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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:
located 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/

Parking Details:
Complimentary parking is available at the Wells Fargo bank after 5:00 PM on weekdays and all day on weekends at the corner of East Bay and Broad Streets.

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 (214)
Good for a Date (206)
Fit for Foodies (171)
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Good for Anniversaries (158)
Local Ingredients (158)
Creative Cuisine (153)
Romantic (145)
Comfort Food (134)
Good for Birthdays (121)
Authentic (120)
Neighborhood Gem (113)
Worth the Drive (113)
Business Meals (84)
Great for Lunch (83)
Quiet Conversation (79)
Cozy (78)
Notable Wine List (66)
Handcrafted Cocktails (57)
Great for Brunch (56)
Sunday Lunch (55)
Casual (54)
Good for Groups (53)
Bar Seating (47)
Fun (47)
Hot Spot (47)
Pre/post Theatre (41)
Seasonal (31)
People Watching (28)
Good Vegetarian Options (21)
Tasting Menu (19)
Healthy (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Scenic View (13)
Late-night Find (13)
Kid-friendly (12)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Spicy (9)
Afternoon Tea (8)
Organic (8)
Great Beer (7)
Quick Bite (6)
Tapas (5)
Vegan (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Waterfront (2)
Live Music (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

It was our second time there. We were visiting from CT. And it was even better the second time. Great food and atmosphere.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fun, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Romantic
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·Dined 3 days ago

It was a horrible noise situation in the back dining room that we ended up being assigned to. We were all uncomfortable with having to use extremely loud voices in order to speak to each others.

Tags: Fun
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

Our appetizers - green fried tomatoes, fried Mac & cheese, and scallops & grits were decadent and delicious. Menu inventive & fun, service was superb. Didn't care as much for scallops/shrimp with grits in lobster sauce entree-- grits were lumpy and overcooked and I wished they'd put a sear on the blandish seafood they way they did with the appetizer. The flounder special was wonderful--perfectly cooked. We will be sure to visit Magnolias again the next time we're in Charleston, Y'all.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Once again, Magnolias has exceeded my expectations. Wonderful food, great service. Completely worth the money, and in comparison, the prices are not that bad. Absolutely will come again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

This is our third visit over all the years we’ve been coming to Charleston. Each time has been great. Not cheap , but very good.

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Comfort Food
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 (Naples)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was exceptional and the service was top notch, my new favorite restaurant😀

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Good Charleston fare - expect "heavy" or rich ingredients (lots of butter) in most dishes.
A good choice for sampling southern cooking.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Our meal and experience was wonderful! Scott, our waiter, was engaging and very knowledgeable!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

We picked this restaurant by its name knowing nothing about Charleston and were really happy with our choice. The food was excellent and no more expensive than any good restaurant.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 5, 2017

We loved our fried chicken liver appetizer, but all the food was outstanding. The server was warm and professional. The room was lovely and decorated for Christmas. Aka in all, a wonderful evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Anytime we visit Charleston Magnolia's is a definite place to visit. Great food, atmosphere and service.

Tags: Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

We were visiting Charleston for a few days and reserved at magnolias and FIG. We were so pleased with magnolias and would definitely return when in Charleston. The shrimp and fried liver were outstanding as appetizers. The flounder was fresh and cooked perfectly.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (London)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We have had dinner at Magnolias each time we have visited Charleston over the past several years. The food has always been excellent, service very professional. Overall a very satisfactory dining experience. Recommended.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Wonderful restaurant with a creative take on classic Southern fare. Great service and relaxed atmosphere. Friendly, accessible and not pretentious. The fried chicken meal is to die for, but save room for pecan pie!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Magnolias never fails to deliver. Shrimp & grits are excellent as are the fish of the day and other specials.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

There were four of us, and we all ordered different entrees that we all were delighted with. The food was excellent, and our waiter was a very personable young man who made great suggestions. There are a myriad of restaurants in Charleston, but I am so glad we celebrated a friend's birthday at such a great place - elegant yet comfortable!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Delicious food, great service

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was amazing -- probably the best meal we had on our trip. Our server was pushy, though, and argued with my mom about how she wanted her fish prepared. She was condescending and nearly had my mom in tears. I understand if the chef doesn't want to make changes, but in the competitive Charleston food scene, servers can't afford to be difficult.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We were immediately seated to our table upon arriving at our designated reservation time of 9:45 pm.; initially I was annoyed that it took our waiter almost 10 minutes to finally greet us/fill our water glasses, but he quickly “recovered” with his attention and knowledge of the menu/wine list,etc......food was exceptional; definitely will return for an encore meal!

Tags: Hot Spot, Great Beer, Casual, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Fantastic. Service was flawless. Food was delicious.
Every time I have been to magnolias, it has been a great experience. This time we were comped some champagne as I had recently proposed to my girlfriend. They were also very careful with my fiancées food allergies. This is a gem of Charleston. Would recommend this 100% to anyone!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 3, 2017

As always Magnolias delivers on their southern roots approach of uptown down south. The best food combinations mixed with the best food and drinks. Don’t be afraid to order something you have never tried, you won’t be disappointed. The service is top notch but you don’t need to be dressed up to receive it.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent dinner. Very attentive service. While having good energy, you were still able to have a conversation with dinner companions. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Been going for decades. Lovely restaurant delicious food. Be sure to save room for dessert!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The waiter was very helpful and polite. The food was quick and tasted amazing. The chicken is a classic.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The best of Charleston right at your table. Perfectly executed food with amazing service. If you are looking for a taste of the low country, look no further. We will be back!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great experince for our first night in Charleston. Amazing apps. Don't miss the Fried Green Tomatoes with cheesy grits. Duck breast and planked salmon also fantastic for mains. Killer wine list. Great service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was Southern yummy - loved the shrimp dish. Service was not.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent meals based on Southern favorites, all crafted with an eye to the cuisine's roots and excellent techniques. The food was served promptly and with adequate explanation, but could benefit from a bit more discussion of the house's special focus. No discussion of wine or cocktails were provided. The restaurant was very busy and quite loud, so if you are looking for a quiet dinner, this may not be the spot. The meal was priced fairly, and the service was professional.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Amazing dinner. Presentation was beautiful. Great service. Absolutely a wonderful experience!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We loved Magnolia’s. The food was delicious! Ed was a fantastic waiter. We will be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Business dinner with clients from Japan
Very impressed with the service, menu selections and food.
"will return again"

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We brought a friend for her birthday and she loved it.

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Magnolia's never disappoints! The fried green tomatoes are the best I've ever eaten. The service is great and the wait staff friendly and knowledgeable. I had one of the lunch specials and it was fabulous. I wish I lived closer; I'd be here every week.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Everything was wonderful including the food, service

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Cozy, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

This classy old Charleston standard bearer makes you feel special. Service is impeccable, the food is delicious, but most of all it’s the ambiance. You know you are in a Charleston restaurant, easy going southern feel.

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

BEST fried chicken on the planet! Our waiter , Slade, was very professional and attentive. Loved the evening there!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Fun, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Past it’s prime,living on the past reputation.menu needs attention.only offered one special which was a glorified fried flounder. Caesar salad was horrible,nothing more than plain romaine,four croutons and a very boring dressing. I have had better bottled from the grocery store. Pecan pie was good but served cold. Would not recommend .too many other good restaurants in Charleston

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

My favorite restaurant ALWAYS!! Take all my clients and friends to Magnolia's because the
food and service are consistently excellent. The variety of their menu is also very important
as one never knows what guests will like or dislike. Magnolia's has it all!! I am a local
city guide and recommend it to everyone for that reason alone.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Excellent food!! We ate at some of Charleston’s best restaurants over a 4 day period and I was worried Magnolias might be a bit of a tourist trap given it’s well known and has been around for a long time but the food was spectacular and easily the best place of all the places we went to over our visit. Great way to sample southern food and seafood! The staff were also very accommodating (especially as I was pregnant). Lovely evening all around. Highly recommended.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Magnolias is always dependable for an enjoyable and relaxing meal. We always bring relatives and visitors here for a good time.
The only disappointment was the once very convenient parking lot next door which is now a pay lot.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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