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Maya, Charleston, SC

Maya

4.2
4.2
554 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. Paying homage to tradition, guests can enjoy classic Mexican staples not found elsewhere in Charleston, such as Al Pastor and Birria tacos, Chile Relleno, and Albondigas. 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 10 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.

    Maya Happy Hour Photo

What 554 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charleston

    Healthy

  • Charleston

    Lively

554 Reviews
  1. LarryD

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great service great value we enjoyed the Crunchwrap and loaded nachos.

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  2. quietdiners

    Charleston

    52 reviews

    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Delicious margaritas. Not too sweet with good flavor. Liked Quac and chips. I had fish tacos and my husband had fajitas al carbon. Both good. Excellent server named Hayley and other staff all very attentive.

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  3. Samantha

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    I’ve been looking forward to going to Amaya. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as good as I’d hoped it would be. Our server was unhappy to be there. He did not smile once. He was attentive but attitude plays a large part in a dining experience. The food was good enough but way over priced for Mexican food. I think they see hoping to be upscale Mexican food and that is not the case. Not only that, my friends carnita dinner (which was very pricey for what she got) was mostly fat. She couldn’t eat half of it. The black bean side was sad, $5 for a bowl of watered down black bean soup?? It was not good. Needless to say we’re we will not return. I would like to note the bartender was very friendly and the place was nicely decorated. Also it was essentially empty on a Sat night at 8 but even then, it was too loud to hear everyone at our table.

    MayaResponded on November 20, 2023

    Hi Samantha, I am sorry to hear that your experience with us wasn't the best, I would love the chance to make it right. You can reach me at 917-282-2973 My name is Jared Stanfield and you can reach me at any time. I hope to hear from you

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  4. Petepap

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Very very disappointing from the greet to the check

    MayaResponded 4 days ago

    Hi Pete, I'm really disappointed to see that your experience here with us wasn't the greatest. I would love to get your feedback.

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  5. MelissaS

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All the food and drinks were delicious! The birria tacos were my favorite that I've ever had!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The guacamole and chips with a margarita is a great way to start!

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  7. KatieS

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Maya has amazing and unique cocktails, and their tacos are delicious. The Crunchwrap supreme is delicious and huge. The patio is an outdoor oasis, it seriously transports you to a tropical place! My only suggestion would be to offer happy hour on Fridays as well.

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  8. AshleyW

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and staff was very friendly and attentive!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great drinks. We were there Halloween weekend and the staff all wore costumes

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  10. AmyG

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had an excellent meal at Maya's! Started with creative drinks including a tasty guava margarita. Shrimp skewers were incredible, guacamole was well-balanced. Veggie tacos were a well-spiced creative blend and steak fajitas were flavorful with side sauces that allowed us to adjust heat to our preferences. Topped off the meal with a deliciously creamy arroz con leche. Staff was very friendly and accommodating.

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  11. Karebear

    New York Area

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I have dined at Maya before and have always enjoyed it. This time we took our son who loved the food and cocktails! This had become our goto Mexican restaurant in Charleston!

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  12. KatieC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Birria tacos were so delicious!! The menu has changed since I last went and it was still all delicious. especially the mango Chile margarita.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Menu had been changed and they didn’t have what we were looking forward to. Ordered drinks upon arriving before ordering food but they didn’t arrive until we were halfway through eating - the manager comped those without us even saying anything. Food was okay but nothing exceptional and it was very loud inside. We had requested outside seating, but they weren’t seating outside because it was a bit chilly. 

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  14. SaRaH

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Maya never disappoints this Celiac diner and her loyal husband. Thank you for keeping me safe and serving delish food with a smile!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was amazing. Service was the best we have had in a long time, and the food was well prepared and presented. The Al pastor was on point and the ceviche was delicious. Definitely recommend!

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  16. luigi

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was absolutely delicious. Really fun atmosphere.

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  17. MaggieE

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We ate in the back patio Saturday night at 6pm. Our waitress was great. The bartender appeared to be new and we had to send our Paloma back. The bartender in the front part of the restaurant fixed the Paloma. They were out of our beer choice. The food was good, but not special.

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  18. MMGR

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    overall4food2service5ambience3
    Fabulous service, food was just ok, drinks were good, average atmosphere.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made a day of reso for a bridal party of 7. Our server Sophie was so accommodating and made us feel really special! We were definitely Woohoo girls, but she let us squabble away, her easy-going go with the flow attitude definitely made us feel comfortable and set the mood for a great rest of the night!  Good and drinks were great! Wasn’t crazy about the ceviche only bc I like authentic, but their signature mezcal drink was amaze. Would go back!

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  20. Gary

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Nice atmosphere and friendly staff. Started with house margarita-tasted like a Tequila gimlet, strong and tart. Guacamole nice texture and good chips but overpowered by lime flavoring. Steak fajitas awful-no flavor and believe the meat was previously cooked and reheated. For $27 would have expected more. Do not recommend.

    MayaResponded on October 20, 2023

    Hi Gary, I sincerely apologize you didn't have the experience we aim to give each guest. I would love to have you back to make it right, my name is Jared and you can reach me at 917-282-2973

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  21. BeateM

    Austin

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    It was good, but did not exceed expectations. The service was very good, and we had all of the tacos. My favorite was the fish taco.

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  22. KateF

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Food was mediocre at best. Service was super slow. Won’t go back.

    MayaResponded on October 12, 2023

    Hello Kate, I would love to follow up with you and disappointed that was your experience here. My name is Jared Stanfield, I'm the GM of Maya

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  23. Sara

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The space is so pretty and relaxed. Our server, Anna was knowledgeable and helpful throughout the entire meal. The food was excellent with large servings at a decent price. The cherry on it was that the entire menu, minus to items, were gluten free! Being someone who can not consume gluten, this was such a pleasant surprise. 5/5 recommend Maya.

    MayaResponded on October 12, 2023

    Hi Sara! Thank you so much for the kind words and we hope to have you back with us!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great place & great location - we will be happily coming back again soon

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  25. 2friendsinnyc

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    We used to love Maya, but it’s changed. Everything was way too salty (esp. chips, salsa & guac). The fish tacos were too fishy. The steak fajitas needed toppings. The place was empty except for the bar. The bathrooms were closed and we had to use the facilities in the bar upstairs. This is not the restaurant it used to be.

    MayaResponded on October 12, 2023

    Hi, I'm so sorry that was your experience, you caught us on a night that we had to stop letting guest in because of issues with flooding. Also, I apologize that our menu wasn't to your liking, I would love to have you in again to make things right. My name is Jared

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  26. RobertR

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The atmosphere was upbeat, and the staff was friendly and very inviting. The chips were outstanding I could not get enough of them. The drinks were very good and the main course was plentiful and delicious. I would go back here in as many times as i could.

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  27. Bristol44

    Orlando

    40 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The steak fajitas were not good at all. The steak was tough and stringy. My daughter’s fish tacos were overcooked. On a positive note, the barroom drinks were quite good and the service was friendly and professional! O would return for the cocktails and appetizers.

    MayaResponded on October 2, 2023

    Hello! Thank you for your feedback and I sincerely apologize that was your experience. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you my name is Jared.

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  28. BrookeP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was very attentive to my dairy allergy & her recommendations were spot on!

    MayaResponded on October 2, 2023

    Hi Brooke! Thank so very much for the great review and we hope to have you back!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Great ambiance, great service. Drinks were fantastic. Food was so-so and for the price it wasn’t worth it. I would return here for a happy hour but probably would not come back for dinner.

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  30. Robyn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I visited last night for the first time. We both really love this style of food. Very bool vibe. Delish food. Super fun, and tasty drinks, and our service was good. We'll definitely be back. Thank you.

    MayaResponded on September 23, 2023

    Wow thank you so much and thank you for taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed Maya!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Sit outside. They have a lovely covered area that is very pretty. Food was very good. The only reason it got a 4 star was the guacamole and chips were so salty it wasn’t edible. Otherwise very good!

    MayaResponded on September 22, 2023

    Thank you! We hope to have you back and thank you for the feed back! Please let me know when you are coming back in. My name is Jared

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  32. RobynS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The queso and homemade chips had a little kick to it (not too much!). My husband said his shrimp skewers were delicious and loved the sauce (he's not a fan of yogurt but really liked this). Glad we went after a Dock Street Theater production. Very cute vibe. Didn't get to go outside because of the rain but ambience indoors was very nice.

    MayaResponded on September 20, 2023

    Hi Robyn, Thank you so much for the kind words and phenomenal review. Please let me know when you and your husband are coming back in. My name is Jared and I am the GM here. Have a great Week.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Food was fair. Nothing special for the price. The service was very good. I thought it was strange to not have more beer Mexican beer choices. Probably won’t return

    MayaResponded on September 20, 2023

    I am so sorry you had a less than stellar experience here, we are actually working on getting some different Mexican beers(I notice the same when I took over) Would love to have you come back in and try the food again. My name is Jared and you can reach me at 917-282-2973

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  34. GinaH

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly with great service and the food is very good.

    MayaResponded on September 12, 2023

    Hi Gina! Thank you so much! We hope to have you back!

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  35. Localeater

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    So-so place. Nothing outstanding, but nothing bad either. The drinks were good if you don’t like sugary margaritas. Food was alright.

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  36. Foodiequeen

    Detroit

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    We waited 25 minutes before one person came to wait on us. Our server was not very friendly. The food was ok, not what we had hoped for.

    MayaResponded on September 4, 2023

    Hello, I am so sorry to hear this was your experience. This is not our standard and would love to speak to you more about what happened and hopefully make it up to you at one of our other locations.

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  37. mike

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good service and nice gluten free menu. Enjoyed the evening.

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  38. DallasDawn

    Dallas

    43 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    My 3 friends and I so wanted this place to live up to the hype but unfortunately it fell a bit flat. Our waitress was the best part of the night, she was great and we appreciated her genuine effort to make things better. But the first and most obvious problem was the sheer fact that we had to shout just to talk to each other. The volume was off the charts loud and it made trying to carry on a conversation impossible. And the second thing was the spice level in our food was uncomfortably excessive, even for those who enjoy spicy food. We will say the peach appetizer was amazing, but the tacos just set our mouths on fire… and not in a good way.

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  39. SarahG

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Menu was very good. Food was fresh and gave my daughter lots of gluten free options. Service was great !

    MayaResponded on August 24, 2023

    Thank you so much for the kind words and we hope to have you back

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an AMAZING dinner at Maya! We went for my birthday and the staff was incredibly friendly. My fiancé is gluten free and there were plenty of options for him. They were very accommodating with everything from allergies to spice level. I will definitely be coming back.

    MayaResponded on August 22, 2023

    I am so happy that you had such an amazing experience with us! Thank you so much for the kind words and we would love 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 4.2 stars by 554 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

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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