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
285 reviews since April 29, 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 (210)special occasion (140)hot spot (124)neighborhood gem (85)vibrant bar scene (72)romantic (57)notable wine list (46)good for groups (30)late-night find (15)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (4)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A happening spot with great seafood --very fresh. We always go there when in town.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Impressive food for seafood lovers.
    momok3
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great bar scene with a nice selection of sherry and beer. Unfortunately, it is way too loud. The food is impressive and the service was very knowledgeable and efficient. Raw bar selections were interesting. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Spectacular as usual
    Linda
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Love ordering all small plates, which actually ate huge, and sharing. Chef is innovative and meticulous with ingredients and presenting unusual combinations. One of the best Charleston has to offer. Love the setting....a very high ceilinged old bank.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited menu
    Jerry
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The Ordinary is strictly a seafood restaurant. While we found the food good, we didn't feel it rated the price. The menu is weighted to small, appetizer portions in both the "Cold" and "Hot" items. Their "Large Plates" were limited to four choices. I had the Wahoo, and while it was good, it didn't live up to the $29.00 charge. My wife had the peel and eat shrimp for $15.00 and a cup of fish chowder for $13.00 that was on the watery side and had quite a few "crackers" in it We each had a "glass" of wine that added another $30.00 to the bill. Overall, we were disappointed and won't be returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Wonderful food, good service, and nice ambience, though the acoustics of this renovated bank make the restaurant a bit loud. (The upstairs section could only be described as an echo chamber.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Getting to be regulars
    CHMHinGeorgia
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My wife and I live in Augusta, GA, and for the past 18 months have found ourselves making frequent overnight trips to Charleston for the sole purpose of dinner at The Ordinary. Yes, it's that good. We have eaten at top restaurants all over the U.S. and have found no one who does seafood fresher and more thoughtfully than Mike Latta and his staff. If you dream of a lovely piece of fish cooked and sauced perfectly, head for The Ordinary. This trip we ordered the paillard of grouper in a whipped sherry sauce, garnished with tiny chanterelles and even tinier toasted croutons. Just wonderful. We were sure it was the best fish dish we'd ever had, but that's what we say after each trip to The Ordinary!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mostly right-on the reviews
    parker
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Excellent seafood (though my wife felt her crab appetizer was just okay); loved the oysters, the daily special, the service and the ambience. A nice touch: the restaurant called the day before and asked if we wanted to be seated on the first or second floor. Since I have, at the moment, limited mobility, it was thoughtful of The Ordinary to ask. Menu questions were answered with candor. Altogether a great addition to the Charleston restaurant scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly different / excellent
    Sounds2Good
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We liked The Ordinary more than the flagship restaurant, Figg. The food was delicious and surprised our senses with new flavors and textures. The folks at the bar were friendly and the libations constructed there were unique and delicious. The space is interesting and we liked the touches remaining from the old bank.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Saturday Dinner
    CaptBiscuit
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic