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

Maya

4.6
4.6
381 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Located in Charleston’s lively Upper King Street District, Maya is an elevated Mexican eatery that celebrates Mexico’s vibrant regional cuisines. Executive Chef Brett Riley’s menu includes a selection of playful, yet authentic, dishes organized into appetizers, tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, and a signature mole dish. Maya’s beverage program features mezcals, Mexican cervezas and cocktails focused on fresh and seasonal flavors. The restaurant’s décor embraces influences from the Yucatán coast, welcoming nature indoors with rich mixed woods and greenery throughout. The space also features an open-air patio with lush greenery, a full bar, and a comal, a circular, flat griddle traditionally used to cook masa.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner 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

  • Executive chef

    Brett Riley

  • 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

  • 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 - 10:00 PM
    Discounted drinks and bites at Maya. Served Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 5 - 6:30 pm. No reservation needed.

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What 381 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Charleston

    Kid-friendly

  • Charleston

    Healthy

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    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the service and ambience! The menu had some great choices and loved that the entire restaurant was gluten free! Brussels sprouts are a must!!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Staff is very rude and gives a lot of attitude. Prices are incredibly high, portions are veryyyy small. Won’t be back.

    MayaResponded 6 days agoWe are incredibly sorry that you had this experience with us! I would appreciate learning more about your evening, so we can address our mistakes and make this up to you. Please reach out to me at 843.789.4299 Thank you, Dave

  3. A

    Anon

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and our server was so sweet. Very attentive staff. Best margarita I have had in years.

    MayaResponded 6 days agoAwesome, thank you!

  4. CS

    CaitS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent and FAST service. The food is shareable and it is normal to order a mixture of apps and entrees, since it's considered more tapas-style. Don't be fooled by the word "tapas" because the portions were great and not small at all!

    MayaResponded on January 25, 2023Thanks so much, Cait!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Overall our dinning experience at Maya was okay. The food was good, but not amazing. We had reservations but ended up having to wait a while to be seated. Once we were seated, service was not that great. The restaurant was busy and loud, therefore it was difficult to hear. Our table was small and we didn’t have much space. Again, Maya was “okay,” but not sure we would go back.

    MayaResponded on January 25, 2023We are so sorry that you did not have a great evening with us! I would love to learn more about your experience, and see what we can do to make this right. Please reach out to me at dlomba@theindigoroad. c o m

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service
  7. MC

    MarcC

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Mexican food in Charleston and one of my favorite restaurants period.

    MayaResponded on January 16, 2023Thanks so much, Marc!

  8. KP

    KalyaniP

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time, Lindsey was amazing and gave us great suggestions. She took great care of us. Would definitely go back!

    MayaResponded on January 16, 2023Awesome! Thanks, Kalyani!

  9. K

    Karebear

    New York Area

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This is the third time dining at Maya. Decided to come back because it’s Restaurant Week and we’ve always enjoyed the experience. Decided to get one three course meal and one separate entree. Plenty of delicious food and of course the cocktails were great! Even though the restaurant was crowded on a Friday night, the service was good and attentive. Looking forward to our next visit!

    MayaResponded on January 16, 2023We love to hear it, so glad you could stop in for Restaurant Week!

  10. BM

    BobM

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thoroughly enjoyed Maya from start to finish. Our spicy margaritas hit the spot; the Brussel sprouts were DELICIOUS, as were the queso and tacos (pork carnitas and brisket); and our server cold not have been better or more charming. Highly recommend!

    MayaResponded on January 16, 2023Wow! Thanks for this phenomenal review, Bob! We hope to see you all again soon!

  11. TD

    ThomasD

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We found this place on the Walkable Charleston Instagram post. Glad we did. The food was excellent and our waitress was phenomenal. Great place for a large grouo.

    MayaResponded on January 16, 2023Awesome! Thanks Thomas!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Very empty on a Monday early dinner reservation. The staff was great, even brought me a complementary dish of fries while I waited on my co-workers. There was nothing overly memorable about the food or drinks. There are better Mexican food options in Charleston that outperform at this price point.

    MayaResponded on January 25, 2023Thanks so much for this review! We are so sorry you weren't thrilled with the meal at Maya. We are always looking for ways to improve both our food and drink menu. I would love to collect some feedback from you, so we can make improvements! My email is dlomba@theindigoroad. c o m please reach out and I would be happy to send you a gift as a token of appreciation for your time. Thanks!

  13. CC

    ChrisantheC

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was amazing! Service was great.
  14. AC

    AndiC

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Lindsey was an excellent server. Atmosphere was amazing. Food came out fast, however it lacked pizzazz. Needed more salt, more spice, more flavor. I was also disappointed that nearly everything was fried. The best things were the mango/pineapple/chili mocktail and the vegan horchata dessert. I would go back there for those two things alone.

    MayaResponded on January 16, 2023Hey Andi! I truly hope we get another chance to knock your meals out of the park. Even if it is just for a Gucci Manego and Horchata sorbet, I'd love to send some other dishes your way and get some feedback. Please let me know next time you stop in with us! Thanks, Dave dlomba@theindigoroad. c o m

  15. LK

    LuciK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience at Maya from a warm greeting, to a great server and delicious food. The margaritas were also SO good and we can't wait to go back when we visit Charleston again. Highly recommend!!!

    MayaResponded on January 16, 2023Luci, so great to hear this! We look forward to your next visit!

  16. BG

    BrookeG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite place to eat when we come to Charleston! The food is so fresh and delicious! The brussel sprouts are the best I have ever had. We have had lots that the menu has to offer and it is all 10/10! The hardest choice is always choosing between enchiladas or tacos, so we always get both and share lots of plates! The service is unbeatable and the ambiance adds a special charm to the place. The outdoor area is our favorite place to sit! Also they have THE BEST MARGS. You have to try the pineapple ginger!

    MayaResponded on January 6, 2023Brooke! Thanks for this great review! We are so glad you love our brussels and pineapple-ginger marg :)

  17. B

    Brad

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good meal Great food Great ambience
  18. EP

    EmmaP

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Food is very good. Tacos come with a lot of filling. I was expecting a more high end dining experience whereas it’s really more of a bar with food. Waiter was friendly but inexperienced and we felt a bit rushed (it was busy but there were plenty of empty tables). Food came all at once, and after that we were pretty much left until we had almost finished and they asked us if we wanted the check. I’d get take out from here but wouldn’t eat in again.

    MayaResponded on January 6, 2023Emma, I am so sorry to hear that this was your experience dining in with us. We never want our guests to feel rushed during their meal. I would love to get some more information to address these mistakes and make it up to you! Please reach out to me at 843-789-4299 or dlomba@theindigoroad. c o m Thanks! -Dave

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Service was phenomenal! Food was good too

    MayaResponded on January 6, 2023Awesome, thanks!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I brought my team here for a holiday dinner/ night out. Such a great spot! The decor, service, food, all of it was awesome. We really enjoyed our time. I had a few changes with my party number for the reservation and reached out directly, and they were able to quickly respond and accommodate us. We will be back!

    MayaResponded on December 28, 2022Such a treat to host you all! We hope to see you soon, Happy New Year!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Fantastic food and great service. An unexpected gem of Charleston, SC.

    MayaResponded on December 28, 2022Thanks for this fabulous review!

  22. JH

    JenniferH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    The food was really good but the service was meh, Christmas music was blasting and the host was just indifferent bordering on rude. No greeting when we walked in, couldn’t even be bothered to look up from his computer. We had an early (5:45) reservation so the restaurant was mostly empty. After the host finally deigned to acknowledge our presence he took us to a high top table in front of a table with two small and very loud toddlers. When I politely asked if we may sit somewhere quieter, he took me to a table of the other side of the toddlers. When I tried to explain to him that I’d love it if we could sit to the side, he informed me that all the side tables were reserved. Mind you, it’s 5:45 and there were maybe three or four tables sat so there really wasn’t any reason not to accommodate us. Instead we sat at the table next to the toddlers and then watched as the booths around us remained empty for the entirety of our meal. The food was excellent but the inflexible and disdainful host left a bad taste in my mouth.

    MayaResponded on December 28, 2022Jennifer, we are so sorry that you had this experience. We strive to be as flexible as possible to accommodate our guests! We would love a chance to make it up to you, please reach out to dlomba@theindigoroad. c o m We hope to hear from you soon, thanks!

  23. S

    Sally

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks! Beautiful restaurant! Our waiter was lovely as well!

    MayaResponded on December 28, 2022Thanks so much, Sally!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The atmosphere is upscale. The service was great. Just a little expensive for what we received food wise. But It was partly made up from the experience

    MayaResponded on December 20, 2022Thank you for this feedback! We are currently testing some new menu items, and greatly appreciate you taking time to let us know about your experience!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food great drinks great staff short rib was absolutely amazing

    MayaResponded on December 20, 2022Thanks so much!

  26. MJ

    MJ22

    Greensboro

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Vibe is cool. Food is ok not great. Waitress made a mistake, brought us someone else’s chips and salsa and then tried to charge us, not cool.

    MayaResponded on December 14, 2022Hey MJ, I am so sorry that you had this experience with us. This is not the Maya that we strive to be, and we never want anyone leaving feeling this way! I'd love to gather some more information about your evening if you don't mind reaching out! My direct contact is dlomba@theindigoroad.c o m I look forward to hearing from you!

  27. M

    Mess

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lindsey gave us the best service!! The food is always so good. Maya will not disappoint.

    MayaResponded on December 10, 2022We are so glad to hear this, excited to share with Lindsey thanks so much!

  28. MF

    MariaF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Just ok. Beautiful restaurant and food that looks like it’s going to be great but is just ok. The Brussels sprouts were amazing. Our server wasn’t very helpful or welcoming.

    MayaResponded on December 8, 2022Maria, I am so sorry that we dropped the ball during your visit. We very much appreciate the kind words about our ambience and Brussels! I would love to get some more information about your visit as we are always looking for ways to improve the guest experience, and in return send a token of our appreciation for the feedback. My direct email is dlomba@theindigoroad.c o m I hope to hear from you soon, thanks!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and our waitress was extremely accommodating of our food needs (one person gluten free and another was dairy free) she explained everything to us and even pointed out different dairy free items to try or ways things could be changed to be dairy free.

    MayaResponded on December 3, 2022Thank you so much for this awesome review! We are so glad that you all enjoyed, and hope to see you soon! -Dave

  30. SH

    SpyHop

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and the fact that EVERYTHING was gluten free was an absolute bonus. Waitress was super helpful.

    MayaResponded on December 2, 2022Thanks so much for this review! Always so happy to see the responses of our gluten free diners :)

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were visiting from out of town for Thanksgiving. My daughter has Celiacs Disease and cannot have any gluten. This restaurant is 100% gluten free. The entire family loved their dishes! Wonderful service!

    MayaResponded on December 2, 2022This is so great to hear, we hope to serve you all again next time you're in town! Thanks! -Dave

  32. SF

    SteveF

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Service was excellent. Ambience was excellent. Guacamole was outstanding as was the posole. The chicken and beef in the tacos were very dry.

    MayaResponded on December 2, 2022Steve, thanks for taking the time to review us, and your kind words! I am so sorry about your tacos, if you get the chance to stop by again please let us know and we would love to get you fresh ones on us. We slow cook all of our meats in house and it sounds like we dropped the ball that evening, but would love a second chance to show you what we are made of! Thanks again, Dave

  33. EC

    EmilyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place to eat. I will be back multiple times.

    MayaResponded on December 2, 2022Emily! Thanks so much, we can't wait to see you again!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very attractive casual setting. Friendly and attentive service. Drinks were just okay and rather pricey for the size. Brisket tacos were delicious and very hearty. Two made a meal. Chicken mole also very good. Guacamole needed to be spicier, but was very fresh and tasty. Overall a very nice dinner.

    MayaResponded on December 2, 2022We are so glad you all enjoyed your meals! We are always trying to improve our cocktail program and appreciate the feedback! If you happen to be on King Street during the week our house margaritas are included on our Happy Hour from 5-6:30 Tuesday-Thursday! Hope to see you soon! -Dave

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Overpriced for pretty basic Mexican. Manager was unhelpful. Ambiance is good. Would return to the bar.

    MayaResponded on December 2, 2022We are so sorry that we missed the mark on your meal, this is absolutely not the experience we strive for. I would love a chance to gather some feedback about your experience, as we are always looking for ways to improve. It would be our pleasure to treat you to your next meal with us, please don't hesitate to reach out - dlomba@theindigoroad. c o m I hope to hear from you soon! -Dave

  36. PF

    PamF

    Charleston

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was pretty good, but don't expect real big portions. The chicken mole was the best thing we ordered. Would go back.

    MayaResponded on December 2, 2022Pam, thanks for this feedback! We are always looking for ways to improve our menu, and will pass this along to the culinary team. I am so glad that you enjoyed the chicken mole! We hope to see you soon, and appreciate the time you took to review us!

  37. LW

    LisaW

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal w family after a long day on the road traveling from DC. The margarita menu was amazing!

    MayaResponded on November 21, 2022Thanks so much, Lisa! We are so glad you could relax and enjoy your evening with us after a long drive. Enjoy the rest of your stay!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Maya was recommended by a friend. We ended up getting there early and they sat us without hesitation! Everyone was friendly and made sure we had what we needed! The pumpkin colada was amazing—-pumpkin pie in a drink! the rest of our dinner was also very good. Loved the flavors and the portions were just right!

    MayaResponded on November 21, 2022We are so happy that you enjoyed your time with us! Our bar team really appreciates the feedback on the Pumpkin Colada, thanks!

  39. S

    Stephanie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Mediocre food, service was polite but slow, would not return, there’s too many excellent restaurants in Charleston

    MayaResponded on November 21, 2022Stephanie, we are so sorry that we missed the mark on your visit! I would love to get some more information from you about your experience, and make arrangements to show you the Maya experience you deserved! I will send you my direct contact information, and hope to hear from you soon! Thanks, -Dave

  40. RG

    RachelG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great for Celiac's - everything on the menu is gluten free.

    MayaResponded on November 21, 2022Rachel, thanks for this awesome review. We are so glad you enjoyed, and hope to see you again soon!

FAQs

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

Maya is rated 4.6 stars by 381 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 28 times today
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

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Brett Riley

  • 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

  • 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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