The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel

4.2
1110 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 1110 people are saying
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JenniferW
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I typically don’t often go to restaurants inside hotels because they aren’t super exciting. This year the Swamp Fox was participating in restaurant week. We really enjoyed the experience. The menu was really fun….creative dishes that were well prepared. Would highly recommend both the she crab soup and the fried green tomatoes. The shrimp and grits were delicious. The grouper was very good although it was blackened and the last two bites were a bit salty. That literally was the only negative if you could call it that. Such a great experience. I’d definitely recommend

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JohnsIslanders
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They had a great menu, and the food was very good. Our waitress was very attentive and did an excellent job.

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Srg21
Columbus
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We went for restaurant week. She crab soup had a lot of shells in it which was offputting. The braised shot rib tasted fine, but wasn't very warm. Food was OK, but for the price there are much better experiences in the area. Our waiter was very pleasant but looked to have every table so drinks ran empty.

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YvetteH
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal! Great service! We loved all of our meals. The salmon was quite delicious. Shrimp and grits had lots of shrimp. The short ribs were tender and tasty. I would definitely return.

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BarbaraA
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week made it even a better value! Food was excellent!

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vipLouie
Charleston
64 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had lunch here today and as usual we were both happy with our meals.

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PollyA
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails were fun and the She Crab Soup was to die for! All the courses were delicious. Can’t wait to return!

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letseat
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Nice & friendly staff. Fish overcooked. She-crab soup very disappointing. Service, while pleasant, was not appropriately attentive. Wouldn’t rush back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good food! Great convenient location! Great service!

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SusanB
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Swamp Fox has great ambience and is one of Charleston's best restaurants . The food is great and the service is courteous and friendly.

JM
JonathanM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good spot - get there early and expect relatively large portions

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vipJamesW
St. Louis
30 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Did not live up to food writer reviews. One stated the restaurant was hard to find in the building - the dining room is at the front of the hotel, on the street, with its own entrance. Expected a bit more of a formal dining experience (dress) than received. Nice enough place for dining downtown.

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Shea77
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Food was not very good. Bland chicken, charred steak, etc. Great service though. Seemed more like a Dennys than a nice restaurant for the price we expected more

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ValerieS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Excellent food and service, restaurant itself is a bit dated

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Maryann
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Hostess wave us to sit. Server, Brandon called everyone “Hey Guys” as he rushed table by table. We think he was the only server. Said “ran out of food” - plopped plate and said “So, steak, not prime rib.” Oh well. Rushed. Doors dirty, fingerprints. Croutons - Caesar salad was stoggy at best. Asparagus woody, inedible.

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GCFH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was, by far, the best meal I had in Charleston. The meal was perfect. The service was stellar. The noise level was appropriate and allowed for quiet intimate conversation. This restaurant should be on every “best restaurant” list for Charleston. Will be back!

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BobK
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal Christmas Day dinner! Probably the largest piece of Prime Rib we’ve ever had and cooked to perfection! Wonderful ambiance and amazing service. Our Christmas Dinner was not only what we had hoped for but exceeded our expectations in every way. BTW, Sylvie, our server was fantastic and super attentive. Best part of our vacation!

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GlenaW
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very good experience. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas lunch special was excellent

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SharonW
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Salmon with sweet potato bacon hash was very good. Live piano music was lovely. Service was busy, but engaged. Had trouble finding the restroom (even after asking for directions). We found street parking less than a block away.

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vipReneeM
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our Bartender/waitress was adorable, very friendly and very attentive. The food was decent, but not great.

MB
MargieB
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner & service ….food was very good plus the wine!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Christmas show!

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DonH
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped at the bar before dinner and had the best Bloody Marry I have ever had. Lizzie is the bartender and I enjoyed her service and the atmosphere.
Dinner was perfect. She crab soup and crab cakes were the best ever.
Wonderful time.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food was late, cold, over-cooked and tasteless.
Service was negligible at best.
Drinks were horribly mixed and hard to finish.

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PamelaM
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food at Swamp Fox was delicious. Generous portions. Atmosphere was quiet so our table of 10 friends could have a conversation, during Sunday lunch .

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gecj1970
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
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 on December 4, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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

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TheresaV
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was delicious, we had a great experience.

JM
JamesM
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
12 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!

PB
PatrickB
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JenS
Washington DC
5 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!!

JM
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.

OT
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!

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 1110 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.