Make a reservation and see why Charleston restaurants are ranked among the best in the country.
If you are visiting Charleston in the peak season, April – September, it is a good idea to plan ahead when you are dining out. Downtown Charleston restaurants get very busy and the waits can be very long. Check the restaurant’s website or go to the website Open Table to see if you can book a reservation. If not, consider eating an early dinner to beat the crowds. Below are 10 of the best restaurants in Charleston.
The Charleston Grill, located in the Charleston Place Hotel, is one of the most distinguished and sophisticated Charleston restaurants. The dining room is highlighted by marble floors, mahogany walls and features nightly live jazz music. The chef serves up true southern cuisine grouping appetizers and entrées by mood. The menu which changes seasonally can be paired with over 1,300 wines from the cellar. After dinner, treat yourself to decadent desserts expertly created by the Executive Pastry Chef. @ 224 King St
Circa 1886 is a hidden gem located in the carriage house of the Wentworth Mansion. The executive chef serves up modern, healthier versions of Lowcountry dishes, using less butter and cream and more whole grains. The menus change seasonally to take advantage of fresh produce and the restaurant boasts an extensive wine list to complement the extraordinary cuisine. The professional, attentive, experienced wait staff is waiting to help guide you through the menu and the pastry chef is ready to serve up incredible desserts. @149 Wentworth St
Grill 225 is Charleston’s Premier Steakhouse located in the luxurious Market Pavilion Hotel. They serve 100% USDA Prime Beef wet-aged 42-50 days. You will also enjoy local sustainable seafood as well as exclusive premium domestic and international offerings. Savor stunning creations from the pastry chef and get impeccable service from professional, attentive servers. The private booth seating, rich hardwoods and large windows add to the luxurious ambiance. @ 225 E. Bay St.
Before Husk propelled executive chef Sean Brock into the spotlight, there was McCrady’s. Located in Charleston's first tavern built in 1771, the restaurant is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Landmarks. The menu highlights local ingredients and allows patrons to pick dishes and create their own tasting menu. The menu is complemented by exceptional wine pairings and the staff is expertly trained. McCrady’s is one of the most popular Charleston restaurants and reservations are essential. @ 2 Unity Alley
McCrady's Tavern, established in 1778, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Landmarks. McCrady's Tavern serves reimagined American Classics created by Chef Sean Brock including oysters, lobsters, chicken, steaks, and chops. The tavern is a lively, everyday gathering place with exposed-brick walls and high ceilings.
Michael's on the Alley, tucked away off Historic King St, offers the ultimate dining experience. Michael's serves up the highest quality steaks, fresh seafood, prime rib, and enticing desserts with a side of Charleston's famous hospitality. The restaurant features USDA Prime Angus and Choice steaks that are wet and dry aged.
Oak Steakhouse is an upscale Steakhouse located in a restored, three story, 150 year old building that was formerly occupied by a bank. The Steakhouse utilizes the farm to table concept sourcing ingredients from local farmers and fisherman for their menu whenever possible. They have a superb selection of mouthwatering signature cuts of Prime Certified Angus Beef and fresh caught local seafood. They offer an extensive wine list and the wait staff offer professional and attentive service. @ 17 Broad St
The Peninsula Grill, located in the Planters Inn, has a sophisticated, relaxed atmosphere. The executive chef creates four-star cuisine including “sinfully grilled” Angus steaks, pan roasted scallops, roasted rack of lamb, and live Main lobster. You also have to try the Ultimate Coconut Cake hailed by many in the food and media world including Martha Stewart and Bobby Flay. For all guests, business casual is the appropriate attire. For Gentlemen, a jacket is requested, not required. For Women, either a dress or slacks is suggested. @ 112 N Market St