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Rudy Royale, Charleston, SC

Rudy Royale

4.4
4.4
641 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern
Rudy Royale combines a fun atmosphere with approachable yet elevated seasonal cuisine. This establishment has an extensive cocktail list and takes pride in serving a great selection of local beers. Chef & Owner Macready Downer consistently elevates and updates our menu to provide something new and delicious every visit. The food is always fresh and flavorful, and the service is top-notch. Whether you're looking for a casual meal or a special occasion dinner, Rudy Royale is sure to please. Make a reservation today -- we'd love to serve y'all.

Event & Private Dining Spaces Available.



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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 12 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southern, Seafood, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Thu, Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Happy Hour Mon, Tue, Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon, Tue, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (843) 297-4443
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Macready Downer
  • 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
    Street Parking
  • 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, Weekend Brunch, 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!

What 641 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Kid-friendly

  • South Carolina

    Southern

  • Charleston

    Great for brunch

  • Charleston

    Good for business meals

  • Charleston

    Kid-friendly

  • Charleston

    Good for groups

  • Charleston

    Lively

641 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and wonderful staff! The live music was amazing!

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  2. barbaraZ

    Baltimore

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server, Sean,, —. Outstanding…attentive,informative without being overbearing. Mac and cheese was good, potato soup not as thick as we liked and the very best part of the meal was the chicken pot pie! Have never had one better.. We will be back

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  3. SundaeJ

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Foods was good but service was slow so food came out cold .

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  4. LindsayM

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The brussel sprouts were incredible - everything else was just ok.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had family out of town and had to grab a quick bite to eat, and they were able to accommodate us fast and easy. The flank steak sandwich was delicious. The service was amazing !

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  6. Toedi

    Toronto

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointing. Had been there before and enjoyed so much. Terrific food and drinks. Service was non- existent. Bartender really tried.

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  7. GTGoble

    Jacksonville

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    My husband's chicken and waffles was excellent. My eggs benedict was definitely underwhelming; from presentation to taste. They simply put the two poached eggs on muffins w/ the hollandaise sauce in a bowl ?? No garnish, no side, nothing. It really looked pretty pathetic for $18+ If the taste was outstanding, I may have overlooked the presentation but the muffins are too thick. They should be sliced in half, as is usually the case, and the hollandaise was much to lemony. Thankfully, my husband's meal was fine. The Royale Bloody Mary presentation was outstanding! The flavor was also quite good. However, there were SO many seeds in it (not sure why or from what but...) I literally couldn't take a sip, either from the glass or a straw, without getting a mouthful of tiny little seeds. It became so annoying, I finally surrendered and left half of my drink, unfortunately. April was our server and once she realized we really were nice people, she warmed up and was excellent! The overall 'vibe' of the restaurant is great but I must say we were pretty surprised with the LACK OF "southern hospitality' that we hear so much about. It wasn't just at Rudy's. It seemed like 99% of the places we went, the hostesses and wait staff were not friendly at all. It's hard to get off your wallet for a 20%+ tip for that type, especially when Charleston adds tax for SC State, Charleston County, Hospitality and Liquor (an addt'l $7.35 on a $60 tab) In summary, If you're going for Chicken and Waffles and a Royale Bloody Mary... don't hesitate. Otherwise, eh, it's just ok.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We got Tempura Flounder. Menu said it had sliced apples included. Sides were extra. My sides was cole slaw and my wife got crispy potatoes. Her side order of crispy potatoes were the best thing we got. Flounder was pretty good. I was served one sliver of sliced apples, almost nonexistent. Drinks were good as was the service. Summary We got 2 orders of tempura flounder, 2 sides, 1 glass of wine, 1 gin and tonic and bill was $94 plus tip it all totaled about $114. We probably ordered the wrong item. We asked server what was house specialty and she did not suggest anything. Later I found out they possibly specialize in fried chicken. Probably not going back due to not enjoying our main menu item, tempura flounder. $114 for two people is not a great value when you don’t love the food.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was amazing! food was great! Service was outstanding! Will definitely be back!

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  10. Omieedoo

    Jacksonville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great seafood dip Pot pie was amazing Notorious Chicken Sandwich was one of a kind. MaryAnn was the best. We sat Barside

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  11. RachelK

    Pittsburgh

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappoints! Best fried chicken and espresso martini we’ve ever had;) Will always stop here when visiting Charleston!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceeded expectations!! Food was excellent and service was on point.

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  13. KatieK

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    most of the food was excellent. One dish, chicken pot pie, had undercooked potatoes and the sauce was too salty.

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  14. Curtis

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I really enjoyed the scenery. Very chill but luxurious setting. Visited the restaurant on Valentine's Day and the experiences was well worth it. Unique dishes in case you're an adventurer, nothing out of the ordinary. Service was excellent.

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  15. PF1036

    Atlantic City

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lunch was first rate as was the ambiance and value. The service was outstanding. Great location.

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  16. RichardC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was excellent. Food was just average. Fried chicken portions were small. Pot pie was not a pie. It was stew with a piece of puff pastry on top.

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  17. Yummy

    Atlanta Metro

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious fried chicken. Fun non alcoholic drinks.

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  18. Badgersrock

    Western NC

    121 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    121 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our wait person was friendly, polite, and knowledgeable. We ordered the deviled eggs which were simply prepared and very tasty. My husband enjoyed the beet and arugula salad with orange sections and chopped candied pecans. We were looking for a light lunch so shared the Rudy Royale interpretation of chicken pot pie. And we were disappointed. The chicken was dry perhaps from poaching too long. The sauce was too thick and the spice mix used was not one we felt complimented the other ingredients. Two of the 3 items were good but on the whole lunch was less than satisfying.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Inattentive waitstaff. Mediocre food. Loud and uninspiring ambience.

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  20. JustinP

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I wasn't super excited about ordering "just" a chicken sandwich for dinner but it was killer. Really delicious

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The only complaint I have is we weren’t greeted by the server for a least 15 minutes after we sat down. We sat for over 20 minutes before getting our drinks. The food was great. Loved the crispy shrimp.

    1 person found this helpful

  22. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service!! Really good overall experience.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Only complaint- literally ONLY complaint were the screaming kids running around while we were eating. And I know that’s a touchy subject to address. But there were times when the servers were dodging kids under their feet. And we weren’t happy about hearing kids screaming while we were trying to enjoy a nice dinner- Maybe we will sit at the bar next time to eat?? No kids allowed there- right? 😜

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  24. KathyD

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fried chicken was crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside. Perfect! Everyone who had the steak said it was delicious and a nice portion. Collard greens were great! Dinner menu slightly different than lunch. Energetic atmosphere but not obnoxiously loud.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chris was the most amazing server!! The food was great and I was especially glad to go during restaurant week. If you don’t order the crab dip you are missing out!!!

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  26. sandraw

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    First time visiting this restaurant. Needed an early dinner reservation and we got one, same day. Three of us ordered different appetizers, entrees and desserts. We were pleased with each course. The food was very good and well presented. Speaking only for myself, I would’ve liked my soup and entree much hotter than what was served to me. The cream of potato soup was huge and delicious; had it been nice and hot, 5 stars. My sliced flank steak entree with fingerling potatoes was very tasty. Meat could have been much hotter and was cooked a little past the medium I requested. Again, could’ve been a 5 star. There was only a party of four in the dining room with us so this restaurant should have been able to serve the meals hot from the oven. And the server delivered two at a time and then brought the third. Three entrees are very manageable. Banana pudding, chocolate torte and strawberry cheesecake parfait were all winners! I would recommend this restaurant and they are also open for lunch. On my next visit I will get the fried chicken or chicken pot pie; both were mentioned in many reviews. The decor was very nice, tables were not crowded and it’s located just a block from the City Market in Charleston. Easily walkable from so many hotels. Enjoy.

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  27. MilfordF

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had old friends in town visiting. Searching for a place for dinner om a Monday might is problematic, many places are closed. Had eaten here once before, remembered it, brought the menu up on line. The decision was easy. Everyone fully enjoyed their selection. The appetizers were outstanding, brought the comment that one could have made a full meal with the crab dip. Will definitely go back.

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  28. BradG

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time at Ruby Royale. The food was excellent! The service was attentive and friendly. We will definitely come back here.

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  29. DonnaD

    Boise

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were disappointed in the food quality. Service was exceptional. The banana pudding was a big disappointment.

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  30. AndrewH

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Felt like a brewery but with very elevated cuisine! I didn't mind feeling like I could be more relaxed

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service. We had a stroller with us, and they were able to find us a table where the stroller could roll alongside without having to wake the baby. Servers were so friendly and the food was fantastic with great portion sizes. Battered fries were delicious!

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  32. FoodLover8

    Philadelphia

    59 reviews

    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good service and variety of menu items. We went with family and we all found something to eat during our Charleston stay.

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  33. NatashaL

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for restaurant week menu was good but food had no flavor/didn’t taste good & my drink was not worth the money !

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  34. JessicaK

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed my birthday dinner with my family. Food was great! Apps, food and drinks served in a timely manner (staff highly prepared for Restaurant week), friendly and professional staff, clean restaurant and bathrooms. Nice atmosphere.

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  35. andread

    Austin

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m so glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried this restaurant! The food and service was amazing! I would highly recommend the fried chicken sandwich, cornbread, and skirt steak. The portions are large so a lot of the panties can be shared or you might have leftovers. I cannot wait for my next visit to Charleston and Rudy Royale!

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  36. JeannineS

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    It was very expensive and very average. Definitely won't be returning any time soon.

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  37. MichaelC

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Food ok, soup would have been better if it was warm. Chicken sandwich was the best, should have come with fries!

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  38. Steve

    Charlotte

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Would not recommend for brunch. Limited choices and food really average. Biscuit and jelly was good.

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  39. AmberW

    Miami

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was decent we ordered a lot of apps crab dip, pimento cheese, deviled eggs, and fried pickles. Found the apps to be better than the meals. Chicken pot pie and chicken sandwiches. Our server was extremely rude and cold. Even my 13 year old commented on her mood.

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  40. Paulo

    Atlanta Metro

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service. Good food nice people.
    Rudy RoyaleResponded on January 8, 2024
    Paulo- Thanks for your great review! Please dine with us again soon so we can earn that fifth star! -MF

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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 4.4 stars by 641 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Rudy Royale

209 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-2608

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Market Street & Cumberland Street
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Charleston
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Thu, Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Happy Hour Mon, Tue, Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon, Tue, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southern, Seafood, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Macready Downer
  • 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, Weekend Brunch, 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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