Southend Brewery and Smokehouse
Southend Brewery and Smokehouse

Southend Brewery and Smokehouse

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.southendbrewery.com/
  • Phone: 8438534677x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Downtown Dining Hours:
    Sunday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m. 10:00 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Bar Hours until 2:00 a.m
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Low Country, American
  • Executive Chef: Garrett Priester
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Not only do we cater the private events at Southend Brewery and Smokehouse - we are also available for your off-site catering needs. Please contact our event coordinator, Jana Hodge, at (843) 853-4677 or events@southendbrewery.com for more details.
  • Entertainment: Latin Groove Night - Thursday 10pm & Saturday 10:30pm
    Live Music See Website for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Queen St
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: On-Street Parking and close public lots
A word from Southend Brewery and Smokehouse
Located in the heart of the historic Charleston Peninsula, Southend Brewery & Smokehouse specializes in regional cuisine & exquisite, custom-crafted beers, served in a rustic, kid-friendly setting to the tune of great, live music. We provide our guests with the Charleston restaurant experience for lunch, dinner and beyond with a variety of American foods, such as wood-oven pizzas, fresh fish and specialty in-house smoked barbecue ribs.



Southend Brewery & Smokehouse has been rated the #1 Microbrewery in the South, and this is manifested in the beautiful glass encased "brewhouse" in the center of the building. We also feature Charleston's only indoor glass elevator, which you can take to the 3rd floor bar for darts and billiards, or the 2nd floor banquet hall, perfect for your Charleston event. The Brewery frequently hosts reunions, receptions, wedding rehearsal dinners and birthdays complete with a variety of menus and catering to suit the occasion.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Southend Brewery and Smokehouse reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
74% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (28)kid-friendly (19)neighborhood gem (15)hot spot (15)late-night find (13)great for lunch (11)fit for foodies (10)vibrant bar scene (10)special occasion (8)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (2)romantic (1)Show More
  • Great service, good food
    meku
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Our waitress was very friendly and gave us plenty of attention. Our food was good, nothing great. The beer was good and a decent price. We would go back the next time we're in Charleston.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food and friendly service
    DiningCharlestonVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Sat outside with the dog. Caesar salad had a very pleasant citrusy flavor and was much lighter than ordinary an caesar. The pulled pork nachos were amazing. Great place to eat without breaking the bank!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Barely average
    PickyBeerGuyVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food here is hardly even average here. A big clue should have been an empty restaurant when we arrived. My wife and i split the spicy shrimp app. and the bbq pizza and they both treated amazingly the same with way to much boring sauce on each. The other couple with us had the meatloaf and sirloin. They both came out looking pretty bad. Neither were overly impressed. And how can you call yourself a brewery with that pathetic list of beers. Even the one ale I tired was bad. The are plenty of other places nearby to try before going here. Oh, and they kept refilling my wife's drink with the wrong tea even when i asked them about it before they per it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Took a long time to get good good
    Way2long
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and I really enjoyed our food, we had a 7:15 reservation and did not receive our food until 8:40. This made us have to cancel our 9pm reservation for a tour. The food and atmosphere were great but the length of time it took us to get our food will make us think about coming back there again
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and a good atmosphere
    tryinanewplace
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was great, the service was good. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great BBQ
    Seatosea
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The brewery sports large brewing vats that putcthexthree story space in perspective. The pulled pork is incredible, along with the ribs and bbq chicken. Multiple homemade brews round out the menu. A glass elevator and open kith be round out the fun.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, Decent prices
    tiger6
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food is good, but nothing fantastic. Our waitress was really great though. Not a bad place for dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Jsygrl6
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Went last week and couldn't believe the decline since last year's visit...shabby, worn out and filthy bathrooms
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reservations mean nothing
    FireChief3419
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had 715 reservations on a Friday night. We were seated at 730. Then the wait started. We did not receive our meal until 930. Totally unacceptable. The food was not worth the either.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We were very disappointed in the place and all 6 of us thought the food was poor at best.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I took a girls trip to Charleston and I struggled finding a place that had a menu to please everyone, since my friends are picky eaters this was difficult! I decided to go with southend brewery and they did not disappoint! I had the beef brisket and one of my friends had the salmon, both were delicious! Everyone was pleased even the picky eaters. The prices are also very reasonable. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lgeg
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Restaurant was noisy and food was mediocre, nothing special about food.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great
    Havana
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Been there once before and could not resist going back. Great meal
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent downtown American food
    AckamoVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The family went on busy evening after a long drive into Charleston. Everything was perfectly pleasant and good - nothing great. BBQ shrimp app would have been better if not breaded and fried. Boy's steak was solid. Girl's salmon was good. My BBQ platter was decent - ribs were fair; brisket was ok; pulled pork was best. Waitress wanted to get out because she didn't even offer dessert but just brought the check after cleaning our plates. Probably many better options but also worse.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FUN
    LoveCharleston
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Good beer, great location, fun environment, and great appetizers. Entrees are just "all right". I shall return.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BBQ Galore
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    First time there. I ordered the BBQ sampler plate and it was fabulous!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and great service
    KellieS
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We were on a family vacation and had driven into Charleston for the day. We wanted to have dinner somewhere low-key and teen-friendly. I had been here before on a previous trip and enjoyed the food and the atmosphere seemed right for teenagers, as well. Our server did a great job and the food was all very good. My husband said that the bbq platter was one of the best he had ever had. Southend is a solid choice for families and a great place to have a drink later in the evening. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Southernbelle35
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Loved it. Great drinks too. I will come back. I would recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a Bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The atmosphere is that of a large, commercial bar which fits the downtown location. If you're into specialty brews, you will enjoy the variety offered here. They're attempting to offer a high end cuisine to keep up with the higher end restaurants in the area. However, they fall tremendously short...their expertise is definitely beer.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner on 5/27
    FromSavannah
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    My fiancee was returning home (Savannah, GA) from her bridal shower (in MI) and her flight was getting in during early evening. I set up the reservation and added in the special comments section to have a split of champagne and a glass of bourbon ready for us when we arrived. It turned out there was a flight delay so I phoned ahead and they mentioned they would hold off on the drinks for us (in case we were late) so they wouldn't get warm. We were greeted and shown to our table upon arrival - drinks icy cold and ready to go. Dani (sp?), our server, was great during the whole evening. Overall a great experience and we'll be back then next time we're in Charleston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish
    DineWithFriends
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Meatloaf was fantastic! Service excellent! Suggest making a reservation at dinner time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 162 reviews are from the Southend Brewery and Smokehouse reviews archive.
  • Yummy
    EAntoine
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Dinner was delicious! We sampled a flight of beer for dessert! Indoor and outdoor seating available.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shrimp and grits!!
    Mailisa
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My family took a day trip to Charleston and only ordered the Shrimp and Grits because well it's the Charleston food:) 3 out of 4 of us didn't like grits! That was until we ate these Shrimp and Grits, OMG! One of the best things we've ever eaten!! We will be going back:)
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JAGMAN
    CtSoxFanVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We visit Charleston several times a year to see my son who is attending school at The Citadel. We try to make it to the Southend Brewery at least once each visit (often more), and we have never been disappointed. They have a varied menu with great food, and the service has always been terrific. If you enjoy a relaxed, casual dining experience, then this is the place to go downtown.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    JMDiner
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Everything was good, but compared to the many other options in downtown Charleston...it's more of a "meh." The food was okay. The service was good. Ambiance was okay. But for the money spent, I feel like we could have had something remarkable. Great for a bar-food appetite with a lower budget than most of the other restaurants around, tho...so not a bad pick. Just know what you're picking it for.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We took a culinary tour of
    Brian
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We took a culinary tour of Charleston and Southend Brewery was one of the stops. As a result of that experience we decided to experience a full dinner there. The beer is very good and 2 of my companions bought some growlers to bring home as presents. The fried green tomatoes are beyond excellent and were the best we had in Charleston by far. Staff is great and the noise level is good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for quick dinner.
    RX01
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Food was very good and kid friendly as well. Will probably eat there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing good to say
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Go in with low expectations and you won't be disappointed. Food was mediocre at best, dry and tasteless. The craft beers weren't much better, lacking flavor and balance. I would not recommend this place to anyone looking for a good meal. With all the good restaurants available in Charleston, there is no reason that you should waste your time or money here. That fact that at 4pm there were available reservations for four at 6pm on a Saturday, should have been a huge red flag.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thought it would be better
    sweetpea
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Thought it would be better considering the array of restaurants surrounding the area.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We showed up about five minutes
    andyscircus52
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We showed up about five minutes early for our reservation and understandably the table was not ready. We waited at the bar and they sent us a text to inform us that our table was ready about ten to fifteen minutes after our reservation time. After being seated our server did an excellent job but the dish I wanted was some butternut squash ravioli and the server informed me that they had run out of the ravioli. I ended up getting the smokehouse plate and it was delicious, but I really would have liked to try the ravioli.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beer & BBQ
    mbjbride06
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    We went to Southend due to its proximity to our hotel, caddy-corner across the street. Being in Charleston we definitely wanted to try some local BBQ. While our preferred BBQ is a shack in the country smoking the meat right out front, this city-center venue was a great alternative. From the moment we arrived in town we could smell the hickory pouring out of the restaurant. We shared the “Combo Platter” which had huge portion of pulled pork, ribs, & brisket with 2 sides. I enjoyed a pint of their brown ale beer, which was full-bodied to go with BBQ without being too filling. We would visit for drinks or dinner again. This place was really hopping on Saturday, but was much quieter on the Monday night that we visited.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    Brian
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    We ordered an appetizer of the fried green tomatoes and they were very bland not a lot of flavor. We also had the wedge salad which was very good proportion properly. I ordered the smokehouse platter. Beef brisket was very good the ribs were tough and the pulled pork had a strange taste. The platter also came with mac & cheese and the mac & cheese was good, but bland and not a lot of flavor. My wife had the beef brisket dinner, again the beef brisket was good but hers had a lot of fat. She also had the mac & cheese and said it was flavorless. Her dinner came with green beans that were very good. All in all I would not eat at this restaurant again with all the fabulous restaurants to eat at downtown I would pick somewhere.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent but wouldn't return
    Chris
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I love trying new microbreweries and BBQ, which is a hit or miss experience. Overall I would say food and beer were okay, but too many other options in Charleston to justify returning here. My fiancé doesn't eat beef or pork, but they had BBQ chicken so she ordered that. Our waiter returns and informs us they are out of chicken. This was at 5:00 pm on a Saturday night with a huge exposition in town and you're out of chicken? Pizza options looked pretty good, but didn't try them. Got the beer sampler and thought 2 of their beers were solid and didn't care for the rest, but beer preferences are of course personal preference. I'll probably stick with a seafood restaurant next time I return to Charleston.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    Letdown
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Don't waste your money or your Charleston opportunity! MANY better options!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I really like Southend Brewery
    Ramjet
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    I really like Southend Brewery but wish they still used the corner entrance like East Bay Trading Company did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent dinner
    TheDoc
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Made reservations, got there early and were seated. Food was good not over the wall, but we both enjoyed our meals. Beer was great but my wife did not enjoy her drink
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Family Friendly
    Chach
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Food was great and the elevator in the dining room was a hit with the little one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Out on the Town
    subsail
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We picked the Southend Brewery and Smokehouse because we had never been there before. We had reservations for 745 but were not seated until almost 830. The restaurant was cold as the place was very busy and and had a lot of traffic at the front door where we were waiting for seating. The menu was limited, but had a good selection of beer and wine at reasonable prices. We selected a diner from the restaurant week menu which was well prepared, but due to the large amount of business we did not get our first choice for desert. The server had a great personality which made our dining experience really good. I would recommend it for a night out after being downtown for the day but would not use it for romantic or special occasions.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good atmosphere but long wait
    izzybeta25
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I went to Southend Brewery during Charleston's restaurant week specifically because I could get good beer and a good deal on a delicious dinner. After arriving a bit early for my reservation, I still had to wait over an hour for a table. The hostess tried hard, but apparently the manager closed the third floor for a party - during restaurant week and the night after the Charleston Marathon - so the place was crowded. The food and beer were very good (try the shrimp and grits), and the atmosphere was nice. But my whole experience was soured by having to wait for so long. This place is probably much better on a late spring night when the doors are open to East Bay Street.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant week menu,
    Michelleleigh317
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Great restaurant week menu, awesome she crab soup! Service was pleasant and prompt...we will return. Thanks for a great meal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate