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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSouthern
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Magnolias reviews from OpenTable diners
711 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (465)fit for foodies (414)romantic (292)neighborhood gem (233)great for lunch (191)notable wine list (175)great for brunch (164)good for groups (137)hot spot (136)vibrant bar scene (48)kid-friendly (34)scenic view (24)late-night find (14)great for outdoor dining (5)Show More
  • SENSATIONAL!!!!!!!!
    theyoungfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Tonight, I dined at Magnolias with my family and every single one of us was BLOWN AWAY at how amazing every dish was! The fried green tomatoes were OUT OF THIS WORLD in addition to our parmesan crusted flounder, and buttermilk friend chicken. Magnolias is the definition of Southern Cuisine. If you haven't gone, you are truly missing out. Oh! Don't forget to order the pecan pie at the end of your meal, it was the BEST PECAN PIE I'VE EVER HAD!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    WE had wonderful food and a wonderful waiter at Magnolia's. The only complaint I had was we were placed at the very back table in a private dining room so you did not get the fun atmosphere of the front room. Every reservation I booked through open table we had bad tables.
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  • One of Charleston's Finest
    dine4fun
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    If you want a great meal with fantastic service, give this place a try. Great for special occasions or just a great meal with friends. One of our favorite in Charleston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good not great.
    socky
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Very good ahi tuna and wine list.3 had duck, but would not order again. Trout and flounder very good. Nice restaurant fairly reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were happy with our choice.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Had a gluten free menu! Great! Very happy with our choice. Great wine for me and waiter suggested craft beer my husband enjoyed. Fried green tomatoes and strawberry shortcake were delicious!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must
    Kayaker
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    A visit to Magnolia's is a must whenever I am in Charleston!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • To die for
    kc101
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I have never had a better brunch. A friend recommended Magnolia's and I'm so glad my husband and I ate there during our anniversary weekend. I had the banana pudding stuffed french toast (with regular syrup instead of peanut butter syrup--I'm not Elvis) with bacon. It was one of the best things I've ever put in my mouth! Absolutely delicious! Hubby wants me to try to make it myself, but I know I'll never get close to that buttery richness. His fried egg sandwich was fine, but my food was clearly the winner. I ate every single bite and could have eaten it every day for a week! Our waiter Brian was amazing, friendly, and recommended a good local golf course as well. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining in Charleston
    Honey10
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    There are many wonderful restaurants to choose from, but few that can prepare the good low country style of cooking. Since I'm not really a fish eater except for shell, I was not disappointed with the buttermilk chicken, with collards. I should have asked for a table where I could view the entire restaurant, but sitting by the front window was less noisy and more relaxing. I like to see the decor and see people when I'm not from the area. This restaurant has it all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exellent all around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We ate here for lunch several years ago and it was wonderful so we finally made it back to try it for dinner. We started with the fried green tomatoes which was probably the best thing we ate. For entrees, I had the ahi tuna over spring rolls and my wife had the shellfish over grits. Both were excellent. When we ate their previously for lunch we had the pecan pie which was to die for, but wanting to try something new, this time we had the sweet tea peach cake. It was good, but the pecan pie that I remember was way better. Service was good overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My constant favorite
    SusanOJ
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Live in Folly and am a foodie. Try all the new restaurants but always return to magnolias for great atmosphere, free parking and consistently great southern comfort food. Service always excellent from the greeting and waitstaff. Great place to grab a bite at the bar as well
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great place with phenomenal food and service. Great ambience as well. We took our kids for lunch on our anniversary and it was a great experience. Fried green tomatoes were AMAZING!!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    LWeb
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Service was outstanding. We had delicious food and wine. Left there stuffed and happy!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went to Magnolia's for our one year wedding anniversary and were blown away! We had heard wonderful things but it not only lived up to the praise, it exceeded it. The food was phenomenal and wait staff very attentive. We will definitely go back next time we're in Charleston!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st trip there, surely more to come
    mbeaule
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    visiting the Isle of Palms area for a week, this was well worth the trip into Charleston. We had both a scallop appetizer and the egg rolls for appetizers and they were excellent. Entrees were also fantastic, one choice was Duck and the other was Tuna. Both very solid choices.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Celebration
    CindyVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    What a wonderful restaurant to celebrate my birthday. So many wonderful choices. Very knowledgable waiter to help us figure out what to order. We ended up sharing lots of different items, one better than the next. The waiter's pacing of the meal was fabulous since there was lots to eat. Can't wait to go back again.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • One of the best
    Newfav
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Charleston is known as a town with great restaurants. Lots of new ones have sprung it, but you still can't beat Magnolias for excellent food and service. We were there on a summer weeknight, and it was packed until well after 10. Our server, Dawn, was especially gracious and helpful, always there but never intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Balanced cuisine, something for everyone, including vegetarians. Fresh,innovative southern cuisine. Wines and desserts are also delicious. Even though it was crowded, our waiter was attentive, our reservation was honored, and our food was timed perfectly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best meals I've had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Nearly everything about Magnolia's lived up to its status as one of the best restaurants in Charleston. The appetizers and salads were incredible and my meal was amongst the best I've ever been served. My girlfriend ordered the vegetable dish, and the risotto was fantastic. I would have liked to have seen a few more vegetables in the dish though. S.N.O.B.'s vegetable plate was better. If there were a few additional vegetarian items on the menu it wouldn't hurt either.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful for lunch and dinner
    localaliensVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had lunch with friends. Normally we do dinner every few months. But it had been a long time since we did brunch or lunch. It was outstanding. Service was impeccable. Food was great. Cobb salad topped with southern fried chicken, blackened catfish with dirty rice and fried green tomatoes, and flounder. All were just terrific.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite food downtown
    NaanMan
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Top notch. Consistently great food and service. The southern dishes are fantastic. Try the catfish and fried green tomatoes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hrr6
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The first time back since the renovation, the restaurant was great. Now, they've added many more tables in the dining room and the noise level is so high that it is impossible to hear the person sitting right next to you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • magnolias meets expectations
    Dundasfoodie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Excellent food, attentive and quick service, in a very busy restaurant. Magnolias is a tourist hotspot in a city with many excellent restaurants, but it remains a high performer
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We went to Magnolias for our 32nd wedding anniversary. It was perfect--the service, the food, the ambiance. We highly recommend Magnolias.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodiereview
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Had a great experience at Magnolia's. The entrees were delicious, especially the fried chicken. However, the Mac n' cheese appetizer was not enough to share.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Table from Hell
    PhillyLou
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We ordered and received our appetizers immediately. Then we sat for over an hour freezing because the air was blowing directly on our table. Finally entrees! Disappointing. While my wife went outside to warm up my son was pointing out a drip from the ceiling when he knocked over his water. The waiter that cam to help was beyond rude, telling me I was nuts about the temperature. Plenty of good restaurants in Charleston. Magnolias won't receive our return business.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not worth the money
    JBKB
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I took my wife here for our second anniversary looking for a good place to eat to spoil her...this is not that place. The atmosphere is nice, but the food is sub-par and our server was just looking to rack up her total on our check. I order the New York strip which was $34. Now I am not opposed to paying $34 for a steak but it should taste better than something I could do at my house on my grill. It was well....a normal steak that tasted a little to chard in spots. My wife said her fillet was good, but again it was $36 and was "good". As to the server, when I order my steak I did not realize that it came with mashed potatoes so I order a side of mashed potatoes which ended up not eaten nor taken off the check. Just overall not worth it.
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  • Charleston Visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    A wonderful dinner in Charleston. Everything very good- food spectacular, Memorable.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Traveller
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Once again I have been impressed by the excellence of Magnolia food and service. Outstanding.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Lovely Dinner
    Relish
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My husband and I had a very lovely anniversary dinner at Magnolias. We had reservations and were seated immediately upon arrival. We shared the fried green tomato appetizer that was delicious. I commented to the server how good the tomato relish was on the appetizer and he brought out the chef's business card and said that if I emailed her she would send the recipe. I have already emailed her. Hope I get a reply. We ordered the small plates of shrimp and grits and tuna that were both delicious. We ordered small plates to save room for dessert. My husband loved the chocolate brownie with ice cream. I had the Creme brûlée that was good as well.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!!!
    SuefromCharleston
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We were celebrating our anniversary and decided on brunch - the menu looked fabulous -- and it did not disappoint!! Had the banana pudding stuffed French toast - come on - who thinks of these things ?! Incredible ! Both the hostess and our sweet server, Carrie, wished us a happy anniversary and we were given mimosas on the house to celebrate! Still the classy, wonderful restaurant it's been for many years!
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    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    dinger
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My wife and I very much enjoyed our selves and the food was excellent
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lynne
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Excellent Food and Service. Best Restaurant in Charleston.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Excellent Southern comfort food in an excellent venue !
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PeanutVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We are from Chicago & are spoiled with great restaurants but dinner there Friday not was fabulous!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was our 50th anniversary and it did not measure up to our expectations! Service was ok, food was nothing special, table in middle of room. Watched cleanup of spill on another customer most of our meal. THANK goodness I had a good date.
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  • Great time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Very enjoyable evening dining at Magnolia's. They honored my request for a more quiet area so that we could talk. Much appreciated.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Do not miss this place.
    Razz
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We come to Charleston every year. There are many good restaurants here but Magnolias has always remained on our list. A wonderful place for Sunday brunch, lunch, or dinner. Impeccable wait staff, very knowledgeable. Food is the essence of low country cooking. Don't miss the fried mac and cheese!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful creative dining
    daleydale
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Perfect dining experience. Everything on the menu sounded amazing. We had 2 of ghe small plates and we could barely finish them. Did have some apps first. We are foidies. This is the real deal. Bravo!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern
    Toddy
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Our appetizer and meal were excellent. This is an interesting, upgraded take on Southern-style food. I highly recommend the shellfish and grits and my 12 year old cleaned her plate of the buttermilk fried chicken. The restaurant was a little loud and our table was small and slightly cramped in its side corner. I was with my tween daughter (dressed up & acting very adult) and most other restaurants on this Charleston visit had sought to make our meal a special occasion- unfortunately Magnolia's did not make that list. We were just another 2 top to be shuffled through. All in all, great meal but not a memorable experience.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food and service is great! My mom is on a gluten/dairy free diet and the server was able to accommodate. Great local place, I've been going to for over 8 years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet