544 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403Neighborhood:
SeafoodPrice: $30 and under
- 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
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.Continued
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- Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
- Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
- Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
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The Ordinary reviews from OpenTable diners
284 reviews since May 23, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelEnergetic
fit for foodies (210)special occasion (136)hot spot (109)neighborhood gem (84)vibrant bar scene (72)romantic (57)notable wine list (51)good for groups (40)late-night find (14)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (4)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
- Would not go againOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 9/18/2014Too noisy, too expensive, nothing special about food, over ratedSpecial Features:
- Great seafood!!OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 9/17/2014Had 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Surely Not ORDINARYflowersVIPDined on 9/17/2014The 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 delicousSpecial Features:
- Seafood havenLindaDined on 9/17/2014A must for the seafood lover with a chance to sample by the piece. Wonderful, energetic, knowledgeable staff.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Too expensiveDwr1157Dined on 9/13/2014Atmosphere 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ExquisiteOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 9/13/2014We 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:
- Great seafoodcoppersmithDined on 9/13/2014I 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 placeSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- VeronicaDined on 9/13/2014The 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:
- Not up to usual standardsKathythefoodie123Dined on 9/12/2014I 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:
- Great Experience, but too priceyCasualdinerDined on 9/12/2014This 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great seafoodOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/12/2014Our waiter was very knowledgable about the menu and made very good recommendations. Lobster was perfectly cooked.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Completely different and deliciousOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 9/11/2014Tried 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:
- Amazing seafoodOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/10/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I'd eat here if I were youbigBlueMangoDined on 9/9/2014Tall 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- KMTChasDined on 9/7/2014The 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:
- The ordinaryOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 9/6/2014Came 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Friday Sept. 5thbuddy1862Dined on 9/5/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Anything but OrdinaryScgirlVIPDined on 9/4/2014Such 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- check out meu firstfoodisgoodDined on 9/3/2014our 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:
- Very very noisy...Soggy salad,LynnDined on 8/30/2014excellent fish. Excellent service...Not sure I would return...Special Features:
- JandJVIPDined on 8/30/2014Food was amazing, and our waiter was incredible; however, some of the staff that we first interacted with seemed a bit arrogant.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Datenight1VIPDined on 8/29/2014Outstanding! We had a wonderful evening at The Ordinary.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- An extraordinary meal!JJsunshineVIPDined on 8/29/2014The 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:
- Perfect date nightOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 8/26/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/23/2014A happening spot with great seafood --very fresh. We always go there when in town.Special Features:
- Great raw barOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 8/23/2014If 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Superb seafoodGumby74344VIPDined on 8/23/2014We 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.I would recommend this to a friend.
- The Ordinary still shinesCharlestonEDinerDined on 8/23/2014Our 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:
- Impressive food for seafood lovers.momok3Dined on 8/21/2014Great 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:
- Spectacular as usualLindaDined on 8/21/2014Love 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Limited menuJerryDined on 8/21/2014The 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:
- nicknameDined on 8/21/2014Wonderful 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Getting to be regularsCHMHinGeorgiaDined on 8/20/2014My 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:
- Mostly right-on the reviewsparkerDined on 8/20/2014Excellent 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Surprisingly different / excellentSounds2GoodDined on 8/20/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Superb .. ButcrosswaveVIPDined on 8/19/2014Superb 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- FabulousHappy2BservedDined on 8/17/2014It was our second visit to The Ordinary. We look forward to our next visit.Special Features:
- Saturday DinnerCaptBiscuitDined on 8/16/2014Very 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.
- MLaceDined on 8/15/2014Excellent service. The cocktail we had was refreshing and unique. Reintroduction to vermouth. Simple yet elegant seafood.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The Ordinary dining experienceOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/15/2014While 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.