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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Charleston

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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!

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4.9
4.9 (4614)
$50 and over
Southern
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
Anson was named one of OpenTable's 50 Best Southern Restaurants in America for 2018 |
Top review
AnnLvip
Dined 7 days ago
Anson’s was perfection!! All 6 of us agreed this was hands down the best meal we have had at any restaurant in quite a while!!
A photo of The Establishment restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2462)
$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
ShelleyCG
Dined 3 days ago
We had a wonderful meal. The Gnudi and Snap Peas were a great start to the meal. We also loved the Bone in pork chops and GoldenTile Fish. The mocktail Blackberry Blitz was super fun, and it had a tiny kick from the ginger. It is located on Historic Broad Street. The atmosphere was wonderful with piano playing in the background. We were in one of the front rooms, so it was much quieter. They do have a bar area, but they have a large TV in that area. We were going to have a relaxing date night so the front room was much nicer and had a view to the street. We had a great time and will go again.
A photo of Maison restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1581)
$31 to $50
French
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
Maison is a French Bistro located in downtown Charleston, SC. Our concept is food forward with bright, balanced beverages to compliment. Maison's cuisine is inspired by classic French fare recreated with a breath of modernity and local influence. Tradition meets au courant innovation. The space is intimate and paralleled with energy.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
My wife and I had a great time celebrating our 5 year anniversary. The mushroom tart and chocolate mousse were pretty special and the service was very good
A photo of Oak Steakhouse - Charleston restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5337)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
Located on Charleston's historic Broad Street, Oak Steakhouse is a classic American steakhouse. A classic array of both wet and dry aged Certified Angus® Beef are featured on the menu. Ingredients are sourced locally and regionally from sustainable farmers and fisherman to accent the steakhouse menu. Items including local oysters on the half-shell, Clammer Dave's caper clams and a daily fresh fish selection depending on the season. Other popular dishes include the whole fried lobster, goat.sheep.cow artisanal cheese plate, wedge of Kurios Farms bibb lettuce salad, the house-made pasta and vegetarian plate. The expansive and impressive wine program at Oak Steakhouse emphasizes big California Cabernets and Old World reds from Italy and Bordeaux with more than 200 wines by the bottle and 20 wines by the glass. The bar attracts a loyal, local following from nearby businesses and neighborhoods with its great cocktails and happy hour. Inside a historic bank building that dates back to 1848, Oak's stately setting features three floors with five distinct dining areas. Arched windows, 20-foot ceilings, original metal work, fireplaces and 150-year-old heart pine floors, offers the perfect setting for enjoying a special evening.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Great time! Eric took care of us with fantastic service and talked about the area since we were from out of town. Food was delicious, fresh, and prompt. Highly recommend a visit.
A photo of Grill 225 restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1620)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
As Charleston's premier steakhouse, and member of the Great Steak Houses of North America, our menu is one of the few in the country that features 100% USDA Prime Beef. Located at the luxurious Market Pavilion Hotel in the heart of historic Charleston, we offer a dining experience like no other. All of our beef selections, including the filet mignon, are hand-selected and wet-aged 42 -50 days to ensure tender texture and unsurpassed flavor.

At Grill 225 we place a great deal of emphasis on seafood harvested from both local and International waters. Using only premium ingredients such as local sustainable seafood as well as exclusive premium domestic and international offerings.

Private Dining for up to 110 guests for indoor events.
Private gatherings for rooftop cocktail receptions and events up to 275 guests.

Dress Code:
For Men, smart business attire. Jackets are requested, but not required. Flip flops, T-Shirts, non collar shirts and baseball caps are not permitted.

Top review
RickSvip
Dined 4 days ago
Everything was top notch. Great food, service and atmosphere.
A photo of Camellias restaurant
4.7
4.7 (258)
$31 to $50
Afternoon Tea
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
Reservations are not accepted for Standard Service.
Reservations are required for Afternoon Tea and Special Experiences.

Discover an unparalleled Afternoon Tea experience at Camellias, where design and architecture intertwine to create a breathtaking wonder inspired by the renowned Fabergé jewels. Step into a realm of elegance and sophistication, where every detail, from the etched mirror ceiling to the dazzling crystal chandelier, exudes opulence and charm.

Located in the heart of Charleston, Camellias presents an Afternoon Tea seating that stands as an essential experience for any bucket list.

Adults | 65.00
Children’s Tea | 42.00
Crown Tea | 42.00

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made no later than 24 hours prior to your reservation. Failure to cancel 24 hours before your reservation will result in a $25/per person fee.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
I took my Scottish mum to tea at Camillia's for her 85th birthday. She was tickled pink! Everything was perfect.
A photo of La Rustica restaurant
4.7
4.7 (30)
$30 and under
American
Summerville
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 10, 2024
Fabulous food& service ….as always! We love this restaurant!
A photo of Peninsula Grill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (7744)
$50 and over
American
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
This AAA Four-Diamond restaurant located in the very heart of Charleston’s famed Historic District has been recognized by Departures, Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, The New York Times, Southern Living, Travel + Leisure, Wine Spectator, and others for serving the finest and freshest ingredients sourced locally and globally.

With velvet-lined walls in shimmering oyster tones, woven seagrass, and indigenous cypress molding, the Peninsula Grill Dining Room ambiance is supper club sumptuousness. The Peninsula Grill Champagne Bar is an intimate jewel box space that offers several outstanding champagnes by the glass and a delicious bar menu.

Peninsula Grill is a proud member of Relais & Châteaux, an exclusive collection of restaurants and hotels in romantic destinations around the world. Business casual attire, Collared Shirts are required for Gentleman in the Dining Room.
Top review
TriciaKvip
Dined 1 day ago
Superb service and dining. Great for a special occasion
A photo of Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse - North Charleston restaurant
4.4
4.4 (709)
$31 to $50
Brazilian Steakhouse
North Charleston
About the restaurant
Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse is an unique, Award Winning “Churrascaria” featuring a Fresh Salad Bar with over 30 items, 6 Hot Brazilian Flavored Dishes and a “parade” of 16 USDA Prime cuts of Beef, Lamb, Chicken and Pork carved tableside by our Gauchos. To complement your meal, we have a full bar offering a worldwide selection of fine wines, cocktails, typical Brazilian mixed drinks and a tasteful selection of desserts.
Top review
Guest
Dined 4 days ago
We had an excellent meal. The food was fresh on the bar. The proteins were delicious. The atmosphere was relaxed and the service was great.
A photo of 843 KOREAN BBQ & SUSHI HOUSE restaurant
4.1
4.1 (494)
$30 and under
Korean
North Charleston
About the restaurant
UPDATED 8/15/2020

We've been trying to open inside and Today is the day!! Come and try updated menu and items
And, please remember that we are still consider the safety first!

As we carefully reopen 843 with safety in mind for our staff, our guests, and our community, we introduce to you one of a kind KBBQ experience in our brand new 843 Outdoor Patio. With new items on the menu like Korean Fried Chicken and Delivery service to our local guests, we have been busy bees during the stay-at-home order to bring you better service and more variety of specials. Check out our full menu at www.843koreanbbq.co for the best sushi deals in Charleston and reserve your table today. Seating is limited. Social Distancing will be enforced to do our part to stop the spread of Coronavirus. Thank you in advance for your understanding. We are grateful to our locals who has shown us love and support through this global crisis. Thank you very much. Mr. & Mrs. Hong


Top review
JoshW
Dined 3 days ago
As always my experience here was great! Highly recommend it!
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