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The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, SC
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The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel

4.3
4.3
1419 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Low Country, American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 724-8888

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Heyward Davis

  • Catering

    Francis Marion catering offers customizable menus and pricing includes china, glassware, flatware, tables, centerpieces and linens.<br />Off-site catering: Marion Square, South Carolina Aquarium, Gaillard Center, Charleston's Visitor's Center, Charleston Maritime Center, Thomas Bennett House, Gibbes Museum of Art + more. Contact us for a complete list.

  • Private party facilities

    The Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar, named for Revolutionary War hero, General Francis Marion, features classic Southern cuisine perfect for any special occasion or private event. Treat your guests to a one-of-a kind, delicious experience in a setting unlike any other.

  • Private party contact

    Bailey Williams - Catering Sales Manager: (877) 647-5524

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Cross street

    Corner of King and Calhoun Street

  • Parking details

    Parking is located in the city parking garage next door or along the street.

  • Entertainment

    Guests can enjoy live piano Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights while sipping cocktails in the casually elegant surroundings.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • Christmas Menu

    $55.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join us for a three- course Christmas Dinner! Menu can be found here: https://www.francismarionhotel.com/swamp-fox-restaurant-3/

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What 1,419 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great
  2. KB

    KimB

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Christina was fabulous! She was so cute and had an adorable personality and was so proud to work at a restaurant that had such great food! Our food was phenomenal, everything was really really good! We had a sweet potato ravioli, pasta dish that was one of the best meals I’ve ever had! And the kale and apple salad was very unique and tasty. I have had shrimp and grits all over Charleston, I think this place has all of them beat… I will definitely come back
  3. A

    Arnie

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful server. Food was very tasty dessert was amazing.
  4. A

    Allen

    Philadelphia

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food2service4ambience3
    The shrimp and grits were gross. So much fat, cheese and butter in the gravy that covered the clumped grits. I could only eat the shrimp. My husband had a hamburger, that tasted like it was cooked in a grease flair up. The she crab soup was edible but not one of the best. Our server was very nice and offered to replace my shrimp and grits but I had enough and didn’t want to try anything else.
  5. LD

    LynnD

    New England

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Swamp Fox NEVER disappoints! As locals this is our go-to place. Service is always friendly and on point, and the food….always wonderful! We were there yesterday for restaurant week. Hubby had the hush puppies and crab cake sandwich and was very happy with his selection. I enjoyed the Brussels (I’ve had before and they have the BEST hands down!) and the sweet potato agnolotti which was phenomenal. Always, always an awesome experience! We will return :)
  6. l

    lindsleyv

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Loved the she crab soup. Waitress was outstanding!!
  7. G

    Gourmay

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The she crab soup and shrimp and grits were outstanding!
  8. m

    markm

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This was our Anniversary and the waitress was wonderful. The food was very good and we had real southern food like fried chicken and grits. Wonderful music and ambiance.
  9. LK

    LaKeyshiaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and so was the Hostess and Server
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’d never tried Swamp Fox, even after living in CHS for 24+ years, but make it a point to try new places for lunch & dinner over Restaurant Week. WOW what a great & DELICIOUS experience. The food, presentation, freshness, service.. it all was 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟. Can’t wait to go back & we’ve been telling friends too!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I couldn’t have picked a better place to celebrate my 60th birthday! I usually don’t dine in restaurants participating in Restaurant Week but I’m so happy I did! I plan to return AGAIN this week!
  12. M

    Matt

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and food
  13. JD

    JimmyD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was great, an enjoyable experience! Just one negative; on the Restaurant week web page, The Swamp Fox Restaurant Dinner offer stated that a glass of wine or beer was also included in the price. When I sat down I was was told that that offer was only included in the "Pre" Restaurant Week offer. When I got home and went to the Charleston Restaurant Week web page, it still lists a glass of wine or beer comes with dinner at Swamp Fox; I'm disappointed!
  14. JW

    JonW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I believe we were owed a complimentary glass of wine for reserving a table on line. I saw a placard in the lobby of the hotel encouraging people to retserve a table and in doing so patrons would receive a glass of wine. Can we still take you up on that offer since we didn't receive that when we were served?
  15. KE

    KathleenE

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch was wonderful! The crab soup was outstanding as was the crab cake sandwich and the shrimp & grits. Our waitress, Sylvie, was so friendly and energetic. We will be back.
  16. SH

    SidneyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here during restaurant week and it was so amazing. Loved the foot and service
  17. R

    Rhi09

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food was good, but our server Eric was excellent. The She Crab soup and the flourless chocolate were delicious.
  18. RA

    RachelA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I visited during Charleston restaurant week, and it was a great first choice. The portions were generous and everyone was happy with their choices. The shrimp and grits is a must-have.
  19. KC

    KimC

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everything was tasty. Our server Danner was very friendly.
  20. f

    fraulux2

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The shrimp and grits were the best that we had ever tasted. The wait staff was friendly and professional. We enjoyed our dining experience at the Swamp Fox and would recommend it for its quality menu with a Southern flair.
  21. R

    Robert

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Exceeded my expectations. Excellent food for a reasonable price.
  22. p

    pgybnk

    Indiana

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The piano player was good but a little loud for my taste . service and food was great
  23. GC

    GonzaloC

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I spent New Year's Eve with my wife at this cozy restaurant. We loved the piano player, the service was great and very attentive, the food was well presented and the menu options were adequate. The only thing that prevents me from giving it a five star is that my plate -lamb racks with sweet potato and charred brussell sprouts came lukewarm. The waiter was prompt to take it back for heating, and the manager came to apologize. The second time around the plate came perfect temperature. I would have liked a little more of the live music, but overall we enjoyed very much the experience.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate here on New Year’s Eve and it was delicious. The lamb was amazing!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience3
    Our waiter was awesome, but the food was mediocre at best and way over price. Don’t waste your money at The Swamp Fox. It’s a typical hotel restaurant.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Unfortunately won't visit again upon being seated asked to have a different 4 top as one being seated at was in direct center of restaurant and we have two young children well behaved but always better to have against a wall etc not in center stage were told cannot move we are assigned although several 4 tops open.... well on to food subpar menu limited shrimp grits were bland total of 4 small shrimp and two tiny pieces of sausage in dish, tuna appetizer was horrible idk how mess up good tuna but they figured it, service was slow and food took forever to come out. Sorry but very dissapointing.
  27. SB

    SusanB

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and atmosphere!! A must see when you are visiting Charleston.
  28. s

    skippy

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience3
    This restaurant did not meet our expectations of a higher end experience. The kitchen was out of items on the menu. Drinks took a long time. Empty plates and glasses sat on our table. Food took a long time to prepare. Our water glasses were not filled regularly. The desserts were clearly out of the refrigerator and did not taste fresh. One entree had a substitution that we were not asked about making. Excuse by waitress was that people ate everything over the Christmas holiday weekend. Not our problem. We will not return.
  29. CM

    CodyM

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    クリスマスのとても忙しいタイミングだったためか、料理が出てくるのがとても遅く、1時間くらい待たされた。ウェイターがドリンクをサーブし忘れたり、貰えるはずのお通し的なものが出てこず、ウェイターに聞いたところ、謝ることもなく、もし欲しいなら代わりのものを持ってくると言って、メイン料理が来た後にやっとお通しが来た。料理自体は美味しかったのでスタッフの対応があまり良くなく、残念だった。
  30. LC

    LorraineC

    San Antonio

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Being that it was a Holiday and they were overwhelmed I will try it again
  31. a

    abbyc

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Awesome evening food was amazing and very relaxing atmosphere
  32. K

    Kinniburgh

    Naples

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Swamp Fox was a wonderful choice for Christmas Day Dinner. Our server Eric was hospitable and knowledgeable. The food was amazing and we enjoyed our complimentary mimosa and Bloody Mary. Very well done.
  33. N

    Nancy

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    The talented pianist, the well crafted cocktails, and the delicious crab soup were the only redeeming qualities of our visit. The extremely limited menu should have been a great set up for success. The kitchen could have perfected their dishes and there was little for the platers and servers to memorize what belongs on each dish. However, both dinners and both desserts had preparation issues and were missing important components of their dishes. The lamb chop dish was disappointing in quality of meat and had little flavor. The snapper did not have a crispy skin, instead it was a rubbery layer that had to be scraped away to get to the meat. This dish also lacked any flavor. Well over half of our meal was left on our plates. The manager was well aware there were issues, as we watched him get repeatedly pulled over throughout the restaurant. Our optimistic hopes for dessert were quickly dashed with one bite. Once again important components left out and we were left with a slice of plain bitter dark chocolate and a slice of completely underwhelming pecan pie. Our young server tried his best. I felt bad he was having to deal with so many complaints for things that were out of his control. Management should have been on top of the quality control. Most importantly, if they know they have staffing issues, they should not have booked for 1 hour turnaround times. Having fewer tables and a longer seating time would have allowed them a greater chance of success.
  34. MG

    MichaelG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Very good food and overall good service ! Always have the Christmas dinner.
  35. OJ

    OJRL

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was great. Service was a little slow but it was Christmas. Everyone was very nice.
  36. NO

    NOLAfan

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server Sylvie was exceptional. Food was up to the usual standard. Dining area was very festive for the holiday. Noise level wasn't intrusive. We are looking forward to our next visit.
  37. MT

    MannieT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Beautiful setting, poor service, food was served cold, salad lettuce was wilted, drinks took a long time to be served, drinks were watered down, meals served in 2019 were far superior.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Food was a bit salty - nothing to get excited about!! It’s alright
  39. TE

    TEXALA

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    12-25-22 Loved the atmosphere. Place was decorated nicely. I truly think that the restaurant took on much more diners than they could service. Pear salad did not have adequate dressing. Had to ask twice for salt and pepper. Told the waiter that I wanted a glass of red wine with my prime rib. Never got it. Prime not cooked to how I ordered it. Food was warm but not hot like it should have been. Desert arrived cold and it was an apple dumpling. All in all - very disappointing. They comped us our one glass of wine each and 10 percent discount. Our waiter disappeared after he took our order and they had the nerve to charge us 20 percent tip. Bar area was tiny. I would not go back to this restaurant.
  40. ES

    ErinS

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meal was delicious and service was great. I would eat there again and recommend to friends.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • 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

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 4.3 stars by 1419 OpenTable diners.

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel

387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Corner of King and Calhoun Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Low Country, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking is located in the city parking garage next door or along the street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Heyward Davis

  • Entertainment

    Guests can enjoy live piano Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights while sipping cocktails in the casually elegant surroundings.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (843) 724-8888

  • Catering

    Francis Marion catering offers customizable menus and pricing includes china, glassware, flatware, tables, centerpieces and linens.<br />Off-site catering: Marion Square, South Carolina Aquarium, Gaillard Center, Charleston's Visitor's Center, Charleston Maritime Center, Thomas Bennett House, Gibbes Museum of Art + more. Contact us for a complete list.

  • Private party facilities

    The Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar, named for Revolutionary War hero, General Francis Marion, features classic Southern cuisine perfect for any special occasion or private event. Treat your guests to a one-of-a kind, delicious experience in a setting unlike any other.

  • Private party contact

    Bailey Williams - Catering Sales Manager: (877) 647-5524

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