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Diners' Choice: Best Service restaurants in Charleston

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best service 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!

A photo of Maison restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1580)
$31 to $50
French
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
Maison is a French Bistro located in downtown Charleston, SC. Our concept is food forward with bright, balanced beverages to compliment. Maison's cuisine is inspired by classic French fare recreated with a breath of modernity and local influence. Tradition meets au courant innovation. The space is intimate and paralleled with energy.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
My wife and I had a great time celebrating our 5 year anniversary. The mushroom tart and chocolate mousse were pretty special and the service was very good
A photo of Anson restaurant
4.9
4.9 (4614)
$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
JohnnyCvip
Dined 6 days ago
She crab soup was incredible! As well, the scallops and goat cheese and roast beef gnocchi. WOW!
A photo of The Establishment restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2459)
$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 3 days ago
Our visit to the Establishment was to celebrate our anniversary. Fantastic experience from the moment we stepped through the door. From the hostesses to the bar staff not to mention our server, Taylor. Everyone made sure it was an evening to remember. The food was delicious as was the atmosphere. Added bonus for the beautiful piano music being played by Demetrius Doctor. Happy to be locals who will definitely be back to visit this restaurant frequently!
A photo of Burwell's Stone Fire Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3481)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
Diners Choice Ten years running, aligned with extraordinary cocktail bar, make this 14 N Market Street stop a must for steak and seafood lovers. Burwell’s is a true leader in progressing hospitality, from use of the entire resource to local ingredients not harmful to our communities or environment. From shrimp to beef, you’ll only taste the best at Burwell’s. One of a kind, unlike any steakhouse back home, and one of the must visits in Charleston. Visit while in the historic Market Distirct.

You can expect a casual, thoughtful design features highlighting Charleston and its rich history throughout. Burwell’s takes great pride in being approachable to all, with high craft memorable food, ensuring guests a warm and welcoming Charleston visit. Don't miss the Wagyu!

Best place to dine in the low country - South Magazine
One of Charleston’s “local favorites” - bon appetit grub crawl

Walk-ins welcome, Burwell’s popular bar is available for full menu dining

Plenty of parking near by


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Everything about Burwell's was excellent. We had reservations, were seated immediately and we had excellent service. Even had the owner and General Manager come out and ask how things were. Was our first time in Charleston, and easily the best place we ate. Steaks were perfectly done, so was all the rest of the food. Highly recommend.
A photo of Nick’s German Kitchen restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1223)
$31 to $50
Contemporary German
Mount Pleasant
About the restaurant
Featuring scratch-made German specialties like Schnitzel, Spaetzle and more, Nick’s German Kitchen offers an authentic German kitchen infused with a modern vibe. Flavorful, fresh and appealing, Nick’s German will make you rethink everything you think you know about German food! Guten Appetit!
Top review
Jeffvip
Dined 6 days ago
Nick's is the best German restaurant in the Charleston area. Period. It's wonderful. It's our go-to spot for taking out of town guests.
A photo of La Bonne Franquette restaurant
4.8
4.8 (424)
$31 to $50
French
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
PLEASE CALL THE RESTAURANT FOR RESERVATIONS AT 843.709.7962. WE ARE NO LONGER TAKING RESERVATIONS THROUGH OPENTABLE.
Top review
Susanvip
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent food and service. Love the new menu items
A photo of Oak Steakhouse - Charleston restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5334)
$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 5 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 Sorghum & Salt restaurant
4.5
4.5 (356)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
Vegetable & seafood driven small plates with a seasonal, always-revolving menu served in a trendy, industrial setting combining upscale fare with a laid back experience. Our tasting menu is available in the entire restaurant 6 days a week. Selected for OpenTables "Top 10 Diners' Choice Winners in Charleston" in 2021!
Top review
FoodPosioning
Dined 6 days ago
Great food with unique dishes/executions - but nothing too "out there" for a less-adventurous diner. A rare place in CHS where the veg might actually be better than the meat (and the non-veg dishes were great). Great value for the price.
A photo of O-Ku restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2614)
$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 5 days ago
Amazing service, food & experience! Went for happy hour with a friend and it was great as always.
A photo of Indaco restaurant
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
the food was amazing, the staff was great and friendly, highly recommend
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