The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel

4.1
1032 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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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Dec 31, 2021

Cheers to 2021! Join us for a special three-course, celebratory dinner. $70+ per person, includes glass of champagne. Menu features Lobster Bisque, Local Oysters on the Half Shell, Pan Seared local Wreckfish, Steak au Poivre and many more options.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
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 2 hours ago

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 a day ago
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 2 hours ago

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
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
Responded 2 hours ago

Thank you Jennifer! Hope to see you again soon.

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vipNaples99
Naples
46 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly professional staff and reasonable prices.

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
Responded 2 hours ago

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 4 days ago
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 2 hours ago

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 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good but maybe overpriced.

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
Responded 2 hours ago

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 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice servers and well prepared food.

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LindaC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel
Responded 2 hours ago

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.

JS
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.

KJ
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 2 hours ago

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

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vipZaniaD
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation for dinner at 9:45pm, when we arrived the waiter told us the kitchen was closing and he could not guarantee our meals would be served. Why let a person make a dinner reservation for 9:45, if the kitchen closes. It was a waste of time, thank goodness for Indaco being able to accommodate a party of six for a last minute dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was wonder, only 1 negative.
My husband had the Carolina Gold Rice and it was horrible. It was ver mushy and had no flavor. Besides
That all the food was fantastic. Our server Danner was top notch! Wonder ambient live piano music was great.

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Mimi
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was excellent but we felt very rushed with the service.

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RodT
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

A restaurant in an up-scale hotel is expected to be of that level. The ambiance of Swamp Fox was not. The service was good and pleasant but the food was not satisfactory. The main course of pork chop and beans was absolutely inedible. I have never had a pork chop that was as tough to chew as this one. Even with a meat-knife I had a very difficult time sawing through the over-cooked meat with sections that couldn’t be swallowed. The beans were so over cooked that they fell apart when picked up with a fork.
The management did make some amends by reducing the cost of my meal.

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Summer
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

My husband ordered the shrimp and grits and I had fish and grits. We both thought the grits were too watery and had way too much pepper. My fish had a rubbery texture and was hard to cut with my fork. It was translucent and raw in the center. Great service from our waiter but we were disappointed in the food and won’t be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
24 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

It was ok at the most. Reviews were great but food was just plain. The bread was undercooked, the shrimp & grits was plain/ tasteless. It was a unmemorable experience. There was a piano and music was beautiful but we were sat at the table farthest from the piano and it was so loud at the restaurant we could not hear anything.

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vipseahorse
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Food was okay nothing special

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice place, above average food. Live piano made it a bit loud but it was enjoyable. Great service. Fried chicken was good but a tad dry. Shrimp and grits were very good. Southern sampler was our favorite. Ambiance leaned a little basic hotel restaurant. Interior could stand to be renovated or refreshed to be brought up to the quality of the menu and service.

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APEX
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The entrees were very good. My Halibut was ordered Medium but came Well done. My partners entree was perfect. Otherwise the taste and seasoning was excellent The service was acceptable. The waiter did not refill drinks/ask if we wanted to order another. Not a big deal but unusual for a higher end restaurant. The small room was extremely loud due to a party of 7 seated nearby. Again, not something that can be controlled. The Swamp Fox would not be my first choice in Charleston based on this experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Subpar for Charleston SC. I am local and had never eaten there before. I will not visit again given the other superb options available in the area.

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 1032 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.