Best Restaurants in Charleston SC 2022
Best Restaurants in Charleston SC 2022
DIG in the Park
Known to locals as DIG, Daniel Island Grille first opened on (you guessed it) Daniel Island in 2008 and expanded to Park Circle in 2011. Nothing beats DIG’s loaded nachos, big bang boom shrimp or fried pickles on game day.
The Royal American
Many people know Royal American for the infamous alcoholic punches, but the food should not be overlooked at this downtown staple. Juicy burgers, loaded hot dogs, wings and daily specials pair perfectly with an evening of live music.
Zen Asian Fusion
Rong Zhou left his family behind in Fuzhou, China in 1989 to train in a sushi restaurant in Japan in hopes of opening a family-owned restaurant in America one day. He certainly achieved that with Zen, serving sushi, Chinese cuisine and more to the Charleston community since 2010 at its West Ashley location.
SAVI Cucina + Wine Bar
This cozy, yet upscale Italian restaurant at Towne Centre in Mt. Pleasant got its name from owner Karen Raju’s grandmother, Mama Savi, who hails from Bari, Italy. The eggplant parmigiana is highly recommended because it features thinly sliced eggplant layered similarly to lasagna noodles.
Karalee Nielsen Fallert opened the first Taco Boy location in 2006 on Folly Beach to bring Mexican-inspired flavors to the Lowcountry. The restaurant has since expanded to Summerville and downtown Charleston, still serving fan favorites like classic guacamole and birria tacos.
Wild Flour Pastry
At Wild Flour, guests can enjoy a tasty variety of comforting desserts, both sweet and savory. If you haven’t visited the West Ashley shop on Sticky Bun Sunday, you’re missing out.
Head to Melvin’s for South Carolina’s original mustard-based barbecue. The family recipe that was first developed in the 1930s can still be found slathered on chopped bbq pork, ribs, brisket, and more at both the James Island and Mt. Pleasant locations.
Page’s Okra Grill
Page’s is truly a taste of Charleston, serving Southern classics like chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, and country fried steak and eggs. Wash everything down with an award-winning Bloody Mary for the full experience.
The burger possibilities are endless at Sesame, where you can choose from four different patties and a variety of locally-sourced toppings. The Charleston burger is a crowd favorite, topped with pimento cheese, tomato and house made dill pickles.
Home Team BBQ
Nothing starts a party quite like a tray of Home Team’s signature smoked chicken wings or a platter of pulled pork. The same flavorful sauces, sides, and mains from the restaurant’s locations downtown and West Ashley can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home and perfect for a lively party.
Charleston Coffee Exchange
Taste coffee from around the world at this shop that has been serving the West Ashley community since 2006. All of the beans are roasted in house in small batches for maximum flavor and quality.
The Hyman family has been serving Charleston since 1890, beginning as a wholesale store and pivoting to seafood in 1987. Hyman’s crab cake is always made with fresh lump crab meat and topped with a secret sauce.
Owners Brian and Tiffany Solari bring the ideals of the Italian piazza to Charleston. They want the community to come together over dessert, one mini cake and dessert martini at a time at their delicious spot in historic downtown.
Millers All Day
If there’s one thing that kids and adults can agree on, it’s that breakfast should be served all day. This is especially true when cinnamon rolls and banana bread are on the menu. Millers all day combines passionate Southern chefs, a farmer and miller of great grains at their welcoming diner-style downtown location.
Langdon’s is Mt. Pleasant’s only AAA Four Diamond Restaurant, serving elegant plates that seamlessly combine the flavors of the Lowcountry with dishes from around the globe.
Ye Ole Fashioned
This popular old-school ice cream shop will make you feel nostalgic, serving over-the-top sundaes and cones. You can’t go wrong with a classic banana split topped with hot fudge at any of their seven area locations.
Viva Tacos & Tequila
Head to Daniel Island to enjoy a $9 lunch plate with your choice of burrito, enchilada, quesadilla, and taco suave from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. They also have a pick-two option for $10.
Brasserie la Banque
Located in the iconic 1 Broad Street building downtown, Brasserie la Banque is bringing the flavors of France to the Lowcountry in an elevated setting. The menu features classics like braised rabbit, but with a Southern twist.
The Gathering Café
Find comfort food with a healthy touch at this West Ashley cafe. The dishes are inspired by in-season produce and there are abundant vegetarian and vegan options.
Spectacular views and waterfront dining awaits at Fleet Landing downtown. Watch boats cruise by on the harbor while you enjoy Charleston classics like shrimp and grits or lump crab cakes.
Crust Wood Fired Pizza
Crust offers classic pizzas like margherita alongside inventive pies like the crustacean, which is topped with spicy shrimp, prosciutto, arugula pesto, feta, mozzarella, arugula, and calabrian chili oil. The have three area locations on James Island, Summerville and downtown.
If you’re looking to devour a variety of seafood, 167 Raw downtown is the place to go. Get a taste of the raw bar with “The Sampler,” which comes with 4 each of oysters, clams, and shrimp.
Peninsula Grill is a fine dining destination in downtown Charleston next to the historic Charleston City Market. Setting the table for romance involves an array of ingredients: scrumptious food, alluring ambiance, and bespoke service. You can’t go wrong with any of the seasonal specialties, then end the meal with the 12-layer Ultimate Coconut Cake.
The infamous California Dreaming salad is packed with mixed greens, ham and turkey, a mix of cheeses, eggs, tomatoes, almonds, warm ham and bacon and house dressing for a satisfying and hearty meal, enjoyed while overlooking the Ashley River.
Hank’s Seafood Restaurant
Hank’s celebrates the bounty of seafood sourced from right here in the Lowcountry with a location just off the historic Charleston City Market. Start your meal with the She Crab Soup and try a little bit of everything in the Seafood A La Wando.
Mt. Pleasant Seafood on Shem Creek
This 4th generation family business has been supplying fresh seafood to the Charleston area for over 75 years. Stop by their Mt. Pleasant location right on Shem Creek for a fresh catch and check their website for recipe inspiration.
The first location of the Halls empire opened in 2009 in downtown with the strong foundation of Bill Hall’s forty years of hospitality experience. That level of service continues today, where every guest is treated like family.
Nothing says special occasion quite like a 32 oz porterhouse for two at this storied location on Broad Street downtown. Enjoy alongside classic sides like whipped potatoes and chili-orange glazed Brussels sprouts to complete the meal.
Kiki & Rye
Wood-fired, coastal cooking in Mt. Pleasant holds a “Party on the Pond” every Sunday featuring live music and brunch specials from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Order the Croissant Monsieur for a decadent start to the day.
Locals’ signature rolls at their Mt. Pleasant and West Ashley locations feature over-the-top flavor combinations like tempura lobster and filet, and Charlestonians can’t get enough. Half off sushi Mondays are also tough to beat.
Five Loaves Café
This beloved Mt. Pleasant cafe’s menu is vegetarian and gluten-free friendly, with more options than a token salad. You can’t go wrong with the hearty tri-colored cheese tortellini, goat cheese gnocchi or any of their daily rotating soups.
Tavern & Table
Settle in on Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant for an evening of fun cocktails and elegant small plates. The burnt end mac & cheese and dynamite shrimp are always a crowd pleaser.
Graft Wine Shop
Co-owners and sommeliers Femi Oyediran and Miles White will match you with your perfect bottle from their wide selection at their downtown shop, whether it’s a gift for someone else or a treat for yourself.