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The Best Brunch Restaurants in Charleston

Charleston is one of the oldest cities in the country and one of the wealthiest until the Civil War broke out. Now you can learn about the city’s history through architecture, museums and notable landmarks. It’s a beautiful city on the river with the ambiance of the brick-walked, Spanish-mossed downtown, Historic Homes like the Nathaniel Russell House, and even the sandy shores of Folly Beach and Isle of Palms in close proximity! It’s no secret that Charleston is also one of the best foodie cities in the USA. And, in addition to delectable low country cuisine, this part of the South is also famous for its celebrated brunches! If you’re wondering where to have your weekend feast, check out our Tastemaker List of where to find the best brunch Charleston has to offer.

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Updated March 14, 2022
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Ms. Rose's

$$$$
Unspecified
West Ashley
4.3
829 reviews
Ms. Rose’s, located on Sam Rittenberg Blvd in West Ashley, is an excellent choice for casual Southern American food in Charleston. The owners here set out to design a space that facilitates maximum enjoyment of fine food, cocktails and the company of friends. You can dine in the stylish, vintage interior dining room or enjoy the great outdoors on the beautiful deck! They strive to use local, sustainable seafood and only the freshest produce. The brunch menu offers a great selection of cocktails and scratch-made dishes like salmon bagels and french toast.

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The Palmetto Cafe

$$$$
Contemporary American
Downtown Charleston
4.7
464 reviews
The Palmetto Cafe, located on Meeting Street in Downtown Charleston, offers a garden-like setting with live green walls, rich mahogany furniture, and an adjoining courtyard. It’s a perfect place to find the best brunch in Charleston and is a popular choice with locals and visitors alike. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch, in addition to brunch, and the dishes take inspiration from the area’s oceans, fields, and ranges - plus an international twist! The brunch menu offers delicious options like Eggs Benedict, Housemade Caramel Brioche, Gourmet Omelets and more.

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Page's Okra Grill

$$$$
Southern
Mount Pleasant
4.7
821 reviews
Page’s Okra Grill of Mount Pleasant is a casual, Southern eatery with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. It’s owned and operated by the Page Family and they strive to maintain a professional and courteous staff and showcase true Southern hospitality! 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. Brunch highlights include The Fried Flounder with Eggs and the Country Fried Steak.

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The Refuge

$$$$
American
Isle of Palms
4.3
422 reviews
The Refuge is a restaurant, coffee bar and nighttime gathering spot with a coastal location on Isle of Palms. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Charleston, it makes a great choice for a lazy weekend brunch. 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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Virginia's on King

$$$$
Southern
Downtown Charleston
4.6
2217 reviews
Virginia’s on King is one of the best brunch spots Charleston has to offer. Located on King Street, in the heart of Downtown, it’s a sophisticated dining spot that blends the comforts of a traditional Southern kitchen with familiar regional dishes. The menu incorporates local fresh ingredients and old family recipes to showcase the epitome of Southern cooking in a Lowcountry style. Start brunch with some share plates form the table, like their famous Deviled Eggs, Biscuits and Gravy or old-fashioned Fried Green Tomatoes.

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Gabrielle Charleston in Hotel Bennett

$$$$
Contemporary Southern
Downtown Charleston
4.6
805 reviews
Gabrielle Charleston is the perfect blend of Old-World allure and friendly Southern hospitality and character. The restaurant features an elegant and inviting atmosphere looking out over Charleston’s historic Marion Square. Chef Michael Sichel created a menu based on the bounty of Coastal Carolin and it fits right in with the refined and lively setting. Brunch here is a three-course Prix-Fixe that is sure to please every palate. The menu changes regularly, but sample courses include Smoked Salmon, Eggs “Bennett” (made with filet medallions), Fish of the Day with pesto, and the La Patisserie Dessert Bar.

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Water's Edge - Charleston

$$$$
Seafood
Mount Pleasant
4.2
1953 reviews
Located on the banks of scenic Shem Creek, Water’s Edge is the perfect respite from those looking for a relaxing brunch setting. Just minutes from historic Downtown Charleston, Water’s Edge offers both waterfront and outdoor dining - take a seta outside and view the local fish and shrimp boats unloading their daily catches. It’s a perfect spot for brunch, casual enough for a fun gathering and upscale enough to entertain colleagues. Their Eggs Benedicts are delicious and so are the Southern Style Biscuits and Gravy.

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Parcel 32

$$$$
Contemporary Southern
Downtown Charleston
4.5
460 reviews
For what many locals consider the best brunch Charleston has right now, head to Parcel 32 on Upper King Street. The locale is a refreshingly quaint and charming historic home dating back to the 1800s. The owners restored the house to its former glory and, as a result, helped to revitalize the Upper King Street neighborhood. They rely on local farmers, producers, purveyors, and artisans to keep the menu fresh and exciting! Brunch highlights include Hot Chicken + Cheddar Waffles, the Patty Melt on Brioche Toast and the Buttermilk Biscuits and Gravy.

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Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar

$$$$
Seafood
Downtown Charleston
4.6
6508 reviews
Fleet Landing serves up a fusion of classic and contemporary Southern seafood fare in a prime location on the Charleston Harbor. Housed in a 1940s retired naval building on the east side of the Charleston peninsula, it makes the perfect mid-day stopping point for visitors out exploring the city or locals shopping at the City Market downtown. The brunch menu is small, but it packs a punch! They offer a Daily Quiche, Pulled BBQ Pork with Biscuits, a Pan Roasted Crab Cake and Creme Brulee French Toast.


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Rutledge Cab Co.

$$$$
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Downtown Charleston
4.5
1025 reviews
For a delicious Low Country Southern Brunch, head to Rutledge Company. Located in Charleston’s Wagener Terrace neighborhood at the intersection of Rutledge Ave and Mt. Pleasant St., it is easy to get to from anywhere in town. RCC gets rave reviews for their great food and service and regulars especially love their breakfast/brunch menu. Highlights include the Cab Company Breakfast, the Traditional Eggs Benedict and the Corned Beef Hash.

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Church and Union - Charleston

$$$$
American
Downtown Charleston
4.5
6509 reviews
5Church Charleston is the place to go for an upbeat brunch of delicious New American cuisine. Located in a 100-year-old church on North Market Street in Downtown Charleston, the interior is swanky and sleek with cutting-edge design choices. They take pride in their stellar service and friendly vibes. The brunch menu is full of classic, like sausage and gravy biscuits, a Local Farm Breakfast Sandwich and the Southern Breakfast. And it also features some unique standouts, like the 5 Church Lamb Burger, Traditional Poutine and the Praline French Toast.


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The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel

$$$$
Southern
Downtown Charleston
4.3
1368 reviews
Named for General Francis Marion, the “Swamp Fox” of the American Revolution, the Francis Marion Hotel was the largest and grandest in the Carolinas when it opened in 1924. It sits in the heart of downtown and combines the style and grace of the 1920s with 21st-century comfort and convenience. Guests here can enjoy classic Southern cuisine or relax with cocktails and live piano music at the Swamp Fox Bar. They have a breakfast buffet every day of the week but The Southern Weekend Buffet features extra treats like Stuffed French Toast and Charleston Bread Pudding.


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Barbadoes Room -The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel

$$$$
Contemporary Southern
Downtown Charleston
4.2
306 reviews
The Barbadoes Room, located at The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel, is a lovely spot for an elegant weekend brunch. Set in the heart of the French Quarter, it has a warm, intimate atmosphere with soaring archways, elegant table settings and beautiful copper fans. It also has a picturesque courtyard where you can enjoy cocktails or brunch when the weather is nice. Try one of the Chef-Inspired specials on the Brunch menu, such as the Mills House Burger or the Short Rib Grilled Cheese.

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Bistro Toulouse - Permanently Closed

$$$$
French
Mount Pleasant
4.6
888 reviews
Bistro Toulouse is a fantastic brunch option for those in the mood for upscale French cuisine. Located in a newly renovated space in the Sea Island Shopping Center, it features a comfortable and inviting atmosphere with a large granite bar, natural wood decor, and great music. Dishes include French bistro classic, seasonal specialties, and daily specials and they focus on using high-quality ingredients. Regulars love their Brunch Crepes, like the Roasted Chicken or the Sauteed Shrimp!

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