About 492

At 492, we combine comfort and class in the heart of Upper King Street. Come in to enjoy the tastes of our seasonal menu, created by Chef Josh Keeler and his team of determined culinarians. Seating is available at our chef’s counter, so you can watch your dinner be prepared in our open kitchen, or have a romantic dinner in our wing back tables for two. Our professional staff will do what it takes to make a memory of your time at 492. After dinner, head over to our outdoor patio and enjoy a beautiful Southern night with one of our handcrafted cocktails. If you are into live music, the patio features some of Charleston’s most talented musicians every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 8 o’clock. Party space is also available upstairs if you wish to book a private event. If you are looking for a place to hold an event or just a quiet dinner with good people, let us at 492 be the good people taking care of you.

492 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday-Saturday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Cross Street:
Mary St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 203-6338

Website:
http://www.492chs.com/

Entertainment:
Live Music is offered on the patio Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8pm-11pm. Please visit our website for details.

Parking Details:
We offer complimentary valet parking from our valet stand on Mary Street.

Executive Chef:
Josh Keeler

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

492 Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.6

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4.6

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4.1

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Quiet

81% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (15)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Special Occasion (13)
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Romantic (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Fun (10)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Bar Seating (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Cozy (8)
Casual (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Business Meals (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Tapas (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Authentic (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Healthy (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Scenic View (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined 7 hours ago

Only ok....... some food was great, others was only ok. Small portions, which was ok, but quality was not great

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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

We had a wonderful Valentine's meal from the special menu prepared by the chef. Three days later, my husband is still talking about the rabbit, mushroom ricotta dumplings he had as a starter course. We loved every bite of each course and we'll definitely be back again. Thank you for the terrific service too!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

We had a delightful meal. It was quiet and intimate. Our service was spectacular .

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 (Richmond)·Dined 3 days ago

My wife and I went here for a Valentine's Day dinner day. The food was exquisite. We had their Brussels spouts, duck, rabbit, coulette, and a couple of desserts. The atmosphere was very vibrant and the service was great. I would definitely recommend this place for a nice date night or special occasion. They also offer complimentary valet parking which was a plus.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Very nice restaurant with excellent food and service.
Great pastrami sandwich and potato pancakes.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Was wonderful difference from the other younger crowded places. More sophisticated.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

One of the best experiences I’ve had dining downtown. A little pricey but worth every bite!

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I had the beef dish and while the flavor was great, the beef tenderloin was tough.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 9, 2018

This was our 2nd visit in 6 months and I doubt if we will return. Everything was just so so. With such a vibrant Charleston food scene, we expected more. We were early on a Friday night. Dining room empty. Service mediocre (not attentive despite low volume, forgot that I ordered soup). Cheese snack boring. Fish seasoned well but beans too salty and acidic. Duck was excellent. Nice seat in window. Quiet.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

-Server Ben was terrific
-Clam chowder was very good.
-very limited menu
-Wreckfish was a little tough and the only fish on the entree menu.
-Double cheeseburger was good.
-Steak special (medallions of beef) was tiny
-No bread was served or available so we ordered the Foccacia bread was much too large and over buttered for someone who just wanted a little bread to holdover for dinner

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 27, 2018

492 was great as always. My husband and I shared a variety of dishes and each one was excellent. We had our rehearsal dinner here and love to come back for dinner from time to time. Definitely recommend eating here!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We loved the upstairs dining room with its rustic finish and quiet, spacious comfort. Everything we ate was delicious and well-prepared. Service was phenomenal. Our waiter patiently answered all of my questions without once making me feel like "that person", and we were able to converse without screaming. We told our waiter, so sorry I forgot his name, that we had theater tickets and he promptly reminded us when it was time to leave. Lovely evening.

Tags: Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Our servicer was an attentive, positive and helpful. She had personal insight on the wine we chose.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

492 has been on our list to try for several months. restaurant week gave us the opportunity to try three courses for $45. We were very pleased with the quality of food and the excellent service from our waiter Brian. The wreck fish was amazing and the chocolate budino was a great way to finish the meal. We will defintely go back to try more of the interesting dishes on the menu.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The food was amazing! Great service and relaxing ambiance!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Best seafood experience we have ever had in Charleston. This place is a gem. Check it out.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Wonderful entrees, creative dishes served by an excellent server, wonderful setting. Recommend 492 for any special occasion!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We arrived about 30 minutes prior to our reservation time so we could enjoy a few drinks at the bar. I ordered the fireside chat for my partner who enjoys a drink on the stronger side and the apple cocktail for myself. It had a rosemary sprig in it which made it very refreshing, especially as I drank it down. We were originally sat upstairs, but I didn't like the ambiance up there...it was too quiet so I requested that we sit at the chef's counter so we could see the action. The food was really good. I got the scallops to start, the duck as an entree, and the lemon cake for dessert. The scallops were delicious..I was literally scraping the dish trying to get all the sauce. The duck was very tender, the fat melted in my mouth and reminded me of bacon if there ever was a bacon tenderloin. I don't even like cake, but the cake I had was so good and I was able to speak with the wine guy of the place and he suggested a pairing (it was a reisling) which was perfect. It was the second time going for me, and they didn't disappoint.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Ambiance was great. Restaurant is at a great location on King St. Food was okay..definitely sub par to many other Charleston restaurant options. Spent $75 on food that was decent.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Amazing food and even more amazing atmosphere! We will be returning to try out their famous burger soon!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Service slow. Food cold and bland and over cooked. Dessert tasted like 3 day old bread and bakers chocolate

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 11, 2018

our server, Ryan was wonderful: friendly, informative about the menu

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went to 492 for a new years eve dinner. Food was delicious and the atmosphere was great. The complementary champagne toast at midnight was very thoughtful!

Tags: Scenic View, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Tapas, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went here to celebrate New Years Eve. Our server and the ambiance was great, but the food was only okay, and in teeny portions with a hefty price tag.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were sat on time with a party of 6 upstairs, and it was all down hill from there. After sitting for 10-15 min and being served water our server finally came to get our drink order. We placed our drink order, and forcibly placed an order for starters. It took over 20 minutes for our cocktails to come out, and another 5-10 for the 2 bottles of wine that were ordered at the same time as the cocktails. Our starters came after a while however, they were missing 2, which the server said he rang in as entrees. So two of us had starters and entrees at the same time. Eventually our entrees came out to everyone's underwhelment. Some of the groups entrees were cold. We had Duck, Halibut, Beef Cheeks, the T-Bone, as well as the smaller steak option. Portions were disappointing when you are paying 30 and up for entrees.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This was our second New Year’s Eve dinner there and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Loved the craft cocktails and we split the large T-bone steak which was perfectly cooked. The Italian green beans were very good, but the Radicchio Beet Salad with Smoked Eel was out of this world! That was a show stopper for us! Wonderful desserts rounded out a great evening.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

First time visiting, we had a great experience. Food was tasty - traditional but with a few twists. E.g., potato soup with roe, surprisingly good celery salad, perfectly grilled fish. I also like the big chairs for tables of two; they give a neat ambiance and sense of privacy amid the more traditional group tables..

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The celery salad and the glass of rose wine were perfect. The scallops were ok - there were only 2 of them. My husband's lamb was dry and the potato soup was not eatable. Somebody must have dropped the salt shaker in the soup - and we like salt. The last time we ate at 492, it was very good. We won't be back. There are too many excellent restaurants in Charleston.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food was great. Price was very high for portion size.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Our third visit here, and while the menu has changed from just tapas to a more traditional approach, the food was still all very creative with very unique combination of ingredients that I have not witnessed elsewhere. Recommended for foodies who are interested in a unique experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The menu was very creative. The prices seemed a tad high but the portions were very substantial. We should have ordered one less item.
The service was very attentive and professional.
It's fun to sit near the kitchen and watch the action in there.

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Very thoughtful service and the food was excellent

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The food and service were amazing. I would have appreciated lower prices so we could go go more often.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We went for a late Sunday brunch, food was very good and the service was great.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Quick Bite, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We brought a couple out-of-towners who enjoyed the 492 experience....we are new to the area.
All in our party would have recommended more choices to the menu. Additionally, it would have been nice to know there was aa valet service close by - I don't recall seeing that on the website.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 18, 2017

492 is a great looking restaurant, great hostess, excellent first impression. We sat at the counter in the back where we were able to watch the show in the kitchen and engage with others and share opinions on various menu item. Highly recommend sitting back there. It is like watching a well orchestrated show and the kitchen is absolutely spotless. The team clearly takes great pride in preparing and plating the dishes.

There are definitely some interesting and original menu items. We eat out a lot and needed to google a lot of the ingredients. Our waiter was able to answer all our questions. Personally, I would love to see a page explaining what those uncommon items are.

We ate casually, focaccia, Serrano ham and a shared burger. All excellent. The dishes coming out of the kitchen will have us coming back.

I took a star from the service only because I felt the waiter could have been a little more attentive and he delivered our check before we asked for it and without asking if there was anything else we wanted. Minor, but a basic.

Highly recommend and will return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Very interesting menu. Good, not great

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was pretty good and the space is well put together. We had a table outside and were surrounded by smokers, which was a bit unfortunate. I suppose being from NYC we've just gotten used to no smoking in restaurants. Next time we'll stay inside.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We came , with another couple,to Charleston from Chevy Chase, Md. for the weekend. Of all the restaurants where we are, I’d rate 492, the best. The atmosphere , the service, and most especially, the food were the best in town! I’ve already recommended it to my nephew and his wife who will be visiting Charleston in 2 weeks! Great job, 492!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Wonderful atmosphere with delicious menu that changes daily!

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