The Darling Oyster Bar

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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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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Try the oyster shot!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our experience at the Darling Oyster Bar! The food was fantastic! Our waitress was very knowledgeable on all the options and was very sweet! I would definitely recommend to anyone!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dan was a 5 star server.

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Adrink20
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in Charleston! Great seafood and such a great vibe! And if you like oyster shooters, theirs are amazing!

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Heidi
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our second visit to The Darling Oyster Bar. The service was great, cocktails perfect, (night riot & the darling fashion) we had oysters, hush puppies, the creole shrimp and the Lobster/crab roll.
We were very happy with our experience, and will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They closed for

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Scheduled our reservation ahead of time and chose the 1 spot that was available on Fathers Day. it was early so had to leave the beach early to dress and get there. When we arrived the restaurant was closed due to COVID-19. That is fine except for the fact that I received a text the day before confirming our reservation.... we are from out of town so had to scramble to find somewhere else nice to eat to celebrate.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They were closed and failed to let us know

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was outstanding! One of the best restaurants in Charleston. My group of six ordered several small plates of food to share. The clam strips and creole shrimp were the two best dishes. The only disappointment was the peach cobbler. It was so bitter we couldn’t even eat it, our server said that others were also commenting on the off taste.

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vipvinum45
New Orleans
31 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. Perfect execution of ceviche. Scollop main was perfect.

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EileenW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fun place. Food, especially the oysters, and drinks were fabulous and our server was first rate!

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vipVincentP
New England
19 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great from the hostess to the server to the manager, best seafood I have had in a long time, will definitely go back next time I'm in Charleston

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vipPaulS
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic as always, especially the oysters. Great place to eat and socialize.

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TyRigg
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Obviously the oysters are great, but my new favorite dish is the Lobster and Crab roll...amazing!

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SeanM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot in downtown Charleston. Service & food were top shelf. Great awareness of Co-vid 19 protocol - tables were spread out well, servers all wearing masks

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Sunday Brunch!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most delicious food we have ever had. The crab cakes are unreal.

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MelissaR
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Darling hosted my group for a bachelorette party dinner. The staff were so accommodating and sweet and offered to set up decorations for the table which I dropped off prior to our reservation.
Everything our group ordered was amazing. I definitely recommend ordering a bunch of entrees to share so everyone can get a taste!

You MUST try the Peach and Tomato Toast as well as the Blue Crab Tagliatelle- they were a HUGE hit!

Thanks again, The Darling- we will be back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about our experience... will definitely recommend to others and hopefully return someday. Appreciate all of the thoughts details. Beautiful , fresh and delicious, and excellent southern hospitality.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for a birthday dinner!

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AlisonC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to the darling post reopening. What a fabulous experience dinging again! Food was fantastic and service was great.

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Tcanhud
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great service excellent we were on our first anniversary date married may 25th and if was the right restaurant for the date.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good times 😉

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent.

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vipAmandaVivian1029
Orlando
31 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We were so excited to try this place, but unfortunately we were let down. Let me start with what was good; the service, the cocktails, the oysters and the fries were delicious. However, the clams tasted rank, the ceviche was weird, the crab legs were salty and the lobster roll tasted under cooked.

The Darling Oyster Bar
Responded on May 27, 2020

Thank you Amanda for writing in with your comments. We take reviews such as this very seriously so we can improve upon our overall customer experience. I will talk to my kitchen team about the issues raised in your review and we will try to improve on these in the future. Thanks again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is one of our favorite Charleston restaurants. My wife is a huge oyster fan, and this is one of the top oyster restaurants in Charleston. I don’t eat oysters, but love all the other options available to me. We love to sit up front at the “oyster” bar, and people watch everyone that is walking up and down King Street. This place is simply awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was delicious except key lime pie which was bitter.

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GaryS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had oyster appetizers, then three of us shared the fried chicken and shrimp & grits. Everything was marvelous. We sat at the oyster bar - great spot for people watching on King street

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Of the many restaurants we dined at in Charleston, Darling was my least favorite. The menu was too short, the seating area felt like an afterthought-we weren’t far from the front door. While food was good, I wouldn’t go back.

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vipWilliamH
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being new to Charleston this has quickly become one of our favorites. Fair priced and high quality oysters. Great ceviche! Great lobster rolls! I good choice when in Charleston!

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NikkiB
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cute restaurant!! The food was amazing, really good vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food this time was not as expected. We’ve dined here before and it has been spectacular. Crab was dry, Oyster selection was not to par, it was I guess not a great visit. Perhaps it was a busy Friday evening- but I expect the quality to be great at all times.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were on vacation in Charleston right before the nation closed down before Covid19, and our thing happens to be oysters ever since we were to New Orleans last year as a couple. We have to say the oysters were good! Loved the decor of the main dining room, we didn’t get a chance to sit in there. When we come back to Charleston, we will be sure to visit again!

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JessicaO
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! A must stop spot! Everything from
The service to the presentation and food was absolutely fabulous! Can’t wait to go back!

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MicheleM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was superb as always. Our food came out fast and fresh. The server checked with us frequently. We look forward to our next drive from Columbia to eat oysters here

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victoriar
Savannah
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Horrible service. I went dining with my other half and our server was homophobic and clearly did not want to serve us. Had the hostess not told us his name we would have never known it was Edmund. We were expecting a high class esteemed establishment for the cost, but were severely disappointed. Server would not speak to us, ignored us, we were not even able to order in a timely fashion. He refused to attend to us, would not answer any questions, however the groups beside us received much better treatment from him.

Would not recommend, especially for the price. The food was alright, would much rather take our patronage else where so my partner and I get treated like human beings. In fact, we went to the peace pie after next door and received significantly better treatment, I suppose that happens when someone speaks more than 5 words to you.

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vipSffff
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Service was attentive and friendly. The Creole Shrimp was a little too salty. The shrimp were perfectly cooked, otherwise. I don’t believe my serving had any rice. Kind of odd. The clam chowder was a thin cream soup with few clams.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Charleston on business, Darling’scame highly recommended... and did not disappoint!

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vipJennifer
Indiana
21 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic evening. Not sure what was better, the food or our darling server who was probably one of the coolest servers we've ever had. She couldn't have been anymore full of life! In terms of the food, wow on the oysters but even more wow on the claim strips. Seriously amazing. We loved our evening at Darling!

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viplocalchas
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The oysters were delicious, and came very quickly. We ordered two appetizers, shrimp creole and crab cakes, and both were tasty, but lukewarm. Then we wanted to order more, but our waitress was so busy we just decided to forget it. It was very loud.

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