Tempest

4.7
1034 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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  • New Year's Eve 2022

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    We will be offering a special 3-course prix-fixe menu on New Year's Eve. Pricing is based off of reservation time: $100 4pm-6:45pm $125 7pm-7:45pm $134 8pm-until Includes 1/2 bottle of champagne for parties of 2; 1 full bottle of champagne for parties of 4 A credit card is required to book the reservation and we will have a 48 hour, $50 cancellation policy.

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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1034 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding meal and experience at Tempest! Our highest regards to this restaurant! We asked our server Maureen to simply bring us whatever the kitchen felt was best until we said stop and they gladly accommodated our request. The chef even prepared us something he was working on as our final course and it was delicious. The seafood was simply divine. Eat here. You won’t regret it.

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IgorE
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were dining in Tempest first time and it was very pleasant experience! Food was excellent and stuff created very easy going atmosphere. Wonderful place to taste local seafood. Definitely recommend for any occasion!

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KirstenS
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Drinks were phenomenal. We chose the bar over the table offered as it was close to other diners and not quite as intimate as we would have liked.
Food seemed overpriced but we enjoyed some small plates. Bread was the best part!

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vipWHTravellers
Greensboro
76 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Had Thanksgiving dinner with the price fix 3 course meal. Absolutely some of the worst food We ever had. Monk fish (which is very mild and sweet) terrine. It was extremely strong fish tasting. Roast turnip app was undercooked; the turnips needed about 5 more minutes to be properly roasted. We then had the ember roasted turkey ( what ever that means) and it was a puny appetizer size portion and had absolutely no taste. Could be passed off as turkey or chicken breast or pork tenderloin. Finished with the chocolate pumpkin pie. I honestly believe that someone forgot the sugar. Wine pairings were very good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience5

We were extremely disappointed with our food here on Thanksgiving for a family of five. The quality of food wasn’t there.

LB
LindaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here for our Thanksgiving meal and it was superb! It was a prefix menu but had great options. I went with the turkey and my husband had the lamb. The drinks were excellent and I highly recommend the 1885. Service was impeccable and the staff was very attentive including the manager!

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vipFoodlover
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service4ambience3

Thanksgiving dinner

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Thanksgiving evening was over priced for the chaos and portions.

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vipAndreaD
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Thanksgiving pre fix meal was terrible. Turkey was dry and portion size very small. Butternut squash was impossible to cut or eat. Fish was boring. Squash Needed to be cooked more. This meal tried too hard and could have been so much better if it strived more for flavor than to be different.

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Duckmaster
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Tempest. We'll be back. There were 3 seating options and we chose the second floor. Made a big difference. Our server made a big difference as well! We'd ask for Maureen again!! The manager, Carina, stopped by and made sure we were happy. Although everything was perfect, the personal Customer Service was the BEST! We're local and are already planning our next special occasion here!!

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evea
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Thanksgiving dinner was mediocre at best. The butternut squash was far too charred and rather bland, the turkey was moist but once again did not have a very good flavor and the chocolate pumpkin pie was a disappointment, neither having a good pumpkin or chocolate taste and being totally ruined by the pepper topping. There was not a Riesling available sold by the glass which was a big disappointment as I cannot drink a whole bottle by myself. Aside from the glass art on the ceiling the atmosphere was also bland. The wait staff was fine for a holiday but nothing to write home about. Having eaten all over the world my husband and I have classified this experience as the most expensive bad dinner we have ever had and we will not be back. This is just not a restaurant worthy of Charleston!

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vipcarolynm
Charleston
43 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Steak tartare all wrong.
Otherwise ok if overly precious

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vipToddT
London
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Went for a special occasion as noted in the reservation but it wasn’t mentioned nor reflected in any special seating location. Room was beautiful and the drinks outstanding. They oddly seemed over staffed and the congregation of workers took away from the ambience somewhat. Mixed reviews of food among guests. High marks for seafood, but steak was presented extremely well done and not a very good cut. To be fair they offered to redo (and did comp a starter) but it wasn’t an appropriate situation to complain or have my guest feel they couldn’t eat while my dish was recooked. Dessert equally underwhelming. Was very disappointed in the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food was excellent but not enough and pricey. And no sides came with the entrees and no good options for ordering sides. It was during brunch so their menu was extremely limited. We spent a huge amount and left hungry. Sat on front patio which was nice but the sun was blistering. The front needs some kind of shade for guests. The service was very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughter got engaged

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere and the food was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
West Virginia
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Best drinks in Charleston and we had appetizer trio...Love!

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ElizabethP
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience1

I marked down on our reservation that we were celebrating our 15th anniversary. They sat us by the door. There was no intimacy at all, which really killed the vibe. The servers were shy. The drinks were awesome, but we had to wait a while in between each one. The menu was limited and wasn't worth the price. The dessert was amazing. The hospitality bit at the end was too little too late.

DM
vipDavidM
New Orleans
35 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dwayne was great as a server. Food was delicious

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

I’ve made better steak & bok choy at my house. Should’ve stayed home & cooked rather than spending $300 for dinner.

CJ
ConnieJ
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The gorgeous glass mosaic ceiling is a showstopper. Menu was very different so was hesitant at first, but their amazing bread was the beginning of a fabulous dinner. We did 4 small plates and they were all unique & delicious. They spoil you at the end. Highly recommended!

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NadiaM
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

The service was absolutely amazing. Really top notch! The food was not quite on par with how excellent the service was and a lot of dishes tasted very bland.

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Will
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The food and our waitress were terrific. The two issues we had were (1) the couple who were seated next to us shortly after we were seated received their wine and starters before we were given menus and (2) the first part of the evening was really loud. But. The loudness may have been largely the product of a patron at a large table who felt the need to shout. Once they left things were great.

We look forward to a return visit soon.

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Teddy
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Tempest Tower was awesome!! The seafood was delicious and the bread was good as well….

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The atmosphere in Tempest was good! They had nice music on (Frank Sinatra) and the inside was decorated nicely. The food portions were TINY and the brunch menu was just meh. I would consider going back for dinner to give it another try, but wouldn’t think twice about going back for brunch.

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vipRockyTop
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Had lobster Benedict; teeny bit of lobster

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Josh was a fantastic waiter and truly did his best to make our meal the best experience possible. We look forward to coming back and trying even more of the menu options!

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Abbie2014
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. We had an awesome dinner and I loved that at the end they gave the girls roses and the guys cigars!

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AllisonB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious and service was impeccable!! Highly recommend!

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vipLoveToTaste
New England
22 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat outside and loved the porch area, it was much quieter than inside and allowed us to watch Market St pass by. From the appetizers through entree it was an excellent meal, unhurried and delicious. Expect to spend a few dollars but you get what you pay for, excellent fresh seafood prepared perfectly.

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Andy
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was exceptional! Service was good but server seemed to be trying to hard to up-sell. Also she had a trainee with her but did not let him assist in any way, not even to pick up a used plate or silver. It was awkward.

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vip1876
Charleston
47 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Came for lunch. The food was good. Not a big menu to select from. The ambiance is lovely. The glass ceiling with the fish is awesome. Not a place for large groups or parties, but nice for couples.

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vipjennifer
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere, service and food was wonderful!! The rose and cigar with the after dinner drink at the end was a super nice touch!

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GregK
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit was so good there will definitely be more.

MC
vipMinneCharleston
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambience were perfect, as usual. Our server was very accommodating and made excellent recommendations. We brought 2 special bottles of wine with us to celebrate a birthday and she brought them each out with perfect time. They made the meal EVEN better. The whole party carried on about the whole meal throughout the evening. One of the best meals I've ever had in Charleston. Thank you so much!

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and exceptional service

MD
vipMDannaher
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and atmosphere!!!

SL
vipSteveL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in long time and flavor and prep outstanding. Great service including boning fish. Complementary cognac, roses and cigar at meal end. What an experience. A must!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful experience!! The food, atmosphere, and service were outstanding!

TS
vipTamaraS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Excellent food. Would definitely return!!! Our server Richard was the best!

FAQs

Tempest is rated 4.7 stars by 1034 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.