The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel

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The Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar, named for Revolutionary War hero, General Francis Marion, features classic Southern cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Executive Chef Simon Andrews and Chef De Cuisine Daniel James create regional specialties that emphasize farm to table practices using locally grown fruits and vegetables with respect to the traditional beloved flavors and techniques of the Old South.

Known for its award-winning Shrimp and Grits, The Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar overlooks historic Marion Square Park and is popular with both locals and visitors to Charleston. Guests can enjoy live piano Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights while sipping cocktails in the casually elegant surroundings.

The restaurant also has a private dining room, the Parkview, that seats thirty and overlooks King Street and Marion Square Park. This intimate space is perfect for private events and small parties.
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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service, wonderful piano music in the background. Highly recommend this restaurant.

GB
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food will go back great service lovely evening

OT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The shrimp and grits were good, but the hush puppy appetizer was over cooked. The bacon jalepena syrup was good.

LL
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. We will be back great for a group. Price was excellent value.

R
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely spot. Excellent service. There were four of us and each of us loved our dinner. Piano added to the experience. Good spot for relaxing conversation and lingering over a drink.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was delightful. The service was not bad, but was not the best it could have been, a little slow, and a slight mixup in the order, but aside from that it was a very good experience. I would certainly return.

CL
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

This was our first time at the Swamp Fox. We were a little disappointed when walked in that it was next to the hotel, and not in the hotel. It had a busy, cafe type ambiance. What made me want to stay was the piano player. The music "saved" the atmosphere. The food was very good, and our waitress was great, however the service was too slow for each course. Even the cocktails took a while to come. Overall, it was good, and I'm glad I experienced it during restaurant week, otherwise I may have been more disappointed.

HR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fair price for the offerings. Good service and greet people.

L
Charleston
60 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Liz is a great server. Food was good and dining room has a good view of Marion square.

d
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All excellent. Manager most kind and server very attentive. Blackened catfish was generous portion, perfectly prepared. Wife and son had steaks, also perfectly to order. Nice view of Marion Square from our window table. As fine as any restaurant on or near Bay Street.

SS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding! Food was very good with very large portions. I probably should have shared a meal with my friend. Would highly recommend.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

They properly charge my credit card for our meal. But they also put a second charge for someone else’s bill on my card. Now I will need to call my bank and go through the hassle of getting the second erroneous charge reversed. They were understaffed do my guess is that was the cause of the error.

CJ
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

If you’re looking for Southern hospitality & cooking, The Swamp Fox is the place to be in Charleston. Our family enjoyed dinner here while on vacation. We were expecting it to be a bit more upscale, however the atmosphere is pretty basic hotel restaurant. Service is friendly and attentive. The food is a fresh, inventive take on classic Southern cooking. Their Shrimp & Grits specialty is delicious, & I enjoyed the August Farmers market special.

TR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I had read quite a number of reviews ranging from 5 to two stars and decided to give t a chance. We were seated quickly far away from the too loud piano player. Our Server was gracious, even when my wife returned a glass of wine for being too sour. My wife had the Bouillabaisse which had plenty of seafood and flavor. I cannot say the same for my Shrimp and Grits, it had a watery cheese sauce that tasted as it could have been made with Velveeta (not cheddar or something else deep and rich), which was not really incorporated into the grits. I have had much better in Charleston as well as other Cities in South Carolina. Sorry but I expected better.

MB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ryan was friendly and a knowledgeable host. Liz was attentive and very warm. The food was fantastic and we enjoyed our evening in Charleston! They are very accommodating with gluten free choices and they are clearly noted on the menu!

AJ
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. We celebrate at least once a year for birthdays or anniversary!

G
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The piano music was fabulous and the food and service was very good.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Best steak I've ever had in a restaurant, wife still makes better however :). Server was very kind and hospitable but slow. Food took longer than we would have wanted. Prices are what you would expect from a fine dining experience. Overall, good.

AW
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was a quiet Monday night. I get that. I had a Negroni (very good). I ordered the shrimp and grits appetizer and the house salad with crab cakes. The shrimp & grits was really tremendous. Among the best I have had anywhere. However, the "entree" salad with crab cakes was a disappointment. The herby ranch dressing was delicious. The crab cakes were...okay. But the greens--you know how sometimes you keep a bag of salad greens too long and you pick through them trying to catch all of the gross slick ones and still have enough good leaves to make a decent salad but in the end you despair and throw out the whole bag because you can't believe that your adult life contains such a ridiculous task as rinsing individual leaves of mesclun greens because you don't want to be wasteful? Well, the restaurant served them rather than throwing them out.

I blame Monday. Go for the dang shrimp & grits. Have a cocktail. Check your salad.

RW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was top notch. Don’t miss out on the grits and fried chicken. Jillian and Rachel made the evening unforgettable. Both deserve major kudos for making us feel right at home.

PL
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, good service

DH
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very professional and efficient. The food was delicious. I will definitely come back.

FS
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. We had the southern fried chicken which was excellent. Nicely paced experience. We enjoyed it so much that we went back on the next day and chose the pork chop special which was excellent. We highly recommend this restaurant !!!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really amazing time at the Swamp Fox! Thanks to our server Jill and their chef there it was an amazing experience and I cant thank them enough for making our first time in Charleston so awesome. :)

OT
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Not even close to the expierence that I was expecting. The service was the best part of the dinner as the food was bland and simply not up to my expectations. Considering we ate at Cru Cafe a few days earlier maybe we this establishment had no shot at impressing me or the rest of my family. Again the manager and server did their part but the kitchen was not up to the task.

MH
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Bacon wrapped scallops: undercooked and tasteless. Slimy would be a better description. Peach Crisp: good flavor considering there was ZERO “crisp”. It was cinnamon flavored peaches with a scoop of ice cream. Very poor value. Waitress appeared to have 4 tables of which two were unoccupied and the others each seated a single couple. SLOW service ( for no apparent reason ) and NO checking back with her two tables. This place may be historic, but is showing wear. Park across the street features ‘friendly’ homeless crowd. The handwriting was on the wall. . .4th of July evening and every restaurant in Charleston was booked solid - - except this one. My mistake; given the same choice in the future I’d probably pass on this place and hit something better like Taco Bell.

TK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and excellent live music. Chefs know what they are doing.

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was ok for what we needed (a quick convenient location).

JH
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

We ate at the Swamp Fox our last night in Charleston and aside from the food, the service was lacking. We enjoyed bacon wrapped scallops and she crab soup, both were tasty, superb and filling. The piano in the background was enjoyable, a nice twist benefiting the ambiance. The service, provided by Sara was sub-par when compared to other waitresses we had. Our drink order was delayed although others were receiving their drinks and I had to ask for a steak knife for my pork chop even though she had previously said she would bring me one. I don't know if she was pre-occupied or what (restaurant wasn't busy), but her service could've been better. As such, my scores for this restaurant is lower than I had hoped, however the issue is fixable and needs to be (fixed) as it (restaurant) has everything else going for it.

MS
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I had the Farmers Market Dinner. The strawberry soup was delicious. The fish was too salty. Decent price for 3 courses and wine.

t
Charleston
85 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was the perfect place for a casual inexpensive lunch with my parents.

AD
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Everything was good but we were there at 12:45 on a Sunday and brunch was already over! Usually Sunday branches last until 3 or 4 on the afternoon.

M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The ballroom photo shown is misleading the dining room is small and primitive very informal. The food was bountiful and very good the service was fine but not top 4 star. A nice casual dinner and venue for a casual friday night.

T
Charleston
45 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We like the food and it is not over priced. We enjoy hearing a live piano player.

R
Los Angeles
136 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Shrimp and grits appetizer was superb. Fried chicken was a huge boneless breast and was crispy, juicy, and flavorful. Service was very good.

MS
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

25 minutes before server greeted us. 45 minute wait for drinks. Food was good, 15% discount on food due to wait but not worth it. Server told us it was unexpectedly busy, yet talked with nearby table for 10 minutes before acknowledging us. Sooo disappointing.

OT
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were in Charleston for our honeymoon and dined at The Swamp Fox. When we arrived, there was a pianist playing in the restaurant. We really enjoyed that! The restaurant looks to be very small, but the service was attentive and everyone was very friendly and accommodating. The food was also very good. We would be happy to return on another trip. :)

VO
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was a bit varied as we had a new server and there were some issues on the bill which were soon resolved. Food and wine was good - enjoyed she-crab soup for the first time and our steaks were well cooked

JT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful location, great value on the delicious farm to table special, attentive service. Have never had a better preparation of mahi-magi.

Z
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server, Rachel, was the consummate professional. She provided excellent service, offered good advice on good choices and has a great customer service oriented interpersonal skills.

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