The Darling Oyster Bar

4.7
1848 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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.7
ambience
4.4
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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food! Service was great, very quick and staff was very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A lovely place for a romantic date night!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was really great. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The food was tasty and priced reasonably. We ate here the first night of our vacation and talked about it the rest of the week. Charleston has some great restaurants, and Darling Oyster Bar is one that you need to enjoy if you come the city.

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vipAshleyA
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, oysters were perfect.

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Stacey
London
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cute Establishment, great menu selections. We went on a Saturday night and had 7:45 reservations. We were sat by the bar and there were just too many people sitting around us that were too close (covid fear was not noticed or enforced properly here by management) so we opted to move to the oyster bar where the people were a little bit more thinned out. Overall a good experience and if it weren’t for covid, we wouldn’t have had a bad thing to say!

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KatSum
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the drinks and the service was amazing. One of my top 3 restaurants! Couldn’t have asked for a better time.

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Claire
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit to The Darling Oyster Bar while traveling through Charleston. We love it! Some of the best oysters I've ever had.
Our server Will was great and bartender Dan is always fun to chat with. They even gave us a slice of Key Lime Pie for our wedding anniversary. So kind of them and it was DELICIOUS.

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vipGAmom
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Make sure you book a reservation. Baked oysters were great. Hush puppies were over cooked. Service was a bit slow. I would try it again.

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KyleK
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a great experience and got wonderful recommendations from our server on the menu as well as other places to check out. We had 5 dishes and one seemed noticeably under seasoned compared to the other 4. Still would highly recommend this spot. Thanks!

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vipAnonymous
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Followed them on social media for years . Disappointing. Staff more invested in checking phone and the TV than helping guest .

The Darling Oyster Bar
Responded on November 16, 2020

Hello Thank you for your review. I will bring up your comments at our next meeting and emphasize that taking care of guests is a top priority.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Oysters were just okay this visit. Hopefully they will have a better selection on a future visit.

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LisaL
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Went for the weekend. Oysters were awesome however everything else was nothing to get excited about. We were very surprised also that during this Covid concern that everyone was shoulder to shoulder with no social distance. Staff wore masks but also touched their mask then touched your glass. Your plate. Etc. Our server was very nice and friendly.

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MichaelG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Decent oysters size but too much sauce.
Clams were over breaded drenched in bbq sauce
Pasta was over cooked and there was minimal if any blue crab
The fried seafood was over fried and breading was so thick you couldn’t taste the fish

The Darling Oyster Bar
Responded on November 12, 2020

Thank you Michael for the review. We take reviews such as this very seriously so we can improve upon our overall customer experience. I will talk to chef immediately about the issues you raised about the amount of breading being used in our fried seafood dishes as well as the other things mentioned. Thanks again.

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HenryR
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great oysters. Wonderful service. Very reasonable prices.

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vipBrad
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No visit to Charleston is complete without crispy fried flounder! Fantastic

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date spot!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shucking bar is the BEST place to be. The Shucking Team are incredible people and so great to talk to. We will be back! Again. Maybe even before we leave town. Do not miss this amazing restaurant!!!

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Sergey
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Shrimp in the Creole Shrimp appetizer were fresh, but the dish tasted somewhat too vinegary.

I also got fresh oysters. They felt too chilled, and one oyster turned out to be bad.

I had a nice wine with my meal.

Service was ok.

The Darling Oyster Bar
Responded on November 7, 2020

Thanks for the review. As for the creole, I will talk with Chef and make sure the recipe has the correct amount of vinegar. Comments like these help us improve on our guest satisfaction experience.

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Bluesman21
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot to end a busy day. Oyster selection was awesome. The Darlinghatten cocktail was top shelf. Shrimp and grits was sublime with most delicious smoked ham .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Clam strips too sweet and too hard. Clam chowder was good. Collards good. Hot food from kitchen very slow. Server was apologetic and overall good service. Food needs help.

The Darling Oyster Bar
Responded on November 2, 2020

Thank for the review. I will discuss the food issues raised in your comments with my kitchen team and try to improve on our guest's culinary experience.

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NancyE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were great. All around a good experience

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origina
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, great food, great ambience - what more could you ask for!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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Porkchop
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Friendly wait staff, really good raw bar and adult beverage selection. Service was prompt.

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Johnb
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My goodness Kelly was the highlight of the evening. We brought out of town guest and she made the evening that much more fun.. great good extra great service

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MarkS
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I ate at The Darling Oyster Bar our first night in Charleston. The atmosphere was very nice and the food was great. We had Flounder Fry basket and Crab Cakes. All the sauces and Kale Slaw were excellent.

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MelanyeW
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE BEST OYSTERS in Charleston! Dan, our waiter was outstanding! The best service all weekend! Great wine recommendations and perfect compliment to our meal!

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ScottB
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, really nice waitress, sight discount for happy hour.

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vipKrenee
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Emily was great! Drinks were good and while pasta dish wasn’t our favorite of the night everything else was tasty.

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JohnV
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dining experience. Does pay to make reservations in advance via OpenTable. The food is very good and it is very hip, modern place. We would go back there any time we are in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!

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KatieP
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great spot for oysters - great ambiance - would highly reco

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Kristenp
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Server was not very friendly. I asked if oysters could be warmed, waiter refused and wouldn't even ask the kitchen. Didn't tell us any specials. We had to ask him after we heard another table discussing specials.

The Darling Oyster Bar
Responded on October 26, 2020

I want to extend my sincere apologies for the service that you received. Our servers undergo extensive training so we can ensure that every guest's experience is truly reflective of The Darling. Reviews like these are important for us to identify where we need to improve our training process. Through OpenTable we were able to identify your server and plan to extend their training. We hope that you stop back in another time and we can show you the true Darling experience!

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Excellent
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, outstanding oysters and a great bar atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place for oysters. The oysters were excellent. The crab legs were tiny. My girlfriend got the catch of the day and had to use steak knife to cut it up. We got there early but they had a waiting line to the bar so it’s hard to grab a cocktail prior to your meal here too.

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aFish
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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GloriaP
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Pretty restaurant and happy hour also good

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cole was the best waiter! Really good food too!!

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annec
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Danessa was amazing!! The food was so fresh, delicious and just what you would expect. 5-star experience!

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55Lily
E. Tennessee
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great as well as the tower of assorted seafood!

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The Darling Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 1848 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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