171 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.magnolias-blossom-cypress.com/
- Phone: 8437229200x
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:45pm
Dinner starts at 4:00 pm
Sunday Brunch 10:00am - 3:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Seafood, Low Country, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Adam Close
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Cross Street: Located between Queen & Cumberland Streets
- Parking: Private Lot
- Parking Details: Complimentary parking weekdays after 5:00pm & all day Saturday & Sunday.
**Please note that the parking lot is not available Monday-Friday before 5:00pm. Public parking is located in the garage on Cumberland Street.
A word from Blossom
Blossom, located in downtown Charleston, S.C., serves American cuisine highlighting the Lowcountry’s best seafood. Executive chef Adam Close offers simple, clean preparations which feature ingredients sourced from area fishermen and farmers. Open for lunch on Monday through Saturday, dinner nightly, and Sunday brunch, Blossom also offers seating on its patio.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Blossom reviews from OpenTable diners
282 reviews since June 23, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (142)special occasion (95)neighborhood gem (80)great for outdoor dining (74)good for groups (71)romantic (68)great for lunch (65)great for brunch (51)hot spot (33)notable wine list (30)kid-friendly (22)late-night find (14)vibrant bar scene (7)scenic view (7)Show More
- Dinner presentation was excellent,OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 8/31/2008Dinner presentation was excellent, although this is definitely not the restaurant to go to for a 'cozy' atmosphere. The tables are quite long forcing you to yell at whoever you are with as the restaurant is not quiet. The service was excellent though and the staff very attentive. They do have an outside patio which we did not eat on, but it does have a retractable awning.
- Blossom is an excellent choiceMaryCDined on 8/31/2008Blossom is an excellent choice for great food and great service! Our waiter was personable and attentive without being constantly at our table. Enjoyed this experience very much.Special Features:
- As long as you don't set yourOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 8/23/2008As long as you don't set your expectations too high, Blossom is fairly enjoyable. The food wasn't great (although, splitting the pizza for an appetizer was a great choice -- quite delicious!) but the prices were not very high either. Unfortunately we had to wait about 20 minutes for a table that we made a reservation for and the staff wasn't at all apologetic. There are definitely better restaurants on East Bay in Charleston (Fig, Cypress, Slightly North of Broad), however you could end up paying quite more for it.
- The server having noted thatOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 8/9/2008The server having noted that I was a vegan, came to the table prepared with options for me. I really appreciated her wanting to accommodate me.Special Features:
- My husband and I chose BlossomOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 8/4/2008My husband and I chose Blossom for our special dinner out during our recent honeymoon in Charleston. We couldn't have been happier. The food was excellent. Our appetizer of perfectly cooked scallops over bacon and fontina polenta was a great start to a great meal. The menu covers choices for the non-adventurous eaters and the seasoned foodies. My husband had the steak frites, and I chose the duck. We ended the meal with chocolate mousse and rasberry creme brulee. We were very happy campers that night!Special Features:
- Overall the foothe d qualityOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 7/31/2008Overall the foothe d quality was good. However, the buttermilk fried oysters were delicious. Not too impressed with tuna carpaccio and buttermilk fried shrimp. The veal chop was good but needed more seasoning. The edges of the blue crab ravioli were hard, and the sauce overpowered the crab in the ravioli.Special Features:
- Great restaurant with fantasticNspragueDined on 7/27/2008Great restaurant with fantastic food and service. We had the tilefish and red grouper and both were extremely fresh and creative dishes. Another member of the party ordered the vegetable pasta which included fresh pasta and local produce, and they found it excellent. Our server was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Definitely not the pretentious feeling we received the next night at its sister restaurant, Cypress.Special Features:
- It was fantastic. It is theOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 7/27/2008It was fantastic. It is the kind of restaurant that I would enjoy going to often but not one that I would take someone to for their birthday. Some of the dishes are awesome and some are just boring. Try the Tuna with the port wine reduction!!!!!!! Stay away from the crab ravioli.Special Features:
- I love Blossom. It alwaysDeliziosaVIPDined on 7/24/2008I love Blossom. It always lives up to expectations. I love the fact that they are open for lunch and dinner. It is a great place place to escape the heat of the day.Special Features:
- Food was good, but portionsOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 7/22/2008Food was good, but portions were a little on the small side. Service was good. I can appreciate the fact that the wine list is categorized according to price, but I found it difficult to locate a specific vineyard or varietal. Atmosphere is lacking. Decor is outdated. The main dining room feels like a 1970s civic center banquet hall. In this town, a restaurant either needs to be upscale (Cypress) or seriously historic (SNOB). Blossom is neither. An upscale dining experience should be a stimulation of all of the senses, not just the palate. Didn't experience anything that would keep me from coming back, but wasn't blown away either. Of course, for those of us lucky enough to live in this town, being blown away is a high standard..Special Features:
- The food was good but notOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 7/21/2008The food was good but not great. We tried both of the specials of the night and didn't love either. There are so many better restaurants in Charleston that I don't think we will try Blossom again.
- Special occassion - our anniversaryJSASUALUMVIPDined on 7/19/2008Special occassion - our anniversary - was reason for dining.Special Features:
- The food was excellent; CrabJamabreeze13VIPDined on 7/10/2008The food was excellent; Crab Cake appetizer was a "killer", the Black Grouper was presented with perfection and very well seasoned, Trout was prepared to taste, and the pan seared scallops and vegatable melody w/pasta was very well presented. My party would like to see the pan Seared scallops as a main entree disg, not just as a appetizer.Special Features:
- My husband and I dined atOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 7/4/2008My husband and I dined at Blossom to celebrate the 4th of July. We were seated at a table directly in front of the server's station where orders are picked up and plates are stacked. There shouldn't even be a table there. The servers were running around like mice in a maze, all dazed like robots, and all very stressed. Our waitress never smiled and spent only the necessary few seconds at the table to check on us. The food was mediocre at best. My husband and I were so completely disappointed. It was one of the worst dining experienes we have ever had. We had planned to try Cypress and Magnolias, but now are having second thoughts. We don't want to have to suffer through another hurried, unpleasant dinner. Blossom was highly recomm
- Great food and very good service.OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 7/4/2008Great food and very good service. I like the layout of the place, nice to see the kitchen so nice and open.Special Features:
- Overall our experience wasOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 7/4/2008Overall our experience was very good however if a couple is looking for a romantic setting I would not recommend this restaurant especially if you are looking for a private table/private setting.Special Features:
- When we visit Charleston fromlove5VIPDined on 7/3/2008When we visit Charleston from Atlanta eating lunch at Blossom is always on our list. Great resturant with wonderful food. It is fun to have a long lunch with a glass of wine after walking all over town!Special Features:
- Our server was Jonathon.OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 7/2/2008Our server was Jonathon. He was attentive, pleasant, helpful, and very professional. His service was one of the highlights of the evening. The food was delicious and the presentation was pleasing to the eye. Thank you for a delightful evening.Special Features:
- Waiter brought wrong salad;OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 6/29/2008Waiter brought wrong salad; didn't offer any comp and charged for wrong item even though it cost more than what I actually ordered; very slow and inattentive service; menu very limitedSpecial Features:
- Amazing food, but I wish thatOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 6/28/2008Amazing food, but I wish that the seating had been a bit more private. We were very close to couples on either side of a bench seating.Special Features:
- There were quite a few serversOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 6/28/2008There were quite a few servers just looming around . . . I wish the server had told me a half bottle only had 2 glasses in it. But the food was very good!
- Calamari didn't seem to beOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 6/26/2008Calamari didn't seem to be as light/crisp as on prior occassions...it has always been on of our favorites. Seemed a little conventional. Secondly, it would be nice to have the Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay by the full bottle, it is only on the half bottle list. Waiter did not know which full bottle was comparable.Special Features:
- We had an early reservationOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 6/21/2008We had an early reservation and they were able to seat us even before our reservation time. The restaurant was a little cool but not frigid. The service was great. Wait staff was helpful with recommendations and explanations of portion size, etc. Spinach and artichoke dip- fried bread was great but the dip was just average. The portion size was enough for two. Her entree was the crab ravioli. It had a good flavor and the ingredients mixed well together. His entree was the duck with the cherries. The combination of all of the ingredients was impressively good. Dessert was the best part of the meal. Lemon cheesecake with blueberry topping was superb. Red velvet bread pudding was great but the cheesecake ice cream was homemade and to die for.Special Features:
- It was good -- but not greatOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 6/20/2008It was good -- but not great == food was quite good but not memorable. they had to make new carpaccio and I should have offered the chef a sharper knife. My mistake to order fried calamari but I always hope soeone can make it taste like something it should taste like -- not just like fried anything. Mussels were excellent -- great sauce and close to memorable. I would go back but request a booth which might be less noisy than the floor seating.Special Features:
- Our first time here--enjoyedOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 6/20/2008Our first time here--enjoyed it very much! Service was excellent and food was delicious! Our server, Adam, was terrific--one of the best we've had in town! We'll be back.Special Features:
- "Sugared" peanuts in chocolateOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 6/20/2008"Sugared" peanuts in chocolate mousse didn't appear to be sugared at all; also the mousse was a little like jello and the "brownie" underneath a little dry. This dessert was a disappointment. Beets in the beet salad were so paper thin and there were only three; it's as if they were nonexistent. The one asparagus spear on the plate (salad or crab cake which my dinner companion had but can't remember which) was hardly evident enough for the mention in the description of the dish. Ravioli was excellent; the creamed corn had a very fresh taste.
- Awesome tilefish entre andOpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 6/18/2008Awesome tilefish entre and the sauce(apricot???) was just absolutely fabulous. Dining experience was great. We had a romantic dinner and fantastic service: attentive without being too preseent. A good wine list, noise level was low, not too terribly expensive for Downtown Charleston, and finally a decent cheesecake that was not a flan!Special Features:
- We thought we had rediscoveredOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 6/17/2008We thought we had rediscovered Blossom and had enjoyed two great dinners. The chef is doing a good job. But this experience was not a good one. My fish was overcooked and the service was terrible.
- Everyone has to have theirCarnicelliDined on 6/15/2008Everyone has to have their CRAB RAVIOLIS! They are fantastic!!!! Never had anything so delicate & fresh.Special Features:
- It was Father's Day. TheOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 6/15/2008It was Father's Day. The check was given to me. The lady had to ask for the check and paid with a credit card, which was returned to me.
- We have been dining at BlossomOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 6/13/2008We have been dining at Blossom for many years and it just keeps getting better.Special Features:
- Most of the dishes were wayOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 6/6/2008Most of the dishes were way overseasoned. For example, the spinach tasted as if it were soaked in salt. I'm glad I turned down any offers for additional pepper. My wife had a rough flight in and she wanted a light fish dish to settle her stomach. . Unfortunately, her fish meal was soaked in butter and she spent most of the night throwing up. In regards to service, my drink was empty the majority of the time. Going 15 minutes with no drink and a salty dish is not a winning combination. The rest of my trip, I avoided this East Bay street restaurants and stuck with chains. For a $110 bill, the food and service was well beyond unacceptable when compared to similar restuarants like New Orleas Dickie Brennan's.Special Features:
- The service was thoughtfulOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 6/6/2008The service was thoughtful and thorough. The wine list was interesting and exceptional and they had the vintage we requested! The dessert list was incredible. We actually ordered 3 desserts - a first for us and our dining partners! A real find and we would repeat on our next visit to Charleston.Special Features:
- This was my first time diningLABugBaby20122014Dined on 6/6/2008This was my first time dining there. I will definitely be returning. I loved it!!!Special Features:
- The waiter had a bad attitudeOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 6/6/2008The waiter had a bad attitude after I suppose he had an intense conversation with his manager. Not sure what his problem was, but the tall boy with the red hair needed not to be there since it seemed like he was having a bad day.
- we eat at Blossom each timeOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 5/31/2008we eat at Blossom each time we visit Charleston/Kiawah, 2 - 3 times per yearSpecial Features:
- We had a wonderful meal.OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 5/31/2008We had a wonderful meal. Great service from a very friendly and professional waiter. We will remember our trip to Charleston and our wonderful meal at Blossoms.Special Features:
- The satff was very friendlyOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 5/31/2008The satff was very friendly and knowledgeable. The waiter made an excellent wine recommendation to accompany our menu selection and was attentive at the right times woithout being a pest. Although we had no issues, I did see the waiter respond in a very professional and courteous manner to another patron who'd had an issue with his food. Prices were appropriate for the location and our Open Table reservation was ready and waitng for us with no issues.
- Overall the food was veryOpenTable Diner Since 2003Dined on 5/30/2008Overall the food was very good. I had the duck which was wonderfully prepared. One person in my group ordered the scallop appetizer and thought is was amazing. The desserts were reliably good. However, the disappointment of the night was the poor service. Our waiter was inattentive and rude at times. Not to mention that the service he gave was incredibly slow, making other people bring us our once frozen cocktails. I do see the potential for a wonderful dinning experience here, but unfortunately I will never go back to enjoy one.Special Features:
- OOPs, I just filed in a formOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 5/25/2008OOPs, I just filed in a form for Magnolia's and got my meals mixed up. We had Sunday Brunch with you all last weekend; wow...we were really impressed. We had great service and the BEST spinach and artichoke dip, we have EVER EVER had! We will be back... As for Magnolia's, we had dinner with you...the BEST fried chicken dinner....EVER! Yummy, Yummy, Yummy! Great service as well, we will be back. We live in FL and rarely eat fried chicken, but ordered it on recommendation (from a family member) and we were really impressed. Thanks for a great visit.Special Features: