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Moderately Priced Charleston Restaurants

Fulton Five

Fulton Five is a hidden gem located in the antique district. The vine covered building has been voted the most romantic restaurant for 14 years in a row. The quaint 15 table restaurant serves up Northern Italian cuisine featuring handmade pasta and a great selection of Italian wines. The Charleston SC restaurant features personable and knowledgeable wait staff and an outside upstairs terrace. @ 5 Fulton St


Hank’s overlooks the Historic Market and is located in a turn-of-the-century warehouse that has been designated as a national historic landmark. The restaurant is modeled after the great Charleston fish houses of the 1940’s and serves up fresh local seafood from fried platters to signature dishes. Knowledgeable waiters in white jackets and black ties serve up stellar seafood in a busy and lively environment. Hanks as been voted best seafood restaurant 14 years straight by the Charleston City Paper. @ 10 Hayne St

82 Queen

82 Queen is one of the oldest and most celebrated Charleston SC restaurants and is a three time winner of the ‘Best City Restaurant’ award from Southern Living magazine. The restaurant serves up traditional Lowcountry dishes like She-Crab Soup and shrimp and grits using fresh, local ingredients. 82 Queen consists of three buildings dating back to 1866 and a lush tree covered courtyard. @ 82 Queen St


Blossom serves American cuisine highlighting the Lowcountry’s best seafood using fresh ingredients sourced from area fishers and farmers. Guests may choose the inside dining room with a view of the exhibition kitchen or opt for the charming walled terrace with views of St. Philip’s majestic spire. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the atmosphere is casual yet high-energy. @ 171 East Bay St

Coast Bar and Grill

Coast Bar and Grill is off the beaten path, hidden down a brick-walled alleyway. The restaurant, which is located in a former indigo warehouse, serves some of the best seafood in Charleston. The chefs meet daily with local farmers and fishermen to procure the freshest seafood and produce in the Lowcountry. At the heart of the restaurant is the hickory and oak custom made wood burning grill, a feature you will only find at COAST. The staff also spends a great deal of time into compiling a wine selection to compliment each dish that is served. @ 39-D John St

Cru Cafe

Cru Cafe is located in a classic 18th century Charleston single-style home with a wraparound porch and offers traditional American comfort food. Their seating arrangement is comfortable, and you can opt to sit indoors, on the patio, or on the terrace, enjoying the cool breeze while eating. Guests of the Charleston SC restaurant can enjoy daily specials, a wine list tailored to the varied menu and rich, mouthwatering desserts. @ 18 Pinckney St


Fish is located in a beautifully renovated 1837 Charleston single in the heart of the Upper King Design District. They feature fresh-off-the-boat seafood and locally harvested ingredients influenced by French and Asian cuisine. The Charleston SC restaurant is sleek and contemporary with banquette seating, antiqued mirrors and cork walls. An outdoor courtyard is a perfect blend of tucked away privacy and Upper King Street views. @ 442 King St

The Grocery

The Grocery, one of the newer Charleston SC restaurants, is located in a former furniture warehouse. The menu is based on seasonal ingredients available from local and regional farmers and fishermen with Mediterranean and Southern influences. The menu is divided into snacks, bites, tastes, plates, table and side options encouraging guests to share. An extensive cocktail and wine list are available as is craft beer on tap, and a wood-burning oven heightens the cordial atmosphere. @ 4 Cannon St

The McIntosh

The Macintosh serves Lowcountry cuisine using fresh seasonal ingredients provided by local farmers and fishermen. The Charleston SC restaurant is located downstairs from the Cocktail Club, and bears the one-time name of the alley that ran alongside the building. The restaurant is offers stylish casual seating, and has an outdoor patio with a fire pit. @ 479B King Street

Two Boroughs Larder

Two Boroughs Larder is an urban market café serving American cuisine. The restaurant gets its name from two boroughs in Charleston, Cannonborough and Elliotborough that were originally separate but now considered one and Larder which is a cool place for storing food. The menu changes daily and the owners strive to use as much local & seasonal product and humanely raised meat as possible. They also offer wine, regional beers, delicious desserts and specialty pantry items and tableware. @ 186 Coming St

Amen Street Raw and Fish Bar

Amen Street Raw and Fish Bar specializes in fresh, local, sustainable seafood. Well informed and engaged wait staff serve up Lowcountry classics like shrimp and grits, she-crab soup, and bowls of pirlau or you can stop by the raw bar for a fresh selection of oysters from the day’s suppliers. The Charleston SC restaurant is in walking distance of the Market and Charleston Harbor, and offers both indoor and outdoor seating in a comfortable and contemporary atmosphere. @ 205 E Bay St

Poogan's Porch

Poogan’s Porch is one of the oldest and most highly regarded Charleston SC restaurants. They have been serving up Lowcountry cuisine to celebrities, politicians, tourists and locals since 1976. The yellow Victorian house that dates back to 1888, is named after an abandoned dog and considered to be one of the most haunted structures in Charleston. Diners frequently report sightings of the restaurant’s resident ghost Zoe, a spinster schoolteacher who lived in the house until her death in 1954. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating along with a 1500 bottle wine cellar. @ 72 Queen St


Magnolia’s started a culinary renaissance when it opened in 1990 and remains a forerunner in upscale Southern cuisine. The Charleston SC restaurant, located at the site of the city's original Customs House (circa 1739), blends traditional ingredients and cooking techniques with modern flair and artful presentation. For a more wallet-friendly option, stop by for lunch when they offer plenty of Southern-styled soups, salads, and sandwiches. @185 E Bay St  

Hyman's Seafood

Hyman’s has been serving up awesome seafood in Charleston for almost 30 years. They have been voted best seafood in the Southeast by Southern Living Magazine 8 years in a row. The large menu include raw oysters, crab cakes, shrimp and grits, fried seafood platters, po boys and much more. This is a family owned restaurant and they are not happy unless you leave happy. @215 Meeting St

Inexpensive Charleston Restaurants


Alluette’s Café is a one of a kind eating establishment. After cancer nearly ended Alluette's life, the concept of food preparation using fresh products and fresh ingredients free of harmful chemicals became even more important to her. Alluette prepares the food as it is ordered. You may have to wait a little longer for that freshly prepared food, but once you take your first taste, you will be glad you came. The food is prepared using extra virgin olive oil, herbs and spices instead of heavy salt, sugar and animal fats. The dining room is small and comfortable and features ongoing performances of music, poetry and theater. @ 80 A Reid St

Virginia's on King

Virginia’s serves up classic home-style Southern food including shrimp & grits, fried chicken and collard greens prepared with the freshest, local ingredients. The Charleston SC restaurant is charming and comfortable with personable and gracious hospitality. There is also no better way to start the day than a wonderful breakfast and Virginia's on King serves the morning meal with a Southern twist Monday through Saturday @ 412 King St 

Pearlz Oyster Bar

Pearlz serves an assorted mix of raw shellfish, local seafood, Lowcountry recipes, and regional favorites. The often rowdy, fun, eclectic restaurant is only minutes from the Market and Waterfront Park, and gives you a front row seat to experience all the best that Charleston has to offer. Have a seat on the patio, grab a cocktail and and soak in the sights and sounds of Charleston. @ 153 E Bay St

Hominy Grill

Hominy Grill is housed in a charming Charleston building from the 1800's that operated as a barbershop for many years before becoming a restaurant. The Charleston SC restaurant is a must stop for tourists and locals alike with people lining up on the weekends for the acclaimed Southern Brunch. Hominy Grill serves Lowcountry cuisine using local ingredients in this neighborhood restaurant since 1996. They serve up shrimp & grits, an ever rotating selection of southern veggies and hearty country breakfasts with pancakes, eggs, and house-made sausage. And you can't beat the pitchers of sweet tea poured by waitresses with equal doses of Southern charm. @ 207 Rutledge Ave

Butcher and Bee

Butcher and Bee is a cool deli located off the beaten path under the Highway 17 overpass at the far north end of King Street. They continue to be a leader in the lunch and late-night dining scene, getting tons of local and national attention. They feature an adventurous array of fresh daily specials including sandwiches and sides paired with really good breads baked in-house, and sometimes a simple dessert or two. The ingredients are locally sourced, provided by area farms and fishermen. Vegans and vegetarians are also well-served here with many choices. @ 652 King St

Jestine's Kitchen

On the corner of Meeting and Wentworth streets, Jestine’s rules as a local institution of Southern soul food. There is a daily blue-plate special and folks with a hankering for sugar rave about the sweet tea and moist Coca-Cola cake. Readers of the Charleston City Paper voted Jestine’s has the best Sweet Tea, Best Fried Chicken, and Best Meat and Three. The restaurant has a relaxed environment with Blue and Jazz background music and signature desserts such as coconut cream pie. @ 251 Meeting St

Martha Lou's Kitchen

Martha Lou's Kitchen on Morrison Drive belongs on your list of must-visit restaurants. The no-frills restaurant in the pink cinder block building serves up simple home cooking on paper plates. Murals of Charleston are painted on one wall. Framed memories, pictures of various African-American leaders, and a photo of President Obama line the other. @ 1068 Morrison Dr

Fleet Landing

Fleet landing has the best waterfront views of any restaurant in Charleston with oversized windows offering diners expansive views of Charleston Harbor. Housed in a 1940s retired naval building on the east side of the Charleston peninsula, Fleet Landing Restaurant features a menu of southern-inspired seafood dishes, including Charleston shrimp and grits and whole fried southern flounder with red rice. Seating is available on the outdoor deck, which is heated during the winter. @ 186 Concord St

Fuel Caribbean Cantina

FUEL Charleston is housed in a former 1950’s gas station turned fish market. They serve Caribbean influenced cuisine of local fish tacos, house ground burgers, and intriguing island-influenced entrees. Fuel uses fresh and simple ingredients accompanied by affordable beers, signature cocktails, and unique wines. Fuel has a tropical setting with an indoor/outdoor bar and one of Charleston’s largest patios. The ambience strikes a wonderful balance between relaxation and nostalgia. @ 211 Rutledge Ave


Toast offers a variety of signature breakfast dishes (which can be ordered all day) like the Charleston Surf and Turf, the House specialty omelet (open-faced, topped with grilled zucchini, mushrooms & pepper jack cheese) or the Eggs Meeting Street (a fried green tomato topped with a crab cake, poached egg and Lowcountry remoulade sauce, served with home fries or grits). Toast also features a lunch and dinner menu featuring many Lowcountry favorites. @ 155 Meeting St

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