Magnolias

4.3
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9840 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.
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MJ2019
Charleston
6 reviews
Reviewed on January 13, 2020
Overall5foodserviceambience

There Buttermilk Fried Chicken plate is the absolute best! All their food is delicious but def recommend the chicken. Great cocktails, and staff.

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TonyG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Reviewed on January 5, 2020
Overall5foodserviceambience

The best meal I have had in Charleston (including Husk). The dining room is dominated by wood finishes including exposed ceiling beams and large posts. The lighting is on the darker side but the table itself has more than adequate light to see each other and our food. Very attentive service by our server and all the assistants. If we wanted something different or extra, it was not hard to get that. And her recommendations were right on spot. The food was delicious - the essence of southern. The fried chicken was crispy, but not oily, and the meat was tender and juicy. Great sides as well. I will return.

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SoJoFo
Charleston
1 review
Reviewed on December 26, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Spectacular service
Delicious seafood and apps!

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MaryD
Charleston
1 review
Reviewed on December 14, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

One of the better restaurants in Charleston for fine dining.

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ChrisM
1 review
Reviewed on November 29, 2019
Overall3foodserviceambience

Not sure what is so special about this place. Food is not that great and it is very expensive

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ChristineB
Charleston
5 reviews
Reviewed on November 25, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Very busy restaurant with outstanding food and an extensive menu. Make reservations or you may have a long wait!

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MarieC
Western NC
1 review
Reviewed on November 14, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

No better dining in Charleston!
Consistently delicious & the best service anywhere.

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heatherl
Charleston
1 review
Reviewed on November 11, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Great atmosphere, and always very delicious food! Great option for a taste of Charleston.

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Nan33950
New England
1 review
Reviewed on November 3, 2019
Overall1foodserviceambience

Food was mediocre at best, and our waiter wore a soiled shirt- not a very good image.

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vipStephanieP
New York Area
24 reviews
Reviewed on October 30, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Delicious, southern influenced cuisine in a friendly environment. Excellent service.

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vipWallyCleaver
New York Area
9 reviews
Reviewed on October 30, 2019
Overall3foodserviceambience

Food fair, fried chicken was very dry, other dishes were fine

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Sherri
Richmond
15 reviews
Reviewed on October 24, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

I have had the pleasure of eating at Magnolias on several occasions when in Charleston. The food is creative and extraordinary. The service is wonderful as well as the ambiance. It's always a winner.

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PowellF
Miami
1 review
Reviewed on October 14, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Always great food, great service, and great atmosphere! You just can't go wrong!

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ErinB
Charleston
5 reviews
Reviewed on October 5, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

I've been coming here for many years. Magnolias is always wonderful. Excellent food and staff. A go-to for one of the best in Charleston.

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FrancisC
Caribbean
1 review
Reviewed on October 3, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

The chicken liver appetizer was delightful and plenty to share.
I thoroughly enjoyed the seafood on grits and my partner loved the fried chicken with all the fixins!

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JenniferS
Charleston
1 review
Reviewed on September 26, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

Food was good but pricey. Although there was a kids menu I would not reccomend going with children as we seemed to get some snarky looks for bringing them.

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vipRedwine
Austin
74 reviews
Reviewed on September 26, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

Great place for lunch very good food nice service.

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WayneT
St. Louis
4 reviews
Reviewed on September 23, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

The food is OK, Service excellent. Atmosphere stuffy and prices too high, so lunch is a better option than dinner.

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BetsyF
Charleston
3 reviews
Reviewed on September 21, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

My favorite Charleston restaurant! Great for special events or just for a good night out!

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vipDavis
Charleston
38 reviews
Reviewed on August 30, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

Magnolia's is a Charleston standard. Always good!

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Karmar
Philadelphia
1 review
Reviewed on August 28, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

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

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LouisG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Reviewed on August 26, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

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.

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KrystalS
Charleston
1 review
Reviewed on August 12, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

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

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JerryS
New Orleans
75 reviews
Reviewed on August 11, 2019
Overall1foodserviceambience

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.

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ChrisH
Miami
6 reviews
Reviewed on August 8, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

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!

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vipTraveller
Baltimore
56 reviews
Reviewed on August 5, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

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.

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vipmikez1
Charleston
50 reviews
Reviewed on August 3, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

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

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BLLB
Richmond
2 reviews
Reviewed on July 29, 2019
Overall3foodserviceambience

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.

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LynnW
Atlanta
1 review
Reviewed on July 23, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

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

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vipJenniferJ
Washington DC
12 reviews
Reviewed on July 16, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

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
JessicaK
1 review
Reviewed on July 15, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

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!

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DanielaP
Orange County
3 reviews
Reviewed on July 13, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

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.

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UWSgirl
New York Area
3 reviews
Reviewed on June 27, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

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

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Shan350
Orlando
1 review
Reviewed on June 13, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Great place for dinner. Fried green tomatoes were awesome.

LD
vipLouD
New York Area
60 reviews
Reviewed on January 28, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

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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RichardP
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the very best restaurants in Charleston.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipTransam
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This very well may be my favorite food in Charleston!

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Jimmmy
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 .

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AloniaT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff and food was lovely! Thanks for everything!

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