at the end of our dinner. Everyone was SO nice and the food was amazing! We highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I always make an effort to come to Magnolia's when I come to Charleston, and am so glad I did. I brought a group of girlfriends for our last meal before the long drive back to DC and the food was simply amazing. The She Crab soup was very, very good and so was my catfish. Our server, Christina, was so attentive and made it a great experience for us that afternoon. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The fried green tomatoes are the best we've ever had. The portion size of this appetizer allowed us to share them. The Bouillabaisse as always was exceptional with its spicy seafood potlikker. And, the fried chicken was awesome. The boneless breast was moist and succulent with a crispy, crunchy crust. One of our favorite restaurants in Charleston. Very dependable and predictable."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Wonderful ambiance and chicken to die for! Menu is farly priced and food excellent! Service was also excellent! First class!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Everything was great! Our only complaint was our table was too close to another table so we didn't have privacy with our conversations, but it didn't affect our overall experience. A+"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I have been patronizing Magnolia's for the past twenty years and overall this restaurant is my favorate. Lunch is the best bang for your buck let alone dinner. The menu is diverse and offers a great flavor of southern dinning. Our waitress; Nancy, gave excellent customer serive. If you decide to dine here request Nancy for your waitress."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Memorable enjoyable experience on every level. FOOD, service, ambience were all excellent. Would always return when in Charleston."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food and service was absolutely marvelous. Will make it a point to eat at Magnolias my next trip to Charleston!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We are never disappointed when we dine here. Always excellent food and service."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. Use of spices phenomenal (though it needed a dash of salt), great atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We spent 3 nights in Charleston and planned this !as our third high end restaurant. What a way to end our trip; it was the best of the 3!!! Cannot say enough good things about Magnolias from our server, Sam (who made the evening more memorable!) to the incredible food. Amazing vegetables and the Down South egg roll was creative and amazing. Pecan pie is far better than any other we had. Great place to go and in a hot area."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We visited on a Thursday night. Even so the kitchen appeared to be overtaxed. Both appetizers and the main courses were slow in coming. Chicken liver appetizer was wonderful, rest of the meal was only so-so. Very expensive for what you got. There are better restaurants in Charleston."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "It was our anniversary and we asked for a quiet table. We got seated at the perfect corner table and proceeded with a meal that was simply superb."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We had a fabulous meal here and I highly recommend the fried green tomatoes and the fried chicken breasts. Very authentically southern. My husband had the cucumber gazpacho which he described as disappointing. Very thin and tasteless. With much better things on the menu, we'd recommend avoiding this one."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We chose Magnolias to celebrate a birthday lunch. What a great choice! From the arrival to the departure we were treated wonderfully! The food was superb, every bit as good as dinner. The Fried Green Tomatoes are the best. We had the flounder, and it was cooked to perfection. The bouillabaisse was delicious as well - just the right amount of spicy. There was plenty of fish served with this dish, which can be a problem at other places. Our waiter, Ben, was so attentive. He brought out a glass of complimentary champagne for our birthday girl as well as a yummy dish of homemade ice cream with a candle at the end of our meal. He was very knowledgeable about the menu, and gave us plenty of time to enjoy our lunch. Love Magnolias!!!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My wife and I took a trip to Charleston, SC for our anniversary. I searched for places to eat and after reading several reviews for several restaurants decided to dine at Magnolia's. It was a great choice if I do say so myself. We were able to get a 9:15pm reservation as the restaurant was busy on a Monday night. After tasting our appetizer we understood why the place was so busy. The Down South Eggroll was amazing; chicken, collard greens, ham, spicy mustard, and peach chutney who knew? Our entrees were equally tasty; shellfish over grits for her and buttermilk fried chicken breast for myself. Yummy....We even had dessert (which we normally don't do) strawberry shortcake and cream cheese pecan brownie respectively. Great service and food"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Service, food, ambiance were all excellent. 5 stars for everything!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "My fiancé and I went to Magnolias for a romantic birthday dinner. The restaurant was amazing and had great ambiance but unfortunately the service was lacking. We were seating around 6:30 and didn't get our food to around 7:30. We did rose an appetizer but we waited about 40 minutes after that before our food came out. So much for a romantic dinner that definitely killed the mood. Nevertheless the food was amazing."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Visiting the area, this restaurant was recommended. Will definitely go back and recommend to others."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Strong. As always. Excellent through and through."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "As always, loved the food. Duck was off the charts as well as fried green tomatoes."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Food and service was great and the parking was convenient and free"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Wonderful place in beautiful Charleston for a unique brunch experience. The Bloody Marys are the best"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "It was also my first experience at Magnolia's. I made the reservation months in advance of arriving in Charleston. My husband and I were so impressed with the restaurant. It was very nice and yet not stuffy. I was extremely comfortable. The food was fantastic from the vanilla bean scones to the banana pudding stuffed french toast (yes, read that again). We haven't stopped talking about it since and will definitely make it a point to dine there again upon our return to Charleston. I would highly recommend dining here. As a matter of fact, I already have to several!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Though the brunch menu is limited, it is accentuated with excellent features. We had the lump crab omelette. It was sublime. Excellent service, comfortable, but not private for tables of two seating, and convenient parking make this restaurant a must. Don't miss the raspberry sorbet--it is the perfect finish for a perfect meal."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "They need to impose a dress code, and don't let them seat you in the back room."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I found this gem online for a one night stay in Charleston. We will definitely be back! Our server, Ira, was personable and very knowledgeable about the food and wine list. The. Food was fabulous, including the scallops appetizer and the Seafood over Grits in Lobster sauce. I highly recommend both. Also had a very flavorful lower fat dish with andouille sausage, chicken, dirty rice and lots of spices. The wine list was very good and offered what most don't - half bottles. We can only split one whole bottle but like to pair different wines with appetizers and dinner. We had a Pouilly Fuisse with appetizer and a fabulous red with dinner - both half bottles.Next trip we will also ask for Ira."
    Dined on 7/12/2014