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
between Cumberland & Queen Streets
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
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!
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.
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.
Magnolias has been one of our favorites for four years now! We chose lunch to visit with a good friend who works in hospitality. We were warmly greeted and shown to the bar so we could select a wonderful wine. Bryan helped with the wine and delivered it to our table. when our guest arrived Shane welcomed us and suggested the blue cheese potato chips and delicious fried oysters for starters. George, one of the Managers, came by to make sure all was well. we all enjoyed our meals which really brought the South to our eyes . While we were dining I could not help noticing how friendly the entire staff was . Magnolias is beautifully decorated and meticulously clean. We always try to come here when we want the fried chicken or any of the special choices they offer!!
We live in upstate SC and come to Folly or Charleston about 3 times a year. We ALWAYS make a plan to go to Magnolias for lunch at least "every other day" we are in the area. We struggle with deciding what to order - we love it ALL. It is a tremendous value - considering the quality of the local ingredients, the superb service, the ambience.
I love the ambiance of Magnolia. We were hoping for a special early valentine’s dinner. We were in and out within an hour. Wished we could have lingered longer. Felt a bit rushed. My seafood Grits was not very hot. I still love magnolia’s, hoping it was just an off night.
Entire brunch experience, from service to menu options, was solid. We will make a point to brunch or dine here again when we're back in town. Ordered the fried green tomatoes appetizer, entrees: fried chicken and shellfish over grits. Pecan pie dessert, loved all the dishes. Quality was solid.
My husband and I were engaged at this restaurant 25 years ago. We returned this weekend to celebrate our engagement anniversary at Magnolia’s . The management could not have been any nicer. Our waitress, Colleen, was so gracious and welcoming. I had notified the management that we wanted to be seated at the same table as we did 25 years ago. They made it all happen. From the wine, to the food and service, it was all perfection. Thank you for everything, Magnolia’s.
Followed some recommendations and had a great dinner at Magnolias. Popular with tourists (as we were) but also locals, which definitely means something for a restaurant in a busy tourist frequented city. Our server Scott was very attentive and gave great recommendations and service. Best dinner of our three night trip .
We arrived a little after 330 for a reservation time of 4pm. I made the reservation on The Wednesday before our Saturday date and received a phone call reminder on Thursday as well as email reminders every day after so we were very careful to keep our time! we were seated in the bar not because there were no tables available..there were plenty...but because the “dinner menu hadn’t been released”. About 4:05, as other guests coming in were being seated, we asked what was up..we were told..”just a few more minutes”...about 4:12..( now almost 40 min since arrival)we were seated.The waiter was nice but very slow with long wait times between visits to our table.The food was good..fried green tomatoes very good, fried chicken very good but nowhere near pawpaws fried chicken sadly.The crime brûlée was good, not great, and the dish,including sugared topping, was cold from refrigeration...which was fine but made us wonder why it took 13 minutes after ordering it to receive it🤔.My husband said the collards were the best he’s eaten and the staff , aside from everyone at the hostess stand were very nice.Honestly though...for a hundred dollar plus meal..we would go back down the street to pawpaws where the food is better and the service more accommodating and personable .
We treated ourselves to appetizers through dessert and coffee and it was a definite treat!! The flavors of every dish blended so well and each dish was delicious. Serving sizes were appropriate and ample enough that we enjoyed sharing. The server was pleasant and attentive without being overbearing. It was a wonderful dining experience and I can’t wait for a return visit.
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