Igniting a culinary renaissance upon opening in 1990, Charleston's most popular restaurant is located at the site of the city's original Customs House (circa 1739). Led by chefs Don Drake and Kelly Franz, Magnolias remains a forerunner in upscale Southern cuisine, blending traditional ingredients and cooking techniques with a modern flair for artful presentations.
Charleston, SC 29401
Southern, Low Country, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday starts at 11:30am
Dinner starts at 4:00 pm daily
Sunday Brunch starts at 10:00am
located between Cumberland & Queen Streets
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary parking is available at the Wells Fargo bank after 5:00 PM on weekdays and all day on weekends at the corner of East Bay and Broad Streets.
Charleston CARTA to and from Visitors Center can be picked up 1/2 block from the restaurant on the quarter hour. There are also local cab companies and Charleston's famous Rickshaws that will transport guests to their hotels.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Magnolia's private upper level dining rooms can be reserved for parties of 16 to 140 guests.
Magnolias Ratings and Reviews
Superb; food was excellent - wife said she thought buttermilk fried chicken was excellent. I really liked the special - pink snapper. Service staff very attentive without being intrusive. Drinks were great, no skimping on the “booze.” Will repeat ourselves, but would recommend, as well as suggest reservations and going a bit early
We went to Magnolias for Sunday brunch. Everything was fantastic! The bacon biscuit appetizer is incredible and everyone loved their entrees especially the fresh catch and the country fried steak breakfast. Our waiter Robert gave us phenomenal service and excellent recommendations! Wonderful meal!
Although we had to wait well beyond our reservation time for a table, our meals were very good and the service was professional to the last detail. The consensus of our group was that Magnolias tends to be a tad pricey--a few dollars more on all food and drink items--that comparable restaurants that are more oriented towards tourists than locals. Nonetheless, we enjoyed a fine meal and are glad we tried Magnolias.
My daughter and I went for brunch on a Sunday around noon. The food was wonderful and we had great service. I had the buttermilk chicken and the collard greens were the best I have ever eaten! Magnolias is a classic southern Charleston restaurant....many typical southern menu items and other things, as well. If you are looking for a charming Charleston restaurant, this is your place!
Absolutely wonderful. This was our last meal ( Saturday brunch) before leaving Charleston, what a lasting memory. The chicken liver starter caused a family feud, he did not want to share. Our main course selection flounder for him, for me catfish. Each plate was beautifully presented and seasoned perfectly. I love to cook and break down the ingredients when possible, our meals were a nice challenge. Complex flavors , delicious. Our server, Matthew was very knowledgeable, engaging and attentive. At no time did we feel rushed. The manager stopped by our table, too. As for the atmosphere, we arrived just as they opened, it filled up quickly. Although there were a number of large groups the volume did not get uncomfortably loud. We highly recommend Magnolia's.
We were in Charleston and went to Magnolias for Lumch. The service was great as well as the food. Our server suggested the green fried tomatoes for an appetizer. They were the best we have ever had. I had the shrimp and grits and my husband had the buttermilk chicken. Both were delicious. The lunch was great in all ways.
Went for a date night in Charleston. Overall, really great experience. Especially loved the fried green tomatoes and roasted beets. A chef sings an opera version of happy birthday to guests. It was a treat for everyone. Really loved the experience. Very happy I chose to eat here, which means a lot considering all the options in Charleston.
Two different people recommended Magnolias when we visited Charleston on vacation. They both recommended the crab cakes. I had the filet and crab cake and my husband had the salmon. Everything was wonderful. We also tried the fried green tomatoes as the appetizer since neither of us had ever had them. The entire experience was very enjoyable.
We had Magnolia's on our list to try for Charleston restaurants. The food lived up to expectations. Bouillabaisse was outstanding as were the chicken livers appetizer. Service was below expectations due to their use of "runners" who brought the food and had no idea who ordered which item. So most of the time they placed the incorrect plates in front of you and then had to ask who had what---tacky. The runners also either didn't understand or didn't care to bring you anything else you wanted, such as some lemon for the fish. Consequently, your meal was pretty much eaten by the time the waiter circled around to see if all was well.
One other thing----as is sometimes the case with making a reservation through Open Table, they put us in the far back corner of the secondary dining room. Had to almost walk through the kitchen to get to the table. If you see table availability on Open Table, just call the restaurant instead, otherwise you will get the tables that are less desireable.
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