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The Independent, Georgetown, SC

The Independent

4.6
4.6
96 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
The Independent is an ingredient-driven, seafood restaurant and raw bar showcasing the Lowcountry's surrounding local fisherman, farmers, and purveyors. Located on historic Front Street, the restaurant pays homage to the community's former, yet iconic seafood market by the same name, with a seasonal menu of Southern-inspired dishes guided by the region's bounty of fresh seafood.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

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What 96 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Seafood

  • Georgetown / Pawleys Island

    Best Overall

  • Georgetown / Pawleys Island

    Best Food

  • Georgetown / Pawleys Island

    Best Service

  • Georgetown / Pawleys Island

    Best Ambiance

  • Georgetown / Pawleys Island

    Best Value

  • Georgetown / Pawleys Island

    Neighborhood gem

  • Georgetown / Pawleys Island

    Good for special occasions

  • Georgetown / Pawleys Island

    Lively

  • Georgetown / Pawleys Island

    Most Booked

96 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Considering this is a new establishment I will give grace for needing time to get the kinks out. The waitress was very pleasant and attentive ( sorry, can’t remember her name). My husband and I ordered 2 appetizers; grilled oysters and deviled eggs. Both were mediocre. The eggs lacked flavor and the oysters were at best room temperature. I had 2 different cocktails, a French 75 and espresso martini for dessert, They were good. The entrees were shrimp and grits and grilled chicken. The shrimp dish was good while the chicken was good it could have been cooked a tad bit longer though ,it was flavorful. We order an apple dessert, while it would have been better if actually warm it was good. Overall it was decent. I will try again maybe later in the summer.

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  2. MoodieFoodie

    Atlanta Metro

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply put…. My new “Go To” restaurant. You need to try the scallops with the ramps and morels. Unbelievable!!!!!!!!!

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  3. spgrl

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, atmosphere, and service were impeccable. We loved our fancy craft cocktails at the bar before our reservation. We will definitely be back!

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  4. DonnaK

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Disappointing ! Not a 5 star restaurant at all . Will not go back .

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  5. Hunk

    Nashville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The scallops were very good and the flounder was outstanding.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    West Virginia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food!! Best shrimp and grits served in the area.

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  7. Chase

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the Independent! Service and the food are both fabulous!!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was delicious! We love the vibe! The decorations were gorgeous! We need something like this in Georgetown

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  9. Jackson

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    She crab soup best I have ever had...Beautiful dining area....not very crowded could talk..no problem...Friendly waitress and staff...

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous meal! Scallops seared to perfection and the blue crab fingers were delicious. My husband enjoyed the blackened flounder. Staff was slammed as every table was filled and there was a private party dining. Took a very long time to get a cocktail and a glass of wine Restaurant was really loud. We will definitely dine there again.

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  11. BobR

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Not bad for a new place. Some weak sides and food presentations but they are on the right track. Some of the wait staff looked angry. Others were as pleasant as can be. Hostess was accommodating to our party size change.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding, flavorful cuisine and most professionally delivered service of any restaurant in the Georgetown/Pawleys Island/Grand Strand corridor. Stands out above everyone.

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  13. GeorgetownFoodie

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our third visit since the opening in March. The food is still the star, and is excellent. The service now reflects that of a fine restaurant. Our 7:15 reservation turned into a 7:45 seating as the table reserved for us didn’t clear, understandably not the restaurant’s fault. Staff did the best they could to accommodate us. We will be back

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  14. AdelaideC

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I am so excited for Georgetown’s newest hotel and restaurant! They did an amazing job designing the space! Our server was amazing, and will ask for him next time we go. Not sure if it was the high ceilings or crowd that was there, but the space was very loud. You had to almost scream to talk to the person beside or in front of you. The bar was running a little slow as well, but that is expected in a new place as they work out their kinks. The food could not have been better. We had the burrata and beet salads, scallops, fish of the day and the blackened flounder-it was delicious. The desserts were also amazing, we had the chocolate cake and key lime pie. We cannot wait to go back!

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  15. PamR

    Richmond

    325 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    325 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We loved the George Hotel where the restaurant is located. However, the restaurant was not as special as we had hoped. The restaurant area is very small and very noisy. It was difficult to hear our server and each other. Two of our group had the flounder, one had the scallops (only 3 on his plate) and I had the shrimp and grits. The menu was limited and the meals were average. The best we had was the burrata salad. Very different and very tasty. We will probably go back to give it another chance. The location is great. Our server was also very personable, friendly and conscientious.

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  16. JennyB

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a party of 6 and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience! Service was impeccable and the food was top notch.

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  17. MegL

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience once again!! Never disappointed.

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  18. MoodieFoodie

    Atlanta Metro

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our third time there. Their first Easter Brunch. It was fantastic! Great menu for Easter Brunch.

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  19. Steevo

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server made the dinner special. Ribeye was SERIOUSLY serious!!!…perfect temp. Fish dish was light and tasty. Go here now!!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The service was fine. Very expensive and food was poor. Main course was cold and fries for $15 not crisp or hot. Steak for $79.(!!!!) was rare when ordered medium. If you’re going to charge these prices the food should be perfect.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great dinner for my wife’s birthday. Food was super great The only issue was management served too aloof of the customer that I our Waitress that we ignored for such a restaurant in the area Within minutes the GM mysteriously appeared and greeted us. This should not be the exception but the practice Rich Douin

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  22. Vburr

    Charlotte

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were very good and the ambience was very nice. I guess they’re still working the kinks out a little bit. Definitely would recommend to anyone to give it a try. Can’t wait till you can have a drink out on the patio.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a wonderful time at The Independent this past Monday evening. We started with PEI oysters, paired with a Muscadet. Also enjoyed the she crab soup, shrimp and grits and flat iron steak. She crab soup was full of crabmeat. Shrimp and grits were unlike any we’ve ever had, but a wonderful twist on this southern staple. For dessert we had the chocolate cake, toffee pudding and key lime. Chocolate cake was rich and decadent. Key lime was the best I’ve ever had, nice table side presentation as well. Highly recommend. If noise is a concern, go early.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food! Noise a bit much but will definitely go back!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place. Friendly people. Great food. Enjoyed our wine selections. We will definitely be back.

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  26. RudolphJ

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were superb! A bit noisy but no worse than most restaurants.

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  27. KathrynK

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were pleased with our meals. We had the flat iron steak, it was tender and full of flavor. We are from N.Y. and many of the restaurants give a complimentary small loaf of freshly baked bread prior to dinner. Serviced with a small bowl of oil, balsamic and spices is a suggestion. There is no restaurant in Georgetown that does this and we miss that...

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to go to to. Food very good Will highly recommend this place

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  29. owenh

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Unable to have a table conversation. Very noisy.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent and our service was amazing. But be prepared to have to yell to talk. It’s loud. They said they were aware of it and are working to improve the noise level. They just opened an outside bar area and it’s very nice and has a great view of the sunset.

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  31. ROBINB

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent wait staff. Lovely decor. Great addition to Georgetown. Food was beautifully plated and very good but with slightly over salted entrees and overdressed salads. Let the fresh food shine. We will be back!

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  32. Alwaysright

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Independent was superb! We enjoyed our meal and dining experience immensely! Greta & Ruthie were superior servers and provided us with excellent service! We will definitely be back!❤️

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    first time thought it was great . drink service a little slow . great addition to Georgetown scene .

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  34. PIPK

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was OK (beet salad excellent, fish was overcooked), kitchen very slow, bar did not have bourbon that was on their list, wait staff was fine but appeared understaffed. The restaurant is jam packed with tables, difficult getting around for staff and patrons and the noise level was deafening. Must address noise level.

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  35. MoodieFoodie

    Atlanta Metro

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    2nd time here. They did not disappoint or miss a beat. The chef has put together such an awesome menu. Plates are beautiful and each dish is layered with flavor. You have to make reservations here.

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  36. lslough

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent first experience at The Independent. The food was fresh, great portions and appreciate the variety on the menu. RJ created and incredible experience that was fun and felt special. Chris also ensured a special birthday dinner and helped get a reservation last minute. We will definitely be back!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everyone enjoyed a great dinner with outstanding beverages

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  38. ChrisS

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The independent in the new George Hotel brings a whole new experience to Georgetown county. The owner should be very proud of what they’ve accomplished, It’s a little loud in that restaurant and bar area but the electricity makes you feel like you’re in a New York City venue. We look forward to going back.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All around amazing experience, from the service to the food to the energy what an experience!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Raises new Southern cuisine to a new level. Truly an excellent dining experience.

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FAQs

The Independent is rated 4.6 stars by 96 OpenTable diners.

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 19 times today
Google Map for The Independent

615 Front St, Georgetown, SC 29440-3623

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Georgetown
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Unspecified
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Outdoor Firepit, Private Room, Wine
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