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Best Restaurants in Charleston SC 2022

Posted On July 9, 2022

Best Restaurants in Charleston SC 2022

Appetizers

DIG in the Park

www.dighospitality.com

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.

Authentic American

The Royal American

www.theroyalamerican.com

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.

Authentic Asian

Zen Asian Fusion

www.zenasianrestaurant.com

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. 

Authentic Italian

SAVI Cucina + Wine Bar

www.savicucina.com

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.

Authentic Mexican

Taco Boy

www.tacoboy.net

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.

Bakery

Wild Flour Pastry

www.wildflourpastrycharleston.com

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.

Barbeque

Melvin’s Barbecue

www.melvinsbbq.com

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.

Breakfast

Page’s Okra Grill

www.pagesokragrill.com

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.

Burgers

Sesame Burgers

www.sesameburgersandbeer.com

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.

Caterer

Home Team BBQ

www.hometeambbq.com

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.

Coffeehouse

Charleston Coffee Exchange

www.charlestoncoffeeexchange.com

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.

Crab cakes

Hyman’s Seafood

www.hymanseafood.com

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.

Desserts

Carmella’s

www.carmellasdessertbar.com

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.

Family Restaurant

Millers All Day

www.millersallday.com/

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.

Fine Dining

Langdon’s

www.owensdininggroup.com/langdons

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.

Ice Cream

Ye Ole Fashioned

www.yeolefashioned.com/locations/west-ashley

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.

Lunch Spot

Viva Tacos & Tequila

www.vivatacostequila.com

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.

New Restaurant

Brasserie la Banque

www.brasserielabanque.com

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.

Organic Food

The Gathering Café

www.gatheringwestashley.com

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.

Outdoor Dining

Fleet Landing

www.fleetlanding.net

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.

Pizza

Crust Wood Fired Pizza

www.crustwoodfiredpizza.com

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.

Raw Bar

167 Raw

www.167raw.com/charleston

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.

Romantic Restaurant

Peninsula Grill

www.peninsulagrill.com

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.

Salads

California Dreaming

www.californiadreaming.rest

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.

Seafood

Hank’s Seafood Restaurant

www.hanksseafoodrestaurant.com

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.

Seafood Market

Mt. Pleasant Seafood on Shem Creek

www.mtpleasantseafood.com

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.

Service

Halls Chophouse

www.hallschophouse.com

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.

Steakhouse

Oak Steakhouse

www.oaksteakhouserestaurant.com

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.

Sunday Brunch

Kiki & Rye

www.kikiandrye.com

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.

Sushi

Locals

www.localssushi.com

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.

Vegetarian

Five Loaves Café

www.fiveloavescafe.com

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.

Waterview Dining

Tavern & Table

www.tavernandtable.com

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.

Wine List

Graft Wine Shop

www.graftchs.com

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.

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