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The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel

529 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Quiet Conversation
  • Neighborhood Gem
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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 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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Southern, Low Country
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am
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Phone number
(843) 724-8888
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Daniel James
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Cross street
Corner of King and Calhoun Street
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Parking details
Parking is located in the city parking garage next door or along the street.
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Guests can enjoy live jazz piano Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights while sipping cocktails in the casually elegant surroundings.
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.

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What 529 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2  based on recent ratings
Noise · Quiet
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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blindgirl (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Usually stay away from Hotel restaurants, but the Swamp Fox was worth it!

viper0821 (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great for special occasions

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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

vipKGK57 (Charleston)
2.0  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!

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
4.0  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.

Jim1 (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
2.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
2.0  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!

Aras (Washington DC)
3.0  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 straws, no bags for take out get the idea. We will probably not return.

vipFarmToTableGirl (Miami)
2.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Naples)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (New Mexico)
5.0  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.

Steffie (Charleston)
5.0  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.

Pete (Charleston)
5.0  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.

vipLouie (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Baked brie was amazing

vipTootie98 (Charleston)
5.0  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!

vipClay (Savannah)
5.0  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

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
4.0  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.