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Samosa Chaat with cocktails. - Ma'am Saab, Charleston, SC

Ma'am Saab

4.8
4.8
159 Reviews
$50 and over
Pakistani
Nestled in the historic district of downtown Charleston, experience an elevated take on Pakistani cuisine by Chef Maryam Ghaznavi. Be prepared to embark on a journey into Pakistan- featuring a focused menu with dishes originating back to the mughal era. Expect crowd favorites like Butter Chicken, Biryanis, Bihari Kabab and more, along with extensive craft cocktail, mocktail and Delta 9 THC infused libations inspired by the flavors and spices from the subcontinent. With architectural details that pay homage to the history and culture of the subcontinent while looking into the future thanks to Artificial Intelligence based artistry, Ma’am Saab (which means “Boss Lady” in the Urdu language) is unique to any other restaurant in Charleston.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Pakistani, Indian, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Tue–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (843) 259-2660
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    South Asian/Indian, Women
  • Executive chef
    Maryam Ghaznavi
  • Catering
    Now offering catering for small to large events - From office get-togethers, birthdays, anniversaries to welcome dinners and wedding receptions. We're here to take your guests on a culinary journey that they'll remember for a long time. Please get in touch with us to design the perfect catering package.
  • Private party facilities
    Choose Ma'am Saab's unique dining room to host your next event. Whether you're looking to host a small party or large party, expect an experience and menu like no other. Please get in touch with us and allow us to create the perfect evening for you and your guests.
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Charleston
  • Cross street
    Meeting Street and Wentworth Street.
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Ma'am Saab Tasting Menu Experience

    $65.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Transport your palate to the vibrant streets of Pakistan and immerse yourself in the rich and diverse flavors of the region, where every bite tells a story of tradition and technique. Multi-course dinner. Minimum party of 4 is required to participate. A la carte beverage menu available separately.
    Ma'am Saab Tasting Menu Experience Photo

What 159 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Healthy

  • Charleston

    Best Overall

  • Charleston

    Best Food

  • Charleston

    Best Ambiance

  • Charleston

    Innovative

  • Charleston

    Healthy

  • Charleston

    Hot spot

159 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Oh my! This place is absolutely amazing!! Ambiance was very nice with music, lighting and decor. The food was unbelievably delicious. I can’t say enough about our meal. Best dinner in Charleston this weekend!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience! Service, food, and atmosphere were all excellent and we will return!

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  3. Kwack

    Charleston

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time at Ma'am Saab and our first exposure to Pakistani food. We had a wonderful time. Our server was very helpful in guiding us through the menu with great suggestions for food and wine. We loved the food! We had the Butter Chicken and the Lamb Biryani and Qeema Samos as a starter. Everything was delicious. It was a real change of pace from our usual Charleston nights out, and we will make it a regular stop.

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  4. MamaMia

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waitress was amazing and explained the menu thoroughly. Food was so yummy and spicy. Get the aubergine chaat with pomegranate seeds - one of the best things I’ve eaten in a while. Will be back!

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  5. Delish1962

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Run don’t walk to this remarkable spot! The food is inspired and flavors are out of this world. This restaurant was hopping. The decor is beautiful with an inviting, fun vibe. The service was awesome from start to finish! You cannot go wrong with a stop here!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our 1st time eating this type of food. It was amazing.

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  7. iaillini

    Charleston

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and great service—- we will be back!

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  8. KatieC

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The butter chicken was INCREDIBLE! Server was very nice and attentive. Cocktails were unique and yummy!

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  9. Karen

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food full of Flavor! Server was very helpful with the dinner menu! They have a full bar and mocktails! Very Nice Evening!

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  10. MKenz

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lived up to every expectation and the suggestions from friends and coworkers. We both work in the industry locally and we enjoyed every single dish and our time from being seated to suggestions and the meal. Service was amazing even with a full dining room and seemingly only / servers on? Out of this world drinks, LOVE.

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  11. PatrickC

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I think it is hard to describe what Ma'am Saab is, but you can tell your life story with Pre Ma'am Saab and Post Ma'am Saab. If you grew up like me with a moma that didn't know how to season food, this is the place for you to go. I had parts of my mouth explode with flavor that I did not know existed. Do yourself a favor, get yourself some Mango Lassi and Samosa Chaat. You wont be disappointed. If you are, then you are not the type of person I want to be friends with.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious and flavorful Pakistani food. We had the Butter Chicken, the fried eggplant (can’t remember the name) and the lamb dish. All were excellent and filling. Had enough leftover to enjoy for dinner the following night! Our server, Tuba, (not sure if correct spelling) was lovely- friendly, attentive, and efficient. It was a very enjoyable experience.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, creative cocktails. Nice vibe inside.

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  14. ElizabethR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal, and our gluten free guest had many options. The puffed rice and the eggplant appetizers were outstanding! Wonderful service too.

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  15. Stacy

    Charleston

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First the Good: The service and ambiance were great. The veggie samosa was deliciuos as well, Now the Bad: The main entrees were nothing special. The chicken tikka was decent but hardly justified the hype. The pot pie type dish was underwhelming as well.

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  16. Flanker6

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. We will be back. This restaurant and their sister restaurant, Malika Cafe are highly recommended.

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  17. PeteD25

    Charleston

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow! One of the best meals we've had since moving to Charleston 5 years ago! Highly recommend the eggplant the vegetable samosa appetizers, the butter chicken, and the lamb biryani. Can't wait to go back and try the rest of the menu

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, ambiance and service. Highly recommend

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  19. CaroleeW

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We did the experience. What a treat. The food was so fresh and delicious. It was a great experience to share with good friends.

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  20. BarryS

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Heard rave reviews, it didn't disappoint. Food and service were spectacular. Very loud, always full, so don't plan an intimate evening for two.

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  21. JohnS

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was wonderful with our dinner! Apps were tasty as well as the main dishes that were nice portion sizes. Staff was friendly and knew the food well and really liked how the ambiance is set with the neat decorating.

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  22. DerrickN

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We expect Ma'am Saab to be quite good . . . and it surpassed even those lofty expectations. Appetizers were great all by themselves, and our server could not have been nicer. Highly recommend.

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  23. Shana

    Atlanta Metro

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious flavors! What a great addition to downtown Charleston. Even the decor is unique and beautiful. We will definitely be back.

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  24. JamieP

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ma'am Saab's food is wonderful! Homemade chutneys, butter chicken and great samosas. Service is excellent. And they brought a small dessert free of charge because it was my birthday.

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  25. Nancy

    Charleston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ma’am Saab did not disappoint. Food was amazing. The menu was thorough but not overwhelming. Our waitress, Jacqueline, explained every dish and guided us to ordering a wide range of entrees and appetizers. We loved everything! Flavors were subtle and fragrant. Jacqueline also made sure we were comfortable with level,of heat in every dish. Butter chicken was one of the best we have ever had. Eggplant appetizer also outstanding. Try the chutneys!

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  26. Kkdawg

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent first visit. Food was amazing. Samosas were the best I’ve had and the eggplant starter was even better. Would go back just for that dish

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! Will be back!

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  28. Jadie

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best places I have been to in a long time in Charleston. Beautifully decorated and the food was outstanding. I am a tough critic and I can't stop talking about Maam Saab. Do yourself a favor and make a reservation!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent from the decor, to craft cocktails to the food. And excellent service. Will go back again.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about our experience was amazing! Our server led us in the right direction as it was our first time. Her recommendations were spot on! Still enjoying the day after eating leftovers.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was great. Food average , value not what expected. Ambience was mediocre. Did not live up too rating . Would not go back or recommendation. Very HOT spice level even when described as mild .

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic!!! Excellent service our server was very knowledgeable about the menu which made it a better experience with food we never had before. The restaurant it self was beautifully decorated and the ambiance extremely comfortable.

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  33. Factoryconnection

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff is friendly, prompt, knowledgeable, and attentive. The restaurant is well-appointed with terrific flatware, dishes, and serving ware. My only knock is, and this is kind of their signature thing, the big and bright video display of South Asian b-roll. The food is yummy with strong seasonings and sauces, just like their sister restaurant Malika in Mount Pleasant. But it is really expensive... $32 for chickpea Biryani? For two adults: two drinks, two entrees, and no appetizers nor dessert we spent $135 with tip.

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  34. WhyCook

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We visited on a busy Tuesday evening and, while the food was slow to arrive, it was well worth the wait. We ordered a variety of dishes for everyone to sample and loved them all. The butter chicken, lamb biryani, and aubergine pakora were our favorites! The music was really loud, and the service was very slow, but the food was terrific. We will definitely visit again.

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  35. elizam

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Good but overpriced. The food was tasty, the tables were close together, and there were a lot of people.

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  36. lauriec

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing and the cocktails were innovative. It is now one of our favorites. The biryani rice with the mint chutney was so delicious.

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  37. LeeH

    San Joaquin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about this visit was perfection! We ordered the chef’s menu. Everything had amazing flavor and it was a total experience.

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  38. EmmaB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the pre fixe menu. The food was in abundance and so flavorful. My daughter announced “Bury me now. This chicken is so good!” Never has she claimed that about any food.

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  39. AamirS

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location and excellent pakistani food. Decor is inspiring and chic. Price is a little high but not too bad given the proportions are generous. Maitre D up front , she wasn't the friendliest but maybe holiday stress.

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  40. DevalB

    New York City

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was just ok. The biryani had no taste and was watery. We returned it and the restaurant did take it off our bill. But in general, the food is not great. Their naan and paratha turned out to be pita bread and Malaysian Parathas one can buy from the frozen aisle. The only thing we enjoyed was the chapli kebab

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ma'am Saab using the Order Online button. Ma'am Saab also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 259-2660.

Ma'am Saab is rated 4.8 stars by 159 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Ma'am Saab

251 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-1602

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Meeting Street and Wentworth Street.
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Charleston
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Tue–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Pakistani, Indian, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    South Asian/Indian, Women
  • Executive chef
    Maryam Ghaznavi
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (843) 259-2660
  • Catering
    Now offering catering for small to large events - From office get-togethers, birthdays, anniversaries to welcome dinners and wedding receptions. We're here to take your guests on a culinary journey that they'll remember for a long time. Please get in touch with us to design the perfect catering package.
  • Private party facilities
    Choose Ma'am Saab's unique dining room to host your next event. Whether you're looking to host a small party or large party, expect an experience and menu like no other. Please get in touch with us and allow us to create the perfect evening for you and your guests.
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