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Laurel, Charleston, SC

Laurel

4.5
4.5
126 Reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish
Laurel brings Spanish & Portuguese inspired fare to Downtown Charleston. The menu features Pintxos (small plates), Tapas and Josper charcoal grilled dishes complemented by an expertly curated wine list and cocktail program. Nestled on Rutledge Avenue, Laurel welcomes you to taste and experience handcrafted cuisine. Stop in for a nice bite in the afternoon or enjoy an evening with friends.

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Portuguese

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Wed 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 974-5159

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Trae Wilson

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 126 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charleston

    Romantic

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice and unusual dining experience.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. The only disappointment was that the steak was overcooked. We asked for medium rare and it came out med well. Other than that it was a great night out.
  3. MO

    MitchellO

    New Orleans

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Service was lackluster, food was overpriced, fish entree was barely edible and not cooked properly for a bone-in fish. Won’t go back.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All was great!! Our waitress was super nice and helpful! The food was scrumptious- especially the Brussels and the octopus!! Loved the building, the lights, murals, etc. and we could walk to Laurel. Thank you!!!!
  5. DT

    DenaT

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious meal! Portions were generous and plenty to share. All very well prepared and presented. Nice, local neighborhood spot feel. We will go back!
  6. NO

    NOPE

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    We had a confirmed reservation but were not able to be seated until an hour later, and even then it was a smaller table than designed for our group size. Cocktails and wine selections were great. Food was hit and miss. Bread, Mushrooms, Brussels and whole fish were amazing. Beets and cheesecake were good. Arroz was not - too crunchy and an odd flavor mixed in. Noise level is high. Atmosphere is vibrant. Restaurant is attractive. Wait and bar staff were doing their best and were pleasant, but it was slow and disjointed at times. Overall I would not choose this as a top favorite, but I also wouldn't be opposed to a second visit if the opportunity arose.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Awesome food & the Rioja was yummy!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful spot with mostly locals. Good size room, well decorated, well spaced, and comfortable seating. Service was excellent, while as in many restaurants right now, delivery shortages meant a few things were not available. A tapas and a small plates menu, while the serving sizes were extremely generous. The octopus was super tender and very well seasoned. Lamb meatball and croquettes rounded out the meal. We were going to order the fresh catch, but had enough with the tapas. Excellent spot, good crowd, nice people.
  9. l

    louisevt

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had another great meal at Laurel and look forward to returning.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food! We have tried every meal in town and love this spot.
  11. BP

    BillP

    Charlotte

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spanish-Portuguese themed restaurant with the potential to become a Charleston power house. It would be truly magnificent if they would pull the trigger and go full monty, to wit: Ditch the discordant, if not jarring, whipped sweet potatoes and Brussels Sprouts and focus on Jamon Iberico, Manchego cheese, olive oil, almonds, patatas bravas, and pork and seafood-centric tapas and mains. Charleston has enough nods to nouveau southern cuisine and Sean Brock-esque fare. The pulpo (octopus) alone is worth the trip. It is truly FABO, as are the croquetas and pork shank. Wonderful Spanish and Portuguese wine list, but uninspired cheese cake for dessert? How about Flan? Pastel de Nata? Tarta de Santiago? Lively setting, if not a little loud with somewhat repetitive techno music in the background. Decent prices. Chairs aren’t all that comfortable, at least that’s what our group all decided. Cool location, away from the traffic. Good parking nearby at medical complex and a cheap UBER ride back to the hustle and bustle. SO DANG CLOSE to perfection, perhaps a bit frustratingly so. Right now, the dining experience might be described as instances of “confused seas” but certainly worthwhile.
  12. SC

    StevenC

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Excellent Spanish tapas with some nice wine selections. Comfortable and lively ambience. Only negative was the service was a bit slow - seemed like they were understaffed, which isn't uncommon right now. Waitstaff was plenty friendly, just too many tables for too few staff.
  13. w

    westchestertransplant

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fabulous food and a true dining experience!! Would highly recommend for a wonderful meal or special occasion dining.
  14. D

    Dineandwine

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Overall it provided good food and quality was not an issue for us. The octopus was delicious and was done to perfection. My wife ordered the pork lion and it melted like butter. The butter beans were perfection. The whole fish was cooked well however the chimichurri sauce really overpowered the fish. I definitely enjoyed the rustic touch to the beet salad however I think grilling it or adding some sort of sauce would have been a better balance. (Carrots had an odd after taste) The arroz had a beautiful crunchy texture which reminded me a lot of traditional cooking however there was an odd and funky after taste. Overall good
  15. j

    jtchs

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I first ate here with a group of 6 mid-December on my birthday - wonderful experience. So it was my go-to for New Year's Eve - and again, it was excellent.
  16. EP

    ElizabethP

    Jacksonville

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It was pretty terrible. Had a confirmed reservation for Christmas Eve, got all dressed up, parked the car only to find the restaurant was closed!!! Pretty poor service on the part of the restaurant or open table. Not sure who to blame. Do you have any idea how hard it was to find another place to celebrate Christmas Eve on short notice??? No fun.
  17. RI

    RIfoodie

    Charleston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was our 1st time here and it didn’t disappoint. The food was great as well as the service. Octopus,steak, and Brussel sprouts were fantastic!
  19. AV

    AlexVB

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very good restaurant, food is amazing with lots of flavor.
  20. a

    abcd

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Tapas and drinks were amazing! The bartender/tapas server was easily distracted and very slow. It is a great environment and we have had great service other times we have been there.
  21. AR

    AnaR

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience. The place is modern, fresh and classy. The food was outstanding. Ribeye and octopus delicious.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food at a reasonable price. Cheese cake was amongst the best we’ve ever had. Good portion sizes, food was finger licking good. Get the bread so you can get all the sauces.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food is fantastic! Good wine list with delicious Spanish wines at reasonable prices. We had two Priorat’s that were delicious. Service was excellent. On the noisy side for larger parties making conversation more difficult. I def will be returning!
  24. SH

    SHOX

    Charleston

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu choices are great; the food super. It’s always fun to chat with the neighboring tables. Just wish the noise level was lower - it’s almost impossible to hear across even a two-person table.
  25. T

    1stTimer

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fun night! Great food and wonderful friendly service!
  26. IM

    IvanaM

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Although they accepted our reservation they were closed. There was no effort to notify us- we discovered it on our way to dinner. This was a special occasion.
  27. RB

    RangerBob

    Denver

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Service was slow, food was good but not great
  28. MM

    MelonieM

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time in, everything was outstanding . Can’t wait to go back !
  29. CK

    CatherineK

    Atlanta

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here was amazing. We were obsessed with the braised octopus and our beet salad was delightful. Hope to return soon.
  30. NW

    NancyW

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quiet little place near MUSC. Food was delicious. The Wagyu Carpaccio was beautifully presented - so rich - just a lovely dish. The drinks were a little different and matched the menu perfectly. Would definitely go again.
  31. J

    Jimmyd

    Charleston

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Recent menu change is a bit disappointing but food and service spot on.
  32. AH

    AdamH

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service! Perfect evening and anniversary dinner. Thank you Laurel!
  33. JM

    JoshM

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, even better food. Octopus was amazing! I’m becoming a regular patron.
  34. CD

    CaroleD

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Unfortunately on the day of our reservation around midday I received a text from Laurel saying they were remaining closed due to minor renovations which left our reservation abruptly canceled last minute. One would think that Laurel could have canceled our reservation well before that . We have dined at Laurel before and found the food to be outstanding and the staff to be experienced, personable and attentive. Sadly, I cannot say the same for the management. When you call during business hours their mailbox is always full and when you send a specific email in regard to your reservation you do not get a reply. This last minute cancelation has made us rethink when we will go again and that is such a shame as Laurel is the perfect small venue with a fun vibe and great food. Locals were excited when it opened.
  35. JA

    JoeA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious every single time! The food and drinks are amazing
  36. SF

    SharonF

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing time at Laurel. Everything we had was so delicious! Loved the octopus, lamb meatballs, butter beans, and the Iberico pork. The wines were great and our server Julian was awesome - he suggested lovely wines for us. Highly recommend!
  37. J

    John

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service (Brendan); excellent pulpo, mushrooms, pork and sweet potatoes.
  38. b

    brong1

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Good service and the chicken thighs tapas was a big hit. The noise really makes it hard to give a better rating. When you step outside after the meal you realize how noisy it was. I would not want to have another couple at the table.
  39. g

    goldenrod49

    Charleston

    43 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    After a recommendation from friends, the 4 of us went online and looked at the menu which looked amazing! The problem is when we got there, the menu was about 1/3 of what was shown online and primarily the entrées were not available. Why wouldn't you update it? Anyway, I still gave them 3 stars because we did ended up getting a few appetizers and a round of drinks which were very good. We then walked up the street to Stella's for dinner which was great as usual.
  40. d

    dgray

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most excellent decision to visit Laurel - awesome food, wonderful service - large windows allow you to be seen enjoying drinks and fun - highly recommend . . .

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Laurel is rated 4.5 stars by 126 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Laurel

161 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403-5831

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Wed 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Portuguese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Trae Wilson

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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