The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel

4.2
1077 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern
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 Heyward Davis 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 Lowcountry.

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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1077 people are saying
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JenS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Thanksgiving.

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LynP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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vipSHislop
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food!

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Tracy
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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Eezizme
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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.

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ironmom845
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good!

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vip1876
Charleston
46 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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vipSteveT
Naples
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Soup was not hot. Reservation was not in their system. Ambiance non-existent.

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KevinM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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KevinT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

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.

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vipJeffD
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent presentation and flavor. Service was prompt and professional. Decor was flawless. Perfect meal and ambiance.

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Gordon
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was quick,and delicious.

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Gordon
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very well done.

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jeanie
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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.

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vipMayraV
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great, friendly service. Deviled eggs were flavorful and fresh and the fried chicken sandwich with basil mayonnaise was delicious.

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TOyo
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Southern sampler & Salmon Entree & sour dough bread - all was very good.

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TerriJ
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best she-crab soup in Charleston! Shrimp and Grits are also outstanding.

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AliceS
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service, quiet. Would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shrimp and grits was some of the beat I've ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Waitress was super, reservation was not held , got there on time still had to wait….. food . No comment

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vipdavidpeckman
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

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.

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NancyR
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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PaulH
New England
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Ambiance was old and worn. Food was mediocre at best.

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KimN
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Yummy food! Good service! Had room service too and it was a great experience!

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ReneeB
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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Leenie
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

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Jdav
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Andrew provided excellent service.

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KarenD
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great meal. Excellent service. Great ambiance. Would recommend

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heather
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent and loved the carrot soup!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was amazing! Her suggestions spot on and made our get together so much fun!

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
Responded on October 24, 2021

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!

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vipRuss
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

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.

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
Responded on October 23, 2021

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.

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vip3rdFerry20210124
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
Responded on October 23, 2021

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.

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Renee
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The she crab soup was excellent!

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
Responded on October 22, 2021

Thank You Renee! We appreciate your visit and agree with you 100%... OUR SHE-CRAB SOUP IS EXCELLENT!

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vipJenn
Columbus
84 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner with family. We will definitely be back.

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larryb
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
Responded on October 19, 2021

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!

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FAQs

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.