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Tempest

4.5
4.5
1657 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
USA Today 10Best, #1 Best New Restaurant in the Country. Upscale seafood restaurant, located on historic Market Street next to sister location, Church and Union Charleston. Tempest features hyper-local, sustainable South Atlantic seafood, with a seasonal menu curated by Chef Adam Hodgson and Bravo Top Chef Alum Chef Jamie Lynch Tempest's noteworthy raw and roast menu features both chilled and charcoal roasted options that will be prepared on a Mibrasa charcoal oven. The Mibrasa cultivates a subtle smoke flavor without compromising the integrity of the seafood and roasted selections. Impressive single, double and three tier Seafood Towers are also featured. Boasting a selection of seafood-friendly Old-World wines, along with hand-picked gins, rums and bourbons.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 31 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 10:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 996-4966

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Tyler Cook

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Sales Manager: (833) 605-1749

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Cross street

    East Bay Street

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • New Year's Eve 2023

    $100.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    We will be offering a special 3-course prix-fixe menu on New Year's Eve. Pricing is based off of reservation time + tax and gratuity: -$100: 4-6:45pm -$125: 7-7:45pm -$135: 8-until Reservation includes 1/2 bottle of champagne for parties of 2; 1 full bottle of champagne for parties of 4. A credit card is required to book the reservation and we have a 48 hour, $50 cancellation policy.
  • Christmas Eve | 3-Course Prix-Fix, $65 per person

    $65.00 per person

    Dec 24, 2022 only
    Please join us Christmas Eve! We will offer Christmas Eve features, 3-courses for $65 per person, in addition to our regular menu from 12pm-9pm. Our regular menu will also be offered. A credit card is required to hold your reservation - your card will not be charged for your meal until Christmas Eve. We do have a 48 hour $25 cancellation fee for the holiday. We look forward to celebrating with you and your family.

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What 1,657 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charleston

    Seafood

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Start to finish Tempest was amazing our host and waitress excellent!They welcomed us with a champagne toast as we were celebrating our anniversary. The food was fresh , flavorful and overall excellent! From the homemade bread puff with a sesame butter to our starter a butternut squash with shrimp then on to our entrees. I ordered the pan seared tuna my husband the market available fish , which he chose as a swordfish. Everything was tasty and each complimented the next. We paired cocktails instead of wine me going with the seasonal cocktail my husband the old fashion they didn’t disappoint! Ending our night with a dessert and complimentary drink. This is a must if you are in the area the decor and ambiance make it romantic but easily a night spent with friends too. Thank you for a wonderful evening!
  2. MC

    MariaC

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved the food, the service was amazing and the ambiance was very welcoming.
  3. CM

    CynthiaM

    Atlanta

    114 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    114 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the new roasted oysters that weee were on the menu! As usual all the brunch items were outstanding
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Did not enjoy this restaurant.
  5. w

    wendys

    Exclusive

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous experience at Tempest!! Not many seats so definitely reserve in advance for delectable seafood.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was excellent. I did the involuntary ‘look back’ when we left🤩 Each plate felt meticulously flavored. Our waitress was amazing, we even met the chef who brought us a test dessert and the host checked in at all the right moments. Music was great too. Too many little touches from Tempest to list. Can’t wait for our next meal! Thank you Tempest Family!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Food was subpar, lukewarm, and average at best. Not worth $450. for 4 people. We regularly dine at high end restaurant.
  8. J

    Jj1234

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Food was not good at all. My wife’s swordfish was inedible. My steak was rubbery and unseasoned. For 75$ a person I was underwhelmed and frustrated at the lack of quality last night.
  9. j

    jeanne

    Fayetteville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous Thanksgiving with the staff at Tempest … a must for any foodies or those just looking for an enjoyable place to pass the time.
  10. RB

    RobertB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving menu was superb, service was impeccable. We will return soon!
  11. m

    mmooregsu

    Charleston

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very friendly and helpful staff
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The 3 course lunch was really good.
  13. JR

    JulietteR

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great good, and ambiance Service is very good too
  14. m

    milfam13

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit to Tempest and the meal, ambiance + service were all first rate. The ceilings are a spectacular work of art by a local Charleston artist, the menu is innovative + our server was quite knowledgeable about everything from the decor to the preparation of each menu item. Our food and cocktails were fresh + perfectly prepared with fresh ingredients. Highly recommend the Feel the Beet mocktail, squash appetizer + swordfish. We will absolutely return on our next visit to Charleston!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing tuna tartare! Good service. Quite place, great for friends gathering or date.
  16. LH

    LoriH

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining experience from food to service to venue. Highly recommend!

    TempestResponded on November 21, 2022Lori, thank you for your review! We are so happy you were able to come by and hope to see you again soon!

  17. H

    Holly

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time here. We arrived early and went to the bar for drinks. We were enjoying ourselves so much, we decided to stay at the bar instead of moving to a table. The food was wonderful and the selection was perfect.

    TempestResponded on November 21, 2022Holly, thank you so much for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us and hope to see you again soon!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and food! We loved the clever way in which the bill was presented. Cocktails were fresh and well balanced and Gabriela did a fantastic job helping us navigate the menu.

    TempestResponded on November 18, 2022Thank you so much! We will be sure to pass your message along to Gabriela. We hope to see you again soon!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my birthday everything was great

    TempestResponded on November 18, 2022Thank you so much for your review! Happy belated birthday! We are so glad you were able to come in for such a special day.

  20. SC

    ScottC

    Charleston

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I’m a local and this was my first visit. It was fine, nothing was bad, nothing was amazing. I thought the portions were a little light given the prices. It’s quite loud because of wood floors and ceiling height. Location is a nightmare for parking.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of a kind experience, loved every second of it. Worth the price!

    TempestResponded on November 21, 2022Thank you for your review! We appreciate you coming in and hope to have your back again soon!

  22. CG

    CathyG

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was outstanding and the wait staff was terrible. Our reservation was delayed and wait staff made it up by bringing us extra things to try.The kitchen is upstairs, so they really have to hustle. My only complaint is the time it took between the apps and the main course was extensive. Same between the main course and dessert. We weren’t in a hurry so it wasn’t a big deal. Overall, great experience!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 2 year anniversary last night at tempest and it was amazing! We didn’t realize it’s a seafood restaurant with Asian flare upon arrival, but it was a pleasant surprise. I have a gluten allergy and our waitress was so helpful and accommodating. The whole staff really went above and beyond to talk to us and make it a great night. The food is so good. We got a dozen oysters (the scallion sauce was to die for) and I got the sheepshead and my boyfriend got the crab cake. The 1885 drink was also worth noting it was something like I’ve never had before! We will be back for sure!

    TempestResponded on November 9, 2022Happy Anniversary! We are so glad we could make it special and are looking forward to having you back in!

  24. MM

    MikeM

    Charlotte

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service. Great ambiance. Surely one of the best places I’ve ever been! The entire staff worked together and made us feel welcome as if we were regulars… and this was our first visit.

    TempestResponded on November 9, 2022MikeM, thank you for your review! We appreciate you coming in and are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Just awful. Swordfish was so salty that bordered on inedible. Fish flavored bread an odd “specialty”. Asparagus and broccoli tough and also overly salty. None of the young servers bothered asking how it was — most likely because the had tried some of it. At $160 for 2 people (including tip) a total rip off, probably preying on similar tourists who bought in to the website.
  26. b

    bethj

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We went for brunch; ambiance was beautiful and service was very good (if a bit on the slow side). The green salad and the pancakes were delicious
  27. SM

    SamuelM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible and the service was both professional and authentically friendly, which is too rare. My fiance and I really appreciated the nice little touches such as the "gift from the kitchen" bread and the fancy drinks given at the end of the meal. We will definitely be recommending this restaurant to loved ones.

    TempestResponded on November 9, 2022SamuelM, thank you so much for coming in! We really appreciate your recommendations and hope to see you again soon!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was outstanding. The chef is a true artist. Everything we had was delicious and beautifully presented. Our server was the right balance of friendly and knowledgeable. Great choice for an excellent restaurant in an area of Charleston that caters heavily to tourists and not generally known for high quality.

    TempestResponded on November 9, 2022Thank you so much for your review! We are so happy you enjoyed your experience with us!

  29. BR

    BarryR

    Charleston

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent evening!

    TempestResponded on November 4, 2022BarryR, thank you for your review! Cheers!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner and service was excellent. Small, quaint restaurant. Will go back on our next visit.

    TempestResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you so much! We are looking forward to seeing you on your next visit!

  31. t

    thendjdjkmdmasdal

    New Mexico

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    The restaurant was trying to be an up scale Charleston venue at the same time it wants to be a neighborhood eatery and bar. Just doesn't work.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we had was delicious, from the oysters to the snapper and swordfish entrees. Service was great.

    TempestResponded on October 31, 2022Thank you so much for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us!

  33. j

    johnnyboi

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food you need to get the tuna bombs! The fish was delicious, had a perfect crust while being tender inside. I had the special which came on a southern version of risotto but made with a southern rice. Make sure to also get the bok choy side, I could drink the sauce it’s cooked in its so gooood

    TempestResponded on October 31, 2022johnnyboi, thank you for your review! The tuna bombs are one of our favorites and we are so glad you enjoyed them!

  34. MP

    MeghanP

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great as was the service.

    TempestResponded on October 31, 2022MeghanP, thank you for your review! We appreciate you coming in and hope to see you again soon!

  35. s

    scottp

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic, and unique! Everything - the service, the originality and taste of the food - was perfect.

    TempestResponded on November 4, 2022scottp, thank you for your review! We hope to have you back in again soon!

  36. VD

    VanD

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent, portions were just right not to small. Service attentive and timely. Veterans discount made appropriate tipping for Kitchen and Service a pleasure.We will be back.

    TempestResponded on October 31, 2022Thank you so much for your review! We can't to have you back in!

  37. PR

    PatR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious! Service was helpful explaining the menu and making suggestions. Wonderful evening!

    TempestResponded on October 31, 2022PatR, thank you for coming in! We are glad you enjoyed your experience with us!

  38. m

    markm

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    After a long day of travel we decided on a whim to go to Tempest. So glad we did! Service and atmosphere were perfect and the food did not disappoint. Well worth checking this place out.

    TempestResponded on October 31, 2022markm, thank you so much for your review! We are glad you were able to stop by and hope to see you again soon!

  39. c

    chrisr

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated our engagement! What a thrill! Impeccable service, great food. Try something chargrilled. Superb! Fun. Interesting. Yum!

    TempestResponded on October 24, 2022chrisr, congratulations! We are so happy we could be a part of such a special day and glad you enjoyed your experience with us!

  40. P

    Pickypicky

    Charleston

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Bloodies very good-flavorful but not too spicy.. mushroom omelet and Benedict both very good-eggs cooked perfectly. Thin rye toast a nice touch. While the hash browns were tasty and different, fresh fruit or lightly dressed greens would be a nice, healthier option for brunch. Service was great and we enjoyed porch dining although it did get pretty warm. Shades or something to block sun would be a welcome addition. Will be back!

    TempestResponded on October 24, 2022Thank you so much! We hope to see you again soon!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Tempest is rated 4.5 stars by 1657 OpenTable diners.

Tempest does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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 31 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Tempest

32 N Market St, Suite C, Charleston, SC 29401

Additional information

  • Cross street

    East Bay Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 10:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tyler Cook

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (843) 996-4966

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Sales Manager: (833) 605-1749

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