The Best Cheap Eats in Charleston

Many people visit Charleston, South Carolina, to immerse themselves in the history of this 350-year-old city. It has notable sites like Fort Sumter, beautiful neighborhoods like the French Quarter and Harleston Village, and delicious cuisine blending Southern style with Low Country flavors. But all of its beauty and elegance comes at a price. So how can visitors and residents alike sample Charleston’s unique cuisine without putting too big a dent in their wallet? Welcome to our Tastemakers List. We’ve crunched the data from restaurants all over this port city to find the top spots that OpenTable’s most expert diners go to when looking for a bargain meal. From skillfully crafted small plates to fresh takes on meat and seafood to classic Italian fare, here are some of the best places for cheap eats in Charleston. Since many specials are only available to those dining in the restaurant’s bar area, reserve a spot ahead of time to be assured of a seat at the table.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Rutledge Cab Co., Ms. Rose's, Page's Okra Grill
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Unspecified, Southern
Neighborhoods:Downtown Charleston, West Ashley, Mount Pleasant
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Rutledge Cab Co.

$$$$·Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service·
Downtown Charleston
1,002 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch

Cozy industrial chic meets diner casual at Rutledge Cab Co., a neighborhood bar and restaurant that gives 20% off the bill to residents of the surrounding area on Tuesday nights. Talk about good neigh...

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Good for Groups in South Carolina

Ms. Rose's

$$$$·Unspecified·
West Ashley
807 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem

Diners at Ms. Rose’s enter an airy and eclectic, yet welcoming, place, whether they eat in one of the restaurant’s outdoor or indoor spaces. Don’t miss the wall made out of dishes, silverware, fan bla...

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Great for Brunch in South Carolina

Page's Okra Grill

$$$$·Southern·
Mount Pleasant
819 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch

The owners of Page’s Okra Grill take pride in serving simple, no-fuss Southern cuisine, offering the best value in Charleston. Dishes, which contain locally grown and locally caught ingredients, are o...

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Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Downtown Charleston
842 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem

In both décor (think matador and flamenco dancer paintings) and cuisine, Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar pays a simple and tasteful homage to Spain. The eatery serves tapas plates all day, allowing diners to...

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Bourbon n Bubbles

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Charleston
613 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

As evidenced by the name, Bourbon N’ Bubbles showcases its rather large drink list, which includes some bottles of bubbly that get quite pricey, indeed. However, patrons need not go hungry, as the res...

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Hot Spot in Charleston

Bay Street Biergarten

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Charleston
167 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Bay Street Biergarten is a warm and welcoming mix of wood and brick, both outside on the patio and inside the surprisingly large space. Patrons can sit at large communal tables, in traditional biergar...

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Crave Kitchen & Cocktails

$$$$·American·
Mount Pleasant
2,178 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Diners looking for some of the (allegedly) best macaroni and cheese in the country should trek to Mount Pleasant, a town northeast of Charleston. There, they’ll find Crave Kitchen & Cocktails, a casua...

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American in Charleston

Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
6,042 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch

Diners can’t get much closer to Charleston Harbor then this eatery, on the site of a former ferry and Navy fleet landing with an unobstructed view of the water. The Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar spec...

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Scenic View in South Carolina
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Prohibition

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
1,840 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Fit for Foodies

The use of lighter-colored wood and grey-beige palette keep Prohibition from the dark oppressiveness of a speakeasy. Instead, this jazz-themed eatery exudes a breezy, almost whimsical vibe, especially...

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Hot Spot in South Carolina
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Hooked- Charleston

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
160 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating

A relative newcomer on the Charleston dining scene, Hooked is already garnering accolades for its quality food and service. The ambience here is casual but classy, with a fresh take on a nautical them...

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Renzo

$$$$·Pizza Bar·
Downtown Charleston
1 review
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine

Renzo’s unassuming storefront doesn’t even hint at the stellar Italian cuisine found inside, including Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas and classics like rigatoni with Sunday sauce. The restaurant encoura...

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Indaco

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown Charleston
2,359 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

Indaco’s décor hits the right combination of farmhouse and industrial to give it a feeling of warmth and welcome that extends to its cuisine. Meals here are mouthwatering Italian delights such as crow...

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Italian in South Carolina
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O-Ku

$$$$·Sushi·
Downtown Charleston
2,076 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups

Part of a sushi restaurant chain, O-Ku Charleston serves a wide variety of Japanese temptations, including toban yaki, nigiri, sashimi, sushi, and rolls. O-Ku doesn’t open for lunch; instead, it cater...

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Fit for Foodies in South Carolina
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Parcel 32

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Downtown Charleston
460 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine

There’s something both refined and comfortable about Parcel 32, with an understated elegance extending through its many rooms. While the restaurant is closed on Mondays, it offers a two-hour Happy Hou...

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The Macintosh

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
2,130 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasion

The menu at the Macintosh, a casual neighborhood bar and restaurant, changes weekly depending as much on the whims of the chefs as the seasonality of the ingredients. Two unique offerings—deckle and b...

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