The Darling Oyster Bar
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.
Too notch! By far the best meal we have had in Charleston. Joe our server was friendly, knowledgeable and gave great recommendations. We started with oysters and the darling old fashioned. The oysters were super fresh. The darling old fashioned is on the sweeter side, so if you like a true old fashioned you can ask for one. For dinner we had the creole shrimp, hush puppies and shrimp and grits. The creole shrimp was our server's suggestion. It is the best dish we have had here in Charleston. So good! We also tried the ice cream sandwich for dessert... It was bomb!
Oysters were fantastic! Great service and a wonderful menu. We’ll be back.
Everything was really great! The lobster roll was one of the best I’ve ever had, & the baked oysters were amazing.
Great food and service. Table was too small for what we ordered. The initially wanted to seat us next to the kitchen door, but not sure why since there were other tables for two available. They obliged when we asked for another table. Perhaps it was how we looked?
We had a lovely meal and shared ice cream as dessert. Perfection!
It was great! Good service good food!
I had the best shrimp and grits!
Fresh ousters were super. We also got a basket of fried oysters and fish. Fried oysters were very testy, I usually don’t like fried seafood but this oysters were so delicious I would order it again. Drinks were great.
We had great experience at The Darling.
Happy hour is great, James River oysters!
Great ambiance and the food was amazing. Quick service and gave good menu recommendations!
Service was outstanding
Server is one of your best
Great nursing student waitress!
The service was excellent but we left hungry. Started with 2 gulf stream raw oysters, 4 white sauce and bacon backed oysters, and a side salad. Also tried the side of house cut fries.
Another wonderful meal at The Darling Oyster Bar. Oysters were yummy and the service was perfect....
Just wish you all had had a single fish special in addition to the seafood stew...Fortunately we found plenty to eat!!!
The oyster selection was great! Good variety and mix of locals with some imports... the scallops dinner was excellent, scallops being perfectly seared. The drinks were by far the highlight of the evening. The two whiskey cocktails I had, the Shoulder Monkey & Darling Fashioned, were two of the best whiskey/scotch cocktails I ever had!
Definitely plan on making this a regular favorite!
The food and the experience were both amazing! We'll definitely be returning the next time we visit Charleston!
Dylan did an outstanding job as our server and as always the food was perfect!!!
We were very pleased with everything about The Darling Oyster. The blue crab tagliatelle was excellent.
Great spot for dinner! Very family friendly. Food and service were both fantastic.
Best raw oysters I have eaten in a very long time. I live in FL, seafood is plentiful but Charleston has us beat for fresh, good size delicious oysters.
First visit to Darling Oyster with friends celebrating a special event. Couldn’t ask for better service. The oysters were amazing. Everything we ordered from the menu was stellar, even the burger. Best part is making reservations during Happy Hour. We’ll be back!
Excellent food! Good happy hour specials! Very comfortable while still very chic!
Great restaurant with yummy seafood.
Amazing food and service!!! One of the best meals we’ve had in a long time. Our server was incredibly helpful and hospitable, and the drinks were great. Do yourself a favor and get the oyster shooter... one of the best things on the menu!! Key lime pie to finish everything off did not disappoint - also another must-order!
Good food....fantastic server
Our server made our night. Father of 3, blond brown hair. Excellent!
Excellent food and service
Cocktails, beer and service were good. The oysters were fantastic, six different varieties, all good. The “poutine” (clam chowder over fries) was excellent, 1 order was enough for 4 people. The shrimp and grits was delectable. However, the “market” fish was (farm raised) fresh water trout. Huh? This is Charleston!! No fresh salt water fish??? I had the fried fish, supposedly halibut, what a joke, it was horrible, thin, overcooked, and tasteless. The blue crab tagliatelle, was dry and over spiced. Hence, 3 stars. If you stick to the drinks, oysters, shrimp, and poutine you will be happy. They need to work on the rest of the menu.
We sat at the Raw Bar and watched the masters at work. The freshest Oysters at the fairest price in Charleston! Chowder and crab avocado toast delicious. We will return!
What a wonderful restaurant! We were there for an anniversary dinner and were delighted to be treated to glasses of champagne upon being seated. We were also surprised to find were seated early enough to enjoy happy hour prices on oysters. My husband was in heaven. The food was delicious and the service was stellar.
Casual and fun bar and restaurant. Great starters - don’t pass on the oysters. Main dishes well portioned and taste great.
Salt. Salt. And more salt. There were 4 of us and every single plate was so severely over salted we thought it was a joke. That includes our cocktails. Returned them and asked for a new round and just as salty. Think salt water rinse after dental work. Or a mouthful of ocean water at the beach. Oysters were amazing, though - with their own brine and no added salt. Please keep in mind this is from someone that LOVES salt. I typically over salt my food. This was on another level. I can only assume it was an off night.
Great Service, food was out quick. Everything was very good but pricey. There are so many options in the area for similar offerings. However the service as mentioned and atmosphere more than make up for the extra few bucks spent.
Such fun sitting at bar watching guysshucking oysters! Had the most yummy lobster crab roll!
We had a wonderful meal at The Darling last Saturday. The waiter, Will, was really really good. He was very responsive and took great care of us. The food was amazing, we had oysters and the fish special plus appetizers and it wall was really delicious. We will be back.
Absolutely delicious! Best brunch food I’ve had ever!
We had a wonderful dinner and experience. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable and the oysters and other food wonderful
Poor service, food was tasteless
We have been wanting to try this restaurant for awhile. We were disappointed. The hush puppies were grainy, dry and peppery. The French fries were not crispy. The prices were high for what you got. We won’t go back.
Great oysters and environment
Great food! Server was very nice. Drinks were good. I would definitely recommend.