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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Overall Rating

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4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
Good for Groups (25)
Special Occasion (21)
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Good for Birthdays (21)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Romantic (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Fun (13)
Casual (12)
Great for Brunch (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Business Meals (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Late-night Find (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Scenic View (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Cozy (6)
People Watching (6)
Authentic (6)
Great Beer (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Live Sports (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

This was my 3rd or 4th time having dinner at Stars and was extremely disappointed. All other times, the food was great as was the experience. Understanding it was Restaurant week, I was looking forward to the menu and meal and a great deal. However, from the beginning when we asked for recommendations from the server, he even said he liked the regular menu more than the Restaurant Week menu, which defeated the whole purpose of our group going to Stars in the first place. I had brought my coworkers hoping to impress them with the ambience and the meal, but we were very disappointed in the food and portion sizes. All other times I have been, the food was incredible and portions were acceptable. The service was still good but otherwise disappointed.

Tags: Romantic, People Watching
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·Dined 5 days ago

Had to wait 30 minutes to be told the restaurant did not have advertised rabbit or duck for restaurant week advertisement. Should have been told by hostess before waiting. Such a waste of time and disappointment. Was not offered anything else comparable

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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

We made this reservation for restaurant week which began on 1/10, it was 1/13 at 6pm when we went. When we asked for the restaurant week menu we were told that they were sold out of everything. I wouldn’t have made the reservations here if not for restaurant week. It felt like a bait and switch, we weren’t offered anything for the fact that they had sold out of restaurant week items. Not a discount, not a free app, not a dessert nothing. The food was good yes, but that doesn’t negate the fact that I felt like we were bamboozled into eating off the regular menu. The waitress said well u can go somewhere else...well by that time it was 7pm in downtown charleston so anywhere would have been packed and we would have needed reservations, oh and I am 8.5 months pregnant and needed to eat. Very disappointed overall, and will probably never go back.

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and service. We had an excellent experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

My husband and I were in town for a conference and decided to try Stars for dinner. We are so glad we did. The building it is in is beautiful. Our waitress was Brandy and she was very personable and knowledgeable of the menu. Made good suggestions and allowed us time to enjoy a drink before ordering.
I ordered the salmon which was perfect. I have a hard time finding salmon cooked the way I like it and the chef did a great job. It was cooked medium and was crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. My husband had a pork chop special which he enjoyed very much. I would highly recommend trying it out.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 2, 2018

It was New Year's day evening and very slow. I checked but got a sorry we missed yo email so my Open Table reservation was not acknowledged (I had to go back to ask them to check me in - want the points and I also get a commission for all reservations on OT through my business).
We got a shrimp cocktail (nice big shrimp and yummy cocktail sauce, which was good for shrimp cocktail). Got the caesar salad which had a nice house-made dressing. For dinner, the Stars Grill Room Steak - too rare - purple - asked for med rare, small portion. Just ok. Server was tentative and not attentive, considering how slow it was. Plenty of other great places to try in Charleston - probably won't go back for dinner.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Fourth visit. Consistently excellent. Thank you!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Third time for family brunch and each time it's been perfect. This trip my husband and I stayed after brunch and enjoyed the rooftop bar and drinks. Absolutely wonderful cocktails.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Had the brunch buffet and it was lackluster at best. Overpriced, and the food was mid grade at best.
Bacon was cool, not even warm.
Salad dressing had no label, and we very thick so it was difficult to get them out in small quantities.
The made to order omelette was over cooked but very hot when delivered.
Coffee was good.
Would not give them another shot with so many other great options to choose from.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We sat downstairs on a very busy weekend night to celebrate our daughters recent college graduation and sort of holiday celebration combined. The energy in the place is awesome, and even though it was crowded, we were seated right at our reservation time. Wait staff were very attentive, the waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly and our entree's and dessert were all amazing!
To top it all off, the management team jumped into action rallying help from some of their staff to find and save our daughters new college class ring that had fallen down the drain of the bathroom sink. They couldn't have been more helpful! We'll definitely be going back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Loved it and can’t wait to go back! Delicious surf and turf options!...Cozy table for two...what’s not to love!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

From the time we entered everything was great , my table enjoyed every aspect and our server was the best !!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We had an excellent experience at Stars. Our waiter, Eric, was personable and had great suggestions for the meal. Our appetizers, entrées, and desserts arrived quickly and were all delicious. Those who ordered the steaks were particularly impressed by the quality and the attention paid to the requested temperature - they were perfectly cooked. An excellent variety of choices, a great focus on local ingredients, and fantastic setting.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 27, 2017

What a great experience. We had the best service and fantastic food and drink.

The staff did a great job recognizing my daughter and her special occasion.

Our server Sullivan was fantastic!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great Beer, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We celebrated Christmas Eve at Stars and had a marvelous time! Our server Sullivan was the best. We wanted to take her home with us but settled for having her picture taken with my kids. The food was delicious and the atmosphere very festive.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve Dinner was a pleasant surprise as we were expecting a lot less quality and ambiance. The wine, entree and dessert were quite good. The beef was superb, the lobster generous and the asparagus cold. Service was outstanding! Waiter presented the specials as all one price and bill did not reflect it. Surf and Turf was a special and priced much higher than the others. Never suggesting an adjustment. Therefore: mislead and cold asparagus for a very expensive dinner FOUR stars. The only reason we showed was because open table helped us with a reservation on this night when many places are closed. It was packed.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

My family was in town for Christmas. Never been before. The Christmas Eve brunch was absolutely perfect. Food was delicious and a great variety. Loved the shrimp and grits. Even had Christmas cookies, yummy!!! Hope to be back again!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Seasonal
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Chris, our waiter, went above and beyond to take excellent care of us on the eve of Christmas Eve. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was warm and friendly.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We love Stars. Quinetta, the pastry chef,
makes the best desserts. Sullivan did a great job as server. Robert Fripp dies a great job too. The food is anyways good. The rooftop is a great hangout spot.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Hot Spot
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great spot for brunch! The shrimp and grits and chicken benedict was fabulous! Attentive service and wonderful ambiance!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Wonderful! Came with my family for my birthday and they did not disappoint!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We loved it!!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The Sunday buffet was delicious with many offerings. Everything was fresh and displayed very nice. Our entire party, from 11 years to 74 enjoyed the dining experience.

Tags: Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Never saw the waitress and looked at our food for 5 mins at the chef station before it was delivered to us.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Friend and I had brunch there while in town for the weekend. The food choice included a nice variety and the taste was excellent, overall. The only drawback was the eggs were a little runny and wet, but the sausage was fantastic, with a great smoked flavor. I would definitely go back again.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food, service, and ambience were perfect!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I rarely ever write a poor review. I wanted this to be such a great meal... however all but one of our meals were cold. Not lukewarm, actually cold. The lobster pasta I had was chewy and the other meals were quoted by my family as just okay but not much flavor. Our waiter just said sorry and had them “throw it back in the pan to be heated up.” For the prices of everything I wished it would have been much better, and in the end, they didn’t come us anything for what happened, nothing at all. I won’t be trying it for a second time with all the other amazing food spots in Charleston :(

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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Apps were great. Very good service. 8 people for a business dinner. I was a bit disappointed with the short ribs but everyone else was happy. Would return.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We really enjoyed our recent meal at Stars! Food was great, and noise was at a level where we could have a conversation without shouting at each other. Our server was very friendly. We'll be back soon!

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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our first time here and we enjoyed every aspect of our meal! The wait staff was very attentive, made sure we had a gold star meal and experience! My wife and I ordered two different types of meals and both exceeded our expectations. We were comped dessert, and that was a huge plus also! When back in Charleston, we will have reservations here again!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We were a party of 10, for Saturday morning brunch, and the food was amazing. The food was set up buffet style, which was hot and delicious, including shrimp and grits, eggs, fried chicken and pancakes with assorted fruits, vegetables and dessert. Yum!! We highly recommend this restaurant!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Brunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

My food was just “ok”. Salads were drowning in dressing. I was disappointed that we didn’t chose a better restaurant. I felt like it was more of a bar spot than a nice dinner.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Delicious food and excellent service. The interior is cozy and elegant. Great for a date. At times the elevator from the rooftop opened up right to our table and some rowdy folks stumbled out into the romantic setting, but not really a big deal. Would return!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Everything was great except my appetizer & main course were cold. I has ordered the short ribs but then we were told they ran out. Our waiter did great, he did get crab cake that were much better and complimentary desert.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We celebrated my parents 60th anniversary the day after Thanksgiving and Stars did a great job seating 11 of us and serving us an amazing meal. Everyone had a great time, good service and outstanding food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 22, 2017

My wife and I found this gem on the spur of the moment. We had a great dinner downstairs then hit the rooftop for after dinner cocktails. Superb service, drinks, and food. You will not be disappointed if you choose this place!

Tags: Great Beer, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Live Sports, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great food, great service! Our server Robert was fantastic, he was very knowledgeable about the menu and the specials that they had that evening! We will certainly return to Stars in the near future!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Live Sports
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

The drinks and food were delicious! Wonderful time!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We expected a superior experience, from rooftop drinks to the service to the food and wine. Could not have been more disappointed. And there are so many good restaurants in Charleston that it was a wasted evening. The drinks on the rooftop - plastic - at those prices? My martini only filled half the martini glass and when asked, was told that they do a 2.5 ounce pour - never heard of that for a martini and at $14! Never mind that the bartender was condescending and unfriendly about it. When we sat down to dinner, we found the waiter arrogant. We had to go through two wine selections before they found it in the back. The seafood and grits was lumpy and pretty awful. The horseradish mashed potatoes were mostly chunky horseradish - that is supposed to be an essence, not the bulk of the potatoes. Did not even ponder topping off an already bad experience with potentially bad dessert! Definitely a disappointment - generally , our Opentable selections have lived up to expectations but not this one. Warn your members!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Sunday Brunch was disappointing. Pretty standard steam table brunch fare. No omelette station, nothing that was out of the ordinary. Based on past dinner experiences (all of which were good!), I expected more.

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