Magnolias
Magnolias

Magnolias

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.magnolias-blossom-cypress.com/
  • Phone: 8435777771x
  • 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: Low Country, Southern
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSouthern
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Magnolias reviews from OpenTable diners
710 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (440)special occasion (434)romantic (279)neighborhood gem (225)notable wine list (157)great for lunch (154)good for groups (144)great for brunch (127)hot spot (125)vibrant bar scene (41)kid-friendly (29)late-night find (22)scenic view (14)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Had a wonderful meal. Fried green tomatoes, peanut hummus , tomato soup starters. Catfish, tuna, chicken and dumplings. Catfish was the overall winner. Don't miss out on dessert. Pecan pie is the best ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice choice
    Werxcv01
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    My wife and I am visited Magnolias on the recent trip to Charleston and really enjoyed it. The service was great and the food was very good. My wife had the fried chicken and I had the strip steak. My only complaint would be that the strip steak was slightly undercooked. I did ask for medium rare but it was more like rare plus. However I experienced the same thing at a different restaurant the following night so perhaps there is a different interpretation of medium rare in Charleston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    My sister and I took my 81 year old mother there for lunch while visiting in Charleston. It was my mother's birthday and we took her there for lunch . We were greeted at the door wishing her a happy birthday and the server was very attentive. We all ordered the fried green tomato/BLT sandwich and it was heavenly. The location is great , as my mother paints and we were visiting galleries on Broad around the corner. It is a must. Will definitely visit again on my next trip back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great neighborhood place
    tumbleweedVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Magnolias is always great and especially enjoyable since renovations. I was thrilled again with the variety of fish on the menu for lunch. Best in town for that, I think, We will be bac again. And likely again after that!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    This was our third time to Magnolias and it is always wonderful. Dawn was our server and she made it amazing. We brought our family here during the week of our wedding. The fried chicken is to die for, the creme brûlée is awesome! Delicious!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tried it, would not go back.
    StinkyMHVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    To be fair, I will start by saying that the food was good. Not great, good. My table started with the fried green tomatoe, followed by the fried chicken breast. We chose these dishes because we wanted a truly southern meal, and both dishes met that criteria. The fried chicken was accompanied by fresh corn, mashed potatoes, collard greens and biscuits with gravy. My problem with the restaurant was the lack of hospitality. The hostess was rude. We had reservations for months, but were sat in the back naughty room (past the front room, past the kitchens). The front room was not full upon arriving or leaving. Restaurants tend to stick two women in the worst seats. Perhaps that was the game at Magnolias. Sorry to say I would not go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Service was great,however the food was average with crab cakes that were mush (too much bread filler without seasoning) and entrees that had good ingredients but not much inspiration.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great waitstaff!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Seared Ahi Tuna tender and free of sinew (unlike dinner the night before at another restaurant a block away, where the tuna was filled with sinew, even when a second piece was brought out). Our waitress, Genevieve was a delight! We would absolutely go back to Magnolia's again next visit. Friends who used to live in Savannah often visited Charleston and recommended Magnolia's and we are so glad they did!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my Charleston Favorites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We stop here whenever we're in Charleston. The food at Magnolias always exceeds my expectations. This time the Seafood and Grits and my favorite the rainbow trout were spectacular. Try the fried green tomatoes for an appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As good as they say
    PAtoCA
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    A friend from California recommended Magnolia's and the Yelp reviews agreed, so we had to give it a shot. We could only get 5:30 reservations, so we weren't super hungry. I had the parmesan encrusted flounder - I may have had better fish somewhere, but I can't remember. My wife had tuna bad bean soup and a small plate of pistachio encrusted ahi - both were fabulous. Pecan pie with ice cream was heavenly. With 2 glasses of wine and tip, our bill was still under $100.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place to eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Service was exceptional. Our waiter was very attentive to us. Food was outstanding! !
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal of the trip!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We went for Sunday Brunch and EVERYTHING was impeccable. Go there!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    JoJoVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Dining at Magnolias is a treat. Parmesan crusted flounder was wonderful as were the scallop and crab cake appetizers. It is however noisey and tables are close together. One of our chairs was at the edge of the dining area entrance which feels less than inviting. This was the second time that we've dined at Magnolia's. The waiter disappeared after our food was served during our first visit. We ended up with the same waiter this time around and service was improved. Magnolia's is definitely on our list of favorites due to the quality of the food. Appears that the wait staff is entirely male. I'm not sure of the point of this practice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a great dining experience
    alwaysthere1VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our waiter, James was outstanding in spite of the fact that the restaurant was jammed. He went out of his to offer the best service with special emphasis on the signature dishes. We all enjoyed this restaurant; a top choice in Charleston.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Taste of Charleston!
    chefli
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our party enjoyed the crab bisque, buttermilk fried chicken, southwest egg rolls, pork belly, and the wedge (bibb) salad. All were excellent! The bisque was flavorful without being too spicy. The pork belly was perfectly done. The egg rolls had just the right amount of kick too them. We are northerners and the service was a bit slower (on a Saturday night) than we would expect, but certainly was nothing to complain about. We reminded ourselves we were "south of the tension line." The absolute highlight of the night was the pecan pie, loaded with pecans and with a rich and sweet taste. The signature brownie was also very good, obscenely rich, but certain to delight a chocolate lover! Would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it.
    luvIt
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have been to Magnolias twice and both times were excellent. The service, food and atmosphere are all excellent. I would definitely eat there again and highly recommend it to others. Both of our visits were special occasion, but I would go just for a nice lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!!
    Regulargirl
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Every trip I make to charleston includes a visit to Magnolias. One of my favs for years. Never a complaint!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointing
    Lucky1VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    . The restaurant was crowded and noisy and not a pleasant dining experience. The service was terrible. Our waiter was inattentive. My order was not prepared the way I had requested and when our waiter finally came around, he took it back to the kitchen where they scraped off the top preparation of the fish( I am allergic to peppers and specifically asked if they could prepare this dish without, which he assured me they could) and brought me the same piece of fish without the topping. In a restaurant if this caliber I was shocked. No attempt from a manager was made to address this. We got our check and left and would not go back or recommend it. With all of the wonderful choices in Charleston, don't eat here!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Sandra
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We always enjoy Magnolias each set of friends that come to visit us from Virginia we take to Magnolias for a touch of South Carolina charm and great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Brought two out of town guests here for the first time. they were pleasantly pleased.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Lunch We Won't Forget!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Magnolia's on the final day of our visit to Charleston! Both his southern fried chicken and my cedar plank trout were delicious. What a memorable way to round out our time in this great city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expectations too high?
    DrRoyce
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    One of those places where their reputation has preceded them a bit to far. Food was good but not edgy, wine list was interesting but not especially creative, service was professional but too heavily loaded to do the right things at the right times, decor is elegant but kind of stark. Example: The much-vaunted fried chicken was indeed better than average while down the street at Poogans Porch theirs made us both go wide-eyed and eat every morsel on the plate. Will go back to Poogans, wont go back to Magnolias.
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  • Lovely dining experience
    qotu
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We had a delightful meal last week at Magnolias. The food was excellent. The wine list was varied with out being overwhelming. We were able to order to please every preference. The seafood over grits was especially good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant.
    SCbump
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Fried green tomatoes best ever and I should know because I grew up eating them. Wife and friend said chicken breast was great. Definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food and charm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This trip to Charleston was our first and Magnolias was recommended by multiple people. From the word go the service was wonderful where you can tell staff care greatly about the diners experience. The restaurant was beautiful with the old charm of the building but modern spin. The food had wonderful flavors with great presentation. Of all the places we ate in Charleston, this was our favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charleston lover
    TNVol13
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Can't say anything negative about Magnolia's. Everything from the atmosphere, service and certainly the food was extraordinary! We eat here every year when we come to Charleston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slow Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This is the second time we have had very slow lunch service at Magnolias. Food and ambiance are good, but it would be hard to go there very often.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Julie
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Travelling from Canada, we wanted to expereince the Charleston dining scene. We were not disappointed with Magnolia's, which offers tradition souther dining but often with a modern twist. Loved the blacked catfish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    fatso
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    What a comfortable place for dinner. Just sitting by myself for several minutes was pleasant, and attention was paid to me. Sitting in the front at a window was the best place, our wait staff was excellent (Sarah and her apprentice), and our wine and meal were superb. Wish I could eat at Magnolia's once a week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Excellent evening. Food was superb. Attention to the one lactose intollerent guest was flawless. A dining experience. Not just dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    My second time to magnolias and it didn't disappoint. Food is very creative and plenty of it. The service was spot on. Our dessert of pecan oue with vanilla ice cream on top was the icing on the cake! A friend is going to charleston in two weeks and has already made a reservation based on my recommendation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnolia review
    Mlpdine
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The open table reserve was quite easy. Food was top rated as was service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    BigJack
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We love New Orleans and thought nothing could compare for southern cooking, until Magnolias. Try the shellfish and grits. They invented it. Florence, our waiter, picked the perfect bottle of Burgandy to pair with the meal. Can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food selection, polite staff!
    Drakeman12
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Definitely a restaurant I'll eat at again next time I come back to Charleston!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best down home food with flair!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I came to Charleston with this type of food in mind. Magnolia's hit the spot. Wonder, friendly waitstaff with lots of southern charm. I had the fried green tomatoes and chicken and biscuits, my husband had the chicken livers and BBQ and collard greens. Everything was spot on delicious! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Exgerber
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Great attentive and friendly service. Excellent food - crab cake, fish, shrimp and grits all so tasty. Enjoyed a romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Outstanding
    Rick4finefd
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    For many years I have always returned to Magnolia's on a short visit to Charleston, threatening to try another place. It remains the most enjoyable eating experience anywhere. Brunch included the finest fried green tomatoes, salmon eggs benedict and Bloody Mary's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Magnolias
    Bob46VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    A very good restaurant with interesting food choices. On our latest visit, the service was slow. We believe that it wasn't the server's fault, but the kitchen being overwhelmed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch
    Nu2Charleston
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I was entertaining house guests at brunch. The duck comfit omelette was a big hit, as was the pecan pie. The service was good, not great, but the setting was very comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious experience
    LLWF
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Both the food and service were fantastic. We enjoyed the apple fritters, ham and cheese pancakes and pigs in a blanket. All were excellent. The food was very reasonable priced given the potion sizes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.