11 Scrumptious Restaurants in Charleston, SC
I love my husband’s job! Yes, of course I love it for all the obvious reasons, but I also love it when he is offered a business trip to any of our wondrous southern cities. Because I get to go, too!! During a recent trip to Charleston, SC, we strolled through the historic district and enjoyed a few delicious meals in some of Charleston’s best restaurants.
This post is a first ever here on HFD. How is that, you ask? My sweet hubby is a Top Contributor on TripAdvisor, so he has also contributed his review of all of our Charleston restaurants to this post. So, for the first time ever, J is a guest writer!
11 of the Most Scrumptious Restaurants in Charleston
I was alone for lunch while he was in meetings, so Virginia’s on King, Grill 225 and Amen Street were reviewed by moi. We would love to know what you think if you’ve had the privilege to dine at any of these fine establishments.
King Street is in the heart of the historic district of Charleston. I stopped in to Virginia’s on King for a bite of lunch and had the absolute best cup of She-Crab soup that I have ever had in my life. Hands down! Fresh sweet tea and broccoli cornbread complimented the soup perfectly. While I was lapping up the last drop of my little cup of heaven, I posted a picture and comment on Facebook. Virginia’s complimented my picture and shared my post on their Facebook page! I fell in love with them all over again! Southern hospitality on the internet!
I came home with the mission to find a recipe half as delicious as theirs and so far, I may have found one that is 1/8th as good. I think I need more sherry and another pound of crab. Hers is heavy with both. If you are in Charleston, do not pass go and do not collect $200. Go directly to Virginia’s on King and order a cup of she-crab soup.
This savory spot on East Bay Street is ranked #11 out of over 800 restaurants in Charleston. I tried to have lunch here, but barely got passed the bread they serve before your meal. Believe me when I say that you’ve never had anything like it anywhere else!
Grill 225 is located inside the Market Pavilion Hotel and you know you’ve entered a fine dining establishment the minute you enter the door. The coffered ceiling, gorgeous columns and white tablecloths demonstrate their tagline perfectly. Make a reservation here to experience the “art of southern hospitality.”
I have to share the story of my visit to Amen Street, even though I didn’t eat a bite in this restaurant. This is all about southern hospitality at it’s finest. I had spent the morning shopping and touring historical houses and about 2:00 in the afternoon realized that my phone battery was about to die. I stopped into 3 places along E. Bay Street asking for help with a phone charger. No one could help me until I stopped into this oyster bar. The gentlemen behind the bar said, “Sure, have a seat and you can borrow my charger.” He plugged my phone in with his personal charger and then asked, “What can I get you while you wait?” I ordered their “Famous Peach Bellini” and couldn’t have been happier with a dead phone battery.
On our first day exploring “The Chuck,” we decided to stop for a bit to rest after a long day of walking. I was attracted to the name of this lovely little cafe. They had a buffet of all types of pastries to drool over, but we chose a happy hour cocktail while watching passers-by from our window seat. They have a very friendly staff and an incredible happy hour menu.
This great restaurant is in a unique setting, tucked neatly behind the Wentworth Mansion in the historic district. You traverse a gorgeous garden area to access the restaurant entrance and are ushered into a beautifully decorated dining room. From the moment we arrived, we enjoyed very attentive customer service. David was our waiter and he was outstanding. The menu and wine list are creative and diverse. I had antelope and my wife had duck, the first time we had dined on those dishes. The food was incredible! It is a bit pricey, but here you truly get what you pay for. The high ratings this place has are well deserved.
After dining here during our last night in Charleston, it’s easy to see why this place is rated #2 out of the hundreds of Charleston establishments. They are located in an indoor mall on King Street in the historic district. From the moment we darkened their door, we were treated like royalty. Our primary servers were Lisa and Erin, and they were outstanding! Their menu is quite unique and creative and they offer a top notch wine list. The atmosphere is very relaxing. If you enjoy live Jazz music, ask for a seat near the stage, tucked away in a corner of the restaurant. We dined on savory seafood dishes, but they offer a wide range of cuisines. Bon appetit!
We enjoyed a relaxed lunch on the “patio” and could not have been more satisfied. The service was great and the Southern influenced menu was quite creative. They have a very good wine list along with the unique food options, and the setting is very quaint. A “must do” while in Charleston.
Boiled Peanuts while you wait – a southern classic!
Fried Pork Chop, Field Peas with Jasmine Rice and Collard Greens
Goat Stew with Fried Egg
We stumbled onto this treasure while walking around Charleston. They are a “locals” spot with many creative, healthy options (including more gluten-free items than I’ve ever seen) at affordable prices. The wait staff is attentive and knowledgable. I highly recommend them for a change from some of the pricey, touristy places that dominate Charleston.
We ate lunch here on St. Patty’s Day. I enjoyed a saucy Reuben with Irish Potato Soup.
My cell phone photography doesn’t do this salad justice. Made with an in-house buttermilk dressing with bacon and romaine lettuce… It was divine!
This is a high end steakhouse with the best food and service I’ve ever seen. The Hall family (we met Billy and Jeanie) go out of their way to make your dining experience memorable and amazing. They have steaks that are dry aged, wet aged and grass fed. The server (Colin was ours, and he was awesome) walks you through all the choices and helps you decide what works best for your palate. The wine sommelier (Jamie for us) was extremely patient and helpful in choosing THE perfect wine for the occasion. The pace was leisurely and we were shown just the right amount of attention without feeling “over-served”. Despite the high prices, the value comes through in what is truly a “once in a lifetime” dining experience in one of Charleston’s finest restaurants.
The owner, Billy, also tried his best to find me (Kim) a ticket to Charleston Fashion Week after our second dinner there in as many nights. He was kind enough to have his brother call to say they had tickets for the two of us, but unfortunately, this was during my dead cell phone day, so I missed the message. Bummer! But, I ask you…How many restaurants go to that kind of trouble?
We were privileged enough to dine at Hall’s twice during our visit to Charleston. Once on our second night in town and then with the conference J was attending the next night. We had several delicious meals, but if we had to “suffer” through two nights in the same place, I’m thrilled it was at Hall’s.
This was an amazing dining experience. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner here on our first night of a week’s stay in the city. Tess did an excellent job of explaining our menu and wine list options. We chose the “Dekle” steak and a burger and were NOT disappointed. The service and food were as good as any of the many restaurants where we have dined. The chefs were even nice enough to pose for a picture with us. Do not pass by this establishment!
We enjoyed a great meal while being entertained upstairs in the piano bar with light melodies. The fare was well matched to the light, airy feel of the evening. We were treated to good service and were able to get a couple of requests performed by the pianist. Sermet’s is an attractive option if you enjoy good food and relaxing live music.
These restaurants have menus with every type of food from gluten-free to the most decadent desserts. I hope you’ll save the link to this post for your next trip to Charleston. If you visit any of these great establishments, tell them Heart for Dixie sent you!