The Darling Oyster Bar

4.7
2209 Reviews
$30 and under
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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vipJulieV
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved loved loved the ambiance and food! We ordered the crab cakes and shrimp and grits. Very fresh and delicious!

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AmyL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. We were there during a generous happy hour and enjoyed some oysters that were a dollar off. Server Ashton was helpful and did not rush us. Entree was delicious seared scallops and my husband enjoyed the special.

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3boysmom
Orlando
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Food was very good. We shared a raw bar of shrimp and oysters which were tasty. Salad was fresh and entrees were both good. Server was helpful and attentive without being overbearing.
Music was too loud and strong, pulsating beat at 7:15 dinner which was not conducive to dinner. More suited to the later bar crowd.
We were seated in back room even with a long ago dinner reservation which was totally without atmosphere or interest but perhaps quieter than main dining area.

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vip3rdFerry20210124
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A stellar dining experience. Fantastic food, great cocktails, and excellent service with a cool atmosphere. Always glad to dine at The Darling when in Charleston.

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MeganR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my husband’s first time trying raw oysters and they were a hit. The crab cakes and salmon dip were amazing. We would highly recommend this place to others. It was delicious.

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debbiet
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great raw bar! Loved the seafood plateau! Oysters were outstanding, as was the crab, lobster and shrimp. Highly recommend.

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vipJeromeB
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service amazing food

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my mom’s birthday at The Darling and it was fabulous! Our server Tristan was extremely knowledgeable and attentive!

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vipStevenA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Overall the food and service was excellent but it was a bit pricey.

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MichelleT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal here this week. The lobster roll was excellent. The fried shrimp was very good. Nice cocktail selection. Fun ambiance. Our server Ashley did a great job. I would recommend this restaurant.

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nush
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Not at all worth the hype. We've been here for 4 nights by far the worst meal and experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Got us seated quickly and waiter immediately took our order. Good a d drinks were fantastic.

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DavidW
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reservation was made in advance. Table was not ready for additional 20 minutes. The vibe is great--nice bar, nice wine/cocktail selections. Slightly disappointed that the oysters were not local as I expected them to be as an out-of-towner. Shrimp & Grits was different in a great way. All of our food was excellent. Hush puppies are a treat...heck, it was all a treat!

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vipOlinec
Fort Lauderdale
314 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very hip, moderately priced upscale spot, the Darling is the place to be. We loved the friend oysters, shrimp cocktail and the drinks. Very reasonably priced.
Service was outstanding.

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JimB
Tulsa
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great little spot, nice area with a pleasant staff

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IkeF
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great location, decor, and ambiance. Great value on Oysters ranging from $1.5-$4 a piece. Very hard to get a brunch reservation, expect it to be busy, bustling, loud since its such a popular place right on King. “The Captain” loaded bloody is social media worthy. We did have a scallop ceviche that was not good- it was a weird tomato-creamy with chopped scallop bits and frankly wasnt very Ceviche-like (more citrus/limey). Avoid it. Aside from that poor menu item, rest of items were tasty, great service.

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vipDLPP
Orlando
47 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another evening of delicious food, refreshing drinks, and excellent service. Could not go home without sharing a bread pudding. A family favorite every time we visit Charleston

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BigJeff
Toledo
14 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chose to dine at The Darling for our last dinner in Charleston and it did not disappoint! Fresh and tasty seafood from the raw bar and delicious entrees and drinks! Our server, Kate, did a nice job of meeting our needs…will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fun times cute atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved the place, and especially enjoyed our waitress, Logan!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spend your anniversary here!

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ChasResident
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a great night and again never disappointed. Oysters and the chicken sandwich were amazing. I also branched out and tried the shrimp and grits. They are solid!

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vipArielleZ
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Stick with the small plates and apps … main menu entrees were lacking. The vibe was cozy and chic!

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vipMike
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time and great service! Cocktails were on point!

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vipUlti
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Charleston, we decided to have dinner at the Darling Oyster. The food is incredible! We started with sweet Carolinas oysters and they were light with a slight salty taste. So refreshing and everything we wanted. We had the oyster shooter and it was the best shot I’ve had! It had a unique flavor with just the right amount of heat. Our entrees were shrimp and grits so creamy and buttery with a delicious flavor hubby wanted to ask for a spoon to lop up every bit. I had the lobster and crab roll with fries and it was so good and flavorful! Our parents would have been proud we cleaned our plates! Dessert was bread pudding which had a wonderful crunch and caramel sauce on top. I had the s’mores and the chocolate was a wonderful balance between rich and light! The marshmallow was sweet and fluffy, it was perfect! Our drinks were delicious and had a perfect amount of alcohol in our drinks! Thank you to Kate our wonderful waitress she was so sweet and helpful! And thanks to the establishment for helping us celebrate our anniversary with the complimentary shooters!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from Nick! Amazing food!

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JessaleeL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really amazing food. The menu seems very simple at first glance, but the food was extraordinary. Definitely recommend sitting at the bar area near the oyster shucking station so you can watch all the action.

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AngeleH
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place! Excellent food and waitstaff! Wil return!

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vipPatienceG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great dinner at the Darling Oyster Bar. Started with the Darling Fashioned which was delicious! I ordered a shrimp appetizer and my husband oysters- both delicious! We shared a salad and the lobster/crab roll. Our server was terrific and made sure we has a great experience. Next time I think we would request dining in the bar area- seemed more vibrant but will be louder. If you are looking for a quieter evening sit in the dining room. We will be back!

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KIMG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Slow service, server confusion about menu, fried my server, mediocre dining room

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jeanf
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were recommended by friends and were excited based on their experience. We were not disappointed! The only thing that fell short was the mussels. I saw online a description much different from the version they had that night. I ended up with a marinara that was not up to par. The mussels made up for that. House special Paloma was amazing! Oysters amazing! Overall almost an overall 5!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always look forward to being back in town and getting to eat at The Darling, and this visit was no exception. Hosting staff helped find a table that met our preference, server was knowledgeable of all of the oyster varieties and our Bloody Mary were phenomenal!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bloodys on Sunday are everything!!

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JeanetteY
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will return for sure.. everyone was fresh and place was clean..

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Our experience was very disappointing. Server was nice but we were placed in the back corner of the restaurant instead of the more decorative room with the bar. I then found a 2-inch piece of plastic in my first bite of our Shrimp Creole, which they did remake.. but then found a hair embedded in the 2nd “redone” Creole dish. They did take it off the bill but the manager never came out to apologize and we did expect a lot more to be done about this disgusting situation.

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Shell
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation/ birthday

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vipDLPP
Orlando
47 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, excellent service, good wine list. The oysters are always perfect, but we also enjoyed salads, crab cakes, crab pasta, and the shrimp/fish basket. Finished the meal with two amazing desserts, the bread pudding and key lime pie. This restaurant is always on our list when we visit Charleston

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

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LindseyG
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Garrett was awesome! Fantastic food, $1 oyster happy hour. The crab dip and clam strips are amazing. A must to try while in Charleston!

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AndrewD
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time. Only reason I did not rate 5 stars is because the cocktails were a bit weak :)

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The Darling Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 2209 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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