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Charleston Restaurants

Charleston Restaurants

Charleston has emerged as one of the best culinary cities in America. Whether it's tried and true Charleston cuisine or innovative foodie fare on Upper King Street, we'll give you some of Traveling Ink's favorite restaurant recommendations below.

 

 

Visitors ask frequently for a restaurant recommendation. Typically I preface my response to guests with a few questions. I ask them what genre of food they like, what entree they are in the mood for, whether they prefer a pedigreed chef or a fabulous view, and if they'd like something casual or a little more upscale. Once I have that information to work with, it is much easier to make a recommendation. There's just too much culinary talent in Charleston to be blurting out restaurant names on a whim.

 

Traveling Ink has separated it's restaurant referrals by genre below (be gracious with us, some restaurants overlap multiple genres). Please note that a restaurant's absence on the site doesn't mean we don't admire their skills in the kitchen. It simply may mean we haven't had the opportunity to eat there yet (or recently enough) to feature them on the site. **All restaurants are located in downtown Charleston unless otherwise noted.

 

 

Lowcountry/Southern Cooking

Jestine's Kitchen

251 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 • 843-722-7224

82 Queen

82 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401 • 843-723-7591

Poogan's Porch

72 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401 • 843-577-2337

Early Bird Diner (West Ashley)

1644 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407 • 843-277-2353

Page's Okra Grill (Mt. Pleasant)

302 Coleman Blvd. Mt Pleasant, SC 29464 • 843-881-3333

 

Deli/Cafe

Brown Dog Deli

40 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401 • 843-853-8081

Black Bean Co.

429 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403 • 843-277-0990

How Art Thou Cafe (James Island)

1956 Maybank Highway, Charleston (James Island), SC 29412 • 843-793-2231

 

 

Seafood

Hank's Seafood (Dinner Only)

10 Hayne Street, Charleston, SC 29401 • 843-723-3474

The Ordinary (Dinner Only)

544 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403 • 843-414-7060

The Wreck of Richard and Charlene (Mt. Pleasant)

106 Haddrell Street, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 • 843-884-0052

 

BBQ

Sticky Fingers Ribhouse

235 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 • 843-853-7427

Smoke BBQ

487 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403 • 843-805-5050

Steak or Chops

Halls Chophouse

434 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403 • 843-727-0090

Oak Steakhouse

17 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401 • 843-722-4220

 

Husk Cheeseburger
Enjoy a lunchtime cheeseburger at Husk.

Burger

HoM Charleston

563 King Street Street, Charleston, SC 29403 • 843-573-7505

Fleet Landing

186 Concord Street, Charleston, SC 29401 • 843-722-8100

BLU Restaurant and Bar (Folly Beach)

1 Center Street, Folly Beach, SC 29439 • 843-588-6658

Husk

76 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401 • 843-577-2500

 

 

Best View

Fleet Landing

186 Concord Street, Charleston, SC 29401 • 843-722-8100

Harborview Restaurant & Lounge (top of Holiday Inn Charleston-Riverview West Ashley)

301 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407 • 843-556-7100

California Dreaming (West Ashley)

1 Ashley Point Drive, Charleston, SC 29407 • 843-766-1644

 

Vegan or Gluten Free Offerings

Brown Dog Deli

40 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401 • 843-853-8081

Black Bean Co.

429 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403 • 843-277-0990

Dellz Uptown

511 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403 • 843-641-0352

 

Charleston dessert. Enjoy a gelato after your meal. Image courtesy Charleston Culinary Tours. All Rights Reserved.
Enjoy a gelato after your meal.

Dessert

Kaminsky's Dessert Cafe

78 North Market Street, Charleston, SC 29401 • 843-853-8270

Paolo's Italian Gelato

41 John Street, Charleston, SC 29403 • 843-577-0099

Belgian Gelato

6 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401 • 843-743-5043

Peninsula Grill

112 North Market Street, Charleston, SC 29401 • 843-723-0700

 

 

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