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About The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel

The Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar, named for Revolutionary War hero, General Francis Marion, features classic Southern cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Executive Chefs Simon Andrews and Phil Gualin 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.

387 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Southern, Low Country

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am

Cross Street:
Corner of King and Calhoun Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 724-8888

Website:
http://www.francismarionhotel.com/dining/

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

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

Executive Chef:
Daniel James

Additional:
Beer, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine

Private Dining

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.

The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.4

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4.2

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85% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (10)
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 2 days ago

Great for special occasions

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 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

Outstanding! The service was excellent, the ambiance was quiet and comfortable, and the food was delicious. Highly recommended.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 7, 2018

I didn’t care for the table near the bar, since I had a reservation. They canceled my open table reservation, while I was dining there for lunch. The food was good and the prices reasonable! Service was very good aside from the bad table and canceled reservation!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We chose the Swamp Fox because of its location (near the Gaillard Center, where we were attending a Sunday evening show) and positive reviews from our neighbors. We were not disappointed - very good food and service. Shrimp and grits appetizer portion (called "petite" - but very generous) gave me a chance to sample their renowned recipe (excellent) without filling up. A bibb salad with sautéed scallops was a finish to the meal.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Tasty pre-concert meal. Attentive and knowledgeable waitress. We'll go back.

Tags: Fun
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Very disappointing. We were there for Restaurant Week on a Saturday night. They were out of one of their entrée choices and one of their dessert choices. No option was offered from their regular menu to substitute for the entrée or dessert. We ordered the pork tenderloin and received a pork chop. Service was okay, but not outstanding.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Happened to be at the Francis Marion for a conference - it was restaurant week so thought we would partake in the 3/30 - figured it would be top shelf since they were showcasing it during restaurant week. The salmon appetizer was literally smoked salmon formed around a mound of cream cheese - i could make this at home - nothing special at all - i had the swordfish which came on a mound of COLD rice or something - the waiter said it should be room temp but it was ice cold like out of the fridge. My friend had the meatloaf which was not special at all. Really disappointing. Desserts were ok. I have a feeling this was a misstep and perhaps not the typical meal at this hotel but wow - it was really really bad!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The greeter and server were lovely and accommodated our little family nicely. They offered easy conversation, recommendations, and pleasant smiles. The place was very quiet on New Year's Day. A few oddities due to the holiday....no straws, no bags for take out boxes...you get the idea. We will probably not return.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Over priced and just ok food, including some pretty subpar mac and cheese (really?). In a city like Charleston, where delicious food abounds, they need to up their game! We won't go back.

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 (Naples)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great experience! Had lunch and dinner. Both experiences were excellent.

Tags: Tapas, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Healthy, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great food. Enjoyable. Waitstaff were pleasant and very attentive.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had dinner, breakfast and the Christmas buffet at the Swamp Fox. We are from south Louisiana so we are familiar with good food. The Swamp Fox is exceptional, and a great presentation of Low Country cuisine. The best shrimp and grits in Charleston.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

My husband and I had our annual Christmas Buffet , and again it was sensational. We would like to give a big Thank You to Rickie Simmons and his GREAT staff. Food was delectable. Christmas tunes played by piano add warm to cozy spot. I hope everyone get a chance to experience such a great restaurant, especially at the holidays. Also, the shrimp and grits were "out of this world". See you again shortly.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The Swamp Fox has some of the best Low Country cuisine located in the heart of Downtown. Their she crab soup, shrimp and grits, and fried green tomatoes are the best in Charleston. They locally source most of their ingredients. The seasonal fried oysters appetizer was excellent.

Tags: Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wonderful cozy little restaurant in the Francis Marion Hotel with great food and beautiful view of Marion Square.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Baked brie was amazing

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I had the fried chicken, collards, and potatoes for dinner. The food and service were great! We always stay at the Frances Marion Hotel and enjoy dining at the restaurant. Their breakfast and lunch are also very good!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This was the only place that had a table available before we went to see the Charleston Symphony and it turned out to be a very good choice. The food was good, the service was great and we just had a wonderful time. We will go back

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Our second time at the Swamp Fox restaurant and the food again was very good with one small exception. Several of our group of 6 people felt that the vegetables were over salted. We had different vegetables on the table such as roasted Brussels sprouts, asparagus and okra and each person said the same thing about the saltiness. But..overall the food and the service was as good as our last visit and we will return. Thank you for an enjoyable pre-theatre dinner.

Tags: Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The food, service, and views were delightful. We would have liked to see a chocolate desert on the menu.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 12, 2017

We met friends for a late lunch as they were shopping downtown. Even though it was quite late (2:30) and we were the only table seated, we received great service and the food was wonderful - especially the shrimp n' grits! Very relaxing atmosphere.

Tags: People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 9, 2017

My server came to ask about our meal when we were almost done. I let him know my food was not hot but that it was too late at this point. The hostess came over shortly after and I relayed the same information. She offered us a glass of wine that never showed up. Also the Brie appetizer was to have pecans. It did not.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

It was thanksgiving so they had a very nice buffet. Most of it was really good, but of course temperature control with buffet serving is challenging so none of the hot food was hot enough for me, but it was really good!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Holiday buffets at the Swamp Fox have become one of out traditions. The food is always interesting, abundant, and well-prepared. As well, the price is right and the serving staff professional and accommodating. One can't go wrong dining at the Swamp Fox for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. It's great!

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Shrimp and Grits were great, portions are hearty and the food was delivered quickly

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Our party of six had a very nice dinner and the service was excellent. Two of us had the mushroom ravioli and we loved it. Very nice sized portion. The baked brie was delicious. No complaints at all.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 25, 2017

This is a very nice, classic-type place for a good, leisurely dinner. The food was expertly prepared, beautiful and tasty. The staff are very professional and don't rush you, trying to turn tables. The dining room is quiet and relaxing. A great evening out.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I highly recommend the Swamp Fox. The food was amazing and my friends and I really enjoyed the evening. Our server was kind, considerate, and professional. Thank you.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We like the food and service at this restaurant. The shrimp and grits was very good. They provide nice live piano music.

Tags: Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great restaurant!!! Very friendly staff, would highly recommend!!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The food was delicious and my server was so friendly! Great place.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This place was a dud. Bad service, bad food. Just bad.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was amazing! We loved our first experience here and will definitely be back!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 10, 2017

My wife and I enyoy staying at the historic and charming Francis Marion Hotel whenever we overnight in Charleston for one of the city's many entertainment events. We have never been disappointed dining at the hotel's convenient, comfortable and well-staffed Swamp Fox restaurant: always well-prepared and well-served food and beverage with a relaxing, casual ambience. Our experience over the years has been that most fulll-menu hotel restaurants are, like the Swamp Fox, too often overlooked and underated by both tourists and locals.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Shrimp and Grits was exceptional, Crab Stack was so so. Server seemed in a hurry to clear the table.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We had breakfast and dinner at the restaurant. Both were outstanding meals with very good service. The food was delicious, reasonable price point AND we had background music of very talented pianists for both meals. Delightful experiences! Well worth the walk from our hotel across the other side of the park.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 1, 2017

My wife and I ate here for our anniversary. The wait staff was great but the food for some reason was just not very good at all. Very disappointing but we love the Francis Marion and everything else about the hotel and staff.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I do not recommend eating here. The food is not good and came out cold. I can cook better than this. There are far more options to choose from here in Charleston.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great dining experience! The food was good (duck and filet), the server (Liz) was wonderful, and the maitre-d (Daniel) was incredibly helpful when we accidently left our credit card behind. You will be thrilled with this choice!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The Swamp Fox was wonderful, the staff is a little indifferent , not very engaging and the noise level from the bar was too noisy for the atmosphere I expected from this establishment.

Tags: People Watching, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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