The Darling Oyster Bar

4.7
1896 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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vipShep
Charleston
39 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Darling delivered as usual! Great raw bar options that are perfect for a group!

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Bonnie
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The oysters were great, got there for happy hour and they were $1. Each. The oyster shooters were great for $4. Each. Unfortunately the fried seafood platter was extremely salty and almost inedible. Otherwise it was a great place and the staff was awesome.

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vipTopherD
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall a delightful experience. Our server was exceptional. The good was well done and the drinks flowed easily. I would definitely recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I enjoyed the food, but the service was slow. It was a Sunday when I image they aren’t that busy. Still, I feel like the waiter could have been around more. Also, they gave our desert to the wrong table, so we had to wait longer to get ours. By the time we got it, we were ready to go.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at the bar. The bartenders were amazing, very good at what they do. Food was sensational. However, there was a shrimp entrée that had a little too much sauce, it was a little too rich.

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viplterryuni
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place, the menu lacks smaller plates.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent oysters

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CadyC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious drinks and food with great service. Dim lighting in dining area, perfect for a date.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch! And the oysters are unreal!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

All fried Foods taste the same, salty. Over the top salt and too fried.

The Darling Oyster Bar
Responded on January 12, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write in about your experience. While I wish your experience had been better, our kitchen team can learn a lot from reviews like yours. I've shared your comments with our chef and we will be making all the necessary improvements we can!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got this seafood plateau for $90 and two of us finished this in 20 mins! Ask for the butter. Amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a great New Years dinner here! Was sad because they ran out of the lobster ravioli but everything else was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best New Year’s Eve dinner!!

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SoniaJ
Savannah
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and enjoyed dinner very much our favorites were the pimento cheese baked oysters and the crab cakes. He ordered the grouper special as his entree which he enjoyed but felt the pesto sauce slightly was slightly heavy for the mild fish. We were both impressed by the s'mores dessert.

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vipDavidG
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, service and food. Limited entree selection, but the raw bar can make up for that.

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vipChristine297
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience! Loved the vibe and the raw bar was absolutely delicious. We had made dinner reservations, but were concerned when we saw how crowded it was and there’s no outdoor seating. Instead we booked for happy hour. Went at 4:00 for drinks and the raw bar and weren’t disappointed. It wasn’t busy and sat in a booth so safely distanced. Service was pleasant and lobster, crab and clams were some of the best we’ve ever had! Will look forward to returning for dinner post-COVID.

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ArturoA
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I'm sorry to bash a place especially during Covid but if you're in town for a few days only do not eat here. We came here for dinner and decided to have a bunch of appetizers. Unfortunately, none were good. We started off with Clam Chowder. Now the soup was ok but having lived in Boston, this definitely did not compare to a New England Clam Chowder. The mussels were again ok but completely forgettable. Oyster Shooter was horrific. And I have to leave for last the worse scallop ceviche I've ever tried. One bite was more than enough. You know it's not a good night when the tortilla chips and bread were the highlight of the night. We came here after seeing many good reviews but I can't stay quiet and have someone else experience this restaurant especially if only here for few days. There are many other options

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ReneeL
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went during happy hour and had some 1.00 oysters which were delicious. I had the lobster king crab roll and my husband had the burger everything was delicious. We will go back again next time we are in Charleston.

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BrianA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. I had Creole shrimp appetizer, and Scallops entree, and my wife had the green salad with scallops. Everything was cooked perfectly. The staff attentiveness and attitude was even better.

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vipKFMJAM
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really enjoyed this dinner. Would definitely recommend this place for a great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place for oysters

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris Gardner was a great server

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even if you aren't much for Raw Bar their composed dishes were really good. The crab tagliatelle and shrimp with rice cakes were our favorites. Our server Beth gave awesome recommendations and anticipated our needs perfectly.

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SusanV
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time at Darling but won’t be our last. Everything was delicious! We recommend the chowder fries & eggs Benedict with crabcake for brunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall1food3service3ambience2

Extremely poor COVID precautions. No social distancing whatsoever and didn’t require guests to wear masks when moving about. A sad sight.

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DaveC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food at reasonable prices.

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FoodnWine
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was very good. My second time there.

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Wino
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were there on Christmas Eve and the place was packed (but socially distanced where we sat). Food was great - especially the local oysters. Very enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Charleston. The food, drinks, and service are always top notch. If you are an oyster connoisseur, you will love this place even more. If you are not an oyster person, they have plenty of other delicious options. If you are going out as a couple, try to sit at the oyster bar and people watch everyone walking on king Street.
We took our kids for dinner on Christmas Eve, and they really enjoyed it as well. The Darling is no doubt, one of the best places to dine in Charleston!

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A good time, every time. The food always tastes amazing and the restaurant is beautiful.

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Erika
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! The place itself is so cute. We sat at the raw bar right on King Street and had a great time talking to the raw bar staff. Ordered the smoked salmon for an appetizer and the seafood platter for dinner and it was delicious! Seriously changed my seafood eating experience.

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vipAlexander
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Food and service were amazing!

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CarrieW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious, they worked around my dietary restrictions. Server was helpful and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here only a few times bc we are “out of towners”, but we love it each time. The food is delish. I actually forgot to take any “before” pics, so I only got an “after” pic of our dinner. Our server was the best. She was attentive, not hovering or overbearing, and she somehow seemed to appear every time I needed anything! Plus, trying the seasonal cocktails is a fun thing to do with your date.

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AbiK
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Somehow this was our first time dining at The Darling and I'm sad we hadn't been previously. This will definitely be our "go-to" dinner restaurant downtown. The food was phenomenal, the wine was delightful and our server, Cole was the best we've had in years. Can't say enough good things about The Darling.

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vipGregM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sat at the bar and had oysters. Food was excellent and service was professional. Many thanks

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SaywardG
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

No complaints, but being on a vacation in Charleston you expect to be blown away by restaurants. Nothing special I’d go home and brag about- I got the scallops and the flavor was just really strange. When you get scallops you expect savory and it was entirely too sweet. The lobster roll was fantastic though, and the hush puppies were great!

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Carly
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience overall! Service was great and the food/drinks were fabulous!

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SaraR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous meal Friday night. It was the perfect girls night out. The king crab, creole shrimp and tuna tataki were delicious. Cocktails and wine were perfect too. Chris took wonderful care of us and offered thoughtful suggestions. Cant wait to go back and try more goodies!

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The Darling Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 1896 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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