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
732 reviews since July 3, 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 (458)special occasion (447)romantic (283)neighborhood gem (228)great for lunch (161)notable wine list (159)good for groups (150)hot spot (133)great for brunch (127)vibrant bar scene (44)kid-friendly (29)late-night find (24)scenic view (13)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • Bandit
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Fabulous meal all around. The fried green tomatoes were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BGANDME
    BGANDME
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The trout was excellent but over garnished. The salmon came undercooked twice and did not have one of the garnishes on the menu. Service was slow and the table was not cleared reasonably promptly when finished.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved the Fried Green Tomatoes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Apparently, as our waiter kept telling us, we chose all of the "signature" items of the restaurant and all was very good. The presentation and combination of fried green tomatoes and very thinly sliced Canadian bacon is NOT to be missed - outstanding! Shrimp and grits had great flavor and although the parmesan crusted flounder was a little dry, the combination of grits, corn, asparagus and lump crab made it mouthwatering. Wait staff was friendly and attentive - would recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    we had been to Magnolias several times for lunch but took friends there for dinner. The superb takes on traditional southern dishes were outstanding. The spare ribs were the best! My wife has a gluten allergy and they have a gluten free menu. she loved the salmon with risotto. Server wasn't the friendliest but very efficient. would highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Excellent as always with an outstanding gluten-free menu including rice flour bread!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodie
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Always great food and great service. Hopefully, I will get actual meal I ordered next time. Still a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunching in Chucktown!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Let's face it, making a choice for brunch while on vacation can be a daunting task. Well, for us foodies it is. And if you're like me, brunch is my favorite meal of the day/week. After looking at countless menus we decided on Magnolias. YUM. So glad that we did. I am a egg eater while at brunch, but after talking with our server, I'm glad I had the fried chicken. OMG. sooooo good. The flour coating had lots of flavor, the gravy delicious but totally not needed; and I love me some gravy. The greens were a bit salty for me, but everything is in the south. Drink lots of water to combat that and you'll be just fine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Friends and I had brunch this past Sunday, being that I am not an expert with fine food I do know what tastes good. After reading the menu on line I had to visit Magnolias and taste the Banana Pudding Stuffed French Toast. It was amazing, even better than the description on the menu. Do not hesitate to try it, you can always share if you are fearful of the calories.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food, poor service
    jtx2charlotte
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This would have been one of the highlight dining experiences of the past several years were it not for the terrible service provided by our waiter Willy. As a table of two who only had a total of one alcoholic beverage, he blatantly ignored us to fawn over the next table which consisted of four people who were all drinking. As a former server, I understand that the larger tip he would receive from the larger grossing table would more than make up for the smaller tip our table would generate, but at a restaurant of this caliber, all customers should receive top notch service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb!!!
    JoJo
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Everything was fantastic. The only thing that could have been improved upon was the noise level, which is better than most of the Charleston restaurants, probably due to their renovation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Claudia
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We loved the appetizers and food was very good. We did go on a Saturday night, so it was very busy, and very noisy. Our poor waiter was slammed but did great. Had a wine that was not wonderful, but they did fix that as soon as we told them it was not very good. I will probably come again for an early or late lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great restaurant
    alwaysthere1VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Magnolia's offers great low country cooking, great service at reasonable prices making it shine as a neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, quiet dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Seafood over grits is my favorite, but on Sat night the lobster was tough and chewey. I did not eat it but did not complain. The saucwas much more heavy than normal. Good service but cold starters.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnolias
    SandySue
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    While the food was outstanding, our waiter, Ira, was even more outstanding! We don't think we have ever had a more pleasant, informative, or efficient waiter anywhere. Thanks, Ira, for everything!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent in every way!
    Pamela
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Enjoyed our dinner on Friday night. The restaurant was lively - nice vibe...Food was excellent as was the service. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still terrific
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We love Magnolias. Every time we visit Charleston, this is on the list for one or more meals. It has always been outstanding and the wait staff are very gracious and welcoming. Very creative and delicious low country dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The fried green tomato appetizer was outstanding and one of the best bites of our entire Charleston experience. One of the best things we've ever had--the combination of fried green tomatoe, yummy, cheesy grits, thinly sliced country ham and tomatoe chutney was superb!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I am a repeat customer at Magnolia's as were my fellow diners. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We had a limited amount of time to dine due to a pending appointment. We advised the server of our plans and he managed to have us fed and the bill paid in just the right amount of time despite it being a VERY busy Friday night.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of Charleston's finest
    JDawgVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Magnolias was recommended by numerous people and they were right. I had wahoo and it was like eating a nice fillet mignon. Service was excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • really delicious
    goldie
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Food was wonderful. fried green tomatoes were outstanding! I had the tuna, it was wonderful. my momhad the fried chicken, very southern but tasty too. topped off meal with pecan pie despite being full after our entres we somehow managed to clean the dessert plate. If you can get in don't miss a meal at Magnolia's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Lunch
    Lynne
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Magnolias - Charleston, S.C.
    Rogue
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    My wife and I had dinner at Magnolias during a 3 day visit to Charleston. We were very pleased with the entire evening. Close to our hotel, table available at arrival, service excellent, wine selection very good, noise level fine, price not out of line and, best of all, the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great waitstaff!
    CharlestonDiner
    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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate