Favorite Eats in Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, SC
restaurants
167 Raw
The BEST lobster rolls in town and awesome oysters as well. Can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.
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Mount Pleasant, SC
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Graze Restaurant
Great spot in Mt. Pleasant for lunch or dinner. Incredible lobster Mac and scallops.
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Charleston, SC
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Purlieu
Amazing dishes inspired from traditional European cooking and culinary traditions of the Lowcountry. All of their pastas are amazing and you can’t go wrong with the P237 Burger. Will need a reservation.
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Johns Island, SC
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Wild Olive Restaurant
One of my favorite Italian restaurants in the Charleston area. Can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Also have fabulous desserts. Definitely make a reservation.
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Charleston, SC
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Malagón, a Spanish-style taperia
One of the best places for tapas I have ever been. Great selection of wine and you will want to order everything on the menu.
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Charleston, SC
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BASIC KITCHEN
Chic place downtown for breakfast, lunch, or dinner with some great vegetarian options. Wide variety of foods ranging from avocado toast, bowls, sandwiches, and soups. My personal favorite is the Rainbow Bowl and the Cauliflower "Wings."
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Charleston, SC
restaurants
Purlieu
Incredible French & Low Country inspired dishes with something for everyone! Highly recommend getting the Parisian Herbed Gnocchi and making a reservation because it is a very small space.
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Charleston, SC
bar • outdoors • restaurants
Fuji Sushi Upper King
So many good sushi rolls to choose from. Great atmosphere with a rooftop that is perfect for food and drinks with friends!
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Charleston, SC
bar • outdoors • restaurants
Baker and Brewer
Can’t say enough great things about this place. Great pizza, great beer, great vibes. Awesome place for big groups and sitting outside.
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Charleston, SC
cafe • restaurants
Queen Street Grocery
Cute little spot for sandwiches and crepes #NotYourAverageCornerStore
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Charleston, SC
cafe
Brown's Court Bakery
Charming little counter service bakery right in the middle of downtown. One of my favorite places to go and grab a quick coffee and pastry. Amazing premade breakfast sandwiches and definitely the best chocolate croissant I have ever had.
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Charleston, SC
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Monza
Chic, high end wood-fired pizza place in the middle of downtown. Although they are known for their pizza, you can never go wrong with any of the other options. Whenever I go I am always torn between the Materassi Pizza, the Chicken Caesar Salad, and the Vodka Sauce Pasta - all are amazing.
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Charleston, SC
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O-Ku
High end, trendy sushi restaurant in the downtown area. So many different sushi rolls to choose from and have tons of other amazing options, including some of the best chicken teriyaki I have ever had.
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Sullivan's Island, SC
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Mex 1 Coastal Cantina
Hip, laid back environment with three different locations in the Charleston area all with a large outdoor seating area. My favorite location is definitely the one located on Sullivan's Island only two blocks from the beach. My favorite item on the menu is the Bangin' Shrimp Taco, but helpful hint: ask for that on a quesadilla instead, it's even better.
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Sullivan's Island, SC
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Poe's Tavern
Great place to go for a burger and fries on a beautiful day. They have a large outdoor seating area and is located only two blocks from the beach on Sullivan's Island. The restuarant itself is centered around Edgar Allan Poe and all of the burgers are even named after his poems which makeup this restaurants' fun environment.
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Charleston, SC
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Home Team BBQ
Several different locations throughout the Charleston area with incredible authentic BBQ. Tons of different menu options, beyond your basic barbeque which is what sets this restaurant apart. Their dry rubbed wings with Alabama White Sauce are a must try.
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Charleston, SC
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Indaco
Amazing high end Italian cuisine located downtown, known for their wood-fired pizzas. Really unique seasonal menu with lots of different combonations of pizza toppings that you would never think to put together. If they have the brussel sprout, brie, and green apple pizza you have got to try it! Can't go wrong with any of the hand-crafted pastas either.
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Charleston, SC
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Halls Chophouse
One of the most highly regarded steakhouses in town and it definitely lives up to the hype. Any cut of their steak is incredible and their lobster mac and cheese is to die for. Also, if you are looking for an upscale Sunday brunch this is definitely a great option.
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Charleston, SC
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Five Loaves Cafe
Great place to grab lunch with several different locations throughout the Charleston area. Although they are known for their amazing soups, salads, and sandwiches; they have an excellent dinner menu as well. Lots of vegetarian and gluten free options.
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Charleston, SC
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Basil Thai Restaurant
Amazing upscale Thai cuisine with several different locations in the Charleston area. A great place to order a couple of different items on the menu to split. Definitely my favorite spot to get pad thai in Charleston.
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Charleston, SC
cafe
The Daily
Hip coffee shop downtown with some of the best avocado toast I've had. Great pastries and coffee to grab on the run but also has some great breakfast plates if you have time to sit for a bit.
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Sullivan's Island, SC
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The Obstinate Daughter
Located only two blocks from the beach on Sullivan's Island and is the perfect spot if you are looking for some fine dining on the island. Amazing pizza and pasta, along with a fabulous brunch on the weekend. Another plus is they own the icecream place, Beard Cats, located right underneath the restaurant if you are looking for a quick dessert after your me
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Charleston, SC
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Leon's
A very trendy restaurant located downtown with a great selection of oysters, seafood, and fried chicken. The hushpuppies are amazing but my very favorite is their side of scalloped potatoes. If you are looking for a place to host an event, they have an event space in the back which has a great setup, as I have actually rented this out before.
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Charleston, SC
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The Park Cafe
One of my favorite breakfast spots downtown with a great lunch selection as well. A relatively simple menu with an elegant twist. Great selection of coffee and is a very nice place to eat outside on a nice day.
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Charleston, SC
restaurants
Circe's Grotto
Great little place to grab a sandwich if you are downtown. Locally baked bread, freshly brewed iced teas, and lots of different sandwich options including wraps, paninis, and grilled cheeses. If you are in the mood for any type of sandwich this is your place.
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Charleston, SC
restaurants
Callie's Hot Little Biscuit
If you are looking for a quick bite to eat for breakfast downtown this a great option. Small, counter service restaurant that has just about any type of biscuit you could think of (all of which are incredible). Only a few seats inside so is definitely best if you are looking for something to-go. Also if you are ever in need of a great late night bite they are reopen fr
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Charleston, SC
restaurants
Butcher & Bee
Hip restaurant downtown with a rotating menu based off of the best seasonal local ingredients they can find. Wide variety of items ranging from bowls, burgers, avocado toast, sandwiches and more. Really inventive dishes with all sorts of amazing flavors.
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Charleston, SC
restaurants
Lewis Barbecue
Texas-barbeque restaurant located downtown with a lot of outdoor seating, great for a sunny day. Incredible cut-to-order brisket and all house made. This is also a great option for those of you looking for a dog friendly restaurant.
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Charleston, SC
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39 Rue De Jean
Chic, high end bistro located downtown with amazing French classics and a decent selection of sushi. Their French onion soup is incredible. Also a great option for a nice Sunday brunch.
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Mount Pleasant, SC
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Vicious Biscuit
Cute little restaurant located in Mt. Pleasant - great for breakfast and lunch. Wide variety of incredible made-from-scratch biscuits. The Vicous Shrimp & Grits biscuit and Crab Benny biscuit are a must try.
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Charleston, SC
restaurants
Daps Breakfast & Imbibe
ncredible counter service restaurant located in the downtown area with an outdoor patio. Great selection of coffee with amazing breakfast sandwiches, hash plates, and pancakes. One of my favorite spots to eat breakfast or a light lunch so definitely check this place out.
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Sullivan's Island, SC
bar • restaurants
High Thyme Cuisine
Great place to eat, just a few blocks away from the beach! Their dinner is great but my favorite time to go is for their Sunday brunch (reservation recommended).
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Charleston, SC
bar • restaurants
Eleve Rooftop Restaurant & Lounge
Trendy rooftop to grab drinks and apps with friends. The burrata and truffle fries are amazing. As for drinks you can’t go wrong with any of their cocktails - have yet to try one I don’t like!
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Charleston, SC
bar • restaurants
Grill 225
High end steakhouse in the downtown area. Fabulous steaks and tons of other great options for those who want something other than steak such as the tomato pie. Great restaurant for special occasions.
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Charleston, SC
cafe • restaurants
One Broad Street
Great spot for breakfast and a coffee. Really great pastries, lattes, and avocado toast.
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Charleston, SC
bar • restaurants
Marina Variety Store Restaurant
Good Southern breakfast with a view. Biscuits are great but it is a heavy meal, so come hungry!
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Charleston, SC
cafe • restaurants
Mercantile and Mash
Great place to grab a latte or cappuccino on the go, or to sit and have breakfast or lunch. Great pastries and desserts as well. My favorite thing on the menu is the spicy chicken biscuit.
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Mount Pleasant, SC
restaurants
Mozzo Deli
Great place to grab a breakfast sandwich or something for lunch. Fresh bread and bagels as well as great deli meat.
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Charleston, SC
cafe • restaurants
Millers All Day
Cute place for breakfast or lunch, they have the same menu all day (hence the name). Good lattes and the biscuits are amazing.
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Charleston, SC
restaurants
RuRu's Tacos & Tequila
Great if you're in the mood for a nicer Mexican place. Really queso, guac, and margaritas.
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Johns Island, SC
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Fat Hen
Great place any time of day, but I love going for brunch. Really good mussels and the fries are awesome.
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Mount Pleasant, SC
restaurants
Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails
Great place for dinner with options that everyone will enjoy. Amazing spinach artichoke dip and amazing cocktails.
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Charleston, SC
restaurants
The Rarebit
Great place if you are looking for some upscale American comfort food. Patty melts, grilled cheese, and chicken & waffles are all great.
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Charleston, SC
bar • restaurants
Delaney Oyster House
Amazing, high-end oyster house in the heart of downtown. Great selection of wine and amazing cocktails. Amazing local oysters with many other seafood options as well. Great for kids because they have a separate Lil Shuckers menu for them.
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Charleston, SC
restaurants • shopping
Off Track Ice Cream
Really cute upscale ice cream parlor with plenty of vegan options. Ice cream sandwiches and sundaes too.
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