The Darling Oyster Bar

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$30 and under
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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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JB
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really neat atmosphere! Beautifully decorated old building but still casual and fun! Great food—all with a Charleston twist

BG
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing! Our food was excellent! I can’t complain about anything!! Overall everything was great!

LA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, and some of the friendliest, most helpful service we’ve ever experienced.

JS
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

VERY CREATIVE MENU. Great location in the middle of historic Charleston
Loved the Tuna Belly appetizer, really nice. The Oyster Spaghetti was original and very good.
The mouse for dessert was a very big portion, but delicious.

l
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Oyster choices. We enjoyed the small plates (shrimp and crabcakes) and some sides (collards and kale salad) with some wine. Eli did a great job.

OT
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Server was either new no charm. Highly doubtful will return as Charleston has too many really good restaurants & staff that are more engaged.

MR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious. Standout was an oyster pasta with pasta made in house. A scallop ceviche didn’t taste super fresh. The seafood’s texture was slightly sticky and the flavor too fishy. Our wonderful and friendly waiter took it away and off the bill, no problem. The rest of the meal was great. An oat salty chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich was perfect!

RP
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Night out in Charleston with family. Oysters and clams were outstanding and at a good price. Collard greens were the best I have ever had. Nice staff. Highly recommend.

R
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such a delightful time. A delicious selection of oysters, very good shrimp. The menu is small, but the focus is the oyster with the selection changing. I’m sorry I don’t recall the waiters name as he was just the right amount of attentiveness without rushing me. I will be back

SM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Fried food is overcooked and no flavor. Collards are okay and grits had NO flavor. Lobster and crab roll was decent as was chicken sandwich. Fries were very salty. I had always heard good things about this place and was disappointed. Atmosphere was beautiful and service was great.

OT
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Great experience! Amazing food! My new favorite!

CB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food nice atmosphere and fancy restaurant!!!!

R
Hawaii
69 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the oyster bar at learned quite a bit from the oyster shuckers. The oysters were fresh and the fried clam strips were sensational!

JL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious an exceptional service.

PB
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to The Darling Oyster Bar was for brunch. We were seated immediately. The brunch menu was not huge but had a nice, varied selection. Our waitress was wonderful! She went above and beyond: brought a bottle of bourbon for us to read the label, adding bread to our meal (it was not offered on the menu), and packed a to-go box with ice. The food and drinks were delicious. The decor was attractive and the noise-level was appropriate. We will most definitely return.

c
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome experience! I believe our server's name was Dave, and he was incredible. He was attentive and friendly; it almost felt like he was hosting us at his own house--just super casual, fun, and friendly. We were celebrating so we pulled out all the stops: oyster shooters, oysters, cocktails, entrees, and dessert. Everything was incredible and high quality without being pretentious. I highly recommend getting a round of oyster shooters for your table; it kicks things off in a fun and tasty way. We'll definitely be back.

t
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had friends visiting from out of town, there was a miscommunication about the cost of the oysters on the happy hour menu. Our guests insisted on picking up the check. Later in the evening we were discussing how much we loved our dinner and what a bargain the oysters were, only to realize that an error had occurred, unbeknownst to us. We called and the manager took care of this error in such a kind manor!! We were all very impressed, not only do we as locals love The Darling Oyster, so do our guest from TN. Thanks for handling this with A-1 customer service! Of course we will be back again soon!!!

KP
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Big fun
Will be back!

AO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious dinner and our waiter Dylan was knowledgeable about the menu and so funny that he really helped to make it a memorable, great night.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and our waitress was wonderful! We celebrated our wedding anniversary and it was the best time. I will be back!

BW
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So delicious and such a friendly, accommodating staff! The price wasn't at all bad for the amount of tasty food we ordered. Highly recommend going!

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience!

R
Minneapolis
63 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My husband and I went on a rainy night. We were sat even though we were early for our reservation. Great waitress. We ate light just having a lobster/crab roll, oysters, tuna tataki and crab cakes. Flavors were very good, food was hot and service was very attentive. Will come again if in town!

l
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend!!! As a Charleston native, I have experience almost every seafood restaurant in the area. The Darling has the best seafood to offer. Wow... clam strips, raw oysters, baked oysters, hush puppies, fried shrimp, lobster crab roll... AMAZING. Highly recommend!

OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the time we sat down was wonderful. Food was fantastic and the service was great.

WB
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding spot. Im probably the pickiest person I know and exceeded expectations. Great find on a chilly evening—wait service was excellent, oysters excellent, shrimp & grits a bit too salty, excellent wine. Host staff maybe needs to tone the ‘tude down a bit...

OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The table next to us was extremely loud. The waitress helping that table was also screaming.

OT
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great meal and a lovely waitress. We were coming in from out of town so we made a reservation. The restaurant was not very full. We were seated in an adjacent dark room. We asked to be sat in the main dining but were told that the only tables left were 6 tops and not available for our party of 3. So we sat in the dark room looking into the main area. The entire time we were there the remaking 6 tops were never sat. I say that so that you know to request the main room when making your reservation. The hostesses will not make concessions for you and it’s not as Darling in the dark room.

OT
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In-laws in town!

RT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 stars all around! Amazing Saturday oyster happy hour until 7 had us pleased from the beginning. Our server, Dan, was awesome. Drinks were great, food was delicious, and the atmosphere was fun. Highly recommend and would go again in a heartbeat.

CB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic night. Service was absolutely amazing. Will be back on my next trip to Charleston.

FF
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food, short menus, small portions, acceptable service.

MS
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent seafood and service! Would recommend highly!!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. Everything was great. Menu was a bit limited but understood the philosophy of doing a few things well.

k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

came through during a road trip- great casual chic place. food and service excellent . no issues requesting a simple modification to dish to remove a meat.

LR
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food here was top notch! Excellent oysters on the half shell, followed by crab cakes and shrimp and grits, then ended with key lime pie. All of the food was outstanding, decor was beautiful and service was attentive without being intrusive. Cannot recommend enough!

f
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible. I can’t wait to go back and get the tower. Amazing.

OT
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

limited menu but good food. Loved the fried oysters and shrimp, and the hush puppies were quite good. Prompt and very attentive service.

QC
Nashville
15 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were from out of town visiting and I picked this place and it did not disappoint. The food was outstanding, our waitress was great and the wine I had, was actually very good. I consider myself a foodie and we really wanted some good seafood and this hit the spot. My only complaint was the ceviche seemed like a bit of an afterthought and we didn't care for that or the hush puppies but everything else was great. I highly recommend the Tuna, Fried Clams, Baked and Raw oysters.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food5service4ambience5

Amazing food, waaaaaaaaayy to expensive for what you get.

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