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.
Bibb lettuce, avocado, heirloom tomatoes, house vinaigrette
Seared Diver Scallops
Melted leeks, maitake mushrooms, carrot confit
Pulled Pork Bun
Great food, oysters were perfect.
Cute Establishment, great menu selections. We went on a Saturday night and had 7:45 reservations. We were sat by the bar and there were just too many people sitting around us that were too close (covid fear was not noticed or enforced properly here by management) so we opted to move to the oyster bar where the people were a little bit more thinned out. Overall a good experience and if it weren’t for covid, we wouldn’t have had a bad thing to say!
The food, the drinks and the service was amazing. One of my top 3 restaurants! Couldn’t have asked for a better time.
Our second visit to The Darling Oyster Bar while traveling through Charleston. We love it! Some of the best oysters I've ever had.
Our server Will was great and bartender Dan is always fun to chat with. They even gave us a slice of Key Lime Pie for our wedding anniversary. So kind of them and it was DELICIOUS.
Had a great experience and got wonderful recommendations from our server on the menu as well as other places to check out. We had 5 dishes and one seemed noticeably under seasoned compared to the other 4. Still would highly recommend this spot. Thanks!
Followed them on social media for years . Disappointing. Staff more invested in checking phone and the TV than helping guest .
Hello Thank you for your review. I will bring up your comments at our next meeting and emphasize that taking care of guests is a top priority.
Oysters were just okay this visit. Hopefully they will have a better selection on a future visit.
Went for the weekend. Oysters were awesome however everything else was nothing to get excited about. We were very surprised also that during this Covid concern that everyone was shoulder to shoulder with no social distance. Staff wore masks but also touched their mask then touched your glass. Your plate. Etc. Our server was very nice and friendly.
Decent oysters size but too much sauce.
Clams were over breaded drenched in bbq sauce
Pasta was over cooked and there was minimal if any blue crab
The fried seafood was over fried and breading was so thick you couldn’t taste the fish
Thank you Michael for the review. We take reviews such as this very seriously so we can improve upon our overall customer experience. I will talk to chef immediately about the issues you raised about the amount of breading being used in our fried seafood dishes as well as the other things mentioned. Thanks again.
Great oysters. Wonderful service. Very reasonable prices.
No visit to Charleston is complete without crispy fried flounder! Fantastic
Great date spot!
The shucking bar is the BEST place to be. The Shucking Team are incredible people and so great to talk to. We will be back! Again. Maybe even before we leave town. Do not miss this amazing restaurant!!!
Shrimp in the Creole Shrimp appetizer were fresh, but the dish tasted somewhat too vinegary.
I also got fresh oysters. They felt too chilled, and one oyster turned out to be bad.
I had a nice wine with my meal.
Service was ok.
Thanks for the review. As for the creole, I will talk with Chef and make sure the recipe has the correct amount of vinegar. Comments like these help us improve on our guest satisfaction experience.
Perfect spot to end a busy day. Oyster selection was awesome. The Darlinghatten cocktail was top shelf. Shrimp and grits was sublime with most delicious smoked ham .
Clam strips too sweet and too hard. Clam chowder was good. Collards good. Hot food from kitchen very slow. Server was apologetic and overall good service. Food needs help.
Thank for the review. I will discuss the food issues raised in your comments with my kitchen team and try to improve on our guest's culinary experience.
The food and service were great. All around a good experience
Great staff, great food, great ambience - what more could you ask for!
Great food and service!
Friendly wait staff, really good raw bar and adult beverage selection. Service was prompt.
My goodness Kelly was the highlight of the evening. We brought out of town guest and she made the evening that much more fun.. great good extra great service
My daughter and I ate at The Darling Oyster Bar our first night in Charleston. The atmosphere was very nice and the food was great. We had Flounder Fry basket and Crab Cakes. All the sauces and Kale Slaw were excellent.
THE BEST OYSTERS in Charleston! Dan, our waiter was outstanding! The best service all weekend! Great wine recommendations and perfect compliment to our meal!
Great service, really nice waitress, sight discount for happy hour.
Emily was great! Drinks were good and while pasta dish wasn’t our favorite of the night everything else was tasty.
Very nice dining experience. Does pay to make reservations in advance via OpenTable. The food is very good and it is very hip, modern place. We would go back there any time we are in town.
Excellent service and food!
Great spot for oysters - great ambiance - would highly reco
Server was not very friendly. I asked if oysters could be warmed, waiter refused and wouldn't even ask the kitchen. Didn't tell us any specials. We had to ask him after we heard another table discussing specials.
I want to extend my sincere apologies for the service that you received. Our servers undergo extensive training so we can ensure that every guest's experience is truly reflective of The Darling. Reviews like these are important for us to identify where we need to improve our training process. Through OpenTable we were able to identify your server and plan to extend their training. We hope that you stop back in another time and we can show you the true Darling experience!
Great service, outstanding oysters and a great bar atmosphere!
Great place for oysters. The oysters were excellent. The crab legs were tiny. My girlfriend got the catch of the day and had to use steak knife to cut it up. We got there early but they had a waiting line to the bar so it’s hard to grab a cocktail prior to your meal here too.
Excellent as always
Great food. Pretty restaurant and happy hour also good
Cole was the best waiter! Really good food too!!
Our waitress Danessa was amazing!! The food was so fresh, delicious and just what you would expect. 5-star experience!
Service was great as well as the tower of assorted seafood!
Very fresh and delicious food , well represented. Great service
Seated right away and our server was very helpful with the menu. The food was delicious and they had some great drinks too.
The Darling is always a highlight of a stay in Charleston.
Excellent food reasonably priced and our server felt like he was part of the family! One of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had!
The Darling Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 1844 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.