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 WinnerMost Booked
Magnolias reviews from OpenTable diners
717 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (459)fit for foodies (437)romantic (294)neighborhood gem (225)notable wine list (175)great for lunch (171)great for brunch (141)good for groups (135)hot spot (128)vibrant bar scene (45)kid-friendly (33)scenic view (23)late-night find (16)great for outdoor dining (5)Show More
  • A Must Have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I ordered the steak with mashed potatoes goats cheese and brussell sprouts..the steak was excellent and cooked perfectly but I would have traded it for the potatoes and brussell. I still am remembering the taste which I can tell you I am not impressed easily.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicoius but noisy!
    foodiechik
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    AS always - Magnolias is a wonderful experience! Food was fabulous, service was wonderful - the only complaint is that it is much too noisy in the back room. would be great if they could do something with the acoustics there - we were yelling at each other across the table!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pay attention to details
    Tarheel
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Barely average. T-shirt and jeans and baseball cap wearing tourists dominated. It took 2 discussions with the waitress to find a solution to a food allergy issue - basically it's not about making the customer happy, but turning tables. Unless you order a bottle a wine, you get the basic wine glasses, but if you get a bottle they will bring proper red and white glasses - even when you ask for a proper glass the answer is "this is what you get". Little things make the difference, but Magnolias doesn't appear to care. The food was good, but the whole package is lacking.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    As a local resident of Charleston, I've been to a lot of the notable restaurants downtown. I didn't understand the hype around it, but figured it was worth trying out the place. I was more than pleasantly surprised. The restaurant is beautiful, the service is great, the food is out of this world. I'm gluten-free, too, and the seafood over grits was AMAZING! It's a definite favorite. Everyone can find something on the menu to enjoy. I'm about to become a regular!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous All The Way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The food was real southern and outstanding--My wife had the southern fried chicken and I had the shellfish grits. We shared the fried green tomatoes. The service was friendly, very efficient and answered all of our menu questions.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Simply fantastic southern food!!! Everything was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Below expectations
    Eatouttoomuch
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Place busy. Food not up to billing. Okay but surprisingly ordinary.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it!
    lokiloki
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had a great experience at Magnolias. Our server was amazing, food was good, and atmosphere was terrific. Beautiful southern charm! The only reason I didn't give it a perfect 5 stars was because I thought my entree lacked a bit of flavor, but my husbands entree was to die for. Pork tenderloin. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    Jody
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This is one of our favorites. We always can count on great food, service and southern hospitality. First time for brunch- we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had a lovely brunch at Magnolias. The caprese quiche was super yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was excellent and always consistent. Waiter service is usually great....but for some reason this particular waiter appeared distracted....we had to repeat our orders...he appeared to be watching another waiter...maybe he was his mentor....to give him the benefit of the doubt. But overall a good experience and we will return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Week Ending
    thenotsopickyeater
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The ambiance at Magnolia's was excellent - we were seated in the Gallery section which seemed to be much quieter than the front section - the paintings were interesting, the table nicely set. The waiter was helpful and friendly and the East Bay mojito was tasty. We started with the boiled peanut salad - delicious - and it was so sizeable I could have stopped there. We ordered the pork and the clams and mussels. The pork was incredibly tender with a polenta/grits pudding with it that had a little kick. I had the clams and mussels and was concerned that the smoked bacon would be too smoky - not so - but the bacon did, in my opinion, overtake the taste of the seafood. The seafood was tender - wish the bacon hadn't been so overpowering.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome dinner
    4friendsfromphilly
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    For a special evening in Charleston, this is a MUST! Outstanding food, service and extra care to make the evening special. Steven, our waiter, was simply awesome. Food... incredible. No visit to Charleston is complete without a meal at Magnolia's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd visit and still amazed!
    NMR7
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I love Magnolias! The fried mac'n'cheese with bacon jam is amazing as is the buttermilk chicken! This time I tried the strawberry shortcake dessert. Excellent! We also really loved the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • yummytummy
    yummytummy
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This restaurant is charming in appearance and has an efficient and friendly staff. The food is delicious and artfully presented. The menu covers all tastes. I had a fish appetizer, a steak entree, and the best pecan pie in the area. They also serve terrific prosecco, which is not always easy to find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Ambiance, food and our server were all great! A wonderful welcome to Charleston on our first night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    Mishy
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Everything about the evening was great. My meal was excellent. Yes I would go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch spot
    kiwikritic
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I had the chicken livers. First time I've ever had them deep fried (not from the south). They were delish. Shellfish and grits for entrée. Wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charleston tradition
    sfdover
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Service from Carrie was great, good recommendations, and very attentive. Some big wines have aged well there, some cabs 12+ years.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • :(
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    A disappointment......................................... ....
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Week Menu Excels
    Pablo
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Boiled peanuts, pickled okra and a tasty buttermilk dressing on romaine lettuce made for a great first course. Pork tenderloin with field peas and a spicy pepper sauce was perfect. Triple Chocolate dessert with white chocolate ice cream topped it off. Three courses, $30. What a deal. The pecan crusted chicken breast was a hit with my wife as well as the deviled eggs made with pimiento cheese. Our server Erin was attentive and pleasant. The only downside was the noise level. Voices were bouncing off the wall and the party of six behind me tended to use their outside voices. Great dinner! We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mary
    Marymess
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Exceptional food and efficient fun fabulous service by Travis! Our #1 exper in charleston!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We came back to Magnolias, because we very much enjoyed a meal there around 8 years ago. It did not disappoint. The food and service were outstanding! Our server, Billy, was so attentive and he had a great personality. He made sure that my onion allergy was addressed. The shellfish and grits was fantastic! Everyone at the table enjoyed their meals, as well. My husband had a delicious chicken breast with peach glaze. My friend had the vegetable dish. Her husband had the clams and mussels. Dessert was excellent, also. The chocolate cake was served with chocolate and caramel sauce and white chocolate ice cream. Whenever we get back to Charleston, we will definitely eat at Magnolias again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite
    ahz2403
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This is our favorite place to take guests for a wonderful Charleston dinner. We have enjoyed the dining experience with friends who have casual tastes and with those who have sophisticated, worldly dining experiences. Magnolia's has never disappointed, and always pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great food and atmosphere. The service was also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    VegHead
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I am new to town and really enjoyed my time at Magnolias. What drew me here was that the restaurant week menu was veg friendly without having to modify anything. The menu also had plenty of options for my carnivore boyfriend.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was wonderful and we were pleasantly surprised by the large portions, especially since we had ordered off the Restaurant Week menu. Our server did not seem very pleased to be at work and the other servers around us seemed much more pleasant. This however, did not ruin our dining experience and we would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a nice, romantic setting with a great selection of food and drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First trip to Charleston
    Creekgirl5
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Where to takes guests for lunch who had never been to Charleston? Having lived in the area for the last 35 years, I am familiar with all the good downtown restaurants . My dilemma was that there are so many wonderful places to dine. For first timers I wanted southern cuisine with a flair. The menu at Magnolia's is varied and includes excellent appetizers. For example, the spring rolls and the fried green tomatoes are outstanding - the best I've ever tasted. Our entrees of flounder, cobra, and crab cakes were equally impressive. Magnolia's convinced our friends that Charleston's reputation for having superior cuisine is not a myth. If ever in doubt of which restaurant you can count on to always impress, choose Magnolia's,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Magnolias is steely!
    FineDiningGem
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I shared Magnolias for the first time to 2 college aged family friends during this visit and they LOVED it! It is a great place to feel Charleston's old world charm and new world food finds. We will go again, for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for wedding anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The service was excellent; the food was delicious; The ambience was romantic. We have eaten at Magnolia's before. We are never disappointed when we return. I would highly recommend it for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tukkertime
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great soup. Good for restaurant week. Wonderful tuna.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DCBC
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Outstanding meal. We've been there many times. Best meal yet.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Check it off the list
    Madman78
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Let me start with saying that nothing was "wrong" with my visit. The service was great and there was nothing wrong with the food. Now let me continue with there was also nothing memorable about the food. I guess it's my own fault for having such high expectations. I have heard so many things of them over the years and kept telling myself I needed to go because it was one of the places that you had to go here. Well I can say I went now and that's about it. Great service, everything clean, host staff charming, food nothing to write home about, and cramped small tables.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary Dinner Done Right
    thevideoguy
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We had heard many people recommend Magnolias to us for our trip to Charleston. We were so very pleased with the atmosphere, our waiter and the food. We were able to go during restaurant week and the three course selection for the price was very reasonable. Will definitely go back here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & service
    FoodieLite
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I recommend this restaurant if you are looking for upscale southern food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Marvelous Magnolias!
    FineFoodLover
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We had an outstanding experience at Magnolias. It's the first time I have been seated in the back room with the wonderful painting of the black woman holding a magnolia blossom. Our waiter was exceptionally attentive; he even knew who the artist was! My dining partner had pimento-deviled eggs, and I had a salad. We then had a perfectly prepared and cooked salmon. The salmon was excellent, served atop garnished, mashed potatoes. An excellent meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Rebhart
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I had two old friends from my Berkeley, Ca. days visiting me last week. They are world travelers and are real foodie types. I wanted them to be impressed by the high quality food offered here in Charleston. They were! Best shrimp and grits ever! Our waiter was wonderful. We left the restaurant very happy people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • thanks for the deliciousness thanks
    thedude035
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Dinner was great! And perfect for a night out , many thanks
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great overall
    BuckyinGA
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We arrived early, they seated us immediately. Service was great, they offered to split some plates when we mentioned sharing. Food was excellent- fried green tomatoes one of my all time best appetizers. Will return next time in Charleston.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnolia's
    Magnolias2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Magnolia's was recommended to us, so we made sure we visited and loved it. The food was great and we had a wonderful time
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.