The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel

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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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TW
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food (salmon and filet mignon), really enjoyed the piano, and our server was professional, attentive but not intrusive. A bit pricey, but I would highly recommend it!

GB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed the Southern Sampler appetizer, the She Crab Soup, and the Pan Seared Crab Cakes.

TK
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, good service, quiet. A good meeting place for business or a pleasant evening.

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Arrived on time. Our reserved table was already taken by another couple. We were seated by a drafty cold window. Moved to an adjacent table - warmer. Luckily the place was not busy.

Wife ordered filet mignon. None available - ran out. Replaced with ribeye. Not so good - quite fatty.

I ordered crab cakes. Came blackened - probably not the best for burnt crab. Side of black eye beans with whole bacon slices and what seems like mushroom soup sauce. Some refinement may be good?

Waitress was fine, but ‘remote’.

Very disappointing. Nil points!

LM
Baltimore
102 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful Traditional restaurant, with a very classy feel. The lunch portions are very large. The salmon salad was phenomenal. Great service.

JA
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend Swamp Fox. Food and service awesome.

RT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food, service, value was great. Since this was the SEWE weekend, we knew if was going to be busy. One draw back was walking in; the cocktail area tables were full of dishes. We cleared a spot for ourselves and got some drinks from the bar. Wait for the table was short. As stated, food, service, value was great. The one thing to improve is the layout and lighting on the restaurant. One would think that in a nearly 100 year old hotel, the restaurant would have some 20's charm. Not so, lighting is way to bright (felt like a cafeteria, Denny's like) and stemware was "industrial". Cant remember if there was linen tablelcothes or placements. Either way tableclothes should be down for dinner. Wine list needs work as there are very few selections. To-go items should be packed by the server, not the guest. Bathroom was "coded"...and had to find a staff member who knew the secret code. All else was good...thanks much!!

f
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was variable - some of it was excellent (shrimp and grits) and other dishes (fried chicken) was mediocre. It was a little high priced and given that Charleston has soooo many fabulous restaurants, would definitely choose someplace else.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Food was cold or undercooked and service was slow

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server, good food and a very nice set up for the occasion

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Food was ok- place real busy for the holiday

S
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the hotel and the Swamp Fox. Stay every year for SEWE from Wednesday until Monday; great time, great food, and good people!

t
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Only place could get valentine day reservation within walking distance of where we were staying. Placed in a back room that seemed to have been opened for overflow crowds. Food was not very good. My wife and daughter both complained about the taste of the vegetables. Catfish was good but a little too spicy for my taste. Prices about average for area but not worth the food we ate. Portions are large. Maybe a different day would have been better, I was told they had a very nice lunch. Would not return, too many places to try in Charleston.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

We ordered Mac&Cheese as a side. It never arrived. No one came to the table to check on our meal until we were done. We were offered the mac&cheese to go but declined. It was removed from the bill. Our main course was delivered to the table as we were still eating our salad appetizer. As soon as we finished eating the server brought us our check. No offer for dessert or coffee. I feel we were being rushed out to be able to seat more customers. The meal was very delicious however the feeling of being rushed ruined the experience

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Valentines dinner. Lauren our server was terrific. Great smile! Very helpful! Our entree’s were really very good-my Fiancé had the Lobster Ravioli she said was absolutely delicious and I had the Shrimp and Grits that Lauren had suggested. That was really great and i would say possibly the best I’ve had. My only negative —I was not too impressed by the Hushpuppies which seemed to be overdone. Overall a nice dining experience.

FB
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food5service3ambience3

I had a 2:00 reservation and called to move the time to an hour later. The person that answered the phone said that I could do that, no problem. When I actually showed up (at 3:00), I was told that if I wanted to eat, I would have to eat in the lounge as they were setting up for dinner and I could not eat in the dining room. I was not told that when I called. The food was good...My Fiancé ordered the shrimp and grits which was delicious and I ordered the special, which was fried catfish, collards and red rice. The service was good considering that the bartender was by himself and the place was busy, so he had his hands full.
This was supposed to be a special occasion for us, as I proposed to my fiancé that afternoon before lunch. It was a little disappointing.

d
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Farm fresh meal was excellent. Piano music in the background made it a pleasant dining experience.

OT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiters last night were so nice! I’ll definitely be coming back

TI
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very nice place to eat. I had southern fried chicken. Cooked perfectly, moist inside, crispy outside. Wife had pork tenderloin. Again, cooked perfectly.

OT
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service and food were excellent. We were made to feel welcome from the minute we arrived. Maitre d was wonderful as was the server. Both made the evening special.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food wasn’t as good as we were hoping. The crawfish étouffée was good, if not a tad salty. The pimento cheese appetizer was just a bowl of cheese, that was odd, and the cinnamon ice cream was way too sweet.

The Swamp Fox just didn’t live up to the hype it had around it. It’s not as bad as Hyman’s, but it’s no Revival.

JE
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant with fantastic food. It is a hidden gem because locals mostly dine at this restaurant. The prices are wonderful.

LI
Caribbean
30 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We spent a week in Charleston at the Francis Marion Hotel which houses the Swamp Fox Restaurant. During our stay we had 3-4 occasions to eat there for lunch and for dinner. On busy nights the bar is full and the place gets pretty LOUD! Not the place to enjoy an "intimate" dinner by any means. On less busy nights, the restaurant is uncrowded, cozy, and serves up delicious southern foods. The ambiance of the restaurant could use improvement, but it is comfortable and has a sharp and attentive wait staff!!

If you are a fan of collard greens (YUM), they serve up some of the best. Also, we enjoyed the fried green tomato sandwich!!

Recommend this place, but not for intimate evening. Is great for lunch or a standard dinner for groups.

j
Raleigh
48 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall, we enjoyed the experience. Service was very good, food was OK. I had the salmon and my wife the fried chicken.

SS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was most understanding as we waited for the third member of our group to join us, and then allowed us to continue to visit after we had finished eating without any overt or subtle hints suggesting we leave. We will be back!!!

OT
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Restaurant needs some updating, it was not what I was expecting for King Street or the prices.
Dirty dishes were sitting around when we got there (in other tables) and were never bussed.
Ran out of the ingredients for one of the most popular cocktails (we were there at 7pm!).

Most likely won’t be back as there are much better choices in the area for the same price.

FF
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Signature shecrab soup was so,so. Served on the cold side which made it thick with flour.

HR
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food,atmosphere, and staff..just not enough staff ...

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We are locals and normally cook dinner at home for visiting family but this was the every-other in-laws Christmas so we decided to eat out. The restaurant was busy, being one of only a few that was open on Christmas night. We had reservations but encountered a short wait before being seated. We could have had a drink at the bar through which one enters the restaurant, but instead used that time to review the menu while listening to some excellent music the pianist unobtrusively provided. Our table was in a snug corner just across from the kitchen. Our waiter, Brendan, was very knowledgeable, and helped guide our selections from the menu. He gave just the right amount of attention as he checked in on us during our meal. The food was great, especially the fried green tomatoes, a bib salad, and salmon (cooked perfectly with a lightly glazed crust over tender steaming innards) served with mashed sweet potatoes and a bed of collard greens. The Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon nicely complemented the meal and it was quite reasonable in cost, especially when so many of the peninsula’s restaurants overprice their wines. We decided against dessert to get an early start on New Year’s resolutions, but Brendan brought us a butter cake topped with vanilla ice cream to help us forget the seating delay, and it was too much to resist! This is a lovely restaurant located just inside the Francis Marion Hotel, conveniently located at the corner of King and Calhoun, with an adjacent parking deck. We’ll definitely be back. Bon appétit!

D
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food was just OK, some of it came out cold or with the wrong sides. I assume they weren’t staffed properly or managed well for our Christmas meal. I wouldn’t go back to try again and cannot recommend it.

s
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful low country menu with wonderful service and ambiance.

S
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never go to Charleston without a stop at the Swamp Fox-great food and service

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Food was undercooked and not good

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner here! All our food was delicious and I especially loved the crab dip in a bread bowl. Our server was great - friendly and attentive. They also had live piano music which added a lovely holiday feel. We would definitely come back!

g
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Most of the food was very good but the service at the table was poor. It was a buffet so our old plates should have been picked up and never got picked. I don’t understand a 18 % automatic tip for a buffet. Most of the food was excellent except the fish was horribly over cooked . Would not recommend

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I dined solo for Thanksgiving and very much enjoyed the buffet and excellent service offered by all the staff.

P
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service. I had the salmon served crispy over chunks of sweet potato, wilted kale, garlic, etc. - terrific. Excellent southern cuisine, served expertly.

JE
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious and the price is great. It is a local favorite of mine.

m
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful service in a perfect location!

NY
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very goos service the waitress was helpful!
Food was ok notjunt special