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Downtown Charleston Restaurants

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

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Sorghum & SaltSorghum & Salt
9 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

This is the BEST restaurant we have been to. The food is nothing short of brilliant. Every bite is packed full of flavor and left us wanting more. The guys in the kitchen work together as a cohesive unit and put out brilliant food. We will be back every time we come to Charleston. This is a MUST to any local or visitor. Thank you for an amazing experience! More

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Peninsula GrillPeninsula Grill
5623 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

A visit to Charleston should include dining at this superb restaurant. It could not have been a finer meal, service ambiance. A elegant restaurant with all the pluses including the prices. More

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Cru CafeCru Cafe
4228 reviews
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Comfort Food | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

We had a large party upstairs and it was an outstanding experience. Food, service, ambiance.. More

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Charleston GrillCharleston Grill
4120 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Charleston Grill is an outstanding Restaurant if you’re looking for devine food, outstanding attentive service. This is one of our regular spots for date night, and stops when guests visit. We always request Andrew for our Service he will take care of all of your dining desires. Let him know Mr. Lopez sent you. More

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Circa 1886Circa 1886
3419 reviews
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Southern | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

The food was superb and the chef went out of his way by surprising us with a tasting menu for our anniversary. The wait staff was attentive and friendly. More

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Oak SteakhouseOak Steakhouse
3383 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Evening was perfect from start to finish. Our waiter was attentive but not atrusive. Food was amazing. More

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The MacintoshThe Macintosh
1974 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

First time at The Macintosh. The level of service and attention from all the staff was phenomenal. Was very pleased with the wine selection. We had the ricotta gnudi, swordfish, and pork shoulder. The food was perfect... Alas, we did not save room for dessert. More

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IndacoIndaco
1497 reviews
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Italian | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

This is a great place to go for a nice downtown dinner, we went for our anniversary and it became our favorite downtown venue so far. It is fancy but not with white tablecloth pretentiousness. The wine is excellent, the cocktails are excellent; the aesthetic is nice, high contrast black and white and wood, plus intimate darkness and candlelight; the food has robust flavor dimensions. The service is friendly and welcoming. I recommend the Chef's Table option where you let them choose a 3 course meal for you- we had no disappointments and were thrilled with this experience. Go for a walk down King Street after for the quintessential Charleston downtown experience. More

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

The flavors are outrageous! We LOVE this place. Recommend it highly! Be sure to talk with the owners - they are are lovely and there most of the time. More

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

Stopped for brunch and selected the buffet vs ordering off the menu. It was outstanding. The food on the buffet was really excellent and constantly being refreshed. There was an incredible selection of hot items, fruit, pastries, and everything you could want. The caramel brioche was something you don’t normally see on a buffet and was worth the trip all by itself! The peach tea was exceptional. In addition to the excellent food the ambiance was great. Large walls of glass looking in to a beautiful garden courtyard made for a very peaceful brunch. To top it off, the service was outstanding. While I selected the buffet, the wait staff and servers were all extremely attentive and just added to the overall excellent experience. While not inexpensive, the whole experience was worth every penny and then some. More

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O-KuO-Ku
1759 reviews
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Sushi | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

I had a wonderful evening at O-Ku, the food was wonderful, and staff was incredible. They were eager to help us with any questions (I'm not a sushi snob), and did not ever attempt to rush us to open a table. O-Ku provided one of the best dinner experiences my daughter and I have had, I highly recommend visiting them. Kayla was our waitress, and she was an absolute joy to have helping us. She actually took the time to talk to us, and answer honestly when guiding us through our selections. Other staff also made it a point to occasionally check on us and were visibly pleased that my daughter and I were enjoying ourselves. Again, a wonderful experience from start to finish. More

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The EstablishmentThe Establishment
557 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Wonderful ambiance, welcoming staff, and delicious food attractively presented. I enjoyed the razor clam appetizer, a different variation than the previous time I had it. It was perfectly prepared, with tender clams in a citrus-y broth, which didn't overwhelm their sweet flavor. The swordfish entrée was likewise perfection: swordfish medallions done exactly right, with salsa verde and succotash of butter beans and field peas, I think. Ice cream made in house was rich and some great flavors, one was banana cream pie and strawberry another. More

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Hank's Seafood RestaurantHank's Seafood Restaurant
7879 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Recommended by a friend, we booked a reservation for our first meal in Charleston and were thrilled with every aspect of Hanks. The crab cakes were the best ever and don’t miss the pecan pie for dessert. More

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Amen Street Fish + Raw BarAmen Street Fish + Raw Bar
2476 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Great food and attentive service. We have high expectations when we go here, and as usual they were exceeded. More

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RenzoRenzo
1 review
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Pizza Bar | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Fabulous from beginning to end. We went for the special Pita brunch. Had three different peters, falafel, BLT, and a spicy eggplant. Each was amazing. The guava danish, and the Israeli croissants were perfect.The service staff, owner, and chef were really attentive without being overbearing. This is a really special place. Can’t wait to go for dinner. More

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

Excellent as always!! 😊😊 More

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Husk - CharlestonHusk - Charleston
10352 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Beautiful restaurant with a very unique menu. Exceptional staff! Make sure you make reservations with plenty of time. More

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McCrady's TavernMcCrady's Tavern
1249 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Very interesting and delicious menu. A great restaurant and highly recommend More

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

Our favorite! Casual, but upscale in terms of food & service. The patio is perfect for a night on with friends to enjoy their delicious food and drinks. More

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Vintage LoungeVintage Lounge
44 reviews
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Wine Bar | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Wine bar with high volume sound. Food was interesting and mostly it worked. Wine choices Euro centric, some depth of interest, seemed to work with the crowd. More

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Fleet Landing Restaurant & BarFleet Landing Restaurant & Bar
4508 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

The best gumbo I have ever tasted! Fantastic service! Good she crab soup! More

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AnsonAnson
2047 reviews
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Southern | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Fabulous Classic Charleston Experience!! From the gas-lit lamps outside, to the personal service inside, and the delicious food, I highly recommend this Charleston favorite. We had 3 fish dishes, plus the NY Strip steak dish - all terrific with great accompaniments. The almond basket with ice cream dessert is enough for 2 - 3 people, and im still dreaming about it. Great wine menu. Our waiter, Darnell, made our evening a celebration. More

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

Great burger and fries! Highly recommend. Amazing burger deal on Monday’s too! More

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

All of the dishes were creative and flavorful. Our foursome We shared many apps and entrees and we loved them all! Great vegetarian options. Loved every bite!! And the value was great as well! More

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5Church - Charleston5Church - Charleston
2288 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Excellent dinner with some of the best service I've ever had - just a wonderful dining experience More

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The Darling Oyster BarThe Darling Oyster Bar
1314 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Great place-delicious food! More

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MaisonMaison
68 reviews
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French | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

We had a fantastic time tonight. Both food and service were perfect. More

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Parcel 32Parcel 32
279 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

The meal was amazing and like nothing we’ve eaten before! Definitely a food lovers dream! Loved sitting up on the porch at sunset. Great service and staff! More

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ProhibitionProhibition
1062 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Not a wide variety of food choices, but best burger I have had in awhile! More

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Josephine Wine BarJosephine Wine Bar
4 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Our favorite dinner on our girls weekend to Charleston. We had the gin-cured salmon, wreckfish, creme brûlée and the chocolate hazelnut dessert. Great wine recommendation by our server. Beautiful, intimate and cozy atmosphere. Loved it! More

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Bourbon n BubblesBourbon n Bubbles
26 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Great experience! Professional and polite staff. Great cocktails, wine and brown water selection! Apps and entrees were excellent!!! More

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

Family and friends dinner while on vacation. Party of 13. Place was not crowded which worked for our party. Food was awesome and service outstanding. Couldn’t have asked for a better place to celebrate. More

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Stars Restaurant - Rooftop & Grill RoomStars Restaurant - Rooftop & Grill Room
1564 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Wonderful evening, just the right amount of attention. More

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

Excellent service and food. Loved the quiet atmosphere so it was easy to have a conversation. I will come back the next chance I get to return to Charleston! More

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Burwell's Stone Fire GrillBurwell's Stone Fire Grill
1640 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Birthday dinner for a friend More

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Coast Bar & Grill – CharlestonCoast Bar & Grill – Charleston
2215 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Delicious with wonderful service! Enjoyed it so much we went back the next night. More

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

Always great, wonderful for special occasions! A FAVORITE Steakhouse! More

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Muse RestaurantMuse Restaurant
1822 reviews
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Mediterranean | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Friends came in from up north and I wanted to try a place we had not been to before so I chose Muse! A really great restaurant overall. I love when someone takes an old Charleston house and turns it into something wonderful. More

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Blind TigerBlind Tiger
95 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Conveniently located on Broad St. The Blind Tiger is a great spot to grab a meal and a cold beverage. We went for lunch and loved the simplified menu options and more so, impressed by how good the food tasted. Highly recommend eating outside, great atmosphere and friendly staff. More

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39 Rue de Jean - Charleston39 Rue de Jean - Charleston
1927 reviews
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French | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Very cool spot...feels like you’re in a French bistro. Friend had a delicious Croque Monsieur she had remembered from 6 years ago. I loved the mesclun salad with homemade dressing. Another friend really liked the pommes frites. Would like to go back for drinks and mussels. More

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

Best Shrimp and grits ever. More

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PawpawPawpaw
1378 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Food was outstanding, great service, no wait excellent atmosphere More

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Republic Garden and LoungeRepublic Garden and Lounge
1 review
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Comfort Food | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Great outdoor dining experience! The burgers are delicious! More

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CamelliasCamellias
3 reviews
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Afternoon Tea | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Beautiful hotel and space. The chandelier was amazing. Afternoon tea was a fun experience and the sweet and savory bites were delicious. A little pricey overall but that’s to be expected in a beautiful new hotel. More

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

Our server, Rachel, was the consummate professional. She provided excellent service, offered good advice on good choices and has a great customer service oriented interpersonal skills. More

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

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Wonderful celebration of our Anniversary. Thank you for the excellent service and great food. More

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Gabrielle Charleston in Hotel BennettGabrielle Charleston in Hotel Bennett
74 reviews
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Contemporary Southern | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Fantastic experience! Excellent wait staff and the food and drink and was out of control delicious. Will certainly return for our next birthday celebration! More

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WarehouseWarehouse
2 reviews
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Contemporary Asian | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Excellent food and service! More

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

Already mentioned to several individuals in the area and who spend quite a bit of time in the area. More

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

Great food and great beer! We really loved the fried chicken night! More

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Bay Street BiergartenBay Street Biergarten
133 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Good food, great service, and super ambiance. Not only all of those, but their own parking lot -- never a given in downtown Charleston. Definitely five stars! More

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

Great food, awesome experience More

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

Food and service was excellent. We are definitely going back. More

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

Exquisite and creative dishes that exceeded my expectation! More

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Eleve Restaurant & RooftopEleve Restaurant & Rooftop
452 reviews
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European | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

I had a lovely dinner with one of my best friends who was visiting Charleston and staying at Grand Bohemian (Eleve is at Grand Bohemian) We spent 3 hours sipping wine and noshing. The service was lovely- food was fresh and delicious and we never felt rushed. Plus the view from the roof deck is breathtaking. More

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

It was the perfect place for a large group with children. Glad we came! staff all pleasant and helpful. More

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Hooked- CharlestonHooked- Charleston
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Seafood | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

We look forward to welcoming diners interested in celebrating the bounty of Charleston, SC in a contemporary and modern setting with our local fresh seafood, and local produce as much as possible. Come by Hooked Seafood today and find out why you'll be Hooked, after your first meal.More

Sticky Fingers - Historic CharlestonSticky Fingers - Historic Charleston
22 reviews
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Barbecue | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Great Family place. We ordered the "rub" ribs as our daughter doesnt like the sauce, and some of the ribs seemed overcooked. But all and all I enjoyed the flavor and the other fixings. Fun place, easy to get in and out and great service. 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 Diners' Choice Winners

Downtown Charleston's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
McCrady's RestaurantMcCrady's Restaurant
279 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Amazing time! More

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Charleston GrillCharleston Grill
4120 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Charleston Grill is an outstanding Restaurant if you’re looking for devine food, outstanding attentive service. This is one of our regular spots for date night, and stops when guests visit. We always request Andrew for our Service he will take care of all of your dining desires. Let him know Mr. Lopez sent you. More

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Peninsula GrillPeninsula Grill
5623 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

A visit to Charleston should include dining at this superb restaurant. It could not have been a finer meal, service ambiance. A elegant restaurant with all the pluses including the prices. More

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Circa 1886Circa 1886
3419 reviews
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Southern | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

The food was superb and the chef went out of his way by surprising us with a tasting menu for our anniversary. The wait staff was attentive and friendly. More

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Cru CafeCru Cafe
4228 reviews
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Comfort Food | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

We had a large party upstairs and it was an outstanding experience. Food, service, ambiance.. More

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Oak SteakhouseOak Steakhouse
3383 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Evening was perfect from start to finish. Our waiter was attentive but not atrusive. Food was amazing. More

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

The flavors are outrageous! We LOVE this place. Recommend it highly! Be sure to talk with the owners - they are are lovely and there most of the time. More

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IndacoIndaco
1497 reviews
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Italian | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

This is a great place to go for a nice downtown dinner, we went for our anniversary and it became our favorite downtown venue so far. It is fancy but not with white tablecloth pretentiousness. The wine is excellent, the cocktails are excellent; the aesthetic is nice, high contrast black and white and wood, plus intimate darkness and candlelight; the food has robust flavor dimensions. The service is friendly and welcoming. I recommend the Chef's Table option where you let them choose a 3 course meal for you- we had no disappointments and were thrilled with this experience. Go for a walk down King Street after for the quintessential Charleston downtown experience. More

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The MacintoshThe Macintosh
1974 reviews
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American | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

First time at The Macintosh. The level of service and attention from all the staff was phenomenal. Was very pleased with the wine selection. We had the ricotta gnudi, swordfish, and pork shoulder. The food was perfect... Alas, we did not save room for dessert. More

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Hank's Seafood RestaurantHank's Seafood Restaurant
7879 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown Charleston, Charleston

Recommended by a friend, we booked a reservation for our first meal in Charleston and were thrilled with every aspect of Hanks. The crab cakes were the best ever and don’t miss the pecan pie for dessert. 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.

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.