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The Darling Oyster Bar

4.6
860 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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The Darling Oyster Bar is a casual seafood restaurant and raw bar. The Darling's menu features fresh seafood and creative ingredients, served with an approachable style. The Darling Oyster Bar’s atmosphere promotes comfortable hospitality; with a lively, neighborhood feel.

Anchoring The Darling Oyster Bar is a stunning raw bar showcasing fresh, made-to-order seafood. Guests can enjoy the lively raw bar scene while overlooking historic King Street from The Darling’s iconic storefront. The Darling raw bar also offers full service dining.

Located in the heart of Upper King Street, The Darling Oyster Bar is housed in a 115-year old historic building that enjoys a storied past. A mix of the original 1900’s reclaimed wood, whole exposed brick walls, classic tile, antique molding, and nautical theme combine to create a setting that is all at once convivial, charming, and comfortable.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Monday- Thursday, 4pm to 10pm; Bar open late
Friday- Saturday, 4pm to 11pm; Bar to 2am
Sunday, 11am to 10pm; Bar open late
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Phone number
(843) 641-0821
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joe Dimaio
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Cross street
Morris Street
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Parking details
There is a private lot for our customers
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 860 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined a day ago

How does a place with “oyster” in its name not deliver them to your table when that is the first thing you order upon sitting down?!? The special was delicious, however, the fried fish basket was skimpy on the main attraction of the dish and abundant on french fries. “Show me the meat!”

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4.0Dined a day ago

Great food, lousy service. We drew the short straw.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Loved the decor. Food was great. Southern style like we were looking for! Great oysters!!!!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

One word to describe The Darling Oyster Bar is FABULOUS!!
I would highly recommend the quaint restaurant for any occasion!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We came to celebrate my boyfriend’s graduation. We did a ton of small plates. The ceviche, crab parfait and charred octopus salad were the highlights for me. The Paloma cocktail was so refreshing and delicious and our server Kayla was outstanding. She was kind and attentive while giving us plenty of space to enjoy everyone’s company. Would definitely return. Oooo and don’t miss the key lime pie. A lightly salty crust with a tangy sweet filling. YUM!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great spot, highly recommend.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Went to the Darling for Mother's Day Dinner in the evening. After having been here on previous occasions for dinner, very disappointed to being relegated to the dark entrance dining partition after having made reservations through Open Table. Didn't enjoy our dozen and half raw oysters on the half shell being served not thoroughly chilled and asked if we wanted crackers and cocktail sauce with them. Seriously, they could do better. Dinner was okay and service so-so.. Very disappointed. Not sure when we will return. Probably will stick with Pearls.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great service and interesting menu. Not cheap but worth the price.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Always a fantastic experience. Can’t go wrong with this choice in Charleston

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1.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Terrible. The service was terrible. My husband orders oysters and I ordered ceviche as starters. My husband’s oysters arrived 20 minutes before mine. Then we had to wait another 30 mins to order a beer as the server was not present. Finally the main course arrived 45 mins later and my husband fish of the day was burned. Terrible service and burned food. Avoid this place.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Happy hour oysters were some of the best Ive had. Being from New England I was sceptical of the clam chowder but it was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

We have wanted to try The Darling since it opened. The oysters were very good. We ordered some tapas starters and one dinner. Everything was well-prepared and the wait staff was very cordial and friendly. We will return soon.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

We got the seafood platter and added the fresh lobster tail and OMG it was the best thing I've ever had. Everything was so fresh and the presentation was stunning. We also got a bottle of rose and hush puppies. Truly amazing meal. If you love seafood, you'll love Darling!

Also, our waitress was so friendly and kind, and the atmosphere was stunning.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2018

One of my favorites in town. Good oysters - $1 at happy hour. Nice and bright atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

This has now become a tradition for me and my 11-year-old daughter. She has a weekend long dance competition in Charleston. When it’s over, we celebrate by going downtown and having an early dinner at The Darling. We love it! We shared clams for an appetizer. She then got fried shrimp, and I got raw oysters. I also get to celebrate with a glass of sparkling rose. We both love it!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The Darling never disappoints! My husband and I were celebrating our 1 year anniversary and jumped off the plane and immediately got their Captain Bloody Mary. It's literally a meal in a drink and is worth every single penny! Our server was SO friendly and nice, gave us complimentary mimosas to celebrate, and helped us choose some delicious oysters to enjoy as well. I love the vibe this place gives off and will always go back and treat myself to the BEST Bloody Mary I've ever had in my life. The Darling and should be a staple stop on everyone's trip to King Street!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

It was an overall great experience. Loved the ambience and we had a great waiter.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

We were visiting from the Los Angeles area and The Darling Oyster House was rated high by both Open Table and Yelp. That’s a good sign.

We had the lobster/crab roll, the fried clam appetizer, a half dozen of all of the different baked oysters and a dozen of the raw Gulf oysters which were on special for $1/oyster.

Our server told us the gulf oysters were less briny, and next time we would probably go with different oysters. The gulf oysters were fresh but didn’t have much flavor.

The baked oysters were awesome! The clams were really good and the lobster/crab roll was excellent.

The server had a great attitude and personality and made the evening fun.

And $2 Miller beer pony’s. Geese. Haven’t had one of those since high school. And that was a long time ago. That was cool too.

We really enjoyed this place.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

What you would expect from a great oyster bar/restaurant. Food, service and drinks were all outstanding.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

One of the nicest places we ate in Charleston. The oyster happy hour is delicious, good value, and lots of fun.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Very good oysters, squid ink pasta and the octopus salad was great. Would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Great food and environment

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3.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Great fried clams- everything else was mediocre.
Much better choices in Charleston

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We had a truly lovely time.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Dinner was very good. Fresh oysters were delicious and we'll shucked. Lobster and crab roll was very tasty as well as the pasta dish. Very busy bar scene. Would definitely return for the great food and service.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Girls dinner- great atmosphere, fantastic knowledgeable server with very helpful honest feedback about the food selections. Loved the oysters and the lobster crab roll!

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

We loved the atmosphere on Friday night — the lighting and music were perfect for early evening dinner. Great for a casual date night or intimate coupling of friends. Neat craft cocktails with homemade ingredients shopped local. Our waitress was friendly and attentive. Will def return!

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Normally our favorite restaurant, however the shrimp & grits, a staple item was marginal at best. The grits were runny and tasteless, very disappointing. Had our daughter and her boyfriend in from OH so it was still a treat, but I will never order the shrimp and grits again.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Service and food were both fantastic. A little loud but they accommodated is when we wanted to sit somewhere a little quieter. Great ambiance. Will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

The Darling has good food, great atmosphere and nice service. Does not disappoint.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Visiting from New York

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3.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Table for two against dark wall did not allow any views. Chicken sandwich had no flavor. Shrimp and grits was soupy.

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4.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Great walkable restaurant on King Street. Friendly helpful staff, great drinks and delicious food!

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

The Darling Oyster Bar was our favorite restaurant in Charleston, so good we went back th next day. The oysters were fresh and delicious, and the cocktails were amazing! Everything was very affordable too, a nice surprise for such great seafood in a happening city.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

My wife and I had Sunday Brunch, my wife had the Chower Fries, and I had the breakfast sandwich and one side. Both were excellent, server was pleasant and efficient and surroundings were very nice.
We will return.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Celebrating a birthday!!

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Oyster special had gulf oysters for $1/piece. Food prepared very well and service was also very good. Will go back.

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2.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Service was dismal; food was substandard. Nothing that they advertised on the website was actually available. One of the worst dining experiences I ever had.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Only reservation we were able to get was at 10pm. Make your reservations in advance!
Since it was later, the bar crowd was a little rowdier at that time.

I got the scallops and my husband got the shrimp and grits. I know this is an oyster bar, but we just weren’t feeling oysters that night. They were both pretty good, nothing to write home about though. The seafood/side proportions seems a little off (few scallops and a huge pile of lentils). Knowing this, I would definitely recommend staying with the raw bar and not the entrees.

Service was good, lighting/ambience nice.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Very good meal and excellent service. A very hip scene that died down around 10 PM.

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