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.
Charleston, SC 29401
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
between Cumberland & Queen Streets
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Magnolia's private upper level dining rooms can be reserved for parties of 16 to 140 guests.
Magnolias Ratings and Reviews
Great food and menu. The banana pudding stuffed french toast with peanut butter syrup was to die for! The pimento cheese appetizer and the low country benedict were awesome too. Our waiter was attentive, friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend this place.
Had very high hopes for it since it was restaurant week, but the food was NOT worth the money. Plates came out dirty at the bottom, food cold and tasteless. My family and I walked out of there saying the complimentary bread and the dessert ice creams were the best tasting things from dinner.
The only good thing was our waitress. She was very nice and welcoming. Aside from the service, Magnolias is not worth the money.
This was the second time while visiting Charleston that we had dinner at Magnolias and took another couple with us for dinner on a Saturday night. It didn't disapoint!!! As a matter of fact, our friends including us decided it was our best dinner in Charleston for the long weekend in January. The menu has everything you would want while dining at a Southern restaurant--everything tasted delicious and was way beyond what we expected. Highly recommend!
We are never disappointed with Magnolias! Even though it is a tourist favorite, it remains a local favorite as well. We recently took out of town friends there for lunch during restaurant week, but not BECAUSE it was restaurant week. Sometimes restaurant week disappoints us, so we assumed we'd order from the regular menu. Our server was great - unhurried & answered all questions. The special menu was appealing & we all ordered from it. Having either tile fish or salmon as the main course,we were extremely pleased with the preparation & taste of everything from 1st course to dessert! Magnolias is at the top or our list!
Our dinner was lovely. The staff was very attentive to all the right details. We had additional menu options since it was restaurant week. The fried green tomatoes over cheddar grits appetizer was my favorite. The lemonade cake on the restaurant week menu was also delicious. We enjoyed a very nice bottle of wine (great wine options) and did not feel rushed out at all.
First visit to this restaurant. Their 2018 Restaurant Week menu looked interesting so we decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed! The food was excellent. Our server, Scott, was very knowledgeable with the dinner and wine menus. Very well paced dining experience. The regular menu offerings are just as interesting. We are already planning another visit next week .
This was a first visit to Magnolia’s and the menu showed variety and creativity for various palates. A member of our party ordered a cup of the tomato basil soup which was outstanding. They also ordered a caesar salad and a sandwich entree. When both of these two latter items arrived, the portion for each was huge, and had they known the portions were that large, they would have not ordered one of them. When this was mentioned to two different staff members, the response was something along the lines of “oh yeah, they are large.” It would have been nice if the waiter had mentioned this at the time of order and not presumed that the customer knew this information. I ordered the French toast stuffed with banana pudding and served with a peanut butter, maple syrup. The French toast was deep fried on both sides and this interferes with the flavor. Instead, it tasted like eating dried,fried dough. Perhaps, a better option would be to serve French toast as normally prepared and then top it with the banana pudding with maple syrup on top of that. The appetizer of macaroni and cheese was fried and served cube style garnished with maple bacon jam and jalapeño relish and this was outstanding!
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