Amen Street Fish + Raw Bar

4.6
3343 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 3343 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SusanC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good, our server was fantastic. We were seated on time with our reservation. We now visit Amen Street every time we’re in Charleston.

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CarolB
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always enjoy going to Amen. Very friendly atmosphere and good service.

JB
JeanB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, super friendly staff, and a nice low key environment!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing server Megan who was very helpful selecting lunch options. Great oysters and delicious shrimp and grits with Tasso ham. My husband also loved the hush puppies with local honey. Would pass on the mussels if we went back again but otherwise we had a great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was out-of-this-works delicious! The service was slow (took an hour to get our food after we ordered), but the food and the atmosphere would make me want to come again!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the staff was wonderful! We had two small kids with our party and everyone was super accommodating

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

She Crab soup and Shrimp an Grits were outstanding

GB
GlennB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was terrible, salmon ordered was cold. Mussels as an appetizer were very tough. Waitstaff was less than helpful. There are so many great places to eat in Charleston, leave Meeting Street and experience real Charleston. Go to King Street and find local not tourist places. We are locals, haven't been out since pandemic and we enjoyed a good meal here prior. Not so much anymore. Leave Meeting Street and go elsewhere.

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tony
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and atmosphere

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vipLilly
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

will not return

WD
WhitneyD
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
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.

MO
MarineO
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
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

MD
MDWest
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing seafood!

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CynthiaR
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We love to taste local food and chose this restaurant due to the reviews. We started with a beverage and "The Bobby E" was amazing. Oyster shooters were just ok, would not refer to them as award winning. My husband had the she crab soup, and felt the curry overpowered the flavor of the she crab. I had the New Bedford sea scallops and risotto and was surprised that it contained cheese. The menu did not state cheese was in the dish. It would have been better w/o the cheese due to the delicacy of seafood and risotto with shitake mushrooms and citrus butter. We love the taste of seafood and overall felt a few of the dishes were a little heavy-handed with the spices. My husband had the fried seafood platter said it was excellent. Energy in the restaurant was great, but if you are going for an intimate dinner I would recommend going to Tempest.

BD
vipBeleneD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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rebeccah
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
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.

CB
CuzBrew
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters were fabulous.I had a mixed green salad with salmon and the swordfish special as my entree.My wife enjoyed the oysters and had shrimp and grits for her entree.We each had a can of a very good local beer.The waitress was amazing and had the energy and stamina to service 7 tables.What a woman.I recommend Amen highly.If you sit at the bar you can take advantage of happy hour specials.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
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 on June 8, 2021
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 on June 8, 2021
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 on June 8, 2021
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 on June 7, 2021
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
64 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.

J
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.

LC
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.

CD
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.

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 3343 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.