Virginia's on King

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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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Biscuits and gravy were good. The She crab soup was terrible. Thick, flour filled, we were unable to eat it. The waitress was slow, and unresponsive - seemed not to care that food was bad.

J
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great. I had the farmers omelette and home fries - excellent.
Service was not very good, pretty slow, especially on the coffee.

GP
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good meal and service

WB
Western NC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

dose not offer lunch at lunch they do a brunch till3pm

ME
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our server was doing a lot of side jobs and was not as attentive as would have liked. She was very pleasant but not present.

LA
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good southern food. Large portions. Fried chicken came with three pieces. Mac and cheese and mashed potato sides were a hit. Shrimp and grits were good. They had onions and peppers in them that detracted from it. Fried green tomatoes were yummy but they need spicy sauce instead of ranch. Only beer and wine here.

LR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! I will most definitely return. I’m happy I made the right choice for my birthday dinner

K
Frankfurt Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, tomato bisque soup, I think it’s new (fall ‘19). The service was great. I often use this place for business lunches and they’ve been patient when my acquaintances are running late. Overall great food and service.

Virginia's on King
Responded 3 days ago

Keith thanks for continuing to come to us for your business lunches. We are glad you feel the southern hospitality at Virginia's. We look forward to hosting you soon. - Holy City Hospitality

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AG
New England
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed everything about Virginia's on King! Our waiter was helpful, attentive and friendly, really nice. It was fried chicken night so I indulged and enjoyed every bite! The chicken was tender, moist, seasoned perfectly and was not greasy. Hubby thoroughly enjoyed the home style meatloaf, potatoes and heavy. The banana pudding was a delicious finale. The atmosphere was warm and inviting, and low noise for easy conversation. We would definitely recommend!

DS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to restaurant for breakfast and brunch when friends are in town.

Virginia's on King
Responded 3 days ago

Donny, we love that we are your go to for breakfast and brunch when visiting Charleston. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to serving you many more southern meals. - Holy City Hospitality

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f
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Although we had a reservation, people who did not were sat as we waited the 10 minutes for the host to acknowledge us. Then of course they were full, and there was no table for us. Ate at the bar, food was not edible. Sad really.

Virginia's on King
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your most recent dining experience. We apologize that your visit was less than exceptional. I have shared your review with our management team. Please don't hesitate to reach out directly at info@virginiasonking to talk with us in more detail. - Holy City Hospitality

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FL
Orlando
157 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing fried chicken! Excellent service too!

Virginia's on King
Responded 3 days ago

We are so happy you loved the fried chicken and got the southern hospitality from our servers that you deserve. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. We hope to host you again soon. - Holy City Hospitality

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f
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met a cousin and friends for lunch. All were very happy with their meals. I had a delicious bowl of she-crab soup and the best, thickest crab cake sandwich I’ve ever eaten. We will be back.

Virginia's on King
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for your kind review. We are pleased that you had an enjoyable dining experience with us recently at Virginia’s on King and we hope you will join us again soon. - Holy City Hospitality

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Q
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

We have eaten here many times over the years and the food was always good. Not great but good southern cuisine without all the frills and mashups that permeate the Charleston food scene. This visit however was disappointing. Although the service was good, the food was terrible. Crab cakes which are normally firm and meaty were mushy and bread filled. The shrimp and grits, a go to meal for me in any restaurant that serves them, was subpar at best. The grits were lumpy and the sausage overcooked and hard. The final insult was the shrimp, only four rather small shrimp and grossly overcooked. The bread served with the meals was doughy and sweet, not a pleasant combination. The one saving grace for the meal were the soups, the tomato bisque was perfect and the She crab soup was delightful. We used to be able to count on this restaurant for a reliable taste of Charleston cuisine. Not anymore.

Virginia's on King
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your most recent dining experience. We apologize that your visit was less than exceptional and appreciate your patronage over the years. I have shared your review with our management team. Please don't hesitate to reach out directly at info@virginiasonking to talk with us in more detail. - Holy City Hospitality

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TT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Service was awesome. Everyone was very friendly. The food was not so friendly. "Lackluster" doesn't even describe the food. My wife and I have lived in Charleston for 10 years and finally made it to Virginia's, for the first and last time, last night. We had a 5:30pm reservation so the dining room was not busy, whatsoever. I've been told by out-of-town friends to have the fried chicken, so I did, along with mashed potatoes and baked Mac-n-cheese. The 3-pieces of chicken were so hot and oily when I got them, not to mention, the breast was fried too long. The skin tasted burnt, so I didn't eat it. The mashed potatoes came with gravy on top (which was not stated on the menu) and the baked Mac was uninspired. My mom's Mac is far superior because at least she uses different cheeses and adds salt and pepper. I can say, with nearly 100% certainty, that I will never go here again, on purpose. This place is definitely for tourists wanting any southern food experience.

Virginia's on King
Responded 3 days ago

Again, we apologize about this experience and appreciate your voice in sharing your less than favorable time here and on Yelp. When we connect, we hope to have a chance in the future to show you the true Virginia's on King experience you deserved. - Holy City Hospitality

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JM
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is fabulous. Fried chicken is some of the best you will ever have. Country fried steak leaves you wanting more. Squash casserole and creamed corn were outstanding. The hint of sherry in the corn adds a special subtle flavor.

Virginia's on King
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for your kind review. We are pleased that you love the fried chicken and our lowcountry sides as well. We hope you will join us again soon. - Holy City Hospitality

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I have been here many times, but this Sunday the food was not good. Very disappointed.

OT
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience5

I expected more flavor from a southern comfort food place. But it was good. I had the stew, would probably have something different next time.

KM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food and service was fair. The bathrooms were nasty. They smelled and looked like no one had checked on them since the day before.
Unfortunately we will not return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The corn bread is to die for!!

r
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was our first meal in Charleston, and it set the bar high! We felt that our food was authentic low-country cuisine, and it was served in a very small, homey atmosphere. There was a very large party in the dining room that took up most of the floor space and was noisy (not their fault--high ceilings and hard floors) and that marred our experience somewhat. But basically, we highly recommend this restaurant.

JJ
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Too much breading on fried items. Not Charleston style.

B
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Floor is sticky...not a good first impression. Tuesday fried chicken night so place was very full...because the chicken is very good. But service very spotty. Food came out way before wine....not the way it should be to relax with a glass before food is served. Have been here before so maybe our server just had an 'off' night. Would like to recommend but hesitate to do so.

L
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Waiter forgot our cornbread and our dessert, but the fried chicken was very good.

SA
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We were on our anniversary weekend in Charleston booked a breakfast reservation. The service was very slow I sent back my eggs once and still didn't get the my country fried steak was overcooked and hard and they did not even offer to take it off the bill. I was very disappointed was definitely not worth the money.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was great and the food was delicious. I usually do not leave comments but I couldn’t resist. The smoke chops and mash potatoes were a great combination and my wife had those huge delicious crabcakes. We will return when we visit Charleston Again

d
Richmond
74 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were warmly greeted when we arrived, and the hostess thankfully seated us away from a large group. Our server was very down-to-earth and made good recommendations. My wife had the fried chicken with collards and mac & cheese. She says the Mac & cheese is among the best she's had! I had the fish & grits. Both the catfish & the grits had great flavor, but personally, I should have stuck with the shrimp and grits. Will get that next time! Really liked the rustic decor. Overall, a great restaurant!

f
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, very tasty. Service was attentive and personal (Thankyou Karen!). Cozy table near the back was quiet yet felt part of the laid-back scene

AN
Phoenix
31 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service

GB
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food will go back great service lovely evening

DW
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very disappointed from previous visits. Had out of town guest and none of dinners were up to par.

NS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entrees are authentic "down-home" fares. We had the Chicken Fried Steak with sides and the Chicken and Dumplings. Delicious!

OT
Charlotte
25 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Had breakfast with a friend, both of us were first timers. The food was great!! Heard they were known for their fried chicken, so I had the fried chicken biscuit. It was cooked perfectly. Our waiter Jake was very sweet, and informative in regards to the restaurant’s history, and all the staff were very friendly, and helpful!!

M
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Unfortunately, my least liked dinner experience in all of my Charleston dinners. Food was ok, service not so good. Asked for Sauv Blanc, received Pinot Grigio. Couldn't get our server back to give us more water. Overall, it was just "eh".

GM
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food quality was not great but service was great

OT
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Excited to be able to get a seat at the bar without a wait but ultimately Virginia’s on King seem to be very average

the bartenders were all overworked as are the servers and the hostess
the food tasted amazing but overall the experience was less than spectacular
and as a regular diner out,ultimately I was disappointed in the lack of spectacularNess of the experience

also the bathroom was disgustingly dirty which seems to be completely inappropriate in Charleston at a world famous restaurant

a
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience4

Burnt chicken

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was good - but food prep wasn’t working. 6 in our party. 4 people ordered the deviled eggs. 2 plates came, then 5 min later another one. Last deviled eggs came after everyone else had entrees. 2 people ordered she crab soup bowl. One came and the other person had to wait 10 min. With entrees, they came out all staggered. Last entree came when others were nearly finished with their entree.

JB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Virginia's on King for Sunday brunch. They take reservations which is always a plus for me. Our server was very helpful and attentive and the food was very good. Fantastic ambiance too. We'll be back.

N
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming atmosphere. Service a model of southern hospitality. The food superb. Pimento cheese appetizer was delicious. I had been craving fried chicken since I'd arrived in Charleston and I'm glad I had it here. Succulent and super crispy! I'd love to come back and try another of the tempting entrees on the menu.

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