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Best American Restaurants in Downtown Charleston

Charleston GrillCharleston Grill
(3475)
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston
Peninsula GrillPeninsula Grill
(4822)
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston
181 Palmer181 Palmer
(245)
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston
The MacintoshThe Macintosh
(1778)
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston
Husk - CharlestonHusk - Charleston
(8945)
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston
Rutledge Cab Co.Rutledge Cab Co.
(495)
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston
ProhibitionProhibition
(750)
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston
McCrady's TavernMcCrady's Tavern
(840)
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston
Craftsmen Kitchen and Tap HouseCraftsmen Kitchen and Tap House
(283)
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston
Eli’s TableEli’s Table
(1874)
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston
The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & SpiritsThe Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits
(338)
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston
Stars Restaurant - Rooftop & Grill RoomStars Restaurant - Rooftop & Grill Room
(1230)
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Best Italian Restaurants in Downtown Charleston

IndacoIndaco
(1067)
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Italian | Downtown Charleston, Charleston
Vincent Chicco'sVincent Chicco's
(547)
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Italian | Downtown Charleston, Charleston
Gennaro's Italian RistoranteGennaro's Italian Ristorante
(227)
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Italian | North Charleston, Charleston
Al Di LaAl Di La
(1186)
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Italian | West Ashley, Charleston
Fratello's Italian Tavern - Park CircleFratello's Italian Tavern - Park Circle
(221)
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Italian | North Charleston, Charleston
OMBRA Cucina ItalianaOMBRA Cucina Italiana
(1864)
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Italian | Hilton Head, Hilton Head
Michael Anthony's Cucina ItalianaMichael Anthony's Cucina Italiana
(2159)
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Italian | Hilton Head, Hilton Head
Da Vinci's RistoranteDa Vinci's Ristorante
(515)
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Italian | Greenville, Greenville
Al's UpstairsAl's Upstairs
(364)
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Italian | Columbia, Columbia
Trattoria DivinaTrattoria Divina
(1068)
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Italian | Hilton Head, Hilton Head
Davani'sDavani's
(784)
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Italian | Greenville, Greenville
Luigi's TrattoriaLuigi's Trattoria
(261)
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Italian | Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach
Villa TuscannaVilla Tuscanna
(285)
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Italian | North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach
JiannaJianna
(505)
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Italian | Greenville, Greenville
Frankie Bones Restaurant & Lounge - Hilton Head IslandFrankie Bones Restaurant & Lounge - Hilton Head Island
(1859)
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Italian | Hilton Head, Hilton Head
Ristorante DivinoRistorante Divino
(395)
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Italian | Columbia, Columbia

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American | Columbia
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Downtown Charleston Restaurants

Halls ChophouseHalls Chophouse
10241 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

We wanted to share the awesomeness of Hall’s With some special friends. We had a wonderful evening! Food and service was top-notch as always! More

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Circa 1886Circa 1886
2887 reviews
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Southern | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Great food always. Friendly staff from the host to the bartender to the serving staff. Kaitland was excellent and attentive, but not too attentive--perfect. More

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Zero Restaurant + BarZero Restaurant + Bar
558 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Zero George never disappoints! Amazing creative cuisine and outstanding service. I highly recommend. More

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McCrady's RestaurantMcCrady's Restaurant
103 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Regardless of whether you can or can’t see the menu, each plate will truly surprise you. Outstanding experience with an expansive array of tastings. Carefully challenged plates and curated service was top notch. More

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Charleston GrillCharleston Grill
3475 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Exceptional menu and wine list. Clint provided great service and everything was timed well so that we were able to attend the Gaillard theater production on time. The sturgeon and beef tenderloin were exceptional!!! More

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Peninsula GrillPeninsula Grill
4822 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

We had a great meal with excellent service. Definitely a must eat place if looking for a great meal and service. More

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Cru CafeCru Cafe
3609 reviews
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Comfort Food | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Where do I even begin?! Everything here was AMAZING. General Tso’s Brussel Sprouts, fried Brie, basil shrimp pasta, and fried calamari were all DELICIOUS. Definitely recommend securing the chef’s table for the night. More

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Oak SteakhouseOak Steakhouse
2849 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Great food and the service was outstanding. Definitely a turn restaurant for me when in Charleston. More

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Slightly North of BroadSlightly North of Broad
6428 reviews
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Low Country | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Had a great meal and excellent service! More

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Leyla Fine Lebanese CuisineLeyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine
650 reviews
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Lebanese | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Great food and great service. Also loved the plethora of vegetarian/vegan options. More

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MagnoliasMagnolias
9258 reviews
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Southern | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

We were there for lunch. Every morsel was tasty! Presentation was attractive. Price was reasonable. Go. Enjoy! More

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Barsa Tapas Lounge & BarBarsa Tapas Lounge & Bar
505 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Tapas and paella was delicious!! Very different dining from the Southern cousins. Excellent food, good drinks, and parking! More

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Butcher & Bee - CharlestonButcher & Bee - Charleston
113 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Amazing food, mix of Middle-eastern, locavore, and nouveau American cuisine. Flavors well balanced yet approachable for a more timid palate. My husband & I read a review in our local newspaper, Newsday Long Island, just after booking our trip. We will definitely dine there again. Bravo. More

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Husk - CharlestonHusk - Charleston
8945 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Get the burger! It's totally worth it! Their menu changes every day, but I believe the burger is always on there... for good reason! More

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Hank's Seafood RestaurantHank's Seafood Restaurant
6637 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Fabulous meal! We’ve lived in Charleston for 8 years and although had not dined here in years, Hanks does not disappoint. Wonderful service, and a divine dining experience- highly recommended! More

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O-KuO-Ku
1421 reviews
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Sushi | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

I always enjoy my Monday Happy Hour at Oku, and the sushi rolls never disappoint. I must say, however, my waitress this time seemed to have a slight "attitude" for some reason unknown by my daughter and me. More

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The MacintoshThe Macintosh
1778 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Absolutely unbelievable dining experience from start to finish! The food, the drinks and the service were absolutely fantastic!!! Max was a great waiter and very attentive to us throughout the night. I'm so impressed by everything. Thank you!!! More

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IndacoIndaco
1067 reviews
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Italian | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

The staff was friendly with good recommendations and the food was great. Wayne More

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Grill 225Grill 225
276 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Had a great experience with our waiter and food was fresh and delicious. Meals were served hot. We were greeted with champagne. It was a fun night. More

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Cannon GreenCannon Green
573 reviews
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Contemporary Italian | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Beautiful setting, attentive service, impeccable decor, omnivorous flexibility, delicious in all respects. More

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Rappahannock Oyster Bar - CharlestonRappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston
405 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Dad came to visit family from Boston and he is a big oyster eater. All five of us loved the meals all around. I had the whole fish and it was fantastic. Great staff and service. More

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High Cotton - CharlestonHigh Cotton - Charleston
5728 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Heather was an amazing server - our lobster gnocchi and portobello mushrooms were phenomenal! The ambiance was so perfectly Charleston and the view was beautiful. We will be back the next time we visit. More

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Fleet Landing Restaurant & BarFleet Landing Restaurant & Bar
3629 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Excellent waterfront view with outdoor seating. Active and vibrant bar scene. Friendly service. Good food. More

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AnsonAnson
1406 reviews
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Southern | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

We had the best waiter maybe named Aaron or Adam for my birthday party of 8. Loved the service, food & old movies! More

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McCrady's TavernMcCrady's Tavern
840 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Excellent food. Professional and friendly service. Warm and inviting environment. More

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The Darling Oyster BarThe Darling Oyster Bar
829 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

The Darling Oyster Bar was our favorite restaurant in Charleston, so good we went back th next day. The oysters were fresh and delicious, and the cocktails were amazing! Everything was very affordable too, a nice surprise for such great seafood in a happening city. More

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Burwell's Stone Fire GrillBurwell's Stone Fire Grill
1446 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Excellent food and service More

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Rutledge Cab Co.Rutledge Cab Co.
495 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Loved the delicious Hamburger! Great deal! Fantastic parking!! We will be back! More

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BlossomBlossom
3931 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Good food, excellent service....but really disappointed they were out of pizzas?! More

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The Palmetto CafeThe Palmetto Cafe
275 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Food was excellent, as was the presentation. Service was excellent. But very expensive! More

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Amen Street Fish + Raw BarAmen Street Fish + Raw Bar
1971 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

We enjoyed so much, we went back two nights later! More

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5Church - Charleston5Church - Charleston
1308 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Everything about this place is a home run. Atmosphere, service and food. Try the 60 second steak... More

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East Bay Meeting House Bar & CafeEast Bay Meeting House Bar & Cafe
112 reviews
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Café | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

We had a lovely time in this cozy yet elegant nighborhood restaurant. It was a great way to spend our first night in Charleston! More

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Coast Bar & Grill – CharlestonCoast Bar & Grill – Charleston
1645 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Our second pre-concert meal. Steamed, Blue Point oysters both times are great. Grilled mahi was delicious. Servers are knowledgeable and efficient. More

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Muse RestaurantMuse Restaurant
1607 reviews
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Mediterranean | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

The food was good. The service was okay. They changed waiter/waitress on us a couple of times. Sometimes really slow, but overall was a good meal, good ambiance, enjoyable. We went for my husband's birthday, while we were in Charleston. More

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ProhibitionProhibition
750 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

We split several “small plates” and everything was amazing! Street corn was our favorite! More

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Ruth's Chris Steak House - CharlestonRuth's Chris Steak House - Charleston
602 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Great as always! More

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39 Rue de Jean - Charleston39 Rue de Jean - Charleston
1293 reviews
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French | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Food was excellent. Service was also very good. Love the ambiance in the restaurant - reminds me of Ratatouille. More

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Stars Restaurant - Rooftop & Grill RoomStars Restaurant - Rooftop & Grill Room
1230 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Awesome food and menu options! We had a pretty large party and our server was very attentive to our large food and drink order!! The rooftop bar was great for after dinner drinks and mingling !! The bar had a great view of the city skyline and had lots of room and seating options as well. More

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BalaoBalao
2 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Balao was fantastic! The tuna nachos were very creative and delicious. The ceviche was unique and quite tasty. The roasted oysters were out of this world! The portions were good sized and I enjoyed the setting. More

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King Street DispensaryKing Street Dispensary
4 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Food was excellent, great vibe! Live music too. Upper King’s best new LOCAL bar and grill hands down... More

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Henrietta's - The DewberryHenrietta's - The Dewberry
271 reviews
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French American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Birthday! Travel with friends. More

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PawpawPawpaw
895 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Outstanding, best chicken we have ever eaten. Nice decor. Great service😊 More

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The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & SpiritsThe Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits
338 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

It was great we went for prom amd the rooftop view was amazing. Though the menu is small the items are full with flavor it’s truly amazing. It does have a strong bar atmosphere though in certain ateas but you can separate from that. They have specific seating to accomodate all guests. Great place I’d go back. More

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Eli’s TableEli’s Table
1874 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Genuine Southern passion More

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Barbadoes Room -The Mills House Wyndham Grand HotelBarbadoes Room -The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
84 reviews
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Contemporary Southern | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Food was fantastic. Our server Steve was the best server we encountered in Charleston. I would highly recommend it More

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492492
463 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

We love 492. The ambience, food, and service have always been exceptional. The patio is perfect for a pre dinner drink. They also have complimentary valet. We love having dinner here! More

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Michael's On The AlleyMichael's On The Alley
518 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

First off, we were early for our reservation, but were immediately greeted and seated. The restaurant was classic Chicago steakhouse style and even had curved booths. It was quiet with excellent ambient music like Frank Sinatra. The decor was classy but not pretentious and it was exceptionally clean. The Crabcake. Wow. We got one to split as an appetizer and when it came out, I initially thought it looked good, but turned out to be one of the most delicious, MEATY crab cakes I’ve ever had. The flavor was amazing. These aren’t just seasoned with old bay, they are some gourmet crab cakes cooked with obviously fresh peppers and herbs with the biggest hunks of crab you can imagine! Signature cocktails. Short list, maybe 5-6 different drinks. Turns out that’s all they need. We tried 3 of them and each was so unique and different, there’s something for everyone in that short list. They do have a full bar, so you can still order anything you like. But I have to give a shout out to my main man Battler. Try it, trust me. The main event! Steaks were brought out perfectly done and the flavor was out of this world. Dry-aged bone-in Wagyu filet mignon. I can honestly count on one hand the times I’ve taken one bite of a steak and tasted a morsel from heaven like this. The flavor was all beef, too. The seasonings on it couldn’t have been much more than salt and pepper which allowed all of that dry-aged goodness to shine through. I don’t want to sound cheesy, but I think I may have found the first place to top my previous top 3, straight to #1. That flavor. Dry-aged, bone-in filet mignon. Did I mention it was huge? Yeah. Fred Flintstone style. Here’s the key to our enjoyment, though. Kenneth. Not only did I get a new “reset the bar” steak, but quite possibly the best waiter ever. Very attentive, but not overbearing, never let a glass get empty, and a great personality. This is the type of waiter you specifically request upon return visits. More

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SOL Southwest Kitchen & Tequila BarSOL Southwest Kitchen & Tequila Bar
78 reviews
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Southern | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Overall ok experience, but although the restaurant was not packed, service was incredibly slow. We were brought to a table that only had one chair (there were 4 of us with a reservation) and then had to stand there while the hostess found chairs, then we had no silverware. Then it’s took 10 min for our waitress to get our drink orders and another 10 min to get our drinks (not even water was brought). We ordered another round of drinks and waited almost 15 min for them. Food was good, but have had MUCH better service at other locations of SOL-I wouldn’t come back to this one. More

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Craftsmen Kitchen and Tap HouseCraftsmen Kitchen and Tap House
283 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Cheese pull on the pizza was amazing!! More

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Virginia's on KingVirginia's on King
537 reviews
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Southern | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Amazing service and great Low Country cuisine. The Fried chicken livers were amazing! More

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The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion HotelThe Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
558 reviews
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Southern | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Loved the crab cakes More

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Vincent Chicco'sVincent Chicco's
547 reviews
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Italian | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Amazing food, great service. The restaurant was very cute and very quiet. More

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Eleve Restaurant & RooftopEleve Restaurant & Rooftop
297 reviews
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French | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

We were a party of three, and we were looking forward to our experience at Eleve. We were placed a table in the corner of the restaurant that provided a good view of the restaurant as well as a view of the roof top patio. Unfortunately our server was extremely slow in service....I mean really slow....worst I have seen in years. Which is really unfortunate, because the food was very good. We has the charcuterie board as the appetizer...it was fresh with a good selection. For entrees we had the lamb, the chicken and the filet. All were excellent and cooked perfectly....but again there is that really slow service....man it took three hours for dinner....with no dessert! More

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Saffire RestaurantSaffire Restaurant
82 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Family came here for restaurant week and my dad's birthday our server was I think Abby, she was very sweet and did a good job. The ambience was nice for a hotel restaurant. We had a half booth half table and it was very comfy. Great options for dinner! I had a pecan glazed chicken with peaches and asparagus. All of it was Deeeeeelliiicciouuussss. I also had tomato soup which was thick and yummy with a little balsamic. And the ceasar salad was light and well tossed. Not doused. My dad had a yummy mushroom ravioli. For dessert we split the chocolate torte. Tastes like rich fudge. Creme brulee was tasty but I wanted a little more vanilla. I still ate it all. Mmmmm. And the ricotta cheesecake with a very very good crumb cake crust. To die for. Great service from server and hostess. Very quiet when we went. And fair priced for this kind of restaurant! I worked in one similar. I'll go again for sure :) More

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181 Palmer181 Palmer
245 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

This is Trident Tech's culinary school restaurant. The service is superb. The food is very good, but can be a little spotty. Their menus vary from week to week, so be sure to see what their menu will be before making reservations. Expect to pay less than half what you would pay for a comparable meal downtown. More

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Downtown Charleston's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Charleston GrillCharleston Grill
3475 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Exceptional menu and wine list. Clint provided great service and everything was timed well so that we were able to attend the Gaillard theater production on time. The sturgeon and beef tenderloin were exceptional!!! More

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Halls ChophouseHalls Chophouse
10241 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

We wanted to share the awesomeness of Hall’s With some special friends. We had a wonderful evening! Food and service was top-notch as always! More

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Circa 1886Circa 1886
2887 reviews
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Southern | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Great food always. Friendly staff from the host to the bartender to the serving staff. Kaitland was excellent and attentive, but not too attentive--perfect. More

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Zero Restaurant + BarZero Restaurant + Bar
558 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Zero George never disappoints! Amazing creative cuisine and outstanding service. I highly recommend. More

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Peninsula GrillPeninsula Grill
4822 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

We had a great meal with excellent service. Definitely a must eat place if looking for a great meal and service. More

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McCrady's RestaurantMcCrady's Restaurant
103 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Regardless of whether you can or can’t see the menu, each plate will truly surprise you. Outstanding experience with an expansive array of tastings. Carefully challenged plates and curated service was top notch. More

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Barsa Tapas Lounge & BarBarsa Tapas Lounge & Bar
505 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Tapas and paella was delicious!! Very different dining from the Southern cousins. Excellent food, good drinks, and parking! More

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Cru CafeCru Cafe
3609 reviews
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Comfort Food | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Where do I even begin?! Everything here was AMAZING. General Tso’s Brussel Sprouts, fried Brie, basil shrimp pasta, and fried calamari were all DELICIOUS. Definitely recommend securing the chef’s table for the night. More

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Oak SteakhouseOak Steakhouse
2849 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Great food and the service was outstanding. Definitely a turn restaurant for me when in Charleston. More

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Slightly North of BroadSlightly North of Broad
6428 reviews
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Low Country | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Had a great meal and excellent service! More

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Discover Downtown Charleston

The downtown area of Charleston is rich in South Carolina state history and features a wide assortment of restaurants. Seafood is abundant in town as it's caught fresh daily. From tourists to locals, food is on the mind of many while they are walking along the city streets. You'll find that grits are a staple for downtown Charleston along with specially prepared coffees. There are outdoor cafes that allow you to enjoy the scenery, and oyster roasts are held by the dock. Meals are prepared fresh so that you can enjoy the flavors that blend together. Southern charm is found in older restaurants that feature picture windows, giving a brilliant view of people passing by on the city streets.