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The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, SC

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel

4.3
4.3
1368 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Low Country, American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 724-8888

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Heyward Davis

  • Catering

    Francis Marion catering offers customizable menus and pricing includes china, glassware, flatware, tables, centerpieces and linens.<br />Off-site catering: Marion Square, South Carolina Aquarium, Gaillard Center, Charleston's Visitor's Center, Charleston Maritime Center, Thomas Bennett House, Gibbes Museum of Art + more. Contact us for a complete list.

  • Private party facilities

    The Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar, named for Revolutionary War hero, General Francis Marion, features classic Southern cuisine perfect for any special occasion or private event. Treat your guests to a one-of-a kind, delicious experience in a setting unlike any other.

  • Private party contact

    Bailey Williams - Catering Sales Manager: (877) 647-5524

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Cross street

    Corner of King and Calhoun Street

  • Parking details

    Parking is located in the city parking garage next door or along the street.

  • Entertainment

    Guests can enjoy live piano Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights while sipping cocktails in the casually elegant surroundings.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • Christmas Menu

    $55.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join us for a three- course Christmas Dinner! Menu can be found here: https://www.francismarionhotel.com/swamp-fox-restaurant-3/

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What 1,368 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Southern

  • Charleston

    Great for Lunch

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  1. CA

    CAZ14

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was for a 3-course, Thanksgiving set-menu evening meal. The food was pretty good and we enjoyed the variety of options considering it was a set menu. They even catered as best they could with a dairy-free individual. The carrot and ginger soup in particular was delicious! The main thing preventing five stars was the overall service. We didn’t feel particularly welcomed - the greeter was a bit surly and we had to wait twenty minutes past our booked time to be seated. Our actual server was very nice, but we got the sense there weren’t enough staff to give everyone the usual amount of attention. Regardless, we enjoyed ourselves and once seated had a good time.
  2. A

    Amber

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    The food was alright but it was lukewarm. The service wasn’t very good at all, but then again it was Thanksgiving. We waited on our bill for at least thirty minutes. We were never asked what we would like to drink, which was very strange. The server initially brought out the wrong entree. Won’t be recommending this place to anyone, sadly.
  3. BK

    BobKat

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great location, nicely set tables for Thanksgiving. Menu choices were good. Live Piano music was a nice touch. Service was a bit slow at first but attentive once we got going. Lighting could have been toned down just a bit. Overall a very nice venue and meal..
  4. D

    Diane

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went for Thanksgiving. PreFixe menu had plenty to choose from. The salads and the soups were wonderful..the prime rib was cooked perfectly and flavorful, but the shrimp and grits were the best! Pies were also great! Piano playing added a really nice touch to the ambience.
  5. LU

    LULU

    Savannah

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Possibly the best Thanksgiving dinner we ever had and we've had a lot!
  6. C

    Clarence

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food was great as was the service. Unfortunately the bartender was drunk. He used the f bomb a lot and instead of placing the cherries in the drinks he threw them from five feet into each glass which was impressive but unprofessional.
  7. JM

    JeanineM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food was exceptional. The collard greens, she crab soup amazing. Service excellent. Didn’t care for the piano music. Made it hard to talk.
  8. J

    Judy

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious !!! The food was incredible and so was the service. The shrimp and grits was the best I have ever tasted. A very nice ambiance. I will definitely return again.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    I had reserved this restaurant to celebrate my friend’s birthday and had notified them of this fact, asking if they could make sure to help make it as special possible. When we arrived, we were taken to a back table, which was fine. Our server greeted us and when I was making the small talk of “how are you this evening?”, she replied “tired”, which wasn’t exactly what we needed to hear. We ordered, and even though there were bread plates at each place setting, no bread was ever served. Food was fine…I had fried chicken and my friend had crab cakes, but the food is out on the plate with no special garnish or any attempt to make the plate look more attractive. When we were finished, our server presented us with the check without asking if we wanted dessert. As I was paying, the manager was in sight and I told her about our experience, which she handled appropriately by offering us free desserts. However, the experience left us both with a sour taste.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food and pleasant service
  11. EL

    EvelynL

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Food was very good. Waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and he made good suggestions. Food took over one hour to be served. If you are in a hurry, pass. If not, a good choice. They should clean the plastic menus and at least give you and update on the status of why there was a delay.
  12. RC

    RayC

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nice atmosphere with piano background music
  13. CL

    CynthiaL

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good service! Frankie was prompt, friendly and knowledgeable! Highly recommend.
  14. L

    Louie

    Charleston

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed our dinner 🍽 as usual. We have been here many times.
  15. S

    Stacie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience! The food is delicious and service is wonderful!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Our first experience here was wonderful, reason for us returning. Today was horrible, service was awful, food was cold and didn’t taste good at all. I had to keep sending items back to be heated up. Waitress was busy with so many tables, that I had to get the hostess to assist. We won’t be returning, such a disappointment.
  17. BL

    BrianL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Was seated quickly but took a long time to get water. When waitter came, ordered a drink and an appetizer.. 15 min later, having never seen the waiter,, the food showed up tasteless (tuna crudo) and waters were still not filled and waiting still for a drink. Finally got my drink, finished the horrible appetizer and asked my wife for a sip of her water to get my mouth wet enough to ask for the check. Dinner would definitely be somewhere else since service was so bad to start out. The wait staff was much like resturant's namesake, they would make an appearance then disappear during the commotion.
  18. CC

    CCC1

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Very Slow service. Food was average.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food She crab soup amazing Would recommend
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Food was good fish crust was a lil too salty. Could had use more season in the lobster paella. Service was excellent
  21. b

    blackoutbd

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Dinner took an hour and a half to come out from the time we ordered. Drinks were also very slow to be delivered.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This was most expensive meal we’ve had in over a week in the south and the least enjoyable. My market catch grouper at $46 was very dry, seasoned w salt and pepper only and on a bed of mushy shrimp rice. The Caesar salad was marginal and not thoroughly mixed w dressing.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Terrible food, soggy salad.. shrimp and grits tasted like they dumped a salt shaker in it.. very disappointing
  24. KO

    KevinO

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great host (Brian), great server (Frankie) and the food was excellent!
  25. ND

    NovaD

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special was grouper it was phenomenal. Hushpuppies were great for appetizers. Dessert was exquisite!
  26. M

    Mary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went early to avoid noise and it was perfect. Food delicious though pricey. Service attentive and friendly. Recommended. Would go again for special occasion.
  27. H

    Holidaycelebration

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The server was attentive and wonderful. The salmon was very moist and flavorful. Don’t miss out on the awesome chocolate cake b
  28. SC

    SherriC

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The Shrimp and Grits was wonderful. I had them not add the Ham. It was worth waiting for.
  29. l

    leeh

    Seattle

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    Eric, our server, was very good, food was good but The place is very noisy. Seems very dated.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! And our server was by far the best I’ve had in in a while!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    The food was very good- the server was pleasant but seemed a bit stressed and apologized because we had to wait for her attention at times. The environment is sort of gray- don’t go here for the ambiance because there isn’t any. If you just want good food and drinks it’s a great stop.
  32. N

    Noots324

    Atlanta

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Loved our waitress Caroline! We were visiting Charleston and we were able to get a same day reservation for 8:30. Food was great and the restaurant manager was great! Order the Bibb salad!
  33. RS

    RaymondS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful server. He made several recommendations which we took and all of them were excellent.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place
  35. c

    chippy

    New York Area

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably my favorite meal while visiting Charleston. From the host to our server to the drinks and food, it was terrific! The She crab soup was the best we have had so far. The salads were fresh and perfectly dressed. We were a large party but they timed everything perfectly. The salmon, shrimp and grits, steak and halibut were all delicious. I would definitely come back when in the area!
  36. M

    Milissa

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Service was excellent, and the live piano music made a lovely atmosphere. However the food was a little underwhelming unfortunately. The hush puppies were delicious but as for the mains, personally I think it was a little overpriced for what you got and the sweet potato hash that came with the crab cakes was oversalted. The beef tenderloin was okay good but missed a sauce.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good service, delicious food. Beautiful live piano music.Don’t forget to visit the lobby of Francis Marion Hotel above!
  38. SI

    StephenI

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall2food5service4ambience1
    Food was wonderful, but noise level was excessive and detracted from overall experience.
  39. CB

    CBluvsAdventure

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Eric, our Server, was the highlight. He is attentive and knowledgable. Eight dishes ordered between four of us. Highlights, and would order again, were Shrimp and Grits, hush puppies, and deviled crab. The "risotto" served with beef medalions, was terrible and not at all resembling risotto as we know it. Pecan pie was good.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire meal was awesome from the fried green tomatoes to the grouper and steak. Frankie our server was very friendly and attentive.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • 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

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 1368 OpenTable diners.

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel

387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Corner of King and Calhoun Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Low Country, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking is located in the city parking garage next door or along the street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Heyward Davis

  • Entertainment

    Guests can enjoy live piano Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights while sipping cocktails in the casually elegant surroundings.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (843) 724-8888

  • Catering

    Francis Marion catering offers customizable menus and pricing includes china, glassware, flatware, tables, centerpieces and linens.<br />Off-site catering: Marion Square, South Carolina Aquarium, Gaillard Center, Charleston's Visitor's Center, Charleston Maritime Center, Thomas Bennett House, Gibbes Museum of Art + more. Contact us for a complete list.

  • Private party facilities

    The Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar, named for Revolutionary War hero, General Francis Marion, features classic Southern cuisine perfect for any special occasion or private event. Treat your guests to a one-of-a kind, delicious experience in a setting unlike any other.

  • Private party contact

    Bailey Williams - Catering Sales Manager: (877) 647-5524

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