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The Ordinary

1274 reviews
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$30 and under
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In Charleston, The Ordinary is a fancy seafood and oyster bar centered on traditional Southern hospitality with coastal Carolina charm. Guests to The Ordinary have the privilege of dining in a historical building that has been altered just slightly to accommodate the American brasserie it currently holds. High energy atmosphere, detailed service and great food and drink pairings make an excellent meal.

The menu at The Ordinary is based largely off of market availability from the local Charleston fishermen. Some classic favorites include East Coast oysters, fish chowder, American caviar and whole roasted flounder. Each day of the week features a different dish on special.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Closed on Monday
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Phone number
(843) 414-7060
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Mike Lata
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Cross street
Cannon Street
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Parking details
Validated Lot, Located one block south on Wolfe Street
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (Norfolk)
1.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

It is not unusual to occasionally get a bad plate, even from a good restaurant, so when we got a plate of badly undercooked peel-n-eat shrimp we were not upset, however, when the manager came to our table he was argumentative, condescending and seemed to take our complaint as a personal insult. That we take exception to! Even if the manager had never heard the old adage that the customer is always right, common courtesy should have been observed. There was no action taken on our complaint and we were charged for the plate we sent back. Unacceptable! We will not recommend this restaurant until the management has been properly trained, or replaced. (09/28/2017).

Getitbright (Greensboro)
3.0  Dined on July 23, 2016

Nothing extraordinary about The Ordinary. I was quite disappointed with both the oyster bar and the dinner menu. Great cocktail selection, though, with a head bartender who really knows his stuff.

Better choice: O-Bar in the French Quarter.

vipavocat (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on July 13, 2016

The Ordinary it simply spectacular. It stands at the front of my list of great Charleston restaurants. I have never been disappointed except for the fact that it is hard to get reservations. one can always get full menu at the first-come-first-served bar. Go for the cold-smoked oysters. Ask for your server to bring you a libation of their choice. Heaven.

vipbeltlinebandit (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on July 12, 2016

Top quality seafood, prepared simply. Judging from the presentation towers arriving at the tables around us, massive amounts of seafood is apparently why they come. We chose small plates including a mahi mahi salad (spread), broiled oysters, lobster roll and crab cocktail. All pricey, but excellent. Service was absolutely superb!

vipmlaforge (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on July 9, 2016

One of the best in Charleston. Do not miss the delicious yellowfin tuna ceviche and smoked oysters. Delicious!! Great cocktails, too. We loved the atmosphere and decor. Upscale but comfortable.

vipOpenTable Diner (E. Tennessee)
5.0  Dined on July 7, 2016

My wife and I have eaten here on more than 10 occasions. Wonderful. Oyster selection from NE cold water is the best. Rum drinks varied and imaginative. The Chef has serious talent. Recommend multiple small dishes to try as many as possible. We love cerviche, offered most of the time. The fish stew is amazing and you have to have at least one oyster slider!

vipHorton (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 6, 2016

We had a great dinner here. Delicious oysters, ceviche and other dishes. Let the servers guide you. They know what's good.

MeredithS (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on July 2, 2016

The Ordinary is one of the best restaurants I've ever visited. Period. Hands down top notch EVERYTHING. The servers are very friendly and knowledgable. The wine som was accommodating and fun to chat with. The space is spotless, classy and very comfortable. Definitely sit upstairs if you can, or at the raw bar. If I lived in Charleston, I'd be at The Ordinary far too often.

MatthewS (Savannah)
5.0  Dined on July 1, 2016

The waitress we had gave great recommendations for food, which was excellent. It's a little bit more expensive but very worth it. Highly recommend. My new favorite restaurant in Charleston.

JohnB (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on June 30, 2016

Awesome seafood, great atmosphere and fantastic cocktails. Highly recommend the specials - the whole grouper special was out of this world!

MichaelF (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on June 29, 2016

Splendid rustic atmosphere, delightful southern charm service, outstanding food! A must when visiting Charleston.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

Great overall dining experience. Server seemed to want to upsell a little too much.

JohnM (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on June 24, 2016

Great food and cocktails and wine. The call me old fashioned and date infused rum were ridiculously good, as was the smoked mackerel and Tuna ceviche. Our server was top notch. Overall great experience.

EmilieR (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 24, 2016

Amazing food! Literally could have tried everything! This is not your ordinary restaurant, but extraordinary! Must go!

MadelynneW (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 23, 2016

Our waitress had an incredible knowledge (even formal knowledge) of food and great recommendations. The dishes were gorgeous, in presentation and taste. The restaurant is stunning and romantic with broad windows and beautiful light. We sat on the second floor that looks down on more tables and the bar; the people watching was great. Would highly recommend!