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The Darling Oyster Bar

4.7
4.7
2627 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 63 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

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What 2,627 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Seafood

  • South Carolina

    Most Booked

  • Charleston

    Hot Spot

  • Charleston

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Charleston

    Seafood

  • Charleston

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came here for dinner to celebrate me and my boyfriend’s anniversary, and we absolutely loved it! The food was amazing, service was attentive, and the overall atmosphere was nice. Will be coming back and 10/10 recommend.
  2. L

    Laura6196

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server was fantastic! The seafood tower was great.
  3. EB

    EastBayGuy

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The oysters were perfect and the shrimp were plump and tasty. Hush puppies best I’ve had in the South. Drinks menu was also very good, especially the Basil Daisy.
  4. CZ

    ClaraZ

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, drink, and service! My boyfriend and I had an excellent meal here - the cocktails are delicious, our waiter was knowledgable and kind, and the oysters were fantastic! We opted to split an entree (scallops, absolutely delicious) and they plated our portions separately instead of having us do it ourselves. We had a great evening and would definitely recommend Darling to others.
  5. KJ

    KathyandJim

    Cleveland

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tristan was outstanding, charming, pleasant, helpful and accommodating as we had 1 gluten free member in our party! Will always return to the Darling each visit as it never disappoints -staff, food, ambiance are all incredible every visit!
  6. MW

    MicheleW

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Salad and catch of the day were smothered in dressing and Mayo respectively/ baked oysters had breadcrumbs sprinkled on top (not baked). Better value can certainly be found elsewhere.
  7. LB

    LorettaB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Light casual atmosphere and great service.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was extremely friendly - the hostesses could not have been more accommodating about our desired seating, the bartender was super on top of serving drinks to us while we waited for our table, and our server was so enthusiastic and helpful with decisions. EVERYTHING we ate was PHENOMENAL!!! This was our first day of vacation and are planning on returning over the next couple days!
  9. RR

    RyanR

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good place to grab casual dinner. We did the seafood tower, shooters, & drinks. Great date night!
  10. LL

    LadyLauren

    Austin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    The London Fog cocktail was very unique and delicious. We tried all of the varietals of raw oysters except for one (which they had run out of), the mussels, and the scallops, all of which were amazing! The clam chowder and key lime pie were okay, but not at the same caliber as the other items we had. Will definitely be back!
  11. AC

    ACHR

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Maverick was delightful. Knowledgeable of his craft and able to answer multiple questions regarding sourcing menu items.
  12. JW

    JimW

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    It was good but not as good as it was in the past. Ordered the Seafood Plateau as usual. The oysters were really good. The clams were a bit bland. The lobster was rubbery. Guess it had been frozen. The most disappointing was the crab. It was snow crab, rather than king crab. So they did not crack it. It was very difficult and messy to do around the tower. I don't think I will order it again if I go back.
  13. J

    Jfer

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Great oysters. Tastefully decorated.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quick bite to eat. In & out and they accepted our reservation early. Must see spot in downtown!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch at the oyster bar was an absolute dream. A pastel lovers oasis, The Darling pairs a hip yet ethereal aesthetic with some of the best people watching in town & even better seafood. Add this one to your itinerary as it’s not to be missed.
  16. TB

    TarahB

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was adorable and the food was amazing!! I highly recommend the blueberry biscuit, the Bloody Mary, and the crab cake Benedict. If ever visiting Charleston again, we will definitely be eating here again.
  17. MB

    MarissaB

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal we had in Charleston. Our server was amazing and very helpful in picking our selections.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great oysters and apps.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    raw bar was great
  20. DL

    DavidL

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We enjoyed our evening there- food was very good! We would definitely go back. It was nice to have reservation, so we could walk right in.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Oysters were delish, but the salad tasted like flavored water 🤣 that’s what I get for trying to be healthy! Excellent cocktails.
  22. L

    Lindsey

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service! Great recommendations from our server, food was fresh and incredibly flavorful, and the ambiance was terrific!
  23. CW

    ChelseaW

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Friendly staff! Able to comfortably accommodate a party of seven.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went while visiting- amazing experience. Shrimp creole app was the best shrimp of my life.
  25. A

    Andyjc17

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere, great food. Drinks were spot on.
  26. F

    Foodielil

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I really like this restaurant. Great service and great drinks… unfortunately the shrimp and grits were way over salted tonight… disappointing because last time here they Were great
  27. BM

    BerniM

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe to hang out, drink and eat oysters! Food is delicious from their lobster roll, hushpuppies, fresh raw oysters and crab pasta. Shrimp and grits are good but could be creamier. My family liked it so much we went twice on our vacation!
  28. S

    Sashimimimi

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Just meh… Wait staff and hosts could use some brushing up on service. Made a reservation and was led to a dark 2-top in the corner. Asked to move only to be ignored while waiting for a seat at bar. 2 steroid junkies came in and got seated before us even though we were clearly waiting for the bar seats to be cleaned up. Food was super salty. Not worth the Benjamin’s.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food, and drinks!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Corey was outstanding and the food was lovely as always!
  31. RT

    RiversTukee

    Phoenix

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food was exceptional
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oysters were top notch, and staff was very knowledgeable and helpful with the food and drink menus. We will be back!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great date night, great ambience, and great food!
  34. AS

    AnthonyS

    Columbus

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service & food was excellent
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great night out in Charleston - wonderful food, great service. We will definitely be back!
  36. DD

    DeannaDia

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, tasty drinks and a nice staff.
  37. DH

    DanielH

    Tulsa

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic restaurant! If you like a loud room with lots of people watching this is your spot. And the food was excellent. Would definitely come back.
  38. s

    stuarts

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fresh and while a little long to be served, wait was worth it for well cooked. Service was awesome
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, fresh and well-prepared sea food. Our server, Lily, did a fantastic job and made excellent recommendations. The restaurant is small but has a very nice ambiance. Overall - A+.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I ate there for my sisters bachelorette party. Everyone loved the food and the drinks were delicious. Would definitely go back there again.

FAQs

The Darling Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 2627 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 63 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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