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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:
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/

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

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (196)
Special Occasion (193)
Local Ingredients (162)
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Good for Anniversaries (158)
Fit for Foodies (140)
Creative Cuisine (138)
Romantic (135)
Authentic (126)
Good for Birthdays (119)
Worth the Drive (114)
Comfort Food (99)
Neighborhood Gem (96)
Great for Lunch (84)
Business Meals (82)
Quiet Conversation (82)
Cozy (80)
Notable Wine List (67)
Great for Brunch (58)
Casual (55)
Fun (55)
Good for Groups (55)
Pre/post Theatre (53)
Hot Spot (49)
Handcrafted Cocktails (48)
Sunday Lunch (47)
Bar Seating (42)
People Watching (34)
Healthy (27)
Seasonal (25)
Good Vegetarian Options (21)
Tasting Menu (16)
Kid-friendly (15)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Happy Hour (9)
Quick Bite (8)
Scenic View (8)
Great Beer (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Spicy (5)
Tapas (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Organic (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Vegan (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 16 hours ago

Magnolia’s was recommended to us and since we already had dinner reservations at other restaurants, we decided to eat there for lunch. It was excellent—great service. We shared the potatoes chips with blue cheese—really tasty and could have sufficed as a meal for the both of us. I had the shrimp and sausage with grits with a nicely spiced sauce but not too spicy and my wife had shrimp and scallops with grits which was also excellent. We had a cocktail that we asked to be made not too sweet and s glass of wine each which was a very fair pour for the price. We enjoyed the experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Outstanding food and service. Not to be missed! Beautiful setting.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Great for Brunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 2 days ago

We were down in Charleston for a long weekend and wanted a special meal and we found it at Magnolias! Our favorite of the weekend. Excellent, excellent service - hope you are lucky enough to get Brian as your waiter, too.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 2 days ago

Food was great. I gave it 4 stars because of the ambience. It was loud. Also, I was expecting a more business causal dress code. The dress code ranged from very casual to dressy.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 2 days ago

Great birthday dinner!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Delicious. Unique food. Not quite a 5star in food but really good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing food and drinks with great service all around!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined 3 days ago

Was an awesome experience
Highly recommend
Waitress was probably the best I have every experienced in an upscale restaurant

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

I chose Magnolias for my birthday dinner and was very pleased. My server, Niki (?), was pleasant and knowledgeable. I ordered the boiled peanut salad and their catfish entree, both of which were ample and delicious. For dessert I chose the pecan cheesecake brownie. Niki delivered it with a lit candle which was s nice touch, especially because I was dining alone. The ambiance was nice. Not too crowded, the tables were well spaced to give each party personal space. The bar was nearby and sometimes it got a little noisy with the patrons erupting in laughter. But it wasn’t too. distracting. A very nice place for a special evening.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

Every time I go to magnolias it gets even better each time which I️ didn’t think could happen!!! Outstanding food, service, atmosphere, etc!! I’ll be back again for sure!!!! Such good food & a good time!!!!! See you next week !!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined 3 days ago

Sunday brunch.... very enjoyable. The bread was amazing! We don't usually even eat the bread places bring out, but thank goodness we did! Crusty with good chew, but lacking that too sour taste of some sour dough breads. We both enjoyed our meals.... country fried steak and spicy shrimp and sausage with grits. Berry flavorful and well prepared. Service was great and cocktails were very good.... so nice to have great alternatives to the tired old bloody Mary! I had an oranges spiced drink that was great.... hubby had a rosemary gin drink that wad very refreshing.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

Loved our brunch. So many great things to choose from on the menu!

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 (Naples)·Dined 3 days ago

We had a delicious Sunday brunch today. Scott was a terrific waiter. I had the parmesan crusted flounder - delicious! We were a table of four and were seated in the back area which proved to be quieter, although next time I may request the front room. It had a great energy and vibe. We all ordered seafood dishes and loved both the presentation as well as the flavors of each dish. I can see why locals return to Magnolia’s, and every visitor should try it at least once.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

It was very good. Really enjoyed the food and evening out.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

We were celebrating a friend being in town. We had a wonderful meal. Two of us had the fresh catch of the day which was the flounder. Best flounder we have ever had outside of our own kitchen. The other person had the pasta and seafood which she loved also. We were not rushed and they made us feel special. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience.
Teresa Coats

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 4 days ago

Always superb and delicious! The freshness of their food is beyond any restaurant in Charleston! The service is friendly and very knowledgeable of the food served at Magnolia's.
Highly recommend Magnolia's - five star restaurant!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Romantic, Organic, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Great southern style cuisine with some exotic items on the menu. The fried green tomatoes are a must.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Wilmington)·Dined 4 days ago

It was perfect!

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·Dined 4 days ago

Awesome food just like the magazines say. Must try chicken livers

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined 4 days ago

I think they should get a new chef, so the food is as great as the atmosphere and service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

At their price point, the food nor the service came close to their price point.

The daily special; flounder, was 1/2 the side of your palm at $35.
The salad was warm and was not served in a chilled bowl.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

Cane in to experience true Southern flavors and Magnolias charm (our waiter, Ed, made our dining experience ,A+) menu and platings did not disappoint. Great start to our 1st Charleston foodie weekend!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Would describe as upscale southern food served at tables with white table cloths. It was good food, but it seemed more touristy than local. There are other options if you want a good southern cooked meal. Portions were large, but a bit pricy.

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·Dined 6 days ago

I had a great experience with my date there. The food was excellent. The staff was very friendly. I would recommend this place if you have a date. The atmosphere was nice and romantic. I will be making another trip with my with date here when we come back into town.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful food + excellent service + warm and comfortable surroundings = a great visit!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and great service. Great location and ambiance

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Wilmington)·Dined 6 days ago

This was my third visit but first review. I’ve been here for a family get together, lunch with friends and finally a visit for drinks and appetizers. Magnolia’s never fails to be great. The homemade chips are delicious and the southern spring rolls a tasty surprise. No one does fried chicken as good as Magnolia’s. The sandwiches are wonderful,the fried green tomato BLT is my favorite. The bar has extensive liquor and wine choices. The staff has always been attentive but not annoyingly attentive. Great experience!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

Had an out of town guest - she loved it

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·Dined 7 days ago

We enjoyed everything about our visit. The one disappointment we had was that we always order PEI mussels when on the menu. Your's were good but we felt they were not PEI mussels. If for some reason you could not get them...we feel they should have been taken off the menu that evening!!!! They are always plump and juicey and have a taste of there own...these were very small but not what we paid for.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

We have been coming there for years. One of our favorites as locals.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Healthy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

Charleston is one of our favorite cities to visit. When we make a trip to Charleston we always plan to dine at Magnolias. We have been visiting Magnolias since they opened many years ago.
We highly recommend it.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Birmingham)·Dined 7 days ago

Always one of our favorites

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 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

Great food and great waitstaff! They truly care about your overall dining experience. Awesome date night for Valentine’s Day.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

It was our first time there and it will not be the last. The food and service was outstanding! Our waiter was very friendly and a true professional.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

Second time visiting Magnolias in the past year and second consecutive impression of "meh". Spouse and I were there for Valentine's. Ordered Fried Green Tomatoes for appetizer, the Salmon and BBQ plates for our meals. Appetizer was one of the best I've ever tasted of that famous Low Country starter, but our meals were barely average. Don't get me wrong, the food wasn't bad, but I've had better at a chain like Carrabbas, so if they're going to charge $30+ a plate and position itself among the best downtown Charleston restaurants, I'm just expecting more. I'm not sure we'll be back to see if a 3rd visit is the charm.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent. Good food and services. Magnolia is always very good.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

Great Valentine's Day lunch...Excellent server (Dawn)...great food...prompt attention and good time atmosphere. We have dined at Magnolias several times a year since moving to Charleston and will keep doing so. Many thanks to Magnolias and their staff.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Greensboro)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Absolutely amazing

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 13, 2018

As always, the food and ambiance at Magnolias was top-notch. We were all absolutely amazed by each of our choices! So very good! However, we felt our server was a little snippy. Perhaps because we only chose to have appetizers, drinks and deserts and not a full course meal? Don’t know, but his attitude, especially when he brought our check and we asked him to split it according to what each couple had, was not what I’d expect from one of the classiest venues in Charleston. He acted very bothered by this request, as if everyone who dines there has one person who pays for the table. Im sure there are a few who have that capability but, as a server, I’d either ask the table their billing preference or go ahead and split it between couples. It’s a shame that put a damper on an otherwise lovely evening.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 13, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Magnolia's! The food was absolutely delicious and the service was also wonderful. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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