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: 8434165020x
  • 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 WinnerLow Country
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
The Obstinate Daughter - Sullivans Island reviews from OpenTable diners
286 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (211)neighborhood gem (191)hot spot (120)special occasion (101)vibrant bar scene (74)romantic (62)good for groups (56)great for lunch (52)great for brunch (45)notable wine list (42)kid-friendly (32)late-night find (22)scenic view (17)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Sat., August 16, 2014
    Bluegrassgirl2
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We LOVE coming to The Obstinate Daughter! It's our new favorite restaurant for several reasons....terrific location, delicious menu and vibrant scene! We've been 7 or 8 times and always find the staff very professional and knowledgeable.....the food is always wonderful! Last Saturday, we watched the sun set as we enjoyed our pre-dinner cocktail. Whenever we come, we feel like we're dining at a special spot while on vacation....thank you!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worked for us
    Oleocalligraphy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We are a ladies lunch group, well-travelled and demanding. We loved it!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kimg2233VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great night out! I am thrilled with the opening of OD. We loved the restaurant previously located here, Atlanticville. Obstinate Daughter has great energy and ambience and the food was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gamecock1
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great find but hard to make a reservation except for 5 or 5:30 / 9 or 9:30. We took friends from Charlotte that own some properties.at Isle of Palms. They had a great experience and will be back. I would like to see some flounder on the menu and some other simple grilled fish to go with the vegetable dishes. Great job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best at the beach
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    With so many look-alike menus in the area, it was a pleasure to see (and enjoy) the distinctive choices and focus on quality here. The gluten-free member of our group also appreciated the gluten free options for each pasta. Our "best of table" entree was the Ricotta Gnocchi with short rib ragu; the South Carolina peach salad was also a delight. The Mepkin Abbey Mushroom dish was perfectly prepared, but know that these mushrooms have a very particular taste. Our table was divided on them. Friendly service, but we were there on a packed-house evening, so it wasn't always 100% attentive. If we were going again, I would order more plates to share. PS: Great cocktails here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What Dining Should Be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My dad and I celebrated his birthday here and we thoroughly enjoyed everything about the place. I placed a reservation because we had plans later in the evening. We felt taken care of from the moment we arrived. We decided to share several of the plates and got the house white as our server suggested. The presentation was beautiful, the food was full of flavor and all the servers made us feel like we were their only table. There was a tie for favorite plate of the night - the Obstinate Flatbread with butter bean puree was, simply put, fantastic and the NC Calico Scallop and squid Fra Diavolo had the perfect amount of spice - heat, but still incredibly flavorful. We ended the night as it should end, with the peach bread pudding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummers
    Peanut
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Lunch or dinner, you'll never be disappointed. Consistently good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    JB29715
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    First time to OD but definitely not the last. Restaurant is beautiful with a great casual but upscale feel to it. Food was awesome and the portions just right.....can't wait for our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    CGALEARD
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great food with wonderful variety. Servers are knowledgeable and had great recommendations. Fabulous environment. Charming and comfortable with an elegant high-end menu. Unique cocktails as well as great wine list.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AMAZING!
    JM28
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    My husband and I have been wanting to try OD since it opened but it has been so popular we had to book a reservation a week out. From the second we arrived we were impressed. Seated before reservation, waiter was very well versed on the wine menu and explained the food menu perfectly! Service was quick and great presentation! As we were walking out a waiter that was about to pick up drinks at the bar to deliever to another table stopped what he was doing and ran to the door to open for us. Wonderful experience! Cannot wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good vibe, good time!
    LuvstodineoutVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Second time here. Will become a "go to" place for us when wanting something a bit Special but not stuffy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch
    Brutus
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We had a large party meeting for brunch ! We all had a wonderful experience....even tasted each other's food so we got a great sampling of the menu offerings! The waitress was so wonderful and provided great service and did not rush us even though we had a huge table! We have been there before and will continue to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding in every aspect
    waterboy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Just a real fun place to have dinner. Upbeat environment, friendly staff and outstanding food. What more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed our evening very much
    foodies
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was phenomenal. I recommend the pate, sweet breads, and sausage parpadelle pasta for sure! We had a great waiter who was very attentive and knew the wines and menu very well. I would highly recommend this restaurant (next time I might try brunch).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have already been three times!
    CharlestonBoyVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    ...and I am going back next week. Enough said. Except open table requires 50 characters...so...enough said!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Loved Frank, the bartender! Atmosphere fun. Food good. A little noisy. Wi L go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food
    lovethebeach2
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Went for anniversary dinner the food and drinks were delicious! We had the peach bread pudding for dessert it was outstanding!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What fun!
    Susan
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had a great dinner here the other evening. I'd love to go back every week. The wine was great and incredibly reasonable. The oysters are the best I've ever had. I wish I was having the Old Danger pizza for lunch today! Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Andy
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Well worth the hour drive. Reservations a must. All the food we ordered was excellent from the flatbread to the pasta. Parking is not impossible but may be a short walk from the entrance. Sister restaurant- Wild Olive lost a lot when chef and focus shifted to OD. Maybe a six-month rotation will allow both places to benefit from his talent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OD/BeardCat, a KO!
    ashevillefoodie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The Obstinate Daughter and sister sweets BeardCat are the true example of gems in the rough! WOW! From the first bite, we knew we had discovered something so special and just to make sure we revisited several times for different meals. Every time we were awed by the craftsmanship, flavors and quality of ingredients! Mesh that with the most personable and happy crew was truly memorable! Don't tell the finest haunts in Charleston that reservations were cancelled because we just wanted to go back and spend an evening with The Daughter! And one last thing, olive oil and sea salt gelato? Crazy good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Our new favorite restaurant
    Catherine
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We already have plans to go back next week. We have been twice, and both times were wonderful. Excellent food, great service, and good ambiance. We want to eventually try everything on the menu, before it changes!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great new spot for us
    Royall
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Very interesting and well prepared menu. Get ready to think out of the usual box and take a chance on something new like we did. Great service and fun atmosphere. Open kitchen draws everyone together. Nice wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service!
    LuvCulinaryVacation
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This place is another gem for Jacques Larson (also Wild Olive on Johns Island)! The geeche frites are amazing! the mushroom kale salad delicious! the Hog toast is a must try as well - sliced and piled high with in house ham on toasted pumpernickel mustard and arugula - wonderful to share....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, but can be "snobbish"
    Diningfool
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I live on the island and have been here many times. I've tried a few different entrées and starter items and they have all been excellent. You should definitely try this restaurant. The only negative is that the place comes across as one of those snobbish types that only wants to serve you the food the way they want to serve it to you (kind of a "I know better than you" attitude). I get that they have a way of preparing a dish, but they don't take even mild special requests very well (like "leave off the onions"). And don't even ask for crackers for the oysters! The Old Danger pizza is awesome but attempt to get them to cook it with the egg over medium. I had it served very "over easy" once (not by request) & it was nearly inedible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do not miss!
    SavortheSalt
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Hats off to the food lovers behind The Obstinate Daugter! Decor is crisp and inviting, food is fresh and creative, and seasoning is spot on. Try the Old Danger pizza topped by a farm fresh egg, and do not miss the Geetchie Frites. Great experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing End-to-End Dining
    Food4thought
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Everything was perfect. Nice ambience. Great wine. The gnocchi is a must. Prompt and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Molly
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Our second time here. The first time was with a large group and it was noisy, crowded, and confusing. Much better with a smaller group of 4 people. Our server Danielle was very knowledgeable about the wine list and made excellent recommendations about how to order from the menu. We shared three small plates, a pasta, and a pizza. The plates came out progressively so everything was paced well. Just the right amount and delicious. Not easy getting a reservation but worth it! Loved the gelato downstairs too. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Brunch
    MayorJasp
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    What an incredible meal! I love that the brunch menu featured pizza and pasta, as well as several great breakfast choices. The blonde Bloody Mary was the best I've ever had! It's definitely a bit on the pricey side for brunch, but absolutely worth it! Great service and music as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Wow! We loved every dish we had. The tuna conserva, charred octopus, and short rib gnocchi were so delicious that we ordered them again on our second visit. The decor of the restaurant is very well done. We will DEFINITELY return!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    Saintsfans9
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our server was the best we'd had during a week's long visit to restaurants in downtown Charleston and Mt. Pleasant. With out-of-town guests, one of whom was a professional food stylist, I had taken them to a variety of places for both lunch and dinner, In addition to the excellent food and comfortable setting at OD, Bethany, our server, presented a thorough explanation of the menu and wine list, displayed attention to service at the table throughout the whole meal, and demonstrated a cheerful manner, We all agreed that this was our favorite place. The restaurant was just the right finale for the guests' last evening of their visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising Lunch
    LCasey
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We have sought out OD for dinners, but had friends in town and needed to do lunch. 25-59 year olds at a table for six. All diners were delighted! Each item was unique and delicious. Specialty cocktails were delicious and the taste of our first Blonde Mary (a Bloody Mary made with yellow heirloom tomatoes) took us all by surprise. The service there is Island friendly and we will visit as often as possible when in town.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time experience
    katy
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Friends from out of town decided to try on a Friday evening. Reservations were easy and staff was very friendly! Waitress very attentive and no delays in drinks or food. However, disappointed in my choice of Seared Red Snapper- tomato, cucumber, peppers, onion, basil- very small bite size pieces of snapper - more like a snapper soup. Friend ordered Cavatappi (pasta dish) local fish small amount of fish compared to a lot of pasta! I may try again but this time for brunch. Brunch menu looks more to my liking. It was packed and everybody seemed to be enjoying fun and laughter!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner Thursday July 17
    Bluegrassgirl2
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Had an early dinner so parking was not a problem. The ambiance was lively but hard to talk, it was so noisy! The service was fantastic and the special grouper was delicious though very pricey! I thought $29 for grouper was expensive....so next time I'll watch what I order! I love this restaurant's atmosphere and menu so I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CoolMom100
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Great new addition to the Sullivan's Island scene. Less hectic than Poe's and Home Team BBQ - more sophisticated and innovative, while still maintaining a decidedly southern, beachy vibe. If you have kids it is a good idea to show up early, and pizza or geechie fries (amazing!) are the only menu items sure to please the very young.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun creative Food
    klickfoodlovers
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    As always, Jacque delivers. His creative flair for modern Italian food with a modern twist never disappoints. My wife Kleo and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary there the other day. it was worth the drive from West Trashley, oops, I meant Ashley. Everything was fresh and vibrant. The menu is limited, but will keep you coming back because everything in it looked interesting. The pizzas rocked. Bar scene looked exciting. Everyone seemed very happy to have a cool place to go to on SI.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Definitely among my new, favorite spots in town. Beautiful restaurant with awesome food and wonderful service. We will be back soon. And often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just awesome
    criticontheDL
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I am a hotel and food critic for a living, but came here "off the clock" and absolutely loved it. Kudos to the owners for putting together such a fabulous combination of high design and simple but innovative eats.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anonymous1
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Couldn't be happier with the service. Very friendly, delicious food, and peaceful environment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    By far a great place to eat. One interesting drink is their fresh yellow tomato juice. It is made there fresh with a bit of zip!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had an amazing time at your restaurant Saturday night. Thank you so much for going above and beyond. Tom Marino was our server and he did a phenomenal job. He was very knowledgable about the menu and had great suggestions for us! Great job! Food was awesome as well. Especially enjoyed you espresso and gelato dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.