The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel

4.1
1041 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
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heather
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent and loved the carrot soup!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 2 days ago

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
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 3 days ago

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
48 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 3 days ago

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
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The she crab soup was excellent!

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
Responded 4 days ago

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

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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 7 days ago

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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Gmmm
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner was great, service was fast and attentive. Fresh fish was delicious. Overall very nice dinner.

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your review and we appreciate your visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food here was OUTSTANDING. A hidden gem in Charleston for sure.

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
Responded 5 days ago

Appreciate the kind words and hope to see you again the next time you are in town.

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BarbaraC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

A bit disappointing.
The server was very good.
The food came out way to quick. In and out in less than 45 minutes. The filet was tough. Used to better quality meat up north.

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
Responded 5 days ago

Apologies Barbara. Usually our filet is outstanding. We hope you will give us another try and PLEASE let your server know if there is ANYTHING we can do to enhance your evening.

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PatrickC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, ambiance, food. Well run dining room.

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
Responded 7 days ago

Thank You Patrick. So glad you had a great experience. Hope to see you again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary Saturday evening
Delicious entree of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and collard greens
Started first course with carrot soup (cup) personal favorite
Grouper fish of day very good
Cocktails inventive
Painting in lounge of Francis Marion ( The Patriot movie with Mel Gibsen) the Swampfox in the revolutionary war with British
Great pianist- nice atmosphere and experience

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
Responded on October 17, 2021

Thank you for such a detailed review. Glad you enjoyed our carrot soup which happens to be a new item on our FALL menu. You can come back and listen to our piano man on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect end to a busy day…we were slightly concerned we’d be underdressed for the Swamp Fox, yet we blended in nicely and we’re made to feel at home by Dominic.
The fare was amazing and the soft background music from the piano was the piece de resistance.
Andrew was a wonderful server.

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
Responded on October 17, 2021

Thank You for the kind words. It was our pleasure to serve you and hope to see you again soon.

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vipJenniferE
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
Responded on October 17, 2021

Thank you Jennifer! Hope to see you again soon.

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DanB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience1

The ambiance was poor but the food was excellent. It’s a hotel restaurant so I am assuming the decor and ambiance was set up for the ability to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It would have added a lot if they had put table clothes on the tables and changed the chairs out for the dinner serving.

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
Responded 7 days ago

Thank You Dan for your feedback and appreciate your kind words about our food. Hope you will visit us again sometime soon.

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vipNaples99
Naples
46 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly professional staff and reasonable prices.

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
Responded on October 17, 2021

Thank You Naples99! we do our best to be as consistent as possible. Please come pay us another visit the next time you are in town.

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ValerieG
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience4

Waiter did not listen well. First night we couldn’t get seated. I also left a bag of masks I bought and no one found bag on table or if they did they can notify me at Francis Marion till Friday Valerie

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
Responded on October 17, 2021

Our sincere apologies Valerie. We hope you found your masks and would love for you to give us another try the next time you are in town.

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MartyeA
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good but maybe overpriced.

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
Responded on October 17, 2021

Glad you enjoyed our food as we have a very talented kitchen staff. We do our best to keep our prices competitive and I think you will find our prices are extremely fair compared to some of our other downtown neighbors. Hope you will come back and see us again some time.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice servers and well prepared food.

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LindaC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing she crab soup. ! Love the sherry addition!!

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
Responded on October 17, 2021

Thank you Linda! Our she-crab soup is definitely a crowd favorite and we are so glad you got to enjoy some. If you have not tried our shrimp and grits, that too is AMAZING!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Went here for our five-year anniversary and it wasn’t bad. Wasn’t great, either. It was just kinda “meh.”

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vipChucktownFoodie
Charleston
36 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Swamp Fox, located in the historic Francis Marion hotel, is a centrally located gem overlooking Marion Square and convenient to the shopping and dining district along upper King Street.

The service was on-point from Christina, who took great care of my guest and I during our lunch meeting. Thank you! The chef did a wonderful job in preparing our She-crab soup and salad, which were the perfect portions for our meal. Excellent job all the way around from the team at the Swamp Fox.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Very good food and lovely service.

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vipJasminS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Sadly we didn’t even get to eat.
10 minutes to be greeted and seated by hostess.
10 minutes with no server.
We left and no one even noticed.

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vipJeffreyS
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic the shrimp and grits outstanding
Crab cake dinner was also outstanding
We will go back

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Chew
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was great and our waiter was very attentive. My mom and I ordered the vegetable cavatelli and my dad had the salmon and we all loved our meals. The only thing that wasn’t great was the raspberry creme brûlée - way too much raspberry purée and not enough creme brûlée.

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DowntownCharlestonDining
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious southern favorites. I ordered the petite shrimp and grits from the appetizer menu (which was delectable), but the full portion would have been enough to split! The sound level was perfect for enjoying conversation around the table.

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KJ04KJ
Jacksonville
24 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Seems like they could use more help. Steak was very tender and a large size. Fried chicken is white meat only. One of the few places you could get into.

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PeteD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was great and our server was attentive. We were expecting a more elegant atmosphere but found it to be more of a diner feel. If you’re looking for good food at a semi reasonable price then this is a good place to dine.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Apps were way better than the entrees. What they called filet Mignon was tough and over cooked.

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mdean
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Service was terrible. Food was good. Atmosphere lacking. No toilet paper 🙄

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food and service was very good. What I expected for its location. Disappointed I did not know about concealed carry weapons being disallowed. Would not have made reservations if I had known

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Over all the food was good, especially the She Crab soup, which was phenomenal, delicate yet packed with plenty of tender lump crab! The fried chicken , mashed potatoes and pan seared salmon that one of our group ordered, were all quite good. The sides , however did not live up to the mains. The collards, while braised with bacon, had an unusually sweet flavor not at all reminiscent of good Southern collards like my wife’s mama used to make. The overload of garlic in the creamed corn hid the delicate sweetness one expects in this dish and you could stand a fork up in the cream “sauce “. And the grilled asparagus lacked flavor, at the very least it needed some olive oil, salt and pepper. Then the dessert - both couples in our party ordered a carrot cake to split. The cake was oddly dense, reminding us all of a fruit cake, there were no evidence of the carrots nor any of the other expected ingredients hidden by its density. The frosting, while there may have been some sour cream in its DNA, was as flat and thick as a layer of fondant, and nearly tasteless. It’s unfortunate that a restaurant with such a high rating doesn’t spend as much culinary time and thought on its sides and desserts as it does on its mains. Go for the She Crab Soup and fried chicken, good luck with the rest!

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SylviaE
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food for restaurant week was amazing!!

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vipMegaTron
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best bread & butter I’ve had. Warm and soft, fresh out of the oven and the butter room temperature. Strawberry shortcake was fantastic

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JMW1503
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall a decent experience. Food good, not spectacular, service good, a little intrusive.

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danssair
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was very good and it was a very pleasant dinner

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We had a reservation for 7 and we were not seated till 7:40. Our server was wonderful and sweet! But they werMy husbands steak

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EricA
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good entree but the desserts need a lot of help strawberry shortcake was sad and pathetic

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vipGeorgiaK
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Comfortable and friendly environment - nice break from the King Street rush. Food was excellent - service was crisp and attentive. Overall very enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

It was a very long wait but other than that it was a cute environment.

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
Responded on October 17, 2021

We appreciate your patience and hope to see you again soon.

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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 4.1 stars by 1041 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.