Tempest

4.7
875 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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DillonP
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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FrequentDiner
Charleston
37 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MAMA
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, a must when in Charleston

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laura
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipRob331
Charleston
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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vipJanetr
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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vipKatiew
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal of my life!!

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SandraT
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Declan was wonderful!!

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AngelaH
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

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GeorgeD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MichelleO
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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vipWeezie
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding and food was beautifully presented with taste to match.

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ABC123
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience, enjoyed the food, ambiance & the service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch. OMG pancakes!

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HannahK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall our party had an extremely pleasant dining experience at Tempest! Unique menu, excellent service, flavorful food, great atmosphere. We were delighted to find that the upstairs (where we were sat) dining area was very well air conditioned, and the noise level was relatively low. I would highly recommend this spot and hope to return next time we are visiting Charleston. The Fifth Street restaurant group never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. Great brunch location, best pancakes I have ever had!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was delicious and Dwayne was the fastest speaking server this side of the planet!

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RodT
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service with excellent suggestions. Food was very good and very filling. Ambiance amazing!
We'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as always. Really liked our waiter. Had a great experience.

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Thanksgivingfeast
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The food was ok nothing more. We did Restaurant week menu but really not much different then regular Menu and such a small choice on regular. We both had different fish and neither were very hot husbands Grouper was so much better than my Snapper. Rice pudding dessert was maybe two tablespoons and the worst rice pudding I have ever had tiny Macaron on top was good. Waiter was very nice.

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Susanne
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is absolutely amazing, from the beginning through the end. Great people, great service, awesome food, and wonderful ambiance. This is a must do in Charleston!! Book in advance.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it all. Food was delicious especially the gelato. Wait staff was the best.

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AlanaD
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic dinning experience at tempest! The food was phenomenal and the service was outstanding. I really enjoyed their pride in the history of the building

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vipNYCSue
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Visited Tempest for Restaurant week and was overall very happy with the experience,
The salad, snapper and hummingbird cake I ordered were all delicious. My husband enjoyed the octopus appetizer, but was just a bit disappointed that his ribeye steak was not as tender as he might have liked. He was also sorry there was no chocolate option among the dessert choices, so he settled for the rice pudding.

There were a number of wonderful bonuses in having Dwayne as our charming, fun server, as well as the cigar, rose and touch of Cognac for a complimentary finale.
It was a most enjoyable evening.

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Matt
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Tempest was unbelievable from start to finish. The service was impeccable and the food was out of this world. I would recommend this restaurant to friends, family or colleagues 10/10 times.

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Oma48
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The decor was outstanding. Service was efficient and timely. Portions were very small ( server recommended an additional selection) but delicious and presentation was appropriate. Lunch menu was limited. The Iris cocktail was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Restaurant Week 2021!

The food was absolutely incredible, the free bread was a lovely added touch.

Alexis was such a kind server and you could see she was a genuinely happy person.

We felt so cared for and attended to. Great experience and can’t wait to go back.

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Zipmann
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Upbeat atmosphere and ambiance only exceeded by the quality of the food.

FAQs

Tempest is rated 4.7 stars by 875 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.