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Diners' Choice: Healthy restaurants in Charleston

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall healthy cuisine in Charleston? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Establishment restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2484)
$50 and over
Seafood
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
Everything at The Establishment begins with well-sourced ingredients from sea and field. Through developing relationships with local farmers and fishermen, our ingredients will be consistently seasonal, fresh, and pure. Chef Elliott Howells' menu will always reflect a clean, focused, and balanced approach, delivering a selection of thoughtful and refined cuisine.

Located in Charleston’s historic French Quarter a few blocks away from Rainbow Row, Charleston City Market, and Waterfront Park, The Establishment features an award-winning wine cellar, over 150 bourbon and whiskey offerings, and a lively bar scene complete with daily happy hour. We feature Live Music every Friday and Saturday starting at 8:00 PM, featuring multiple local artists performing an array of musical genres. Our private dining rooms are perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, or business meetings. We look forward to hosting you for a casual night out or an elevated dining experience.

Top review
KymKvip
Dined 4 days ago
Great vibe/atmosphere in a really pretty part of Charleston. We enjoyed our food and the service was excellent. We dined on a Wednesday night so the restaurant was lively but not packed and the sound level was perfect. The wagyu entree and gnudi appetizer were highlights, as were the oysters. Dessert menu is small. Cocktail and wine menu are nice. Kindof nuts that bread service isn’t included when you’re spending $100+ per head for dinner, I continue to think this is absurd but sadly it’s not rare. We’d return to this restaurant for sure. It was a really enjoyable evening.
A photo of Ma'am Saab restaurant
4.8
4.8 (218)
$50 and over
Pakistani
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
Nestled in the historic district of downtown Charleston, experience an elevated take on Pakistani cuisine by Chef Maryam Ghaznavi. Be prepared to embark on a journey into Pakistan- featuring a focused menu with dishes originating back to the mughal era. Expect crowd favorites like Butter Chicken, Biryanis, Bihari Kabab and more, along with extensive craft cocktail, mocktail and Delta 9 THC infused libations inspired by the flavors and spices from the subcontinent. With architectural details that pay homage to the history and culture of the subcontinent while looking into the future thanks to Artificial Intelligence based artistry, Ma’am Saab (which means “Boss Lady” in the Urdu language) is unique to any other restaurant in Charleston.
Top review
tugboatjulie
Dined 3 days ago
Though it wasn't the menu I was expecting (new vs what was online) so I was floundering for a choice, as I'm a healthier eater (more veggies, less starch!). Regardless, everything we selected was amazing--well-portioned, presented, and seasoned. A true delect for the discerning palate! I just with there were a few options for true veggies (not carb-based).
A photo of Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Charleston restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2578)
$30 and under
Seafood
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
Travis and Ryan Croxton debut their spinoff from the highly acclaimed Rappahannock Oyster Bar at Union Market in Washington, DC. They’ve even brought their DC Chef, Kevin Kelly, to man the kitchen at this outpost. This location in the historic Cigar Factory Building on East Bay Street, allows room for Chef Kelly to showcase more of his cuisine to a larger audience, including an incredibly unique 40 seat raw bar. Oysters grown by the Croxton’s own Rappahannock Oyster Company are accentuated, but Kelly’s signature dishes like lambs’n’clams, crabcakes, shrimp & grits and the best po’ boy you’ll ever eat are enough reasons in their own right for constant visits. Coupled with a great cocktail program and focus on local ingredients, ROB is a great place for any occasion.
Top review
StephenPvip
Dined 2 days ago
Great food and service. We got there early for the happy hour oysters. They were excellent and priced fairly at $2. Tasty grouper special.
A photo of Crave Kitchen & Cocktails restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3261)
$30 and under
American
Mount Pleasant
About the restaurant
***OUR PATIO IS NOW "OPEN AIR" AND, THEREFORE A WEATHER-PERMITTING DINING AREA***

Located just over the bridge from Isle of Palms, within The Shoppes at Seaside Farms, Crave proudly serves superb dining and classic cocktails to Mount Pleasant residents & low-country visitors.

We are proud members of Fresh On The Menu, a certified SC grown initiative with a heavy focus on locally-produced products. Our Chef is extremely sensitive to dietary restrictions and sensitivities, resulting in over 20% of our menu being able to accommodate guest allergies and food sensitivities.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Great place, great seafood . Very family friendly
A photo of Sorghum & Salt restaurant
4.5
4.5 (359)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
Vegetable & seafood driven small plates with a seasonal, always-revolving menu served in a trendy, industrial setting combining upscale fare with a laid back experience. Our tasting menu is available in the entire restaurant 6 days a week. Selected for OpenTables "Top 10 Diners' Choice Winners in Charleston" in 2021!

Top review
Veggielovervip
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
We did the 4 course chef tasting and it was amazing! We are vegan diners and this restaurant is one of our favorites when in Charleston. Have dined with meat eaters as well and they were happy too! Waitstaff is very helpful, knowledgeable and efficient. 6 stars!
A photo of Maya restaurant
4.5
4.5 (656)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
Located in Charleston's lively Upper King Street District, Maya is an elevated Mexican eatery that celebrates Mexico's vibrant regional cuisines. The menu includes a selection of authentic dishes ranging from snacks and small plates, to tacos, shareable sides, and large format entrees. Maya's beverage program features mezcals, Mexican cervezas, and cocktails focused on fresh and seasonal flavors. The restaurant's décor is warm and welcoming, with natural furnishings and pops of color throughout. The space features La Terraza, an open-air patio with lush greenery and a full bar, which also serves as the setting for private dinners and events. Maya is open nightly for dinner, with happy hour available Monday through Thursday.
Top review
MelissaH
Dined 2 days ago
Sat out on the back patio-great ambience. Food was great and service was excellent. Would definitely return.
A photo of The Longboard - Sullivan's Island restaurant
4.4
4.4 (145)
$30 and under
Seafood
Sullivan's Island
About the restaurant
The Longboard - Sullivan’s Island is the 2nd iteration of The Longboard concept, originally born on St. John [USVI], opened May 2015 in the heart of Cruz Bay. Like the flagship concept, the S.I. location offers light & health fares and creative cocktails inspired by coastal regions around the globe. This location also embraces the rustic, wood-fire cuisine of the group’s other Caribbean locale [The Easterly – St. Thomas], focusing on fresh & local seafood, handcrafted cocktails, and an extensive wine list... all with a Lowcountry focus in mind.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Our server, Liz, was amazing. Food was great and the atmosphere was relaxing and perfect for our evening. Will definitely be back again!
A photo of Coterie- Charleston restaurant
4.4
4.4 (375)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
The word “coterie," in its essence, means a group of people who come together to share their ideas. Unique perspectives are what brings flavor to our conversations and our relationships, and they thrive in the right environment.

Our style is an edited mix of flavorful dishes and drinks served in an intimate setting. Flavors come to the forefront as easily as the conversations held by the people enjoying the food. At Coterie, everyone brings their own story to the table.

Top review
Mrsajsm
Dined 5 days ago
This was such a vibe! They were attentive and the food BUSSED DOWN 🤤🤤 12/10 HIGHLY RECOMMEND. we had the chimichurri steak and chamoy ribs. Great people, a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that EVERYONE should try!
A photo of The Refuge restaurant
4.3
4.3 (554)
$30 and under
American
Isle of Palms
About the restaurant
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Charleston sits The Refuge in Isle of Palms. This family owned and operated venue is sure to please all.
Here at The Refuge, we take pride in pleasing the palates of locals and tourists alike. Our experienced staff stands behind the recipes on our menu, and use only the freshest ingredients to ensure an unforgettable dining experience. The coastal location of The Refuge is complimented by our modern and sophisticated design, which brings an upscale aesthetic to dining in Isle of Palms.
The Refuge offers an array of menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner to fit the schedule of any island dweller. Brunch enthusiasts can take refuge in our Weekend Tide menu, overflowing with delicious creations like baked avocado and egg, or stacks of buttermilk pancakes. With a coffee bar for coffee lovers and a restaurant for foodies,



Top review
RuthT
Dined 6 days ago
WE enjoyed celebrating my daughter's birthday here. The service and food were both perfect!
A photo of Lenoir - CHS restaurant
4.3
4.3 (68)
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
From chef, cookbook author and PBS star, Vivian Howard, LENOIR reminds people that the South is a nuanced place with a storied history and disparate terrain that shapes us as well as our food traditions. Here we cook to perpetuate, honor and evolve the cuisine of the rural, agricultural South, and we back it up with hospitality that buys into the idea that food with a story tastes better. Named for Vivian’s home county in eastern North Carolina, LENOIR exalts the pillars of Southern hospitality and leaves people feeling like they are guests in our home rather than patrons in our restaurant.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 1, 2024
Food delicious! Ambience and service was great! Wine pours smallest I’ve ever seen! Switched to mixed drink.
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