Tempest

4.7
107 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
Tempest is a new, upscale seafood restaurant, located on historic Market Street next to sister location, 5Church Charleston. Tempest will feature hyper-local, sustainable South Atlantic seafood, with a seasonal menu curated by Chefs Jamie Lynch and Adam Hodgson.

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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Featured specials

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Nov 26, 2020

Tempest will be offering a special 3 course pre-fixe Thanksgiving menu including seasonal and traditional fare. Please follow along closely to our website and social media platforms for more information.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and food. Went above and beyond our expectations and added towards our celebration of a special occasion

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KatherineF
Orlando
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not that impressive compared to the prices but it was still enjoyable. The umami tuna bombs are a must!

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Dede
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bread with Seaweed is to die for. Tuna bombs did not disappoint. The grouper was the best I’ve ever had prepared. Cigars and cognac at the end is a nice touch. Plenty of service staff

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NancyC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff - will be back

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vipHetherS
New Orleans
31 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is a 3 month old restaurant that we kept hearing about during our trip to Charleston. We made a reservation & found it to be very busy. A reservation is highly recommended! Even after getting there on time, which is conveniently located, we had to wait, as it was so busy. We got a spot at the bar & got drinks. We were then shown to a table upstairs. The bar area is actually the coolest vibe with the painted ceiling to look like sea life. Our waiter was excellent. He described dishes, and was always there when we needed him. He made great suggestions. The menu is very creative seafood dishes mainly. I wouldn't order anything except seafood, as it was all amazing. We had the tuna bomb app, the bread which tasted like the sea...very interesting & delicious. We had red snapper (delicious), and swordfish. I actually preferred the snapper. The best touch was at the end of the meal when the waiter presented us a tray with a rose & cigars in the tradition of Shakespeare (The Tempest), and cognac. Outstanding restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent option amid all the places to get seafood in Charleston! Service is top notch and a great venue to explore in downtown.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Not worth the price. Super loud. Uneven service and food. Staff don’t know how to wear masks properly. If you’re willing to spend $200 for two, go the Ordinary or FIG or Husk instead.

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vipGforMe
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

1st time visitors....service was good, food was good.

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CristinaG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Excellent service. Beautiful restaurant. Menu descriptions didn’t match the food prepared. They seem to be trying to hard with their menu. Food was just ok- we ordered the salad, tuna bombs, octopus, snapper & champagne sponge cake, two drinks each. That came with a $200 bill. Food wasn’t worth that expense. Too many really good places in Charleston. Restaurant was packed though so people must be enjoying.

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AliciaM
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing brunch- the deconstructed lobster roll and the crab Benedict and it was divine! The location was perfect and outdoor dining was the best spot in the beautiful Charleston weather. The whole experience was complete with the excellent service we had from Haley- she went above and beyond to make sure our dining experience was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an experience! My mom was in town and we wanted to have a special dinner. We split 3 small plates and loved it, especially the octopus and wild mushroom dish. The service was impeccable and ambiance perfect.

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margog
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a treat - from the amazing cocktails, small plates, local oysters, redfish was amazing and the swordfish had the best sauce with it to the dessert with honeycomb - my mouth is still watering!!!!

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vipDR172
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely brunch on the outside patio with under cover seating. Service was a little slow but we were in no rush.

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vipMarkP
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were on weekend trip to CHS for first time in a few years and wanted to try something new. Tempest caught my eye on Open Table, so we made reservation and selected outdoor dining. Easy to find on Market St near Bay St and has sidewalk tables as well as outdoor covered patio. The hostess greeted us at entryway and the mosaic stained glass on ceiling catches your attention-beautiful and unique. We were seated on patio and it was chilly evening but the heat lamps kept us very comfortable. The menu as expected features high end seafood with an upscale option of beef or chicken also. We shared the risotto & clam appetizer first which was excellent. They also had a limited but good wine list-found a Piedmont region Barberesco that was delicious at fair price. I had Swordfish entree and my wife opted for braised romaine salad and tuna appetizer small plate. We enjoyed all dishes and recommend highly based on our experience.
We were pleasantly surprised to next be given a complimentary tray that includes cigars, cognac, and a rose. We splurged and shared a peach dessert on its’ last day on the seasonal menu. Our server and hostess were both knowledgeable and genuine. The evening felt as if we were on a special occasion and we will be back to Tempest

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vipNinaS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and we loved everything about this restaurant. A little surprising is the fact that there are no salads on the menu. We really enjoyed our evening at Tempest

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a few changes to our reservation & staff was super accommodating. The food was amazing! Local food was fresh, creative & presented in the best possible way.

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GeorgeG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was AWESOME, i would def recommend dinner or brunch, service was 5 star!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! Good cocktails and small bites for great value. I believe our waiter’s name was Rich and he was so great! He was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu.

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vipGChow
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was well above expectation for the Charleston touristy sector - particularly the charred high heat oven for delicious flavor on all seafood items.

The cognac and cigars at the end while nice was a bit down market and reminded us how touristy the place really was... oh well

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vipTravelbugge
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my daughters 30th bday :). Great waiter and delicious food. Very fun vibe!

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BrianJ
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Rich our server was fantastic. knowledgeable and courteous. Chloe's drinks were amazing. Host team was attentive and upbeat. Overall a great birthday celebration. Highly recommend the grilled octopus as well as the cauliflower and snapper. We will certainly come back. A new top spot in downtown !

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vipRick
Charleston
90 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We were very happy overall with the restaurant. The service was incredable and the food was good. We got the seafood tower, I just didnt think the value was there for what we paid.
Will give it another try........they have only been open about 2 months so maybe working out the kinks here. Again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

King crab legs were described from server as whole but served picked?? Not a pleasant surprise.

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JillH
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second trip to Charleston in the past few months and we chose to eat at Tempest for the second time as we LOVE this restaurant! The food is artful on the plate and extraordinary on the palate - cudos to Chef Lee for making each dish an epicurean delight! We chose the front porch this time as the weather was lovely and it was fun to watch the horse drawn carriage rides going past on the brick street. Our server, Caroline, was knowledgeable and engaging, making for another memorable evening at our new favorite spot in the heart of Charleston!

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Crash
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First, but not the last, time there. Exceeded our expectations in every way. We were seated upstairs which is quiet., dining downstairs (although amazing with stained glass ceilings) is a bit louder but will try it anyway just for the beauty of it!

Highly recommend

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vipWeaverjj
Cleveland
41 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Tempest to enjoy an experience of great food delivered in a welcoming setting with attentive service. We got that and more. We were celebrating our 28th Wedding Anniversary; and end to end, we received a outstanding epicurean delight.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food and location was phenomenal. The staff went above and beyond to ensure our dining experience was exceptional. I’ve been to many Charleston restaurants over the past decade and none have ever brought complimentary cigars, cognac, a single red rose and the check presented inside a book for which the restaurant is named. How neat! My flounder was crispy on the outside and flaky on the inside with an incredibly tasty fingerling potato sauce. My husband’s grouper was tender yet seared on the outside with a balsamic reduction and sweet corn kernels presenting a fabulous balance in flavors. Our server Chase was attentive, personable and knowledgeable. We will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
17 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Don’t miss this place! The food is extraordinary!

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KimR
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our visit. The second tier seating was perfect. Food was creative and delicious. Wes was our server and he was fantastic. Cannot wait to come back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very special birthday dinner thanks to the excellent service and food. Nice touches included champagne and roses

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vip2friendsinnyc
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fish dishes were outstanding! It was our anniversary. They gave us a wine tasting flight. Love the stain glass ceiling.

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vipSophieschoice
New England
75 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dining experience for our First Wedding Anniversary at Tempest. The food was incredible as was the service, wine and ambiance in the second floor dining room. The evening ended with cigars, cognac and roses with Braised Peaches. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal and the customer service was incredible! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome! Great oysters and whole fish the best.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great meal! Downstairs seating looked like better ambience, but overall didn’t take away from the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing from start to finish. Wanted to shake the Chef’s hand it was so good!

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Jordan
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food wasn't anything great or even passable for the clientele they are targeting.

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kristenS
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went in for brunch and it was phenomenal. We got the soufflé pancakes and steak and eggs. The two dishes were the perfect balance of sweet and savory. I recommend sitting on the patio if you can, overlooking the market it comes with great people watching.

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GoldieS
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our service was great and the seafood was good also. However, the noice level was really bad. Tables on either side of us were literally yelling to communicate across to each other. So it was way rowdier than we expected. So if your looking for rowdy with good seafood go for it!

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LeaC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great. Knowledge of the menu and special requests for our ceviche were huge pluses. Overall experience was awesome. Definitely would recommend for a date night or special occasion.

FAQs

Tempest is rated 4.7 stars by 107 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.