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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.
Charleston, SC 29403
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
Corner of King and Calhoun Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Guests can enjoy live jazz piano Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights while sipping cocktails in the casually elegant surroundings.
Parking is located in the city parking garage next door or along the street.
Beer, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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!! 😁
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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