The Darling Oyster Bar

4.7
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1813 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.7
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4.4
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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place for oysters. The oysters were excellent. The crab legs were tiny. My girlfriend got the catch of the day and had to use steak knife to cut it up. We got there early but they had a waiting line to the bar so it’s hard to grab a cocktail prior to your meal here too.

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aFish
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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GloriaP
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Pretty restaurant and happy hour also good

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cole was the best waiter! Really good food too!!

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annec
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Danessa was amazing!! The food was so fresh, delicious and just what you would expect. 5-star experience!

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55Lily
E. Tennessee
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great as well as the tower of assorted seafood!

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AnnaK
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fresh and delicious food , well represented. Great service

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vipAbh28
Miami
66 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated right away and our server was very helpful with the menu. The food was delicious and they had some great drinks too.

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vipChidiner
Charleston
49 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Darling is always a highlight of a stay in Charleston.

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AnthonyD
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food reasonably priced and our server felt like he was part of the family! One of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had!

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Nancy
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Eli was a great waiter. Seared scallop dish was amazing.

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BeckyR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food/Service very good. BUT, I had a reservation, it was my daughters graduation AND I arrived 30 minutes early - was still sat at a terrible table. When I take my daughter out to eat at her favorite restaurant for a such a special occasion, I want her to feel like she's actually in that restaurant. Instead we were sat in dark area, cut off from the actual dining room. Our views consisted of watching the waitstaff walking to/from the actual dining room, the hostess stand and two walls (no windows). The main dining area is bright and open with large windows for people watching on famous King Street.

Won't go back unless there is some guarantee we'll get a decent table.

The Darling Oyster Bar
Responded 6 days ago

I am glad to hear that your food and service were very good! We use our main dining room and our lounge to seat our reservations and do our best to accommodate any seating preferences noted on reservations or brought up when seated. While we can usually move around reservations, we have a finite number of tables in our main dining room and often they are all seated. I would be happy to add a note to your OpenTable reservation that you would prefer the Main Dining Room in our establishment.

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vipJessicaK
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Somewhat pricey but to be expected. The ceviche was outstanding. Shrimp and grits were slightly disappointing, but great happy hours specials.

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vipCher
Atlanta
41 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in Charleston celebrating my birthday. I booked a reservation at The Darling Oyster Bar for dinner because I heard so many great comments from people about the food and vibe there. I just had to try the fresh oysters and King crab legs. Both were so good! They were meaty and full of flavor. The people who sat next to me raved about their mussels and lobster/crab roll too! I can’t wait to visit Charleston again and dine at this beautiful restaurant.

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BridgeRun
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service as usual, seafood platter and hushpuppies are our every time order and the seafood was fresh, perfectly cooked and love the hot sauce...Disappointed to hear they may stop their social distancing as allowed but the night we were there was slow and I felt safe

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CharlotteD
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Crab cakes fab but served on very cold plate. Sent back twice to get hot crab cakes on hot plate with the bits on the side. Plates, we learned, are prepared before and sit in fridge then they throw hot grilled crab cakes on top. Not optimal!! Crab cakes were excellent on round three!!!

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vipPaulS
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is fantastic. We love coming here. The food is always great, especially the oysters. We cannot come to Charleston without a stop at the Darling.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had shellfish - oysters, crab legs and shrimp - delicious. Fresh and well prepared. Waiter was friendly and helpful.

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vipFoodieforlife
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

I would have given this restaurant more stars but for our waitress. First, her mask kept slipping below her nose and was not fit to her face. Management should have noticed & addressed that with her. She told us the Jamestown oysters were large, which we knew was untrue, but we went with her recommendation for another oyster, only to realize that she wanted to pad her tip...the oysters she recommended were double the price. Blue crab eggs Benedict was very tasty. Cocktails very nice as well. When we received our bill, she had charged us double for the oysters. We asked her to remove the duplicate charge...she didn't apologize, just said, "OH, ok...I'll take that off". We paid and lingered for about 15 minutes while we finished our drinks. She did what no wait staff should ever do. She came over and took the bill from our table. Guess she then noticed we did not give her 20%. We are normally generous tippers. Not this time. She needs some training. Food was very good though.

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vipDutchH
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place! Had amazing food. Everything so fresh. Great service.

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vipSuziB
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent seafood and service in a nice historic building in Charleston.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience1

Our server was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and great service by Lauren! Raw NC oysters were on point! Make it for Happy Hour for the Basil Daisy on draft. First time and it won’t be the last.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, easy to get in and out, service was top notch and the shrimp cocktail was fresh and spicy. We opted to split fried oysters and shrimp, they were excellent with the exception of a few over salty oysters.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food2service3ambience5

They have a burger on their menu but no yellow mustard available as a condiment.

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Barbara
Tallahassee
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Celebrated my husband’s birthday and received exceptional service from Chris, plus a free dessert with candle! All the servers for very polite and took every precaution due to Covid, which included tables separated six feet or more. The happy hour is awesome!

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MarkH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We sat in the lounge so it was a bit quieter and allowed more conversation. All the food was great. Recommend taking their guidance on the best oysters of the day.

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mflande
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Always a great dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the darling! Keeps us coming back for more!

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ColeH
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a really great place. Very Nice Server. And very good food.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best bloody mary’s!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best oysters in Charleston!!!! Service is impeccable!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for girls nigh

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vipJerry1302
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

oysters were fresh and good , nice ambiance , i would recommend .

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LaurenS
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place to stop in. Didn't have dinner, but shared some snacks and everything was great. The building is really cool and has a great vibe!

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vipOystersRus
Charleston
26 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Light airy room, friendly Attentive staff and excellent food

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SavannahG
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly my new favorite place to eat in Charleston! The staff was very nice and knowledgeable, and the food was incredible! Also vegetarian friendly- my boyfriend loves seafood, I love veggies, and we both found wonderful things to eat!

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Kevin
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My fiance and I had a wonderful birthday dinner with great food and exceptional service. The entire staff worked well together as a team, making this one of our best dining experiences. Thank you!

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JodyK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Very disappointed in my last visit after being there a few times before. Set in the lounge part of the restaurant which was very loud.

The Darling Oyster Bar
Responded on September 15, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear that your experience was less than stellar. We use our our main dining room, lounge, and high top tables for reservations. Especially now with restricted capacities, we are using every area of our restaurant to its fullest extent. We do our best to accommodate any seating requests and work with reservations regarding preferences we are aware of. I encourage you to note a main dining room seating request on future reservations.

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vipJFrantz
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My husband and I have made it a tradition to visit the The Darling every time we're in town. Normally we go for brunch and the Captain Bloody Mary (HIGHLY RECOMMEND), however this year we opted to dine in for dinner. It was just as delicious as brunch! If you're a seafood/raw bar lover, this is the spot for you!

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The Darling Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 1813 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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