The Best Seafood Restaurants in Charleston

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:The Establishment, Burwell's Stone Fire Grill, Amen Street Fish + Raw Bar
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Seafood, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Downtown Charleston
Party Size
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Date
Time
7:00 PM

The Establishment

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
1,294 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List

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 develop relationships w...

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Burwell's Stone Fire Grill

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown Charleston
2,417 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 is a leader in susta...

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Amen Street Fish + Raw Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
3,673 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies

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 the beauty of the orig...

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The Darling Oyster Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
2,340 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 wood, whole exposed b...

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Topsail Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Mount Pleasant
549 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

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 landmark and the dining ...

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Grill 225

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown Charleston
1,105 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

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 fish dishes in town. Tu...

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Charleston Harbor Fish House - Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

$$$$·Seafood·
Mount Pleasant
2,017 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion

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 seafood and regional...

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Vincent Chicco's

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown Charleston
1,008 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Authentic

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 Italian-American cuis...

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Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
1,654 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 Street right on the ...

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Eleve Restaurant & Rooftop

$$$$·European·
Downtown Charleston
895 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic

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 artistic whimsy. The mai...

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Coast Bar & Grill – Charleston

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
3,403 reviews
  • Casual
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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 elegant. The chef’s here m...

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Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
6,073 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 southern twist. Housed ...

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Crave Kitchen & Cocktails

$$$$·American·
Mount Pleasant
2,237 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

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 keeps guests coming ba...

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Great for Lunch in Charleston

Boathouse at Breach Inlet

$$$$·Seafood·
Isle of Palms
4,121 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 spectacular sunset vi...

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