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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

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (190)
Good for a Date (180)
Good for Anniversaries (155)
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Creative Cuisine (149)
Fit for Foodies (147)
Local Ingredients (146)
Romantic (128)
Authentic (116)
Good for Birthdays (116)
Comfort Food (112)
Worth the Drive (106)
Neighborhood Gem (104)
Great for Lunch (91)
Business Meals (74)
Cozy (74)
Quiet Conversation (72)
Great for Brunch (58)
Notable Wine List (58)
Sunday Lunch (57)
Casual (56)
Handcrafted Cocktails (50)
Good for Groups (49)
Hot Spot (48)
Pre/post Theatre (47)
Fun (45)
Bar Seating (37)
People Watching (31)
Seasonal (29)
Healthy (19)
Tasting Menu (18)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Kid-friendly (15)
Gluten Free Options (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Scenic View (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Spicy (9)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Great Beer (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Tapas (5)
Organic (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Waterfront (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Vegan (1)
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful service and gourmet food. I would definately recommend.

Tags: Fun
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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

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·Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

Everything was amazing. We had a wonderful time.

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·Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

Went during Charleston Restaurant Week. Great service, food was delicious and very nice portions. I had Braised Short Ribs and French Onion Soup and both were excellent. It was a lively place and a nice atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 6 days ago

Birthday celebration and restaurant week!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful local and traditional southern cuisine. Jus formal enough for special occasions. Service was attentive, knowledgable but not over-wrought. Shrimp and grits appetizer and fried chicken excellent.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful time. Our server Greg was so right with suggestions. From appetizers to main courses to the pecan pie was perfect. Can't go wrong here

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Our server was outstanding. Steven was extremely attentive and knowledgeable not only about the food and drinks but the local scene as well. He made several recommendations which were excellent choices and made the evening very special for my wife and I. The food was very good and the portions were IMO fair. All in all we had a fantastic night and would highly recommend Magnolias.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent amazing service

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·Dined 7 days ago

We arrived on time and was seated immediately; the waitress was friendly, great service, excellent food, and helpful people.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Dining at Magnolias is always a treat, we manage to eat there every time we are in Charleston and always take our out of town visitors there.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 11, 2018

My husband and I, along with another couple, went to Magnolias for Restaurant Week. It was wonderful! Our waitress, Suzie, was very professional-but so warm and friendly too! Food was delicious. I had the Brussels sprout salad, the short ribs entree, and the raspberry lemonade cake. Yummy! My husband enjoyed his deviled eggs, pork chop entree (big portion) and same cake. I 💕 Restaurant Week! You can try out restaurants at a more reasonable cost. We will be back to Magnolias again!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 11, 2018

The fried green tomatoes and the manhattan were perfectly done. A great experience!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 2, 2018

We were in Charleston for two days and Magnolias was highly recommended by a friend so we looked forward with great anticipation. It was a cold evening and our Ooen Table reservations were fouled up. We had 7:30pm reservations, but tried to get them changed to 8pm but were unsuccessful. There was confusion and we we placed at a table near the front door which constantly opened to let cold air in. Nonetheless our waitress came soon and took our orders. The appetizer came quickly, but there was no cheese in one of the almond Brie pieces. Then, an hour and fifteen minutes later (even though we were told 20 minutes earlier that our entrees were on their way) the food arrived...cold and/or tepidly warm. We sent them back...it only took 20 minutes for the food to return. The dishes were quite good and creative; however, the evening was spoiled. To the restaurants credit, they took an entree and appetizer off the bill. I would like to try them again as I chalked it up as a miscommunication between the waitress and kitchen. The food was very good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

This is a very nice place. EVERY dish at our table was amazing. The waiter could have smiled at some point, but overall he was good and it was a great experience. Will definitely be back.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our family loves the fried green tomatoes. Such a special place and amazing food.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great experience!!! Seafood was prepared excellent service was great would definitely recommend to anyone

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Romantic, Healthy
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

We are both born and raised Charlestonians. Magnolias is our favorite restaurant for special occasions, such as birthdays and anniversaries.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always on my list to eat here when I come to Charleston!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great brunch! Huevos Rancheros were fabulous, as was fried chicken. Pecan pie good for desert.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We visited for our New Years brunch and it was spectacular! Food is truly delicious !

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great wait staff and a good Southern menu. Egg white omelette and sausage biscuits were both very good

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Huevos rancheros is the bomb. Get it and thank me later. Hubs had the country fried steak and it was good. Not great but good. He also ordered a Bloody Mary that was ok. Not the best we’ve had so still looking for the best in Charleston. Service was superb. Ask for Stella.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great location, interesting and varied menu with good collection of southern influence but broad enough for many different types of palletes. We really enjoyed the buzz and ambience of the restaurant, friendly and attentive service, nice wine list.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The restaraunt was beautiful and served many great options for southern comfort food. Too many great choices and we will return on our next visit

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Our visit was for my wife’s birthday. Service was excellent and timely. The food was incredible.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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