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Tempest, Charleston, SC

Tempest

4.6
4.6
2210 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 30 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Unspecified
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (843) 996-4966
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Jeremy Waybright
  • Private party facilities
    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.
  • Private party contact
    Sales Manager: (843) 996-4966 ext. 3
  • 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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What 2,210 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Innovative

  • Charleston

    Innovative

  • Charleston

    Seafood

2,210 Reviews
  1. Diana

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here to celebrate my birthday and the staff was amazing! The place is gorgeous and the food was delicious. The drinks were so good we had 3 too many 😊

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  2. jesss

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great economy gastronomy menu. Excellent service.

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  3. JamieD

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic experience. My wife and I are both foodies and don’t mind spending good money for good food. Every single bite of our meals were excellent and we will absolutely be back. 10/10.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tempest is a 10/10 every single time. From the food, to the ambiance, everything was spectacular!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful dining experience, a touch unexpected after making a random reservation on a Sunday but will certainly be back when in Charleston…or very possibly will come back to Charleston for the Tempest. 10/10 recommend.

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  6. JenniferS

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I ordered the flounder which was very good, but not much food for the price.

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  7. Scott

    Charleston

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was very friendly and professional from the moment we walked I until we left. The food was delicious!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Tempest was truly fantastic. Great service, wonderful decor and vibe.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! The staff was helpful to us and accommodating of us with my sisters 6 months old

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  10. villefoodie

    Tampa

    160 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    160 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The milk bread at Tempest is fabulous. Service is also quite good.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wish portions were larger for the price paid. Other than that food tasted great and drinks were good.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tempest restaurant really was one of those restaurants when you say”Why haven’t I found this place sooner” I loved everything about this place…Great job tempest staff

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Spent $100/person on the V-Day 3 course meal special. I got 5 gnocchi w/ grated cheese and a dinner roll as an app, 2 slices of duck and a finger carrot as a main, and a small slice of cake for dessert. My GF got 3 small oysters and 5 “from the can” sized veg. raviolis. I can’t say the food was bad but the sheer lack of it for $100 made the taste not really matter because I didn’t have the time to enjoy it. They gave out $25 gift cards at the end of service. I hope that was because they felt bad that half of their kitchen was out of order.

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  14. IndustryVet

    Chicago

    102 reviews

    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasant surprise, from chef's treats, a special bread, and an added cognac.

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  15. JohnA

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Review the menu before going in full detail. They were not serving some of their regular items as it was Valentines week and they had a fixed menu with some other options. Very limited selection. What we did get was heavily salted and in my opinion not properly cooked. Though our server was pretty good and very polite.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    tempest was absolutely amazing! we had to wait for awhile even with a reservation but the staff totally made up for it! my friends and i had an amazing time and will be back very soon. this was by far my favorite restaurant i’ve been to since moving to charleston!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing date night! Atmosphere upstairs was romantic. The 3 course special was delicious.

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  18. StephenV

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent all around! Food, service, location, ambiance made for a perfect date night.

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  19. LisaB

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was good. Food was ok. Very small portions. Don’t go there if you are starving.

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  20. SamanthaK

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the history and food! The prefix menu was a great deal!

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  21. Kittenlover

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tempest is a really good seafood restaurant. We were a party of 6 and everyone liked the food. Our waiter was Ragan and she was knowledgeable and very friendly. We sat downstairs under the very pretty ceiling. Three of us had the Some More dessert. It was scrumptious. This was our second visit to Tempest and we will come again.

    1 person found this helpful

  22. LeeP

    Atlanta Metro

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here, everything was amazing! Server was outstanding!

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  23. SueD

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food! Excellent service, highly recommend!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service felt personalized and loved the touch with the flower at the end. The kitchen tip was wonderful as well. Great spot for a date, quiet and intimate.

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  25. Flyboy

    Nashville

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the very best experiences anywhere! Bravo to all!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and even better service! Thank you Jill for a wonderful birthday dinner!

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  27. Janie

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Will beck definitely. The most delicious seafood in all my experiences. My guests also liked the restaurant and food very much. Highly recommend.

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  28. ARtraveler

    Little Rock

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sophie took care of us and gave great recommendations. The tuna tartare and flounder were my favorites.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I have always been a huge proponent of Tempest, and always bring a large group here when my company comes into town. They are always accommodating of large groups. However, their portion sizes have decreased dramatically while prices have stayed the same within the last year and I won’t be bringing groups here anymore.

    1 person found this helpful

  30. BenP

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Warm welcome at the door. The food was creative and delicious. Our waiter was personable, friendly and knowledgeable. The non-alcoholic cocktail menu was nice. Lovely decor. Will be back next time in CHS.

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  31. IndustryVet

    Chicago

    102 reviews

    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What fun it is to dine at Tempest. The clever and unique decor, friendly staff, and fantastic food win my wife and me over every time. It's the best swordfish around. Try the crab cake--it's at the top as well.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent!! Highly recommended. Don't miss a chance to dine here!

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  33. SarahM

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dined for restaurant week and enjoyed several different courses off of their regular menu for a very good price! Oysters were excellent, main dishes also with lots of flavor. Staff and ambiance are unique and friendly!

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  34. kdkn

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place. The focus on local seafood is perfect, exactly what we were looking for. The presentation and flavors — scrumptious.

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  35. RahmanK

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dined with a party of 8 during restaurant week. Ordered the seafood tower for the table and then the restaurant week menu. All food was tasty and the cocktails and wine list were great! My only Down side was my dessert the Black Forest was not so appealing.

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  36. Gigi

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect environment. Perfect food. Everyone attentive. Was there on your opening day & continue to attend anniversay, restaurant week & brunches. Lunches etc. loyal to your business.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you for taking such great care of our group of ladies and always such wonderful food and service!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here because of restaurant week and ended finding this amazing restaurant. If you want exquisite food, a beautiful atmosphere and an A+ staff, from the manager, to bartender to waitress and hostess, one of the best restaurants all around in Charleston! Shoutouts Joe the bartender, Nick the manager and our waitress Grace! Please visit the Tempest for your next dinner!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the best place we ate at during our stay in Charleston (and we ate a lot of great food)!! The food, service, ambience, everything about it was wonderful! A must eat at, if you’re in the area!!!!

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  40. GinaM

    Cleveland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food tasted fine, but the price did not reflect the value. Way over-priced for the quantity of food received.

    1 person found this helpful

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Tempest is rated 4.6 stars by 2210 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 30 times today
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, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Unspecified
  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jeremy Waybright
  • 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: (843) 996-4966 ext. 3
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