The Ordinary
The Ordinary

The Ordinary

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.eattheordinary.com/
  • Phone: 8434147060x
  • 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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
The Ordinary reviews from OpenTable diners
276 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (203)special occasion (133)hot spot (112)neighborhood gem (81)vibrant bar scene (73)romantic (58)notable wine list (51)good for groups (38)late-night find (13)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (3)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Eclectic Seafood
    travelingkatVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    A great experience ... had to go early on a Sunday night to get in to this very popular Charleston eatery. This is NOT a place if you don't like seafood, particularly shellfish. Menu is somewhat limited, but what we ordered was wonderful. Service was excellent ... with servers telling you "this is your dining adventure" so order how you wish. They are very knowledgeable and offer suggestions. We had to stay at the bar at the end of our meal due to weather, and that turned out to be enjoyable too. The restaurant is located in a beautiful old bank building. All this being said, this was the hardest restaurant to get a reservation for (and the only to call to confirm), and yet it would be 4 or 5 among our favorites. Just too limited.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place to Eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    One thing on the menu was better than the next. The servers were very helpful in recommending what to try and the service was fast and friendly. Loved sharing several small plates as a group. Would definitely go back again. Price was great, especially for the quality of food. I highly recommend the ordinary for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The Ordinary came highly recommended and the food was very good. I was a bit disappointed by the limited menue.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ordinary review
    WillYUM
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was amazing, the razor clams were our favorite. We also ordered one of the shellfish towers, the seafood was cold and fresh- very important when eating raw seafood. Maitake mushrooms in sunchoke sauce was earthy and brightly balanced, the sauce did not overpower the mushroom's natural flavor. The service was a little slow to start and the bartenders could have been more suggestive and friendly- I would have preferred my recommendations to come from them instead of the couple dining next to me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great dining experience
    iluv2eat
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We dined on a Friday night and couldn't be more pleased. Our waiter was great-spent plenty of time and thoroughly explained the dishes and how best to order. We chose the Friday special-a succulent Maine lobster that was quite a bit larger than what you usually get. The squash soup that accompanied the dish and the panna cotta were both great-very tasty and well presented. The other order consisted of the fish stew chowder-also very good with a lot of fish, followed by the razor clams(excellent taste but too small) and then the oysters and beef tartare. The last one is a bit unusual and interesting-the oysters for me were the best part. Quite an experience-excellent food in a noisy place and one that is quite pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolute best seafood in Charleston
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Love this place always!!! We come here for every special occasion or a craving for delicious oysters and unique seafood dishes that are more than delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • loud
    janjVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    wonderful shell fish too much noise to enjoy conversation
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and drinks.
    Chelsea
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Loved all the food, I think the pate was my favorite. The inside of the restaurant is very beautiful but be prepared for a high noise level. I would suggest to everyone unless someone would be bothered by a louder than usual environment. Dreaming about the pate....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great resturaunt
    mjordan56
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The service was phenomenal and personal. Our waiter, Adam, was knowledgable, friendly, and professional. The presentation of the food was inviting and the quality was exceptional. I will recommend The Ordinary highly. My girlfriend is in the hotel business and will recommend it to the guests. The Ordinary is not so ordinary. We have been to many resturaunts in Charleston, and The Ordinary is number 1.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No subsitutes
    Page
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The menu has food groupings designed for the ultimate tasting experience. If you ask for the fish chowder rather than the clam chowder they will not sub. Same with the rice puddings and probably all items listed. Very loud and hard to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would not go again
    Linloo
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Too noisy, too expensive, nothing special about food, over rated
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great seafood!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Had the tower which was delicious. The cold lobster roll had a bit too much mayonnaise. Service excellent. Noise level a bit too much for a comfortable conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surely Not ORDINARY
    flowersVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The menu may not read wow!!! but this place is the perfect seafood lover paradise!! We had Wahoo pate ...perfectly smoked Our entrees were an outstanding..esp the Scamp grouper with "clam chowder"!! delicous!!! The buttermilk panna cotta was melt in your mouth delicous
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seafood haven
    Linda
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    A must for the seafood lover with a chance to sample by the piece. Wonderful, energetic, knowledgeable staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at the Ordinary
    EddieT
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Had dinner with my wife on Tuesday night. We had lots and lots of oysters. The smoked oyster appetizer was outstanding as was the fried oysters with beef tartare. We ordered everything we tried twice. If you love oysters as we do The Ordinary is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive
    Dwr1157
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Atmosphere is great. Prices,not so much. $15 for a small glass Of wine (5oz). Food was good but for over $250 a couple, there are better choices in Charleston. We won't be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite
    TinaZ
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We wouldn't come to Charleston without a stop at the Ordinary. The reuse of the old bank is brilliant, the oysters laying out is a huge temptation, the wait staff is friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Every bite is worth the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great seafood
    coppersmith
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I absolutely love this place! The decor is awesome especially the lights and huge windows. I love the seafood towers. If you have the time and means get the triple tower. It comes with quite the variety of choices. This time it had goose neck barnacles with were interesting and tasty where as last time it was topped with a razor clam salad which was amazing. I love this place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Veronica
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food, as always, was great, but the menu is not extensive and sometimes a bit hard to order from....although they often have intriguing things on the manu...this time it was barnacles!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not up to usual standards
    Kathythefoodie123
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I was disappointed that the food and service were not up to the usual top quality standards. Prefer consistency if I choose this restaurant to take my visitors to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience, but too pricey
    Casualdiner
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was the first time at the Ordinary and I would say overall everything was high marks. Everything that we ordered was superb and the service was amongst the best I have experienced in the Charleston culinary scene. The only negative comment that I would make is that I think the menu items are too pricey for what you get. The portion sizes are rather small and everything is ala carte. If you just got paid, and your wallet is full….head to the Ordinary. Again, great job Ordinary staff.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our waiter was very knowledgable about the menu and made very good recommendations. Lobster was perfectly cooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food and Service
    jh1982
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We were in town from Cincinnati and had been waiting a year to eat here and were extremely impressed. Our server Brittany was very knowledgeable and incredibly hospitable. The food was great. Oyster sliders have been on my mind since we left. We will return next year, if not sooner, during our yearly trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Completely different and delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Tried The Ordinary since it's from the same team as FIG. Food was completely different from anything else we tried during our trip to Charleston. The restaurant is gorgeous, waitstaff was really helpful in choosing menu items (since we were pretty clueless), cocktails and wine list top-notch, and the food was terrific. Inventive flavors, incredibly fresh fare. Definitely try the smoked oysters--we ordered a second round of them after polishing off the first.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The seafood tower was the most incredible assortment of fresh seafood. The drinks were outstanding. Service was excellent. Setting was quite hip and on trend. Would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'd eat here if I were you
    bigBlueMango
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Tall gothic spaces of atmospheric dining, deliberately lengthy bar of hopeful love, banging busy steely kitchen, pews of homage to an olde worlde feele of a former life. Little bits of many bits to eat, determined and considered moments of wine, if only I had more time to just sit and consume the ordinary. An oasis in a dismal, dusty, splintered section of the Charleston dark.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KMTChas
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The Ordinary has become our favorite restaurant for special occasions. The service is outstanding and the food has never disappointed. The oyster sliders are amazing - a must try!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The ordinary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Came across like an expensive seafood tapas restaurant. Most of the food was great...the peel & eat shrimp (the easiest thing on the menu) were terrible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday Sept. 5th
    buddy1862
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The service was perfect. Our meal was delicious. Ambiance was great, however, the noise level was a bit overwhelming. You need to put some fabric in there to soft and cozy it up and to absurd sound.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anything but Ordinary
    ScgirlVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Such a unique vibe at this restaurant. Lots of seafood in Charleston but none presented quite like this. The bar area is fabulous. Bartenders who take their time to craft your cocktail and talk to you about wine and spirits. There is an abundance of waitstaff for your table. But the food is the star attraction!! Everything we had from the amberjack pâté to the oysters to the panna cotta was excellent. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • check out meu first
    foodisgood
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    our server was very good, knowledgeable and helpful. there was a long wait between appetizers and main course which was driving my husband nuts. I should've checked out the menu prior to coming because it is very oyster heavy so if you like oysters, this is the place to go. I don't, however, and I also have a lot of food allergies so there weren't many options for me. If your on a wheat/gluten free diet and you don't like oysters, probably better choices in town. Also, kind of an odd wine and beer menu. I ended up getting a dirty martini which was the best I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very very noisy...Soggy salad,
    Lynn
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    excellent fish. Excellent service...Not sure I would return...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JandJVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was amazing, and our waiter was incredible; however, some of the staff that we first interacted with seemed a bit arrogant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Datenight1VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Outstanding! We had a wonderful evening at The Ordinary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An extraordinary meal!
    JJsunshineVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The oyster sliders are To. Die. For. Seriously, they far exceeded my expectations. They're served on delicious house made Hawaiian rolls with perfectly fried oysters. I had the lobster tail, along with a stellar buttermilk greens salad. My friend ordered the beeline snapper which was served with a New England clam chowder sauce. Although I'm not ordinarily a dessert person, the panna cotta was divine. Almost better than the food, the decor is exceptional. It's one of the loveliest places I've seen, comfortable while still chic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We went on a Tuesday evening when the restaurant was pretty quiet, but the food and service was outstanding. The decor is beautiful and focuses your attention on what is on your plate. The raw bar is amazing, definitely the highlight of the menu. Everything was fresh and the menu recommendations were on point. We ordered a Raw Bar Platter, and an additional two dozen oysters to satisfy our craving. We did see the Triple Tier Platter and will probably order that the next time we are in town. Great for a special occasion, or regular date night. Relatively casual atmosphere, there were kids, but if you bring them they better like seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A happening spot with great seafood --very fresh. We always go there when in town.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great raw bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    If you love raw oysters this is the place! While I don't eat them my mother and husband do, my mother said they were the best she's ever had!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb seafood
    Gumby74344VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We found what we were looking for in seafood. A local Snapper with a clam broth, a Porgy with chanterelles. All cooked to perfection. Oysters from all over that were very tasty and fresh. Knowledgable and pleasant staff. Cool building. While it was one of our most expensive meals, it was right up there with our other meal at FIG. Maybe even better since we love freshly prepared interesting seafood. If you are looking for typical southern fried seafood, skip this place.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Ordinary still shines
    CharlestonEDiner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our recent revisit to The Ordinary was just as extra-Ordinary as our first dinner there in July of 2013. The menu is still divided into sections, the selections still bright and flavorful. The chefs at The Ordinary are masters at mixing flavors and textures, creating mouthfuls of crunch, smooth creaminess and tenderness (as in their excellent Oyster Sliders..yum.). There were enough menu choices to please every diner and each of those choices exceeded our expectations. The treat of dining at The Ordinary is that their menu choices change daily and each day an Ordinary is offered...a daily prix fix meal, complete with dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic