The Darling Oyster Bar

4.7
1937 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
4.7
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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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TroyD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters and shrimp are fantastic, but the hidden gem is the fried clams with a side of grits

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Wakesurfnc2
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great appetizers and entrees! Good happy hour specials

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Son’s purchase of new home

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vipMey218
Naples
13 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous time at The Darling Oyster Bar! The single lady oysters were my favorite as well as the bread pudding! A must when visiting Charleston!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite spot in Charleston!

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Kath
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the drinks, food and service. Would recommend and go again. Loved the oysters

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PriscillaS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Good food for the money. The local oysters were excellent and the crab pasta was yummy.

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JillS
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was excellent! 1st time having oysters and he walked us through the whole process. The crab dip was exceptional. As was the lobster roll. And love that happy hour goes until seven!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it - was my birthday and it felt special

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KeithW
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Post Wedding Celebration

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for

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BruceP
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Oysters were clean and tasty. Service was great. Arriving in time for happy hour allowed for more oysters.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best raw bar in Charleston! Our waiter was incredible! He was funny, sweet, & very attentive. We were happy to be able to get a table on such a busy weekend. Overall food & drinks were incredible. We will definitely be making a special trip to Charleston to go back to The Darling!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Italy
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10. Waiter was a Dawg which is always a win for us.

Oysters were exceptional, as were the lobster roll and cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters were Awesome! Not a great selection of substantial food so if you are hungry, eat some carbs before you go.
Bourbon selection was lacking for an upscale place.

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TracieJ
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the choice of oysters and the service was great! I was seated right away and off to the side like I requested.

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MikeS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They served us champagne for our anniversary gratis

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Petals
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first, but not my last, visit to The Darling Little Oyster Bar. Our server, Delaney, was amazing! She had many large tables but she made our table of two feel special! The oysters were chilled to perfection. The hushpuppies were yummy. Recommend shrimp and grits and fried shrimp. Reservations a must!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Felt some bizarre tension with our waiter. For example, at one point he came around to ask if we wanted another round of drinks, and I said “no thank you,” and he responded “yeah i figured, your glass is half full, I was asking the other guys.” Overall good food and great ambiance, though.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the happy hour oysters and the lobster/crab roll

MB
MaddiB
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, friendly service, delicious food. will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family brunch

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JanS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best oysters in town!!

EW
vipEWCW
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Great wait staff. NO social distancing. Mediocre food was lukewarm. So many good places in Charleston that we would rather eat.

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vipAlex1506
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food very fresh seafood and always fantastic staff.
And great Happy Hour!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Great spot and had a reservation on a busy Saturday night. Food was okay but to be fair, we should have stuck to raw bar...which looked amazing! I had shrimp and grits and the grits were the worst I’ve had in Charleston. Diver sea scallops were excellent, though. Waitress was super and took off the shrimp and grits from the bill as she saw I left most of it. Will give it another shot but will stick to the raw bar.

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ShaunR
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Darling to celebrate my birthday. The food and atmosphere were excellent. I would definitely recommend for a great dining experience.

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PeytonF
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

This was a great dining experience. The food, service, and overall vibe of the restaurant were great. My only complaint was that it was a little dark at the table we were at. A little more lighting would have been nice. This would not keep me from going back here and will always be on my list of Charleston favorites.

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CarolH
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good. Our waitress (Kelly) was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Server was great and super friendly, same with the manager, but the food was actually terrible which is surprising for a city where there’s great food on every corner. The baked oysters tasted like they’d been sitting there for hours and they just threw them under the broiler to warm up. The crab dip was good but far too salty and the crab pasta was possibly the worst pasta I’ve ever had in a restaurant. Zero taste - even with adding lemon, salt and pepper.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful date night. Our waiter (last NAme Gardner) took very good care of us. A sweet patron offered to take our picture since we were struggling to take a selfie. We took an Uber here and had a bad experience with our Uber when leaving. The manager used his app to call us an Uber ride. Very thoughtful and my second time here. Will def come back next time I’m in Charleston.

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Ryanf
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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JonH
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anytime we are in Charleston, we make a reservation for The Darling. It never disappoints!

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vipesyx
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went on a weekend during brunch time. The oysters were very good, but the rest of the brunch menu was a little lackluster for o me.

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vipShep
Charleston
40 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Marina
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great dinner for our group of 7. Our server, Will, was so friendly and helpful. The food was awesome (and Will explained the dishes to us and answered our questions). We'd all go back!!!

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vipShelbyA
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fried claims are always a must!

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Bonnie
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was good, not great. It was way too crowded and felt like distancing wasn’t observed very well.

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The Darling Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 1937 OpenTable diners.

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