The Darling Oyster Bar

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1212 reviews
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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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Houston
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Super dinner with friends. The king crab legs (off menu) were exceptional and so inexpensive. The oysters some of the best we’ve ever had!

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AR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a 9pm reservation for a party of six which was perfect! The service was surprisingly slow for the restaurant to be half empty but it may be due to a big rush being finished. The food was AMAZING! we shared the shrimp cocktails and the gulf oysters were the best I have had - huge and delicious! I was worried I was not going to be able to finish my shrimp and grits after having a half dozen! Everyone was extremely pleased with their food so I highly recommend for a group dinner!

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KK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service and ambiance were amazing. The octopus and oysters were to die for.

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CL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband loved the oysters & the fried shrimp was so delicious! The atmosphere was spot on for a perfect date night!

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h
Minneapolis
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Would be great if you had a deeper wine list. We expected more than one chardonnay to pick from and this was true of other wine varietals as well. Server Aid was great!

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The oysters were fresh and flavorful. The hushpuppies were delicious and the diver scallops were the best I’ve ever had. Can’t wait to return!

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B
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was fantastic. I would go back anytime. The oysters were fresh and the shrimp plump and juicy. Service was top notch in a relaxed atomosphere.

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KG
Charleston
118 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great oysters, red wine and service! The s’mores for dessert was tasty. You get oysters for $1 each during happy hour!

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KE
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was very good, food was good, but a little expensive.
I had a bad clam, let the waitress know, brought me three to replace it.
Oysters were good.

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CK
Atlanta
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Server Dylan was excellent. Food was very good for a bar. Could expand the wine list but other than that overall experience was very good.

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s
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic seafood plateau! And the lobster roll was delicious. You must go to Darling Oyster Bar when you visit Charleston!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been visiting Charleston for 20 years and this was our first visit to The Darling! It was the best meal we had all week and are sorry we waited so long to go!

The wine was delicious, the oysters, lobster roll, calamari and clam chowder were all fabulous! Highly recommend and will be back next time in Chucktown!

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is very friendly and explained our options very clearly. I’ve been several times over the last couple years and the food options are great and never disappoint. My friends who are not fond of raw oysters have been converted. I ordered the seafood plateau (raw oysters/clams & steamed crab legs/shrimp) was simply amazing.

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E
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our time at the Darling Oyster Bar. We had the Chowder fries which I was a little disappointed in after hearing the raves. More chowder on them would have been better. The grits were excellent and the cinnamon and blueberry biscuits were heavenly. We will return.

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JW
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The oysters were some of the best we have ever had! Our cocktails were delicious as well!

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DB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The happy hour $1 oysters, great entree’s, and great atmosphere was enough to make me want to come back, but to top that off our table of 4 had a fantastic server. No matter how quick we drank our cocktails we had a new one within seconds even with the place being at maximum capacity. Well don’t darling.

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Cleveland
33 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, impeccable service

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Boise
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was very good. Oysters incredible. But the service was really slow. Like most Of Charleston the waiters seem to think that charm can cover up bad service. Would go again but don’t expect anything more than marginal service and long waits.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was good! A little expensive, but overall we enjoyed our time!

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Charleston
32 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just darling :)
Love this place - service was great forget his first name but middle was Love!
Food was delicious and fresh, server made great suggestions and was very attentive without being intrusive.
Love this place!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Tons of shells in oysters. Food was cold. Poor service. Made note on res it was Moms bday and got worst seat in the house.

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BM
Poconos
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Place. sat at the oyster bar and drank and ate little by little. must have been there for 3 hours. Just kept adding plates of this and that. Very good time

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SB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Not seated in the area that I requested. Waiter was inattentive. We've dined there many times and this was our first negative experience.

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SS
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome bloody Mary's!

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DZ
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night out. Service was awesome and food was perfect.

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LM
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Great restaurant in a great location. I think we went on the busiest night of the week so it was loud and extremely crowded. If I was 25 I would have loved it! Young crowd. Fun atmosphere. Raw oysters were very good.

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Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Oysters were great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere.

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PC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Stone crab claws where exceptionally small for $12.00

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L
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Modern atmosphere with amazing coconut ceviche!!

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a reservation online after walking past The Darling. Something about the location, attractive appearance and menu drew us in.... SO GLAD we took the chance. Upon arriving for our reservation, we were immediately seated. The waiter was very well versed in the oyster selection and the mixed dozen we enjoyed were amazing and did not disappoint. The restaurant was busy but quiet. Plenty of seating and space for an enjoyable dinner. The meal and beverages were some of the best from our long weekend visit! We will return to The Darling, soon!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved dining at the Darling Oyster Bar. The Happy Hour Menu had several items of interest. The oysters were fantastic but my meal was extra special; the scallop dish. We will definitely be back.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, even better service! We will be back!

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LL
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I great place to try out local oysters. Very stylish restaurant with great food and drinks.

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JG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had fantastic food at reasonable prices. Our server Brittany was very sweet, helpful and attentive which made our dining experience special.

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our meal and the beer selections were good. Also had some good conversations with other guests.

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Baltimore
48 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Darlings is our go to favorite when we visit Charleston. No matter where we are going we’ll start at Datling’s raw bar and it’s like coming home. Superb service exquisite product and spot on service is the fingerprint for Darling’s. Bravo !

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Best oysters I’ve ever had!

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RB
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

We all really wanted to like this restaurant. Very cool atmosphere was the best part. Unfortunately, the clams were sandy, the raw bar sampler was overpriced, and our hush puppies were like over-salted sand lumps. I even sent back my first order only to receive a second order just the same. 3 of us had the lobster roll and all agreed it was good. There was a long wait between our apps and entrees. There were a few occasions where we were twisting our heads to try and get some attention from a server (to order more drinks, to get ketchup when an order fries came with out any, and to send back the dry salty sand puppies.) My friends were so nice... when I asked if they liked the food they said, "The wine was great!".

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LM
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to return to the Darling!

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