The Best Burgers in Charleston

The OpenTable Team

Charleston is without a doubt one of the nation's greatest culinary destinations. Here, restaurants inside stunning historic venues present the finest seafood, low country cuisine and world-class interpretations of comfort food classics. Burgers are a perfect example of the latter, with the best burgers in Charleston ranging from innovative, original creations to faultless versions of the ideal all-American cheeseburger. But where do the savviest foodies go when they want the best burger in Charleston? Welcome to our Tastemakers List. We examined data covering thousands of restaurants provided by OpenTable's most experienced eaters. The following remarkable restaurants came out on top in the burger category. Anyone in the Holy City ready to worship an unforgettable burger should book a table at one of these hot spots today.

Restaurants:The Macintosh, Bourbon n Bubbles, Husk - Charleston
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Downtown Charleston

The Macintosh

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
2,130 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
At the Macintosh, acclaimed chefs Jeremiah Bacon and Stu Rogers present innovative, lowcountry-inspired cuisine showcasing local, sustainable ingredients. This concept allows for sRead more
100% recommended
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Bourbon n Bubbles

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Charleston
209 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Bar Seating
Bourbon n Buddles is a unique concept in Charleston – a restaurant and bar with an extensive collection of whiskies and Champagne to pair with its cuisine. Wine and whisky flights Read more
90% recommended
Romantic in South Carolina

Husk - Charleston

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
11,730 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
  • Special Occasion
Many top critics and countless local foodies have declared the cheeseburger served at Husk the best burger in Charleston. Husk’s dinner menu, always an innovative showcase of excluRead more
89% recommended
Fit for Foodies in South Carolina
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Stack's Evening Eats

$$$$·American·
Mount Pleasant
175 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
Stack’s Evening Eats in Mount Pleasant is the evening incarnation of Darcy and Patrick Stack’s new American bistro. During the daytime they run the deli-style lunch spot Stack’s CoRead more
86% recommended
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Prohibition

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
1,311 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
The lunch, dinner and brunch menus at the speakeasy-inspired Prohibition in Charleston all feature a great burger. For lunch and dinner it’s an 8-ounce Angus burger with maple-bourRead more
98% recommended
Great for Brunch in South Carolina

Rutledge Cab Co.

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
822 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for Groups
Rutledge Cab Co. in North Charleston, an unpretentious all-day, all-night eatery inside a former gas station, boasts the city’s only indoor charcoal grill. That piece of equipment Read more
96% recommended
Best Value in South Carolina

Stars Restaurant - Rooftop & Grill Room

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
1,770 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
The major claim to fame of Stars Restaurant – Rooftop and Grill Room is the only 360-degree view in Charleston from its rooftop bar. It also claims a serious contender for the bestRead more
Great for Brunch in Charleston
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The Refuge

$$$$·American·
Isle of Palms
216 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
In an airy, rustic-chic venue on the coast of Isle of Palms, the Refuge brings together a coffee bar, cocktail lounge and restaurant. It specializes in sophisticated but approachabRead more
83% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in South Carolina

Crave Kitchen & Cocktails

$$$$·American·
Mount Pleasant
1,571 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
Crave Kitchen and Cocktails is famous for its mac and cheese, which Travel & Leisure, Esquire magazine and others have called the best in the nation. The cheerful Mount Pleasant eaRead more
91% recommended
Great for Brunch in South Carolina

Butcher & Bee - Charleston

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Charleston
285 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good Vegetarian Options
Butcher & Bee, a hip Charleston eatery with an in-house bakery, specializes in elevated comfort food prepared from scratch using local, sustainable ingredients. There’s usually a bRead more
100% recommended
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Parcel 32

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Downtown Charleston
459 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Inside a charming, circa-1837 former family home in Charleston is Parcel 32, an approachably elegant restaurant offering wood-fired cuisine. Choose to drink and dine in the main diRead more
91% recommended
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The Darling Oyster Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
1,823 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
The Darling Oyster bar, which occupies a light, bright space with raw brick and coastal décor, presents impeccable seafood and southern comfort food. This includes one of the best Read more
92% recommended
Seafood in South Carolina

39 Rue de Jean - Charleston

$$$$·French·
Downtown Charleston
2,527 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
The authentic Parisian-style brasserie 30 rue de jean features on virtually every best burger in Charleston list. Critics and local diners rave about its brasserie burger (and its Read more
91% recommended
Kid Friendly in Charleston

Tavern & Table

$$$$·Unspecified·
Mount Pleasant
1,374 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
A dockside setting on Shem Creek, a lively and welcoming atmosphere, hand-crafted cocktails and lowcountry cuisine designed for sharing characterize Tavern & Table. The casual eateRead more
89% recommended
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5Church - Charleston

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Charleston
3,326 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Aside from its eclectic menus of globally influenced comfort food, the most striking characteristic of 5Church in Charleston is its venue – a former church with its brick walls, stRead more
91% recommended
Contemporary American in South Carolina

Bay Street Biergarten

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Charleston
169 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Live Sports
  • Fun
Craft beers and moreish foods inspired equally by Bavaria and the south are the signatures of Charleston’s Bay Street Biergarten. The casual eatery puts a contemporary spin on old-Read more
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Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
5,380 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
With a striking waterfront setting inside a retired 1940s naval building, Fleet Landing boasts some of the most spectacular views in Charleston. And while it specializes in local sRead more
97% recommended
Outdoor Dining in South Carolina

Oak Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown Charleston
3,982 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
For an old-school, upscale steakhouse experience, Charleston locals know to head to Oak Steakhouse, a stately establishment inside a three-story former bank building dating to 1848Read more
96% recommended
Best Overall in South Carolina

Blind Tiger - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
172 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great Beer
In a French Quarter alehouse dating to 1803 with a notorious stint as a speakeasy (a.k.a. “blind tiger”) in its backstory, this upscale gastropub presents an all-day menu of updateRead more
83% recommended
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