About Stars Restaurant - Rooftop & Grill Room

Stars Rooftop & Grill Room brings the art of live fire cooking to Charleston. Stars exemplifies an artistic appreciation for live fire cooking by focusing on the details of each dish – the seasoning, balance, pairing and presentation. The restaurant has a full bar and grill room on the first floor and event space on the second floor. The rooftop bar has a 360-degree view of downtown Charleston and can accommodate up to 140 people. Dedicated to serving locally sourced food within 100 miles of Charleston, Stars’ food and beverage menus are fresh and seasonal. Stars brings a new tradition of open flame cuisine to Charleston and is not to be missed.

495 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Grill, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
Downstairs Bar Hours:
Monday-Friday 4:00pm-2:00am
Saturday-Sunday 10:00am-2:00am
Rooftop Bar Opens at
Monday-Thursday 2:30 pm
Friday 12:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday 10 am
Dinner:
Sunday- Thursday: 5:00pm-10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm-10:30pm

Saturday Brunch: 10:00am-2:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am-2:00pm

Cross Street:
Morris Street and King Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 577-0100

Website:
http://starsrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
We have live entertainment starting at 11pm on Friday and Saturday.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available after 6pm and is located at the corner or King & Morris Street, one street north of Stars. There is a city garage located on Morris St, between King and Meeting. The on-street parking is free all day on Sunday.

Public Transit:
The Charleston Visitor's center and bus shed is located one block from Stars at the corner of Meeting and Ann St.

Executive Chef:
Chef Vince Carino

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Contact Jessica Martin 843-577-0100 or email events@starsrestaurant.com

Private Dining

Stars creates an exceptional event venue to host private dining events, both social and professional. Our event specialists have experience in hosting, catering and managing all event types from business meetings to intimate weddings.

Stars Restaurant - Rooftop & Grill Room Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.4

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4.4

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4.1

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on April 5, 2015

I took my parents here for brunch on Easter Sunday. It was a hit! Stars offers a buffet brunch for only $25 per person, and there is plenty to eat. This is one of best deals in town. The appetizers include a delicious platter of smoked salmon with all the fixings, a cheese platter (delicious bleu cheese), and a strawberry salad. The entree table has delicious French toast (without nasty cinnamon), well-prepared scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, etc. They featured a chicken eggs benedict. My mom LOVED the shrimp and grits, which she had never tried before. The dessert trays had macaroons, banana bread pudding, etc., but the big hit was the flourless chocolate cake bites. Yum! We will be back during my parents' next visit to Charleston.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Naples)·Dined on April 5, 2015

Been here before for brunch and it was great. But they got rid of fresh make your own omlets and the Sunday brunch consisted of mass made scrambled eggs and soggy French toast. Was an awful Easter brunch

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 5, 2015

My family and I had brunch reservations for Easter Sunday. We were seated promptly and the service was great!!Food was very good but it was mostly breakfast items. Very few lunch options for those who don't like breakfast foods. That being said, the French toast was excellent!!!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on April 3, 2015

Food was very good! The atmosphere had good energy, but not too noisy. Nice rooftop bar, to wait for a table, but it does get a little crowded. Definitely worth a visit!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 3, 2015

Had dinner in the grill, everyone loved their dinners (crab cakes, shrimp wraps, burgers and sheppards pie. then went to the rooftop for an after dinner drink. Loved the vibe, great food, fantastic view.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 30, 2015

Really nice place to eat, very friendly staff and excellent menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 30, 2015

We started on the rooftop, where drinks were served in plastic and service was a bit slow, but it was a Monday night (1 bartender). Dinner downstairs was of a higher caliber. $20 plate of lobster pieces and fresh pasta was a smaller portion than we expected. Steak, burger, and salads were all excellent. Wine selection was great, and service was very attentive, kind, and knowledgeable. Big front windows for natural light. They packed up our dessert to go which was such a nice treat!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on March 29, 2015

There were six of us in Charleston for a wedding weekend - Stars was recommended to us for their Sunday Brunch and we were not disappointed! Great Service and Food. Our brunch helped make the weekend a special event! Thanks to everyone who served us.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on March 26, 2015

Stars Restaurant - Rooftop & Grill Room is a great restaurant that has amazing food, atmosphere, and service. I came here with a group of 9 of my girlfriends and we had the best time. We had drinks on the rooftop before our reservation and it had such great views of downtown. The whole experience was great - I would definitely recommend it to others!

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 21, 2015

This was our first time at Stars and it was recommended by our son who is more familiar with Charleston restaurants. We were very happy with our experience other than the rooftop bar was very busy and crowded with a much younger crowd than we fit into. The downstairs bar was more to our liking and was staffed with very professional bartenders. Our server, Phillip, was very helpful and we did not mind his "shadow" for the night who will also become a great server in time. The food was outstanding! We had the scallops and they could not have been better. We left quite satisfied and will no doubt be back on one of our return trips to Charleston.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 18, 2015

Great for casual business meetings. Menu offers something for everyone. Service was exceptional! Definitely will be repeat customers. Thank you for a relaxed evening!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 17, 2015

I really enjoyed this restaurant and would go back. The food is excellent, however it took forever to get the meal. We did have a fairly large party, but the restaurant was also not busy.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 6, 2015

The restaraunt was packed and busy. We were seated promptly by the friendly hostess. My fiancé and I were visiting Charleston and enjoy finding great restaurants anywhere we travel. I had the rib eye steak served with a brussel sprout and cheese side that I cannot describe adequately along with an au gratin. The food was excellent. Even better was the staff. Our waiter, whose name I apologetically cannot recall was very attentive without being overly so. He displayed a sincere southern charm while he ensured we enjoyed our meal. The only downside to this excellent restaurant was the noise level. There's nothing you can do about that though.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 4, 2015

Overall, good, but lackluster. When we dined there two years ago it was notable. Our guest that night observed that he had had the best meal of his life. He specifically requested a return visit this time around. This week it was at best "above average."

Excellent appetizers and deserts. The wine (Argentine Malbec) was exceptional. The main dishes were very good, well prepared and well presented, but only average for the city at a mid-level price point,. The sides (fries / mashed potatoes) and a small green salad garnish) were mundane.

The service was excellent. We had one gluten intolerant member of the party. He was treated very well with every dish explained relative to how it could or could not be served gluten free. Our server was both knowledgeable and attentive.

It is clear that the restaurant price point has changed. The overall experience has diminished from exceptional to average.

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on March 2, 2015

Service was great, Food was average, but the bar on the roof top was cool. Wine list for by the glass was not very extensive.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 28, 2015

We tried the brunch, our favs were the chx eggs Benedict and the banana pudding

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 27, 2015

Service was fantastic, food not so. Scallops tasted like it was served on top of oatmeal. She Crab soup---no crab no flavor. Ribs cut up and dry. Fries were over seasoned. A big disappointment and expensive.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 22, 2015

Great food , awesome grits and the fried chicken eggs Benedict is superb

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 21, 2015

Stars has become my favorite restaurant in Charleston you cannot beat the ambience the food and the service.

Our waiter Philip I feel is the best waiter in Charleston. We bring all our guest there and they rave about it for weeks afterwards

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 20, 2015

Food was amazing! I suggest trying the mushroom bruschetta and the S'more pie. Drink list was extensive and well made. Service was friendly and attentive. Only thing that was disappointing was our seating arrangement. It was full house so we we were sat at a tiny two person table, which would have been understandable except we were across from a six person booth with only one occupant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 20, 2015

The noise level is a problem if you want to have a conversation. The food is ambitious and "current", but we had the feeling they're trying to hard to be hip. Our main course was very delayed for some reason and while the manager apologized, it was still a bit frustrating. Overall, a good spot for young people, I think.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 19, 2015

I have lived in Charleston for 25 years and don't think I have ever been as underwhelmed by a restaurant, my niece and her friends were in town for one night and had never been to Charleston before and thought it would be fun for them to go to Stars. The bar was nice but the dinner was disappointing, we had hot oyster appetizer, which was lukewarm and 3 of us had lobster tagliatelle, which had no flavor. The service was fine and I am never going to complain at a restaurant, just not go back or recommend. I spent about $400 for dinner and drinks and feel like I was ripped off!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 15, 2015

The service at Starz is impeccable. The food was very good and the ambiance was interesting. It seems they are trying to attract a regular bar crowd and also having a nice dining experience. It was winter and the rooftop bar was closed. I'll come back and see how the ambiance is in the spring. It was very unique and I enjoyed the younger successful crowd.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 14, 2015

Attentive white coated waiter explained menu well. Delicious baked oysters to share. Perfect mussels in ginger broth. Great blueberry, creamy goat cheese, walnut salad. Husband devoured a huge cut of smoked grilled pork "porchetta". Imaginative preps without trying too hard. Chose wrong dessert: deconstructed strawberry shortcake with 3 quarter-sized biscuits, a drizzle of warm jam with diced strawberries and jalapeños & ice cream. Very sweet. $9. Crowd of well dressed young people. Lots headed upstairs to rooftop grill w heaters! Great addition to Charleston's competitive dining scene.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 14, 2015

We recently dined at Stars and found it to be a great experience. The atmosphere was vibrant and bordering on the side of loud, but conversation was still comfortable. The service was outstanding across the board. The food was delicious and very reasonably priced for the quality provided. We decided to go up to the rooftop bar for a cocktail after the dinner, and found this space to be very comfortable even on a frigid night. We really enjoyed ourselves, and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 14, 2015

Excellent food and service. Seating is cozy and large enough to accommodate big parties. The facility is mostly wood so it can get a bit noisy. Will definitely go back

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 14, 2015

We had an amazing visit to Stars, and as this was our second time, it did not disappoint! The food was incredible, as usual, and the staff is friendly and not pushy. Typically on Valentine's Day I feel like there is always a rush to turn over tables, and Stars did not do this which was incredibly refreshing. The rooftop bar is always a gem, too.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 14, 2015

The food was ok. The menu was a little confusing instead of listing appetizers it had small plates and shared plates. The choices were limited for both which seems like a bar menu. The dining room was well decorated but we sat near the bar with tvs going. It's confusing, is it a beautiful elegant restaurant or a fancy bar? overall this restaurant has an identity crisis. Decide if you are a bar or a fine dining spot.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 13, 2015

I made a reservation for two on Open Table and thought we were set. We got to the restaurant and we were asked to wait at the bar. After waiting, they pointed to our table which was a high top table in the noisy bar area surrounded by folks standing with their drinks. We decided to remain seated at the bar. A reservation at Stars doesn't mean you're getting a normal quiet table. The food and the bar service were great (some redemption). The roof top bar has a great view, ample seating and friendly service.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on February 13, 2015

The people and service were great but the food was very disappointing.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 7, 2015

Food is really great. Ambiance, not so great. That night was crowded- especially around the bar and front tables. The noise level was over the top. We asked to get a table further in the back and half way thru our meal we did. It was better but we still had to shout. Our first waiter was obviously new and not so great. Our second waiter was very good.

I would like to return but not with that loud noise level.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on January 30, 2015

There was nothing wrong with our experience but it did leave us underwhelmed as there was nothing special about it either. To be fair our group did consist of two small children who were not in the best mood but the food did not blow us away. Granted, the competition is extremely stiff in this town. There are too many other great restaurants in the area for me to give Stars another shot. Sorry guys.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 27, 2015

Recommend Stars for a nice evening out. In addition to appetizers and regular entrees they serve small plates; a girlfriend and I shared several: they were excellent and gave us a chance to taste more dishes! Can be a little noisy around the bar but the tables in back are quieter.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 18, 2015

Perfect set up for large group in the cocktail section, staff was very accommodating and attentive, and we enjoyed the wine selection and the restaurant week menu! Cheers!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 17, 2015

I like the vibe at Stars.....kind of loud, but energetic and not stuffy. So, I had guests in town and thought I'd take them there. One guest is vegan, so I called ahead to make sure they had something on the menu that would work and since it was restaurant week they said that they would make sure the chef got the note and could prepare an option for my guest. I was excited about this and thought it was nice of them to be so accommodating (I evern called ahead that day to confirm this was going to happen). Well, the chef option never happened and when we asked our waiter to check to make sure a few of the dishes he recommended as vegan actually were, he just kept saying "I'm pretty sure you'll be fine" but wouldn't check with the chef. So, my guest ordered a dish he suggested (butternut squash rissotto) and it came out as plain risotto with broccoli. Nothing in the menu description was in the dish and it wasn't cheap either. We sent it back and he said that was a good thing because the chef just told him there was dairy in the dish he brought out. He finally brought out the right dish after we were almost finished eating. To top it off, she was starving because she ran the Charleston Marathon earlier that day. Not a great experience and with so many great restaurants downtown, I won't be recommending it. They should have paid for her dinner. I've been a server in many restaurants over the years and would have done things much differently.

Tags: Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 15, 2015

Brought my new boss and fellow corporate partners. They were highly impressed with food selection and service, and the waiter was very professional and kind, he even made sure we got a couple of bowls of those delightful brussel sprouts for the table. I highly recommend Stars for something unique in food and elegant with service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 14, 2015

My husband and I made reservations for Wednesday, 01/14/15 during Restaurant Week and for our 26th Wedding Anniversary. Our waiter, Mike was a gentlemen, attentive without being overly so, and friendly. Mike and the Stars staff allowed us to eat leisurely and to enjoy each course on our own time frame. (getting food before you have finished the fist course is one of our biggest pet peeves)

All three courses were just what the menu described. The presentation beautiful and the taste, yum! The cocktail, wine and beer list was varied for everyone's taste, with many good choices.

We had not said that it was our Anniversary until we had been seated, but our desserts both came with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate around the plate.

Thanks for a nice evening Stars.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on January 9, 2015

The choices and taste of the restauant week options were wonderful. It was too cold the night we were there to enjoy the rooftop bar but we could tell that on a nice eventing it would be a great spot. Looking forward to going back to explore their regular menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2015

Stars is a good dinner option for larger parties. The food was good but to be honest nothing was a wow!! The service was also spotty. The "draft wine" also wasn't exceptional" but it could have been the one I chose which was a Pinot Grigio blend. Overall worth a try

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 1, 2015

What a lovely New Year's treat. Took the family and really enjoyed the experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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