The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.francismarionhotel.com/dining/
  • Phone: (843) 724-8888
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Low Country, Southern
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wine
  • Entertainment: Guests can enjoy live jazz piano Friday and Saturday nights while sipping cocktails in the casually elegant surroundings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Corner of King and Calhoun Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is located in the city parking garage next door or along the street.
A word from The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
The Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar, named for Revolutionary War hero, General Francis Marion, features classic Southern cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Executive Chef Simon Andrews and Restaurant Chef Phil Gaulin create regional specialties that emphasize farm to table practices using locally grown fruits and vegetables with respect to the traditional beloved flavors and techniques of the Old South.

Known for its award-winning Shrimp and Grits, The Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar overlooks historic Marion Square Park and is popular with both locals and visitors to Charleston. Guests can enjoy live jazz piano Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights while sipping cocktails in the casually elegant surroundings.

The restaurant also has a private dining room, the Parkview, that seats thirty and overlooks King Street and Marion Square Park. This intimate space is perfect for private events and small parties.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSouthern
The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (16)fit for foodies (14)special occasion (12)neighborhood gem (9)good for groups (8)notable wine list (4)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (4)scenic view (2)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Lunch in the City
    JaneP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We had lunch at the Swamp Fox and the food was very good. We were quite surprised on a Saturday in November it was only ourselves and one other table. This restaurant is at the far end of King Street away from the City Market so perhaps people don't wander that far for lunch. It was a nice walk and a nice place for lunch and the service was very good. But of course there weren't many of us in the restaurant so I wouldn't expect less.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Hotel Restaurant in the Heart of Charleston
    NightOwl
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Nice to find the Swamp Fox waiting for us at 9 pm, when we checked in, tired and hungry, at the Francis Marion Hotel. The Shrimp and Grits were good, though a bit rich. We had two very nice breakfasts there. The grits were especially good. We appreciated the attentive service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LBell
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Relaxed but upscale dining experience. Food and service are top notch. Situated at the corner of King St. and Calhoun St. in the Francis Marion Hotel make it a perfect spot to enjoy a nice meal after shopping and site seeing in downtown Charleston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • stuffy place.
    Reelcountry
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The steak was on the longhorn level. Not good at all. The chicken is the best thing to get.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, relaxing atmosphere
    Mich
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great food in a relaxing atmosphere. We were there on a Sat night. Pecan salmon with pepper jack grits very tasty, as was shrimp and grits if you like spicey. Our server was fun, friendly, and, knowledgeable which was a great addition to her excellent service. As stated in title this was not a high vibrant scene but relaxed classy which was what we were looking for after a full day of sight-seeing and shopping.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost perfect
    NCGrl
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Swamp Fox is in a great location on King Street at the corner of Calhoun, in the Francis Marion Hotel. It has a nice lowcountry menu, with locally-sourced specials. Service is spotty, but pleasant when they come around. The pork done both ways, braised and loin, were properly cooked, and moist. However, the accompanying caramelized Vidalia onions in a cider reduction was ice cold, and the butternut squash puree was room temperature. Prices are comparable to others with similar cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Meal
    MaineDuke
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My meal was the Swamp Fox October Farmer's Market Dinner, a wonderful three course feast for $30. It started with a Wadmalaw Spinach Salad, spinach, grapes, Pickled Red Onions in a Sherry Vinaigrette topped with a perfectly poached egg. The Main Course was a Pork Duo combo of Pulled Pork Shoulder and Grilled Pork Tenderloin, served over Butternut Squash with Caramelized Vidalia Onions and Roasted local Brussel Sprouts. Dessert was a Poached South Carolina Pear, with local Goat Cheese, Candied Pecans and a Pomegranate Syrup. The restaurant also served wonderful freshly baked bread. Service was exceptional and the evening was enhanced by the piano player, who accompanies dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal at a Reasonable Price
    MaineDuke
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The Swamp Fox in the Francis Marion Hotel is a delightful find. They serve a monthly Farmers Market Dinner for $30 that was an exceptional value. On the night I dined they also had a jazz special dinner for $19.24 the year the hotel opened. The food and service were exceptional and the soft jazz piano was an added plus. My meal consisted of a spinach salad enhanced with pickled red onions, grapes and a poached egg, dressed with a sherry vinaigrette. The main course was a Pork Duo of Braised Pork Shoulder (pulled pork) and a Grilled Pork Tenderloin, accompanied by a butternut squash puree, carmelized Vidalia onions and an apple cider jus. The dessert was a local poached pear, with local goat cheese, candied pecans and a Pomegranate syrup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Swamp Fox
    Steve
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    A perfect last minute reservation for eight friends. Service was excellent and the food was very good at a fair price. Everyone enjoyed the evening and I would go back again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food
    Bersito
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Although the decor is somewhat dated, the food is outstanding. Great service and a remarkable menu made this dining experience the highlight of our trip to Charleston. Highly recommend it if you like good food...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • VERY GOOD!
    delicious
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service was excellent, food was delicious and plenty, prices reasonable. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • swamp fox charleston,sc
    pooches
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Piano music both at dinner and breakfast..generous breakfast portions and adequate dinner. very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    Lynndy
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Mary Catherine was our waitress and she is an asset to this restaurant. She was attentive without being intrusive, smiled and was polite. Very good food. Inviting presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing all around!
    regale007
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food is simply amazing. For appetizers, we ordered the shrimp and grits martini and fried shrimp and it was out of this world. The best shrimp and grits I've ever eaten. For entrees, my wife ordered the crab cakes with asparagus and macaroni and cheese and I ordered the chicken and waffles. The waffles were jalapeno and bacon with a maple drizzle and a side of braised collards. I ate everything but the plate. I also ordered a planters punch cocktail which was just the right amount of alcohol. Our waitress was amazing. Will definitely go back when I am in Charleston again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Typical hotel food
    OliviaVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Dining in Charleston back in January and again this summer we thought we could not find anything but amazing food. Swamp Fox was not horrible, but by no means the level of food found throughout the city. A southern favorite "chicken & waffles" was done the same way as my daughters chicken fingers, not crispy and dried out chicken breasts. I expected to find a better dish here in the south. Service was awkward except for the hostess whom seemed to know more about hospitality and service than either of the two servers. There are so many amazing choices in charleston, don't waste your time on hotel bar ambiance and mediocre food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Tried Swamp Fox for a birthday dinner. Food was good. Service was good. Piano player played music that wasn't our taste but good if you liked it. Overall a little bit disappointing but most likely due to our too high expectations. Would recommend but not for a special occasion.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • swamp fox
    Louie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Generally hotel restaurants do not get a lot of press because they usually only get their guest for breakfast or quick lunch or dinner. This place is worth going too. Go check them out for yourself.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Is there a new chef?
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The chicken and biscuits entree left a lot to be desired. The biscuits tasted like mush and the gravy was bland. I have eaten here before and returned because of past good experiences. I will not be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious meal
    Mickie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We enjoyed our meals- everything was fresh, hot & well seasoned. The salmon and fried chicken were great & the bread was delicious. The service was outstanding. Everyone was friendly and gracious. The restaurant was quiet & comfortable. The live music provided by a pianist was a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • markymark
    ofinerdiner
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Superb chef...great presentation and balance using herbs and spices...enjoyed the local food and vegetable suppliers....will visit again and again. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, great environment!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We loved The swamp fox. Very good food, great atmosphere... Had a great time!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 133 reviews are from the The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel reviews archive.
  • Good food and service
    Brian
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We stayed at the hotel and decided to try it out because it was raining and also got good reviews. Service was very good and the food was better normal hotel fare. My fish was good but a tad dry. My enjoyed her July - three course meal.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal!
    Trey
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Swamp Fox was great. I think that with so many restaurants in Downtown Charleston, people won't go to a hotel restaurant, because there was hardly anybody there. This was definitely a great spot to eat dinner. My fried chicken had delicious breading and the chicken itself was so juicy. It's a shame more don't stop in.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food below standards
    Rose
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great service. Crab cakes were great except for they sat in a pool of oil, mashed potatoes were soupy, roasted asparagus was very good. We went because of great reviews and were highly disappointed. Restrooms were a smelly, dirty pit. This place could be a great gem and is not window shutters very dirty as well. Wine and bread was very good. Our waitperson gave us great service. Except when I told her about the greasy crab cakes and soupy mashed potatoes and she was complacent about it. Nothing special about this place.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Swamp Fox at Francis Marion
    itzarobVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Hotel restaurants are usually ok. Swamp Fox is an exception to the rule. Our first night in Charleston after a 12 hour drive we didn't feel very adventurous. Our waitress, Gracie was very nice. She suggested the waffle and chicken and she was spot on. It was very good. The jalapeño waffles had me apprehensive but it was very good, tasty and not spicy hot, and the chicken was tasty, moist, a very nice dish. Pecan crusted salmon was equally good. The salads were excellent, and could have been a meal in itself. We ended up eating at Swamp Fox later in the week, and we were not disappointed. Nicole was the waitress and she was delightful, and attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding dining experience
    FrequentFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Hubby and I ate here on a Thursday evening, our last day on vacation in the area. It was 1924 Jazz Night with live piano jazz. I wish we had dined at the Swamp Fox earlier in the week. There were a few critical reviews so we went elsewhere first. Some folks must be very hard to please because our entire experience was flawless. Hubby had the halibut and said it was prepared perfectly. I ordered the 1924 Jazz Night Special. You can't beat three courses for $19.24. The first course was Waldorf Salad. The main course was a petite fillet served with scalloped potatoes and mushrooms and was just enough. The last course was pound cake served with a berry compote. Everything was exquisite. We highly recommend The Swamp Fox, esp on jazz night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Except for
    davidpeckmanVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    The Oysters Rockefeller (basically Fried Oysters on Spinach) the food was good (Fried Green Tomatoes and the Fried Chicken were excellent). The service was also good but the room itself is tired. That was good for us - with 6 we were able to hear all of our conversations.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent dinner beginning to end
    Rich
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Located in the Marion Hotel. Easy parking nearby. Menu was superb with a local Market offering salad, entree and dessert. Found Basil Hayden bourbon as well. Wonderful server made the night just fine. Pork chop was excellent along with a market catch fish. But then the pecan pie and also a peach and carmel pecan pudding. Excellent coffee too. A night to remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Jazz Night
    foodexplorer
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The Jazz Pianist and menu were very relaxing. We enjoyed the complimentary bottle of wine (for staying at the hotel) along with the 1924-era menu. The beef was cooked to order perfectly, and the service was on-the-spot and friendly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    WhynotVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Food was fantastic. Chopped salad was the best salad of any kind I have ever had. I can't understand why it didn't have more business. Cheese plate was great. Crab cake fantastic. Hush puppies different but very very good. Would definitely go back here for the food any time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    LizardKing
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Good food....well priced for the area. Great atmosphere and service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than Hank's
    guycokeVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We had dinner at Hank's the night before. Hank's, while packed with diners, was barely ok and a restaurant I would not return to. The Swamp Fox was excellent but with few diners. The shrimp and grits martini was just wonderful--rich, creamy, tasty. The $30 3-course pork chop dinner was terrific as was a stuffed pork entree. The service excellent.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Sunday brunch
    Islandgirl
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Music on Sundays for brunch until 12 noon. We were in town for the Spoletto festival and got there a little late having just missed the piano player. The brunch had a very nice selection including many of the hotel's Southern specialities - delicious grits, stuffed french toast, pecan cinnamon buns and fabulous biscuits and gravy. The omelette station had closed so our server was nice enough to have our omelettes made in the kitchen- delicious and fluffly! Also great is the location, in the heart of the action right across from the the main park/square in Charleston and parking in the garage next door. Our table near the window allowed for great people watching as they walked along the sidewalk. Excellent and friendly service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Typical hotel dining...
    Looking4goodeatsVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The hotel restaurant was convenient for dinner after arriving to the hotel. That's the high point. For a place that was basically deserted (maybe 3 other tables with patrons and a couple at the bar) the service was friendly but spotty and slow. Our server did not know the menu in much detail and couldn't tell us what the kitchen was out of until she returned to the table after taking our order. I ended up having the southern fried chicken. It was dry, with little flavor. My dining partner had the pork chops which came to the table barely warm. The mash potatoes wouldn't melt butter. It had taken so long for our meal to come and it was getting late in to the evening, we just went ahead and ate the food and than headed to our room.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • disapointing
    snipsVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Just a so so meal with poor service in a largely empty hotel restaurant. Don't waste your time and money by going there.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Swamp Fox - excellent
    Michie
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Very much enjoyed our evening at the Swamp Fox. The food was fresh and delicious. It is much appreciated that local food sources are utilized. The piano player was fabulous. The only slight disappointment was the texture of the homemade ice cream - it tasted wonderful, but was a tad bit icy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern Touch, Lively Scene
    Nibby
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Our anniversary dinner at Swamp Fox started with fried chicken livers, artfully prepared with peppers and onions, and included heavenly grouper and an expertly crusted sirloin strip steak, southern-style, with flair. A to-die-for pecan pie with homemade ice cream topped it off. Meanwhile, a steady stream of tourists and wannabe nightlife filed by the picture windows, an entertaining view of the human comedy with sun-drenched Marion Square hosting a game of touch football in the background.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ok for hotel food restaurant
    kathryn
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We went for my son's graduation with a party of 8. The good thing was that we had our own table in the banquet area adjacent to the main restaurant away from the families with babies. The food was ok - the prime rib special was near tasteless and even the medium rare was almost dry, crab cakes had no sauce and were over some red crunchy rice which added nothing to the dish, The best dish was the salmon, which apparently was quite good. As we were the only people in the room, our service was spotty. The best part was that my dad, who is 89 and hard of hearing, could hear everything in our room to ourselves and thus, really enjoyed the evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu
    GilJ
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Menu was varied and the food was delicious. Only complaint Saturday night and one bartender.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BABA
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Breakfasts were very good, with very good service. Stayed at the hotel over a very busy weekend, graduation and Mother's Day. Wanted to have a quick lunch on Sunday, Mother's Day, but was told we had to have reservations. Was not aware of this, saw no notices posted.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate