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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 (198)
Good for a Date (187)
Good for Anniversaries (160)
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Creative Cuisine (152)
Local Ingredients (152)
Fit for Foodies (150)
Romantic (131)
Authentic (120)
Good for Birthdays (119)
Comfort Food (119)
Worth the Drive (108)
Neighborhood Gem (105)
Great for Lunch (90)
Business Meals (77)
Cozy (77)
Quiet Conversation (72)
Notable Wine List (63)
Casual (59)
Sunday Lunch (57)
Great for Brunch (56)
Handcrafted Cocktails (53)
Good for Groups (51)
Hot Spot (50)
Fun (48)
Pre/post Theatre (47)
Bar Seating (39)
People Watching (31)
Seasonal (31)
Healthy (21)
Tasting Menu (18)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Gluten Free Options (15)
Kid-friendly (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Happy Hour (10)
Scenic View (10)
Late-night Find (9)
Spicy (9)
Great Beer (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Tapas (5)
Organic (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Waterfront (2)
Vegan (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Great food and menu. The banana pudding stuffed french toast with peanut butter syrup was to die for! The pimento cheese appetizer and the low country benedict were awesome too. Our waiter was attentive, friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend this place.

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined 2 days ago

I have been coming to Magnolias since it opened and have always had a pleasant experience. Keep up the good work!!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Birmingham)·Dined 2 days ago

It was fantastic nothing negative to say!!!! We loved everything!

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined 2 days ago

Had very high hopes for it since it was restaurant week, but the food was NOT worth the money. Plates came out dirty at the bottom, food cold and tasteless. My family and I walked out of there saying the complimentary bread and the dessert ice creams were the best tasting things from dinner.
The only good thing was our waitress. She was very nice and welcoming. Aside from the service, Magnolias is not worth the money.

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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined 2 days ago

This was the second time while visiting Charleston that we had dinner at Magnolias and took another couple with us for dinner on a Saturday night. It didn't disapoint!!! As a matter of fact, our friends including us decided it was our best dinner in Charleston for the long weekend in January. The menu has everything you would want while dining at a Southern restaurant--everything tasted delicious and was way beyond what we expected. Highly recommend!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Cozy, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

Four ladies went Saturday night for Restaurant Week - the meal was wonderful, our server was terrific and we were able to get a table in the back room which is more intimate and quieter.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

A Charleston institution!
Great local food and great service make it a worthwhile dining spot.

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 3 days ago

Happy Birthday to me!! Love this place, at the top of my list!!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined 3 days ago

The food is always wonderful. They were very accommodating of a member in our party who is wheelchair-bound. The ride to the ramp is a little bumpy on the alley, but charming. Multiple staff members assisted in guiding the chair up and down the ramp.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful service. Today’s fried oysters were tiny. Tasted more like a hushpuppy . Catch of the day excellent.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Delicious meal and Fun atmosphere! Can’t wait to return!

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

All Around Excellent Dining Experience! Highly Recommend!!

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 3 days ago

Fried chicken is very good. Otherwise not that special. Ready for a renovation

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Here for Restaurant Week. Will definitely come again.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Great place, good food, proper price for level of restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

This is not my first visit, nor will it be my last. Often, I can't get to Charleston for evening meals and Magnolias is always my choice for fine, southern cuisine.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food, excellent service; great overall dinner

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun, Healthy
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Some of the best foodI ever had and great service too.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Naples)·Dined 5 days ago

Our appetizer was so delicious, we had the crab cake. Our meals also met our expectations. We had a very nice meal & the service was excellent.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Portland)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a wonderful late lunch during restaurant week. Service was excellent and the food was delicious. Very pleasant decor and art work. Would definitely recommend it and look forward to returning.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

The food and wait staff could not have been any better. Winderful

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Healthy, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 6 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of our dining experience! Wonderful food and exceptional service!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (Anchorage)·Dined 7 days ago

The space is very pleasing, the service was fantastic, the food was delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 7 days ago

Wonderful service and gourmet food. I would definately recommend.

Tags: Fun
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 7 days ago

Food was very good. I highly recommend the restaurant.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

We are never disappointed with Magnolias! Even though it is a tourist favorite, it remains a local favorite as well. We recently took out of town friends there for lunch during restaurant week, but not BECAUSE it was restaurant week. Sometimes restaurant week disappoints us, so we assumed we'd order from the regular menu. Our server was great - unhurried & answered all questions. The special menu was appealing & we all ordered from it. Having either tile fish or salmon as the main course,we were extremely pleased with the preparation & taste of everything from 1st course to dessert! Magnolias is at the top or our list!

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Romantic, Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 7 days ago

Had lunch with my sister....as always, top notch southern fare. Delicious grits and shellfish, lovely salad with salmon. Perfect service. Please don’t change a thing!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 7 days ago

Delicious food and they accommodated all my husband ‘s food allergies without any problem. Perfectly cooked salmon. If you can’t get in for dinner go for lunch. It’s just as worthwhile!!

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Our dinner was lovely. The staff was very attentive to all the right details. We had additional menu options since it was restaurant week. The fried green tomatoes over cheddar grits appetizer was my favorite. The lemonade cake on the restaurant week menu was also delicious. We enjoyed a very nice bottle of wine (great wine options) and did not feel rushed out at all.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 15, 2018

The food was fantastic, especially the Onion Soup on the Restaurant Week Menu. Allison, our server, was terrific. We have dined there on our last two trips to Charleston, and we highly recommend it.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Absolutely delicious!! The fried chicken is always tasty. My favorite place to dine in Charleston!!

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·Dined on January 15, 2018

Wonderful experience. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive. The food was delicious. And the deals during Restaurant Week were a steal. I would definitely recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 14, 2018

First visit to this restaurant. Their 2018 Restaurant Week menu looked interesting so we decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed! The food was excellent. Our server, Scott, was very knowledgeable with the dinner and wine menus. Very well paced dining experience. The regular menu offerings are just as interesting. We are already planning another visit next week .

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

One of the best in Charleston- when we visit Charleston, it is the first place we make reservations!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Everything was amazing. We had a wonderful time.

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Wonderful dining experience. Best Sunday brunch we've ever had.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We enjoyed the Sunday buffet. The Low Country Eggs Benedict was wonderful.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

This was a first visit to Magnolia’s and the menu showed variety and creativity for various palates. A member of our party ordered a cup of the tomato basil soup which was outstanding. They also ordered a caesar salad and a sandwich entree. When both of these two latter items arrived, the portion for each was huge, and had they known the portions were that large, they would have not ordered one of them. When this was mentioned to two different staff members, the response was something along the lines of “oh yeah, they are large.” It would have been nice if the waiter had mentioned this at the time of order and not presumed that the customer knew this information. I ordered the French toast stuffed with banana pudding and served with a peanut butter, maple syrup. The French toast was deep fried on both sides and this interferes with the flavor. Instead, it tasted like eating dried,fried dough. Perhaps, a better option would be to serve French toast as normally prepared and then top it with the banana pudding with maple syrup on top of that. The appetizer of macaroni and cheese was fried and served cube style garnished with maple bacon jam and jalapeño relish and this was outstanding!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Overall, this is a solid "must go to" restaurant in Charleston. It's definitely on the upscale side so I would suggest going during brunch if you don't want to spend as much for a "fancy dinner" but still have the option of trying some of Magnolia's signature dishes. I tried the shellfish over grits which was the perfect portion without feeling too full. The taste was phenomenal. I especially liked the lobster butter sauce. Do yourself a favor and try this place if you're ever in Charleston - you won't regret it!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on January 14, 2018

One word. Wonderful. We were out with friends post theatre. My job to get a dinner reservation. Arrived at magnolias and I looked at my phone and realized I'd made the reservation for the wrong night. The restaurant was packed since it was restaurant week, but the hostesses couldn't have been nicer. They escorted us to the bar and said they'd accommodate us in a few minutes....great table, great food, great service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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