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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Charleston

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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 O-Ku restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2631)
$30 and under
Japanese
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
O-Ku, a Japanese restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina, is a triumph of execution and concept. The restaurant's menu is a modern take on traditional Japanese cuisine, and it features fresh, seasonal ingredients that are prepared with care. The dishes are beautifully presented, and the flavors are both complex and delicate. Focused on incorporating authentically Japanese flavors into the fare, O-Ku's menu is comprised of signature contemporary Japanese entrées and traditional sushi of the season reflecting the uniquely designed space. Guests can enjoy chef specialties including kurobuta pulled pork don-buri, braised short rib with shiso pesto, coconut curry, and hakozushi a box-style sushi. A wide variety of nigiri, sashimi and crudos are also available. The beverage program at O-Ku is a sophisticated blend of specialty cocktails, premium sake, bubbles, red and white wines and unique beer selections.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Alyssa was our sever and she was very attentive and took good care of us. Sam the manager stopped by to see how everything was going and how we like our meals. We always have a good time and great meal at Ok-u.
A photo of Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (7646)
$30 and under
Seafood
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
Our beautiful new raw bar overlookis the Charleston Harbor. Please call the restaurant for raw bar reservations.

Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar is Charleston's Best Waterfront Dining with a focus on local and sustainable produce and seafood. Housed in a 1940s retired naval building on the east side of the Charleston peninsula, Fleet Landing features a fusion of classic and contemporary Southern seafood fare in a setting that celebrates the area's waterfront heritage.

We take reservations and invite you to make them as far in advance as possible, as they fill up weeks in advance. We always invite walk-ins to join the waitlist when you arrive. If there is no availability on OpenTable, we are fully committed for reservations, and you are invited to join the waitlist when you arrive. For groups of 5-10, please give us a call at 843.722.8100. Larger groups are usually booked several weeks in advance. The largest group that we are able to accommodate is 10 guests.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Andrew was a great waiter. Food was fantastic! Be sure to make reservations!
A photo of Galpao Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse - Charleston restaurant
4.6
4.6 (678)
$50 and over
Brazilian Steakhouse
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
Galpão Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse, an authentic Brazilian dining experience.

Serving and preserving the Gaucho’s culture and the authentic dining tradition of the Brazilian cowboy of grilled meats and fresh salads.
With 17 different cuts of meats, ranging from beef, pork, chicken, lamb, and fish, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Hearts of palm, artichoke, sweet beets, asparagus, caprese salad, imported cheeses, and cured meats are only some of the almost 40 items that our gourmet salad bar offers.
Side dishes like garlic mashed potatoes, caramelized bananas, traditional rice and black beans, are a perfect complement to the true Southern Brazilian menu.

Whether you are visiting us for happy hour, a business dinner, a family gathering or a special occasion, we invite you to join us for a unique culinary experience at Galpão Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse.

Top review
TMTM
Dined on Jun 27, 2024
Great experience and location. A bit pricey but the food is delicious.
A photo of Tavern & Table restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2613)
$30 and under
American
Mount Pleasant
About the restaurant
Tavern & Table is the dream child of Cecil & Dianne Crowley, Andy Palmer & Jeff Condon. After years of working together on various successful restaurant concepts, they wanted to bring together the very best aspects of fine dining and casual hospitality in a beautiful and comfortable setting. Tavern & Table is more than a restaurant, it was created to be a gathering place where people sit in comfort and share small plates for the table or enjoy a hearty meal. The bartenders know the fine art of cocktail making and their interest in flavor and presentation comes alive in not only in the food but in barrel aged cocktails that are created in-house.
Top review
SteveP
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
The food was delicious !!! The service was also great !!!
A photo of Church and Union - Charleston restaurant
4.5
4.5 (8221)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
A 5th Street Group Concept. Modern-American cuisine served in a casual yet refined atmosphere. Menu by Executive Chef Doug Watson & Bravo Top Chef Alum Chef Partner Jamie Lynch.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Great atmosphere! Food was excellent. Crab cake entree only had one.
A photo of Bourbon N' Bubbles restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1269)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
Bourbon n Bubbles is Upper Kings luxury restaurant and bar. Enjoy our offerings of appetizers and shared plates coupled with a premier selection of Champagne, bourbon, and hand-crafted cocktails.
Top review
ChrisS
Dined 3 days ago
Great place! Great food! Great ambience and will be back for sure!
A photo of ÉLEVÉ at Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1310)
$30 and under
European
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
Coastal cuisine infused with southern heritage and prepared with classic French culinary techniques make Élevé unmatched. The elegant rooftop restaurant with views of Charleston’s charming cobblestone streets complete this sophisticated dining experience.
Top review
Carolina1013
Dined 1 day ago
One of the better dinners we’ve had lately. Great service, great feel and amazing food. Oysters, tuna, salad, wreck fish and sliders. All very thoughtfully put together and perfect in taste. Thank you
A photo of The Longboard - Sullivan's Island restaurant
4.4
4.4 (144)
$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 3 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 Bahama Breeze - Charleston restaurant
4.4
4.4 (265)
$30 and under
Caribbean
North Charleston
About the restaurant
Bahama Breeze Island Grille offers a To Go menu with easy online ordering. Take home a taste of the islands today. Bahama Breeze offers all your favorites: burgers, salads, seafood, chicken-all with our island flair. From jicama or plantains to jerk chicken pasta, you can enjoy the islands one taste at a time, discovering new flavors along the way. If our Latin and Caribbean-inspired recipes sound delicious but you're not sure you're ready to explore, ask us about the ingredients or preparation. We're always happy to share our knowledge of Latin American and Caribbean cuisine.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Food and staff were excellent. Drinks also. I loved the décor although it was a might chilly there during our 6PM meal. Did I mention the staff were awesome? Yes….We would for sure dine there again…
A photo of Mesu restaurant
4.3
4.3 (685)
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
We are a lively urban spot designed around street art with Mexican and Sushi cuisine. A vast selection of tequila and sake compliment our full cocktail list. Reservations accepted daily, walk-in availability is an option as well!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Great service, food was excellent. We loved the beef nacho’s! Definitely recommend.
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