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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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

M
Austin
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters were fantastic! Great service and a wonderful menu. We’ll be back.

SM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was really great! The lobster roll was one of the best I’ve ever had, & the baked oysters were amazing.

O
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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?

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal and shared ice cream as dessert. Perfection!

TC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

v
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Happy hour is great, James River oysters!

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and the food was amazing. Quick service and gave good menu recommendations!

OT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding
Server is one of your best

DV
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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K
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great nursing student waitress!

d
Charlotte
35 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

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.

M
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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!!!

JW
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

TM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the experience were both amazing! We'll definitely be returning the next time we visit Charleston!

OT
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dylan did an outstanding job as our server and as always the food was perfect!!!

JD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very pleased with everything about The Darling Oyster. The blue crab tagliatelle was excellent.

T
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great spot for dinner! Very family friendly. Food and service were both fantastic.

MA
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

BG
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

S
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Good happy hour specials! Very comfortable while still very chic!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant with yummy seafood.

OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

CL
Charleston
55 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Good food....fantastic server

OT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server made our night. Father of 3, blond brown hair. Excellent!

SC
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

TF
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

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.

DP
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

c
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

e
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual and fun bar and restaurant. Great starters - don’t pass on the oysters. Main dishes well portioned and taste great.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

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.

JE
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

MD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such fun sitting at bar watching guysshucking oysters! Had the most yummy lobster crab roll!

M
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! Best brunch food I’ve had ever!

MS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner and experience. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable and the oysters and other food wonderful

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor service, food was tasteless

AG
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters and environment

C
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great food! Server was very nice. Drinks were good. I would definitely recommend.

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