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The Ordinary
The Ordinary

The Ordinary Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.eattheordinary.com
  • Phone: (843) 414-7060
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Closed on Monday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Mike Lata
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cannon Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated Lot, Located one block south on Wolfe Street
A word from The Ordinary
The Ordinary is a Classic Oyster Hall and Southern Seafood Brasserie located in an Historic Bank Building in Charleston, SC.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "This was a date night while on vacation this week while the kids were kept. Living near the Texas coast, I eat seafood of all types regularly. This held up to some of the best places I've eaten in Texas and other places. The renovated bank is gorgeous, and the server made great recommendations. Crispy Fried Oysters with Beef Tartar both our favorites, but everything we had was great. Prices are high, but that is to be expected with this type of food and preparation!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The seafood was excellent and the service attentive, but despite our reservation we were seated in a far corner of the mezzanine, where the ambience wasn't so nice. We'll make sure to sit at the bar next time."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Our experience at the Ordinary was delightful. Our waitstaff offered perfect suggestions for our palate. They were friendly and service was prompt without making it appear rushed. The food was prepared beautifully. Cocktails from the bar were tasty. I would highly recommend an evening at The Ordinary. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Everything we had was fantastic! Truly an exceptional meal. Highly recommend the fish pate and pickled veggies. Baked and raw oysters were delectable. Will return again and again. Order a basil vodka gimlet too!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We have been to The Ordinary numerous times, but this was one of the best. Jennifer was our server, and was by far, the most knowledgeable server I have ever had at any restaurant. And not only did she know her stuff, but she was passionate about it. We love The Ordinary and the food speaks for itself, but it's those little details that make it more than just a good meal. Can't wait until next time."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Wow what a meal! Fantastic service and perfect lobster and oysters. They're trying a bit too hard with the Caesar salad and beer list...slightly more conventional wouldn't hurt. Definitely will go back"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Great seafood, very good old world wine list (a huge plus), excellent service. Price at $3 per oyster over the top especially when they are not in season; otherwise prices compatible to the quality. Waaaaaay to noisy, but that's today's style to support the hearing impaired industry and destroy all conversation!!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Great food and great service. Very professional staff."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I've been to The Ordinary several times and found the seafood and raw bar to be quite good. Thursday the somewhat overpriced $3.00 Oysters X 12 (2 of each type) were good and fresh....no problem. We ordered 2 of the 3 fresh fish entres and were not impressed. Both were text book "Jilia Child" from the 1970's sauce with little additions from the chef to update. If you were not alive in 1970 you might have a different opinion. I should have insisted on sitting downstairs, as the loft has so much sound coming up from downstairs. The bathrooms are very clean."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The Ordinary is located in a great space that combines modern design with the tradition of Charleston. The seafood & vegetables are local, fresh & prepared to enhance that freshness. The menu is simple with choices updated daily. The heirloom tomato salad was outstanding as were the grouper and lobster roll. The rice pudding with fresh peaches & blueberries sounds like a simple dessert but is so tasty. Service is top notch. The Ordinary is definitely worthy of of the accolades it has been receiving as one of Charleston's best new restaurants."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Food was great, but required a lot of explanation from the server. If you don't ask questions you could miss a delicious dish!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Very small menu, but the food is wonderful! The service and atmosphere was perfect."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Our family enjoyed dinner at The Ordinary for the first time on July 22, 2014. For adults, the food is exceptional. However, we did not find the restaurant to be kid friendly. After calling ahead prior to our reservations to inquire about a children's menu, we were told that they offered fried shrimp. Upon arrival at the restaurant, they said that was not an option. Our young son was highly disappointed and our evening was somewhat soured. One of the managers tried to make it right with some complimentary desserts, but it was amazing that they refused to make a young child a simple fried shrimp dinner. I enjoyed the smoked wahoo pâté-amazing flavor, an oyster slider and grilled swordfish. My wife enjoyed a nice steak. Overall, great food."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Seafood tower was delicious. Fresh seafood that included lobster,shrimp, clams, oysters and a great crab salad. Definately would go back. My husband thought it was the best seafood he ever had. The appetizer was amazing as well. Crab, shrimp abd sausage spring roll. Amazing"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I made this my last dinner in Charleston and was very pleased. The Seafood Platter was fresh and filling, the Grouper was delicately cooked, and the panache was my favorite dessert. It was promised to be "life changing" and lived up to that assessment. Our service was perfect along with the night."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I've been wanting to go to The Ordinary for about a year now. Highly anticipated and had always heard good reviews. Service was great, wine was good, RICE PUDDING WAS FABULOUS but the rest of the meal left quite a bit to be desired. Buttermilk salad was SO SALTY it was hard to get through, fried seafood platter was good but nothing to write home about, and summer veggies were also super salty. All in all not what I was hoping for nor what I expected for a $50/person meal. With all the great places to go in Charleston, I'd suggest spending this kind of money elsewhere."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Great ambiance and very fresh, wonderful seafood. We initially had two of the worst drinks in our lives - a very bitter beer and a peach cider - but other than that, the wine list and dishes were outstanding."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We loved everything we ordered from the raw section of the menu and are sparkling rose was amazing. However, the dishes from the hot section were nothing special - clearly The Ordinary's specialty is what they do with shellfish. Service was perfect and the restaurant is beautiful."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Very noisy! Terrific service. Lobster special (Friday) was excellent with one exception. Salad was very nice. Dessert, panna cotta, was superb. Oysters were very special. Great place for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The noise level was too high and made conversation very difficult. Service was great, the waitress was friendly and knowledgeable. The food was good, but not as outstanding as we had expected from the reviews. Perhaps we'll try it again during oyster season."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Would not recommend or return. Food was very poor on two different dinner occasions - the first one was bad, the second one worse (we hoped things would improve). Although the service is friendly, the atmosphere is average at best, with EXTREMELY loud background noise, blaring sound system music, and an Applebee's-like staff. We guess it's Ok for an after-work drink or a seafood snack, but we would not return for fine dining, or recommend as destination restaurant."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Had not been to Charleston in a decade. Traveled all over the US / Caribbean/ Hawaii last 14 months. Been to many exceptional Restaurants. The Ordinary is the 1st truly world class meal I can ever remember . No other way to describe the food."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The ordinary is anything but. We had simply a wonderful dining experience. From the drinks at the bar to the sublime meal we had it was a truly great gastronomic experience. The menu may make you think otherwise, but the actual food is extraordinary."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "One of the best meals I've had. Razor clams appetizer was expertly prepared"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We loved eating at The Ordinary. The old bank building was a very interesting setting but the high ceilings and open plan made for a very noisy dining experience. We could hardly hear the specials! Our waitress was extremely well versed in the menu and made great recommendations for us. The oyster slider was not to be missed! The seafood tower was amazing with best oysters I've had in a lllooonnngggg time!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The seafood was perfect-there is no other way to describe it. It was truly like catching it yourself. and for the daughter that did not like seafood, steak and fries (not listed on the menu) was immediately offered by Salena. I also like that they accommodated us even thought I had mis-understood when the reservation was-I had it stuck in my mind that it was at 7 pm, not 6:15. Delightful and will go again soon."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We had the prefixe dinner for Tuesday, NE fish chowder, Lobster Roll and fries, dessert. The lobster filling was full of very big pieces of lobster claws and can be In the traditional mayo dressing which my husband got or in a lemon butter dressing which I got. They were both delicious.The fries was regular but the ketchup is home made with some ginger spice (ok but I prefer reg ketchup) and a mayo type condiment. The STAR of the meal was the dessert, a pana cotta with blueberries and basil oil. The basil oil was just a hint and added a mystery. The pana cotta itself was sooo good, my husband who is not easily impressed was still talking about it . All these deliciousness for $35 for dinner! And they added a candle to celebrate an occasion."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Great service, great service and great service. And really great food. The Tuesday Prix Fixe is a generous cup of clam chowder (more like a fish chowder, a warm lobster roll (or cold if you want, but why?) that is better than one in Maine and a panna cotta for dessert. For $35 it was a great bargain. Will make all of my visits to Charleston on Tuesday for this special."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "3 of 4 of our group choose the day's "ORDINARY" - steam Maine lobster. The lobster shells were soft & flexable and impossible to open with the first crackers we were provided. However, the worst part was the the totally unappetizing black "GOO"that was inside all three. It didn't affect the flavor, BUT was totally unappetizing. We lived on New England's coast for 10 years & ate plently \lobsters, and THIS DISH was a "FIRST". However, our waitress, Tiffany, could not have been nicer or provided better service."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Another very delicious and enjoyable dinner. Everything is fresh and creatively prepared. The wait staff is helpful an friendly. Love being in the old well-adapted old bank."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The service was awful, the food came out at a horrible pace. Service was very slow, yet there were dozens of wait staff darting about! Slow to ask for drinks, slow to get drinks…... One of us had her entree come out 10 minutes after two other diners had finished their food! Very loud too."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The Ordinary is a very rare encounter with perfection. The product seafood was prepared perfectly. The pairing of tartare with fried oysters was genius. Unforgettable. The sauces ingenious. I will dream about this place."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The Bar-b-que shrimp appetizer alone is worth another visit. All the food was delicious. Only minor complaint was that the server was not familiar with the wine list. Loved the dining room, especially how they placed the safe. This is a special place!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I enjoyed my dinner at The Ordinary, but wasn't blown away. Not sure what the hype is about. I've been to better raw bars. Love the location, great building. But I didn't experience anything so special as to justify all the fuss."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "took 1/2 hour to get 4 drinks & oysters at 9 pm. left & went to oak room to get meal after this experience. the food may be good, but not good enough to wait so long for dinner after appetizer experience"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The Ordinary was quite ordinary. It is a very cool face, but our food had clearly been sitting for a while before it was brought to us and our waiter was almost nowhere to be found. I'm not sure the restaurant met the glowing reviews. Overall my dining party was quite disappointed."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Our server was just awesome, she helped with the wine selection, she gave us half glasses to go with our own version of a tasting menu that my husband and I shared. Everything was perfect. From the raw to the cooked and everything in between, house made Fresno chili sauce a must. It is noisy, it was an old bank so the high ceilings carry the noise, but we were not bothered by it at all. We shared 7 courses and were completely stuffed. The portions are just right and the prices as well. We can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Would highly recommend Ordinary. Excellent food. Go early when the servers have time to answer your questions."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Very loud in the restaurant with no buffering on the tables and floors. We sat upstairs where noise might be amplified. The food was awesome and simply prepared. Service was there when needed and not too hurried. The server made good suggestions for our wine picks. Our parking ticket was validated, quite a nice touch."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Great time at The Ordinary..fine company and good food. Hype of this Upper King establishment precedes the experience due to the love of FIG. Extra-long stairway to the tables upstairs is a runway for waitstaff constantly sprinting up and down. Vibe is upbeat and cool oyster bar chic, while fairly simple. Waiter was dramatically impressed with his position, as he partially, arrogantly described the menu. Northeast oysters were good but small.. all tasted the same, while touting distinctive differences. I had to ask many questions. Fish portions- smallest I've ever seen...and I understand gourmet. Fish chowder- excellent flavor. Crab app seasoning overpowered the crab. Parking-under the radar process. Good but overpriced even for Charleston."
    Dined on 7/1/2014