The Darling Oyster Bar

4.7
2117 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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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AshtonB
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

It was really hyped up and I was excited to try it, however it wasn’t really what I had in mind and I left hungry and disappointed- our server was nice enough but incredibly slow. I don’t think he took our dinner order until 30 minutes in, he disappeared after we ordered appetizers. He informed us a little bit about the oysters, but didn’t inform us on portion size or of recommendations- I ordered the crab legs for my meal, but I wasn’t aware how small the portion of crab legs were- it was more of an appetizer size not entree. I wish the server had been informative as we had never been there before. My boyfriend got the shrimp and grits and it was fine, but all in all not my favorite place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

While the oysters were delicious, the main dish left a lot to be desired. We ordered the catch of the day. It was slightly over cooked but otherwise tasted ok. The rice pilaf was not seasoned at all. Our waitress was amazing and tried hard to fix it. Offered to take it off the check and gave us a round of drinks and dessert on the house. I would go back because of the oysters and service and to give it another try.

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vipJett
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters were delicious, our waiter explained the different types which was great. I had the special which was a grilled trout, so good and my family had the crispy fried 1/2 chicken. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Deserts were amazing too!

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TanyaR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had a great experience. Food was delicious. Definitely coming back soon!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Obsessed with our waiter Nick

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a late reservation, but the Darling Oyster worked us in much earlier. Service was excellent and very attentive. The oysters were delicious and served with house made cocktail sauce and the house hot sauce. The hot sauce was so good that we all bought some to bring home. The atmosphere was darling as advertised. We will definitely be back!

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PhillipH
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Oysters! Great service and fantastic food.

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Emmster79
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Darling was hands down delicious. The staff were friendly and checked on us multiple times. If you’re into raw oysters and a raw bar, definitely don’t miss out.

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vipJE1058
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emily was AWESOME! She not only gave great service, she explained the menu to us perfectly and was always available when we needed! Food was incredible too!

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NikitaR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and the food was delicious! I would recommend this restaurant as a must when visiting!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch and left completely satisfied!

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Lindsay
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this oyster bar! They had a really great cocktails, appetizers, and oysters! Overall a great vibe. 10/10

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I arrived to catch the tail end of happy hour. The St.James oysters were some of the biggest I’ve ever had and they were the special. So good! My server was polite and attentive without hovering. Maybe it’s a carry over covid precaution but they could have included more tables. I’m glad they didn’t. It was so nice to have space between my table and other diners. I would definitely come back again and again!

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NN123456
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood spot. The food was fresh and delicious. Service was exceptional.

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vipMeganK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time here - and it’s was an absolutely perfect first experience. Food was truly incredible, oysters were fresh, and amazing service. We will be back and will be recommending for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I must commend the outstanding service, of my server, Logan! She was great. Great communication, super friendly and paced my meal to perfection. Five Stars to Logan!
The oysters and the shrimp cocktail were on point. The green salad was so good that I ate every last bite. The Blue Crab Tagliatelle was a light and delicious entree. Key Lime Pie to go because I had eaten so much while I was there!
Every time I am in the Charleston area, I eat at The Darling Oyster Bar. It never disappoints. It’s a not to be missed dining destination when you are in the area.
Thank you to all of the staff, don’t forget the Kitchen Crew, for a wonderful night out.
Looking forward to my next visit

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RobertB
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We did not have a good experience. Staff was very limited. Our waiter never asked if we wanted additional cocktails, what our side orders were if we would like dessert etc. The entire restaurant seemed to be in a huge rush to clear out all night. They started bleaching down the tables and bars while people were still dining and the smell was awful. While we appreciate being clean, probably waiting until diners leave is best. But at the end of the day, the food was not great. The pasta with crab was tasteless, the crab strips were over fried and the hush puppies were inedible. Really disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We came to Darling in hopes for a great dinner. Unfortunately it was the exact opposite. First off, our table was tucked way in the back right next to where all the servers come in and out. Every 5 minutes or so, there was another loud crash and sauces flying everywhere from a dropped plate, and it was just really hard to enjoy a dinner when you are constantly watching for loud dropped objects. We ordered drinks, which took close to 20 minutes to come out, I had to remind the server we had ordered drinks and he blamed it on the bar being backed up, but the drinks were sitting there waiting when he finally checked. Then we ordered some oysters and clams from the raw bar. Those came out and were fantastic. Then we ordered the rest of our food. I asked that the salad please come out next, then the clam strips, and then the 2 entrees. I explained that we wanted to have our salad before the hot app came out but about 2 minutes after we ordered, of course the clam strips came out (which were soggy and not hot). Then the salad finally came, so that was pretty frustrating. A different server from who we had (curly hair guy) dropped our food and we asked him if we could get a a couple small sharing plates so we could share our salad and appetizer and his response was “ummmm possibly”. He was in other words making it clear he was not our server. And on top of that, he walked right into the kitchen and right back out and never brought our plates. Our server came around and asked how everything was, and I said the clam strips were cold and soggy and he just said “oh really, I’m sorry about that” and that was it. No offer for a replacement or anything. I’m pretty sure it was an extra order sitting in the window and when the order came through they just sent it out before it died in the window. Lastly, our entrees (the scallops and the chicken) were ok. The chicken was really good but the scallops were very sandy. Got a lot of crunch in each one. Overall it w

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Mary
Charlotte
38 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 2nd time to The Darling in as many months. Its a fun place with very good food. Unfortunately, this night we had to wait about 30 minutes for our mussel appetizer, but our waitress, Logan, kept us very informed to the delay and we appreciated that.

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vipBrookeF
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding! Tristin was such a great server.

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John
Savannah
19 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prompt seating, prompt friendly service, food and drinks excellent. Not a place for quiet conversation.

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vipCareg
Jackson Hole
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!!!!!!!!!!! Omg!

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Mart
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server Delany was amazing! She was very knowledgeable and gave us great service.

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Petals
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kelly is always great server!! Had to wait bit first table but bar service was friendly snd prompt! James River oysters delicious!! Crab dip and fish basket recommended. Grouper fresh. Generous portion!! Always look forward to evenings at the DARLING!!💕

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vipDebraB
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Kate did an outstanding job- attentive, knowledgeable of the various options.😊

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SabrinaH
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!! Such a cute spot for some seafood.

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Suev
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The shrimp and grits was very salty and the crab pasta was bland.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing!

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MattR
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, start to finish. Seafood plateau is a “must”.

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MaryR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal at The Darling. The food was fantastic and the service very attentive. We will return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic, everyone was extremely friendly. Our waiter even went out of his way to give us other recommendations in the area. And the food was FANTASTIC. Extremely fresh seafood, cooked to perfection.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our waiter was very friendly and gave us recommendations since it was our first time dining here. We highly recommend the scallop dish for dinner and the bread pudding for dessert. Great atmosphere and friendly staff!

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Merryeats
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent fresh seafood - mostly local. Our server was delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Seated initially at a very unappealing table. Asked to move tables and was kindly accommodated. Food and service ok.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Darling Oyster Bar was the best meal of our trip to Charleston! The recommendations were spot on from the staff. I’m glad we booked our reservation early.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got engaged there and it was perfect. They brought us complimentary champagne and even gave us a gift. The food was excellent.

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vipCaronH
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked a seat at the raw bar and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Logan took great care of us, and I was amazed at the Happy Hour deals. My date and I enjoyed the Basil Daisy and Paloma drinks. We also had a few rounds of oysters, shrimp cocktail, and the ceviche dip — super yummy! Would highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing oysters. Lovely atmosphere @ the raw bar. Thanks for being one of our favs while in town!!! Love y’all!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious meal and great ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Oysters and drinks were great! Entrees were not as good. Had to send the tagliatelle back.

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The Darling Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 2117 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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