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The Darling Oyster Bar

4.7
4.7
2520 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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Booked 62 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (843) 641-0821

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Cross street

    Morris Street

  • Parking details

    The private lot located behind The Darling Oyster Bar, accessible via Morris Street, offers parking to Darling guests after 6pm on weekdays

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 2,520 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • South Carolina

    Seafood

  • Charleston

    Seafood

  • Charleston

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  1. RM

    RobynM

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food! Great service! Highly recommend for every trip!

  2. DP

    DawnP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great seafood! Fried seafood baskets were delicious! Restaurant was busy but we were seated right away with a reservation.

  3. SS

    SusanS

    Miami

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    If you are an oyster fan, you will be in heaven. Fresh, plump and a good variety to choose from. Crab cake appetizer was small but delicious. Star of the show was the shrimp and grits. Tho the shrimp itself was not right off the boat (meaning likely pre-frozen) it was tasty enough, and the cheesy grits, sauce, roasted Brussels with the egg on the top is not to be missed! Kale salad a perfect side too. And their service was great. Particularly impressed because we requested a quieter table due to my husband’s hearing challenges, and they were very responsive, seating us in a great location. Five stars all around!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Happy we planned ahead and reserved a 4:00 table on Saturday night for a happy hour meal as a decent line had formed prior to doors opening. The rush to the oyster bar clearly indicated The Darlings popularity. Host/wait staff were prompt, courteous, knowledgeable, personable and attentive lending to an already friendly atmosphere. Wish we had been informed prior to ordering that HH $1 oysters was exclusive to one variety but overall prices weee good. Oysters were a bit gritty but tasted wonderful. The Crab Tagliatelle was quite wood, fried fish basket with too many fries included a lightly battered, if a bit too salty, flounder which was good. Loved the Basil Daily cocktail special at a $ 1 off for HH. Fun place worth the stop on our first night in Charleston.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great fresh seafood! Excellent service.

  6. S

    Stephania

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Fast friendly service. Nicely appointed oyster bar.

  7. AW

    AllisonW

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was fresh and delicious, the oysters were amazing and the service was very good! We would definitely come back. The scallops we’re our favorite dish that we ate.

  8. OG

    OhioGirl

    Cleveland

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely loved Darling Oyster. Our waiter, Cole, was excellent and the oysters were delicious. Great vibe and atmosphere as well. Definitely a neighborhood gem!

  9. S

    Steve

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great food, good service, food came quick, we will be back.

  10. LD

    LizD

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Oysters! We came to Charleston for some oysters and these did not disappoint. The waiter was also great about the recommendations and we couldn't have asked for a better table.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1

    Poor choice for anything other than a quick app and drinks. Overall the waiter staff is attentive and oysters were good.

  12. A

    Awesome

    Charlotte

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    The food is always good but had a hard time making an early reservation and only had the choice of 9:30. We were rushed through our entire meal and told the kitchen would be closing in 15 minutes then waitress (Chloe) told us we needed to order our last drink from bar as well. If you’re not going to give good service don’t take 9:30 reservations. Honestly we would have been better off just eating at the bar or the community table. Lesson learned but it was very unprofessional and everyone was rushing to leave.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    We had a reservation and were seated right away. We were off to the side of the main restaurant and bar. It was fine, but there was no ambience. Service was great and attentive. Fresh fish was halibut, which was cooked beautifully and tasted wonderful. The oysters were just ok and the scallop ceviche was under whelming and lacking flavor. I would have served with wonton chips or something other than an over powering, unsalted corn tortilla chips. The wine was great. Overall not a bad experience , not not as highly rated, in my opinion, as was found on Pinterest. For the price, i would rather have gone to a different restaurant, like Amen Street Raw Bar, which was outstanding.

  14. SL

    SheilaL

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service!

  15. CC

    CandiceC

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    omg! THE BEST SHRIMP AND GRITS ever!!! had a great waiter, Cody too! oysters were awesome also?.

  16. SM

    StephMM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    I love the happy hour specials on oysters, the wine is always good and the food delicious!

  17. BP

    BrandonP

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5

    I was quite underwhelmed. It was more of the bad service than the food (even though food was still 3.5/5). There were multiple times we had to ask other wait staff to get our server because we was nowhere to be found. We even had to order a drink from a different server because ours didn’t come around for about 15 minutes. Our appetizers were okay, nothing special at all (we had the seafood plateau and hushpuppies). Our meals took about 40 minutes to get to us and the waiters excuse was “it’s the fried chicken, that takes a long time”… definitely not 40 minutes of time. We finally got our food and 2 of us ordered the blue crab pasta, horrible mistake. It was the most flavorless pasta I’ve ever had. I had to ask for salt and Parmesan cheese just to enjoy it slightly. Honestly, the only good part about this dinner were the scallops. They were fantastic. Overall 3/5 and probably won’t return in the near future.

  18. RJ

    RobynJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    GREAT service and the best oysters I’ve ever had! A most go to if you like oysters. We’ll definitely be going back.

  19. SC

    SirenaC

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Oysters were top notch and the scallops were one of the best we've had!! Truly enjoyed our meal.

  20. BG

    BGDM7450

    Des Moines

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    This was a really nice experience. The food was very good. Everyone at our table was pleased. I ordered the lobster roll and found it a little bit less than I expected in the amount of lobster (I do understand the expense of lobster!). Thus, the four stars rather than five. The oysters were delicious and the place is very nice.

  21. DG

    DeborahG

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    The ambiance is great and the food is really tasty and locally inspired. We enjoyed our meal, just wish we were told about the specials as was the table next to us….after we already ordered. We still enjoyed our choices.

  22. t

    triddle

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We ordered martinis, a dozen oysters (a variety), shrimp & grits, the special fish (halibut), green salad and hush puppies. We were hungry - hadn't eaten all day! Food was exceptional. Service was impeccable as well. Thank you, Isabella!

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    Great food!

  24. LT

    LysandraT

    Miami

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great oyster bar 👍 great atmosphere, friendliness, fresh and ALL oysters available ! Will recommend !

  25. BC

    BeckyC

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brantley was fantastic! He gave us some amazing suggestions for oysters and entrees. We will definitely be returning! Thanks for making my birthday dinner phenomenal !!

  26. CV

    CherieV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Oysters were fabulous. Wine was great! Good service! Would definitely go back!

  27. JP

    JohnP

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great presentation, great service and great location. What more can one ask for?

  28. S

    Sweetpea

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great experience eating here. Chris our server was amazing. Very knowledgeable and pleasant. Really swanky space inside. Everyone looked like they were having a great time. The food was very very fresh and came out relatively quick. We had a blast and will definitely come back❣️

  29. j

    jsdb

    Charlotte

    96 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a great experience. Stopped in for brunch as soon as they opened. Everything we had was great. My wife had the seafood frittata and I had the lobster roll. Both were great. However, the highlight of the meal was the shrimp creole appetizer. It was recommended by the server and we are so glad she recommended it. It was really amazing. I would highly recommend going just to get the shrimp creole!

  30. A

    Alan

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We've been there several times but this time brought friends from New England who have experienced great seafood there!! They LOVED this dinner!! Couldn't say enough good things and will go back again on a return trip for sure.

  31. B

    Barb

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Came to Charleston for a couple days. Took my husband there for his Birthday since he loves oysters. He gave them the thumbs up and he is very picky about oysters. I had the shrimp and grits which were delicious. For dessert had the key lime pie and was the best I have ever had

  32. DA

    DaniA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great and hearty portions. Waitress was friendly and pleasant.

  33. TK

    TracyK

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    So disappointed, terrible and rushed service oysters were not good. I made a reservation 3 weeks in advance our table was at the door! Never will go again!

  34. k

    kjn716

    New York Area

    86 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Great fresh oysters, service a bit uneven, our apps came a minute after we ordered, poor timing, but really friendly service

  35. LI

    LISANDYJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service. Great staff. Great food.highly recommend

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Delicious food, excellent service

  37. AW

    AvieW

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    I was disappointed that we were told shucked oysters would take at least 30 minutes to prepare. I ordered clam chowder that was fair and fry basket that was average.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    The food was good but not great. We have the crab dip, hush puppies and the small seafood plateau. The service was excellent though!! The restaurant is beautiful. Drinks were delicious.

  39. MR

    MarilynR

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Two thumbs up for The Darling. Perfect from our drinks, to our oysters, to our dinner. Our server Maverick was very knowledgeable about oysters, dinner selections and cocktails. Never felt rushed. It was my husband and my 41st wedding and my birthday and the restaurant graciously offered a free dessert. I hope to go there again on this trip!!

  40. AN

    AshleyN

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ashton was a great waitress and made our visit very special! Happy hour deals for oysters and drinks were great! Also highly recommend the lobster roll and shrimp/grits entrees!

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The Darling Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 2520 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 62 times today
Google Map for The Darling Oyster Bar

513 King Street Charleston, SC 29403

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Morris Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    The private lot located behind The Darling Oyster Bar, accessible via Morris Street, offers parking to Darling guests after 6pm on weekdays

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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