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About Magnolias

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.

185 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
located between Cumberland & Queen Streets

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 577-7771

Website:
http://www.magnoliascharleston.com/

Parking Details:
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.

Public Transit:
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.

Executive Chef:
Kelly Franz

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Magnolia's private upper level dining rooms can be reserved for parties of 16 to 140 guests.

Magnolias Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (211)
Good for a Date (198)
Fit for Foodies (171)
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Good for Anniversaries (170)
Local Ingredients (160)
Creative Cuisine (152)
Comfort Food (151)
Romantic (143)
Good for Birthdays (120)
Worth the Drive (118)
Authentic (118)
Neighborhood Gem (113)
Great for Lunch (91)
Business Meals (86)
Quiet Conversation (72)
Cozy (71)
Sunday Lunch (61)
Good for Groups (60)
Handcrafted Cocktails (58)
Notable Wine List (58)
Great for Brunch (57)
Casual (52)
Fun (46)
Bar Seating (44)
Hot Spot (41)
Pre/post Theatre (36)
Seasonal (31)
People Watching (27)
Good Vegetarian Options (24)
Tasting Menu (22)
Healthy (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Scenic View (16)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Late-night Find (11)
Kid-friendly (10)
Happy Hour (8)
Afternoon Tea (7)
Organic (7)
Spicy (7)
Great Beer (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Tapas (4)
Vegan (4)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Waterfront (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 19 hours ago

Excellent meal!

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·Dined 3 days ago

Elegant dining, big plates but still classy and tasty, good value for your money!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Authentic
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·Dined 3 days ago

We ate at Magnolias for dinner and the food was excellent! Gabe was very attentive and provided excellent service!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 4 days ago

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

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·Dined 4 days ago

We visit Charleston once or twice per year from our home in Arkansas, we stay on Seabrook Island. Magnolia's is our first choice for a meal while we are here on vacation.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 5 days ago

Food and especially service was subpar for such a fancy place

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Delightful environment for a classic and well-regarded Charleston dining experience. It was all that we hoped for and it delivered.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

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!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined 5 days ago

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!

Tags: Fun, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Great Southern food! You MUST get the fried green tomatoes!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 6 days ago

Visiting from Charlotte. Birthday

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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful dinner and very knowledgeable server.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

Always delicious, consistent and reliable. Have not been in a couple of years, took some Florida friends this past weekend and it was delicious. Emily our server was fantastic and our friends were impressed, which made me feel good :)

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Miami)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and ambiance! The Bloody Mary was so tasty and The short rib chilly was spectacular!

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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

Love Magnolia’s! Enjoyed our meal and the pecan pie!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent food, best fried green tomatoes ever!! We all enjoyed our meals and the ambiance was cozy and nice.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 7 days ago

Magnolia’s is a must-visit restaurant for anyone in the Charleston area. The seasonal good is amazing, the atmosphere is fantastic, and the location is great! The food is consistently exceptional!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Food did not hit expectations. Fried chicken was comparable to microwaved day old fried chicken. I can get better fried chicken at my local grocery store I swear. Not going back for $22 food that has no care put into it.

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy
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·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent food great super service and very reasonable prices. A great Friday night date night!!!

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 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent as always!!!

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great food and service, but glad we had made a reservation ahead of time. We will definitely be going back again!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on November 10, 2017

It was okay, but a little anticlimactic. I ate here at lunch. It may be better at dinner.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Loved it! Great waitress! Our first time to Charleston, Magnolias came highly recommended. We will be back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

A wonderful place, perfect ambiance and delicious good!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fun, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent dining experience in every way. Waiter was especially knowledgeable about the menu choices.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great food always very professional servers with great knowledge of the food always busy but never rushed. Just a really solid restaurant.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Awesome as usual, good food, great atmosphere, and easy parking

Tags: Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Really enjoyed the unique flavors in traditional Southern dishes. Always look forward to trying other items on the menu. Staff is knowledgeable, attentive and friendly.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Tapas, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Amazing food and phenomenal service! I’ve heard great things about Magnolias - and now I can say that all of the thing I’ve heard are true. Superb!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

As usual the food was incredibly delicious! Our server Caroline was fantastic. Can’t wait to go back!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2017

This restaurant is always a must-stop for us when we're in Charleston, and we are never disappointed. We brought friends here last summer and they loved it as well. This lunch was no exception.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We made our reservation based on a recommendation from friends. The food, service and ambiance were amazing!! Highly recommend! Reservation recommendes for sure.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

first time at a nice restaurant. Was completely blown away of every aspect from service aesthetic and food. highly recommend

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Some disappointment with the fried chicken breast. Not the usual crispness. Also, the collards were a little too spicy.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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