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 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (446)fit for foodies (431)romantic (290)neighborhood gem (218)notable wine list (170)great for lunch (164)great for brunch (136)good for groups (135)hot spot (127)vibrant bar scene (45)kid-friendly (31)scenic view (19)late-night find (17)great for outdoor dining (5)Show More
  • Great as always...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We always have a fantastic meal at Magnolia's...Service is always over the top and the people watching is interesting also.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always A Must
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband and I always make sure to stop at Magnolia's while in Charleston! This trip we went for our anniversary and it was perfect. You HAVE to try a down south egg roll!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a win!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We've had the same waiter both visits, and he's truly made our experience memorable (about 8feet talk with a bow tie!). He has an extensive knowledge of the menu, nightly specials, and wine/dessert pairings. Always looking forward to going back to magnolias for a special night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jill V
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Good food. Horrible, dismissive service from our server, James.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    Cowmurph2
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Fantastic meal. True Siuthetn hospitality. Pecan pie was our of this works!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for a date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I recently took my fiancé on a date at Magnolias. The food was very good (crab cakes especially) and they had an impressive wine list. But what topped the night off was the great service provided by the magnolias wait staff.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thoroughly delightful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    For two New Yorkers vacationing in South Carolina, this was a thoroughly delightful evening. Tried a variety of appetizers and "small plates" and loved them all! Will definitely return to this restaurant on our next trip to Charleston.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond Belief
    blackdahlia
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We had an amazing, over the top experience here. From the moment we walked in, we were made to feel welcome. The ambience was inviting and elegant. The staff was professional and were very helpful with food and wine choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnolia's a MUST
    travelqueen62
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This was by far, hands down, was the best restaurant we dined at while in Charleston. The food and service were exceptional!! We ate at many restaurants while in town from casual to fine and this one was our favorite.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Johnnie
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We made reservations on Open Table, very easy and when we walked in we were warmly greeted. We were seated before our reservation time, that was nice. Food very good, service slow, but maybe that was their style. Our waiter handled one "transaction" at a time, no multi tasking, a bit slow for me, but fine for my wife. Overall, very nice experience, we may return, but with so many options in Charleston, probably won't, it was a three star experience, not great. Oh, by the way, I don't care the waiters favorite dish, unless I ask.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful restaurant
    MimiVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Excellent restaurant in the most beautiful and romantic city in the USA! Very enjoyable time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gigi
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Meal,service, everything was fabulous! Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite Charleston Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Eat here every time I come to Charleston. Never disappoints for authentic, delicious low country cuisine! The deviled egg appetizer is devine, as are the fried green tomatoes. Had the shellfish and grits this visit, absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    WOW! Highly recommend this restaurant. The snapper and salmon were superior! The pecan pie was unbelievable. Our server, wish I could recall his name, was quick, thoughtful and excellent. If we come back to Charleston, we will revisit. Great restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food!
    Greg
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The food quality, presentation and taste were top notch. I enjoyed an incredible Ahi Tuna entree. Our server, Catherine, was pleasant, helpful and friendly. The hostesses gave us a chilly reception upon entering the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Fried Chicken Ever
    VanweezerVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Coming from the Midwest, we had always read and heard about the fried chicken in the South. Well, we were not disappointed ! Our lunch was fabulous in meal and service. We would definetly go back to Magnolia on a return trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnolias September 2014
    Sharon
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Charleston has many restaurant choices but Magnolias was one of the best places we dined during our 5 day stay. The menu provided a great amount of choice for all palettes. White tablecloths are always a nice touch. The bread was delicious. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting the Charleston area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnolia for brunch
    Happycamper
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My wife and I both enjoyed our Sunday brunch. We had very attentive waitress. Was pleased and will look forward to trying dinner menu when we return to Charleston in future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    First visit into Charleston, had been trying to get in, but was booked. Finally got an opening. Server was fantastic, personable, friendly, but not stuffy. Recommendations were spot on, honest about not so great items. Have the scallops and tuna...both delicious, friends had the traditional fried chicken that they are known for. Great way to close our last meal in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wini3
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Ordered steak.medium.sent back twice still m rare .....my friends were thru by then so did not have dinner
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Must Have
    Pleasure
    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.
  • Great food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had dinner for 4 at Magnolia's. Everyones dinner was very good. The buttermilk fried chicken was excellent - apparently one of their specialties. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent, Not Great
    amw33629
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I don't know if my expectations were too high but the food was just average. Nothing special at all.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Magnolias..a favorite
    Lisa
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My husband and I went to Magnolias for our 20th wedding anniversary in Charleston. We first went to Magnolias the year after Hurricane Hugo hit. We had a waiter named Ed back then. He is still there and has waited on us since. A special request for Ed was granted for our dinner this weekend, which made it very special! Excellent restaurant. The food and service is phenomenal! I had the Parmesan encrusted flounder and husband had the fried chicken. I usually go to Charleston once/year. There are so many great restaurants in this foodie town that it can be hard to decide which to visit. Other restaurants have rotated on and off our list but Magnolias remains on it each and every year!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    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
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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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    Kathy
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Well prepared food. Excellent low country cuisine in an upscale setting. Shellfish over grits, she crab soup, blackened catfish. Attentive service. Great place to celebrate a visit to Charleston.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New Favorite
    foodie500
    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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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous All The Way
    MichaelOnMain
    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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  • 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
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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
  • Don't overlook dining here
    starmc
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    An easy to find restaurant on East Bay Street. Bar scene was lively and the dining room the same. We were able to get a table in the rear dining room which was more amenable to conversation. Our server, Greg, was very knowledgable about the menu and wine list. The food was done perfectly--maybe the best trout ever. My husband said the blackened catfish was great. Prices were reasonable and the restaurant label wine was dry and crisp without being fruity. If we're back in Charleston, Magnolia's will be on the top of the list to re-visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.