The Best Restaurants in Charleston, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

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.

Restaurants:Charleston Grill, The Macintosh, Henrietta's - The Dewberry
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Unspecified, American, French American
Neighborhoods:Downtown Charleston

Charleston Grill

$$$$·Unspecified·
Downtown Charleston
4,491 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 intriRead more
96% recommended
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The Macintosh

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
2,130 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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. UncommonlyRead more
100% recommended
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Henrietta's - The Dewberry

$$$$·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 ouRead more
82% recommended
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Maison

$$$$·French·
Downtown Charleston
355 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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 tRead more
94% recommended
Best Service in South Carolina
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Peninsula Grill

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
6,302 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
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 courtRead more
96% recommended
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Gabrielle Charleston in Hotel Bennett

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Downtown Charleston
282 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Quiet Conversation
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 arrivRead more
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Bourbon n Bubbles

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Charleston
198 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • 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 brandsRead more
89% recommended
Romantic in South Carolina

Butcher & Bee - Charleston

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Charleston
285 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Great for Brunch
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 pRead more
100% recommended
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Muse Restaurant

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Downtown Charleston
2,096 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 kiRead more
89% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in South Carolina

The Establishment

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
947 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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 SoRead more
95% recommended
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Burwell's Stone Fire Grill

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown Charleston
1,874 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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-seRead more
91% recommended
Best Service in Charleston
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Amen Street Fish + Raw Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
2,941 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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 classicRead more
97% recommended
Seafood in South Carolina
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Oak Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown Charleston
3,936 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
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 Read more
95% recommended
Best Overall in South Carolina
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The Darling Oyster Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
1,782 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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 CrRead more
91% recommended
Seafood in South Carolina
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Hank's Seafood Restaurant

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
8,596 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 PaperRead more
94% recommended
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Parcel 32

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Downtown Charleston
459 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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 oRead more
91% recommended
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Circa 1886

$$$$·Southern·
South Carolina
3,620 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Thanks to chef Marc Collins’ skillful modern interpretations of traditional southern cuisine, Circa 1886 consistently ranks among the best restaurants in Charleston. Its intimate vRead more
100% recommended
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Husk - Charleston

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
11,618 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
  • 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 inveRead more
87% recommended
Fit for Foodies in South Carolina
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Cru Cafe

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Downtown Charleston
4,601 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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-ceRead more
98% recommended
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