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Maya, Charleston, SC

Maya

4.5
4.5
600 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
Located in Charleston's lively Upper King Street District, Maya is an elevated Mexican eatery that celebrates Mexico's vibrant regional cuisines. The menu includes a selection of authentic dishes ranging from snacks and small plates, to tacos, shareable sides, and large format entrees. Maya's beverage program features mezcals, Mexican cervezas, and cocktails focused on fresh and seasonal flavors. The restaurant's décor is warm and welcoming, with natural furnishings and pops of color throughout. The space features La Terraza, an open-air patio with lush greenery and a full bar, which also serves as the setting for private dinners and events. Maya is open nightly for dinner, with happy hour available Monday through Thursday.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Unspecified, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (843) 789-4299
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Catering
    Let our culinary team create a family style menu that transports your guests to Mexico while never leaving Charleston.
  • Private party facilities
    An elevated Mexican eatery in Charleston’s Upper King Street District celebrating authentic traditions and flavors.
  • Private party contact
    The Indigo Road Event Team: (843) 789-4299
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Charleston
  • Cross street
    Near the corner of Ann Street & King Streets
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wine

Offers

  • Maya Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Wed - 5:00 PM - 9:45 PM
    Discounted drinks and bites at Maya. Served Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 5 - 7 pm. No reservation needed.

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What 600 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charleston

    Good for groups

  • Charleston

    Healthy

  • Charleston

    Lively

600 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Crazy busy on a Saturday night, had to wait 30 minutes for our *reserved* table to open up, but the staff covered our drinks and even asked us if we needed to leave the restaurant at a certain time to make sure we were served in a timely manner. Very considerate! The food was phenomenal. We loved the dip trio and tacos!
    MayaResponded 3 days ago
    Hello! I am so happy to hear the staff took care of you while you visited us and I do apologize that we couldn't you sat at your allotted time. Please let us know when you will be visiting us again. Jared

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  2. Nathan

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Atmosphere was so relaxed and for how busy it was it didn’t feel crowded, and our servers were attentive and just the friendliest people. Definitely recommend
    MayaResponded 3 days ago
    Hi Nathan! Thank you for those kind words and we hope to have you back again soon.

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  3. JonathanS

    Coastal Georgia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, the ceviche was amazing, the drinks were very good. Only complaint was the music volume, made it difficult to conversate.

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  4. Matthewb843

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is hit or miss. The service is kind of the same. I’ve been here twice and have never been completely satisfied
    MayaResponded 3 days ago
    Hi Matthew, Thank you for the feedback! Please let me know when you're coming back in because we would love the chance to make sure you have the experience we try to give all of our guest. -Jared

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing all around! Knowledgeable staff and incredible food. What more can you ask for! Thanks again maya for making our night special. We will definitely be back soon!

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  6. Emily

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Maya burrito bowl is one of the best burrito bowls I have ever had in my life> I would eat it every day if I could. Service was amazing, great experience. Not our first time, will not be our last 10/10

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Maya is a very beautiful restaurant, decorated with tiny candles, plants and art. The food was creative and delicious. The staff was attentive and made great suggestions. I would highly recommend Maya for a special night out!

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  8. AmyE

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Elevated Mexican food served in a setting with ambiance and vibe. Server was solicitous and professional. Highly recommend.

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  9. CynthiaW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome burritos - seriously better than any we've ever had. And so many excellent tequilas to choose from. Cap this off with excellent service and we will definitely be back again!

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  10. MarcPv

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second visit. Everything we ordered was excellent. Portions so large we couldn’t finish. Great variety with several unique options. Definitely best Mex in Charleston. A nice change from the standard Tex-mex.

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  11. CortniA

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we had a great time! the food was wonderful and the service was 5 stars!

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  12. CatherineM

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were pleasantly surprised at how delicious our meal was. It was the only restaurant with availability which made us a little skeptical but we were so thankful. As Charleston locals, we are constantly trying to go out to eat in our own city but due to the overwhelming tourism, it’s a rarity we can enjoy a meal here. The food was incredible- everyone was super pleased and impressed. Hoping this becomes a local attraction! Thank you!
    MayaResponded on February 3, 2024
    Hi Catherine, Thank you so much and thank you for taking the time to tell us this. Please let me know when you're coming back. Thank you again, Jared Stanfield

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  13. Karebear

    New York City

    90 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant so much! Great food and cocktails. Celebrated our son’s birthday here because it’s the perfect spot to get a party started.

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  14. ScottC

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the delicious food to inviting atmosphere and very friendly staff, Maya has become a go to for a family meal or date night. It truly stands out as a top restaurant for Charleston. To start, the brussel sprouts, chips and salsa, papas fritas, and drinks are all excellent. And for a dish full over flavor, get the Crunchwrap! You won’t be disappointed.

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  15. Jojo

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Our service was sub par and the food was only okay. Pazole did not hit the mark. Just meh.
    MayaResponded on January 28, 2024
    Hi Jojo, I am so sorry to hear this, I would love to have you back as our guest. Have a good weekend, Jared Stanfield

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had such a fabulous time at Maya! Tyler was the best waiter / bartender ever! We went for my 50th birthday and they took care of our party! Chef Rena is fantastic! When we come back to Charleston- We will be back!
    MayaResponded on January 26, 2024
    We enjoyed having you all!

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  17. Lynn

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food really dissapoining. We visited summer of 2023 and it was delicious but something has changed. Menu is basic and food just not good
    MayaResponded on January 24, 2024
    Hi Lynn! I do apologize that we didn't meet your expectations. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Jared Stanfield 917-282-2973

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Only complaint is I had reservations for standard inside and we arrived at our time opening and they tried to sit us outside with our reservation. I specifically picked a reservation inside because of the temperature and having a child with. The staff did figure it out but I felt our reservation was given away to someone without a reservation in front of us because we overheard they didn’t have a reservation made. Food was great! Love all the GF options, as something I need in a restaurant! Good spot for smaller groups!

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  19. PBPie

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A miss for us and we won't be back as we can find fresh, flavorful Mexican in Mt P. We had early reservations and requested inside but were sat in the covered/heated patio on a cold night (30s). With jackets on it was perfectly comfortable. Our server, Abby, was fantastic from start to finish. We ordered from the restaurant week menu. The Guava Marg and Tequila Old Fashioned were tasty. Dip Trio was very good but the ceviche was bitter, like a cold soup with chunks of snapper so small there wasn't much to actually eat. One of us found it inedible and let the server know it was bitter. The second course was the pork crunch wrap and mahi mahi tacos. Tacos were dry, bland and fishy. The crunch wrap weighed about three pounds with a bit more flavor than the tacos, but with 50% refried beans I wouldn't call it fresh, elevated Mexican food. Dessert was the Churros and Pumpkin Flan. I wouldn't go out of my way for either one again. There are Palmetto Bugs in all houses and restaurants in Charleston but the staff couldn't catch the one running across diner's tables and our bench seating so I finally told them to let me do it. I was able to trap it while other diners were yelling/screaming but no one from the restaurant acknowledged it. Maybe an off night but when your favorite part of the $200 meal is the cheese dip and guacamole, it's hard to get excited.

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  20. CatherineM

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful place, our server Anna took great care of us

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  21. WENDY

    New York City

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Taylor our server and Jarod the mgr were amazing. Kitchen maybe not totally prepared for the demands of restaurant week.
    MayaResponded on January 21, 2024
    Hi Wendy! We absolutely loved having you here and please let me know when you're coming back. Jared Stanfield

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  22. MichelleF

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The seemed to be understaffed and it took a while to get drinks and food. It was restaurant week so would have hoped they would have more than one bartender and a few more wait staff.
    MayaResponded on January 21, 2024
    Hi Michelle! I am so sorry that was your experience, would love to have you back as our guest. You can reach me anytime at 917-282-2973 Thank you, Jared

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  23. CarolineN

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great food and drinks. great service. went on a monday so very quiet

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  24. GiantsFan1986

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great find! We loved Maya and will be back! Great food, cocktails, service and ambiance at a reasonable price!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited during restaurant week and will definitely return.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were amazing!! I went for my birthday and they went above and beyond!

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  27. Taylor

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful girls night at Maya! Service was great, and we enjoyed Maya's happy hour deals. We would recommend the dip trio and tacos.

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  28. abigailm

    Cancun

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Maya has been our favorite since it opened. I have celiac, and it was our "go to" spot! I was disappointed to find out that the menu is no longer celiac safe due to a shared fryer. It was so cool to have a meal with no worry! Food was still good, but I missed having options.
    MayaResponded on January 13, 2024
    Hello Abigail! Please let me know when you are visiting next. You can reach me at 917-282-2973 Thank you, Jared Stanfield

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  29. CourtneyR

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Maya for the last dinner of our Honeymoon. They surprised us with a card signed by all the staff and a little treat. The food was amazing from the dips to the margaritas to the tacos. We are from Texas so we were unsure how it would be. 10/10 would go back and reccomend. Our waitress was great and so was the hostess.
    MayaResponded on January 5, 2024
    We were so happy to have you with us! Congratulations again!

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  30. TrevielM

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks were awesome!!! Jared and the team took great care of us for my mom’s birthday…. Chef Ren sent out gifts and we were blown away… Definitely will return soon!!!

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  31. AimeeD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the staff was very friendly and attentive! I would definitely recommend Maya to others and would dine here again!

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  32. AllanW

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Mr. Daniel was amazing! Very low key place. Definitely recommend.

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  33. Treesh

    Greensboro

    54 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Despite having a reservation, we were seated at a high top in the very back room which is more like a back porch, picnic area. While we were following the host, we joked that he was taking us to the kitchen. We weren't far off. The seats were not comfortable and we felt totally disconnected from the restaurant....it was a completely different atmosphere. While we were initially waiting for our table, we stood near the bar. The bartender immediately brought over menus....we should have just stayed there instead. The service in the back room was a little slow. We got appetizers before drinks and I'm pretty sure one of our appetizers was forgotten because I had to ask for it a second time and we didn't get it until the main entree's came out. The food was decent, but the menu is limited for a Mexican restaurant. I'm glad we tried it, but it wouldn't be on my list to return.
    MayaResponded on January 5, 2024
    Hi Treesh! I do apologize for your experience and hope that we can make it up to you. You can reach me at 917-282-2973 Thank you, Jared Stanfield

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal and amazing service! Would definitely go again!

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  35. GregB

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Anna was great and so was our first trip to Maya.
    MayaResponded on January 5, 2024
    We will be adding Elote back to the menu very soon!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Disappointed that the chips are now fried with gluten
    MayaResponded on January 4, 2024
    Hello! Our gluten free fryer was down unfortunately but thankfully we will have that back up and running this week! I am so sorry this wasn't communicated via your server. I will let you know once this has been fixed! Hope you had a great New Years

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  37. ShaunaS

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great experience! We will definitely be back!

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  38. EricaP

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Reese was great! The drinks were awesome! Enjoyed our meal!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    They recently got a new chef and now the food is really bad. They are no longer dedicated gluten free either. 0/5 stars
    MayaResponded on December 30, 2023
    I am so sorry you didn't enjoy your experience with us. You can reach me at 917-282-2973, my name is Jared and I would love to receive your feedback. Thank you

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  40. JenniferB

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our group of six throughly enjoyed our evening at Maya. We sat on the patio, which really doesn’t feel like it’s outdoors; the heaters kept us very comfortable. The food and service were amazing, especially the chicken tortilla soup. Thank you, Maya!
    MayaResponded on December 18, 2023
    Thank you for the wonderful feedback, we hope to have you back!

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FAQs

Maya offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 789-4299.

Maya is rated 4.5 stars by 600 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 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Maya

479B King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Near the corner of Ann Street & King Streets
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Charleston
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Unspecified, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wine
  • Phone number
    (843) 789-4299
  • Catering
    Let our culinary team create a family style menu that transports your guests to Mexico while never leaving Charleston.
  • Private party facilities
    An elevated Mexican eatery in Charleston’s Upper King Street District celebrating authentic traditions and flavors.
  • Private party contact
    The Indigo Road Event Team: (843) 789-4299
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