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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

Special Occasion (193)
Good for a Date (190)
Local Ingredients (156)
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Good for Anniversaries (153)
Creative Cuisine (136)
Fit for Foodies (136)
Romantic (126)
Authentic (120)
Good for Birthdays (114)
Worth the Drive (110)
Comfort Food (100)
Neighborhood Gem (98)
Great for Lunch (85)
Quiet Conversation (80)
Business Meals (78)
Cozy (77)
Notable Wine List (68)
Great for Brunch (55)
Fun (54)
Casual (53)
Pre/post Theatre (52)
Good for Groups (50)
Handcrafted Cocktails (48)
Hot Spot (46)
Sunday Lunch (45)
Bar Seating (39)
People Watching (34)
Seasonal (24)
Healthy (23)
Good Vegetarian Options (18)
Tasting Menu (17)
Kid-friendly (14)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Happy Hour (8)
Scenic View (8)
Great Beer (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Spicy (4)
Tapas (4)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined a day 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (Charlotte)·Dined 2 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 2 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 2 days ago

Had an out of town guest - she loved it

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·Dined 3 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 3 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 3 days ago

Always one of our favorites

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·Dined 3 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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·Dined 3 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.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 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.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 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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 (Greensboro)·Dined 4 days ago

Absolutely amazing

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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

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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·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

I took my sister for her birthday lunch and we had a lovely time! Perfect choice for a special occasion!
We both got the fried green tomato BLT and we loved it!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

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!!

Tags: Scenic View, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Casual, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Sunday Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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·Dined 5 days ago

The boullabaise was delicious and the portions were generous. The crabcake appetizer is highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Exceptional! First time in Charlotte and we did it right, local food, great cuisine, fun atmosphere. Would absolutely, positively recommend to a friend.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was excellent. I was disappointed that even though I confirmed that our reservation was to celebrate my fiancee' s birthday...there was no recognition either by the waiter or by complimentary dessert. Service person was not personable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 6 days ago

A friend recommended this restaurant to us and it did not fail to impress. We were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary there. I'd love to get their recipe for their sangria with mango purée. We both absolutely loved it.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

We actually were there twice during the week of February 5th including my wife birthday. Good place to eat, drink and spend good time. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Good service and easy access.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Quick Bite
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·Dined 6 days ago

The service was oustanding! My family and I had a terrific lunch. The food was, as always, delicious!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Great place for brunch! The ham cracklin biscuits were so so good, the best thing we had to eat there. We shared those, the pear coffee cake (chefs special), and shrimp grits bowl with sausage. Very good!!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent experience and food. Our waitress, Alice, was exceptional

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I had reserved since nov 2017 for my bday dinner. They asked and noted my special occasion. However last night they didn’t even sing happy birthday or acknowledged anything. Was a bit disappointed

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Girls weekend

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Magnolia’s for the second time, and enjoyed our entire dining experience. Our server, Colleen is excellent. We will be back to Magnolia’s on our next visit.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Just superb.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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 .

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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 .

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Casual, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

We celebrated our anniversary! The waitress was excellent and very knowable of the menu! Her reccommendations were spot on! I’m looking forward to returning!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We are locals and always bring our out of town visitors. Classic southern charm with great food and service

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 (Western NC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We enjoy coming back each year, but it is not a place for a quiet meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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