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Magnolias Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.magnolias-blossom-cypress.com/
  • Email: reservations@hmgi.net
  • 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 WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "We tried three different "small plates" and the bisque...all were incredible. The spices and seasonings used create an explosion of flavor - shrimp and sausage with grits never tasted better. The seasoned Ahi Tuna was savory. But the highlight was the Low Country Boulliabaise. Highly recommended and I even bought a recipe book to simply try and make it one day at home. Great atmosphere, terrific service. Whether looking for a romantic dinner for two or a family-size group, you can't go wrong here if you like authentic Low Country style food."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I'm from the North, so when I get the chance to have some good southern cooking, well YUM!!! Had the southern fried chicken & collard greens - moist, crispy chicken and smoky greens with mashed. Also went a 2nd time a few days later and had the shrimp, lobster and grits - creamy, rich and flavorful. Loved the atmosphere, never felt rushed and enjoyed my time there."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Fabulous brunch menu. Great service. Amazing hush puppies =)"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I was excited to return to Magnolias, as I dined here years ago and enjoyed the food and ambience. Either we chose a bad night, or things are not the same. Service wasn't exactly warm and fuzzy. Our waiter was on the surly side and only warmed up toward the end of the night - as he was bringing our check. The drinks were mediocre. We make better cocktails at home! The food was good, but not great. And to cap off this bland evening, we were serenaded by a crying baby - no make that a wailing baby, whose parents didn't seem to care that they were disrupting EVERYONE'S evening. Parents should know better, and so should the restaurant. Small children should not be allowed in fine dining establishments. Mgr did comp our drinks, a nice gesture."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed celebrating our 15th anniversary at Magnolias. Apps, mains, and desserts were all memorable. The wait staff was friendly and gave excellent service. We'll go again when in Charleston!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Enjoyed a late lunch after touring Ft Sumter.server was excellent and entree that she recommended was devoured by three of the four on our table.."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "we are locals and consider this one of charlestons best"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We have visited Magnolias three times over the past month. First being lunch and Second visit being brunch which were both excellent in all respects. This third visit was a bit disappointing. Noise level was extremely loud. My wife likes the salmon with mussels and was disappointed. My meal was excellent."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We went to Magnolia's to celebrate my birthday. We were seated promptly at our reservation time at very nice table in the back of the restaurant. The tables are a little close and the restaurant is a little noisy, but that was okay. The Parmesan crusted flounder and the trout on the menu were both excellent, and we also enjoyed the fried green tomatoes and the crab bisque. Our waiter gave us good wine recommendations and provided good service. The highlight was when Louis came from the kitchen to sing a lovely happy birthday! And oh, yes, be sure try the strawberry shortcake ice cream! There are lots of excellent restaurants in Charleston, and we will definitely go back to Magnolia's the next time we visit!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We just come from an uppity bar where we had a cocktail. This place was more comfortable. My main entrée was okay and the waiter could tell that I wasn't exactly thrilled with it. He immediately offered to switch out my dish for something else. The new salmon dish came in four minutes and was delicious. The waiter was outstanding I would highly recommend this restaurant"
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "In our many visits to the city of Chaleston, we never miss the opportunity to enjoy a dinner evening at Magnolias. The ambience, service and quality of food has always been excellent. My wife and I always look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We come to Charleston once a year on our anniversary. Have tried other restaurants in the city, keep coming back to Magnolias. Food is outstanding, service is spot on, even when restaurant is full. Never wait for our food to arrive from course to course. Waitress was pleasant, polite and right on time with her visits to our table. Try the collard greens. The filet with pimento cheese was awesome. We were too full for dessert. Great food at a price you can afford."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Great restaurant in a great town. Great menu and wonderful food selection. Upbeat personnel with great attitudes. Consider a dress code. Tough to do but how will Charleston survive?"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Great food, but the service was very slow. I will try again and hope a little better."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We always take our out of town guests to Magnolias to enjoy the low country food and it always stands up to expectations. No matter how picky an eater, you can always find a dish to make you happy."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "My friends and I have gone to Magnolia's for lunch several times. This was my first visit since the renovation. The place looks beautiful! They did a fantastic job. The food and service was great. It always is!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "A friend recommended this restaurant in downtown Charleston since she had eaten there several years ago. We liked the ambiance and were seated quickly since we had a reservation. The service was very slow. We were there for almost 2 hours for lunch and dessert. We both had the Fried Chicken Breast plate. The chicken was great, but the gravy over the biscuits and potatoes was too heavy for me. We thought it was overpriced for the plate. This was the first place we ate in Charleston and found friendlier service elsewhere. It was great that there is a parking lot right next to the restaurant. The bread they serve first is also delicious."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We visited Magnolia's 8 years ago and were impressed! This week, we returned to Charleston and decided to make it our feature dining experience during our week long stay. The food was good but not impressive. The duck entree' was way undercooked.It was ordered medium well and was served rare. In contrast, the seafood grits entree was very good. Overall, about average. The place was not extremely busy for its reputation but our service left a little to be desired. Drinks emptied before being refilled and we were disappointed that our food took entirely too long to be served. Ordinarily, I would not be as picky with my review. But, at Magnolia's, you pay a premium for the experience. I expected better."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Magnolias was a great choice for Sunday brunch. The menu was a knockout. It felt as thought I could order anything on the menu and not be disappointed. From sweet to savory, each of us had something entirely different, and each of us was thoroughly satisfied. Outstanding low country cuisine, with friendly service - though desultory, as is typical of Charleston. Great Bloody Mary eye opener, and a very impressive wine list to boot. Definitely worth a return visit on our next trip."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Great restaurant. Excellent in ALL regards. A "Classy Joint" for sure! Server Billy - extremely professional. Make your reservation as soon as you know you will be visiting Charleston.. This is our first choice for the next time we visit Charleston."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Magnolias is an excellent restaurant. The food is always wonderful no matter what you select. The staff is very friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Food was ok, it was not what we would have expected, needed more creativity, not memorable. Fried chicken was dry. She crab soup, thick no substance. Pork chop was dry therefore overcooked. Key lime pie needed more filling, was mostly crust. We were expecting morel, ambiance was nice."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "We had a terrific dinner at Magnolias. We sampled a range of the menu, and everything was simply terrific. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We sat in the back room and it was noisy. Need to work on sound dampening."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Frequent visitor to Charleston, and make it a point to have a wonderful meal at Magnolia's. From the initial greeting you are made to feel at home. Service and atmosphere are excellent. Enjoy the experience, whether business or a quiet moment with a loved one"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We had been to Magnolia's several years ago and the food was outstanding. We were disappointed with the food on this visit. Additionally we were seated in the back dining room and the noise level was excessive. With so many other options in Charleston we will not return nor would we recommend to others."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "the food and the service were excellent, unfortunately the noise from several other table in the room we were seated in were so loud it was very hard to have a conversation, and finally became so uncomfortable, just wanted the meal to be over so could leave. Know the restaurant can't control their patrons. Maybe suggest they do something to bring the noise level down. I return to Charleston yearly and will never go back to Magnolias. Sorry"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A good restaurant, maybe very good, but not a great one. Modern and on the noisy side. Polite waitstaff."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "True southern charm..one of the best spots in Charleston ."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "If your dining in Charleston one of the idiosyncrasies you will find is that there are a lot of restaurants with great food and great waiters/waitresses which really completes the total experience if you get both. We felt that the waiter was okay and the food was really good. Definitely a place to visit for the food and we know that we saw and heard better service than our table"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dining experience although it was quite noisy and the tables are very close together. The food was good and service was top notch."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dinner at Magnolias. Great location, beautiful interior, excellent drinks, wine and dinner. Very helpful wait staff and service."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Never disappoints ... always bring our out-of-town guests here. Food is excellent!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Some of the best food and service in Charleston. This is by far one of the places to go when in town."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We had dinner recently at Magnolias while on vacation in Charleston, and were disappointed in the experience. The atmosphere was nice, but the waitress was condescending and inattentive. I ordered the snapper, which came with spinach and potatoes. The fish was delicious and mild, but the vegetables were so spicy I couldn't eat them. Had they just been seasoned with some lemon and garlic, they would've been perfect. My husband got the parmesan encrusted flounder and it had no flavor. We ordered two desserts, but did not eat the strawberry shortcake, as it was dry and only had strawberry flavoring."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Food and choices excellent, definitely fitting Southern Low Country style. Wait for service and food much too long and we did better than many other tables."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "No room for dessert after white wine sangria, Bibb salad and fried chicken dinner, there was no room for dessert! It was fabulous!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The food we chose was very tasty & enjoyable. The server was very pleasant & available. I will compliment the chef on his preparation."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Chose Magnolia's to show our Minnesota friends the best of Charleston dining. Days later they are still raving about it. Loved the food, the service and the ambiance. A definite gem!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "It was our first visit to this restaurant, and, overall, it was a great experience. It was a bit loud, and even though we were on time, they were late on seating us. It was very busy. The food was delicious and our waiter was good, not great."
    Dined on 4/1/2014