82 Queen

4.2
4272 Reviews
$30 and under
Low Country

About

82 Queen is the ultimate destination for a menu that is as diverse as Charleston. With it's lush garden outdoor seating and 11 elegant dining rooms, some of which are located upstairs. If this poses an issue, please be sure to let us know so we can plan your party accordingly. 82 Queen is also a beautiful embrace of intimate atmosphere and privacy.

From our famous She-Crab Soup, to Specialties of the House which include Southern Comfort BBQ Shrimp & Grits, Pan Fried Low Country Crab cakes and Classic Fried Green Tomatoes, it’s no wonder 82 Queen continues to impress Southern Living Magazine as one of Charleston's finest, yet affordable dining establishments.

Open for over 30 years, 82 Queen continues to be the benchmark for Low country Cuisine and Southern Hospitality.

Please also visit our other restaurants in the 82 Queen Restaurant Family, Lowcountry Bistro at LowcountryBistro.com and Swig and Swine at SwigAndSwineBBQ.com
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4.2
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4.3
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4.3
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PaulL
Savannah
3 reviews
Reviewed on July 22, 2019
Overall2foodserviceambience

I am not sure why so many of the reviews are so good with 5 stars. Maybe it is because 82 Queen has lots of potential to be a great restaurant. It has a charming location in the heart of downtown. Several small dining rooms make the place quiet and intimate. But we cannot taste ambience!

We ordered the namesake Queen Salad and found a large salad (large enough for three kind of large) made with what looks like triple-washed greens from the supermarket (you know the kind that comes in a bag) dressed in Krafts ranch dressing with shredded Cheddar and bacon bits-reminds me of salad bars from my college dining hall.

The salad foreshadowed the rest of our meal which was very underwhelming. The crab cake was bland. So was the seafood gumbo, it was thin and tasted like a vegetable soup with a few shrimp thrown in. What happen to the roux? The bright spots of the whole evening was the She crab soup and the mini biscuits and salted butter. Even then, The She crab soup is only average.

The staff could have been trained a little better-our server left an unused wine glass on our table throughout the evening-he should have cleared it since only one of us was having wine. He also did not clear our used plates until our next course was served.

Our dinner costs about the same as the one we had the previous night at The Ordinary but the differences between the two meals was like night and day.

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vipAlabamafoodie
Charleston
6 reviews
Reviewed on February 25, 2019
Overall2foodserviceambience

Visited on a Sunday evening and restaurant was not overly crowded. Server was off point. We were offered menus when we sat down. The next time she came by she asked for our dinner order. Did not offer to take drink orders. Forgot to bring promised bread. Brought soup almost immediately. Main courses soon followed. Brought wrong entree salad. Replaced and it was drenched in dressing rather than on the side as requested. Replaced it again. In the meantime, husband's dinner is getting cold. Meal was rushed rather than the leisurely evening we had anticipated. Manager comped salad and brought a piece of pie to take home, but did not make up for disappointing evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Reviewed on February 28, 2018
Overall5foodserviceambience

Josh was a fantastic server. He went above and beyond to make our experience at 82 Queen special. The She Crab Soup was AMAZING! I've lived in Charleston for 25+ years and this is my favorite restaurant by far! Thank you Josh for making our meal so memorable!

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OlinS
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service. Attractive setting and convenient to major activities

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vipIronarmanna
Raleigh
10 reviews
Reviewed on May 26, 2017
Overall1foodserviceambience

The soup was very salty. Heirloom tomato and cucumber salad was ordinary cherry tomato instead of the delicious juicy slices. Coconut curry whole snapper was rubberized and tasteless. We can't even cut through the skin. However, staff were kind to comp dinner and we just paid for our drinks. Have to tip waiter well as he lost his deal on our table:(

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tbooneFW
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Ian provided outstanding service and was very attentive. We recommend him to all. The food was very good, and the ambiance, classic Charleston.

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ErikA
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The courtyard was beautiful for a delicious brunch

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had a great supper at 82 Queen. My boyfriend had the jambalaya and I had the fish and grits, both were very tasty. We also started with the infamous she crab soup. Very creamy. Unfortunately we didn't have room for dessert but I certainly recommend this restaurant!

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Foodie
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in Charleston. We always eat there when visiting . Service, cuisine, ambience are all outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food at 82 is always wonderful! Great with friends and quiet so you can chat.

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TomS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2017
Overall2food1service2ambience3

This was a disappointing experience despite the hype. Our food came out lukewarm. We sent it all back, and fifteen minutes our original plates were returned, everything having been microwaved. Gimme a break. We will never go there again, or recommend it to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed a terrific lunch for our anniversary. The service is excellent and the She Crab soup is worth every calorie. Whenever possible, we sit on the patio. It's really quite pretty.

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vipErinW
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This restaurant is in a beautiful setting but I was disappointed to be seated in the far back brightly lit patio facing the kitchen. The service, food and a nightcap at the indoor bar made up for it!

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bradp
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. The pickled vegetable appetizer was most delicious. I would highly recommend 82 Queen.

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Lovetodine
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall2food4service2ambience1

The food was good. But the hostess was quite rude (I presume because we were tourists) and our waiter was neglectful. Evenings were much more pleasant dining at other Charleston restaurants where the food was comparable, if not better.

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vipSurprised
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This was a painful dinner. They called the day before to confirm and texted us twice before dinner as a reminder. This set up the fastest table turn I can remember. They had us in and out in 45 minutes for a mediocre dinner in a sterile room with three other tables. Overall, 82 Queen was a lousy experience and not remotely worth the $$.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were treated like royalty Everyone from the hostess bar tender server and manager we outstanding and the food was amazing!
We really appreciate everyone making our evening so special ❤

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vipDs8816
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was every bit as good as the reviews suggested it would be. We were there on a fairly cool evening so nobody was eating outside. Our table indoors was quite nice and reasonably quiet (once we asked to be moved away from a table that had a speaker directly over it. The She Crab soup was among the best soups I have ever eaten. Not to be missed. It is a favorite here for good reason. I had the Jambalaya which was fantastic. Perfectly spiced. My wife had the barbecued shrimp and grits which was also outstanding. The service was excellent. I highly recommend to anyone who wants outstanding food in Charleston.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Valentines Day

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Long walk with stairs to table in an added on part of restaurant. Felt old without ambiance. It was drafty. Server was very nice and did a great job! I ordered a filet to be cooked medium rare. It was a bit more done than medium. Very tough, didn't have the texture of a filet. Server was eager to fix this problem and the next steak was prepared at the correct temperature. My wife had the barbecue shrimp and grits and said they were so sweet, she could barely eat them. Personal preference I'm sure, but having lived here all of my life, I've had many variations of this dish and never not liked them. We chose this restaurant for its historic reputation and were very disappointed that it wasn't more authentic and that they would make such mistakes after many years of being opened and on a night like Valentine's Day.

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MichaelM
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server Nico was great. Food was very good. Only disappointment was that on a quiet evening, not very busy, we were seated next to the server station in a small dining room with several open tables. As part of our reservation I had indicated we were celebrating a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband had a Sunday Brunch for Valentines Day. It was wonderful. We had a window seat and it was very nice looking into the courtyard. Food was terrific and our server Talisha was the best.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was delightful. The crab bisque is devine as well as the miniature buttermilk biscuits. Especially enjoyed the barbecue shrimp and grits. Yummy. This item has been on the menu since the restaurant was established. I can understand why. Very unusual flavors with sweet slightly spicy tones. The Bloody Mary was a killer. Very enjoyable!!! This is our second visit and will be returning.

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EricL
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Valentine's dinner. The service was very attentive and prompt. There was even a slight rock to our table due to the antique floors. The waiter was under there w/ shims to balance it out immediately. We split the fried oyster pimento mac & cheese as an appetizer. The oysters were perfect. My GF had the fried fish and grits. Very good. I had the chicken bog. A good mark of a restaurant is how well they can elevate a simple dish. What would have been a bland chicken and rice casserole at most places was prepared to a level I would have to say was one of the best chicken dishes I've ever tasted at anywhere. The atmosphere was entrancing. Walking down the seemingly deserted alley as it's transformed into a magically lit courtyard. And with 11 small dinning rooms, surrounding it, it kept a very quaint, homey feel from another time.

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RobertC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent all around.....attentive service from all great menu food was excellent

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vipPeaSea1
Mississippi
23 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was our second visit, 6 months later, so a different experience. The first was in late summer, we dined outside and it was lovely. This evening we were inside, in a cozy dining room with only four tables. We loved the ambiance of both. The food both meals was excellent, but tonight one of our party got the "Fish and Grits," which the manager told us has only been in the past two seasonal menus. It was truly the best fried flounder I've ever tasted. We also had Barbeque shrimp and grits, the mussels in a yummy garlic broth and chicken breast with ravioli, spinach and butternut squash. All four entrees were delicious. Somehow the one appetizer we ordered didn't make it out before our main courses, which I mentioned to the person who served us (not our main waiter)--within a minute, a manager was at our table to apologize and offer us complimentary desserts. He also came back several times during our meal to check on us, which I felt was not expected but definitely appreciated.
82 Queen is a really lovely restaurant and would be our "special occasion" choice if we lived here!

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viptennisgirl
Charleston
58 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful garden setting for al fresco dining on a nice day!!!! Food was very good. The server was very nice and efficient. The wait for food was unusually long though and the wine list was only fair and pricey for what you get. Overall, a very enjoyable evening.

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vipGrayG
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good Southern cooking in a historic house with the option for outdoor dining in the courtyard.

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Madig
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had wonderful service from Sarah and our meals were delicious!

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Cegemoore
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Victoria was fantastic. Great service. The food was incredible. The She Crab Soup is a must. We thoroughly enjoyed the Shrimp and Grits and Jambalaya. Good wine list, too. Cannot wait to visit again.

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Bubba
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This restaurant had the best crab cakes of any we had during our trip. Obviously made in the restaurant, they were incredible. The She Crab Soup was amazing and if you are adventurous, try the Tomato Pie.I am a huge bread pudding fan and that happened to be their dessert special the night we were there - some of the best I've had. The highest complement that can be given to a restaurant is that folks will go back - we will definitely go back again.
We would be remiss if we didn't tell you about the Bloody Mary... It was so good, we went back the next afternoon to get another during happy hour at the bar.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience2

There were problems in the kitchen that made our food very late

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vipVickyW
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual an excellent meal. The she crab soup was delicious as usual and the crab cakes were superb!!

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DeanY
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped in here on a lunch recommendation from one of the local retailers. What a great recommendation it was.
Had a stellar Experience for lunch at this restaurant. Our server Talicia (spell?) was amazing and extremely knowledgeable of the food. Had a chicken salad and the ingredients were so fresh and tasty.
Not too pricey for the value. Delicious Bloody Mary.
Highly recommend the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall3food2service5ambience2

In my opinion, this menu could focus more on fine dining given the price. For a place in such a nice area and the cost, you shouldn't have shrimp and grits or chicken bog on the menu. That's garbage that is sold at every tourist restaurant downtown. I am sure it works for out of town folks, but it was very disappointing to see.

many of the wait staff were underdressed, with the exception of the manager.

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JessicaL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only was the food spot on (fried green tomatoes!) but I found our server's knowledge and personality a welcome enhancement to the evening. I asked for recommendations and she pointed things out explaining to me why I'd enjoy each of them based on the preferences I gave her. She was attentive enough that we didn't feel overlooked but distant enough that we were able to enjoy date night with a good sense of privacy.

Atmosphere was also quite enjoyable. We intend to go back when it's warmer to try new food and sit outside.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious selection, great wine & drinks, fabulous service. A definite must try!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place. The service was awesome

JB
JudiB
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

82 Queen is always great. Our server (wish I could remember his name) was especially good. He was attentive, but not too much so.

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kimg1234
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience5

great visit with the love , I ordered shrimp and grits , however the grits were very dry and not hot when served. great place

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82 Queen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 723-7591.

82 Queen is rated 4.2 stars by 4272 OpenTable diners.