The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel

4.3
822 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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Experiences

  • 2 courses for $20 | 3 courses for $30

    Jan 15 - Jan 31, 2021

    We're changing Restaurant Week into Restaurant Month! Join us from now until January 31, 2021. Enjoy 2 courses for $20 during Lunch and 3 courses for $30 during Dinner. Choose from our full menu and also enjoy a complimentary glass of house wine! Experience our southern, Lowcountry cuisine & exceptional dining experience in the heart of Charleston all month long. * Tax and gratuity not included.

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
What 822 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CheriL
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

She crab soup was very good. I was expecting a cup, but got a bowl. Great value.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food and service were great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing shrimp and grits.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot in walking distance to everything. Went for restaurant week, everything was an amazing!

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RonW
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This was a reastaurant week meal ... great value for good food inckuding a glass of wine apiece. Service was prompt and attentive!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very yummy and tables spaces far apart for covid safety!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and great service. We dined during restaurant week and the price was outstanding.

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Foodlover
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We attended your restaurant during restaurant week and it was exceptional to say the least. Our waitresses name was Sylvia and she was magnificent. I have already highly recommended your restaurant to several people. Thank you

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rickJ
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Charleston and we love the Swamp Fox restaurant breakfast is great dinner is great the staff are great the atmosphere is also great we will be back

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talesofasassystewardess
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited during restaurant week 2021 & I was very pleased with the three course meal! Great price point, the menu options were so good, it took me a while to decide what to choose. The she crab soup with the sherry drizzle was a hit. Will definitely return.

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Jenny
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server, Sylvie, was amazing! So friendly and personable and she provided excellent service. We really enjoyed her and our delicious lunch!

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Ahotelguest
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It's a hotel restaurant so don't expect fine dining. Overall decent but it's a one and done for me.

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WPWP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Loved the restaurant week deal. Would come again.

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Dory
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When my sister comes for a visit we always go to a restaurant we've not tried. This visit we chose Swamp Fox. Our lunch was Wonderful, not just the food but the service too! This is the one restaurant we will do more.

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AnsleyH
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not a real restaurant, just a hotel lobby. Stood at the hostess stand for 10 minutes and didn’t see a single worker so we left.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended! Amazing food and great service! Every staff member we interacted with was incredibly kind and helpful. I would definitely go back and recommend to anyone looking for a nice dinner in Charleston.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food and customer service was not good or what I expected. Our hostess MAYA did not interact with us at all. My husband's chicken was burnt. We will not go back there when we visit Charleston again.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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pamelaF
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I planned a walk around Marion Square and needed a place for New Year's Day lunch. The Swamp Fox was the perfect location because it is across the street from Marion Square. I REALLY wanted a traditional New Year's Day meal and their special of the day included Hoppin' John and Collard Greens. Our table was ready when we got there and the service was excellent. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the Shrimp and Grits. I tasted his and they were superb.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NYE dinner at the Swamp Fox was really nice. The owner of the hotel stopped by our table to say hello. The steak and pasta was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years dinner celebration!

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NCfoodie
Greensboro
17 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Keeping in mind the crazy times our country is experiencing, especially how it affects the food and dining business, we did not want to be too critical. My crab cakes were way too salty and many of our dishes had substitutes of their sides/accompaniments from what the original description on menu was. Small issue, but waiter should have alerted us. Service was good, spent many evenings in the bar area and the bar tender was wonderful! Overall, would dine here again.

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lauran
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was extremely friendly fun food and be ersges

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Italy4Heart
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The sides were probably the best of the entire meal. The waitress was new so service was a bit slow. The macaroni & cheese was top notch but the fried chicken was half-burnt. Should have just stick to the sides which were all good.

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WilliamE
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Food was excellent. However, because we had a later seating, the kitchen ran out of some of the selections. Our server was exceptional. He went above and beyond to make everything right. Despite the hiccups we had a good experience.

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AliceM
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

We enjoyed the food, it was super, prime rib and swordfish. However, the piano was so loud we had to talk loud to each other. Service was less than wonderful, as the server left plates that were empty, the special appetizer they served on Christmas, the entire time we were there dining. Also, there was a miscue on our beverages, we were told, a beer and a glass of wine were poured twice. Well, he brought all four to the table, horrid. My husband's 2nd beer (free, as was my 2nd wine) was not cold when he was ready to drink it.

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BenJ
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The shrimp and grits were great! It was a nice change of pace on Christmas day.

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BarbaraS
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner on Christmas Day was wonderful. The wait staff went above and beyond to make the entire experience very special. Will do this again soon

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Polo
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The live piano music added to the ambiance

Food was very affordable and tasted great

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TerryM
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Sylvia was extremely pleasant and welcoming. I has Christmas dinner at Swampfox. Fixed menu and several choices. The mimosa was very heavy handed on the alcohol. I sipped it and left it. I would have preferred a glass of juice but wasn't asked why the mimosa sat there untouched. The mushroom bisque was absolutely outstanding! The highlight of the meal and experience by far. I ordered the prime rib plate. Rib was good, correct temperature. Au jus tasted tarragon heavy. A nice horseradish cream would have been excellent I'm sure. Mashed potates and root veggies were ice cold. The veggies bordered on raw with no butter or flavor. I asked for the apple desert to go. Later on when I looked in my bag, it was pecan pie. I am grateful to have had a nice meal in such a beautiful setting, and on Christmas Day! Thank You to all that worked hard to make this a nice experience

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TrishC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent bar service and waitstaff. The prime rib and au jus were a treat and our table had an awesome view of the Christmas tree in Marion Square.

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ArletteG
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was delightful. Our server was very attentive to making sure we had a superb experience. Selvoi was funny. I definitely will go back.

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Wacho
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Went there for our 20th anniversary based on previous reviews. The food was ok, but not special. The salmon came with a load of oil on the plate soaking the mashed potatoes which spoiled the otherwise well-prepared dish. Otherwise, the atmosphere was somewhat eery. But that might be because of the general emptiness due to corona.

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WendyM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous;
Southern hospitality at its finest!

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BrookeB
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
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.

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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
13 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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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful thanksgiving meal!

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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.

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 4.3 stars by 822 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.