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The Best Breakfast Restaurants in Charleston

As one of the oldest cities in the country, you could also call Charleston one of the most charming. Walk down cobblestone streets or ride along in a horse-drawn carriage while learning about the city’s history through the architecture, museums and notable landmarks. Charleston shines with natural beauty, with its picturesque river views, Spanish moss, and sandy beaches. The culinary scene has also put this South Carolina city on the map. In addition to delectable low country cooking, Charleston has become famous for its unforgettable breakfast! But where are the smartest, savviest diners breaking the fast? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. If you’re wondering where to have your morning meal, check out our Tastemaker List of where to find the best breakfast in Charleston.

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Updated March 14, 2022
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Page's Okra Grill

$$$$
Southern
Mount Pleasant
4.7
820 reviews

Page’s Okra Grill of Mount Pleasant is a casual, Southern eatery with a bright and lively vibe. Owned and operated by the Page Family, they strive to maintain a professional and courteous staff and showcase true Southern hospitality toward all their guests! The food combines simple Southern cooking with casual notes of traditional coastal seafood. They use fresh, seasonal, local ingredients whenever possible and partner with local farms and seafood suppliers. Breakfast favorites include The Fried Flounder with Eggs and the Country Fried Steak.


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Virginia's on King

$$$$
Southern
Downtown Charleston
4.5
1940 reviews

Virginia’s on King is one of the best breakfast spots Charleston has to offer. Located on King Street, in the heart of Downtown, it’s an upscale and chic dining spot that blends the comforts of a traditional Southern kitchen with familiar regional dishes. The menu focuses on local fresh ingredients and old family recipes that showcase the epitome of Southern cooking in a Lowcountry style. Start breakfast with some share plates for the table, like their famous Deviled Eggs, Biscuits and Gravy or old-fashioned Fried Green Tomatoes.


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Crave Kitchen & Cocktails

$$$$
American
Mount Pleasant
4.5
2434 reviews

Located just over the bridge from Isle of Palms, Crave is a casually elegant restaurant serving American and Low Country cuisine with a focus on fresh seafood. They are a proud member of Certified SC Grown’s ‘Fresh on the Menu” program supporting local growers and producers and make a point to cook fresh and flavorful food. They make sure to use seasonal, sustainable ingredients from a variety of farms in the area. Breakfast favorites include Crave’s Big breakfast, which offers a sampling of just about everything, Ol’ MacDaddy had an Omelet, the Rustic Skillet and Chef Landen’s Fried Chicken and Waffles.



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The Refuge

$$$$
American
Isle of Palms
4.2
370 reviews

The Refuge is a restaurant, coffee bar and gathering spot with a coastal location on Isle of Palms. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Charleston, it makes a great choice for a quiet, intimate breakfast. The interior features a modern and sophisticated design and an upscale aesthetic. The real star here, however, is the delightful weekend brunch menu! The “Weekend Tide,” as they call it, features delicious creations like baked avocado and egg, the Refuge French Toast and a variety of Eggs Benedicts.



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Husk - Charleston

$$$$
American
Downtown Charleston
4.6
13308 reviews

Located in historic downtown Charleston, Husk offers a reinterpretation of Southern cuisine, combining forgotten ingredients and recipes with a modern approach. They describe it as “new Southern,” based on painstaking research by superstar executive chef Sean Brock. The restaurant commits to local and seasonal sourcing and works with farms to revive heirloom grains and vegetables. The menu changes every day depending on what they get their hands on and includes specialties like deviled eggs, crispy pork collar and more. Housed in a Victorian mansion, it also boasts a beautiful vintage interior with a big open kitchen.


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Prohibition

$$$$
American
Downtown Charleston
4.6
1953 reviews

Prohibition, located on King Street in the heart of the historic district, offers a nod to the classic 1920s Speakeasy and offers one of the best breakfasts in Charleston! Come enjoy the culinary delights of Executive Chef Greg Garrison - he surprises diners with delicious plates of savory local seafood and exquisite cuts of meat. Kick back in the beautiful surroundings and sample the Mixology Expertise of the Bar Team with cocktails like the 547 Manhattan or the Bacon Maple Old Fashioned. Try one of the amazing breakfast concoctions, like Huevos Rancheros, Chicken, and Biscuits or Corned Beef Hash.


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Tavern & Table

$$$$
American
Mount Pleasant
4.5
1947 reviews

Tavern and Table, located on Church Street in Mount Pleasant, looks and feels like an old-school neighborhood tavern. Locals love the cozy, welcoming vibe of the little gathering spot on Shem Creek and it’s a perfect place for friends and family to gather for breakfast and a boozy drink or two. The atmosphere is as comfortable as your living room and the inventive menu, created by executive chef Katie Lorenzen-Smith, celebrates the flavors of the Lowcountry. They work with as many local vendors, fishermen and farmers and possible to bring you delicious dishes like Shrimp and Grits, Brisket Hash and the Double Brunch Burger.


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