Amen Street Fish + Raw Bar

4.6
3331 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3331 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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WhitneyD
Charlotte
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The cream corn smelled and tasted horrible. It smelled and tasted like spoiled milk.

The fries were served cold, and the hush puppies were very hard and dry.

The tuna tacos were amazing, however the chips that were served with it was stale.

The shrimp and grits were mediocre.

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MarineO
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Good food, good atmosphere. A little overpriced, but that is to be expected of downtown Charleston. Service was slow but the restaurant was quite busy. Overall would give it a 7.5/10

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MDWest
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Kitchen lost our order, service slow but well worth the wait,

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing seafood!

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vipBeleneD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shrimp and grits are the best I’ve ever had

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rebeccah
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The she-crab soup was way over spiced with Charleston's version of Old Bay.
The crab cakes were okay, but certainly not jumbo lump!
Better IPA's on draft would be nice.
Really good shrimp and grits...these get the highest marks of all that we ordered.
Time between soup and main course was 55 minutes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The four of us had a great lunch at Amen Street snd were able to snag a last minute table when we couldn’t anywhere else. Unpretentious and accommodating, the service was great and the food delicious. the fried oysters over the caesar salad (with a side of green goddess dressing at my request) was great. Other lunches were fried green tomatoes, shrimp corn dog style, cream of crab soup, beet salad. All were fresh and delicious. A couple of frozen drink specials — screwdriver snd the frozen bellini were just what we needed on this hot day.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are outside. Beautiful night. Danielle was our servicer. Oyster shooters, blackened mahi mahi, scallops were delicious.

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PaigeL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess was gracious; the waitress was attentive but not overbearing; the food was delicious; and the booth comfortable. The only thing I would change is the noise level - but I look forward to returning!

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lorit
Charleston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed lunch. The she crab soup was wonderful- rich and creamy with a hint of spice. The "old salts" oysters were expensive but great! Service was good, not great.

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Brittany
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was pretty good. We had baked oysters, Caesar salad, and the swordfish. We really liked everything. Service was good. Our waitress was very attentive

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Hickoryguest
Nashville
18 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oyster shooters are so good. Seafood platter was also great. Love this place!

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ChefMichael
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Unfortunately we had a server that was apparently not having a good day and was very terse in her demeanor. She was to the point of not listening to the customer but rather talking down to them. When the manager was addressed regarding this issue, he sided with the server and her bad attitude blaming the volume of customers. His consolation was to give someone a free beer. I found this improper attitude and lack of maturity in management skills very detrimental to the dining experience. The owner needs to reassess his staff and their skills to provide quality service.

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Ashley
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The shrimp corn dogs are a must for an appetizer!!

JB
vipJaneB
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food. Always very fresh.

SJ
vipSirJohn
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time here. My server, Mike, was very knowledgeable & helpful — about beer, about oysters, about Charleston. Due to a somewhat late lunch, I wasn’t as hungry as I wished I had been. So I went “light” with some raw pesters, peel & eat shrimp, and a cold brew. Looking forward to my next visit!

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viptexanchef
Houston
63 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best buttermilk salad ever with the bad boys

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was for my birthday. Amen has become our favorite restaurant in the last few years. Never disappoints

OT
OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant…seafood (fresh oyster bar) and other options. Wait staff was attentive m. Food was some of the best I have had. See pics. Worth a stop for your favorite fresh seafood.

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vipJohnny
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Terrible Dark and Stormy. Good fried green tomatoes. Nice Sauvignon blanc and Pinot Noir. Excellent filet, perfectly done, and sides. They comped the Dark and Stormy, which had very little rum, and watered down ginger beer.

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FoodTraveler
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice restaurant in the Old Town Charleston area. It was just that however, nice, nothing spectacular. The staff was efficient and friendly. The food was okay (swordfish was a bit bland and tuna tacos were okay but not overly flavorful or amazing tuna and hush puppies were dry). It was worth a try, but would recommend if you are eating here to perhaps limit your order to the raw bar, as that appeared to be what most diners were enjoying.

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NotImpressed
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience3

They were out of several seafood options, and some drink options. What we did get was good. Probably would not go back.

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LeahC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Waitress was great and very fun. Food is outstanding.

JB
JoeB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overall food was decent but less appetizing when you see cooks eating in the kitchen between plating meals, on their phones then touching your food bare handed and just felt like they do not take food safety seriously.

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vipChuck
Washington DC
182 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Service spoiled the experience.

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ChristineD
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food and service was great bright and lively atmosphere. Would recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. She-crab soup was the best I’ve ever tasted. Will return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best oysters we had in Charleston during our trip. Nothing we had was less than amazing at Amen.

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Peggy
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Watermelon- swordfish was amazing! Wish I had the recipe

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vipNYCnewbie
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our server Michael was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the meal, and his enthusiastic personality made it fun. Our only disappointment came when two items we ordered were unavailable. The substitute options were delicious, but it was a head-scratcher that items were not available for a busy Friday lunch crowd. Otherwise, everything was great and we plan to go back again.

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vipSarah
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A nice selection of oysters! The food was good and we had a nice evening. The service could have been a bit faster but we fortunately weren’t starving when we arrived.

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localdiner
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Amen Street delivered at all levels! Great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary - everything was perfect

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vipkmac
New England
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!!! Tuna tacos pleasant surprise. Oysters all great.

MT
MrsTWill
Atlanta
32 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh my gosh! Where do I begin? This restaurant is so consistent with their service, beverages and their dishes. Their appetizers, and entrées are well seasoned and very balanced.. We have visited several times already when we come to town for a little R&R. Everything is delicious! Trust me. We have eaten around town. Do not waste your time at the Darling. There is no comparison.

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AndriaC
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good, a little more on the casual side than I expected

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ChrisM
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and awesome service. Would eat there again. Heck eating there again tomorrow.

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paulal
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It was just OK. Been here before and nothing fantastic. I think there are many more good choices in Charleston

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

For years Amen Street has had the best She Crab soup I’ve ever had. I was so looking forward to that only to be completely disappointed. It was so full of black pepper that it was almost too spicy to eat. The pepper totally overpowered the delicate flavor of the soup. I hope they go back to the previous recipe. Otherwise the oysters and the peel and eat shrimp were good.

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BDens
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table was ready upon arrival. Great oysters and entrées. Very busy atmosphere, we sat outside and enjoyed people watching.

FAQs

Amen Street Fish + Raw Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 853-8600.

Amen Street Fish + Raw Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 3331 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.