Virginia's on King

4.2
738 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
This sophisticated Southern dining spot blends the comforts of a traditional Southern kitchen with familiar regional dishes prepared with the utmost care for quality and flavor. The menu incorporates local fresh ingredients and old family recipes to bring you Southern cooking, Lowcountry style.
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Baltimore
168 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Shrimp & grits variations are interesting
Fish special was
very good

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MJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good service. She crab soup is delicious....nice atmosphere

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was very good and so was the service enjoyed very much

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Had fried chicken with mashed potatoes/gravy and collards - everything was delicious.

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Chicago
42 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was good. Took a long time to get our food so server offered the banana pudding to compensate which was nice.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Meeting up with friends from out of state

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Service was very poor. Manager’s friends were served before us even though we we

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Charleston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best chicken and dumplings!!!

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Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great meal.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Virginia’s has never disappointed us. Always great low country food and interesting specials. One of our favorite spots in Charleston.

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MM
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great hostess.

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Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for breakfast. Shrimp omelets were terrific. Quick service.

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I've always enjoyed Virginia's on King Street however this time was disappointed in my food choice of the crab cakes they were over fried and very very heavy coating on them I will go back to eating some of my other favorites next time

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LB
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had just vegetables and they were awesome. My friend had the fried chicken and she said it was super. Fast and great customer service. I love this place.

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JT
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Charleston recently on vacation and heard about Fried Chicken Night at Virginia's - it did not disappoint. For $13 you get 3 large pieces of perfectly fried chicken, two sides, cornbread and banana pudding. The food, service and value were top-notch. We will definitely visit Virginia's again on our next trip to the area.

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Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great!!! Chicken and shrimp and grits were amazing. Only disappointment was that they were out of pork chops!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My experience was okay but not special. I ordered the pimento cheese as an appetizer, and I really liked it. I ordered fried chicken, green beans, and macaroni and cheese, and it was good, not exceptional, but good. My boyfriend ordered the calamari as an appetizer and he said it was good,, but he ordered fish and grits as his meal and he said the grits were inedible. With the tip, we dropped $110 and our meal wasn’t $110-tasty. It was more like $50-60 tasty. Also, the waiters seemed a little snobbish and although we had reservations we almost got placed at this terrible table by the door until we begged to be placed further away (we wanted an intimate table away from the chilly draft from the door opening and closing). They kind of acted like we were asking for blood. It wasn’t packed, and even after we were done eating there were plenty of tables so I don’t know what was up with that.

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j
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

We had eaten at Virginia's a couple of years ago and the food was excellent. The quality of the food this time was very poor at best. Everything we were served was extremely salty. I can only assume that there have been significant personnel changes in the kitchen.

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Washington DC
111 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Pretty good southern cuisine.

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Miami
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The cornbread and creamed corn was the best I have ever had. We will definitely go back again.

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KK
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great breakfast to start the day. Best grits I have ever eaten. Service was exceptional with Lisa as waitress. Love this restaurant and will return when back in Charleston.

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Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall, we enjoyed the visit. I liked all 3 entrees we ordered, but my wife and daughter were both put off by the total disconnect between the traditional names of the dishes and what was served. When a Southerner orders Chicken & Dumplings, we all picture the same thing - and that thing is only vaguely related to what Virginia’s serves. The same with Frogmore Stew. Diners must manage their expectations carefully here.

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c
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for breakfast and had a really good meal. I had the bacon and cheddar omelette which was very well prepared, and it was accompanied by a superb batch of grits and a lovely homemade biscuit. To top it off The coffee was a full bodied dark roast that wasn’t bitter. It was a very relaxing and satisfying weekend breakfast.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Karen was amazing and so fun!

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SB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service! Really enjoyed our meal!

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OC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time. Service was excellent. Food was terrific. They really accommodated my young nieces. Thanks.

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SD
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

They took us 45 minutes before our reservation (our show ended earlier than expected) but only after we mentioned that Rue de Jean had empty tables). Food was good, not great. Fried chicken was moist inside but excessively fried; portion size was large at 3 pieces. Collards were good in a tasty sweet & sour sauce. Quite noisy even though no 100% full, but it was a Saturday evening so that could account for unusually festive atmosphere.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Couldn’t find any chicken in the chicken and dumpling dish, and the dumplings were soggy at best.

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Western NC
100 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

During our 4-day stay in Charleston, this was our worst meal; maybe we just don't appreciate Southern cooking? The pimiento cheese with crackers tasted odd, like it had lemon juice, which took away from the flavor. The worst dish was the tomato and cheese pie; it was heavily mayonnaise-d & that's all we could taste. The seafood perloo was so spicy & heavy, one of us couldn't eat it. And the complimentary cornbread with loaded with sugar.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met Ms. Virginia herself. What a lovely and dignified woman. It was a pleasure!

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Our 24th anniversary.

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Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were in Charleston and stayed at the Francis Marion Hotel. Having already parked at the hotel, this was the perfect spot to have dinner. It was a very short walk and we could not have made a better selection. It is a rather small, but quiet and intimate restaurant. My wife decided on appetizers of fried green tomatoes (see photo) and collard green/squash casserole sides as her entrees. She enjoyed both and still had enough to take home. I tried the shrimp and grits which was very good. it had a spicy kick to it, but not enough to be bothersome. Our waiter Thomas was well informed on everything on the menu and was very attentive to our needs. And finally, don't miss the cornbread as it some of the best we ever had.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Highly recommend the fried chicken.

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j
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always have had a great experience there. Took a first time Charleston visitor for brunch. Food and the mimosas were great and affordable! Would go back in a heartbeat.

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KC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food with huge portions! Went here for brunch and was not disappointed. Service was great and the restaurant is comfortable. Would definitely recommend coming here.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

We chose this restaurant for its menu of traditional southern fare and made reservations about a week in advance. When we arrived we were led through its nice little ground floor dining room, up the back stairs, and into a not-very-charming second floor room. The tables were rather beat-up looking (no table cloths or placemats), and the room was incredibly noisy. We could hardly hear ourselves talk at our table. The food was ok but not outstanding. Several of the dishes were surprisingly heavy, e.g., squash casserole, which was bits of zucchini smothered in cream sauce and smothered again with melted cheese. I probably won't go back.

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KB
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Ate there for lunch, food was yummy and services was quick!

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fried chicken was on point! So was the Mac & cheese. 10/10 recommend

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is nice place to meet and super comfy but the food is somewhat of a miss for us! The fried chicken has good flavors and a nice breading but the side are a disappointment.

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MN
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We try to work a meal in at Virginia’s on King whenever we’re in Charleston. We usually have the she crab soup and shrimp and grits, favorites of ours. The shrimp and grits was stellar, every bit as good as usual. But we were a bit disappointed with the soup—too little sherry, too much thickener and cream. Still, we plan to return next time we’re in Charleston.

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