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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

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (208)
Good for a Date (198)
Fit for Foodies (169)
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Good for Anniversaries (166)
Local Ingredients (160)
Creative Cuisine (155)
Comfort Food (151)
Romantic (141)
Good for Birthdays (120)
Authentic (118)
Worth the Drive (116)
Neighborhood Gem (111)
Great for Lunch (91)
Business Meals (84)
Cozy (73)
Quiet Conversation (72)
Sunday Lunch (60)
Good for Groups (59)
Handcrafted Cocktails (58)
Notable Wine List (57)
Great for Brunch (56)
Casual (52)
Fun (48)
Bar Seating (44)
Hot Spot (42)
Pre/post Theatre (36)
Seasonal (30)
People Watching (28)
Good Vegetarian Options (25)
Tasting Menu (22)
Healthy (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Scenic View (16)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Late-night Find (11)
Kid-friendly (10)
Happy Hour (8)
Afternoon Tea (7)
Organic (7)
Spicy (7)
Quick Bite (6)
Great Beer (5)
Tapas (4)
Vegan (4)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Waterfront (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
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 (Orlando)·Dined a day ago

Fried green tomatoes are not to be missed!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined a day ago

Great time today! Service was excellent.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 3 days ago

In a city full of great restaurants, Magnolia's is one of my favorites. Their Southern Fried Chicken is beyond compare. We go to this restaurant every time we are in Charleston.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined 3 days ago

Truly outstanding food. Wonderfully prepared. Great flavors. Our party of two had appetizer of fried green tomatoes with entrees of roasted duck breast with duck gumbo and a fresh catch special of flounder encrusted in delicate Parmesan. Dinner came with a sensational loaf of sourdough bread with a cream cheese-like butter spread. Service is efficient. The place was packed but our 7 pm dinner reservation got us seated immediately in a quieter back room instead of noisy front room. Food is the star.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Fun, Cozy
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·Dined 3 days ago

Very nice dinner ...waiter was very nice and helpful. My sister & I split the chicken liver app & then split the fried chicken entree. Loved them both & just enough for us. Not a problem at all splitting them. Nice ambiance, a little noisy, but luckily we were near the front away from some large groups, so not bad at all. Would definitely return.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent meal!

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·Dined 4 days ago

We sat at the bar with Christan the bartender
Has a reservation but decided to stay at the bar
Drinks and food awesome
Ambiance was excellent
Great experience
Highly recommend the place

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined 4 days ago

Well I have eaten here many times in the past and I’m a local so this is my default restraunt when visitors come to Charleston. That will probably change after this last experience. The food was dry, and over cooked. Mine was actually pretty tasteless for a flounder. So I paid 50 dollars for a very bad meal. I have been to magnolias as I said for years and don’t mind the cost as long as it is worth it. Unfortunately it will be a while if ever that I’ll return. Take that from a local.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Elegant dining, big plates but still classy and tasty, good value for your money!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Authentic
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·Dined 5 days ago

We ate at Magnolias for dinner and the food was excellent! Gabe was very attentive and provided excellent service!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Lunch at Magnolia's was a perfect way to start our getaway in Charleston. From appetizers to specials to dessert -- all the dishes delivered! The specialty cocktails we tried were seasonal and excellent. Service was very attentive and friendly. The recommendations were spot on. Guests wore everything from T-shirts and jeans to business outfits. A comfortable white-tablecloth experience!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 6 days ago

Superb; food was excellent - wife said she thought buttermilk fried chicken was excellent. I really liked the special - pink snapper. Service staff very attentive without being intrusive. Drinks were great, no skimping on the “booze.” Will repeat ourselves, but would recommend, as well as suggest reservations and going a bit early

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·Dined 6 days ago

We visit Charleston once or twice per year from our home in Arkansas, we stay on Seabrook Island. Magnolia's is our first choice for a meal while we are here on vacation.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 7 days ago

Food and especially service was subpar for such a fancy place

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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Delightful environment for a classic and well-regarded Charleston dining experience. It was all that we hoped for and it delivered.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We went to Magnolias for Sunday brunch. Everything was fantastic! The bacon biscuit appetizer is incredible and everyone loved their entrees especially the fresh catch and the country fried steak breakfast. Our waiter Robert gave us phenomenal service and excellent recommendations! Wonderful meal!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Although we had to wait well beyond our reservation time for a table, our meals were very good and the service was professional to the last detail. The consensus of our group was that Magnolias tends to be a tad pricey--a few dollars more on all food and drink items--that comparable restaurants that are more oriented towards tourists than locals. Nonetheless, we enjoyed a fine meal and are glad we tried Magnolias.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 12, 2017

My daughter and I went for brunch on a Sunday around noon. The food was wonderful and we had great service. I had the buttermilk chicken and the collard greens were the best I have ever eaten! Magnolias is a classic southern Charleston restaurant....many typical southern menu items and other things, as well. If you are looking for a charming Charleston restaurant, this is your place!

Tags: Fun, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great Southern food! You MUST get the fried green tomatoes!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Visiting from Charlotte. Birthday

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful dinner and very knowledgeable server.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always delicious, consistent and reliable. Have not been in a couple of years, took some Florida friends this past weekend and it was delicious. Emily our server was fantastic and our friends were impressed, which made me feel good :)

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and ambiance! The Bloody Mary was so tasty and The short rib chilly was spectacular!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Love Magnolia’s! Enjoyed our meal and the pecan pie!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Absolutely wonderful. This was our last meal ( Saturday brunch) before leaving Charleston, what a lasting memory. The chicken liver starter caused a family feud, he did not want to share. Our main course selection flounder for him, for me catfish. Each plate was beautifully presented and seasoned perfectly. I love to cook and break down the ingredients when possible, our meals were a nice challenge. Complex flavors , delicious. Our server, Matthew was very knowledgeable, engaging and attentive. At no time did we feel rushed. The manager stopped by our table, too. As for the atmosphere, we arrived just as they opened, it filled up quickly. Although there were a number of large groups the volume did not get uncomfortably loud. We highly recommend Magnolia's.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent food, best fried green tomatoes ever!! We all enjoyed our meals and the ambiance was cozy and nice.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Magnolia’s is a must-visit restaurant for anyone in the Charleston area. The seasonal good is amazing, the atmosphere is fantastic, and the location is great! The food is consistently exceptional!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food did not hit expectations. Fried chicken was comparable to microwaved day old fried chicken. I can get better fried chicken at my local grocery store I swear. Not going back for $22 food that has no care put into it.

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent food great super service and very reasonable prices. A great Friday night date night!!!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent as always!!!

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great food and service, but glad we had made a reservation ahead of time. We will definitely be going back again!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We were in Charleston and went to Magnolias for Lumch. The service was great as well as the food. Our server suggested the green fried tomatoes for an appetizer. They were the best we have ever had. I had the shrimp and grits and my husband had the buttermilk chicken. Both were delicious. The lunch was great in all ways.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on November 10, 2017

It was okay, but a little anticlimactic. I ate here at lunch. It may be better at dinner.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Loved it! Great waitress! Our first time to Charleston, Magnolias came highly recommended. We will be back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Went for a date night in Charleston. Overall, really great experience. Especially loved the fried green tomatoes and roasted beets. A chef sings an opera version of happy birthday to guests. It was a treat for everyone. Really loved the experience. Very happy I chose to eat here, which means a lot considering all the options in Charleston.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

A wonderful place, perfect ambiance and delicious good!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fun, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent dining experience in every way. Waiter was especially knowledgeable about the menu choices.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great food always very professional servers with great knowledge of the food always busy but never rushed. Just a really solid restaurant.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The food was just pure outstanding. My personal recommendations are:

Appetizer - fried green tomatoes. Presentation, flavors and taste is just unbelievable. But remember to use the bread for to get every drop.

Main course - shell fish grits is just unbelievable. The lobster sauce over the creamy grits with big scallops and shrimp was great.

Dessert- have to go with pecan pie. They claim it’s the best in town 10 yrs running. If there a better I would like to know because it was the best I ever had.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Awesome as usual, good food, great atmosphere, and easy parking

Tags: Fun
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