Tempest

4.7
945 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, 5Church 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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Experiences

  • Thanksgiving 2021

    $75.00 per person

    Nov 25, 2021 only

    Please join us for a 3-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving Day menu. The price will be $75 per person and $30 for children 12-under. We will also be offering optional wine pairings for each course. We do have a 48 hour $25 cancelation policy for the holiday. We look forward to seeing you then!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 945 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Fabulous!!!

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vipPixie
Charleston
34 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best meals I have ever eaten...ever!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Server was pleasant. Other than that, I can’t remember a worse restaurant experience. So sorry for delivering a less than flattering review, but maybe this will encourage another patron to look for a different restaurant.

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DonnaH
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Tasty, well prepared food, but too expensive. Limited menu.

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BenL
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good cocktails and seafood. Vibe was really variable-- when the lights dropped a bit and the music level raised, I felt more comfortable. Before that, it felt a bit too quiet.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Great service

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and food. Waiter, Josh, was excellent and knowledgeable about the menu and offered suggestions.
Hostess was unwilling to sit us outside despite 3 open tables saying they were reserved however the entire 1.5 hours we were there no one sat in the tables… not a deal breaker but would’ve been nice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful!!

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SarahB
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exceptional from the time we made our reservation. The wine list is small, but intentional and well thought out. The clam risotto, steak toast, oysters (both grilled and raw), grilled lobster tails, grouper, and cauliflower were musts. This place deserves all the hype.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
34 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 4th time and it never fails to impress. Love this restaurant. If you like seafood, this has to be on your list!

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vipTerryH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very expensive for micro portions

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vipEastdider
Cincinnati
30 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place & excellent meal

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance, stellar service, and good food

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of seven all agreed that was the best meal
We have had in Charleston, SC. We all live in SC and have eaten at lots of restaurants in the Holy City.

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KristinW
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with some chargrilled oysters - briny and topped with crispy, tasty Panko crumbs. The Risotto with crispy clams was rich and brightened with fresh herbs and lemon zest. My friend had the deconstructed lobster roll which was beautiful to look at and reported as delish. Smaller plates and higher quality food, which I like just fine, but some may find portions small for the price (especially if you have a big appetite). The decor and theme is great and makes it that much more enjoyable.

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OperaCassidy
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Delicious food, lovely atmosphere (but reeeeeally loud upstairs, we were unable to hear each other across the table most of the meal due to so many large parties), great service from Declan. Very accommodating with my dairy & gluten restrictions, the chef prepared my dishes without dairy seamlessly - still delicious! We love Tempest and will certainly be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

PHENOMENAL flavors, excellent service. If we lived in Charleston we would certainly go back. Definitely lives up to its reputation.

Steak toast A ++
Noori rolls A ++

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vipfelipan
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I started with crudo appetizer & followed with the red snapper with Carolina Rice & wild mushrooms! Spectacular!!! Highly recommend the Iris Cocktail!!

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vipMIchael
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The steak toast required a teeth of a wild animal to chew. The amount of garlic kept me vampire free - Midnight Mass! My shrimp was over-cooked, the fingerling potatoes were swimming in the saltiest of sauces. Heavy handed seasoning! The hummingbird cake - ordered without the toasted coconut was delicious but did not affect my food rating as the other dishes were inedible. They brought a more than generous pour of cognac and a cigar with a delightful story and a copy of the play, “The Tempest” as a holder for the check. I don’t smoke and while the cognac had a lovely smell - the taste was not good. The service was excellent 5 stars but overall the restaurant is a 3.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food but expensive

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DennisE
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were recommended by Charleston Place and were NOT Disappointed. Everything was outstanding. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys fine dining in a relaxed but upscale atmosphere.

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JoanneM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our anniversary for bubbly and oysters. Gray our waiter could not have been nicer. Oh and we received a complimentary glass of champagne for our anniversary. Very nice touch. Will definitely be going back for dinner in the very near future. Jim and Joanne

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Olive
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great time at Tempest! The cocktails were our favorite part, aside from the exceptional service we received. The menu was small, but elegant. The portions were also small (both entres and wine pours). The food was good, but I probably wouldn’t go back or recommend it to other tourists visiting Charleston for the first time. Not really worth the hype, but still good.

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vipStacyS
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

What an awesome, beautiful restaurant! Food was delicious, great waitstaff…perfect paced meal. Our server, Richard, was very fun and engaging….we enjoyed our meal thoroughly…only feedback is that my 2 small pieces of lobster on butternut squash was $31….overpriced for such a small portion.

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Vonne
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Birthday
Fish delicious
Limited menu
Need more sides/salads for entrees
Very crowded/noisy. Hard to carry on conversation

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A bummer they were out of a few things and the portions were definitely smaller than expected but incredibly delicious. Great service but thought the cognac/rose thing at the end was a little odd.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flawless from start to finish. Stellar service!!!

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viplove2eatout
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Room is very loud.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Sidney was a delight and made amazing recommendations. She was also very attentive and helped us to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary in a special and memorable way.

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Outstanding
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere and the food was amazing. Parker was an incredible server. All in all, we had a very enjoyable night and would recommend Tempest unreservedly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous and servers were very personable and courteous

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Pirate
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outstanding service with an exceptional menu

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vipKoreander
New England
117 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were visiting from out of town and got a reservation at Tempest at the last minute. The restaurant is a little on the outskirts of the main drag but we wanted to eat outdoors and the reviews on line were spectacular. The experience exceeded our expectations. The food was delicious. The seafood was so fresh with enough culinary twists to make it really noteworthy. The Japanese bread at the beginning of the meal set the tone for a truly wonderful meal. Our waitperson was tremendous. She was clearly excited about the menu and was able to answer all of our questions with an enthusiasm that made us look forward to our meals. The cognac at the end of our meal was such a nice touch. We felt pampered, sated and can't wait to come back to Charleston so we can eat at Tempest again.

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vipKmabry
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was absolutely amazing! Grouper was on point :)

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OctaviaH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The workers are super friendly and super helpful! The food was very yummy.

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vipFoodieLuv
Little Rock
25 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience5

We left hungry! The food was amazing but very small portion size for the price. We got a few apps and shared the grouper. The grouper was fit for a toddler meal sized portion. My 2 year old could have easily finished it and still wanted more. I had 2 bits and my meal was gone. We really felt scammed with everything we ordered. The bill did not reflect the satisfaction of my tummy. The service was great and the fun tradition at the end was cool. I would not go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend told me about it so my expectations were high and they were exceeded on every level

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the third time I have eaten at Tempest. Food is alway great, staff and service are wonderful.

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nj188
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Tempest was outstanding on all levels. All the specialty cocktails and dinner choices were delicious and very creative.The seafood was prepared to perfection and very, very fresh. The Ceviche was amazing as was the whole fish entree. Highly recommend for food, service, ambiance and location.

FAQs

Tempest is rated 4.7 stars by 945 OpenTable diners.

Tempest does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://tempestcharleston.getbento.com/.

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.