The Darling Oyster Bar

4.6
2183 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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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from Nick! Amazing food!

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JessaleeL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really amazing food. The menu seems very simple at first glance, but the food was extraordinary. Definitely recommend sitting at the bar area near the oyster shucking station so you can watch all the action.

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AngeleH
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place! Excellent food and waitstaff! Wil return!

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vipPatienceG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great dinner at the Darling Oyster Bar. Started with the Darling Fashioned which was delicious! I ordered a shrimp appetizer and my husband oysters- both delicious! We shared a salad and the lobster/crab roll. Our server was terrific and made sure we has a great experience. Next time I think we would request dining in the bar area- seemed more vibrant but will be louder. If you are looking for a quieter evening sit in the dining room. We will be back!

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KIMG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Slow service, server confusion about menu, fried my server, mediocre dining room

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jeanf
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were recommended by friends and were excited based on their experience. We were not disappointed! The only thing that fell short was the mussels. I saw online a description much different from the version they had that night. I ended up with a marinara that was not up to par. The mussels made up for that. House special Paloma was amazing! Oysters amazing! Overall almost an overall 5!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always look forward to being back in town and getting to eat at The Darling, and this visit was no exception. Hosting staff helped find a table that met our preference, server was knowledgeable of all of the oyster varieties and our Bloody Mary were phenomenal!

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JeanetteY
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will return for sure.. everyone was fresh and place was clean..

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Our experience was very disappointing. Server was nice but we were placed in the back corner of the restaurant instead of the more decorative room with the bar. I then found a 2-inch piece of plastic in my first bite of our Shrimp Creole, which they did remake.. but then found a hair embedded in the 2nd “redone” Creole dish. They did take it off the bill but the manager never came out to apologize and we did expect a lot more to be done about this disgusting situation.

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Shell
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation/ birthday

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vipDLPP
Orlando
41 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, excellent service, good wine list. The oysters are always perfect, but we also enjoyed salads, crab cakes, crab pasta, and the shrimp/fish basket. Finished the meal with two amazing desserts, the bread pudding and key lime pie. This restaurant is always on our list when we visit Charleston

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

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LindseyG
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Garrett was awesome! Fantastic food, $1 oyster happy hour. The crab dip and clam strips are amazing. A must to try while in Charleston!

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AndrewD
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time. Only reason I did not rate 5 stars is because the cocktails were a bit weak :)

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Fred
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I ate on a high top in the bar area. The service and food were outstanding. Loved the open feel with the big windows! Would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends and family!

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vipgreatdate
Charleston
28 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

It was a big table but one side was getting great service. Not my side! We had to ask for drinks, then ask to order, then remind for the drinks. But the food was fantastic as were the drinks when we got them.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I ordered the baked crab dip and could only taste cream cheese, no crab. The hush puppies were burnt and the clam chowder tasted of only cream and butter. I also ordered the creole shrimp that had no creole flavor, tasted of garlic and whole grain mustard ;the rice cake was the most successful piece of the dish.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mick was a wonderful waiter. Food was great too!

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vipchristopher
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stylish place with great food and service. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow what can I say. Dan the bartender and all of the staff are amazing. Becky and I go to Charleston often just to dine here. Mike the manager runs without a doubt the best establishment on king street. The food is fantastic, the selection is great and the whole entire staff is not only attentive, but they strive for you to have an incredible experience. Do not sell your self short and eat anywhere else on King street. Just tell them fred and Beck said hello from Savannah.

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KelleyF
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In from Pennsylvania… first night in Charleston. Perfect spot for dinner:) my husband and I decided on three different oysters and cocktails while happy hour was close to an end… then shared three small plates: clam chowder, scallop ceviche, crab cakes, and the clam strips. Overall, everything was excellent!

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vipLuv2eatwell
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Atmosphere was fun!! Service was fantastic! I cannot wait to go back

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Kelsey
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab dip is amazing! Oyster shooters are a must too :)

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RobK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrating our wedding anniversary with friends. Good and service were great. We could not have had a better experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful restaurant and a nice menu selection. Cocktail menu was great

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very beautiful! Food was good, but not great. Serive friendly. 4 out of 5 place.

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RyanW
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an incredible place for brunch while we were visiting Charleston for our anniversary. The staff was so friendly and nice, the food was SO GOOD, and the aesthetic inside is literally Instagram-worthy at every turn.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was outstanding- she provided knowledgeable, honest recommendations and was very attentive. Food was amazing and so fresh. Must visit in Charleston!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience1

We were really looking forward to our evening at The Darling Oyster Bar. However, we were greeted and served by an extremely unfriendly server and seated in an overly crowded area with tables and patrons within two feet of us on both sides. It was extremely uncomfortable in Covid times but also extremely awkward because we could hear every word of the conversations right next to us. There were plenty of other tables that we could have been seated at. We ordered the half size seafood plateau. The oysters were quite small and definitely not memorable. The shrimp and crab legs were excellent. The drink menu was small and uninspired. My husband ordered a Coke and rum but received a Coke and bourbon. We have been on a seven-day vacation and this restaurant has been our only disappointment. There are much better options in Charleston.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Had oysters and crab legs. Both were good but have had better crab legs for sure. Waiter and service was great.

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PatriciaC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a few raw oysters, cocktails, scallops and shrimp and grits. All very good

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vipRKRidge
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was excellent - seafood was all fresh and beautifully prepared. Double burger was a delicious surprise. Loved the room - lots of space and very cool vibe. Too pricey to make this a regular dining spot but absolutely perfect for a special occasion.

The only aspect of the experience that could have been better is our server. He was professional and very competent but he made us feel rushed by asking us several times if we were ready and if we were done. Knowing that there is a staff shortage in the F&B industry I'm hoping that we were simply catching him on an off day.

We will be definitely be back to celebrate special times

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KennethH
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Oysters were excellent. Appetizer of salmon was the star of our meal.

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vipSashaKate
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had a great night at The Darling Oyster Bar. They were out of two of the dishes we wanted but otherwise it was great, the oysters were fresh and the cocktails were delicious! Service was fantastic too.

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KristenS
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris was a awesome. Cocktails and oysters were to die for. Highly recommend and we hope to return next time we are in town.

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Jhann
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were perfect

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vipRicknJan
Pittsburgh
117 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service excellent. We had Chris as a server. We ordered crab dip for appetizer which was excellent. Previous day we ordered crab dip at Waters Edge which we rated poor so plus for Darling’s. Wife had shrimp and grits which she told Chris was best she had! I ordered the half chicken which was delicious and crispy. Only down side was the mashed potatoes were cold and the beans way under cooked which I wasn’t eating either way. We recommend Darling and we will go back. Thanks Chris

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable!!!! The service the oysters the lobster omg!!!

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CoryM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I brought some friends from out of town to dinner and we had a blast!

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was an awesome recommendation and our family loved it! Great food and atmosphere. We would return here again!

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The Darling Oyster Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 2183 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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