Water's Edge - Charleston

4.3
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Water's Edge is located on scenic Shem Creek, bringing "Downtown Dining" to the Mount Pleasant area. Just minutes from historic Downtown Charleston, Water's Edge offers both waterfront and outdoor dining where guests can view the local fish and shrimp boats unloading their daily catches.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.5
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4.4
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MD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love taking out of town guests to the Shem Creek area! Water's edge and Vickeries have the best food on the creek! Our server, blue eyed dude, was hilarious and attentive. My family very much enjoyed the experience as well as the food!

OT
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our evening at the waterfront was very nice. The food was delicious, but the service was outstanding! We were craving for seafood and the Waterfront delivered.

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sunday brunch. Really all you could ask for. We are not drinkers but the Bloody Mary bar looked very interesting.
Casual and pleasant.

OT
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The online menu features “duck” that is no longer available. Please correct!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My second time eating here. Will return when I am in the area.

j
Charleston
31 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

the view from the water side is wonderful. the service is excellent. the quality of the food is ok. mashed potatoes and squash cold. Friend seafood over-coated with flour. The quantity of the seafood was good. the shrimp was really good, fried fish hard to find for the coating vastly overwhelmed the fish. liked the scallops and oysters. the seafood platter is good, just wish the temperatures of the dishes were evenly warmer.

JB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience. I especially enjoyed the interactions with amazing bartenders at the Cabana-Jonathan and Lacey. Though I don’t recall the servers name, he was very attentive to my dietary needs and was very pleasant. I will be returning again.

OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love Water’s Edge!! The food is Amazing, the staff is friendly & the view is unforgettable!! You got to get the Mud Pie for dessert!! It is the best!!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for Valentine’s Day. It was really nice. The seating overlooks the water unless inside. The only thing I didn’t like is the menu didn’t accurately describe how my meal would be. It ended up being this soupy mess with lots of tomatoes and the seafood just thrown in it. Other than this it was a great experience! Would go again.

C
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Bathroom located outside of restaurant .. Small portion scallops were great but only had 5 petite dime size cauliflower pieces

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful view! The service and food was amazing! Definitely would recommend this place, and will be going back when I’m back in Charleston!

OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife's and I first time at this restaurant and we were amazed on the setup and hospitality that was offered. The food was amazing, oysters were fresh and great recommendations. My waiter Steven was very friendly and knowledgeable and I will definitely go back when I'm in town again.

TG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice place for brunch . Food was good. Nice sunny porch with scenic view.

RS
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience. The service was very good. Atmosphere was pleasant. We each had something different and all was very good. This is our third time at this restaurant and would highly recommend it.

j
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very good -- excellent. Ordered salmon and women ordered seafood platters w shrimp (delicious) and oysters (yummy). Salmon tender and very tasty. Sides good but likely short of excellent.

OA
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and great views. Would go again if I visit!

JB
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food we have had in S.C. We love this place and the view is great. We have seen a dolphin every time we have been.

OT
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, thank you

H
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It smelled musty and old. Service was very slow as well.

OT
Orlando
21 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful location on Schem Creek.
Nice selection of Apps and Salads.
Excellent She Crab Soup and the Seafood
Paella was spot on with plenty of seafood.
Good service
Will come back soon.

Rick Sterba. 1/17/2020

TN
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Disappointing. Visiting and chose Water's Edge based on selections in their online menu. None of them are available! Although owners changed in March 2019, online menu has not changed. Actual menu entirely different. Ordered calamari (too salty), she-crab soup (also too salty), avocado hummus (excellent) and bread (also excellent).

CD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I was disappointed in the quality of the food. The ambiance was nice though. Our experience would have been great if the food quality was a match to the environment of the restaurant. I am sure you will make a note of my experience and improve it for future visits.

OT
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great view and food that we always enjoy year after year.

OT
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Subtle changes with new owners!

GT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Our waiter was incompetent and seemed to be preoccupied. Was asked for two desserts and coffee. He brought one dessert and said the cofffee was being brewed after we had completed dessert. He seemed ill informed about wine selections. The food was not up to par for the price. The spinach salad was delicious.

JG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food was not good and our waiter took forever and was rude. I didn’t touch my food and was not offered a refund or something else to eat.

DE
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good but came out cold, the waitress fixed it.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was great! We got to sit with a view of the water

e
Cleveland
73 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nearly very good.

5
Charleston
240 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Front end girl needs to go to charm school! Service at the bar was wonderful! Food was over cooked!

SS
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was very good, very busy when we were there the wait service seemed to get overwhelmed.

RS
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

All the seafood was over cooked.

RB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Was very disappointed that there were no vegetarian options.
A salad just want work for Christmas Eve dinner
Chose the crab cake option and they were watery😝

B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely seafood restaurant. Just the right place for an evening out.

N
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Not our first visit and we are locals so this is not a one and done review. I like this restaurant. The bar is very nice and the pours are some of the best in the area. Everyone is friendly and very accommodating. The menu has good variety and the presentation is appealing. But there it ends. My seafood platter was actually less than the three star rating I gave it. The shrimp saved it from being worse but one of them was fresh out the box of frozen delights. Disappointing. The flounder also looked like a box catch and had little to no flavor. The scallops were rather tasty but encrusted in a thick, tasteless batter that had to be removed. The oysters were a total disgrace and an embarrassment for any restaurant in Charleston. Honestly, they looked like tiny pieces of deep fried pig fat. As I said, I like this restaurant but in the future will stick to drinks in the bar. I hope the owners take this review as an incentive to up their game in the kitchen.

J
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Tuna is the best I have had! Wonderful for dates or for families and parties. If you haven't had the brunch on Sundays, put it on the to-do list. Amazing! One of our all time favorites in Charleston with great views.

h
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food , view , employees & prices. I would definitely go again.

SS
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A perfect lunch on the patio in the sun watching dolphins and pelicans.

s
Savannah
46 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family group of six dined here for brunch on a Saturday and we had a great time ! We arrived at the location early enough to allow us some time to walk around the various docks in the area and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The table we were seated at was right by the water and allowed us a wonderful view of the water. We saw their resident dolphins (one is named Clipper) and pelicans. The food was outstanding ! Our server, Steve, took great care of us. He provided wonderful recommendations on menu items and he also made some fabulous cocktails for us. Overall it was a lovely dining experience.

S
Hawaii
57 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, Delicious food, friendly service. Nothing not to like