The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel

4.1
1086 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 1086 people are saying
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gecj1970
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service5ambience2

Food was sub par. Mondane. Fried chicken was some sort of breast meat

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CarolynS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food arrived mostly cold
Not a very nice place.
Brightly lit not what we expected

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JamesM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Live piano music at dinner. Staff were great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We were sat near the front door so every time the door opened we got a rush of cold air. The waitress didn’t check in and drinks ran empty. Finally we received the chicken fried steak partially burnt. Not worth the cost and would suggest to walk further down King St. for other options.

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SLo15
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was wonderful, seated promptly and our server was very attentive. We ordered the fried chicken and unable to put our forks down. 100% quality!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal

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3Neals
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our dinner was delicious! My daughter and I had the fried chicken, mashed potatoes, asparagus. My husband had the tenderloin and he raved about it, very tender and loved the potatoes as well. We had the deviled egg appetizer, it was only 2 eggs for $12! Very good sweet tea and bread! No room for dessert! Kudos to our waiter, Eric, he was very good for all the tables that he had to take care of that night!! We would definitely return to The Swamp Fox!

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PatrickB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal! Service was great, food was delicious

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JenS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Thanksgiving.

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LynP
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
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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JoleneM
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

During a busy Thanksgiving week we were able to eat in or pick up and take breakfast, lunch or dinner quickly. The portions were great and the food was good. The staff at Swamp Fox were spectacular.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Danner was a fine Serb

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vipSHislop
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food!

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Tracy
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
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 on November 23, 2021
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 on November 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good!

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vip1876
Charleston
48 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
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 on November 20, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

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

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KevinM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
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 on November 20, 2021
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.

JD
vipJeffD
Las Vegas
22 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
14 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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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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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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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.

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 4.1 stars by 1086 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.