Anson

4.5
2112 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
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Anson was named one of OpenTable's 50 Best Southern Restaurants in America for 2018 |
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Southern
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Hours of operation
Bar Opens at 4PM Daily;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(843) 577-0551
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Nick McBride
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Parking details
Parking on the street as well as a pay-lot next to the restaurant and across the street.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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JT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was awesome!!!!
My Wife and I was amazed with the table for 2 was upstairs ❤️
Very Nice, we shall be back soon.

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DH
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, amazing service would highly recommend if you are visiting Charleston

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NB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

My husband ordered the flounder and he wasn't offered a side. He didn't noticed it didn't come with any and it wasn't offered or suggested.

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MM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great drinks and appetizers to start. Gorgeous dining area upstairs. Husband had the duck and loved it. I had the flounder which was ok. Would definitely go back to try their other options, they all sound great.

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KS
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant. Bar area special. Our flounder special of the day was out of this world. Very friendly and service top rate.

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GB
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was excellent, but the creme brulee was the best we've ever had! Would definitely go back.

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A
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was exceptional, ambiance perfect, but the food, for the price, wasn't fabulous. The crispy flounder wasn't what we remembered (cilantro was added to the sauce and neither one of us cares for that; and despite what we were told that was not an ingredient in the original recipe). Four shrimp in a shrimp cocktail seems skimpy for the cost. But the staff went out of their way to make sure we were enjoying ourselves and they could not have been more solicitous. Recommended with caution.

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S
Miami
47 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

a lovely restaurant that has been there for a number of years - quality food and service. Highly recommend.

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M
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anson has always been one of our favorites in downtown Charleston, and our celebration there on this occasion was better than usual. The appetizers were delicious and plentiful, and the entrees were chock full of flavor! We selected a less expensive bottle of wine that was absolutely outstanding.

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OT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Unbelievably loud! The acoustics in the restaurant are the worst we’ve ever experienced. This was made worse by an obnoxious party of 6 inebriated individuals who didn’t have any regard for other people’s enjoyment. We finally had to request to be moved to a table upstairs and the noise level was still incredibly loud. If you want to visit with friends without shouting across the table or using your menu as a megaphone then this is not your ideal place. If you want to party like it’s Mardi Gras on Bourbon Street, you’ll be ecstatic. On a positive note, our server, Wing was outstanding. He was truly the only good thing about our visit.

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WM
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Management failed to address a loud and obnoxious table of 8. Had our entrees to go.

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DA
Western NC
32 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice restaurant with great ambience and food but can be very noisy, on this occasion I had a job to hear the friend sitting next to me.

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WK
E. Tennessee
15 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a great location.

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AB
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

It was a nice restaurant with calming/pretty décor. Staff were excellent. Chairs and tables appeared cheap and were not comfortable. Food was fine but not great. Fried Green Tomato appetizer was so-so. Filet Mignon was very good but nothing special to warrant the price. It's a nice place but nothing special. Given the high prices, I would not recommend it to others.

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OT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Waitress didn’t ask if we wanted wine when
Taking our order. Service was rushed throughout
The meal.

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A
Greensboro
15 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely setting and ambience. The staff were polite and knowledgable. The menu was lovely and the food of a high standard. Would recommend.

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

You walk into the restaurant you were promptly greeted and we were escorted to our table even though we got there a little early for a reservation. Our server was very nice and very helpful and answering our questions her name was Sarah you could not go wrong asking for her. We ordered the crispy whole fish which was founder and extremely good. We also ordered the cajun catfish which was not quite as good. A great place I'd go there again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was fabulous from the wonderful and huge fried okra appetizer to tasty filet and cream brûlée. Great server and one of the quietest fine dining restaurants I have experienced in downtown Charleston. I will definitely be back.

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F
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is by far my favorite restaurant in Charleston and we have been coming here for many years! I love the atmosphere, the flounder of course and my husband says the Shrimp and grits is the best dish he has ever eaten! So beautiful and we were made to feel special from the minute we walked in the door.

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v
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Charleston!

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RW
Greensboro
7 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, fun and not fussy.

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D
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Charleston! The food is amazing, delicious which keeps me coming back to this wonderful restaurant. The dining environment is exceptional, although I've had the same waiter my last two visits and even though he is good, he was not of the caliber of wait staff I would expect at such an outstanding venue - he forgot a few things, was slow in several points of the service even though he knew that I was in a rush for a show I was seeing that evening. I wouldn't even mention it but this was consistent from the last time he served us. Despite that small inconvenience, I want to reiterate that Anson is my 'go to' fine dining venue in Charleston! Absolutely delicious!!!

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PK
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the southern charm of the restaurant. The menu choices were varied and reflective of southern cuisine. The appetizer of calamari was generous and delicious. Our dinners were fish choices, very flavorful and rich portions. The service was outstanding, attentive, friendly and anticipating of our service needs. What a grand dining experience!

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NY
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing night at a wonderful restaurant. Just totally top notch, great food and amazing wine.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff and service was top notch as well as the atmosphere. The fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese and bacon jam were great! We also had the Crab & Brie fondue which was also outstanding. My wife had Salmon with angel hair past and a mix of vegetables. She said it was amazing, she even finished nearly half, which for her is a big deal so I am sure it was delicious. I had the New York Strip that comes with goat cheese smashed potatoes and green beans. I ordered the steak medium rare but it came out what I would consider medium well, no pink on the steak. I am not very picky when it comes to my steak's level of cooking, unless it is just well done, so I still enjoyed the steak. I am not sure if this is a normal occurrence, however if you are picky about how done your steak is, I would recommend trying something else on the menu. My wife then had creme brulee for dessert and ate all of that, go figure. HA!

All and all, I would visit again and recommend to family/friends with the information included about the steak. Also, the wine/liquor menu is extensive, however the price seems a little more marked up than most.

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GM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Great food! Friendly and attentive service.

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AL
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

We visited Anson as a bachelorette party, group of 8, expecting a fine dining experience. Though we had a reservation, we were, in a very loose term, "greeted" and still had to wait over ten minutes in a near-empty restaurant to be seated. We were seated upstairs in a room with three other large groups, one of them a very noisy and under-dressed bachelor party. The restaurant itself was gorgeous and the decor was outstanding to look at. All other ambiance was completely lack-luster. Our server was nice but it was clear that none of the servers in our surrounding area were trained for a fine-dining experience. We had to shout our orders across the table when she wouldn't move to take our orders. The presentation of food to the table was sloppy and inconsistent. The food itself was bland. On one side of the room we had to listen to guys from the bachelor party drunk shouting and on the other, a server who talked so loud and non-stop to a table for over thirty minutes attempting to joke and name-drop on past restaurant celebrities (Jeff Gordon's cousin doesn't count btw), who eventually slipped his number to a married member of one of our party as he saw her leave the bathroom. We were really looking forward to a "fancy night out" with a great experience and were highly disappointed. It may be a good place to stop in for a cocktail, but not worth a dine.

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K
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, even though we both ordered the shrimp pasta. We also tried their calamari, definitely recommend. Their cocktails were mixed to perfection. Several anniversaries and birthdays being celebrated

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DR
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable and the flounder was perfectly prepared. We were not rushed, nor were we ignored. A wonderful Charleston dining experience!

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JD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal with great atmosphere and service to go with it. I’ll look forward to going back.

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BB
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was cute and unique! Loved the decor! Service was great and the food was even better!!

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J
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

One of our favorites downtown. Food was off. Very disappointed.

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M
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our dinner was extremely good, amazing fried green tomatoes for our appetizer.

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CM
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Anson! My family goes there for every special occasion we have and any time we’re looking for something nice to eat. We always request Darnell.

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S
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere and very friendly waiter. Shrimp and grits were outstanding.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was our Anniversary dinner. Food was fabulous and so was our sever.

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L
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We started with a shared salad that was good. Unfortunately, my snapper was overcooked and dry. My husband’s shrimp and grits (entree sized) had an over powering smoke taste. I doubt they would use liquid smoke but that is what it tasted like.

We won’t be returning.

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L
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Cool atmosphere. Service was a little slow. Food was ok. We had the shrimp & grits and salmon.

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J
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

I’ve been there before and loved it, this time it was the worst ever! The steak was under cooked, asking medium and gettin a balloon of blood. The waiter was obviously new, and forgot many things on his presentation and greeting. When filling glasses, we had to lean to the side to prevent being hit in the head. I’m sure he was new, but should have been prepared for his service. I figured flies on the table and flying by our food and bodies should be mentioned too. Totally distracting our conversations.

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BI
Charleston
27 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The flounder was excellent. My wife had the fried pork chop. Very good. Service was great and we loved the ambiance.

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