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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 (188)
Good for a Date (177)
Good for Anniversaries (153)
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Fit for Foodies (145)
Creative Cuisine (143)
Local Ingredients (143)
Romantic (128)
Comfort Food (116)
Authentic (115)
Good for Birthdays (114)
Worth the Drive (104)
Neighborhood Gem (101)
Great for Lunch (87)
Business Meals (78)
Cozy (76)
Quiet Conversation (72)
Great for Brunch (56)
Casual (56)
Notable Wine List (56)
Sunday Lunch (54)
Good for Groups (48)
Handcrafted Cocktails (48)
Hot Spot (48)
Pre/post Theatre (48)
Fun (44)
Bar Seating (39)
People Watching (30)
Seasonal (30)
Tasting Menu (18)
Healthy (18)
Good Vegetarian Options (17)
Kid-friendly (15)
Gluten Free Options (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Happy Hour (10)
Scenic View (10)
Late-night Find (9)
Spicy (9)
Great Beer (7)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Tapas (5)
Organic (4)
Waterfront (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vegan (2)
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 (Greensboro)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 days ago

Birthday celebration and restaurant week!

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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 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 4 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 4 days ago

Excellent amazing service

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·Dined 4 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 4 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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Chose Magnolia’s for celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary on our first trip to Charleston. We couldn’t have made a better choice. We couldn’t believe the speed with which we were seated and our drink orders taken. Our cups of the delicious crab bisque arrived promptly. As soon as we had finished the soup our main dishes arrived. We ordered coffee to prolong the experience and enjoyed the shared cinnamon ice cream, which was also delicious. Our waitress was excellent. All in all, a wonderful experience.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Nice evening with an old college friend. Is that enough?

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

This was our first visit to Magnolia’s. The atmosphere was nice. We liked the white tablecloths. The staff was well-trained, and very polite. The food was delicious, although the portion size for one of the entres was small. We would recommend Magnolia’s to friends and would return.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Thw worst meal we had in Charleston. Dry salmon. Disappointing service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Very nice place , great service and food- southern style

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Our food and service was excellent! My only negative were the drinks. I had two cocktails and neither tasted very good. The dining experience was very great and Magnolia's is decorated very well. I suggest no jeans, but rather business casual or better. Would definitely go back.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Everything about this place was damn near perfect. The food was outstanding, the portions were large without being wasteful, & the service was excellent!
We only down voted because we could hear the Expo shouting orders to the Kitchen, & the tables were a few inches too close. These are very minor things. We generally don't give perfect reviews, as that shows no room for improvement.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 29, 2017

My husband and I had dinner at Magnolia’s while on vacation. What a perfect experience! The service was impeccable too!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Knowing Magnolias fried green tomatoes as a "must" for Charleston, we were not disappointed by "the tail that wags the dog" as the duck and fish entrees, to say nothing of the interesting yet still affordable wine list made the pre-New Years trip from Boston far more than a Big Chill escape. And of course the complimentary anniversary dessert was a most tasteful touch.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great meal with southern choices. Excellent service. All ingredients fresh and mostly local
We’ d return in a heartbeat

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Excellent food! Oysters, egg roll, bouillabaisse are all out of this world! We were disappointed by our table for two in the back room. This room has no ambiance so request the main room if possible.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Like the ambiance and location.
Great flounder, would recommend that dish.
Great Bourbon Pecan Pie.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Our Favorite of all of the choices in Charleston. Have been coming here for years and it never fails to provide an excellent meal with the same kind of Service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

One of our favorite places always a good time service and food were excellent as always

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Fun, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Good food, good service. Location in historic Charleston is very convenient, with plenty of parking options nearby. Only negative was the hostess telling us to wait several minutes when we arrived at our reservation time, and there were empty tables. She later seated us in the back away from light.

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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