Friday, March 23, 2018

Where to Eat in Charleston, South Carolina

Where to Eat in Charleston, South Carolina
I got so many requests to share everywhere Katie and I went while we were in Charleston, so here is my full Charleston dining guide! The city is a foodie's paradise. Literally, every single thing I have ever eaten in Charleston has been wonderful. You can see past favorites like Zero George and Cannon Green, too.

If you are wondering where to eat, you can't go wrong at any of my below recommendations. We didn't have a bad experience anywhere. Everywhere the service was wonderful and everything we ate was better than the next!

In regard to reservations, if you can, I would suggest making a reservation. During the weekdays, they're likely to be less crowded but on the weekends it will be hard to get a table!
Poogan's Porch Charleston
A casual but refined spot near King Street that serves classic southern food in a modern way. We had things like pimento fried cheese balls. Everything we ate was wonderful as was the service and the presentation. I'm not much of a biscuit person, but their biscuits alone are reason enough to go. SO good. There's also a beautiful deck, so if the weather is great, ask to be seated there!

City Lights Coffee
A cute local coffee shop with a hipster vibe. They have delicious French press option! 

The Darling Oyster Bar Charleston Review
The Darling Oyster Bar
The branding is just as amazing as their food. An eclectic, seafood-based menu, with things like oysters, lobster rolls, and more. It would be great for a date night, a girl's night out or even with family. Stop in for drinks and some snacks at the raw bar or for a seated dinner. We sat at the raw bar and had oysters and shrimp then, a lobster roll with hushpuppies. YUM! Their cocktails are also fabulous and worth ordering over wine or beer! Make sure you grab a few matchbooks on your way out. They might be the cutest I've ever seen!

The Dewberry
This is a hotel with a restaurant and bar/lounge attached. We did not eat at the restaurant but it looked lovely. We had drinks in the lounge and it was though we stepped onto the set of Mad Men. It has a very clear Mid-Century modern vibe with a bit of upscale swankiness to it. They had a live trio which made it even better. The drinks were beautifully presented and delicious. 

Vintage Lounge
We stumbled into this bar/lounge by accident but we ended up loving it. They had a live jazz singer and the ambiance was very cozy and romantic. They specialize in wine but have a few cocktails to choose from. We also had their flatbread which was perfect and great to split between the two of us as a snack. This would be the perfect date-night spot.

This is one of my all-time favorite spots. I've been here before and knew I had to go back. They also have a spot at Cisco Brewery on Nantucket and I made sure to stop there, too. It's the best lobster roll I have ever eaten. Not to mention, their tuna tartar and guac are incredible, too. If you have time for just one lunch, this should be it. 

This is a popular bar as we entered and almost couldn't find a spot to sit. It has a college-vibe to it but it's well worth the visit even if you are well out of college. The cucumber gin drink that I had was one of the best cocktails I've ever had! 

If you are a Greek food fan, this is the place for you. Everything from hummus to Gyros, Stella's is a more upscale Greek restaurant with a pleasant, simple atmosphere. The cocktails are also delicious (I had the Onassis) and the food portions are huge. It's a great place to go with a group and share everything!

The Ordinary
This was my favorite dinner in Charleston! Callie and I went when she got into town and it was BEYOND. The location and interior were beautiful with a casual but luxe vibe. The menu specializes in seafood. We got the tuna tartar, baked lobster, and crab toast. It was so good we could have licked the plates. If you only have time for one nice dinner, this would definitely be my choice! 

Blind Tiger
This is an unassuming pub, but the real gem is their courtyard in the back. It's picture perfect for lounging and sipping one of their delicious cocktails, but would also be the perfect spot for Sunday brunching. Their menu is vast and all of the choices sound amazing, it's hard to choose. The food is casual American and you could easily show up in a sundress or your post-yoga leggings. 


Malinda said...

167 Raw is soooo good. It was my favorite restaurant when I visited Charleston a year ago. If there are any seats open, I highly recommend sitting at the bar facing part of the kitchen. You get to watch them cook while you eat, and it's really cool to see what goes into presenting the food.


Mackenzie said...

OMG I literally dream about this lobster roll from 167 Raw! Hands down, best lobster roll ever. And this is coming from a girl from Maine who's probably had hundreds in her lifetime. Love Charleston's food scene so much!!

Mackenzie ||


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