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The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, SC

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel

4.3
4.3
1334 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern
The Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar, named for Revolutionary War hero, General Francis Marion, features classic Southern cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Executive Chef Heyward Davis and Chef De Cuisine Daniel James create regional specialties that emphasize farm to table practices using locally grown fruits and vegetables with respect to the traditional beloved flavors and techniques of the Lowcountry.

Known for its award-winning Shrimp and Grits, The Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar overlooks historic Marion Square Park and is popular with both locals and visitors to Charleston. Guests can enjoy live piano Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm - 9pm.

The restaurant also has a private dining room, the Parkview, that seats thirty and overlooks King Street and Marion Square Park. This intimate space is perfect for private events and small parties.

Masks are recommended for fully vaccinated customers. Consistent with CDC guidelines, unvaccinated customers should wear masks.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Low Country, American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 724-8888

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Heyward Davis

  • Catering

    Francis Marion catering offers customizable menus and pricing includes china, glassware, flatware, tables, centerpieces and linens.<br />Off-site catering: Marion Square, South Carolina Aquarium, Gaillard Center, Charleston's Visitor's Center, Charleston Maritime Center, Thomas Bennett House, Gibbes Museum of Art + more. Contact us for a complete list.

  • Private party facilities

    The Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar, named for Revolutionary War hero, General Francis Marion, features classic Southern cuisine perfect for any special occasion or private event. Treat your guests to a one-of-a kind, delicious experience in a setting unlike any other.

  • Private party contact

    Bailey Williams - Catering Sales Manager: (877) 647-5524

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Cross street

    Corner of King and Calhoun Street

  • Parking details

    Parking is located in the city parking garage next door or along the street.

  • Entertainment

    Guests can enjoy live piano Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights while sipping cocktails in the casually elegant surroundings.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,334 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Southern

  • Charleston

    Great for Lunch

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  1. M

    Milissa

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Service was excellent, and the live piano music made a lovely atmosphere. However the food was a little underwhelming unfortunately. The hush puppies were delicious but as for the mains, personally I think it was a little overpriced for what you got and the sweet potato hash that came with the crab cakes was oversalted. The beef tenderloin was okay good but missed a sauce.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good service, delicious food. Beautiful live piano music.Don’t forget to visit the lobby of Francis Marion Hotel above!
  3. SI

    StephenI

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food5service4ambience1
    Food was wonderful, but noise level was excessive and detracted from overall experience.
  4. CB

    CBluvsAdventure

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Eric, our Server, was the highlight. He is attentive and knowledgable. Eight dishes ordered between four of us. Highlights, and would order again, were Shrimp and Grits, hush puppies, and deviled crab. The "risotto" served with beef medalions, was terrible and not at all resembling risotto as we know it. Pecan pie was good.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire meal was awesome from the fried green tomatoes to the grouper and steak. Frankie our server was very friendly and attentive.
  6. RS

    RobertS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not on our list of “must visit” restaurants; but great food for the money. No waiting for hours to get a seat.
  7. RR

    RenRam

    Dallas

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the top 5 meals I've ever had. I even went back the next night and ate the exact same meal. Highly recommend!
  8. MW

    MWilliams

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My husband and I dined here for a date night. The ambiance was relaxed. Our server was very attentive; giving great recommendations. The entre portion was just enough to get you full.
  9. SB

    SydneyB

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never eaten there before. It was delicious! I’ll definitely try again.
  10. NY

    NYCPLF

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This was a first visit to the Swamp Fox cafe and it was wonderful. The food was delicious and service was extremely attentive.
  11. W

    Wills

    New England

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food was excellent with great flavor and a nice interpretation of original ingredients. Frankie was very understanding and helpful for sure. Restaurant was way to bright and loud. Very little thought into ambiance which could take it up several notches.
  12. SH

    SuHu

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was restaurant week - and one of us ordered from that menu. The she crab soup was delicious. The salmon entree with Brussels sprouts and butternut squash was also very good - albeit a tad on the salty side. They really didn’t need that much salt as the other flavors were fabulous. My husband had the fried chicken and really enjoyed that too. The brown butter case was just tasty - although a little over done and we couldn’t easy cut through the crusty edge. It was supposed to come with berries and whipped cream but it arrived with ice cream. Waiter brought a ramekin of berries to add.
  13. WJ

    WxJeff

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Honestly, we were disappointed. The food was good, but nothing special. We had the crabcakes, shrimp and grits, and fish of the day. All were tasty, but add two half-salads and one appetizer and were at $150. The service was not what I expected. We had to ask for water throughout the visit. Based on other reviews, I was expecting more.
  14. LT

    LindseyT

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    I think this hotel used to be great. The location was great but inside had that old musty hotel smell and food was just ok. If you are only visiting Charleston, doesn't waste a meal at this spot
  15. TT

    TimT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time at The Fox, exceeded expectations. Great service and great food. Will definitely return.
  16. J

    Joseph

    New York Area

    43 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Well food was good, loved the hush puppies and the shrimp n grits were good as well. We, my wife and I, felt rushed and couldn’t understand why. The service was perfunctory at best. In a city where there are a ton of great places to eat, I think service is the deciding factor. With less than stellar service why am I going there?
  17. F

    Fuller

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined during restaurant week. She crab soup was delicious. We had the crab cakes and salmon. Both had a nice presentation and were very tasty. For dessert we had the warm butter cake with ice cream and carrot cake. Yum!
  18. GS

    GlennS

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Frankie did an excellent job serving us. We did the restaurant week menu. For the 1st course we got the she crab and carrot soup and both were very good. the main course we got the crab cakes and marinated steak, My wife really enjoyed her crab cakes and my steak was done perfectly. For desert we got the carrot cake and triple layer cheese cake. both were devine. We defenaly recommend the Swamp Fox
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I enjoyed my time there and our service was great.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We weren’t offered the Restaurant Week menu but the table next to us (after we ordered) did get it. The server was friendly but slow. The food was okay.
  21. KH

    KateH

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our evening was excellent. I wished that we were tabled in a 4 seat table instead of 6. It was challenging at times to convert in a discussion with my friends.
  22. MM

    MarisaM

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We live locally so don’t often frequent restaurants in hotels. However, Came here for restaurant week and it was AMAZING! The Brussels sprouts, salmon, browned butter cake were excellent. Danner was so friendly and a great server. Will definitely be returning.
  23. KH

    KayH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Service was quite slow. Usually when I order wine, I don’t get the unopened bottle handed to me (by the maitre d) - as I did this evening. Our server was great but seemed to be stretched pretty thin. The gravy that came w/the bistro steak and Yukon potatoes was incredibly salty. Lastly, they had neither of the desserts we were hoping to have. Have been to Swamp Fox before & loved it. This was a bit of a disappointing experience.
  24. B

    Bmani

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience1
    There was an issue while dining which kept us on the lookout during our entire dining experience. The manager apologized for the inconvenience. Waitress was super nice. Overall food was good.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good times with friends during restaurant week! Had great service provided by Frankie while enjoying the ambiance! it was nice trying a new restaurant on King St. We ordered the Shecrab soup (amazing taste) and the tuna tartare (a bit fishy and needed some lemon, but still good). The salmon was amazing and finished off with the carrot cake which was pretty good. Will come again!
  26. BD

    BradD

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great night and food was excellent
  27. SD

    SunniD

    Charleston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant week menu and great service!!
  28. R

    Ronnie

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time at The Swamp Fox. From the moment we walked in, until we left we were treated like valued customers. Our waitress described the foods for us, told us about the day’s specials, and did all of the normal stuff I expect from a wait person, except she did it with a beautiful smile that made us feel like she was happy to be there, and wanted to care for us. The food was amazing. I had a shrimp risotto with perfectly seared scallops. This was our first anniversary, and I suspect it will be the restaurant we choose for future reservations and special events.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meal portions small but very good. Construction on the hotel causes some confusion.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server was great, and the food was delicious (only “ok” part was that my food was a little over salted)! Our favorite was the dessert—butter cake with ice cream!
  31. a

    amyharrison

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    i went to the swamp fox for my fiancés birthday. the food was absolutely delicious, and once they found out it was his birthday, they made it so special! we received free drinks and a dessert that said ‘happy birthday’ with a candle. soo cute! our waitress was also super friendly and had great food recommendations. would highly recommend to anyone wanting a nice atmosphere and outstanding food.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food was outstanding, our server was very attentive, knowledgeable and always made sure we had what we needed.
  33. AB

    AllisonB

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service. Favorite restaurant we ate at in all of Charleston. Excellent portions for your money and the live piano was lovely!
  34. RM

    RobynM

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Reservations on Saturday night for our large group were easy and we were greeted warmly by the hostess and our server. Drinks were good and even adapted for our personal tastes. Overall, very good; however two of us ordered the fried green tomatoes for appetizer and they came out wayyyy overcooked/burned. The server took them back and the next batch were delicious. They should never have left the kitchen. One of us had the special fish (Halibut) which was also way overcooked and dry. Restaurant manager came out and he was very concerned. All was rectified quickly and professionally. My shrimp and grits were delicious! Would recommend.
  35. JS

    JeromeS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Overall it was good
  36. JF

    JulieF

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Frankie is amazing. So personable and a truly joyful person. The food is amazing as well. Great atmosphere.
  37. SC

    SteveC

    Columbus

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Birthday Nice meal very good service. One drawback in a hotel with no bathroom access.
  38. J

    Jane

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service. Overall, food was excellent, but shrimp and grits were too salty for my friend to enjoy them. Waitress was excellent and genuine
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I ate at the Swamp Fox for lunch on our last day. The service was very fast. It was easy to make a reservation. The server was very attentive to us and very friendly. We had heard good things about this restaurant and we were not disappointed.
  40. TC

    TaraC

    Charleston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience2
    Appetizers - The shrimp and grits were underwhelming and the fried green tomatoes were served dripping with grease. The grilled shrimp special and hushpuppies were okay, but nothing to get excited over. Main Courses - The filet was good, cooked to perfection. The fried chicken consisted of only one breast (nice piece) but the breading was tasteless. The Tagliatelle was absolutely horrendous and needed to be sent back. It was served as one clump of an undercooked mess. Desert - The warmed butter cake was to die for, definitely the highlight of the meal! Service - EXCELLANT!! Our waitress was attentive and understanding. The returned meal was removed from the bill.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 724-8888.

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel is rated 4.3 stars by 1334 OpenTable diners.

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel

387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Corner of King and Calhoun Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Low Country, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking is located in the city parking garage next door or along the street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Heyward Davis

  • Entertainment

    Guests can enjoy live piano Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights while sipping cocktails in the casually elegant surroundings.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (843) 724-8888

  • Catering

    Francis Marion catering offers customizable menus and pricing includes china, glassware, flatware, tables, centerpieces and linens.<br />Off-site catering: Marion Square, South Carolina Aquarium, Gaillard Center, Charleston's Visitor's Center, Charleston Maritime Center, Thomas Bennett House, Gibbes Museum of Art + more. Contact us for a complete list.

  • Private party facilities

    The Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar, named for Revolutionary War hero, General Francis Marion, features classic Southern cuisine perfect for any special occasion or private event. Treat your guests to a one-of-a kind, delicious experience in a setting unlike any other.

  • Private party contact

    Bailey Williams - Catering Sales Manager: (877) 647-5524

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