I love food + Charleston's amazing restaurants = happy me. Hopefully the below list will be a good guide for your travels to Charleston, South Carolina, before hand and while you're there.
Go for the View:
This was one of my favorite restaurants while in Charleston. First, they have a parking lot right in front of the restaurant and it’s free! If the lot is full, or you want to wonder afterwards, there's a lot a block away. The location is perfect. You’re right in the middle of historic Charleston, a short walk from shopping and sites. I thought the food was well worth the 25 dollars of an average entrée. The view though, was the show stopper. Sitting on the back deck, you have a view out over the water. You can watch the ships pass by, look out at Fort Sumter or was the birds dive for fish. This is not only a great place for views, but an excellent option for families. Oh, and the key lime pie was crazy good.
Talk about views! This restaurant is perched atop of the Holiday in along the Ashley River. The Holiday Inn is kind of on an island, so the views are spectacular. You'll get a great view of the downtown area while enjoying American cuisine.
This is off in a different world. The Bowens Island restaurant is a drive from Charleston, but is has some amazing views. Just looking at the place, it screams local. It's known for the oysters, you'll be able to dine indoors or out. The wooden, rustic, pure southern charm of the atmosphere will make it one to remember.
Outstanding low country cuisine with fresh local ingredients. This would be a great option for a date night, as it is a little more dressed up.
I love the Wild Dunes! It's a great resort area. Check out my post here to check out the dining options 🙂
Ok, I absolutely had to mention this one. It was pure gold. It's located in Isle of Palms and has some of the best breakfast food I've ever had. The restaurant is small, but the flavors pack a punch!
My family loved it here. Situated off of the touristy path, this cozy restaurant is within a more residential part of town. The food, a variety of low country favorites for under 20 dollars, is worth the cab ride over. I could definitely eat my way through the menu, which has earned a James Beard award. The lot is not big, so get there early or you can always park on the street.
This restaurant combines a beachy feel with a more refined menu. Entrees are about 30 per person. The wood interior is inviting and the atmosphere is good for families. My kids absolutely loved taking a walk after dinner to watch the dolphins swim past. The restaurant does have a parking lot, but it fills up fast, so make reservations early. They do have valet.
Again, just outside the city, this one is for family. If you've ever wanted to try a steampot, here's your chance! They also have a raw bar. In the mood for a burger or steak, you'll find that here too.
A very relaxed setting across the bridge from Charleston. You'll enjoy some southern cooking while enjoying the waterfront views. A great place to take the family
We showed up at Magnolias soaking wet from a sudden storm. The restaurant, which is a little more dressed up than some of the others, took us in with warm smiles. Everything from the exposed beam ceiling to the hard wood floors and white linens was well done. The menu, which I thought was reasonable, from 25 to 35 per entrée, had a lot to offer. I loved it because they gave me a huge bowl of shrimp and grits, those things were monsters. First and last time I failed at finishing that dish. I’m hoping for a rematch sometime soon. The location is prime, in the heart of it all. They have a lot you can park in, which is helpful.
Husk is located in a Victorian era home and serves some of the best locally sourced food in Charleston. This James Beard award winner is just a couple blocks south of Market street. The menu changes often, but some of the menu items include NC cornmeal fried catfish and Carolina Heritage Pork.
This amazing establishment is located on the plantation grounds of Middleton Place, a short drive from Charleston. You'll be served some locally sourced, low country favorites.
A little different, a little fun:
What an amazing way to see Charleston! Cruise along the coast while enjoying a 3 or 4 course meal, then dance the night away to the live music. The 2 /12 hour cruise runs from 7 - 9:30, with boarding at 6:30. Reservations begin 60 prior to sailing and kids are charged at adult prices.
If you're wanting to grab a drink before or after dinner, you can't beat the Rooftop at the Vendue. It's a hotspot that will fill up during the evenings, but the views are more than worth the crowd. They do serve dinner here, which is a variety of different sandwiches, tacos and burgers.