The Obstinate Daughter - Sullivans Island
The Obstinate Daughter - Sullivans Island

The Obstinate Daughter - Sullivans Island

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theobstinatedaughter.com/
  • Phone: (843) 416-5020
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Brunch:
    Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Dinner:
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Low Country, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Jacques Larson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is also ample street parking available.
A word from The Obstinate Daughter - Sullivans Island
We chose the symbol of The Obstinate Daughter to celebrate the spirit, sass and determination of Miss Carolina Sulivan. Sullivan's Island and its rich history is the perfect backdrop for our lowcountry “Food Fort.” A Southern restaurant that is influenced by French, Italian and Spanish cuisine, The Obstinate Daughter houses a wood fired oven, plancha and island kitchen range. Pizza, pasta, small plates and a raw bar are the focus of the menu. Moving seasonally, the menu also is rooted by the burgeoning farms and fisherman in Charleston who all supply us with the superior products that make our region so special. The Obstinate Daughter is proud to be a part of the progressive food movement of Charleston and the cultural renaissance we are experiencing. We are also excited to be working towards the Green Restaurant Certification that our sister restaurant, Wild Olive, procured in the Spring of 2013. Promoting sustainable practices is a cornerstone of our business ideology.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
The Obstinate Daughter - Sullivans Island reviews from OpenTable diners
351 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (290)neighborhood gem (232)hot spot (181)special occasion (112)good for groups (108)great for lunch (96)vibrant bar scene (91)great for brunch (69)romantic (67)notable wine list (52)kid-friendly (36)late-night find (20)scenic view (10)great for outdoor dining (6)Show More
  • dining with our "not" Obstinate Daughter
    tmgbuf8056VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Menu has many seasonal offererings and changes weekly. What another great restaurant for Sullivan's Island. Many small plates to choose from and share. We recommend to try the mushrooms. Many of the pastas are homemade. We will return when we visit the area next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun decor, good food
    SugarSkullReviews
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Great location on Sullivan's Island. Nice area to take a walk after dining. The food was very good but our waitress was a little bit robotic/rehearsed, I'm not sure of the right word I'm looking for. She was not personable at all, she was all business. The restaurant is very noisy but I don't think there is any way to fix that. Dine early if you want to have conversation with your date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Another great meal with great service. That is why we keep Going back 👍
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant
    Jamie
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Our experience at The OD was great. The staff was friendly and very knowledgeable! Every thing we ordered was delicious. I would definitely put this on your list of must visit restaurants when you are in the Charleston area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charleston good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    OD was a pleasurable dining experience. The entree was five star (short rib pasta dish). I've had better mussels and beet salad. Its Charleston good and that's saying a lot. Not in my top five, but definitely on my short list. I'll return. Wine and beer offerings great. Service is great. I really like the warm, cozy feel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ate here twice in two days...
    Susan
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    ...because it was so wonderful and the staff was extremely friendly! I would highly recommend the ricotta gnocchi with the short rib ragu ~ delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting new restaurant!!
    LynneVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We had been wanting to try this new, well talked about restaurant, but it has been difficult to get reservations. (a good sign!) Finally four of us went to dinner at The Obstinate Daughter. It was very different, the portion sizes, the variety of well prepared, unusual dishes. My husband said his Fish (Grouper) was prepared perfectly. We had a great time, and will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restoration Hardware meets Southern Coast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Beautiful atmosphere and farm to table entrees for Foodies and homemade pizza & pasta for those looking for more Bread based meals. Enough options to please everyone
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun evening - fabulous food!
    MjahVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Girls night out - great waiter, tasty drinks & generous appetizers. Our entrees were excellent as well as the desserts!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tom and Cathy
    TomandCathy
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We had such a great time at The Obstinate Daughter ! Not only was the food excellent, but the wine was fantastic. Jessie our waitress, helped us select a wonderful Italian wine that went well with all of our food selections. The atmosphere is cozy and warm. A wonderful find on Sullivan's Island. It is very busy, so make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good. Service was horrid.
    MountP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Food was good. Service was horrid. Spoke to manager and she seemed not to care at all. You go to a restaurant because of the food and go back to a restaurant because of the service. Needless to say, I won't be back. It's difficult to make good food and it's easy to provide good service so you would think they would be able to tighten up the reigns.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bync
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Our second visit...will not be our last...no need to go downtown when staying at IOP when this and other gems are so convenient....OD is our favorite restaurant in Charleston area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food and Fantastic Service!
    mkclark13
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    My husband and I shared our 3rd anniversary here last night, and it was some of the best food we have put in our mouths! Our server, Anna, was fantastic, sharing all of the specials with us and helping us to make our choices. The timing was perfect between courses, giving us time to enjoy everything. We enjoyed the Griddled Octopus, NC Apple Salad, Mepkin Abbey Mushrooms, Sausage Papperdelle, the Grouper special, and the Bourbon Pecan Crème Brule. I loved the Mepkin Abbey Mushroom salad served with sautéed kale, parmesan, and an over easy egg - to die for. The pasta dish was also delicious, very light sauce that thoroughly complimented the pasta. We cannot wait to return to try some of the pizza!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'd eat here everyday if I could.
    eatingisfun
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    I visited TOD for my boyfriend's bday with another couple. The apps/plates looked so good we decided to order a bunch and then decide on dinner afterwards. We shared 8-9 apps, all of which were incredible (a few you HAVE to try: the headcheese, frogmore chowder, mussels, octopus, beets, mushrooms....ok maybe just try them all). Not able to leave without trying an entree we then split a pizza, which was heavenly. Just writing this is making me drool a little, sorry but I'm not sorry. Go to The Obstinate Daughter now, you'll be glad you did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They had me at octopus
    Goodtucker
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Went with a group of old college friends, not everyone as into trying things as I am. Our waiter, Tom, was informative, proud of his restaurant and it showed through every bit of his service. Everyone said it was our best meal in Charleston and we ate at some amazing restaurants. I had the grilled octopus, tender and delectable. Also shared the fig and proscutto pizza, and apple and bibb salad, and the tenderest ricotta gnocchi with a short rib ragu. Three of us had desserts including a glutten free red velvet cake. Very reasonably priced for the level of quality, prices would be a good 50% higher where I live.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great staff - good food
    Eater74
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Our server was fantastic, knowledgeable and genuinely personable! The locally sourced ingredients were top notch but I felt there was one component missing from almost every dish. The 2 of us ordered 7 items (we like to try everything if possible) - 4 out of 7 were just OK, the other 3 were very, very good. Whether it was a lack of seasoning, over seasoned (on one dish) or a lack of an acidic component like a vinaigrette or mustard on the others made those dishes somewhat bland. I would still go back to keep trying different dishes - the service makes up for any food issues in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great - nice atmosphere!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We went after dining at sister restaurant Wild Olive and it did not disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great selection on menu and great selection of local seafood fare. A bit noisy, though this is not a criticism. Many items on menu that we'd like to try, though there were too many great options to tackle on this our first visit. We'd definitely return! Great waiter! Great evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing restaurant!
    goodfood
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The Obstinate Daughter is an amazing restaurant. The service, menu, and atmosphere were wonderful! We had a hard time deciding what to order because everything sounded good so our waitress made suggestions and they did not disappoint. We got the oysters, the mepkin abbey mushroom salad, and the fig nasty pizza. All were amazing!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Dinner
    Supperclubgirl
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The food was good. The portions on the small plates were very small. The pasta dishes were a decent sized portion. The cocktails and service were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great lunch on Sullivan's Island
    cdine
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Nicely prepared, varied menu. The local shrimp roll was delicious. Good pizza too. The chefs in the open kitchen seem to take pride in offering well prepared meals. So many inviting lunch options, it was hard to decide. friendly hostess and wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love2eat
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    This is a great place to go with a group, as the dishes are easy to share, and the restaurant encourages it. It is a bit loud, however we had a seat by the window, and once seated, had no trouble with conversation at the table. There were only three of us, so we couldn't try as many things as I would have liked. The geechie frites(fried polenta sticks) were good but not great, the Memphis abbey mushrooms were great, although a bit salty. The sweetbreads were fantastic!! We had 2 pastas, the pappardelle and the gnocchi and both were wonderful. For dessert we shared the creme brûlée which was delicious. Overall, great food at moderate prices and a welcome addition to the Sullivans Island dining scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch
    SLOWJOE
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We were greeted with a smile and helpful attidude as we wanted a both and were willing to wait. We were taken care of in short order. Had a good glass of wine at bar while waiting. Food was very good but not out standing. Wait person was good but not out standing. Would go back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The owner of this restaurant is a genius! From the bar top and stools to the wood used inside it is a beautiful and fun space. The menu is awesome. Hit their dessert place underneath on the way out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Experience
    MjDac1985VIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    First time here and what a great overall experience. From Frank at the bar to Bethany who took care of us at the table, exceeded our expectations. Food was outstanding and each of our meals was as described and then some. Already made reservations to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious!
    teresahsVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    My husband and I really like The Obstinate Daughter. The beet salad is delicious. His pasta (one with fish, olives and capers) is not the best dish he has had there. There wasn't much fish in it and it was VERY lemony. We both love roasted grouper when it's on the menu. If you don't have reservations, you can usually grab a seat in the bar area pretty fast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Obstinate Daughter
    85253
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    First visit and friends from Chicago came along. Need reservations well in advance. Excellent and imaginative menu. Local sustainable ingredients. Shared two first, a pizza and entree. Clammer Dave pizza enjoyable but could have used more clams. Pappardelle absolutely wonderful as was the Mepkin Abbey mushroom first. Attentive service and offerings well priced. A very enjoyable evening. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KateVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    One of our favorites. Great food, great service, and love the ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    As always, we had a great dinner and fun with our friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual and Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We had a nice walk on the beach and then a very relaxing brunch. Loved the blond bloody Mary made with local yellow tomatoes. Food was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Third Visit
    PTN1
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This was my third visit to The Obstinate Daughter and it was once again, a great experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Addition to Sullivan's Isle
    MJW1VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    O.D. fits right in with the other great dining spots, all within a few blocks of each other, on Sullivan's Island. Great menu choices, extremely good, and attentive wait staff. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great new find
    Newfav
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Had tried unsuccessfully to gwt reservations at SI's newest hot spot before finally landing ones after 5 and before 9. Food was fun and outstanding. Highlights were beet salad, fresh veggies, gnocchi with short-rib sauce and all the desserts. Liked it so much we made reservations for 2 nights after that. Will become our regular go-to spot
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bring seasoning
    BalsamBobVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The place looks beautiful. The menu item descriptions are mouth watering. The service is great. Even the food presents well but the taste? There wasn't any. We had multiple items on the menu and everything was bland. We even tried each other's and still no taste. Very disappointing. Wine and beer was good. Went to anothe restaurant for coffee and desser.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite in Charleston
    catyrush
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This is worth the drive out to Sullivan's Island. The decor is almost as good as the food. If you appreciate interior design, the details of the decor are great. I recommend the lunch for its moderate price and dinner menu for a casual date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WOW
    Linda
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We were blown away with the food. Dishes just melted in your mouth. The combo flavors exploded on your taste buds . Had roasted beets, Capers Blades, The Danger and ricotta gnocchi. All was wonderful. Can hardly wait to come back and try more dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BillVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We have eaten here several times in the past and the food has been consistantly good each time. Keep up the good work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Food was great, service, not so much. Our server appeared to be new and did not provide good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outandabout
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great experience. Food all delicious. Waitress was very attentive. Would return and hopefully soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful nautical decor
    Charlestonfoodie88
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were recommended about the brunch at a concert we attended. It was so wonderfully decorated, and the food was delicious. The waitress and staff were very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. I would and will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.