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The Darling Oyster Bar

4.7
4.7
2566 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

9:00 PM


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 2,566 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Seafood

  • Charleston

    Hot Spot

  • Charleston

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Charleston

    Seafood

  • Charleston

    Most Booked

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  1. MP

    MaryP

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Service was great. The oyster was amazing. I would go come here for the Canadian oysters.
  2. M

    Martinez

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and great atmosphere. Great variety of Oysters
  3. MK

    MeganK

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating a birthday for my husband - it’s was a perfect evening with truly impeccable service. It’s our favorite spot when we come from Atlanta to visit.
  4. HM

    HMOK

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Maverick was a great server. Great atmosphere and food
  5. C

    Carlos

    Wilmington

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Needed a spot for a light dinner. Had oysters (delicious - had to order more) and fantastic key lime pie. What could be better than that??!
  6. L

    Lovetoeat

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Visit to Charleston from out of town.
  7. TH

    TerryH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Loved that we were seated on time for ou reservations, our waitress was wonderful. My fried shrimp were a little to salt for me but two others ordered fried shrimp combo and they loved there food. Over all it was very enjoyable evening. I definitely want to go back for brunch.
  8. GT

    GinaT

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was so good, we ate there twice in three days! Will be returning to Charleston just for this restaurant!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner was delicious and server very nice and informative!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love the seafood plateau!
  11. BK

    BillK

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our family had a wonderful meal at the Darling Oyster Bar this evening. Our server, Lilly, was great and very helpful in suggesting some wonderful oyster combinations for my boys and I to try. My wife had the Scallops, which were fabulous. One of my boys and I both had the Shrimp & Grits (add the fried egg - it’s awesome) and we loved it. My other son had the fried clam strips appetizer as his dinner with hush puppies and they were both excellent as well. All in all, an excellent meal in Charleston!
  12. M

    Malini

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Darling Oyster Bar did not disappoint! To start, the oysters and baked crab dip were absolutely amazing! We also ordered the lobster roll and blue crab tagliatelle and it was perfection. Also ordered the London Fog and Shoulder Monkey- such amazing drinks! I will be coming back!!
  13. LH

    LauraH

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting Charleston for the first time and had heard we should make dinner reservations ahead of our trip. The Darling had great reviews and now we know why. Will totally recommend it to friends and family in the future.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great restaurant in New North King area. Our waitress was fantastic and the food was wonderful.
  15. TT

    TonyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Kate was our sever, awesome personalityand very good at her job. We had oysters and crabs cakes, everything was very tasty. A bit pricey, but we knew that going in and worth it.
  16. M

    Michelle

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere and food were outstanding. Our server was a great help in making the right choices. Enjoyed a wonderful cocktail in the beautiful bar after dinner as well.
  17. MH

    MeganH

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful environment. Oysters are top notch. Great happy hour deals.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So great! Our waitress was amazing. Her name was katie. She was so sweet. The value here is amazing. Very reasonable prices for amazing food.
  19. EC

    EvaClaire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved the seafood tower! Had a great dinner celebrating our anniversary
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great! Love the atmosphere. Food was delicious and I even got a lucky crab in my oyster! We will definitely be back
  21. JM

    JonathanMc

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a very pleasant experience at The Darling!!! The oysters were superb as per usual and the fried shrimp/fried flounder platter was truly delightful!! I highly recommend this exquisite dining experience!!!
  22. NH

    NicholasH

    Savannah

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our third visit. We ate here in 2019, shortly before the covid pandemic, and twice this holiday (2022). It's up against stiff competition but I'd say that it is my favourite Charleston restaurant. Is it the best? It is certainly one of the best and definitely worth a visit if you enjoy seafood. The big seafood platter (plateau?) is excellent. The waiters are attentive, the wine and IPA go well with the fare; it is not excessively noisy or rowdy. To channel my inner Terminator: I'll be back.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Anniversary
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyable experience and good seafood. Good service
  25. CC

    CarointheCity

    Atlanta

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great spot and delicious food. Happy hour oysters were a great day. Yummy crab dip and fabulous fried plates!! Our waiter was knowledgeable and so helpful. Great night!
  26. KD

    KimberlyD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Loved the food at Darling! Haven’t had oysters that good in a long time. Was positioned close to the kitchen entry. Saw a waitress drop something on the ground and pick it up in the kitchen and put it on the plate to be taken out. Other than that, food was good. Hopefully mine wasn’t on the ground at some point!
  27. l

    lisab

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, Awesome Service! Ask for Nick's section. Great recommendations and service. We will be back.
  28. AM

    AshleyM

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was awesome and totally went with the flow of our crazy group (also thanks to the host for accommodating our large and changing group size)! Everything was stellar!
  29. MW

    MicW

    Birmingham

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a fun delicious meal. Our first meal out in Charleston and it did not disappoint. Tasty oysters and the Shrimp & Grits was flavorful and plenty. The flounder was delicate and fresh
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oysters, drinks & food were fantastic, ambiance and service were on point! A great choice & we will definitely visit again!
  31. MC

    MC90

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quick and friendly service, great food and great drinks. Good happy hour specials too! Highly recommend.
  32. VM

    VinceM

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. Staff was amazing. Will be making a return trip.
  33. A

    Avery

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing oysters and shrimp & grits! Great atmosphere— highly recommend
  34. AR

    AmyR

    Indiana

    154 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    154 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The s’mores dessert was amazing! I would highly recommend the crab cake appetizer too !
  35. DM

    DanielM

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and wonderful oyster selection. The cajun shrimp is excellent as well.
  36. AB

    AimeeB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance of the restaurant was very nice and warm. We got there at our reservation time and was seated immediately. The food was terrific. We had the ceviche, fried Asian clam strips and fried oysters. All of it was exceptional. Highly recommend the restaurant.
  37. A

    Anthony

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Had a really great time at Darling Oyster Bar! Molly was such a gem and made our experience so wonderful. Only one piece of constructive feedback - it would have been nice to have the crab legs on the seafood tower be pre-cracked. It wasn’t very enjoyable to create the mess of cracking crab legs, especially at that price point.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service! Awesome ambiance! Super tasty cocktails and spectacular dishes! Definitely will be coming back.
  39. V

    Vndoc

    Orlando

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I just wasn’t wowed with this place. I made a reservation through open table and was seated promptly. Water and wine service were also quick. My wife ordered some baked oysters which were small and lacked seasoning. My scallop ceviche also lacked salt though the tortillas that came with it were overly salted. The sauce was too thin for the tortillas though For a main course I ordered the shrimp and grits which were plentiful but nothing to write home about. The sauce diluted the grits so they lacked that creamy consistency. My wife ordered the fried fish and oysters and again , they were fine but not juicy and certainly under seasoned. Honestly my local hospital fries fish on Fridays and it’s way better. We passed on dessert. This place had great reviews but we both were underwhelmed.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location and busy. Enjoyed food and service was excellent.

FAQs

The Darling Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 2566 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


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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