Magnolias

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9818 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Southern, Low Country, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday starts at 11:30am
Dinner starts at 4:00 pm daily
Sunday Brunch starts at 10:00am
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Phone number
(843) 577-7771
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Kelly Franz
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Private party facilities
Magnolia's private upper level dining rooms can be reserved for parties of 16 to 140 guests.
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Private party contact
Pat Pettus: (843) 937-4012 ext. 241
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Cross street
between Cumberland & Queen Streets
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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D
Charleston
34 reviews
Reviewed on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food service ambience

Magnolia's is a Charleston standard. Always good!

K
Philadelphia
1 review
Reviewed on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food service ambience

Magnolia's was a very enjoyable dining experience for my family - food was great, plentiful and very nice server - i would recommend it!

LG
Washington DC
1 review
Reviewed on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Local gem. Excellent location close to the Market. Excellent service with fantastic local specialties. Fried Green Tomatoes, Crab cakes with an excellent vegetable medley were wxcellent.

KS
Charleston
1 review
Reviewed on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Excellent food and service. Highly recommended. The Fried Green tomato sandwich was out of this world!

JS
New Orleans
73 reviews
Reviewed on August 11, 2019
Overall 1food service ambience

Everything reads like you will have a fine dining experience. You will not. The food is ordinary, the place is crowded and noisy. the service is slow. Clearly they have given over fine dining to satisfy tourists that are passing by. Don't believe the reviews. this place is not what it looks like.

CH
Miami
6 reviews
Reviewed on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food service ambience

Amazing food!!!! A nice spin on all the classics. Loved everything! The shellfish and grits is beautiful but make sure that you do not eat much that day if you plan to order as it is very,very rich!

T
Baltimore
54 reviews
Reviewed on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Have been a few times, which in a city like Charleston with so many to chose from, says a lot. Every time there has been excellent. Will definitely be back.

m
Charleston
45 reviews
Reviewed on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food service ambience

great seafood and grits and we have been many times and will return

BL
Richmond
2 reviews
Reviewed on July 29, 2019
Overall 3food service ambience

Great bar and front dining area. Very nice decor. Back dining room was less vibrant. Food was overall good, the filet was not great but the fried chicken was delicious. Alice our waitress was fantastic, however.

LW
Atlanta
1 review
Reviewed on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Great place for brunch, the banana pudding french toast was delicious!

JJ
Washington DC
8 reviews
Reviewed on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food service ambience

OMG this is a must. The food is delish. The Fried Green Tomato appetizer is sublime. We went for Brunch and I'd love to try their dinner menu as well. We had the Huevos Rancheros and Shrimp with Sausage (Shrimp & Grits). I can't wait to come back!

JK
1 review
Reviewed on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

The best restaurant in Charleston! We ate at twelve restaurants on our trip and Magnolia's was everyone's favorite. Everything on the menu is amazing!

DP
Orange County
1 review
Reviewed on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Love the cornbread! Everything else was delicious too but the cornbread , grilled with honey. We're from out of town but would love to come back to this place. Service is on point and the ambience is relaxing.

UW
New York Area
3 reviews
Reviewed on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Great Dinner at Magnolias! Loved the Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and they have the best Pecan Pie!

S
Orlando
1 review
Reviewed on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Great place for dinner. Fried green tomatoes were awesome.

LD
New York Area
33 reviews
Reviewed on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food service ambience

The Food Was Outstanding, The Service Exceptional, Good Atmosphere, Very Attentive, You Cannot Get A Bad Meal, I Would Come Back Next Time I Am In The Area.

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RP
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the very best restaurants in Charleston.

OT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favorite restaurant in Charleston. Certainly better than some more recent heralded hyped places.

T
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This very well may be my favorite food in Charleston!

J
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal with low country cooking. We had soup, down south egg roll, Parmesan encrusted Mahi-mahi, creamy deviled egg and crab cake/petite filet-all excellently prepared. Cocktails were unique and tasty. Best meal of our trip .

AT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff and food was lovely! Thanks for everything!

d
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was friendly and attentive. Our salads were fresh and tasty. My bouillabaisse was the best I have ever had. My companion’s Snapper was excellent. Crispy skin, tender juicy inside. Very yummy on the tongue. Would go back in an instant.

SS
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We all love this restaurant and I go often. However this occasion was marred by a very loud and inconsiderate table of six women. That is the loudest I have ever heard in all my years of dining.

P
Miami
44 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved every bite. Chef Don Drake runs a great ship. Food and Service impeccable.

C
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious brunch and excellent service. The Bloody Mary was amazing.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my sister’s thirtieth birthday there! The deviled eggs were amazing! Fried chicken was decent skin was the best part!

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food beyond amazing !

CW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing customer service and incredible food and drinks! Great atmosphere!

BM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We loved the champagne on our 25th wedding anniversary! Thank you to Greg!! We also loved the chocolate cookie with "Happy Anniversary" in our ice cream. We always love Magnolia's and go there every anniversary in Charleston. Greg is a superior waiter and very informative and helpful. Great personality.

DO
Atlanta
200 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We absolutely love this restaurant and dine here every visit to Charleston. Looking forward to next time.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful the service thank you Greg, as well as the food. Will be back.

RW
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new husband and I were on our honeymoon and decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner out. Magnolias far exceeded our expectations. A coworker of my husband recommended Magnolias and we will definitely pass on the recommendation.

T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magnolia is a must in Charleston!! Everything we had was absolutely amazing.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Our server was amazing and food was one of the best meals we had in Charleston. We have a special needs son and even on that front they went above and beyond to accommodate

LR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomenal (I had the bouillabaisse and as an appetizer shared the homemade chips with bleu cheese; I had the lavender ginger beer to drink which was outstanding) and the waiter was extremely knowledgeable. The amount of training they have to go through is very apparent in their professional demeanor and menu recommendations. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would absolutely go back if given the opportunity.

CC
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

Very disappointed. I made a reservation first time there and visiting from another state . I was seated at a table in the back of the restaurant best to an exit door. It was horrible !! The waiter did his best to try and move us but the hostess wasn’t having it . There were other tables available .I honestly felt like we were punished in the corner . It was horrible.! If there is a next time I won’t let them seat me if they give me a table like that again . But loved visiting Charleston!!!!

R
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Made our reservation through Open Table. The restaurant had no record of it.

CD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best we’ve ever been to.fried green tomatoes were great and had the fish of the day, tile melted in our mouth very mild. Going as much as I can

BD
Pittsburgh
46 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Scallop appetizer Devine. Crab soup too salty. Pecan Pie outstanding. Service top notch. Front of restaurant more lively. We were in back where it was quieter. I’d recommend it overall.

E
Charleston
38 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Presented beautifully. Service was excellent . Don’t miss this great place !

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