Amen Street Fish + Raw Bar

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$30 and under
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Seafood
Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar opened in 2009, reviving the former Amen name of Cumberland Street and restoring this historic corner. The new renovation stays true to the beauty of the original 1800's architecture while creating a comfortable atmosphere for contemporary life.



Located at 205 East Bay Street in the heart of the historic district this Charleston seafood restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining all within walking distance of the local Market and the Charleston Harbor.



The menu includes a variety of seafood dishes such as oysters, clams and shrimp in addition to an ever growing raw bar menu. Amen Street supports Charleston's local fishing industry with market fresh fish.



We are open for lunch and dinner. Walk-ins are welcome and reservations are accepted as well.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

we were seated in a booth in bar. It was too noisy with the drinking groups. I would insist on a table in the back or would not eat there again even thought the food is very good

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good and the service was even better.

DB
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Celebration Weekend

P
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the calamari! She crab soup was very good ( a bit of a kick), beet and arugula salad very good but ask for the dressing on the side if you don’t like too much. Meghan was a lovely and attentive server.

d
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the She-crab soup, one of the best dishes I’ve ever had! The fish (me halibut, wife mahi) was great. Fried green tomatoes were firm and flavorful, everything served was hot and brought by great servers. It was such a great experience we canceled our reservation to the #1 rated restaurant the following evening and went back

CW
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was recommended to us by our son and daughter-in-law who dined there last summer, and it did not disappoint. My seared scallops were amazing, and our friends shared muscles as an appetizer, which they couldn’t stop raving about. Will definitely go back.

AS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The she crab soup was outstanding, I’ve never had shrimp and grits before but was really tasty
Noise level a bit high, but comes with a great overall evening

A
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super place! We were visiting Charleston & there for late lunch. Server Michael v friendly & knowledgeable. Had some of their raw oysters which were amazingly fresh. Then tried grouper with lowcountry sides. Yummy! Friend had fried shrimp & scrumptious creamed corn! Would go again in a heartbeat!

JH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Four of us started with 2 dozen house oysters that were fresh and very good. I had the bouillabaisse with a rich aioli and fresh seafood and the others had swordfish. It was all good. The noise level rose as the evening went on to a very high level.

MM
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good oyster selection, warm atmosphere. Had a good salad at lunch.

PM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great fried oysters on the seasonal salad. Green tomato appetizer also very tasty. Did not like the she crab soup at all and returned it

OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food!!! The service was good once the waiter was made aware I was in his section.

BH
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Not as good as the last time we visited Amen. Food was not as seasoned as before, hostess was busy eating oysters at the check in stand and it overall lacked the high level of service and quality we received several months ago.

OT
Detroit
30 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We were sat at a small table in the back for two. It was not ideal since there were nats flying around. I ordered the Holy Basil and it was outstanding, when I ordered the second the waitress said they were out of basil - disappointing. How does a restaurant run out of basil on a Saturday night? We then ordered the baked oysters and were told their equipment was down, we then ordered the fried oysters and they were very good. But needless to say we were not thrilled at this point. Our entrees, seared scallops and shrimp and grits were delicious. We were visiting from Michigan and overall the food was delicious however with so many choices in such a wonderful city, this was a bit disappointing overall.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service,excellent food and cool atmosphere

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice meal, very good waitress, great evening

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual it was a wonderful lunch, we always stop when we come into town.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great oysters. Lovely space.

J
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Frances is an excellent server. Friendly, engaging and efficient.

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JA
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The oven was broken so we were not able to get the baked oysters as we first wanted. We got seated in the very back corner of the restaurant with another couple within two feet from us, and it felt a little claustrophobic. The food was good. Service was good. Not our favorite Charleston experience, though.

e
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Oysters so fresh and the fish was prepared perfect.
Design of the resturant is very pleasing
Waitress was knowledgeable and not over powering
However hostess was very cold

OT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great anniversary experience

H
Atlanta
91 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ate here for lunch. Very good food and cool atmosphere.

D
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelllent food and service! Selection, quality/freshness of the raw oysters was exceptional. Everyone at the table had a different meal and all were excellent

OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great fresh oysters and seafood. Nice atmosphere and good service. Will be back!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous experience at Amen! We were visiting Charleston and a bunch of people told us to go to Amen. It did not disappoint! Oysters, She Crab Soup, Shrimp & Grits - everything was amazing!!!!

TB
Dallas
40 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael very helpful and food delicious!!

MF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Nice restaurant in great location. Good vibe and delicious food. Only compliant was that food came out so quickly that we felt rushed.

OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! However was quite surprised when I received the check! Before ordering, I asked the server if they could prepare a child-size blackened fish instead of FRIED fish for my 5 year old who asked for blackened mahi-mahi. The server left & came back as stated that they didn’t actually have mahi-mahi (although it was listed under that day’s fish options) but they could prepare blackened grouper for him. He did indeed get a CHILD-size portion of fish (he devoured every bite & asked for more)....for the price of an adult entree! So my 5 year old’s dinner was $29.50 while my meal was only $23.50!! Trying to support healthier non-fried choices certainly comes with a price at this establishment! I’ve requested this at multiple restaurants on par with this one & at most had a $2 upcharge to the kids price.

B
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Had the Salmon Arugula Salad at Amen this weekend. It was so good that I'm still thinking about it. Will definitly go back the next time we are in Charleston.

KI
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a good restaurant but the food was really overpriced for the atmosphere. I was not impressed with the drinks as I had heard they had a great drink menu.

EH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't visit Charleston without eating at Amen Street! Amazing food and great service. We've eaten here several times and have loved everything we've tried.

O
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and friendly service. Gets a bit loud at times. Quite a draft as the back door is closing every time someone uses it. The tables in the back need to be leveled, but on the whole an enjoyable experience

TB
Dallas
40 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Calamari steaks fabulous and our waitress was great!!! Wonderful valentines night!! Would definitely go back.

LS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal

e
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food and service was wonderful! One of our favorite places! Do not remember our servers name but he was wonderful!!!

L
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Valentines Day Lunch
5 star food and service

H
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

This restaurant is very attractive. The food was good, but not great. For the price, the food should be great.

DS
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Noisy bar area. Crab soup was excellent and authentic. Big salad.

e
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, great service! A little more space between tables, so we didn't feel like we were sitting on top of another table.