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Tempest, Charleston, SC

Tempest

4.5
4.5
1588 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 executive Chef Tyler Cook 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 44 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Fish, Low Country

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 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

  • 3-Course Thanksgiving Dinner | $75 per person

    $75.00 per person

    Nov 24, 2022 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 and under, plus tax and gratuity. Our regular a la carte menu will not be available. We do have a 24 hour $25 cancelation fee for the holiday. We look forward to celebrating with you and your family.
  • Christmas Eve | 3-Course Prix-Fix, $75 per person

    $75.00 per person

    Dec 24, 2022 only
    Please join us Christmas Eve for a special 3-course prix-fixe menu from 12pm-9pm. It will be $75 per person and $30 for children 12 and under. Our regular menu will not be offered. We do have a 24-hour, $25 cancellation policy for the holiday. We look forward to celebrating with you!

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What 1,588 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charleston

    Seafood

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service- great food. A little pricy.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    I’d go back!
  3. LP

    LeighP

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    I thought this restaurant was a fine dining establishment. The photo on their website is of a nice dining room. I was surprised by the actual "dining room" as it is more of a bar room. I had read that the attire was business casual. Casual, would be much more accurate. The servers are very nice but the owners are not training them for fine dining.. Service was something you'd expect at a family chain restaurant. The food was good but way over priced. Again, if this place was more refined, if the dishes resembled what is shown on line, I'd get it but they did not. I would not go there again bc the cost is too high for the actual experience.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Atmosphere was nice. We dressed business casual as suggested but that was not the norm that evening. Server was great! Food was good but we had expected better. The roll was exceptionally good. Grouper was good but we’ve had better grouper for less money. The Harissa overpowered the flounder. The Summer’s Love was tiny. Overall undervalued.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top shelf service and food with great atmosphere!
  6. CM

    CMKSJ1

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was good however some of the veggies with the grouper were not as hot as I would have liked them. I ordered a small plate appetizer that was forgotten. My entree was served quickly and returned when I asked the server for my appetizer. The music was too loud. I would try this restaurant again on my next visit.

    TempestResponded 6 days agoHi CMKSJ1, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed most of your experience with us, but I'm sorry about your small plate and the veggies on your grouper, and I'll be sure to mention these notes to our management team. We look forward to having you back in the next time you're in town. Cheers!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic. The food came out quickly and was delicious. We had the mushroom omelet, pancakes, French toast and a couple sides of bacon. Our server was Reagan and she was awesome. She made menu suggestions, checked on allergies, and was attentive. I will definitely be back. Best dining experience I had in Charleston.
  8. CW

    ChrisW

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food, cool decor and building, good service! A fav spot in Charleston

    TempestResponded 7 days agoChrisW, thank you for your review! We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us!

  9. G

    Gramjudy

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We celebrated a birthday and happily sat outside on the porch as the weather was pleasant and it was quiet. The waiter was new but was friendly and helpful and served us well. We had the flounder and grouper with oysters as a starter course. The food was prepared well (a bit smaller portions) and we ordered a la carte broccolini. The bread was complimentary and was fresh and warm but had somewhat of an aftertaste due to the infusion of seaweed. Overall a good experience but a bit pricey for the portion size and a la carte extras.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great job all around. There is a reason I come back here regularly. I highly recommend for all occasions.

    TempestResponded 7 days agoThank you! We can't wait to see you again!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a restaurant that we hope to come to every time we are in Charleston. The food and service by Declyn was excellent. We enjoyed the octopus and oysters to start along with the flounder and snapper both great. We finished off with the Some More for dessert that was awesome!

    TempestResponded 7 days agoThank you so much! We will be sure to pass your message along to Declyn. Thank you for coming in and we hope to have you back in again soon!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal. We were not very hungry so ordered some small plates. The octopus was fabulous. The tuna bombs were my husband favorite. Best of all was the chevichi

    TempestResponded 7 days agoThank you so much! We hope to have you in again soon! (:

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food was excellent but a bit overpriced. Loud table of eight next to us made normal conversation difficult.
  14. S

    Sofia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great environment and great drinks. We went for restaurant week and had a splendid time with friends highly recommended it

    TempestResponded on September 21, 2022Sofia, thank you for leaving your review! We are so happy you enjoyed your experience with us!

  15. F

    Foodie

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We came for restaurant week. We loved our appetizers and main dishes, dessert was a little disappointing. Wines are a little high side. Still overall experience was good and we’re looking forward to the next restaurant week to come back.

    TempestResponded on September 21, 2022Foodie, thank you and we are looking forward to having you back in!

  16. AE

    AbbyE

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Super excited to come to this spot for restaurant week however, disappointed in execution, presentation and taste of food. Muscles were warm at best and dry, oysters were roasted but came out soggy and warm-ish and poached fish was cold and swimming in a ponzu pool. Dessert was bland and couldn't tell what it was supposed to taste like. The Chocolate dessert was amazing! My husband ordered a double old fashioned which should still come in a rocks glass however, they put it in an ice tea glass with an enormous amount of ice and a slice of lemon? yikes! My dirty martini came with 1 olive which should come with at least 2 Restaurant week is supposed to show case your best work. We were there at 5:30 which is best when the kitchen is ready to go and prepped. Either way, not pumped and I hope this helps with future visitors.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience3
    I was excited to take my kids to Tempest since I had a great dinner when I was here last. The brunch was disappointing. First, who doesn’t have iced tea? The banana bread was dry, good thing they had ice cream on top. The lobster roll was good, but was surprised it was served with bagged potato chips. I knew the shrimp and grits was not the traditional. The tomato/shrimp sauce was lukewarm and grains were undercooked/crunchy .
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Our server was great but everything else was not. We got there on time for our reservation at 8:15 PM and they informed us out table was not ready. We had to wait for 30 minutes at the bar. There were many other tables waiting as well. We were sat at 8:45 but did not end up leaving until 11;15 due to extremely slow service. They claimed they forgot to put our order in. Again, many other tables were sitting waiting. We were refunded one round of drinks but it hardly made up for the service. Sadly would not return! It was so Unorganized
  19. CE

    CEDa

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Tempest was the perfect pleasure for Charleston Restaurant week! I was excited to be seated under the stained glass ceiling, but they ended up leading us to the second floor, and I’m so glad they did. It has a clean, cozy feeling. The noise level can be a bit high, but the service is friendly and a good time. The small details of our evening, such as a complimentary bourbon tasting to finish off the meal, brought back memories of dining in Scandinavia. The food was incredible - especially the oysters, steak, and chocolate cake! We definitely will be back.

    TempestResponded on September 20, 2022Hi CEDa, thank you so much for your review. We're so happy you were able to join us for Restaurant Week and we hope you'll come back and see us again soon!

  20. MP

    MinkaP

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another wonderful dining experience. Outstanding food. Yummy cocktail$. Our server was a delight.

    TempestResponded on September 16, 2022MinkaP, thank you for leaving a review. We are so glad you enjoyed dining with us and hope to see you again soon!

  21. s

    sasha

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wes our waiter was fantastic. The food was incredible and I love how they brought the bill in an old book and let you sign the inside.

    TempestResponded on September 16, 2022Sasha, thank you for your review! We hope to have you back in again soon!

  22. l

    localgal

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    My fish was over cooked and chewy, but most of the waitress was the worst I e ever experienced. She seemed like she was highly medicated, very clumsy and forgetful. Our appetizer was delicious( Tuna Bombs), My Some More dessert was awesome! Tempest is a beautiful atmosphere! My husbands sword fish was delicious and tender. Probably will not return.
  23. GC

    GCWSB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were great; we will definitely return. Three things my party wanted to mention: -We ate upstairs. The room was cold, and the restrooms were FREEZING. Please consider less severe use of air conditioning. A walk by the thermostat on the way to the restroom showed it was set at 69 degrees. Not sure if that was for benefit of kitchen staff, but it wasn't very comfortable. -It was nice that the service was set with a fish knife, but please also include a large spoon at each place setting. Three of our party ordered poached fish as their main, and it came in broth but there was no spoon for the broth. -Please consider using larger water glasses, or leaving water carafe on table to diners can refill their own water as needed and not have to wait for server to do it.

    TempestResponded 6 days agoHi GCWSB! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review, and we're so glad you enjoyed your meal and service. We appreciate your notes, and I'll be sure to pass them along to our management team to help better the Tempest experience. We hope you'll join us again soon!

  24. B

    Bridgett

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing restaurant! My boyfriend and I went here for our anniversary and it did not disappoint. The restaurant was slammed but the service and attentiveness of the staff was amazing, especially our server Ashlee! The food was absolutely delicious! The staff was very accommodating and went above and beyond to make our dinner special. We highly recommend Tempest! Thank you again :)

    TempestResponded on September 20, 2022Thank you for your review, Bridgett! We're so happy you all came to celebrate with us. Happy Anniversary and cheers to many more! I'll make sure to pass this review along to Ashlee and the rest of the Tempest team.

  25. RC

    RuthC

    New England

    77 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Very disappointing. Disorganized. Server did not know menu. Floor manager tried to make it right but too many different issues. Food description did not match food on plate. Up charge of $3 for drink served ‘up’ with no additional alcohol ($20 for an old fashioned no premium alcohol). Steak came out cold. Was not going to write a review but we went based on good reviews and would have liked to see that all is not as perfect as the other reviews showed. Perhaps because there was a big parity upstairs their other diners were unable to be attended to properly.
  26. DD

    DanielleD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my new fav brunch spots in CHS. The pancakes are amazing

    TempestResponded on September 16, 2022DanielleD, thank you for your review! We are so happy you enjoyed brunch with us!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience2
    Unfortunately had to wait an additional 45 minutes after our reservation and were then seated outside in the heat which given the wait time an open indoor table near us would have been sufficient. During the meal we were hit with a glass water jug that was dropped by a server that then shattered. Management did comp a portion of our meal, and the food was good, just an unfortunate experience overall.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service! Food was amazing!

    TempestResponded on September 21, 2022Thank you so much for your review!

  29. g

    greatitalian

    Denver

    56 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    The service was awful. It was obvious that they were just rushing us through just to get as many people through as possible. Bread was taken away before appetizers served. Each course arrived with no utensils on the table. We were told 3 times that they had a very busy night booked. Food was over cooked and every entree was given to the wrong person. They tried twice to take away our plates before we had finished eating. It was a mess.
  30. AS

    AlyS

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A great choice for Saturday brunch! The shrimp and grits were great, and the lobster roll was amazing. Will definitely recommend.

    TempestResponded on September 14, 2022Thanks for your review, Aly! So glad to hear you enjoyed some of our signature brunch dishes, and we hope you'll come back to join us for dinner or lunch. Cheers!

  31. MH

    MeghanH

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed brunch at the Tempest. The lobster roll and French toast was delectable. The Cadillac Mimosa was a great way to start the day. Conveniently located next to hay market square. Great for dining and then shopping local.

    TempestResponded on September 14, 2022Hi Meghan! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed brunch with us and hope to see you back again for lunch or dinner. Cheers!

  32. LB

    LoriannaB

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our group of 8 had a great time at Tempest! We had wonderful food, and drinks and the service was fantastic!

    TempestResponded on September 16, 2022LoriannaB, thank you for your review! We appreciate your kind words and hope to have you back in again soon!

  33. P

    Pascaux

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience1
    First time dinning at Tempest, chose restaurant for restaurant week menu. Disappointing meal for the price. Good mussels and swordfish. Ceviche was tasteless. Strip steak was well cooked but served with only a fried onion. One dessert was too sweet, the other one had no flavor.
  34. LD

    LauraD

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from the service to the food was impeccable. My only regret is that we didn’t try it sooner! Wonderful anniversary celebration.

    TempestResponded on September 14, 2022Thanks for your review, Laura! We hope to see you again soon!

  35. AA

    AnnA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have come here every year when we vacation in Charleston. Amazing all around!!

    TempestResponded on September 9, 2022Hi Ann! We're so happy to hear we're a usual stop on your trips to Charleston, and we can't wait to see you again soon!

  36. P

    Penelope

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Five stars all the way to dessert! Our 53rd anniversary was fabulous!

    TempestResponded on September 9, 2022Happy 53rd Anniversary to you all, and we're so happy you came to celebrate your special occasion with us. Cheers to many more!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the top 5 meals of my life.
  38. MF

    MayraF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience. Food was amazing and service was great

    TempestResponded on September 9, 2022Thank you, Mayra!

  39. CJ

    CherylJ

    Greensboro

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    Since it opened, Tempest has been one of our favorite restaurants. We’ve told lots of people how much we love the place. Not last night. We were not seated until 35-40 minutes after our reservation time. Had we shown up 35 minutes late, we would have lost our reservation. People with later reservations were seated before us, and the staff told us almost nothing but that we would be seated “soon.” When we were finally seated, we were given 3 appetizers and no one else said a another thing about our experience. The food was great, and the server was very good, but it was really hard to overcome the way things started and the way they addressed the situation. Not sure we will do that again anytime soon. Disappointed.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    Server seemed to hate being there. Fish was sooo small. It was an appetizer portion vs a meal. Food lacked flavor. We were so excited to dine there and were so disappointed in the end. The worst dinner of all our nights in Charleston.

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    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Tempest is rated 4.5 stars by 1588 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 44 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Tempest

32 N Market St Ste C, Charleston, SC 29401-2062

Additional information

  • Cross street

    East Bay Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Fish, Low Country

  • 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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