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

Maya

4.6
4.6
216 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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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 216 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Charleston

    Fit for Foodies

  • Charleston

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. K

    Keek

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was gluten free and SO incredibly delicious! Our server was attentive, knowledgeable, and really took care of us! Already texted friends coming down later this summer and told them to put it on their list!

  2. AG

    AliciaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food, drinks, service and ambiance is a major vibe. Our server was outstanding and made our experience here so amazing. Absolutely loved our visit here.

  3. BP

    BrianP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere, staff, and food! Would recommend for anyone.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    I guess we should’ve specified we had kids in our party. The manager did accommodate us but there was clear distain towards us that we brought kids into a not kid friendly place. Our server came to us one time. We ordered drinks that never came. We were sat at the very back as not to disturb others although our kids are very well behaved. The manager did try to comp some of our meal for the missed drinks and what not which we appreciated but we just would have appreciated good service. If you have kids don’t go.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jackson Hole

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anna, our waitress was a 10/10! She was attentive and kind. The food was great but we'd come back just for her service.

  6. LK

    LindsayK

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    LOVED IT. Everything was delicious and the ambience was great.

  7. F

    Fitgrl817

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Potato and cheese enchiladas were a treat! Our bartender outside on the patio was really kind and attentive. Worth a try for sure.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server, Anna, was the best!

  9. p

    pats

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Service was really good. Very attentive but not over bearing.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Food was incredible; duck carnitas were phenomenal (wish they were pre pulled) nonetheless spectacular. Big compliments on the brisket tacos as well. Tip of the hat to chef

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Great service. Thank you!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Fairly flavorless Mexican cuisine. If you are used to traditional Mexican food, you will be a little disappointed. It was interesting, and a nice break from Fried Chicken & collard greens in Charleston. Drinks were fair, but slow to be served.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Little pricy, but delicious food. Server was outstanding!

  14. MC

    MikeC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Our first visit to Maya will not be our last! Al pastor tacos could use a little char on the pineapple, otherwise all was perfect! Aguachile, brisket tacos, scallops, duck confit…sensational! Highly recommended!!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5

    Our server was great! They put us in the very back of the restaurant because we had reservations. The food was okay, smaller dishes but good vibe overall.

  16. K

    Kelly

    Memphis/West TN

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Amazing salsa and brisket tacos- possibly best EVER!

  17. TH

    TinaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved the ambiance from photos on instagram. We loved the gluten free, natural ingredients and that the drinks were not overly sweetened. Mexican food lovers we are! This was top notch. The best part was the friendly staff. Favorite restaurant in Charleston!

  18. LB

    LindaB

    Philadelphia

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great friendly place with wonderful creative food

  19. TB

    TommyB

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing. But the service was the best we have received in years. Our waitress wAs warm and welcoming and so very helpful.

  20. SD

    SarahD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went to Maya with a large group. The host was incredibly flexible and set us up with a great table when our party doubled in size last-minute. The food and drinks were delicious, especially the tacos. Highly recommend!

  21. DL

    DaveL

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a great addition to North King Street dining. It combines interesting twists on Mexican food with an unbeatable list of tequilas and mescals.

  22. HS

    HunterS

    Denver

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Great food. The enchiladas were unique and outstanding. I did not care as much for the fatty pork tacos but the pescado were stellar. Our server was attentive and helpful. Dessert of churros was APlus. The big minus: we had reservations for 7pm. When we arrived, there were only a few occupied tables. However, we were seated at the worst table in the place. Right next to the busboy station and kitchen doors. When I asked to be moved, the hostess sighed, made a face and marched us back to the entrance. After conversing with someone else she seated us at a better table and just walked away. Though the food and server were great I would have to think twice about returning because of the moody “front of house” personality.

  23. JL

    JenniLynn

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Cocktails are clean (and fun), food is DELICIOUS and healthy and wait staff was very responsive. Portions could have been a little bigger for the price BUT its downtown Charleston and they are very food allergen friendly...everything is gluten free, perfect for Celiacs!

  24. Q

    Quahog

    Charleston

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Maya Relatively New Mexican restaurant on busy busy King street. The pluses are many; good food and super wait staff. The menu was inventive but not a lot of choice. Not as noisy as most restaurants and a pleasing mod Tex/Mex vibe. The brisket taco was excellent. Overall we give it a solid four clams on the coveted Five Quahog Rating Scale.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Outside seating was nicely covered. It was not as clean as I would’ve expected, and all the benched were hard wood (nice looking) but hard to sit on for an hour.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Maya was such an incredible experience for our first night in town. The entire wait staff went out of their way to make sure we had an unforgettable night. Lindsey, our waitress, was incredible and helped give us a great birthday celebration! The food was also incredible. Our favorite was the brisket tacos! Thank you Maya and thank you Lindsey!

  27. LI

    LoriI

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first time to Maya. Celebrating our anniversary. The service was amazing, the food delicious. They brought us two glasses champagne and dessert on the house for our anniversary. We will definitely be going back!

  28. MC

    MC90

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and very unique. Great drinks as well. Would recommend!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had the best girls night on the patio! Guacamole and margaritas were hands down the best I’ve had in Charleston. The vibe was modern/chic, our server was polite & energetic, and the food was fresh and delicious! Would 10/10 recommend!

  30. d

    dinnerfor2

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Awesome brunch and accommodating to us and our toddler with food allergies by providing outdoor seating and helping us navigate food options. Would recommend to others looking for a brunch that's a little different from eggs and hollandaise! Cocktails were great too!

  31. DH

    DanaH

    Charleston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2

    We had to wait 20 minutes after being sat before a server finally approached our table and another 20+ min before our cocktails arrived. The biggest disappointment overall was the food. We’ve dined here numerous times when Maya first opened and the food had been amazing. Tonight, it was a completely different experience. Every dish was overwhelmingly salty but lacked any true flavor. We watched several tables send back their food but we were so hungry, we ate. We left with salt covered lips and will most likely not be returning any time soon. They need to fix the issues going on in the kitchen.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2

    Really disappointed in the experience, food was terrible, drinks weren’t made right, no fault of the server I believe. Was recommended by multiple people to try it so will go again in 6 months or so and see if anything has changed. Not sure what was going on but wow. I’m not one to complain to management so we left.

  33. T

    Traveler

    Charleston

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4

    Food lacked the depth of flavor expected. Meats not well cooked and iOS looked as though it was prepared in a hurry. None of the service staff looked happy or smiled. Almost like they had been beat up or forced to do something. Not a happy environment. The hostess looked at us as if she lost her best friend and was not even cordial. Such a disappointment.

  34. PS

    PerryS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    On the expensive side, food came out before our drinks. Pretty loud, food was good.

  35. WT

    WorldTraveler

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    It is terrible on Monday. Reheated dry meat/taste s left over from the weekend . Bad service. It is way better on the weekend. I tried same dishes before on the weekend, they taste way better. Plus proper service.

  36. j

    jenitas

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and vibes and even a better service !

  37. JJ

    JJ1019

    Greensboro

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Authentic creative Mexican food! The food is definitely the star here and so far this place tops our list for Mexican in the area!

  38. AM

    AllisonM

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was absolutely fantastic. Best homemade chips and guac I've ever had!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday exceptional service

  40. LD

    LisaD

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food and margaritas are incredible. Definitely try the blistered shishito peppers with soy and the watermelon margarita. 🍉 🌶 Anna, our server was outstanding and friendly. We really enjoyed meeting her. My only complaint is the noise level. Unfortunately my mom and I could barely hear each other to chat because it was so loud.

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Maya is rated 4.6 stars by 216 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 33 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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