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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

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

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82% would recommend it to a friend

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Comfort Food (5)
Romantic (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Business Meals (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
People Watching (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Live Music (3)
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Easter brunch, was just ok, not worth the money. Some foods were overcooked and dry. Setup looked a little cheap. Chef was very nice and his prime rib was the best thing they had.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on April 16, 2017

This was our family Easter dinner and it was just average for the price. Food stations were dirty and food in chafing dishes looked like it was in there all weekend. The carving station was good and that was the redeeming part of the meal. I would not go back! The hotel in general is dirty!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on April 16, 2017

This was the best brunch buffet (Easter Sunday) I have ever had.
Patrons were dressed beautifully, adding to the ambience.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 15, 2017

My entree the crab cakes were good but the sides tempture of the food was not hot. But my guest food was good. The waiter was good. I came to check the place out, thinking about using it for a function in Jan. Hope the food is good and hot.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Consistently good food and service. Affrdably priced. Quiet unlike most restaurants in Charleston.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 13, 2017

We weren't expecting much, and we were delighted with the experience. Our host seated us right away and our server immediately attended to us. The food was delicious and our server accommodated all of our requests.

I would highly recommend having a swamp fox - a delightful southern drink with mint.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Granted we did have a 930 dinner reservation but we had traveled by train 12 hours to our destination the Francis Marion as we have a family wedding on Sunday . We heard about the restaurant and how wonderful it was. Well needless to say we were very disappointed . I specifically asked my server to make sure my sheecrab Soup was extra hot. It was barely warm but ok did not want to complain. Then came dinner my husband had the fried chicken which was good but Luke warm. My crabcakes I couldn't eat as they had so much salt I couldn't eat them it was like an ocean in my mouth. We received no bread at out table and could see any customers that were there had bread baskets. They did take the crab cakes off the bill. Needless to say disappointed

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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Ricky the manager was very nice and did everything he could to make sure we had a great night.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 6, 2017

While the food was prepared well and steaks cooked exactly as requested, we would not to back. The restaurant does not have a dedicated restroom. You have to go into the hotel via stairs. The hostess was able to direct me to an elevator that according to her was suppose to go down 1 level to where the restroom was and she gave me the code to open the restroom door. However, once in the elevator I had 3 choices -- after hitting all the buttons, I found it left me with the floor I was on, the next floor up and the next floor from that. I finally got off on the mid level which turned out to be the lobby of the hotel. I explained my dilemma to a bellman and he directed me to the hotel elevator which was the only one that went down. Having been so frustrated with the misdirection thus far, I asked him to give me the code for the restroom. When I finally got to the restroom and put in the code he had given me, the door wouldn't open. With additional frustration, I tried calling my friend who would have been in the dining room only to find out my cel phone had no service in the basement. I felt stranded. At least they had a bench outside the restroom where I could sit while I waited for someone to come. A worker finally did and put in another code that opened the door. At that time the bellman walked by and commented that the code must have changed. Well, ya! With no restroom in the restaurant, I would think the Health Department would require them to have adequate signage in the elevator (and a knowledgeable staff) that would direct a handicapped person to the restroom. Very disappointing beginning to our dinner. The restaurant must address this issue without delay so others don't go through what I had to.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 6, 2017

The food was excellent and service was good. Live music was a nice touch and it wasn't overly loud.

Tags: Romantic, Afternoon Tea, Live Music
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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Wonderful meal! Food was delicious, waitress accommodating and we really enjoyed the pianist. Highly recommend.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Liz was awesome and friendly and her food recommendations were great, too! My girlfriend is Celiac, so she carefully checked with the Chef!

Cool little place with some Southern charm.

Thanks very much to Liz for making our evening out very nice after a long day (well, weekend) of traveling to our final destination of Charleston!! 😁

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 (Miami)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Great southern food but more artisan, no so heavy. Piano entertainment was a very nice touch. Very romantic.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music, Fun, People Watching, Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 24, 2017

We were guests at the hotel. We ate in yhebar snd had one dinner. Fried green tomatoes great.

Tags: Live Music, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (Miami)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Great food, but not good at making drinks. They need to design signature cocktails and carry higher end selections. The quality of the drinks were poor.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 18, 2017

We come here often and brought new friends with us this time. Sarah was a great server and our food was delicious. We got the Chef out to let him know he did a great job. This place is a hidden gem to most people. You got to try it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Brussels​ sprouts under roasted. Fatty corned beef

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 18, 2017

went to weeken brunch....the $20 fare was not really worth it.....better to order off menu.....waiter did not remove dirty plates....felt hurried although not busy.....did not get refill on our coffees.....won't do the weekend buffet again.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 15, 2017

This was an upscale restaurant with dim lighting, nice atmosphere and a cozy table. The service was great, the food was prepared and presented nicely and was delicious. For heartier appetites, they had great comfort food of fried chicken and mashed potatoes. If you go, you MUST try their SHE crab soup! Bon Appetit.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

TERRIBLE service! Got up and walked out before the food was even served.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

dependable, excellent meal and good service.......worth the trip into town

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Very good food, nice atmosphere, pianist playing throughout dinner

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 (Richmond)·Dined on March 8, 2017

A nice little gem next to the Starbucks and behind the Embassy Suites. The quail topped salad was a light but very nice late lunch choice.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Pinehurst)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Food and service were great .nice table with a view. Also had piano music

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Food was great. Service good. Piano music made the evening awesome.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 24, 2017

The service was poor, the table for 2 was so small that the waiter had to place the butter dish on top of the bread. I am getting very annoyed by the restaurants placing Open Table guests at the most inconvenient and least desirable table locations in the restaurant, i.e. next to the kitchen traffic pattern or at the front door.
Average southern menu, much better. Avoid.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 21, 2017

Excellent restaurant and great food. Service very good also. Very pleasant evening experience!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Gluten Free Options
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 19, 2017

There did not seem to be enough service help. Those there were working hard but they need another person or 2 to help out.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Our server Liz was great! Definitely would recommend this place.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 18, 2017

We were visiting the SEWE taking place at Marion Square - this was recommended as a good local stop for dinner. Very convenient, and tasty - in a place where there are scores of other, more alluring "foodie" places....

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 11, 2017

What a very nice experience! My wife and I have not had good luck dining in Charleston, as there does not seem to be a culture of good service among the waitstaff nor management in most fine-dining establishments. That is NOT the case for Swamp Fox. The service was excellent - attentive, non-intrusive, knowledgeable and timely. Furthermore, the food was very good overall, served fresh, hot, on-time and as described. Add to that that prices were set at very reasonable levels considering the elegant experience offered. We've paid twice as much on Queen Street and had nowhere near the dinner.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on February 6, 2017

Great food and atmosphere in a Historic Old Hotel.
Good place to enjoy your dinner and be able to carry on a conversation with the people you are dining with.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Our table reservation was not ready at the time of our reservation, but happy to get a drink at the bar and wait. My husband ordered the seafood stew which included shrimp and scallops which were not in the dish he received. Nice atmosphere and service, but the experience didn't leave us anxious to return with all the great options in Charleston.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Fairly average food and ambience. A bit pricey for the quality

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2017

The Swamp Fox was rated as one of the places to go to in Charleston. I would have skipped it. The pianist was very good and set a nice tone to the restaurant. The food was good, well prepared and there was a generous portion. I ordered the fried chicken, as it was local southern but I found it too spicy for my taste. That's fine for some but it was not mentioned on the menu. It was a February Friday night and the spot was almost empty. The patrons were all enjoying the piano, I felt as I were eating with a lot of seniors.

Tags: Comfort Food, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2017

This was very nice! Great fresh food and the staff were super nice! There was a piano player in the bar area.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Live Music
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Food was pretty good. Waited forever for server on a number of occasions. Overall quality of food and King St setting deserved better service. Seems a lack of mgmt presence.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Firs time visiting this restaurant - and was very pleased.

Service was friendly and professional.

Food was great - starting with a house speciality of She Crab Soup (with lots of crab); followed by a fantastic Shrimp and Grits. Fairly priced and good size portions made it that much better.

And while it might be to everyone's liking, I loved the Big Band soundtrack playing in the background.

This is not a large place - so I recommend reservations.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Key West)·Dined on January 22, 2017

This is our first trip to Charleston. One of my favorite dishes is shrimp and grits. I know that this dish is very personal and getting unbiased recommendations on where to go is difficult. I was told by a few that Chef Simon's recipe was one of the best in the city. So off we went, we were not disappointed. The Chef wasn't there, but his staff prepared one of the best dishes I've ever had. Highly recommend.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Meat was overcooked and dry, portions were terribly small for side dishes...

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