The Darling Oyster Bar

4.7
2026 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
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4.7
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4.7
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vipSoonerSteve
Oklahoma City
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a beautiful restaurant. Our server was excellent. He was attentive and personable and knew how to open a bottle of champagne properly. Our food was delicious and presented in an appealing way.

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MarieS
Orlando
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the food a lot. We got 2 of each oyster they had so we could try a bunch which was fun. My husband had the shrimp and grits. I had the lobster and crab roll with a side of hushpuppies. It was all delicious. The ambiance was vibrant. Even on a Tuesday night they were fully booked so it was busy but the service was great.

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Reba
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Salmon appetizer was great, clam chowder was fair

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ESummers
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous time, vibes, food and cocktails. Great experience. Will recommend.

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Katie
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, kind staff and amazing ambiance. Loved our experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The s’mores dessert was the cherry on top of a great meal! Everything was exquisite!

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vipBillR
Denver
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters were perfect, better than other places in town. The Shrimp and grits were amazing. Highly recommend, worth the walk from the old town section

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Ginger
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I saw all of the positive reviews and was skeptical that they’d live up to those comments but THEY DID! The happy hour deals were a nice surprise (until 7 pm). We ordered 1/2 dozen oysters and they were exactly as described. In fact, they were on the table within five minutes of ordering. We also had the burger and shrimp and grits both of which were delectable. The fried Brussels on top of the grits were perfection. I highly recommend a trip here for delicious food and the very cool ambiance.

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LizP
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters, oysters and mor oysters!! Do delicious as was the rest of the meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best oyster happy hour in Charleston, plus their location and dinning experience is always a fun favorite.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great oysters from cold water up North.

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vipJamesL
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. First dining event since covid.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for dinner as out of towners with friends. The atmosphere is pretty casual and fun. The food is delicious and the drinks were unique and fun. The service was excellent. We had a wonderful time.

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Foodie
Greensboro
14 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always stop at Darling when we're in Charleston and it never disappoints! The restaurant is as gorgeous as the pictures, the ambiance is like nothing else in Charleston, and the raw bar selection is on point. Definitely a must for happy hour at minimum. Just mad we didn't have time for more!

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LoveToDine
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great choice! Shrimp cocktail was one of the best I’ve ever had and the Scallops were amazing too!!

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Propst
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wow, exactly what I expected and did not disappoint. We were sat promptly for or reservation. Service staff is knowledgeable and prompt. Drinks were excellent. The freshness of food from the raw bar was like none other. Delicious! Had oysters, shrimp cocktail, crab, all spot on. The scallop dish, baked oysters and crab cakes sealed the deal. Crab cakes could be one of the best I’ve had. It was a wonderful evening celebrating our 22 wedding anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great environment

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to happy hour at the Darling before, but this was the first time I came to eat a meal and it was so amazing!! Our server was friendly and attentive. Our main dish was taking a long time so she offered us a complimentary appetizer and another glass of wine. The food was so delicious I am still dreaming about it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an outstanding meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing service and food

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Hungryfoodie
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

So excited to get to go here; but was somewhat disappointed. I had a res, and when I tried to check in the young female receptionist would not acknowledge me while she talked on the phone for more than 6-7 minutes. It was frustrating; but I just stood still. Finally a man came and spoke to me and eventually took me to the table while the other person talked on the phone. Then a darling waitress came, but she did not know the answers to my questions as it was her first day. That was OK; and I ordered. The food came, and it was pretty bland; but my wine ran out, and my waitress never offered another nor did she check on me. She came to the table two tables away, and then left. She came back to the table one table away, never looking in my direction, and then left. Eventually I got up and flagged someone down and asked for help. The pasta was bland, and the side of fried shrimp were cooked perfectly; but way too salty. Given the choices in Charleston, I probably won't rush back here.

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vipKatieL
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jerome at the Oyster bar is the best!

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vipRelish
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We have always loved the ambience of Darling oyster and their bloody mary's!
We order apps and dinner, our fish was over baked and dried out; even though they said they sauteed it! The crab dip was cheesy, didn't find any crab! And everything that was hot came out luke warm!
Maybe they had an off night, but not great this time!
Drinks were awesome! Paloma!

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SylviaC
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true Charleston experience. Thank you for a delicious evening.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We’ve been coming to this restaurant for several years and it’s a place we usually enjoy. However, this time around it was pretty disappointing. Service was very mediocre including our waiter who acted extremely indifferent the whole dining experience. We felt a level of indifference from everyone in the restaurant. Our main course took about 45 minutes to come out. One dish came out 20 minutes before the rest. Food is expensive for not a lot of food. Wish I could say better things about this restaurant. Definitely won’t be coming back as there are so many other awesome/better restaurants in Charleston.

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vipKarlaS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Great restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the look and feel of the space. Food was amazing. Service was good. Music didn’t really fit the vibe at all and was on the loud side. Would return for sure

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JessicaW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food!!!! Great atmosphere! LOVED!

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vipCarly
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t be beat- it was so great we went back the next day!

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OpenTable Diner
Toledo
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Avocado toast was not avocado (NONE). Only a thick spread of mayonnaise with pickled cucumbers. Horrible and seafood seasoning is on everything

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JamieR
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Not worth the price point. Overly salted. Plenty of better fish in the Charleston sea...

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vipSetpoSC
Orlando
34 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable evening at The Darlington Oyster Bar. The hostess was very helpful in making a minor change to our table location to make the experience much better, and set the tone for the service that evening.
Food was outstanding beginning with a great selection of oysters. The seafood special was cooked perfectly and the soft shell crab sandwich was great.
We will definitely return on our next trip to Charleston

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Becca
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Restaurant right along King St, incredible food & drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a really great restaurants with amazing food!

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vipmissinMB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful family dinner. Food was delicious, service great. Loved the oysters, the fry baskets and the scallops were incredible.

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VictoriaO
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oyster shots on point. Seafood tower fabulous. Mussels out of this world.

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Scott
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time. Seafood is fresh and drinks are always a nice complement to the meals.

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NathanW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting from DC with our young kids (5 & 8) and were dying for a "grown-up" dinner - especially oysters. We had an early reservation and were seated in a generous, round booth near a window. The ambiance is really lovely and all of the staff were excellent - patient with us and the kids, who only wanted to eat crackers and lemonade...oy! And when we had to pop back in later in the night to find the container of shark's teeth our son had left at the table, the host had it at the ready for us. The food was delicious (get the Creole Shrimp appetizer - and the Paloma on tap was also a treat!) Will be happy to dine here again when we are next in CHS!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed a fabulous night out at The Darling Oyster Bar. We had the seafood tower, baked oysters, clam chowder, scallops and the Halibut special. We also tried the bread pudding for dessert. Everything tasted delicious. Our waiter Brantley was fantastic. He was very attentive and made it a wonderful experience. This was my second time eating here and I highly recommend this restaurant if you are in Charleston.

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Mark
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious and a great place to celebrate our anniversary! You have to try the Fried Clams Strips and the Oyster Shooter.

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The Darling Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 2026 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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