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 WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
The Ordinary reviews from OpenTable diners
274 reviews since April 24, 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 (202)special occasion (136)hot spot (121)neighborhood gem (85)vibrant bar scene (70)romantic (57)notable wine list (44)good for groups (28)late-night find (15)great for lunch (8)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Superb .. But
    crosswaveVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Superb all around .. The entree was a bit small for the price point .. Would have preferred a bit more "filler" to satisfy. Could have enjoyed more starch, bread et al.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Happy2Bserved
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    It was our second visit to The Ordinary. We look forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Saturday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Very limited menu, mostly a raw bar. Tried the shrimp hushpuppies, don't know what all the hype is about; ordinary at best. The fish chowder was good, but should be named potato chowder with a little fish. Very open, noise really travels, have to talk loud just to be heard. Waiter was inexperienced. Even the sign (flag) out front was in pitiful condition (I should have heeded the warning signs). Not located in the best part of town, stick to King Street, avoid the side streets near the restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MLace
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Excellent service. The cocktail we had was refreshing and unique. Reintroduction to vermouth. Simple yet elegant seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Ordinary dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    While the building was gorgeous, The Ordinary dining experience was memorable in a negative way. Our table was tiny, our chairs were uncomfortable and the place was extremely noisy. There is no way that I will eat there again. To top it off, the food was overpriced.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Finatic
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Chef focuses his creativity on the appetizers and they are the stars of the evening. The entrees are, well, ordinary. You would be well satisfied with an evening of small plates. This is a for real culinary seafood experience ... go! Service is attentive, intelligent and efficient. Furniture is minimalist and uncomfortable. Noise level exceeds intrusive. BUT ... the resurrection of fish forks is inspiring. We'll return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expectations were higher...
    Altavista
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    After reading all reviews to the ordinary, it was truly ordinary. About half of the lobster roll was "pasty" rather than firm. Pieces of grouper were wrapped up in a tasty sauce, but the grouper was more fit for a fish stew. The noise level in a chic and visually attractive environment (ex-bank building) was muted by the noise level. This was a Tuesday night, maybe things get better toward the end of the week, but can't recommend. For a better alternative, try Fish, couple blocks south of the Ordinary on King.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    AbiA
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Have waited to try this restaurant and heard all great things. We ordered 1/2 pound of shrimp, 3 Oysters Moscow, Smoked Oysters and The Crispy Oysters with Beef Tartare. All tiny dishes, all mediocre. We also ordered two glasses of wine and two beers, for a total of $108.00. The amount of food we ordered would be similar to a wrap a Dellz Deli across the street and I can eat half for lunch and save the other for dinner, and is the freshest, most delicious food and comes to a total of $9.00. Unfortunately the Ordinary is not worth the hype and you are strictly paying for the name. Definitely will not be back for a $4.75 oyster the size of a nickel.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Ordinary was very ordinary!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The Ordinary had been highly recommended to us by friends and we were very disappointed. Food was extremely mediocre.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Vibrant
    JazzmanVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great raw bar. Frenetic. Service a little too efficient, so felt a bit rushed
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RazorClams are AMAZING!!!
    NeedaFoodFix
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal at The Ordinary and we will definitely be back, although we'd change things up a bit for sure. The drinks were fantastic, the apps - esp the razor clams and oyster sliders were AMAZING!!! We each had a different fish dinner - snapper, salmon, grouper. All were good and cooked nicely, but nothing spectacular. The place was also EXTREMELY noisy. We were there for my parents 50th wedding anniversary, so not quite the atmosphere we were expecting. Hubby and I would definitely go back, sit at the bar and enjoy some great apps. The building is a renovated bank and very cool looking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • kywildcat
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    we specifically went for the lobster special, and it was amazing. perfectly cooked. the salad was wonderful, service over the top good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't miss The Ordinary
    Nancy
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This restaurant is anything but ordinary, and with our party of three, we made it a point to order different appetizers and entrees so we could experience a broader range of tastes. Every dish was was fresh, delicious, and memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    Striker
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Food was good, but salads were exceptional. Found oysters to be good but was looking for wonderful. The presentation of the food is what makes the restaurant different.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad I tried a 2nd time
    Kathythefoodie123
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I dined at Ordinary pretty much right after opening when my husband and I were visiting Charleston when we lived in Switzerland and did not have a good experience at all regarding food and service. Since then I have moved to Charleston and went back with a visiting friend. Coming from a real foodie, the meal was absolutely fabulous ! Quite difficult to talk as the noise level is quite high, but will not keep me from going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Excellent service. Best seafood in Charleston. Will definitely recommend to friends
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THE EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY
    HELMEMANVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    WOW. I ALWAYS SAY THAT, WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR THAT PLACE WHICH WILL SURPRISE YOU WITH THEIR FOOD. I CAN ACCEPT LESSER AMBIANCE AND LOCATION, ALTHOUGH THE ORDINARY HAS BOTH. SERVICE SHOULD BE A GIVEN, NO EXCUSES. THE MAIN THING IS THE FOOD AND THE ORDINARY EXCELS WITH THAT. THE GROUPER WAS PHENOMENAL. MY WIFE ADORED HER LOBSTER ROLL. THE BUTTERMILK FLAN WAS SUPERB. TRY THE COCKTAILS. A TING WAS A PLEASANT SURPRISE.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie420
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Food was good but a bit too pricey for what you received. Ate at SNOB and the Peninsula Grill and thought the food and service were much better!! Not sure that I would return to The Ordinary as it was quite "ordinary".
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    ScottandRobin
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Best oysters to choose from. Service was great setting was and old bank renovated really neat! Fish was out of this world and the fresh vegetables were great. I would not miss out on this restaurant. Service was outstanding as well. Gre
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    Mezzo
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great dining experience. The clams are a must have as was the lobster starter. Snapper entree was very nice but you could easily stick with the raw bar items and experience some amazing flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EXTRAordinary! ( need change name)
    kahuna1VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The oyster sliders are the bomb! This restaurant blew away our expectations by a mile. The food is simple but complex in flavor. This is the best [lace I have eaten in YEARS!And our server was so knowledgeable that it was almost shocking. The staff here are incredible well trained in every way. 5 stars in all departments!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Ordinary
    flemgirl1
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great restaurant in Charleston. Food was wonderful, server was very knowledgable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Lwillson
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our first dining experience at The Ordinary was wonderful! we arrived a little before our reservation and had drinks at the bar. The food was excellent and the dessert even better! We will definitely be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    luvtodinechucktownstyle
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We enjoyed an early dinner at The Ordinary. It is definitely for those looking to have seafood. However, we were told there is a great steak available that is not on the menu. Vintage cocktails and wine selection were a compliment to the food. Foodies will so love the blending of flavors. Enjoyed our experience very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coastal Texas tries SC raw
    jasdanmoo
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • better not to book
    mandala
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Ordinary at The Ordinary
    Luvgr8tmeals
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oyster night out
    Foodlover
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Had looked forward to trying a new "Today" show recommended restaurant for oysters. Found them overpriced and surprised that no Fla. Oysters were offered. We were given a 6:15 reservation as they were booked until 9pm. We were given small table in upstairs corner facing a window that overlooked construction. The rest. was pretty empty so we asked if we could move, we were told all other tables were reserved. The Restaurant was half empty when we left an hour later! It definitely left us feeling that even having reservation a week in advance that the staff could not accommodate a customer's request to move. Based on our experience we would not recommend this restaurant but hope that what we experienced were opening "kinks"
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  • Life changing
    AmyW
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing as Always
    pastryB
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One minor flaw
    SVP1VIP
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ordinary
    Pierre
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dave
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great food and great service. Very professional staff.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The menu on Thurday "back to 1970"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Ordinary
    eat4fun
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Food was great, but required a lot of explanation from the server. If you don't ask questions you could miss a delicious dish!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food!
    Ariella
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Very small menu, but the food is wonderful! The service and atmosphere was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining in Charleston
    Luvfinefood
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous place to dine
    MAdining
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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
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    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the Wait
    Greg
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate