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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in South Carolina

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in South Carolina? 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 The Ribaut Social Club - Anchorage 1770 restaurant
4.9
4.9 (467)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Beaufort
About the restaurant
Ribaut Social Club is a restaurant and social space for Beaufort locals and visitors to mingle over cocktails and impeccable regional cuisine.
Our aim is to capture the incorrigible spirit and convivial atmosphere of the original Ribaut Club, established at the Anchorage in 1891. In its heyday, the Club hosted performances, grand parties, dances and even gambling—a raucous getaway from buttoned-up social strictures of the time. Today, guests can cocktails and dinner with unrivaled water views or a sophisticated brunch surrounded by 300 years of Beaufort history.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Amazing dinner! The view, the venue and the food was excellent!
A photo of Bistro 217 restaurant
4.9
4.9 (969)
$31 to $50
American
Pawleys Island
About the restaurant
Bistro 217 offers an eclectic menu that features seafood, steak, pasta and other delicious dishes. Owners Anne Hardee and Adam Kirby who was elected Chef Ambassador of South Carolina have created a culinary haven. Guests can gather indoors or in the newly renovated courtyard where you may enjoy libations and savory cuisine. You can begin your dining experience at Bistro 217 with an appetizer of Asian ribs or petite crab cakes with a lemon aioli. A main course of Herb-encrusted Grouper with a caper brown butter or Grilled Filet Mignon with seared shrimp will please the palate. The lunch menu offers sandwiches and burgers, as well as tasty fish tacos. Don't forget the incredible array of in-house made desserts and icecreams, you won't want to skip! Bistro 217 has reviews in publications like Southern Living and Grand Strand Magazine.
Top review
CindyE
Dined 5 days ago
The Bistro Burger was delicious! But the blueberry cobbler was amazing! Our waitress was terrific. This is one of my favorite places!
A photo of Maison restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1581)
$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 Alfred's Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1982)
$31 to $50
European
Hilton Head Island
About the restaurant
For an unforgettable evening on Hilton Head Island, head to Alfred's Restaurant for German and European cuisine by chef Heath Prosser and his team. Care has been taken to bring a wide wine selection from around the world-France, Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, California, and of course Germany to pair with the menu. Nothing is overlooked to ensure the globally-inspired dishes at Alfred's Restaurant go beyond expectations. Along with many entrées from the land & sea, we also offer German selections, including sauerbraten, jaegerschnitzel, roasted duckling and the popular German mix platter. With indoor dining as well as our new covered and heated outdoor courtyard, you are sure to find the right seat in the house. Reservations highly recommended. Due to increased no show and last minute cancellation activity, you may be asked to provide a credit card when making your reservation. Charges will only be processed for no shows and last minute cancellations that cannot be re booked.
Top review
JamesCvip
Dined 7 days ago
Always great food and service The veal and halibut are amazing
A photo of Frank's Outback - Outside Dining restaurant
4.8
4.8 (959)
$31 to $50
American
Pawleys Island
About the restaurant
Frank’s Outback has 45 seats inside the building and interestingly, the patrons get to walk through the open kitchen to enter the dining room. Once inside, you sense a warm welcoming atmosphere. The walls are painted in a cool blue with original artwork on the walls. White tablecloths, candle light, hand polished silverware and glassware grace the tables. There are also 100 seats outside, set in a garden setting under a canopy of trees. The outdoor seats are covered and not affected by weather. In the Fall and Winter guests are warmed by infrared heaters and the large outdoor fireplace.
Top review
CynthiaVvip
Dined 5 days ago
Brian was a wonderful server! All 7 of us loved our meals and the Frank’s “vibe!” Our favorite in Pawleys 👍🏼
A photo of Ristorante Bergamo restaurant
4.9
4.9 (490)
$50 and over
Italian
Greenville
About the restaurant
Fine Northern Italian dining with an experienced NYC Chef
Top review
CathyT
Dined 6 days ago
Consistently fabulous. Owners greet you at the door and seat you. Entire staff is always eager to please. Just a really fantastic restaurant.
A photo of The Bluffton Room restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1982)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Bluffton
About the restaurant
At The Bluffton Room, we serve inspired American cuisine prepared with the finest ingredients in an intimate and vibrant atmosphere in the heart of Old Town Bluffton. Our well crafted cocktails, gracious service and tableside preparations evoke the feeling of a classic dinner party.

Please note that due to the size of our dining room and our tableside service, the restaurant is not suited to children under 13 years of age. Thank you for your understanding.
Top review
BerwickD
Dined 2 days ago
What can I say that hasn't already been said...IYKYK! The best experience one can have w/Tonja, Tyanah, Cory, Chef, what a team!
A photo of Frank's Restaurant - Inside Dining restaurant
4.9
4.9 (846)
$31 to $50
American
Pawleys Island
About the restaurant
Frank's Restaurant in Pawleys Island, South Carolina is an Italian-influenced American steakhouse and seafood joint that serves a range of traditional dishes for dinner. Frank's Restaurant has been featured in national press such as Bon Appétit and Southern Living and its kitchen strives to provide tasty dishes made with only the freshest, local and seasonally available ingredients. The atmosphere is elegant and refined and the full bar and extensive wine list complement the meals at Frank's Restaurant.



Start with an appetizer like fried oysters, Caribbean sautéed conch or a low country egg roll. Larger dishes include seafood like pan-seared New Bedford scallops and sautéed veal scallopini.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
We look forward to going to Frank’s every year when we vacation on Pawley’s Island and they deliver top notch service, delicious food, and perfectly prepared cocktails EVERY time. Thank you to the wonderful and attentive staff for another fun time at Frank’s!
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
We live, love this place. Great food and even better people.
A photo of SeaBlue Restaurant & Wine Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2337)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
North Myrtle Beach
About the restaurant
SeaBlue Restaurant and Wine Bar is the finest restaurant on the Grand Strand, featuring Contemporary American cuisine rooted in classic French cooking technique. We aspire to be among the best restaurants in the country, using locally sourced ingredients and displaying five-star service to all our guests. We are proud of our many awards, #1 Restaurant in the Country in 2014 by OpenTable and Best of Award of Excellence 2012-2018 by Wine Spectator, just to name a few.

As owners, Kenneth Norcutt and Tracy Smith are involved in every aspect of the restaurant. Our travels, extensive background, and passion for food and wine enable us to share our experiences with you in our small community of North Myrtle Beach, SC. We are a small family dedicated to an intimate culinary adventure, a playground for lovers of wine and fine cuisine.
We invite you to Drink, Dine & Discover.
Top review
Shawn1113vip
Dined 2 days ago
Incredible way to celebrate our anniversary! The chef is always on point and the flavors are a taste explosion. I had oysters with truffle and the grouper special, so amazing. My husband loved his wedge salad and hanger steak. They took great care of us and gave as an anniversary card.😊
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