Restaurants for Local Culture in Charleston 

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  • 1

    Hominy Grill

    17 reviews

    Mmm, she crab soup ... one of my favorite things about visiting South Carolina. And the Hominy Grill has my favorite in Charleston. The restaurant is just outside of the main tourist center of town, so it gets a mostly local crowd. Extremely reasonable priced, this is the place to come for all of the local delicacies: fried okra, fried ...

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  • 2


    11 reviews

    Great atmosphere and location in the heart of East Bay, Magnolia delivers in service, class and Southern cuisine.

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  • 3


    11 reviews

    Centrally located in historic downtown, Husk is Charleston's newest offering from James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock and was even named "Best New Restaurant in America" by Bon Appétit Magazine. Every dish here is sourced locally and "if it doesn't come from the South, it's not coming through the door." A large blackboard at the front of the restaurant lists ...

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  • 4

    Bowen's Island

    5 reviews

    Simple seafood served outside in a lovely setting. Located on a small island just outside of Charleston.

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  • 5

    Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar

    8 reviews

    We came here after being recommended by a local to dine here. It's right at the bay in Charleston and if you sit outside, you are right on the water. Parking can be tricky but we got lucky and found the last parking spot for the restaurant. The fried oysters were fresh and the fried flounder with apricot glaze is ...

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  • 6

    Stars Restaurant - Rooftop Bar & Grill Room

    2 reviews

    Stars Restaurant Rooftop & Grill Room is located at 495 King Street and offers seasonally inspired cuisine using locally sourced ingredients, sustainable seafood, steaks and specialty dishes prepared on a live fire wood grill and rotisserie. It is housed in a beautiful historic building and boasts a warm and lively atmosphere. Do not miss having a drink on the beautiful ...

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  • 7

    Butcher & Bee

    2 reviews

    BYOB. open lunch and late, 11-3. Great burgers, sandwiches, and veggies. Creative, fun... pop-up dinners too.

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  • 8

    Xiao Bao Biscuit

    3 reviews

    This is the go to spot for Asian Soul Food with dishes from China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Located at 224 Rutledge Street (corner of Spring & Rutledge) It is prepared locally & inspired by kick %$# grandmothers everywhere. The menu changes seasonally with rotating daily specials and family style dinners. Pronounce it "see ow bow biskit" or ...

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  • 9

    Oak Steakhouse

    2 reviews

    Oak Steakhouse is located at 17 Broad Street and among its many awards was voted Best Steakhouse in America by Travel & Leisure in 2013. Indigo Road does not miss its mark with this spot offering world class American cuisine in an elegant setting capturing the essence of fine dining. If you want the best steak in town, seafood specialties ...

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  • 10

    Ordinary Oyster Bar

    6 reviews

    The Ordinary located at 545 King Street offers fancy seafood and a very hip oyster hall. Another of Charleston's cool Upper King Street restaurants, the Ordinary welcomes diners in it's majestic building serving southern seafood and oysters. 843-414-7060

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  • 11

    The Macintosh

    5 reviews

    The Macintosh 479 B King Street Just blocks from our property you can enjoy homegrown cuisine rooted in the southern palette by award winning chef Jeremiah Beacon.

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  • 12

    The Grocery

    4 reviews

    Evoking memories of a small town grocery at 4 Cannon Street, executive chef and owner Kevin Johnson has created a warm gathering place with a seasonal menu featuring local and regional farmers & fishermen. Do not miss the charcuterie and fresh local fish and seafood. I recommend ordering one of their craft beers which tastes so right in front of ...

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  • 13

    Trattoria Lucca

    3 reviews

    This neighborhood hot spot is located at 41 Bogard Street and is cozy and lively with a sophisticated edge. Boasting Travel & Leisure's 20 Best Italian Restaurants in the US award this is the essence of Italian cuisine in the low country. Lucca offers fresh daily hand made pasta. Here it is all about the food. Oh and the ambiance ...

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  • 14


    10 reviews

    Classy/ trendy restaurant fit for foodies and incredibly American nouveau cuisine. Delicious seafood and lovely atmosphere.

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  • 15

    Basil Thai Cuisine

    8 reviews

    My favorite restaurant. Ever. Not just in Charleston. Not just for Thai food. No, period, in the world. Why? Basil literally meets everything and more you could ask for in a restaurant. Location: Basil sits on one of Charleston's most popular streets for shopping, nightlife, and tourism. So, for that reason alone, before or after having a bite, there is ...

  • 16

    Jestine's Kitchen

    If you have time you just have to go here to eat. It is WELL worth the drive to Charleston and the wait once you get there! This is not just dinner, it is the adventure of dinner. Jestine's Kitchen is filled with incredible history and awesome food!

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  • 17

    Slightly North of Broad Restaurant

    7 reviews

    Yellow Beach House just steps from the ocean and wonderfully relaxing!

  • 18

    Hyman's Seafood Company

    9 reviews

    My wife, infant son and I were welcomed with open arms into this fantastic establishment. They made space for our giant stroller and were highly attentive to our needs. The waiter was fantastic and helped me pick out a delicious Po' Boy with Cajun style shrimp. Just an all around fantastic experience.

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    The Alley

    6 reviews

    This 6,870-square-foot reclaimed warehouse opened in 2012 as a retro 1970s bowling center and quickly became a local celeb magnet, with eight lanes, vintage arcade games, and a 40-foot bar made from recycled bowling lane wood. Fuel your game with oyster po’boys, braised pork belly, and slow-roasted green-chili chicken—served with a side of southern charm. (On Wednesday nights, kids eat ...

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  • 20

    Poogan's Porch Restaurant

    6 reviews

    Okay, yes: I'm addicted to she crab soup (most of my reviews of South Carolina mention it in some way). But Poogan's Porch serves the best of the best, along with butterily perfect biscuits and crisp fried alligator. They serve up all the SC favorites, but with modern twists: fried chicken with smoked gouda, shrimp and grits topped with blue ...

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