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A regional Mexican eatery with coastal influence - Maya, Charleston, SC

Maya

4.6
4.6
260 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Inspired by Mexico’s vibrant and diverse cuisine, located in Charleston, SC’s lively upper King Street district. Maya captures a mix of Mexico’s rich history and unique regional landscapes through an authentic, ingredient driven menu. Offerings celebrate the region’s uniquely bold flavors and traditional techniques through a selection of classic and reimagined Mexican dishes with hints of coastal influence. The restaurant’s in-house masa program, provides freshly made chips, tortillas, and other dishes. From the bar, Mexican cervezas, worldly wines, and a mezcal-laden lineup of cocktails round out the experience. The restaurant’s design-forward interiors embrace minimalistic influences from the Yucatán coast, welcoming nature indoors with crisp, coastal vibes flush with bright whites, rich mixed woods, and other organic furnishings. On the open-air patio, the space comes alive with a full bar, live music, and open-fire cooking on a comal, a circular, flat griddle used to cook masa.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Bar Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 789-4299

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    A regional Mexican eatery with coastal influences. Maya, located in Charleston SC's lively upper King Street district, serves a menu that is inspired by Mexico's vibrant and diverse cuisine. Bold flavors with traditional techniques through a selection of classic and reimagined Mexican dishes.

  • Private party contact

    The Indigo Road Event Team: (844) 574-8188

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What 260 people are saying

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

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious! Highly recommend!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Everything on the menu is gluten free! Highly recommend the queso with mushrooms!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Back patio is very cute. Margaritas were great and so was the food!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious! Fresh guacamole and chips and the duck carnitas and fish tacos were tasty! They even had plate-licking good gluten-free and dairy-free churros!
  5. B

    Birthdaygirl49

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great and our waitress did a great job explaining everything on the menu and gave excellent recommendations. Great margaritas and even better food.
  6. CH

    CHSFavorite

    Charleston

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First visit. Yummy, good service. Dinner menu on-site more limited than what we had seen online.
  7. CC

    ConeiC

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a very nice dinner at Maya! Our server was very friendly and had good recommendations. We started with the watermelon salad and guacamole and both were good. We then shifted to dinner and had the brisket tacos (my wife’s favorite) and the shredded pork cheek with beans (my favorite). Hard to say which were best but we really enjoyed both. I also had their old fashioned which uses tequila versus bourbon and I liked it a lot. Outside of the food and drinks, the ambiance was great! We really enjoyed the music playing in the background. They played everything from top 40, hip hop, RnB and even had some of our favorite Afro beats which we rarely hear outside of our home. All in all, had a really good experience at Maya and we would visit again. Thanks, Maya!
  8. MM

    MichaelaM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Amazing service! Great food.
  9. v

    vegetarianmom

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vegetarian friendly dishes of enchiladas and cauliflower tacos were both delicious.
  10. j

    josephb

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tequila is amazing! Food is excellent!
  11. CC

    ChrisC

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was good, but restaurant noise level was off the charts. Service reminded me of fast food. Server took our order and 5 minutes later everything was delivered at once. Appa, entrees all dropped at once. For as much as the meal cost, the cadence was awful. We were out the door in under an hour. For the same price we had brunch at a Hall's property and it was a leisurely, enjoyable experience. Maya won't survive unless this fix this.
  12. CS

    CarrieS

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved Maya!! Food was excellent, great service, fun atmosphere.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    L’ambiance est plus sympa en terrasse et moins bruyante
  14. TN

    ToriN

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    It was bad.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Tacos were great ! Fondue cheese and chips were kinda of greasy I asked for a margarita w/ a sugar rim and got salt instead then when i mentioned it to be changed to a sugar rim the waitress just wiped the salt off that was it, very dissatisfied w/ my drink.
  16. O

    lindaO

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Classic Mexican food with new & tasteful twists. Love the mole ribs!
  17. TC

    TaylorC

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and the server was great! The guests in the restaurant were just a little too loud. Could hear them over the music and everyone else! Otherwise, 10/10!
  18. L

    Larry

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Third time as good as the first two. A regular stop now when in Charleston. Small plates (I don't call 6 tasty rib bones small, but ok), gluten free friendly. Have a cocktail upstairs, same Co, Amine is a cordial and knowledgeable bartender. Lovely patio, don't recall our server's name but she was great too. If I ruled the world I'd have them offer guac and salsa as a single item, but that's how petty I had to get to find a complaint.
  19. J

    Jerm

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food were very good. But be prepared for high prices.
  20. UW

    UdyW

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was great, authentic with a modern twist! Very flavorful
  21. MF

    MaryF

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lindsey our server was attentive and knowledgeable. She gave us excellent suggestions! The margaritas were amazing. I can’t wait to go back!!
  22. G

    Georgia

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We all enjoyed our dinner! So many fun and tasty options to share. Two of my faves were the Chiles Toreados and Sandia. And of course the margaritas topped off everything! Oh... and Frozen Horchata I can no longer do without! 👍
  23. TM

    TracyM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Drinks and atmosphere were both very good. Wait staff was great.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The warm chips and guac was amazing! Loved the pastor tacos!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, great service (gave me vegan recommendations!) and great food! Highly recommend the guac and cauliflower tacos.
  26. EB

    EdinaBrunch

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent and every dish we ordered was great.
  27. C

    Chucktown275

    Charleston

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Second visit in 2 weeks and it was great. Lots of good brunch options. Wish you had salsa at brunch though..Server Hayley was friendly and on point.
  28. JS

    JonS

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Pretentiousness did not match menu selections or food quality.
  29. p

    postchicagomarathon

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time at Maya! Food was delish and our server was fantastic. Great vibe. Lots of bachelorette parties. Great drinks too. Fun meal - were local and we’ll be back!
  30. SC

    StaceyC

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Would love to see a chicken option for a taco on the menu
  31. DK

    DragonKitty

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious brunch. Tried a few different things and all were very good. Cool setting with great service as well.
  32. C

    Chucktown275

    Charleston

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were superb! Loved the margaritas, tacos, and churros.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The atmosphere, decor and ambiance were fantastic. I don’t drink so I loved the 2 zero proof options on the drink menu. I tried the “Post Melon” one, it was refreshingly delicious. I’m vegetarian so appreciated that the menu was friendly to my diet. The enchiladas were expensive and there were not enough potato in them. However, I finished the plate. While the salsa was great, it was not worth $8 for chips and salsa. A bit of what you’re paying for is the ambiance and upper King St location. I’d go back!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Good is excellent and our waitress was amazing. The only issue was we sat outside and there were any fans blowing in our direction so it was very hot.
  35. RV

    RickV

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Our second visit did not quite measure up to our first visit back in April 2022. Guacamole lacked flavor. Food just not as solid as our fantastic first visit. Music loud enough to hamper discussion. We are local and will return someday but it won't be in our regular rotation.
  36. C

    Cree

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I love going here for dinner together. The mood is great, food is wonderful, and the servers have always been on point!

    MayaResponded on July 3, 2022We are so happy to hear that you and your husband love coming here! We can't wait to welcome you back in. -Wilson Brannock

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious and amazing service!! We’ll definitely come back again.

    MayaResponded on July 3, 2022Thank you for the 5 stars! We can't wait to welcome you back in and serve you again! -Wilson Brannock

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All was excellent, especially our server Lindsey who made everything top notch!!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Service was good. Drinks were decent. The food was disappointing; rather bland. Staff was kind enough to remove a taco dish from our bill because the pork was mostly fat. Perhaps it was just an off night with the food as this restaurant has rather good reviews (hence why it was selected). Ambiance could have been better if it were not so noisy.
  40. KD

    KyleD

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was interesting but more spicy than anticipated. The ambiance was good, however the noise level was too high to carry a comfortable conversation.

FAQs

Maya is rated 4.6 stars by 260 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 39 times today
Google Map for Maya

479b King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Bar Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Phone number

    (843) 789-4299

  • Private party facilities

    A regional Mexican eatery with coastal influences. Maya, located in Charleston SC's lively upper King Street district, serves a menu that is inspired by Mexico's vibrant and diverse cuisine. Bold flavors with traditional techniques through a selection of classic and reimagined Mexican dishes.

  • Private party contact

    The Indigo Road Event Team: (844) 574-8188

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