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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Charleston

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Charleston? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

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4.9
4.9 (2455)
$50 and over
Seafood
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
Everything at The Establishment begins with well-sourced ingredients from sea and field. Through developing relationships with local farmers and fishermen, our ingredients will be consistently seasonal, fresh, and pure. Chef Elliott Howells' menu will always reflect a clean, focused, and balanced approach, delivering a selection of thoughtful and refined cuisine.

Located in Charleston’s historic French Quarter a few blocks away from Rainbow Row, Charleston City Market, and Waterfront Park, The Establishment features an award-winning wine cellar, over 150 bourbon and whiskey offerings, and a lively bar scene complete with daily happy hour. We feature Live Music every Friday and Saturday starting at 8:00 PM, featuring multiple local artists performing an array of musical genres. Our private dining rooms are perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, or business meetings. We look forward to hosting you for a casual night out or an elevated dining experience.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
EVERYTHING was amazing!!! jessie and Ryan. The bartenders were absolutely friendly made. Amazing drinks great recommendations. The chef’s food was outstanding totally Charleston style. Can’t recommend this place enough. The ambience is gorgeous!
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4.8
4.8 (2613)
$30 and under
Japanese
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
O-Ku, a Japanese restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina, is a triumph of execution and concept. The restaurant's menu is a modern take on traditional Japanese cuisine, and it features fresh, seasonal ingredients that are prepared with care. The dishes are beautifully presented, and the flavors are both complex and delicate. Focused on incorporating authentically Japanese flavors into the fare, O-Ku's menu is comprised of signature contemporary Japanese entrées and traditional sushi of the season reflecting the uniquely designed space. Guests can enjoy chef specialties including kurobuta pulled pork don-buri, braised short rib with shiso pesto, coconut curry, and hakozushi a box-style sushi. A wide variety of nigiri, sashimi and crudos are also available. The beverage program at O-Ku is a sophisticated blend of specialty cocktails, premium sake, bubbles, red and white wines and unique beer selections.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Amazing service, food & experience! Went for happy hour with a friend and it was great as always.
A photo of Anson restaurant
4.9
4.9 (4613)
$50 and over
Southern
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
Anson was named one of OpenTable's 50 Best Southern Restaurants in America for 2018 |
Top review
AnnLvip
Dined 5 days ago
Anson’s was perfection!! All 6 of us agreed this was hands down the best meal we have had at any restaurant in quite a while!!
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4.7
4.7 (258)
$31 to $50
Afternoon Tea
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
Reservations are not accepted for Standard Service.
Reservations are required for Afternoon Tea and Special Experiences.

Discover an unparalleled Afternoon Tea experience at Camellias, where design and architecture intertwine to create a breathtaking wonder inspired by the renowned Fabergé jewels. Step into a realm of elegance and sophistication, where every detail, from the etched mirror ceiling to the dazzling crystal chandelier, exudes opulence and charm.

Located in the heart of Charleston, Camellias presents an Afternoon Tea seating that stands as an essential experience for any bucket list.

Adults | 65.00
Children’s Tea | 42.00
Crown Tea | 42.00

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made no later than 24 hours prior to your reservation. Failure to cancel 24 hours before your reservation will result in a $25/per person fee.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
I took my Scottish mum to tea at Camillia's for her 85th birthday. She was tickled pink! Everything was perfect.
A photo of Brasserie la Banque restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1152)
$30 and under
French
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
Brasserie la Banque is a neighborhood French restaurant nestled in historic downtown Charleston, SC. Paying homage to traditional French cuisine in a lively and welcoming environment, Brasserie la Banque celebrates life's memorable moments from impromptu drinks to convivial gatherings and leisurely meals. Led by owner and industry veteran Steve Palmer of Indigo Road Hospitality Group, the restaurant is a culmination of Palmer's work and his passion for the classic French brasserie and its cuisine. The menu features a selection of traditional French dishes alongside more innovative fare. Aptly named for its previous role as a city bank, Brasserie la Banque is located within the iconic 1 Broad Street corner building that dates back to the 1700s.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
For my birthday, I was gifted an exceptional experience far greater than I expected or could have imagined. I made a reservation for a first time visit and discovered a service beyond welcoming, but also warm, attentive, surprising and anticipatory. I felt relaxed in the beautiful decor, delighted by conversation and personal touches, valued like a most special guest. As for the food, it was everything I hoped for. Extraordinary brasserie flavors were generously presented and like art on a plate - from a special of simply delicious and tender trumpet mushrooms atop Boursin, hearty toast and spring pea pistou, to steak with butter and truffles, to an exquisite spread of desserts (yes to mousse and crepes!), and the cocktails that were super smooth. The pieces don't always come together at restaurants, but they do here. La Banque executed a dream for me with precision and joy. My thanks to the entire team and leadership for a truly incredible evening. Hugs all around 'til I see you again!
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4.8
4.8 (3624)
$30 and under
Italian
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
Located on Charleston's Upper King Street, Indaco (Italian for "indigo") serves rustic Italian cuisine. Wood-fired pizzas, hand-crafted pastas, housemade salami and cured sausages fill the restaurant's menu which can be enjoyed family-style or a la carte. With community tables, an open kitchen, and a comfortable atmosphere, Indaco can accommodate 100 guests for a casual night of food and drinks. The wine list is focused on affordable Italian varietals, the Negroni cocktail is on tap, and the fresh sodas are made in-house. The massive wooden doors on Upper King Street are your first indication that Indaco is different from the typical Charleston restaurant. Rustic details continue inside with butcherblock tables, lime-wash walls, and white brick. An open kitchen with nearby community tables lets interested diners keep an eye on the action inside the kitchen. Outside, a patio puts you streetside to watch Upper King Street's vibrant nightlife scene.
Top review
DebbieH
Dined 6 days ago
This is a wonderful restaurant. The service right from the front door to the end was exceptional. Our food was so delicious wish we lived here would like to try more of their dishes.
A photo of Grill 225 restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1619)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
As Charleston's premier steakhouse, and member of the Great Steak Houses of North America, our menu is one of the few in the country that features 100% USDA Prime Beef. Located at the luxurious Market Pavilion Hotel in the heart of historic Charleston, we offer a dining experience like no other. All of our beef selections, including the filet mignon, are hand-selected and wet-aged 42 -50 days to ensure tender texture and unsurpassed flavor.

At Grill 225 we place a great deal of emphasis on seafood harvested from both local and International waters. Using only premium ingredients such as local sustainable seafood as well as exclusive premium domestic and international offerings.

Private Dining for up to 110 guests for indoor events.
Private gatherings for rooftop cocktail receptions and events up to 275 guests.

Dress Code:
For Men, smart business attire. Jackets are requested, but not required. Flip flops, T-Shirts, non collar shirts and baseball caps are not permitted.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Best restaurant in Charleston! Love coming here!!
A photo of La Rustica restaurant
4.7
4.7 (29)
$30 and under
American
Summerville
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Fabulous food& service ….as always! We love this restaurant!
A photo of Oak Steakhouse - Charleston restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5333)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
Located on Charleston's historic Broad Street, Oak Steakhouse is a classic American steakhouse. A classic array of both wet and dry aged Certified Angus® Beef are featured on the menu. Ingredients are sourced locally and regionally from sustainable farmers and fisherman to accent the steakhouse menu. Items including local oysters on the half-shell, Clammer Dave's caper clams and a daily fresh fish selection depending on the season. Other popular dishes include the whole fried lobster, goat.sheep.cow artisanal cheese plate, wedge of Kurios Farms bibb lettuce salad, the house-made pasta and vegetarian plate. The expansive and impressive wine program at Oak Steakhouse emphasizes big California Cabernets and Old World reds from Italy and Bordeaux with more than 200 wines by the bottle and 20 wines by the glass. The bar attracts a loyal, local following from nearby businesses and neighborhoods with its great cocktails and happy hour. Inside a historic bank building that dates back to 1848, Oak's stately setting features three floors with five distinct dining areas. Arched windows, 20-foot ceilings, original metal work, fireplaces and 150-year-old heart pine floors, offers the perfect setting for enjoying a special evening.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Fabulous food and ambience! Steaks were cooked to perfection! Don’t be afraid to ask server to share a salad. Rolls were yummy and you can’t go wrong with mashed potatoes!
A photo of Gabrielle Charleston in Hotel Bennett restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1062)
$50 and over
Contemporary Southern
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
Gabrielle captures the spirit of Charleston with quintessential hospitality, warm design, a vibrant bar, charming views and a menu that puts fresh, locally sourced ingredients on center stage. Each bold and flavorful dish showcases the South’s fresh bounty, allowing ingredients to speak simply and powerfully for themselves. Featuring a lively indoor bar and dining room, as well as the city’s finest outdoor dining terrace, the menu is complemented by views overlooking historic Marion Square.
Top review
foodiemammavip
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
Gorgeous restaurant. Service is stellar, food and drinks were perfection.
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