Rudy Royale

4.4
76 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Southern
Fried Chicken + Cocktails + Live Fire Grill + Fun
Rudy Royale, located in downtown Charleston combines a fun atmosphere with approachable yet elevated seasonal cuisine. Event & Private Dining Spaces Available.

Offers

  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available

    Sun 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Fri - Sat 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM

    Who is ready for Happy Hour? Come see us Thursday - Sunday from 3-5pm for food & beverage specials!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 76 people are saying
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ChrisD
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I found lipstick on my glass. It is not something you want to see during Covid. My wife loved her meal but I was just not overwhelmed by my plate. I ordered the fried chicken plate white meat and I felt the chicken was over cooked or the oil needed to be changed. Everything else was okay.

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vipKaitlin
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food1service4ambience1

I really wanted to give this restaurant more stars, but I just can't. First thing, when we sat down at our table we could barely hear one another speak, because the music was so loud. I asked the hostess if we could move and she happily moved us to the other room. Plus she let them know about the noise level in that particular room. Secondly, the food. We started off with some fried pickles, which were delicious, so we were excited for the rest of the meal. I wish we would've stopped there. I ordered the chicken sandwich and my husband ordered the 2 piece meal. His fried chicken was heavily batter and extremely greasy. Not to mention there was no seasoning what so ever. My sandwich was raw in the center... I'm talking if this was a piece of steak it would've been a rare/medium rare in the center. Thankfully I had cut the sandwich in half before taking a bite since it was such a large piece of chicken. Ultimately that ruined lunch for me. No wants to see that. Our waiter was extremely apologetical for what happened and got me something else right away. I ordered the chicken tenders instead for my new plate. They were extremely bland just like my husband's 2 piece.

The only reason I'm giving this review 3 stars is because of the staff. They were very friendly and took care of the sandwich issue right away, but we will not be returning because the food was just not good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited on New Year’s Eve and had a great experience there. Elle, our server, provided a wonderful personality along with very responsive service, and honest and accurate recommendations. The cocktails were served with an ample pour from the bar, and the warm crab dip with bread was delicious and came in a well sized portion. I had the chicken sandwich, and my wife had the salmon, we were each very, very pleased with our meals. It’s not a ‘fancy’ restaurant, and the menu is limited, but the food and drinks we had that evening were top notch. I would highly recommend this restaurant for casual and tasty dining.

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Melongma123
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food wonderful service! A little pricey for a more casual ambiance. But overall a good experience. Great cocktails

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Libblue
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is fabulous! Run don’t walk to get there! The chicken fingers were the best I’ve ever had and the Mac and cheese was awesome!

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robertak
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was a disaster for our first night in Charleston. I don’t often write reviews but this place does not deserve a good review. Food was terrible, other than the waiter the service was awful. I asked the manager/host to turn on the Christmas lights in the window where we were sitting and he acted like I was an idiot, he wouldn’t do it! This was a Christmas trip for us so any ambience we could get we’d have taken it. I had the hanger steak which was awful and cost $35 for a few small pieces of steak and a mound of ridiculous crispy things that were difficult to eat, I gave up! My husbands oysters were terrible. This was almost a$100 dinner with no drinks. Bad value, bad customer service other than our waiter, and the stink when you walked in was awful! Do not go here, there’s so many fabulous restaurants in Charleston, choose something else.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal with excellent service highly recommend if you like chicken!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Really enjoyed the fried chicken and shrimp.

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vipbilld10
Portland
26 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food, fair prices and excellent waitress. A fairly new restaurant worth trying.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Perhaps my mistake as I thought this was something better than bar food at the airport. We had a variety of entree’s, all tasted greasy and without flavor. It’s ok for college kids but not so much for folks looking for better food.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon was very good! Loved the sauce and the crispy exterior of the filet but not over cooked on the inside. Would definitely get again!

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vipEarl
New England
50 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance, great service and We enjoyed the crab toast and the charboiled oysters.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience2

The restaurant had a horrible smell of backed up sewer. Overall the food and drinks were good, but it was a horrible smell inside of the restaurant.

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vipBreChanel
Greensboro
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken was amazing! Definitely will be back soon!

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ChrisK
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The chicken sandwich and mac & cheese were great, and the service was outstanding! Would definitely recommend.

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BiancaL
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server Michael made our dinner an enjoyable and fun event! The cocktails were yummy and the food was delicious. The deviled eggs were perfect and the cornbread was very moist and tasty The chicken itself was tender and juicy but had a little too much crunch in the skin for my taste. The pricing was a little on the high side but again having Michael as our server made everything better! We’ll definitely go back next time we visit…;0

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vipMrsP
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server, Courtney, was the best!

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vip51foodie
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent fried chicken.....period.

Was a great lunch on a Sunday. Place was quite and we ordered the chicken strips where were great with a very unique honey mustard. Also had a fried chicken sandwich and it was the best I have ever had. And, I have had a few fried chicken sandwiches. :)

My friend had the chicken and dumplings and it was very savory and had a down-home kind of goodness to it. Very delicious. Also our server was excellent and it was an outstanding meal at a good price. i can't wait to go back!

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PKK1
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The chicken tenders were amazing here! Must go to try these super tender chicken strips! One of our salads were forgotten and they finally got it when the rest of us were done eating, and then it was served without many items that described the salad on the menu. Bad part was the server just sat it down 25 minutes late and never mentioned anything wrong with the salad. It took some asking in order for them to consider offering a discount, but in the end they comped the salad which was very nice. Give it a try! We'd go back for the chicken!

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Beavigil
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nos gustó mucho. El.personal amable. La comida bien. Típico americano muchos condimentos

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KMRGG
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Great chicken!!

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vipStephenG
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration and food and service were great as always.

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YusufS
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was amazing (had a really nice and attentive waitress); but the food was just OK, Slaw was very good; did not like the fried chicken coating; Portions were large and we did take to-go boxes.

Was expensive for what you got.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

We didn’t think the food was that great. The tuna on brioche was not great. The atmosphere was not that cool. Service was great. We wouldn’t go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and really wonderful server!!!

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BeatrizL
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and excellent service! And a great selection of cocktails n beer!

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vipFaithZ
Jacksonville
14 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Michael was great! We especially loved the Palomas, Fried Chicken, Mac& Cheese and Corn Bread.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here on a Monday night and it was fantastic. Not many people there. I enjoyed the music they played and their chicken and dumplings were amazing. Our server was pretty awesome too. Thanks for a great experience!

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vipBrittanyG
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was really great!

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vipGlobaldiner61
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very good. Our waitress, Jade, was impressive! We look forward to returning soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Burnt cornbread, fly in cocktail, dirty plate

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ChristineD
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved it. It was a little dark for the outdoor dining but overall great experience. Food was amazing.

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SuzP
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Mariah was amazing and the food was great

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MissChristie
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service was on the slower side due to sudden employment changes. Our waiter apologized which was nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food! Our server was adorable! We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great Food and service, the whole chicken was amazing. The drink menu is lacking. Overall I go to a place for the food and it was great but the overall decor seemed to be leftovers from past residents. The bar area looked like a frat house the morning after with no liquor and only a few cans of sprite and pre mixed cocktails laying around a massive wood back bar.

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NathanW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hosted 12 folks in the Limerick Room. Food, service, and atmosphere were great. Would definitely go again.

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jpie
West Palm Beach
16 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food and our waiter was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Nothing against the food or service but this is not a great choice if you desire to have a good discussion over a meal. Very loud and the place was only half full.

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GregB
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mac and cheese was great! Pete thought the corn bread was a little dry, but my friend Josh loved it. Our sever was outstanding. Did I mention the Mac and cheese was incredible!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Rudy Royale using the Order Online button. Rudy Royale also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 297-4443.

Rudy Royale is rated 4.4 stars by 76 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.