The Best Seafood Restaurants in Charleston

The OpenTable Team

Founded in 1670, Charleston offers a charming, historically rich Southern city, often touted as the Number One Small City in America. Charleston provides the perfect location for any kind of vacation, whether that means taking a tour of the historic mansions, visiting the pristine beaches of Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island, and Folly Beach or checking out the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Charleston also represents one of the best foodie cities in the USA and has a bevy of trendy restaurants. But where are the smartest, savviest diners going to get the best fresh fish in town? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Book a table at one of the best seafood in Charleston.

Restaurants:The Establishment, Burwell's Stone Fire Grill, Amen Street Fish + Raw Bar
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Seafood, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Downtown Charleston

The Establishment

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
950 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
Located in the heart of Downtown Charleston, The Establishment focuses on creating thoughtful seafood dishes with well-sourced ingredients from both sea and field. They work to devRead more
95% recommended
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Burwell's Stone Fire Grill

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown Charleston
1,932 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill, located on North Market Street in Charleston, is unique in that it specializes in both steak and seafood and is equally skilled at both! The restaurant Read more
94% recommended
Best Service in Charleston
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Amen Street Fish + Raw Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
3,080 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Located in the historic district of downtown Charleston, Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar helped restore the space and the old corner it stands on. The new renovation stayed true to thRead more
96% recommended
Seafood in South Carolina

The Darling Oyster Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
1,895 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
The Darling Oyster Bar. located in the heart of Upper King Street, sits in a 115-year old historic building right downtown. The interior has a mix of the original 1900s reclaimed wRead more
93% recommended
Seafood in South Carolina

Parcel 32

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Downtown Charleston
459 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Parcel 32 is an Upper King Street restaurant and gathering place located in a charming 1837 Charleston home. The building has a storied past and the current owners recently renovatRead more
91% recommended
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Hank's Seafood Restaurant

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
8,596 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Local Ingredients
Hank’s Seafood Restaurant, located in a turn-of-the-century warehouse overlooking the City Market, is a great place to have some of the best seafood in Charleston. The interior of Read more
100% recommended
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Topsail Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Mount Pleasant
281 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
For delicious seafood in an elegant setting, head to Topsail Restaurant and Bar in Mount Pleasant. Centrally located on Coleman Blvd, it is a complete renovation of a historic landRead more
92% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Charleston
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Grill 225

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown Charleston
825 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Grill 225, located on East Bay Street in Downtown Charleston, might be the city’s premier steakhouse, but that doesn’t overshadow the fact that they also serve some of the best fisRead more
86% recommended
Best Ambiance in South Carolina
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Charleston Harbor Fish House - Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

$$$$·Seafood·
Mount Pleasant
1,701 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
Situated on arguably the best location for a restaurant in town, Charleston Harbor Fish House is one of the Charleston’s premier restaurant experiences. They focus on fresh, local Read more
87% recommended
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Vincent Chicco's

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown Charleston
875 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Vincent Chicco’s, located in a chic, comfortable space on John Street in Downtown Charleston, is a seafood place with an Italian spin. The unique menu features good old-fashioned IRead more
82% recommended
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Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
1,079 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
For fresh and inventive seafood in a chic, trendy setting, head to Rappahannock Oyster Bar in downtown Charleston. The setting is a stunning 19th-century cigar factory on East Bay Read more
94% recommended
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Eleve Restaurant & Rooftop

$$$$·European·
Downtown Charleston
656 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
It’s hard to beat Eleve Restaurant and Rooftop Bar, located on the rooftop of the Grand Bohemian Hotel on Wentworth Street. The setting is urban with a heavy dash of wonderful artiRead more
Great for Brunch in Charleston

Coast Bar & Grill – Charleston

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
2,876 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Come to Coast Bar and Grill on John Street in Downtown Charleston for the city’s freshest seafood! This restaurant has a laidback Lowcountry style that is at once casual and eleganRead more
88% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Charleston

Hooked- Charleston

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
160 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
Hooked, located on Market Street in Downtown Charleston, is the latest creation from the group behind Saltwater Cowboys. They offer classic Low Country seafood favorites with a modRead more
89% recommended
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Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
5,487 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Waterfront
Fleet Landing is another place to get both gorgeous waterfront dining and some of the best seafood in Charleston. They focus on local and sustainable produce and seafood with a souRead more
97% recommended
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Crave Kitchen & Cocktails

$$$$·American·
Mount Pleasant
1,625 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
Located just over the bridge from Isle of Palms, Crave is a casual elegant restaurant serving American and Low Country cuisine with a focus on fresh seafood. Their superb dining keRead more
92% recommended
Great for Brunch in Charleston

Water's Edge - Charleston

$$$$·Seafood·
Mount Pleasant
2,058 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
Water’s Edge, like the name implies, sits right on the water with stellar views of Shem Creek. The cabana bar outside is a great spot to hit for happy hour, where you can mingle wiRead more
81% recommended
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Boathouse at Breach Inlet

$$$$·Seafood·
Isle of Palms
3,667 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Boathouse at Breach Inlet sits on the waterfront locals historically known as the launching site of the first U.S. submarine! It’s the perfect setting for a restaurant and offers sRead more
86% recommended
Seafood in Charleston

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Charleston - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown Charleston
1,047 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Ruth’s Chris is an iconic American steakhouse with a New Orleans flair. Located on Market Street in Downtown Charleston, this restaurant chain is famous for their custom-aged, USDARead more
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