Tempest

4.7
894 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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Tempest will be offering a 3 course pre-fixe menu to ring in the New Year including a complimentary bottle of Moet for the table upon arrival! Please follow along closely to our social media platforms or call (843)996-4966 for additional information.

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vipBarryR
Charleston
48 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food were excellent! A very enjoyable evening.

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vipTampafoodies
Tampa
39 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Charleston for a wedding and had some time to dine on our own. If you have never tried the Tempest, you should. Yes, it is takeoff of the Shakespeare play and in fact the check comes with a copy of the play into which you can write your review. The menu is limited, but all of it is enticing. For starters try the tuna balls are a treat. The ribeye steak was tasty and properly cooked while the flounder and grouper were outstanding. After a wonderful desert, we were treated to roses for the ladies, cigars for the gentlemen and a cordial for all. Service was equal to the great food. Don't miss it!

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vipCynthiaM
Atlanta
99 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought a friend that had never dined at the Tempest before. She was blown away. We shared the heirloom tomato salad and I had the swordfish and she had the flounder. Everything was outstanding. Oh I almost forgot to mention the best side, fingerling potatoes. We can't wait to go back! The waitress was great too!

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OliviaM
Cancun
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing! Definitely going back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great!

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FreddyG
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great night and the service was exceptional. We ended up spending more money than expected but we were rewarded with delightful cigars, cognac and a beautiful rose to go home with.

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vipSusank
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

vacationing in charleston. loved tempest from beginning to end. service was great. food was delicious. dessert was exceptional. loved it!

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WandaR
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempest is awesome. Everything about our dinner was terrific. Great service, food, setting, etc. Highly recommend it.

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stevenh
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in town to visit my son in the Navy. Took him to Tempest. The service was amazing. Reservations worked perfectly. The food was really tasty. At the end of the meal they offered free cigars, rose, and a taste of Cognac. Best of all the owner cares so much for military they gave us 50% off the bill. In my 20years of service I have never been treated to a 50% off at a high quality place like Tempest. I cannot tell you how happy it made my son, wife, and me as all three of us served in the military. We will always come back to this place and hope they are successful for years and years to come.

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ShelleyV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal Iv’e had in Charleston. Food was just amazing! We’ve already booked for next month. Service was impeccable too!

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ShannonP
Charleston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great experience at Tempest. We were able to order off the special menu for restaurant week and everything was very good! We had red oak salads, the grouper w/ mussels and for dessert we had hummingbird cake and rice pudding. I was a little worried at first that our reservations was for "outside" but sitting on the porch with fans blowing overhead was nice. Check them out!

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Gigi
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was there @ the grand opening & feel a connection to the Tempest like starting. So I return for special events & in between. Have bought a couple of friends also. The food remains outstanding & I know because I am a halfway decent cook of varied cuisine. So continue good work. Good luck!

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Jonathan
Charleston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the staff was outstanding!!! Try to get Josh as your waiter he goes over and beyond to make sure you have a great time!!

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KatieS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’re locals that love this restaurant. Our advice is to request seating downstairs, so you can sit underneath the stained glass ceiling.

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IkeF
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch and sat on the front porch by the market - great little spot! Went for restaurant week and had a 4 course meal and 2 beverages for around $50 (the pre fix was 3 courses, had oysters in addition). Some of the best shrimp and grits in town - and thats hard to claim in Charleston. Very impressed with the quality, presentation, and ambiance for the money paid. Highly recommend.

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vipMariaC
Jackson Hole
21 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We entered Tempest and the dining room is stunning! We knew we were going to enjoy this evening .
The host staff were extremely friendly and enthusiastic. Our server Maureen came next and she was the best server experience we had in four days in Charleston. She was very sweet and friendly , knowledgeable , listened well, made great suggestions and just seemed genuinely interested in us and our experience. A true gem!
Great cocktail and extensive wine list . My speciality cocktail was beautiful.
We decided to get items off the restaurant week menu. My husband does not like oysters but Maureen suggested getting a certain Carolina oyster and charcoal roast. My husband was almost fighting me for the last one and said he could eat a plate of those.
We both got fish and both were amazing . Beautifully plated , seasoned and cooked to perfection. The salads and deserts were lovely also. When the check came in “The Tempest” with the sweet extra items included it elevated this experience to a level we have not experienced in Charleston. Of the eighteen places we ate this week this was our favorite hands down.

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DillonP
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a date night. You will not regret your decision.

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WarrenS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Found metal staples at the bottom of my water glass. Although the staff was apologetic and replaced the water, no offer of a dessert or other minor compensation was offered. That is what we did when I worked in the food service. Did they think I put them there?

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FrequentDiner
Charleston
37 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an enjoyable brunch, the highlight being the soufflé pancakes, and the service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is just beautiful. The food is exquisitely prepared and plated. And the service was impeccable. Just the best. And we felt the prices were perfect if not lower than we expected.

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vipdiningout
Charlotte
73 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Friendly & helpful wait staff. Unique architecture. A cool bustling spot.

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MAMA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, a must when in Charleston

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laura
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service is outstanding. Food was good to great depends on what you have. Special touch at the end of the meal is a nice surprise, I won’t spoil it for the next person. Definitely worth trying!

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MarybethC
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maureen was a wonderful waitperson and always on time with more water and on point with suggestions. Food was stunning and delicious.

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NicoleH
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere! Was the perfect place to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary.

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vipJanetr
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We ate at the Tempest during Restaurant Week & ordered from the special menu. Each dish was innovative, tasty & beautifully presented. The fish was of the freshest quality. The decor was in keeping with the nautical theme. We started with smoked Octopus and a watermelon sea bass crudo for appetizers. I had a Red Snapper entree and the Hummingbird Cake for dessert.

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vipRob331
Charleston
24 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The special for restaurant week was excellent and an excellent value. Appetizer, main course, and dessert for $40.

The only minor complain would be that the size of the appetizer portion (octopus) was smaller than I would have liked. Aside form that the meal was excellent.

without a doubt, I would go back.

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vipKatiew
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal of my life!!

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SandraT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great atmosphere, sat outside for my first visit. The service was excellent (thank you Sydney!), cocktails were delicious and food was fabulous. At the end of the meal we loved when our server brought us the bill tucked inside a dog-eared copy of Shakespeare's The Tempest. The quick overview of the building and it's history was fantastic as were the complementary rose and cigar we received plus 2 sips of some pretty fabulous cognac. It's the little extra things that made the experience so outstanding. While we dined during restaurant week of the special pre fix menu, we will go again to try out brunch as well as the full dinner menu.

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GuyW
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant! The restaurant week choices were all outstanding! The Swordfish poached in Duck Fat was to die for. The grouper was great too. The octopus appetizer was so tasty and tender. Service was very good and they were very busy . The Cognac and a rose for ladies and Cognac with a cigar for men was a very nice after dinner surprise! The copy of Shakespeare’s Tempest with your check was really neat too! Lots of attention to detail! Will be back!

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MDGirlinCHSnow
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazingly delicious! Three courses for $40 was competitively priced. However, the entrees came with NO sides, and all the sides were $12. So my final bill, no drinks, with taxes and 20% gratuity, was slightly over $70. Would I visit Tempest again? Of course…both the service and food were THAT good!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service was impeccable we will be back thanks so much!

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service ! Wonderful food ! Nice atmosphere! Excellent wine list ! It was all perfect ! We loved it and will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Declan was wonderful!!

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AngelaH
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was good (at best) but the portion size is small for the price.

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GeorgeD
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did Restaurant week menu. Outstanding food and service!!!

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MichelleO
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great service during restaurant week. Food was more than unusual. A bit odd actually. I went with friends and thought we'd try out something new. I didn't expect every item to be a bit odd in preparation. Not a fan of going back but glad we tried it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Upstairs was very noisy and lacking in ambiance, especially when compared to the downstairs space. But the food was lovely and the service was great.

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LindaW
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We went to Tempest for Restaurant week. We arrived at 7-00pm, drinks took a while to arrive, once we had ordered our Restaurant week meal, we only started eating at 9-00pm. The food was amazing but so little food, it was shocking, I would rather have ordered from the main menu, it would have been more value. Our waiter was very good.
I would not go to any restaurants during Restaurant week again because of this experience.

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AysarF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First visit to Charleston. The experience at Tempest was very pleasant.

FAQs

Tempest is rated 4.7 stars by 894 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.