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
Duck Bacon Carbonara
Baby arugula, parmesan, fried egg, pappardelle
Ambiance and restaurant had a great look and feel. Drinks were sub par, had was 50/50 totally depended on what you ordered, one dish (shrimp creole) was excellent, other dish (lobster roll) was basically Mayo.
Gabriella was awesome. Extremely friendly and made great recommendations
We were in town visiting and the staff was friendly and thoughtful. Food was on point and drinks were tasty.
Recommend this restaurant to anyone who is coming into town. We caught a jazz show a few doors down after
My wife had sea bass over risotto and said it was her best meal in a long time. I had the shrimp and grits. It was excellent even though a little salty for me. My daughter had crab pasta followed by key lime pie - both once again, outstanding.
Service was great.
First time here - will be back.
The place was nice and the service was great. The food doesn’t match withe the rest of quality. We had shrimp and grits, pasta, oysters, bread pudding. Oysters was great so as desert but the main dishes are awful. If you want oysters and drinks, the place is great but if you want a meal I wouldn’t recommend it.
We had a wonderful meal tonight with great food and great service.
Had lunch with my kids. The burgers were delicious
and the Bloody Mary was exceptional.
My husband and I went to Darling Oyster Bar for dinner. The oysters were outstanding. We got in on an early bird special including oysters and drinks. We had our first oyster shooters. Very good! We also ordered the claim chowder. Also very good. We will definitely return.
Fabulous in all aspects!
The oysters and shrimp are fantastic, but the hidden gem is the fried clams with a side of grits
Great appetizers and entrees! Good happy hour specials
Son’s purchase of new home
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!
Favorite spot in Charleston!
Loved the drinks, food and service. Would recommend and go again. Loved the oysters
Great service. Good food for the money. The local oysters were excellent and the crab pasta was yummy.
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!
Loved it - was my birthday and it felt special
Post Wedding Celebration
We went for
Oysters were clean and tasty. Service was great. Arriving in time for happy hour allowed for more oysters.
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!
10/10. Waiter was a Dawg which is always a win for us.
Oysters were exceptional, as were the lobster roll and cocktails.
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.
I loved the choice of oysters and the service was great! I was seated right away and off to the side like I requested.
They served us champagne for our anniversary gratis
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!
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.
Enjoyed the happy hour oysters and the lobster/crab roll
Great atmosphere, friendly service, delicious food. will definitely be back!
Best oysters in town!!
Great wait staff. NO social distancing. Mediocre food was lukewarm. So many good places in Charleston that we would rather eat.
Great food very fresh seafood and always fantastic staff.
And great Happy Hour!
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.
Went to Darling to celebrate my birthday. The food and atmosphere were excellent. I would definitely recommend for a great dining experience.
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.
Food was good. Our waitress (Kelly) was great.
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.
The Darling Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 1946 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.