The Darling Oyster Bar
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.
Delicious fried chicken sandwich and hush puppies.
Nice menu with other things we would try if we have the chance to return.
Our second visit, ate at The Darling about 18 months ago and was a bit disappointed overall. This was a much better experience. Took a friend from Minnesota who had never had grits. He very much enjoyed it. My wife’s scallops and my fish(tile) and grits were excellent. Excellent service, nice vibe.
We will return
Go to many different restaurants for business and personal reasons. I would NOT recommend nor consider The Darling Oyster House for either reason... just NOT good.
Jonah crab claws were tough ( not fresh?) and not well cracked. No crackers provided. No hand towels. Oysters were great. The rest of the meal was as good not great.
Definitely recommend for oysters and drinks. Not full meal.
We loved our experience at The Darling Oyster Bar. Our waiter explained the menu in full and it made it hard to decide what to order. We started off with a 1/2 dozen oysters and proceeded to the mussels. The broth in the mussels was so good with the grilled bread that came with it. We then ordered the shrimp and grits that had shaved, roasted brussel sprouts. It was very good and different from any shrimp and grits we ever had. I had tge oyster spaghetti. Omgoshhh...it was homemade pasta with sauteed oysters and bacon and cekery root and who knows what else. It was simplistic, but one of the best seafood dishes I have ever had. So unique, and the flavors all worked together. We will definitely return on our next trip to Charleston. Next time, I think we'll sit at the oval oyster bar in the front. Very cool place!
Will visit again. As a local resident I am always searching for someplace new to dine. Thankfully I was able to get a reservation after trying numerous times. It was worth the wait.
Expectations were set high. Very disappointing. We thought the food was average (Chicken biscuit, crielo shrimp, crab legs, and oysters were ordered. (I thought Oak and Coast had the best oysters) . My bloody mary was awful however it was Instagram picture worthy. Every restaurant we experienced had such wonderful service, The Darling Oyster bar did not. Bartender was not very friendly; and bar back we had to ask for our water glasses filled up multiple times. Food was left in front of us, had to ask them to kindly remove. Overall, lazy service and average food for the price. We wouldnt go back.
Thank you for your comments. We take reviews such as this very seriously so we can improve upon our overall customer experience. I will talk to the kitchen team and my bar staff immediately about these service issues and we will try to improve on the areas you brought up in your remarks. Thanks again.
Loved it! Great oysters and my husband thought his burger was excellent!
Great service great food and atmosphere
This is more of a bar than a restaurant. If you keep that in mind you won't be disappointed. The food was marginal.
We had an early reservation which worked in our favor as we were able to take advantage of happy hour. Excellent service and attentive and friendly staff.
The Darling is the reason we make a trip to Charleston twice a year from Asheville NC. Perfect in every way. Outstanding oyster selection perfectly executed.
Would absolutely recommend! Best shrimp and grits we had in Charleston. Oysters were fabulous as well, and our server, Jill, was awesome. Thank you!
Incredible service, delicious food and excellent location. Highly recommend and have every intention of a repeat visit.
We arrived a little early and were seated early!! Wait staff was very prompt, courteous and fun. They were very busy but you’d never know it based on how they took care of us. Food was excellent. We will definitely be back to this restaurant!!
The oysters were delicious! They were fresh, cold and came with different sauces you can put on top. The cocktail that I wanted was the one on their website which is the Bloody Mary with the seafood on top and really the primary reason I went there. We were told by hostess that they only serve these for Sunday brunch!! I was very disappointed with that and their variety of dinner choices so I had a cocktail that was their daily special which had some sort of grapefruit juice concoction that was very good, ate our oysters and went down the road for dinner!
Our food was outstanding and the service was too. We heard this was a great place for oysters and shrimp and we heard right. That place was great! A must if you are in Charleston.
We had an amazing Sunday brunch - amazing crab cake eggs benedict and the blueberry and cinnamon biscuit are not to be missed. Lauren was our server and made the experience especially delightful.
Phenomenal food and such great ambiance! Our service very good, too.
We really enjoyed everything about our first visit to the Darling Oyster Bar. The service was great and the food was excellent. We will look forward to our next visit.
All the fried dishes had far too much breading. Otherwise OK
Plenty of wait staff yet slow service for a not so busy eatery. Very accommodating with alterations to entrees.
Too notch! By far the best meal we have had in Charleston. Joe our server was friendly, knowledgeable and gave great recommendations. We started with oysters and the darling old fashioned. The oysters were super fresh. The darling old fashioned is on the sweeter side, so if you like a true old fashioned you can ask for one. For dinner we had the creole shrimp, hush puppies and shrimp and grits. The creole shrimp was our server's suggestion. It is the best dish we have had here in Charleston. So good! We also tried the ice cream sandwich for dessert... It was bomb!
Oysters were fantastic! Great service and a wonderful menu. We’ll be back.
Everything was really great! The lobster roll was one of the best I’ve ever had, & the baked oysters were amazing.
Great food and service. Table was too small for what we ordered. The initially wanted to seat us next to the kitchen door, but not sure why since there were other tables for two available. They obliged when we asked for another table. Perhaps it was how we looked?
We had a lovely meal and shared ice cream as dessert. Perfection!
It was great! Good service good food!
I had the best shrimp and grits!
Fresh ousters were super. We also got a basket of fried oysters and fish. Fried oysters were very testy, I usually don’t like fried seafood but this oysters were so delicious I would order it again. Drinks were great.
We had great experience at The Darling.
Happy hour is great, James River oysters!
Great ambiance and the food was amazing. Quick service and gave good menu recommendations!
Service was outstanding
Server is one of your best
Great nursing student waitress!
The service was excellent but we left hungry. Started with 2 gulf stream raw oysters, 4 white sauce and bacon backed oysters, and a side salad. Also tried the side of house cut fries.
Another wonderful meal at The Darling Oyster Bar. Oysters were yummy and the service was perfect....
Just wish you all had had a single fish special in addition to the seafood stew...Fortunately we found plenty to eat!!!
The oyster selection was great! Good variety and mix of locals with some imports... the scallops dinner was excellent, scallops being perfectly seared. The drinks were by far the highlight of the evening. The two whiskey cocktails I had, the Shoulder Monkey & Darling Fashioned, were two of the best whiskey/scotch cocktails I ever had!
Definitely plan on making this a regular favorite!
The food and the experience were both amazing! We'll definitely be returning the next time we visit Charleston!
Dylan did an outstanding job as our server and as always the food was perfect!!!