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  • Address:
    547 King Street
    Charleston, SC 29403
    Downtown Charleston
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Prohibition Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.prohibitioncharleston.com
  • Phone: (843) 793-2964
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Stephen Thompson
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz, Swing and Big Band Music. DJ's late night on the weekends. Dance floor for dancing.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Jazz, swing, salsa, blues, and bluegrass. Check our website for live music calendar.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wolfe
  • Public Transit: The city of Charleston offers a free trolley- please check their website for details.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is metered parking on the street (meter stops at 6pm) and a nearby public parking garage.
A word from Prohibition
Prohibition is a new Contemporary American Gastro Pub in Charleston.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Main course was prepared well, but got a half froozen dinner roll from Walmart on the side. Decent beer selection, but no CBW. Prepare to spend around $80 for dinner."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Everything about our dinner here was excellent. Food was fantastic - bernaise fries, fish tacos, dim sum, lamb chops... Our server Amanda was awesome. The best part was that there was a great band playing - River City Dixieland Band. We were entertained while we had a great meal."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Great service, great food, great drinks....you will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Great ambience, inventive and delicious craft cocktails, and the food was fantastic! We had the smoked shrimp with smoked gouda grits, duck hash, Carolina roll, collards and all were just amazing! Will be back very soon."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We were visiting for the weekend and stumbled upon their menu, thank goodness we did! We loved everything from the bar specials that day to our pork chops and rabbit tacos. I wish I lived closer this would be a regular stop!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "My wife & I were visiting from Saint Louis w/ our 3-month old. The hostess graciously let us park our stroller behind her station. We were seated quickly & ordered Moscow Mules to drink & the bourbon wings. Awesome! For dinner we split the grass fed beef burger & crab/shrimp sandwich. Both were enjoyable, but the burger was perfection. After a couple more "mules", we headed out but know we'll be back. The high energy & restaurant noise were just right for our baby who slept through the whole event. The manager checked on us several times and despite being crowded (& Saturday night) we never felt rushed. A great overall experience!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Really great food and amazing atmosphere! My only complaint is that their "fish of the day" is for the weekends only even though it's on the menu."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I went with my coworkers for brunch on a Sunday. All of our dishes were so amazing. I ordered the french toast with a side of potatoes. The french toast was perfect, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. Another person ordered the eggs benedict with a side of gouda grits. I do not know much about grits, but these were so delcious. We have been thinking about a way to go back to order more for carry out. They were definitely the highlight of the meal. The last order was the huevos rancheros. It came out so beautifully and extremely tasty. The waitress was lovely and she offered great suggestions. The bacon bloody mary was not spicy and the mimosa was just ok. Overall the food here would have us coming back."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Delicious, inventive cocktails, fun theme (two couples came in while we were eating, dressed in 1920's/30's inspired clothing). Solid food and great service, both from our server & the two young ladies at the host station. The maple bourbon wings were excellent, the cocktails are amazing. The night we were there the band played jazz standards. Only compliant-it's LOUD. We sat at one of the deuces at the front. But, it was easily one of the quietest tables in the place, being far from the band. Amanda was fantastic-upbeat, organized & knowledgeable about the menu. I'd go back for sure, but during a quieter time. Since it was 8pm, part of the loudness was the place kicking into gear for the nighttime crowd."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I had shrimp & grits, it was delicious! We were recommended by the Bell boy at our hotel which was only a short walk away! It was in a great location & the food was great too. It was very noisy, a band started playing & it was very hard to hear each other talk. I wouldn't recommend if you have small or young children. But it's great for a group of friends out for a bite to eat before a night out!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Flies were out on the patio. Slight downer on a great night. Food was absolutely great!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We had dinner and drinks with a group of five people on a Wednesday night. They offer free swing dancing lessons on Wednesdays from 7-8 with a live band playing at 8. The instructor was very good and it was something fun and different to do. We had some of the best cocktails made with their in-house infused liquors. I had the Bourbon Thyme made with apple infused bourbon. I highly recommend Prohibition for dinner and drinks with friends. Also our waiter Joe was super patient, friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "It was just by chance that I ended up here. It is located in a great, vibrant area, and the food was delicious. I suggest the duck hash or three lamb chops. I also tried my friend's fish taco, and it was great. It had a fun, fresh bold taste."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The duck hash is a must! The atmosphere was great. The waiter was pleasant but a tad long winded. Fantastic evening."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Our reservation was honored and we were promptly seated. The server was attentive and knew the menu. The food was delicious but it all comes out at once. Would be nice to stagger a bit. The bar was lively and everyone was having a wonderful time. Another great addition to Charleston restaurant scene."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I went with a diverse group including older parents, drinkers and non drinkers. The atmosphere is vibrant and wouldn't recommended for a quiet first date, if you want to talk,but it is fun. Overall service and food good with small exceptions. Food came out at different times. My burger bun was completely black in the middle - burnt to a crisp on both sides. I didn't pay attention until I bit into it and the waitress was gone, so I did not return it. We did mention to the waitress when she came to clear (and showed the burnt bun, as it was left uneaten) and she shrugged and walked away. We weren't asking for anything to be done, just to have it acknowledged and to have server/kitchen pay attention the next time....."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I came here with my new fiance' to celebrate our engagement, and everyone was very welcoming and friendly. The food was phenomenal, and I hope to come back sometime when there is a band playing."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We loved our experience at Prohibition! The food was amazing and the bar is super cool. We went for a date night and it did not disappoint! I recommend the Cucumber Martini, Moscow Mule for drinks and the Pork and Duck Skillets."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Tried this place for the first time and really glad we did. Food was excellent, great specials choices. Loved the drinks and atmosphere too. Out waiter Joe was chatty and helpful with choosing dishes, nice guy! We will be back."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Great little gastro pub, very creative bar drinks (loved the jalepeno margarita!) and fun choices for food...the red fingerling fries with bernaise are amazing as was the rabbit nacho plate. Our servers were very attentive and great with suggestions. The music started at about 8:30 and it turned into much more of a bar crowd...but that was OK, everyone was having a good time!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "There was a little confusion at first on who had our table but once we got a server, she was very attentive. The drink I had was wonderful! Moscow Mule, had two. The crispy goat salad was delicious. The collards were some of the best I've ever had. I ordered one lamb chop and I have to say although it was tasty the amount of meat on it was sad. I've had way more meat on a baby back rib. My husband seemed to gobble up the Duck Quesadilla but when I asked him how he liked it he said that he really couldn't tell that there was duck in it. I would still recommend you try this place. The food came out crazy fast and the drinks are out of this world."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Very friendly helpful staff, the food was outstanding, prices refreshingly reasonable. A little too loud for us, but it is a bar, so that is to be expected. We can't wait to try the brunch!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Staff was attentive and very helpful with food choices. Chairs at tables kinda of uncomfortable. Great place to start out for a night on the town."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We really loved this place. The ambiance was great, the food was great, and the service was FANTASTIC! Our favorites were the infusions - especially the jalapeño tequila (if you like spicy). We want to go back again to try more of the food... but if you're a dessert lover you gotta try the blueberry toast thing!!! It's beyond delicious!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "This new place is delicious. Not only is the food great, the atmosphere was eclectic and fun! The service was great and there were many fun cocktails to choose from. I can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I was dying to visit this restaurant as soon as I read about it in a guide book. I am a huge fan of the Jazz Age and anything to do with that era, and I was thrilled to find a restaurant that catered to that passion. I'm really into food and enjoy cooking so when I go out to eat (even on vacation, when all we do is go out to eat) I try to find a restaurant that will give me something I cannot get at home, be this in the form of food, entertainment, or ambiance. Prohibition had all three. And the bartender made up a mixed drink just for me, which was so much fun!There was live jazz music and our waitress was fabulous. She helped make the evening the fantastic and memorable experience it was. Highly recommend this to everyone!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Took the family there early on a Wednesday night. It was not yet crowded. We had the Duck Hash, Duck Quesadillas, salads and sliders. All of the dishes were terrific. Loved the duck hash...but it could have had a touch more duck. Drink list is inventive and comprehensive. There is an extensive beer list but the mixed drink creativity is a stunner. Would go back again and again."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The ambiance is very comfortable and unique keeping with the theme of Prohibition. Our drinks were served in mason jars and the meals were served in small cast iron skillets. We agreed the Shrimp & Grits were delicious, but a bit on the spicy side. We thought the Sausage and Mushroom Mac & Cheese was fantastic and would definitely recommend everyone try this dish. Unfortunately, there was only one waiter, who was busy and our entrees came out at different times. We would have preferred to have our entrees served at the same time so one didn't have to watch the other eat. Big no-no in the foodie world."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We were in Charleston for a girls night this past weekend. Some of us had lived in Charleston for a while before but wanted to come back and go somewhere new. We had heard great things about Prohibition so figured we would give it a try. They did a great job renovating from what it used to be. Great environment. Food was overall pretty good and decent prices! Food came out really quickly. I would definitely recommend this place. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The setting is a prohibition era speakeasy. The menu is eclectic. The attention to detail in preparation and presentation sets Prohibition ahead of many of the upscale neighboring establishments. Our table had the smoked wings and the queso appetizers...sound like a sports bar?-- hardly. Both were a great start and prepared us for next courses. Our table had the duck confit hash and the marinated pork chop. As mentioned preparation and presentation matched the description by our handsome server Joe. Neither should be missed-- the entrees nor Joe. The jazz band added to the ambiance. A visit to the table by James, one of the Irish owners , and a round of shots was the cherry on top. Not our first visit and we will be back."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Excellent small intimate find, good service, and friendly staff,"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We stopped in at prohibition Saturday night and it was bustling! Seriously, the bar area was packed, there was a cool jazzy band on the stage, and every table was booked. This is why I love open table- you can no longer walk in at a restaurant in charleston without a Rez. Bottom line is the specialty cocktails were great, and the food was really really great. Pleasant surprise. Very loud inside but it's fun and energetic. I will definitely come back regularly. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We regularly travel to Charleston and have never struggled to find a quality restaurant. We decided to try Prohibition on a Saturday night enticed by the prospect of a live jazz band with dinner. We were astounded by the quality of the dining experience. From the drinks and appetizers to the temptuous entrees, we were thoroughly impressed! Even the "I guess we will try" dessert was scrumptious. We will DEFINITELY return!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My wife and I chose for a date night. Loved the menu, the drinks and the service. The chairs, however, were very hard and uncomfortable. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Shrimp and fish tacos were amazing. And the catch of the day was served over grits with tomatoes and collards. Simple, yet tasty! Spectacular! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Best restaurant in Charleston! Each time we bring guests visiting from out of town this is always their favorite restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The ONLY good thing on our table was the french toast, Literally we ALL had one slice because our own dishes were so awful. MAYBE if the food had been fresh and hot, would it have been halfway decent but I'll never find out cause we wont be going back ! BTW- It was NOT crowded or busy so there was NO excuse however, it WAS Mothers Day! So thanks a lot Prohibition."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "what a great brunch we had today. Went for Mother's Day and was amazed with food. Have wanted to try for some time but just havent gotten a chance to. The Duck Hash was amazing one of the best dishes i have had in a long time. Wife ordered BLT and was impressed, daughter got the french toast and my son had the burger everyone loved the dishes they ordered. Food arrived quickly and service was good. Will be back for sure. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I dined here with 5 of my friends during a recent girls trip to Charleston. We chose the restaurant based on online reviews alone and thought we'd give it a try. We were not disappointed! After a weekend of fine dining, the more casual, upbeat atmosphere was just what we needed. I loved the decor, music and energy. And the food! It was exceptional. We ordered what felt like the entire menu so we could try everything and we were so glad we did. Some standouts were the wings, tacos, and lettuce wraps - but really everything was wonderful. The service was great as well. Very knowledgeable and friendly waitstaff and food came out quickly. I will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This was one of the places on our "list" of must-try.. We booked a table for brunch and it was delicious! The BLT with the goat cheese was a fav, they burger on brioche was perfection and the creme brûlée french toast with homemade blueberry ice cream made other diners jealous. The cocktails are FAB! House made infusions made for fun and innovative beverages."
    Dined on 5/4/2014