The Darling Oyster Bar

4.7
2089 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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4.7
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4.7
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4.5
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing!

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MattR
Greensboro
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MR
MaryR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
11 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.

MM
MichelleM
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Very busy restaurant-make sure to have reservations or it will be a 45 minute to 1 hour wait time. They seemed to be short staffed when we visited.

JW
JessicaW
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and not overpriced. Loved the atmosphere and drinks!

MD
MissyD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic brunch, great cocktails and wonderful service. Definitely worth a visit in you find yourself in Charleston.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food and drinks were good. Service was excellent and the vibe was laid back and cool.

JA
vipJuAS
New England
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent oysters, crab, and scallops. Not to be missed if you're looking for great seafood in Charleston.

HB
HollyB
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Nice interior but unfortunately that is about it. Food was very disappointing, service good but pretty slow. We have eaten in a lot of other Charleston restaurants and for a similar price have had much, much better food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic (Will) and helped make the experience more fun. The oyster selection was very nice. A little pricey, but typical for Charleston. We were very full after dozens of oysters and clams, so we ordered appetizers for dinner. The creole shrimp was fantastic, Smokey, spicey and delicious. The fried clams strip were good, but a little heavy on the sweet Thai chili.

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calebguy4
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great birthday dinner with my cousin. Kelly, our server, was excellent! Try the earthy oysters from NC on the half shell. Delish!

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vipDrew
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. We loved everything about this place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience5

We had drinks and apps, then ordered entrees. 15 minutes later, we were told that the kitchen had closed right when we put our orders in, so we didn’t get any dinner. Ended up eating frozen pizzas for dinner.

JM
vipJacksonM
Charlotte
43 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the avocado toast was my favorite.

MT
MrsTWill
Atlanta
34 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience4

For a Tuesday night it was packed. Thank goodness we made reservations.
We ordered 2 dozen James River oysters, and the hot crab dip to start with. It took a while for our appetizers to arrive. Unfortunately, 2 minutes later our main entrees arrived. That was fast and we were not expecting them!
The appetizers were very good especially the hot crab dip. As for the entrees, meh.
The blue crab tagliatelle needed some seasoning. It was missing something. The crispy fried chicken arrived 30 minutes after everyone’s order arrived and it wasn’t crispy at all! It was baked and very undercooked. The black eyed peas or whatever they were tasted like it was dragged in mud. I think mud may have some salt in it because theses did not. Needless to say, the dish was returned. The waiter did offer to comp the meal, which was nice. The sides that was ordered for the table consisted of collard greens and Hush puppies. My husband and mother-in-law are southerners and they were both taken aback by the collards. The collards tasted like it was sweetened with molasses or brown sugar. The hush puppies were very dry and pretty much rolled corn meal with no flavor.
Since the chicken was sent back, we put in another order of shucked raw oysters . We waited for over 40 minutes when my husband finally asked for the check.
We have eaten here before the pandemic and last summer during this pandemic. Something obviously has changed whether it is a new chef or was the chef taking the night off and the kitchen help took over? Not sure but overall, this was very disappointing. Go to the other side of town and eat at Amen Street Fish and raw bar . They are consistently on point with service and their dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great building, and friendly staff

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the most amazing place! My daughter and I were here for a mother daughter trip after her graduation from USC and wanted to try the oysters and the lobster roll and we were glad we did. The oysters were such a good flavor and the lobster roll was better than any that we’ve had from Maine while visiting my other daughter there. Definitely will go back.

CG
vipCliftonGal
Washington DC
141 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Our first time here. We were seated promptly for a 7pm reservation. The oysters were great. Food so-so. The lobster roll was great, crab pasta mediocre.

JD
vipJohnD
San Antonio
18 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coming from Texas our oysters were some of the freshest and most delicious we have ever tried. I could’ve easily eaten 2 to 3 dozen. The main entrees were also quite good. I had the special Seabass which was perfectly cooked. My wife had the scallops which were delicious as well. Our server was attentive and friendly. Like most of the restaurants in Charleston the quarters were tight and tables were close together. But this did not detract significantly for our dining experience.

BM
vipBMHJZZ
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite night in Charleston! Wonderful service and Fabulous food! Awesome atmosphere!!

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Mary
Charlotte
37 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time dining at The Darling Oyster Bar and I loved it. Service was exceptional and the menu selections and food was outstanding. Thanks for a great evening.

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anderfel
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Best oyster selection in town.

MS
vipMariS
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a late lunch of clams and oysters on the half shell along with fries and great drinks.
Everything was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Wanted to give our server Chloe a shout out. We had 10 girls and she was so accommodating and awesome the whole night! She split checks and didn’t mess up one thing. Food was amazing. I’ll be back soon!!

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vipCandiceR
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood at Darling is always fresh and delicious. It’s a very cool spot with fun & innovative cocktails and the staff are wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best oysters I’ve ever had incredible service can’t wait to come back

GD
GrandDelight
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the seafood tower. Beautiful selection of oysters, crab, lobster and shrimp.

JH
JordanH
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Sara as a server and she was wonderful, she gave great recommendations and was so lovely!

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BrendaW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This is a great place to go with friends. One person in our party could not do spicy food and the fried food and fries are seasoned. They did offer to take the food back and fix something else for her. Raw oysters were great!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. Excellent cocktails. Seafood selection pretty standard for the Charleston area. Enjoyable.

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The Darling Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 2089 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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