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The Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion Hotel

4.2
553 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
Perfect For:
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Creative Cuisine
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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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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
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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Entertainment
Guests can enjoy live jazz piano Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights while sipping cocktails in the casually elegant surroundings.
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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 553 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.2
service
4.0
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3.9
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful combinations of spices and and seasoning... party in your mouth, crab soup, shrimp and grits, fried chicken , excellent wine. Friendly staff and a great value

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

This is my most favorite restaurant in Charleston.....I love the servers and i feel like i know them so well.....the food is always delicious and consistent.

Excellent place to eat.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

The service is amazing and the food is delicious. Our first visit was two years ago when we were in Charleston and the second visit did not disappoint.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Very nice meal -shrimp and grits so good

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We always enjoy the shrimp and grits. The piano music is very nice. The service is good.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at the Swamp Fox. We were visiting from PA and looked online to find a restaurant for dinner. From the moment we walked in we were transported to another era in time when life was slower and more relaxing. Our server was excellent. We totally enjoyed our dinner selections. I had the fried cat fish, which was so very flavorful. My husband had the braised short ribs of beef, and it was the most tender beef that we both every had. Yes, I had a bite of his dinner. We were both very happy with our choice of the Swamp Fox and would highly recommend it to anyone.

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We always enjoy dining at the Swamp Fox at the Francis Marion. However, the service on this occasion was poor. We had to ask to place our order and the food did not come out in the order it should have. We got the entrees before the soup. There was only one other table being served other than the tour group in the private dining room. We enjoy the ambiance and the food and will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food and service. Loved it! Had apps, dinner, wine and mixed drinks. All were wonderful!!

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food was good, but all the dishes were not placed together in one area, and we felt that the local was small and cramped.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Brunch. Value was just not there. We like to Sunday Brunch (buffet style) and this experience ranks on the lower end of our experiences.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Wait staff was very attentive without being overbearing. Food was very good. The area of the restaurant was a bit crowded with tables and chairs. Overall enjoy the Easter Buffet.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter buffet at the Swamp Fox has become a tradition, and we were not disappointed. Indeed, this one seemed a cut above others. The prime rib and the lamb were done to perfection. The swordfish was also a delight. Dessert selections added a great final touch.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch with full buffet including fish, shrimp, prime rib, lamb, pork, salads, nice sides and lots of desserts. Complimentary bloody mary or mimosa too! Very good!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Business dinner. 6 people. They let us have separate checks and let us linger after dinner to chat. Nice place. Good food. I’ll go back for sure.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

What you would expect for a hotel restaurant. The ambiance was very nice and quiet and formal, but the service was lacking. We had a reservation, and it still took about 25 minutes to seat us, when only 4 parties were seated in the entire place. Our waitress kept disappearing, drinks being left empty. She never did ask if she could get us refills. The food was good, but it was nothing special at all. If you're in Charleston for a culinary adventure, leave the Swamp Fox out. If you're staying at the hotel and are too tired to venture out for dinner, the Swamp Fox is your place.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great food and beautiful view

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The service was quick and food was great! We will eat here again!

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

She crab soup came cold and our waiter never brought us any bread and butter. Overall poor service and the shrimp and grits was nothing to write home about.

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3.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Average , expectation should be 4 star, was a 2 to 3 star.
Wine selection week.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great Sunday afternoon lunch. She Crab soup best in Charleston and the Shrimp and Grits best we ever had! And we’ve had a lot! Crab cake sliders were good, not great. And don’t forget the pecan pie, delicious! Prices very reasonable and portions very filling. Would definitely go back and recommend highly to others.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

I misunderstood the breakfast buffet and thought it was brunch. Luckily we arrived early, and had 30 min to get breakfast before they switched over to lunch! Good, hearty breakfast foods!

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Average hotel restaurany

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

There was nothing wrong with our meal at Swamp Fox but there was nothing spectacular either. The shrimp and grits were very good. Our other items - fried shrimp, seafood stew, and pork chop were good. Unfortunately with all the other dining options in Charleston we’ll choose another next time.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We had a great meal and the atmosphere was very nice. The piano made the meal that much better.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Great for special occasions

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

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

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

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

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2.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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