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Rudy Royale, Charleston, SC

Rudy Royale

4.2
4.2
262 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Southern, Farm-to-table, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Thu, Fri 11:30 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Mon, Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 297-4443

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chris Simmons

  • Private party facilities

    Rudy Royale in downtown Charleston, SC offers private dining rooms + three event spaces + custom menus to accommodate groups from 15 to 100 guest.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Cross street

    Market Street & Cumberland Street

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM,Sat - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Who is ready for Happy Hour? Come see us Thursday - Sunday from 3-5pm for food & beverage specials!

Popular dishes

What 262 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
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charleston

    Great for Brunch

  • Charleston

    Kid Friendly

  • Charleston

    Hot Spot

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  1. S

    Shed

    Chicago

    152 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    152 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Excellent Chicken
  2. C

    Cheyenne

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eric served us and was so helpful! I love friendly servers. That mimosa flight was to die for. 12 more please!
  3. PP

    PatP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our food was delicious, staff was friendly and attentive, and at 6:30pm on a Monday evening, it was relatively quiet and peaceful! All in all, a wonderful first time trying it out, and we'll be back for sure!
  4. NK

    NancyK

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went for restaurant week and everyone was very satisfied with their food choices. Between the four of us, we tried the tomato and corn bisque, the deviled eggs, and the risotto and everything was delicious. Our entrees consisted of fried chicken, shrimp and grits, and chicken and dumplings. Everything was hot and delicious, and the French fries, creamy grits and dill coleslaw were so good. And of course dessert was yummy as well. Our server, Courtney, was attentive and friendly. We will likely go back.
  5. CB

    CaroB

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    We were disappointed by the food - the best part were the fresh tomatoes in the salad and the bread that came with the dip. The dip was to creamy mayo‘y, the grilled oysters had pieces of shell in them, and the pesto sauce in the tomato salad was blah. The ambience was great though, but it didn’t match the food, unfortunately.
  6. WH

    WilliamH

    St. Louis

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a Sunday brunch. Great service that was very attentive. Food was very good. Would except a built more variety but still offered several good options.
  7. KW

    KiaraW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Came for restaurant week, our waiter barley checked on us or told us updates on our food. it was a 30 minute wait after each course. Also there was no exceptions for asking to not have something on a salad for the first course like what if i’m allergic to something.. they should be a little more open to modifications regardless of the limited menu.
  8. j

    jimp

    Charleston

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Very nice menu for restaurant week. Normal menu looks very good. Will come back next time we have visitors in town.
  9. Z

    Zaida

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    This review is specifically for my 9/16 visit. We've eaten here twice before, sat at the bar, & loved the food. This night we were coming for Restaurant Week. The table we were seated at was sticky which is just a gross feeling. Of the 2 appetizers, 2 entrées and the pecan pie, most of it was forgettable at best. Deviled eggs were good but not wow. Peaches appetizer tasted alright but the grumble stuck in your teeth. I paid extra to get a ribeye for my entrée. Cooked perfectly med rare but so charred, it tasted burnt so very disappointing. I've eaten their salmon & broccolini before, VERY flavorful & cooked perfectly. Tonight my boyfriend's salmon was meh, and my broccoli, although charred, was almost raw and zero seasoning. Pecan pie was tasty but I personally make a delicious pecan pie so nothing I can't enjoy at home. Hopefully it was just an off night or Restaurant Week slackness and not indicative of what may happen next time we go.
  10. A

    Applen

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    I had an awesome experience all the way around, but I did notice that some bowls like shrimp and grits and banana pudding came out without plates underneath them. It is a nice place and that was a little not attractive for presentation. But everything else was great!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our group decided to order almost every appetizer on the menu and share them for our meal. Everything was DELICIOUS and our server was so helpful in suggesting bars for us to go to afterwards for our bachelorette party.
  12. CN

    CandaceN

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charleston restaurant week. Options excellent, portions perfect, actually couldn’t finish dessert! This was our 1st visit, will not be our last.
  13. PJ

    PJP1532

    Atlanta

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Sadly, we were disappointed. This service was too casual, we were greeted with Hi Guys, I am not a guy. My husband and I went out for a nice evening and meal, Rudy's missed the mark. The food was good, not great. There are a lot of restaurants in Charleston with great food, and great service.
  14. W

    Wills

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Sarah..,, I think was her name, was just so accommodating and helpful. She went well beyond usual service levels. The food was flavorful, well presented and good value. The AC blew directly on us so she helpfully moved us outside. The crab dip didn’t rate and we couldn’t find any crab.
  15. KH

    KaranH

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    There were 8 of us. No one had a good entree. Building is very nice but restaurant has to step it up several steps
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    The food wasn’t great. It needed more seasoning and tasted bland. The dessert was good.
  17. JK

    JKD1

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Good food and service
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We decided on this spot for Sunday brunch and it did not disappoint. We had mimosas flights, Bloody Mary, devil eggs, fried chicken sandwich, bacon egg and cheese sandwich and the avocado toast with shrimp. Everything was delicious, this is a must try location.
  19. E

    Edisto

    Charleston

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good chicken and dumplings. Pleasant surroundings and good location
  20. A

    Availability

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Nice atmosphere. Better to stop in and sit at the bar and grab a drink and quick bite. Service was not great. Did not see our waiter except to bring food. Did not ask about drinks or refills. Food was left to be desired
  21. JV

    JosephV

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food quite tastey but portions were small. Good experience however.
  22. SH

    SuHe

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and served at a nice pace. The service was also wonderful.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    We made our reservations here based on the good reviews we read. This was our last dinner before our girls trip ended. So we were extremely disappointed with the ending. To start we ordered our cocktails and they didn’t arrive until after our appetizer. Then the glass was dirty on my sisters sangria. We asked a passing server for a new drink and our server said they were all out of the sangria, so she had to pick a different cocktail. That One didn’t come out until after our dinner came. Then , we asked to have our Mac and cheese appetizer our first. Then afterwards wanted our wedge salad and deviled eggs second. The salad and eggs came out first with the Mac and cheese following up about 20 min later. When we mentioned the Mac and cheese was supposed to be first the server told us once everything is in there is no control on how it comes out of the kitchen. I think IF that’s the case then maybe don’t put everything in at once. All of the appetizers and salads were delicious. I wish we just went for small plates. I ordered the Shrimp and Grits which were terrible. I took two bites and couldn’t do it. My sister ordered the brisket which more seemed like pot roast in a soup/broth with no flavor and very dry. We don’t ever send food back. But we could not eat it. They did take the entrees off the bill. It was just not a very memorable experience for our last weekend in Charleston.
  24. MM

    MikeM

    Cleveland

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rachel rocked it as a server and kept us laughing. Great food, great value. We’ll be back for sure. Chicken and dumpling gnocchi…wow!!
  25. SK

    SeelyK

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and ambiance!
  26. MF

    MicheallaF

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The mimosa flight is great and the chicken is perfect!!
  27. AW

    AnthonyW

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cornbread was wonderful Beef Brisket was excellent. Portions size right 🍌 pudding was great. Not too sweet. Right for the palate. As for the service, top notch. Excellent job from the female bartenders.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Extremely long wait time…had a reservation but was in there at least 3 hours. Food was good once finally received..
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience3
    We had to wait about 15 min although we had a reservation scheduled. They didn’t have some beers offered on the menu. Also, when the check came, the prices were higher than the ones listed on the menu. When we asked about it for the attendant, she apologized and said the price were updated but some menus cart’s on the table were not. But at least they made the price listed on our menu cart.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience4
    The service was wonderful. Every staff member was hustling, our server was attentive. The drinks were as basic as they could be, the fried chicken dry, the French fries were cold and unappealing, the shrimp and grits was appetizer sized and unimpressive. The only good part was the mac and cheese appetizer and the waiter.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Waited over an hour for food, we had hair on one plate, when it was sent back it backed back with steak severely undercooked. The Mac and cheese pasta was almost crunchy due to noodles being undercooked and the tomatoes for the heirloom tomato and burrata plate were not even close to ripe. Extremely disappointing
  32. MJ

    MaryJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Chicken was very salty. This was our second time eating here. We chose this place because our first experience was great, both food and service.
  33. KG

    KatieG

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The atmosphere, food, and environment was great! Would recommend to anyone!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Fried chicken was crazy good. Service was a little bit slow, but it was a holiday weekend. Chicken and dumplings was number two.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was sooooo good. Cannot wait to return.
  36. PR

    PeggyR

    Atlanta

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our servers at Rudy Royale were fantastic. They worked so hard to take care of us and ensure we enjoyed our meal. We sat outside on the sidewalk, and had tasty fried pickles, lots of fried chicken, and cold drinks. The Frosé is really nice, and the draft list is good. Great views of the Customs House too.
  37. DC

    DCShippy

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Truly enjoyed Rudy Royale… the fried chicken was delicious and the cucumber salad was outstanding! The Bloody Mary was spicy too! Service was excellent, and they had plenty of table space for bigger parties. Go there now!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. I'll wait it was great and the atmosphere was cozy!!
  39. LW

    LisaW

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch spot for our family. My granddaughter loved the banana pudding pancakes while grandma enjoyed chicken & waffles.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat, staff was friendly and food was awesome!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Rudy Royale is rated 4.2 stars by 262 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 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Rudy Royale

209 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-2608

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Market Street & Cumberland Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Thu, Fri 11:30 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Mon, Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Southern, Farm-to-table, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chris Simmons

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (843) 297-4443

  • Private party facilities

    Rudy Royale in downtown Charleston, SC offers private dining rooms + three event spaces + custom menus to accommodate groups from 15 to 100 guest.

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