The Best Cheap Eats in Charleston

The OpenTable Team

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.

Restaurants:Rutledge Cab Co., Ms. Rose's, Page's Okra Grill
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American, Unspecified, Southern
Neighborhoods:Downtown Charleston, West Ashley, Mount Pleasant

Rutledge Cab Co.

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
826 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for Groups
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. TRead more
95% recommended
Best Value in South Carolina

Ms. Rose's

$$$$·Unspecified·
West Ashley
628 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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,Read more
98% recommended
Best Service in South Carolina

Page's Okra Grill

$$$$·Southern·
Mount Pleasant
811 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
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 caughRead more
96% recommended
Great for Brunch in South Carolina
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Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Downtown Charleston
842 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Happy Hour
  • 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 dayRead more
90% recommended
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Bourbon n Bubbles

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Charleston
224 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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 gRead more
91% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in South Carolina

Bay Street Biergarten

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Charleston
169 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
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, inRead more
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Crave Kitchen & Cocktails

$$$$·American·
Mount Pleasant
1,591 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
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 Read more
91% recommended
Great for Brunch in Charleston

Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
5,435 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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 RRead more
97% recommended
Scenic View in South Carolina
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Prohibition

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
1,333 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • 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 whimsiRead more
98% recommended
American in South Carolina

Hooked- Charleston

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
160 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
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 takRead more
92% recommended
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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. ThRead more
100% recommended
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Indaco

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown Charleston
1,945 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
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 dRead more
95% recommended
Notable Wine List in South Carolina
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The Macintosh

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
2,130 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
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 ofRead more
100% recommended
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O-Ku

$$$$·Sushi·
Downtown Charleston
1,976 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
  • Special Occasion
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 luncRead more
97% recommended
Fit for Foodies in South Carolina
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Parcel 32

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Downtown Charleston
459 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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 Read more
91% recommended
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Blind Tiger - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
172 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great Beer
Like so many buildings in Charleston, the Blind Tiger oozes history, including reports of possible hauntings. Though the Blind Tiger tradition is more than a century old, this currRead more
83% recommended
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