The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel

4.2
786 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 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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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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Dec 25, 2020

Enjoy the holiday season in the heart of Historic Charleston. A three-course menu with a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa for $45++ per person from 11am - 8pm. Enjoy the live holiday piano music and admire the beautiful decorations throughout the restaurant, hotel & Marion Square.

What 786 people are saying
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BrookeB
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice restaurant with a great menu. It was very quiet and the service was great. My husband and I both enjoyed our food. A had a 1/2 size portion salad and it was huge. He really enjoyed the truffle burger. We will go back, for sure.

MD
MichaelD
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Food made partner sick within 10 minutes of leaving the restaurant... will not return.

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vipJoyceR
Jacksonville
12 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Good service. The salmon special was delicious.

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anonymous
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family o f four members enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner at The Swamp Fox. It was a delightful experience with excellent service and delicious meal options!

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James
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We’ve been there before and loved it, but it came up short this time.

CJ
CJHHCE
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and better service. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal so much a few nights ago we came back. We ended up with the same waitress Maya who was a joy. You are luck to have her.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Vacation with my hubby. Excellent food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my Aunt from South America to visit and we loved it.

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AlexisS
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Service was just as good. This is a must-eat in Charleston.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The service was awful and the food was average served lukewarm. We went there on a recommendation and we’re underwhelmed.

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vipMaryFromNY
Charlotte
30 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

She crab soup, shrimp and grits - absolutely amazing!!!! We sat at a table at the bar ... remind the bartender to make your drink strong. As we found on two occasions that the drinks served are light-handed. Which is unnecessary. But food is exceptional!!!

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LesaD
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and awesome service! We will definitely go again next time we aee in town.

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vipshelbel44
Kansas City
29 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was great, service great, ambiance could use some updating/personal touch. Value great. Bathroom clean.

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Lizabeth
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice dinner. We did have to wait quite a while to get seated, but once the hostess showed up and seated us, our waitress was at our table quickly and she was awesome. The food was really good overall. We loved the green fried tomato appetizer and I would recommend this dish. Those who had the salmon said it was delicious and the steak was also very good but mine was a little overcooked (ordered medium but no pink in the middle). But overall everyone was happy with their meal and it was a nice dinner. The atmosphere is just ok. I did like the wine list.

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kimberlym
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Covid 19 social distancing and face mask wearing at its finest they are following every rule and doing a great job! The food is so good and the hush puppies are AMAZING

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vipBaby
Charlotte
25 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding! It is a lovely space and is good for quiet conversation.

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Wayway
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a delicious lunch and excellent service!

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CherylC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great location and great good, so nice to be able to access directly from the hotel.

JP
JessicaP
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

We had breakfast here as we were leaving. The food and service was adequate. I was a bit disappointed in the ambiance of the restaurant as it is located in such a nice hotel. I did not feel the restaurant and hotel matched in their quality.

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vipgsofoodie
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Restaurant wasn’t busy at all. Nice place with good variety of local cuisine. Bacon and cheese hush puppies and appetizer sampler were delicious. Also enjoyed the shrimp and grits. She crab soup was tasty but way too think and a little flat. Awesome service!

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NinaH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Wish I had a bigger stomach so I could have kept ordering

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vipMarkS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Shrimp and Grits, fried green toMayors, she crab soup all very good special lobster ravioli was too hot salty. Service was good

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FrankG
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Shrimp and Grits. Amazing. Enough said.....

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DanH
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The drinks and appetizers were wonderful. But a loud and cold dining area, lack of refills, and okay main dishes brought down the experience.

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vipNancyS
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Charming restaurant, very good food, excellent service, good location

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Bread was burnt.
Food that was served did not reflect what was listed on the menu. I don’t eat meat, so I ensured I ordered something that did not contain meat, yet it was served with bacon. Took a long time (the end of the dinner, after the check) for me to receive my meal. One person with us ordered the shrimp and grits, which looked more like shrimp soup.. one person ordered a large salad and only received a half salad.
This was truly a negative experience all around. Would not recommend.

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Fantastic
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great shrimp and grits

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful food!!!

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RGJS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CELEBRATE! 🎉🎈🎊‼️

First biz lunch since March, and we unanimously selected the Swamp Fox Restaurant at the Francis Marion Hotel! Bacon & Cheese Hushpuppies... She-Crab Soup... a Turkey Reuben... Collards... a Caesar with roasted Chicken... and two Bibb Salads with locally-sourced Shrimp!

Management—as well as our skilled and friendly server, Dee—deployed careful attention to detail in terms of social distancing... one-time-use // disposable menus, check holders, and tableware(when appropriate)... and, as usual, a wonderful and welcomed oasis for a lunch with friends. Many thanks to the hospitality and culinary team at 387 King Street! 😃

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

It’s Was ok!! Food was not the best

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Steevo
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a Hotel Restaurant, but HOLY MOLEY the food is fantastic!! It really is worth every dollar spent. It is charleston level dining at its finest. Go here and be prepared for excellent food!

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TomW
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food (salmon and filet mignon), really enjoyed the piano, and our server was professional, attentive but not intrusive. A bit pricey, but I would highly recommend it!

GB
GeorgannB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed the Southern Sampler appetizer, the She Crab Soup, and the Pan Seared Crab Cakes.

TK
vipTKJMK
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, good service, quiet. A good meeting place for business or a pleasant evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Arrived on time. Our reserved table was already taken by another couple. We were seated by a drafty cold window. Moved to an adjacent table - warmer. Luckily the place was not busy.

Wife ordered filet mignon. None available - ran out. Replaced with ribeye. Not so good - quite fatty.

I ordered crab cakes. Came blackened - probably not the best for burnt crab. Side of black eye beans with whole bacon slices and what seems like mushroom soup sauce. Some refinement may be good?

Waitress was fine, but ‘remote’.

Very disappointing. Nil points!

LM
vipLMV126
Baltimore
102 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful Traditional restaurant, with a very classy feel. The lunch portions are very large. The salmon salad was phenomenal. Great service.

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JohnA
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend Swamp Fox. Food and service awesome.

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RobertT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food, service, value was great. Since this was the SEWE weekend, we knew if was going to be busy. One draw back was walking in; the cocktail area tables were full of dishes. We cleared a spot for ourselves and got some drinks from the bar. Wait for the table was short. As stated, food, service, value was great. The one thing to improve is the layout and lighting on the restaurant. One would think that in a nearly 100 year old hotel, the restaurant would have some 20's charm. Not so, lighting is way to bright (felt like a cafeteria, Denny's like) and stemware was "industrial". Cant remember if there was linen tablelcothes or placements. Either way tableclothes should be down for dinner. Wine list needs work as there are very few selections. To-go items should be packed by the server, not the guest. Bathroom was "coded"...and had to find a staff member who knew the secret code. All else was good...thanks much!!

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vipfbmilan
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was variable - some of it was excellent (shrimp and grits) and other dishes (fried chicken) was mediocre. It was a little high priced and given that Charleston has soooo many fabulous restaurants, would definitely choose someplace else.

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 786 OpenTable diners.

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.