Magnolias

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9830 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southern
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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Charleston
1 review
Reviewed a day ago
Overall5foodserviceambience

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

N
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.

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

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

WC
New York Area
8 reviews
Reviewed on October 30, 2019
Overall3foodserviceambience

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

S
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.

PF
Miami
1 review
Reviewed on October 14, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

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

EB
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.

FC
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!

JS
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.

R
Austin
67 reviews
Reviewed on September 26, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

Great place for lunch very good food nice service.

WT
St. Louis
2 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.

BF
Charleston
3 reviews
Reviewed on September 21, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

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

D
Charleston
34 reviews
Reviewed on August 30, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

Magnolia's is a Charleston standard. Always good!

K
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!

LG
Washington DC
2 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.

KS
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!

JS
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.

CH
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!

T
Baltimore
55 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.

m
Charleston
47 reviews
Reviewed on August 3, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

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

BL
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.

LW
Atlanta
1 review
Reviewed on July 23, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

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

JJ
Washington DC
8 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
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!

DP
Orange County
1 review
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.

UW
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!

S
Orlando
1 review
Reviewed on June 13, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Great place for dinner. Fried green tomatoes were awesome.

LD
New York Area
41 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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RP
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the very best restaurants in Charleston.

OT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

T
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This very well may be my favorite food in Charleston!

J
Denver
15 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 .

AT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff and food was lovely! Thanks for everything!

d
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

C
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food beyond amazing !

CW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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