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The Darling Oyster Bar, Charleston, SC
The Darling Oyster Bar, Charleston, SC
The Darling Oyster Bar, Charleston, SC
The Darling Oyster Bar, Charleston, SC
The Darling Oyster Bar, Charleston, SC

The Darling Oyster Bar

4.8
4.8
3385 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

8:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Bar Sun 2:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • 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 3,385 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Seafood

  • South Carolina

    Most Booked

  • Charleston

    Best Value

  • Charleston

    Hot spot

  • Charleston

    Lively

  • Charleston

    Seafood

  • Charleston

    Most Booked

3,385 Reviews
  1. Andy

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you very for the outstanding dining experience!!

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  2. RichV

    New York City

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food in a nice setting. Tasty seafood, including raw bar. Everything was prepared well, and service was very good.

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  3. AnneMW

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. We loved it and the oysters, shrimp and grits, shrimp creole were all excellent.

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  4. LisaM

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was super! Delicious oysters, perfect Martini, excellent service, overall it was a great experience. I just hate how much the cost of dining out has gotten for two people. $200 bucks out the door. Can break the ole bank ya know.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great. Food was very good. $4/oyster was ridiculous. We split a half dozen when we typically would eat at least a dozen each.

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  6. sherri

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    we were so excited to come to this restaurant but although the food was good. the menu was limited we felt, I got 2 apps and a salad....I was expecting a fuller menu! our waiter was a huge talker, very friendly, but talked everyone's ears off. 1 `

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  7. JenniferS

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and food very tasty. Noise increased as meal progressed, but was doable.

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  8. MelA

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our dinner. Our server(sorry I forgot his name) was so professional, knowledgable and just the right amount of fun. He answered questions for some of our picky eaters and made great recommendations and was super patient with us. The food was amazing! The oysters with the caviar....top notch! Lobster roll- delicious, and the collards had the perfect amount of smoke. Everything that we had at our table was delicious!

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  9. Morris

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The shrimp cocktail and raw bar are amazing and worth a visit

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  10. jana

    Seattle

    47 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Great raw oyster selection, and delicious. The fry basket with the oysters is heavily oversalted which masks any oyster flavor. Wine list is just OK. Service was good, got our check with no inquiry about dessert.

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  11. PaulB

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great seafood, energetic vibe, great service. Would definitely return

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  12. Cnunc

    Philadelphia

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good upbeat loud vibe. Limited menu and others than some great raw oysters pretty avg. food. Server was great, friendly and made some fun non alcoholic drinks for my younger one.

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  13. BBBH

    Alabama

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a party of 9. The food was amazing! Our server, Jay, did an excellent job!

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  14. mgp1981

    New Orleans

    421 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    421 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The shrimp cocktail was delicious. I also enjoyed the cocktails and the view. I wish our server was a little more attentive, but I know he was busy working at the bar. I really appreciate the manager getting us in a little early.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous brunch. The oysters were phenomenal. The best crab cake Benedict I’ve ever had. Perfectly poached egg on top of a delicious lump crab cake with an excellent English muffin (not soggy, lightly crispy) all bathed in a silky hollandaise sauce. It was perfection. One fun oyster preparation included crème fraiche, pickled jalapeño, cucumber and caviar. Sounds complex and it was, in the best way. Outstanding. Service was friendly and efficient. Cocktails were nicely done (the Bloody Mary had a shrimp and hush puppy as garnish. The hush puppy wasn’t an afterthought. It was so good we wished we’d ordered them as an appetizer…though the portions were quite ample and we could barely finish what we did order. Excellent spot for seafood. Charming interior. Was definitely a highlight on our visit.

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  16. FoodieDeb

    Philadelphia

    238 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    238 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The appetizers had a lot to be desired. Very attractive dishes but overpriced for what was on the plate. Definitely a cocktail only type place although the fried chicken sandwich was very good.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very small table for 5 people. No gluten free breads or crackers with dips and/or oysters. Otherwise good food!

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  18. AnnaK

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service is outstanding! Hard to find these days. Food is fantastic so our family is certainly coming back

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  19. KendraH

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!! Great ambience, good music, fabulous service and SPECTACULAR FOOD! Our server, Olivia, was SIMPLY AWESOME! And our FOOD was YUM YUM YUM!! We had the GINGER BEER MULES and NOW I need to make these at home! EVERYTHING was just GREAT! We will be back no doubt! Thank you!

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  20. ImmerR

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed the food! Oysters and mussels were delicious. Fried chicken and some of the best collards. Great customer service from Joe. We appreciate the attention (keeping shellfish separate from chicken dish/allergy) recommended and will be back!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent experience at The Darling. The atmosphere was wonderful, the food was exceptional, the service was superb. We were very impressed with this restaurant and plan to go back soon.

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  22. MBD1991

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing oysters and shrimp cocktail! Do not skip the raw bar options!

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  23. BlueG

    Atlanta Metro

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food = Excellent! Seating = Uncomfotable! Table = Tiny! Service = Superb!

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  24. GretP

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great oysters and atmosphere. Love the James River oysters and the happy hour price.

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  25. NaomiT

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Darling Oyster Bar was one of our fave meals while we visited Charleston... The oysters were fresh & delicious, the Clam Chowder and Shrimp Creole were decadent and divine, the service was on point, and the key lime pie was to die for! We had such a great experience and can't wait to make our way back there the next time we are in town...

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  26. Sharon

    Atlanta Metro

    49 reviews

    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding and a good value. Our server was friendly, helpful and efficient. We would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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  27. HiWay

    Greater Boston

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great oysters and burgers amiable servers. A winner on every level.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best collards hands down! Fantastic fried oysters. Definitely coming back.

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  29. RalphL

    Montreal

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful place with great food, good service and a nice crowd.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at The Darling! Joe, our server, was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was 10/10. Highly recommend the crab dip!

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  31. CherO

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed our dinner very much. Our waitress was excellent.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience! Our server was great so was the food and drinks

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  33. JimC

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've eaten at The Darling several times and have never been disappointed.

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  34. raymondt

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server Joe was awesome. Helpful in pointing us toward house specialties. Shrimp appetizer was excellent. 4 dinners were all good to excellent - chic sandwiches, hole chic, lobster roll and shrimp grits were all good Drinks and atmosphere also great

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were waited on quickly and efficiently. Chelsea was great, offering good suggestions and serving us attentively.

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  36. CraigB

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love the Darling. Been back and it never disappoints. Fantastic happy hour. Amazing ambiance and the staff is phenomenal. Good and drinks are perfect. Awesome vibe.

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  37. AnthonyW

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent My server was okay, but need to be more attentive. He did not ask me if I wanted another refill of Ice Tea and etc. Overall good experience.

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  38. maureenS

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific service was matched by the amazing food. The oysters were great. The mussels were fabulous!

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  39. DanC

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I chose this restaurant to celebrate my girlfriend's birthdayf for dinner. Neither of us have been here before, but was highly recommended by several of my co-workers in Charlotte who had visited the restaurant during their stay in Charleston. We were not disappointed. The staff was extremely friendly, beginning with the hostess to our server, Joseph. He was very attentive and his recommendations for raw oysters (Fat Bellies #1, St. Helena #2, and St. Annes #3) were on point. The location is easily accessible with paid parking in the back, and the ambiance was welcoming, driven by friendliness of the entire staff. I would definitely visit this restaurant again. Well done, Joseph!

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  40. ChuckS

    Atlanta Metro

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best place in Charleston for oysters. Every time I come to Charleston my first stop at night! Really love it has moved in close to where I stay!! The staff were very delightful!! We had a fabulous night

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FAQs

The Darling Oyster Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 3385 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 3 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
    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Bar Sun 2:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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