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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4.4
service
4.4
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4.0
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, thank you

H
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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

OT
Orlando
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
4 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
11 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
72 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nearly very good.

5
Charleston
237 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
56 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AE
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Thanksgiving buffet was as good as it gets. I usually cook for the holiday, and I could not have put together a better dinner. Add the scenery of Shem Creek and you have a Thanksgiving that will be long-time remembered. Look forward to sampling the seafood at Water's Edge on our next visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Thanksgiving spread! Couldn’t have been happier with dinner tonight!

BL
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food5service5ambience1

Only if you are not placed in the crack by the kitchen . Awful seating location

L
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Thanksgiving Buffet was amazing. Service was excellent. Definitely will be back.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server Steve was great

JM
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We each had a different selection from the menu and all exceeded our expectation.

L
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed our shrimp and grits, with plenty to take home for another meal. We'll be back!

s
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Special dinner with friends

J
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Sat out on the deck. Great ambiance, good food and good service.

SG
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Enjoyed the food, the service and my company.

i
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have dined here many times and always enjoy! We were celebrating with family visiting from KS and Water’s Edge was perfect. Will definitely be back.

BM
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, delicious lunch, excellent server — Brendan, and fun view! The shrimp and grits is great, peel and eat shrimp so yummy and the shrimp scampi excellent. The huge slab of chocolate cake is to die for! Suitable for casual meals, celebratory gatherings, tourists, families — one of those unique places that works for everyone.

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Food took a little long to come out and wasn’t piping hot

KR
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was recommended by a friend. It was our first time there. We had a wonderful meal out by the water in the covered porch. Service was excellent. We'll be back!

JO
Charleston
130 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great views, food and service. Varied menu and excellent wine & cocktails

OT
Charleston
82 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I ordered crispy flounder, but it had a fruit mix all over it, so it was anything but crispy! It was soggy, but would have been great, minus the fruit!
The spinach dip was awesome!
The service was fairly good.
The drawback is that the restaurant was extremely loud. We couldn’t visit with out of town guests at all, and hadn’t seen them in a very long time. That was a big disappointment.
We will try this place again.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We asked for bread it never came then we asked for lemon for the water it took 15min. We waited 35min for food that we needed to put salt and pepper on except the Salmon it was everything. I would go just to get Salmon to go!!