The Best Restaurants in Charleston, According to our Tastemakers

The best restaurants in Charleston embrace the traditions of Lowcountry cuisine and the distinctive ingredients associated with coastal Carolina, especially its unrivaled seafood. Historic venues serve country ham, fresh oysters, seasonal greens and stone fruits, with many alfresco spaces for a romantic evening under the moonlight. But where do the smartest, most experienced foodies dine out in Charleston? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We pulled data covering thousands of restaurants to determine the top spots among OpenTable's savviest diners. From hip oyster bars to old-school steakhouses, the best restaurants in Charleston suit all appetites. We suggest booking a table at one (or more) of these dining hot spots today.

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Charleston Grill

$$$$·Unspecified·
Downtown Charleston
4,426 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

With its stained-glass entryway, marble flooring and wood-paneled walls, Charleston Grill exudes sophistication. Add to that setting nightly presentations of live jazz and an intriguing menu of the fi...

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Maison

$$$$·French·
Downtown Charleston
696 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

Maison opened on King Street in early 2019 and immediately won acclaim as one of the best restaurants in Charleston. The bistro on King Street has a chic French feel – think café tables, black and whi...

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Best Overall in Charleston

Peninsula Grill

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
6,611 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

Inside the Planters Inn hotel in the historic district is Peninsula Grill, a celebrated restaurant presenting classic lowcountry cuisine with a focus on seafood. Its lamp-lit courtyard garden is an en...

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Best Ambiance in South Carolina
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Gabrielle Charleston in Hotel Bennett

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Downtown Charleston
468 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Great for Brunch

Local foodies eagerly anticipated the early-2019 opening of Gabrielle Charleston inside the Hotel Bennett on Marion Square. The buzz around the new restaurant was tied to the arrival in Charleston of ...

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Great for Brunch in South Carolina

Bourbon n Bubbles

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Charleston
533 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Special Occasion

Bourbon N’ Bubbles’ name is a nod to the restaurant's whisky and champagne collection, but its cuisine is just as remarkable. The concept of tailoring pairings of often-rare brands of bourbon and cham...

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Hot Spot in South Carolina

Butcher & Bee - Charleston

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Charleston
285 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
  • Creative Cuisine

A hip locavore eatery, Butcher & Bee presents elevated versions of casual comfort food in a rustic-chic setting. The restaurant includes a bakery responsible for fresh breads and pastries available to...

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Muse Restaurant

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Downtown Charleston
2,460 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

Muse Restaurant’s interior resembles the cozy, historic home it once was. Distinct dining spaces range from bar stools to balcony seating. Fitting with its homey atmosphere, the kitchen prepares Muse’...

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Notable Wine List in Charleston

The Establishment

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
1,112 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

The Establishment, one of the best restaurants in Charleston, takes a refined, minimalist approach to its seafood-centric cuisine. The freshest seasonal seafood and produce from South Carolina inspire...

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Best Food in South Carolina

Burwell's Stone Fire Grill

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown Charleston
2,229 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

This Charleston restaurant’s titular “stone fire” is a real-deal feature of its dining experience. Signature appetizers (a choice of tuna, beef tenderloin or wagyu) call for DIY-searing on a 700-degre...

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Steakhouse in South Carolina

Amen Street Fish + Raw Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
3,478 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch

In a 19th-century brick building on Cumberland Street in downtown Charleston is Amen Street Fish + Raw Bar. The restaurant specializes in fresh local seafood and lowcountry classics. Its exceptional r...

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Seafood in South Carolina
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Oak Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown Charleston
4,434 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Notable Wine List

Oak Steakhouse, a small regional group of upscale restaurants, has its Charleston location inside a circa-1848 former bank building on Broad Street. The charming three-story venue features original fi...

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Steakhouse in South Carolina
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The Darling Oyster Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
2,180 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for Groups

In a bright space with raw brick walls, coastal décor and a palette of white and seafoam, the Darling Oyster Bar presents some of the best seafood in Charleston. Its ceviche and Creole shrimp are stan...

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Good for Groups in South Carolina
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Hank's Seafood Restaurant

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
8,439 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

Charleston diners desiring classic lowcountry cuisine and those looking for top-notch seafood are equally enticed by Hank’s Seafood Restaurant. Readers of the Charleston City Paper voted the establish...

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Parcel 32

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

Parcel 32 claims as its lovely venue a former family home built in 1837. For 75 years it housed Charleston’s biggest bakery. Following thoughtful renovations, the restaurant took over the space in 201...

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Circa 1886

$$$$·Southern·
South Carolina
3,579 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

Thanks to chef Marc Collins’ skillful modern interpretations of traditional southern cuisine, Circa 1886 consistently ranks among the best restaurants in Charleston. Its intimate venue – a converted h...

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Husk - Charleston

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
12,746 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

The driving force behind the ever-changing menus at Husk in Charleston (and its three sister restaurants too) is chef Sean Brock. The local legend is known for his refined and inventive farm-to-table ...

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Fit for Foodies in South Carolina
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Cru Cafe

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Downtown Charleston
4,574 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch

Eclectic gourmet comfort food with a farm-to-table ethos is the signature of Cru Café, one of the best restaurants in Charleston. The restaurant occupies a lovely two-story 18th-century home with indo...

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Henrietta's - The Dewberry - Permanently Closed

$$$$·French American·
Downtown Charleston
524 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

Henrietta’s, an all-day brasserie inside the luxurious Dewberry hotel, presents fine cuisine inspired equally by southern and French traditions. Diners enjoy a choice of seating out on the expansive p...

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The Macintosh

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

There’s something poetic about a chef named Jeremiah Bacon creating one of the most celebrated brunches in Charleston. Embrace the experience on Sunday at The Macintosh. Uncommonly creative, lowcountr...

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