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Magnolias

4.7
9247 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southern
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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
What 9247 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
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4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

What else can be said about Magnolias? Top atmosphere, top service, top food!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Love Magnolias... always have and always will. Perfect Brunch spot!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful charming restaurant featuring the best of southern dining with an upscale flair.Everything was delicious… But be sure to try the pimento biscuits if they’re available.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great food and excellent service. The menu is updated Southern favorites. Reservations a must.

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1.0Dined 2 days ago

We were vacationing with our oldest son and daughter-in-law and I took great care to pick only the top rated restaurants for meals. I ordered several appetizers and a salad for my meal and asked that everything be brought at the same time. The waiter brought the wrong salad. When we asked him to correct it he took the salad away and never brought the right one back. When we were done eating we asked him to take it off the bill. He shrugged his shoulders and walked away. When he brought the bill he commented the “she” was really backed up in the kitchen. This was his mistake and he should have moved my order to a priority. They were also out of menu items and our reservation was for 6:30 which I would say is too early in the evening to run out of items. So much fora great rating.

Two days later we were at their sister restaurant Blossom and they were out of all their pizzas despite the brick oven being lit. Very disappointing since we came for their unusual pizzas. Again very poor planning. But I will say the waitress was very pleasant about it.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

My husband and I went here on our babymoon/anniversary trip and had a great time! He got the Parmesan encrusted flounder and I got the fried chicken and both were delicious! Very hearty portions too. We got a scoop of the strawberry shortcake ice cream and it was super creamy! I would definitely recommend this restaurant, the service was impeccable!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great experience for sons birthday! Food was wonderful, service a tad slow. Took 55 minutes to receive our meal.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

We have been enjoying Magnolias food, and sister restaurants as well, for nearly 20 years. The food is well prepared, great pairings of flavors and wide variety of appetizers and entrees. Adult beverage offerings are excellent. The only downside is that there is not ample room between the tables. I found myself scooting my chair in and out throughout the meal to allow the waiter access to nearby tables. We will still come again our next trip to Charleston.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The Parmesan-Encrusted Flounder was terrific, as always. I recommend it to all my out-of-town visitors. The only recommendation I have is that it be served with more sauce, as it has been in the past.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great food and excellent service. Akways a pleasure to eat at Magnolia’s. Love the place.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Magnolias was recommended to us by a close friend. Went in for a late lunch on a getaway weekend to Charleston. Our server, Matthew, went out of his way to meet our every need. Fantastic dining experience!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent table service from Matthew. Food delicious and service excellent.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic food, service and overall experience! We loved it so much we went back a few days later. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The Food was Fantastic!
Parmesan crusted flounder was amazing!
Crab cake appetizer was delicious!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Best restaurant we’ve ever eaten at. Same phenomenal experience seven years apart.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic- the chicken and steak is what we had- all was simply wonderful. The Brussels were the best I have had anywhere in the world and we travel a LOT all over the world so we r picky.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent service and advice from the waiter. Had the fresh catch which was superb and the fried chicken which was to die for

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Our waiter was Slade. He was terrific. Took good care of us prior to the theater. On time service with a smile.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We were in South Carolina for a week and our dinner at Magnolia's was the best one we had.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The Ahi Tuna at Magnolias was my favorite meal while in Charleston. It had a fun atmosphere and everyone at my table had an excellent time. This was my second favorite restaurant in Charleston. Blossom was my first, which are owned by the same people!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great food
Chicken was incredible
Potatoes melted in mouth

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

I ordered the petite filet and crab cake. I requested the filet to be cooked medium but I believe it was dry and overcooked. The crab cake was much smaller than I expected bigger than a silver dollar but not much more and I didn't get any indication of crab. It tasted more of bread than crab. I think I made a poor choice in my selection of food.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Magnolias loves up to it's great reputation. We were seated on time, and service was great
Suzi, our server, answered all our questions and had excellent recommendations. The market catch was very flavorful and perfectly prepared. Overall, an excellent night out.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We enjoyed our experience so much, we dined at Magnolia a couple of days later!!!!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Me and my husband were in Charleston for our honeymoon and planned a very nice date night for us. We chose Magnolias for dinner and were not disappointed. It was the fanciest dinner we had ever been to, and the food was just fantastic. I got the petite steak and it was melt in your mouth good. He got the flounder, and we kept sharing because everything was soon good. We’re also big fans of hummus, and if you are too you have to try the boiled peanut hummus! Awesome service and awesome food

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

This was my first time having flounder and now I won’t be able to have it anywhere else because it was too good.

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Have been here numerous times and believe it has gone downhill a bit. Some of food was great, but chicken was overdone and baked brie dish was not good.
Service was good..we had a very efficient and personable waitress

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

The food was fantastic and reasonably priced! They had a good wine menu as well.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

This restaurant was highly recommended to us and lived up to our expectations, great food and service.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

This place was recommended by several people.... and it did not disappoint! Everything was amazing... from service to food to atmosphere.... the best place we ate on our trip to Charleston...

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Wonderful experience! Great food, terrific service. Exciting atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Excellent dinning experience! Our server, Corey, was well informed, knowledgeable, and personable! Highly recommend Magnolia!

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Wife’s birthday while vacationing

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Very disappointed with the food, service was okay, restaurant was very loud.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Fried chicke

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The food was terrific and the service was excellent. Great location right in the center of Charleston.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Excellent brunch. So pretty inside. Phenomenal shellfish and grits.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Fabulous Southern fare & outstanding service. We rearranged our departure so we could return for their Sunday Brunch which was outstanding!

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Enjoyed our Sunday brunch. Food was very good. Plates were literally clean when we finished. Service was good - a little slow to start with. Love the convenient parking next door.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We love the atmosphere - it’s our third time dining here - authentic Southern but upscaled and delicious! Staff are true pros!

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