Charleston Restaurant Guide

Let Charleston charm you with its amazing lowcountry cuisine! I’ve visited and enjoyed every restaurant on this list. I’ll continue to add new favorites as I discover them. My restaurant guide is arranged by geographic area, so you won’t have to travel far when you’re hungry. I’ve indicated restaurants that I consider “kid friendly,” which means I would take my two squirmy little boys there. I always recommend calling ahead to verify hours and make a reservation. Enjoy!

Brunch at Red Drum.

Downtown Charleston – Lower Peninsula (south of Calhoun St.)

Poogan’s Porch – 72 Queen St., Charleston. $$$ Lunch, Dinner, Daily Brunch.

82 Queen – 82 Queen St., Charleston. $$$$ Lunch, Dinner, Weekend Brunch. Fine dining.

Eli’s Table – 129 Meeting St., Charleston. $$$ Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. I recommend: sweet potato pancakes for breakfast.

Toast – 155 Meeting St., Charleston. $$ Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Kid friendly.

Lowcountry Bistro – 49 South Market St., Charleston. $$$ Lunch, Dinner, Weekend Brunch. Kid friendly. I recommend: fried green tomatoes with goat cheese grits.

Kaminsky’s Dessert Café – 78 North Market St., Charleston. $$ Desserts. Kid friendly. I recommend: their pies.

Blossom – 171 East Bay St., Charleston. $$$ Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch. Seafood. Fine dining.

High Cotton – 199 East Bay St., Charleston. $$$$ Dinner, Weekend Brunch. Fine dining.

Fleet Landing – 186 Concord St., Charleston. $$ Lunch, Dinner. Waterfront dining. Kid friendly. I recommend: a drink at the bar before dinner. Free parking on site (fills up quickly).

Star’s Restaurant – 495 King St., Charleston. $$$ Dinner, Weekend Brunch. Rooftop bar. Fine dining.

Basil – 460 King St., Charleston. $$$ Lunch, Dinner. Thai cuisine.

Downtown Charleston – Upper Peninsula (north of Calhoun St.)

Hominy Grill – 207 Rutledge Ave., Charleston. $$ Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Weekend Brunch. Kid friendly.

Five Loaves Café – 43 Cannon St., Charleston. $$ Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch. Closed for dinner Sunday. Kid friendly. I recommend: chicken & waffles.

Cannon Green – 103 Spring St., Charleston. $$$$ Dinner, Sunday Brunch, Closed Monday. Fine dining.

Taco Boy – 217 Huger St., Charleston. $$ Lunch, Dinner. Mexican cuisine. Kid friendly. I recommend: dining outside.

Butcher and Bee – 1085 Morrison Dr., Charleston. $$ Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Weekend Brunch. Kid friendly.

Lunch at Butcher & Bee.

Mount Pleasant – South

Water’s Edge – 1407 Shrimp Boat Ln., Mount Pleasant. $$$ Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch Buffet. Waterfront dining. Kid friendly (at least for lunch/brunch).

Tavern and Table – 100 Church St., Mount Pleasant. $$$ Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch. Waterfront dining. I recommend: mac & cheese (with BBQ brisket).

Red’s Ice House – 98 Church St., Mount Pleasant. $ Lunch, Dinner. Casual waterfront dining. Kid friendly.

Finz – 440 West Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. $$ Dinner Daily, Lunch & Dinner on Weekends. Seafood. Kid friendly.

The Shelter – 202 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. $ Lunch, Dinner, Weekend Brunch. Live music events. Kid friendly.

Page’s Okra Grill – 302 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. $ Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Weekend Brunch. Kid friendly. I recommend: shrimp & grits, stewed tomatoes & okra, dessert.

Red Drum – 803 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. $$$ Dinner, Weekend Brunch. Kid friendly (at least for brunch).

The Mustard Seed – 1036 Chuck Dawley Blvd., Mount Pleasant. $$ Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch. Kid friendly (at least for lunch/brunch). I recommend: saving room for dessert.

Mount Pleasant – North

Sesame Burgers & Beer – 675 East Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant. $ Lunch, Dinner. Kid friendly. Vegetarian friendly.

Crave – 1968 Riviera Dr., Mount Pleasant. $$$ Lunch, Dinner, Weekend Brunch. Kid friendly. I recommend: their award-winning mac & cheese.

Basil – 1465 Long Grove Dr., Mount Pleasant. $$$ Lunch, Dinner. Thai cuisine.

Amalfi’s – 664 East Long Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. $ Lunch, Dinner. Italian cuisine. Kid friendly.

Long Point Grill – 479 Long Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. $$ Lunch, Dinner. Closed on Sunday. Kid friendly.

Sol Southwest Kitchen – 1101 Stockade Ln., Mount Pleasant. $$ Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch. I recommend: kitchen chicken sandwich and a margarita.

Lunch at Sol Southwest Kitchen.

Isle of Palms

Acme Lowcountry Kitchen – 31 J.C. Long Blvd., Isle of Palms. $$$ Breakfast, Daily Brunch, Dinner. Seafood. Kid friendly.

Morgan Creek Grill – 80 41st Ave., Isle of Palms. $$ Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch. Closed Monday. Waterfront dining. Kid friendly. I recommend: upstairs for casual, affordable dining; downstairs for a more formal dinner.

Daniel Island

Laura Albert’s – 891 Island Park Dr., Charleston. $$$ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner on Wednesday, Brunch on Saturday. Closed Sunday. Dinner to go available Monday-Friday.

West Ashley

California Dreaming – 1 Ashley Point Dr., Charleston. $$ Lunch, Dinner. Waterfront dining. Kid friendly. I recommend: starting with a house salad (which is included with some meals).

The Glass Onion – 1219 Savannah Highway, Charleston. $$ Lunch, Dinner, Saturday Brunch, Closed Sundays. Kid friendly. I recommend: collard greens.

 

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