The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
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 Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm - 9pm.
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.
Masks are recommended for fully vaccinated customers. Consistent with CDC guidelines, unvaccinated customers should wear masks.
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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
She Crab Soup
A Charleston Specialty at the Francis Marion since 1924. Lump Crab Meat, Sherry
Shrimp & Grits
The Swamp Fox's Award-Winning Recipe With Sautéed Shrimp, Lobster & Tasso Ham Gravy, Vidalia Onions & Fresh Peppers Over Adluh Mills Pepperjack Grits
Mashed Potatoes, Collard Greens, Brown Gravy
We thoroughly enjoyed our Thanksgiving dinner! The food was good and especially our waitress, Sylvia, who did an outstanding, over-the-top service to us! Thank you for a great holiday meal!!
It was good food especially for a hotel restaurant. The portions were average, and the wait time was fine. Charleston is a tourist town so nobody was dressed up at all. The staff dress was also very casual. Our waiter was a CofC senior planning to work in the hospitality industry and he was very attentive and personable. They had a few gluten free options marked on the menu which was very helpful. No gluten free dessert options though - easily remedied by adding something like creme brûlée or a fruit sorbet - just a suggestion.
The meal was delicious. A little pricey. For a special occasion it was nice. I had dinner on my bday. When I made my reservations the asked if it was a special day. I said yes. I thought they would offer a little desert for my husband & me ( the birthday girl ) but nothing.
Good crab cake sandwich, and excellent she crab soup. The service was also excellent. I had a craving for a Bloody Mary, but was disappointed with what I got. I asked for one that was not too spicy, but got one that was very peppery that I couldn’t drink much. I was told it was a premixed recipe that couldn’t be changed. I won’t order that again.
Soup was not hot. Reservation was not in their system. Ambiance non-existent.
The service, food and overall atmosphere of the restaurant was outstanding. The pianist and majority of guests made for a relaxed romantic evening. Unfortunately half way through our meal a large count, loud, celebratory table was seated near us that made subsequent conversation difficult. Nonetheless, we would highly recommend, we especially enjoyed the southern classics such as the halibut special, the she-crab soup, pecan pie and southern-hospitality!
Service was not great. Took about 15 minutes to get a drink after sitting down. Felt rushed. We believe the waitress had too many tables. My wife had the filet ordered medium came rare. So rare couldn't even eat half. There are a lot better choices for dinner in town.
Excellent presentation and flavor. Service was prompt and professional. Decor was flawless. Perfect meal and ambiance.
Food was quick,and delicious.
Very well done.
As a local, I have known the The Swamp Fox Francis Marion restaurant all my life and it always meets or exceeds my expectations—excellent cuisine, courteous waitstaff and a place where one can actually converse with companions.
Fantastic fried green tomatoes. We also had the she crab soup, excellent and just the right combination for a not too heavy lunch. Our server Jasmine was great.
This was just above okay. Food was good ( stuck to basics, pasta dish and shrimp n grits) but service was sub-par and location in the breezy Marion Hotel street level was a bit more casual rather than formal. Overall not a bad place if you are in a pinch but certainly there are many other better options nearby.
Great, friendly service. Deviled eggs were flavorful and fresh and the fried chicken sandwich with basil mayonnaise was delicious.
Southern sampler & Salmon Entree & sour dough bread - all was very good.
Best she-crab soup in Charleston! Shrimp and Grits are also outstanding.
Great food and service, quiet. Would definitely go back.
The restaurant was able to honor our reservation earlier than scheduled. Service was prompt. We only had soup and salad, thus the food arrived without much wait . The server was very kind and friendly.
The shrimp and grits was some of the beat I've ever had.
Danner, our waitress, was great. I had the pan seared salmon. OMG literally the best salmon I've ever had. And the sweet potato hash?!?!? Put it over the top! I 100% recommend this restaurant and get the salmon--you will not be disappointed.
Waitress was super, reservation was not held , got there on time still had to wait….. food . No comment
very mediocre and disappointing. It was the price but I could have had the same dinner done really well at THE FIVE LOAVES at almost half the price and it would have been even more special. Will never eat there until some changes are made
My daughter and I were visiting Charleston for the first time. The restaurant had a pianist which was lovely. Our reservation was pretty early 5:30 so not many people there. The food was good. Nothing wrong to speak of just not amazing. Our waitress was so sweet and attentive. No complaints.
Perfect first night in Charleston eating here. We were not hotel guests but saw a review on trip advisor so tried it.
She crab soup was fantastic. I had a special crusted flounder with crab topping and oh my a rice with spinach and avocado .
My husband had the shrimp and grits and liked it .
Big portions .
Great service by Liz
Ambiance was old and worn. Food was mediocre at best.
Yummy food! Good service! Had room service too and it was a great experience!
The carrot cake did not taste very good. I don’t know what it was but it was more like a spice cake that was over spiced. My husband got the pecan pie and it was delicious. Please do a recheck on the carrot cake for the date we were there.
Service and food were very, very good. Outstanding bib lettuce salad with cranberries, candied pecans and delicious citrus dressing. Shrimp & grits app was very good as was the Southern Fried Chicken. The ambiance was ok - nothing exceptional in an older hotel.
Excellent food. Andrew provided excellent service.
Great meal. Excellent service. Great ambiance. Would recommend
Food was excellent and loved the carrot soup!
Our server was amazing! Her suggestions spot on and made our get together so much fun!
We appreciate your kind review and are so glad our server was able to enhance your experience with us. Hope to see you again soon!
Service was pretty good. Food was average at best. She-crab soup was not as good as other restaurants. Fried chicken was a bit dry and coating had no little flavor-spice. Fish was good, ferrell and sweet potatoes were not great. Overall atmosphere was blah, lights a bit bright.
We appreciate your review Russ. It sounds like we did not meet your expectations on this particular day. Sincere apologies! I am glad you received good service and at least got to enjoy our fish. Hopefully you will consider giving us another try some time as we are typically receiving high praise for our quality and flavor of our food.
Overheard someone at The Griffon say Swamp Fox has the best fried chicken outside of Georgia, so I knew I had to try it. We subbed out the mashed potatoes for the macaroni and cheese, which was a great choice. The Mac was creamy and delicious, the collards were fantastic and the fried chicken was beyond. The she crab soup and deviled eggs were also full of flavor and satisfying, and the carrot cake was the perfect amount of not overly sweet, and was a nice end to the meal.
We really appreciate your review. So glad you got to taste a nice variety of our menu offerings. Our kitchen team works hard at getting the flavors just right! Hope to see you again the next time you are in town.
The she crab soup was excellent!
Thank You Renee! We appreciate your visit and agree with you 100%... OUR SHE-CRAB SOUP IS EXCELLENT!
Wonderful dinner with family. We will definitely be back.
Pretty good for a hotel restaurant. Service was very good. The food was over salted, but not horribly. Prices were a little high for what you got, but by a huge amount.
Thank you for your review Larry. We try our best to keep our prices as customer friendly as possible. I think you will find we are extremely fair and reasonable when compared to most other downtown restaurants. I will mention your comment about the food being over salted to our kitchen team. Hope to see you again!
The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 724-8888.
The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel is rated 4.2 stars by 1077 OpenTable diners.
The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/1297/francis-marion-hotel.
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.