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The Darling Oyster Bar

4.7
4.7
2855 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 82 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

What 2,855 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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    Seafood

  • South Carolina

    Most Booked

  • Charleston

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  1. BW

    BobW

    Wilmington

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great place for a meal. Loved the atmosphere, food was great. Very friendly, helpful staff.
  2. J

    Justanotherfoodie

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious oysters! Great recommendation. The staff looked very tired.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service2ambience5
    The food was average and good for the price. Captains Bloody Mary is old bay spiced and pretty good as well.
  4. D

    Didit

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Server Lily was fantastic.
  5. KY

    KyleY

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great meal and even better service!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great oysters and key lime pie. Mahi and scallops were fantastic! Def recommend.
  7. CB

    CarieB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful place for dinner. My husband and I had never dined there before and we wished we would have gone sooner. Our waiter George was great and the food was fabulous. Both my husband and I said the food couldn’t have been better and was what we thought to be a great value. My scallops just melted in mouth and my husband said the shrimp and grits were the best he has had in Charleston. We will be sure to make reservations again soon. The cocktails were also top notch!
  8. MS

    MSV03

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Joe our Waiter was fantastic! He recommended a lot of options and was patient with four chatting women. Oysters were fantastic, pasta OMG good! Definitely will recommend it to other flight crew, we stay within walking distance. Beautiful place, thanks for a lovely evening!
  9. DS

    DrSleep

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a very good experience at the Darling Oyster Bar. The James River oysters were excellent at two dollars apiece. Had mahi-mahi over a couscous with vegetables for an entrée, which was very fresh tasting, and excellent. Also had some very good fried clam strips with a side dipping sauce. Overall and excellent dining experience on King Street
  10. S

    Snakevine72

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Top shelf friendly service from Chelsea and bartender. Food was so fresh and flavorful. Highly recommend. Cheers.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone from the hostess to the bar back was so sweet! The food was absolutely delicious as well.
  12. Y

    Yiayia

    Charleston

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Mike, our server, was gracious in suggesting favorite apps and entrees. The only course I wouldn't write home about was the crabcakes. We enjoyed everything else that evening! Will definitely be back with friends.
  13. j

    janetm

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A terrific experience. ALWAYS get the catch of the day. Delicious! Such a great vibe in the restaurant.
  14. GT

    GeorgeT56

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service - excellent food - wonderful atmosphere.
  15. BQ

    BlairQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Not the most elaborate menu, but great food, great service, great atmosphere, great location. Pricing was very fair for the quality of food.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Treasure Coast

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional service!!! I wish I remembered the waitresses name because she was extremely patient and generous with us trying to decide what selections we wanted to make for wine and food. We shared a few of the different oyster options, crab dip for appetizer and the shrimp & grits and blue crab tagliatelle— all were extremely tasty and delicious. Highly recommend++
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Yummy oysters and seafood definitely a spot to try
  18. G

    Guineaman

    Charleston

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, convivial atmosphere, Excellent (attentive) service, good selection of oysters, fun spot. One of these days, we'll get a chance to sit at the counter!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing! Get the mamma mia oysters and the Alabama white sauce baked oysters with bacon. You won't regret it!
  20. j

    jswan

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great space, great service and food! Will definitely return.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing dinner here. We got two of each oyster, a stone crab claw, and the shrimp cocktail. The Bloody Mary was also excellent.
  22. FD

    FreqDiner57

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lobster roll, very good! The french fries were very crispy, done just right. And my wife had the fried shrimp basket. She said it tasted very good as well. This is our second time eating there, both times good, our server was very attentive, and knew the menu. We enjoyed the dinner, and we will certainly be back.
  23. JP

    JeniP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing service, food and atmosphere! Great way to start the new year with this amazing culinary experience
  24. PB

    PaulaB

    Richmond

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great from drinks at the bar with Nick to food and service at the table with Meg. Had the fish of the day and they were able to accommodate my dairy allergy when preparing the dish.
  25. m

    marniew

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super oysters and an eclectic menu. A very special night with a beautiful ambience. Not only is the food great but so are the cocktails. Our waiter recommended a cocktail I had never had and it was amazing! Attentive service.
  26. CC

    CharlotteC

    New England

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    Seated in what seems like “holding space” bar. Lost the whole experience. Couch too low for table for eating. If we’d known this was the case, we would never have waited 4 hours of walking Charleston just to “experience” the Darling Oyster Bar. Food excellent.
  27. SM

    SydneyM

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, amazing food and drinks. Service was a tad slow but it was a busy night so understandable. They were out of one appetizer we ordered but the others we had were amazing! See pictures.
  28. DS

    DevonS

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Might be the best dinner ever! Our waiter was so knowledgeable of the menu and offered his favorite items which were 10/10! Drinks were unbelievable too!
  29. MK

    MsKris

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    All style and no substance. Elusive server and mediocre food.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was suprBirthday
  31. SB

    SaraB

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    So disappointed with this entire experience. Made reservations and we were so excited to eat a ton of seafood. Thought we would be in for a solid experience based on all the reviews and write-ups. Unfortunately we had some of the worst service we've ever experienced. Over a 30 minute wait for raw oysters to arrive at our table. The waiter never circled by to even take our entree orders in the 30+ minutes we waited for our oysters (or even when we finished the oysters). The waiter seemed like he was drunk. Rude, sloppy appearance, just didn't seem to care at all. Walked right past us so many times while we sat waiting, with our drinks nearly finished (which also took 20 minutes to arrive) We were prepared to drop a lot of cash- had barely eaten all day and were starving. The oysters were fine- but I wouldn't say worth any hype. For prices and the decor, you'd expect the staff to be on top of their game. This was not the case whatsoever. Just a completely lackluster experience. Fortunately we were able to get bar seats at Hall's down the street and had a lovely meal with fantastic service. Never going to get sucked into a tourist trap like the Darling again. Don't waste your time or money, don't get sucked in by the decor or the hype.
  32. MM

    MelodyM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The service was amazing as our waitress was so wonderful. The oysters were great. The fried clam strips were covered with Cole slaw sauce. I would have preferred not so much, or on the side. It took away from the taste of the clam strips.
  33. JS

    JohnS

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely landmark Charleston seafood. Exceptional! Would recommend to any visitors.
  34. MW

    MarkW

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food was great , service was excellent! would recommend
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my girlfriend here to celebrate her birthday. We had a wonderful time! Exceptional food and service. Definitely get the key lime pie!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic, food was not as flavorful as expected. Oysters were great!
  37. FS

    FernyS

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    2nd time back highly recommended great food for sure; their collard greens are to die for!! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We visited this place on Christmas Eve and it was a great experience. The waitress was nice and although it’s Christmas Eve she was super patient. Cocktail menu is awesome, you won’t go wrong with any (specially recommend Paloma). Oysters shots are a new experience, and you should be mentally and physically prepared if you want to try it. The Fried basket is awesome and came with three sauces. Overall great experience and would recommend to anyone.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Cold crab cakes After taste on pasta tagliatelli dish Undercooked scallops
  40. JD

    JerisD

    Denver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Darling's was the best dining experience we had in our week stay in Charleston. The food was excellent, the service was outstanding and the ambiance was fun. Highly recommed!

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The Darling Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 2855 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 82 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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