Top 6 Sullivan’s Island restaurants For the Traveling Foodie

Everyone enjoys an evening of great food, friends, and family. Why not combine all of those in an unbelievable setting on your Lowcountry vacation? Sullivan’s Island is the perfect place to sample excellent cuisine, enjoy a fun happy hour, or relax with your family after a day on the beach! Our list of the best Sullivan’s Island restaurants breaks down five of the top places to eat in this slice of paradise. 

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What Are the Best Sullivan’s Island Restaurants? 

Sullivan’s Island restaurants are very popular, especially during high tourist seasons. You can expect long wait times during evening weekends. We recommend arriving early or calling ahead if you have a large group. Grab a local beer or cocktail from the bar while you’re waiting and soak in the beautiful Carolina sky! 

1. The Obstinate Daughter

The Obstinate Daughter is a local favorite and one of the best Sullivan’s Island restaurants. The nautical-themed interior gives it a relaxed yet elegant ambiance that you won’t find anywhere else in the area. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but their pizzas and pasta are the top of the line. Don’t forget to try their Geechie fries as well!

Local Tip: You’ll want to book your reservation here as far in advance as possible because this place books up months in advance during summer. However, that should be enough to convince you of how good it really is!

2. Mex 1 Coastal Cantina 

Tacos and award-winning margaritas are the highlights of this Sullivan’s Island hangout. Mex 1 Coastal Cantina offers fresh Baja Mexican cuisine in a bright and vibrant setting. Walk straight from the beach to your table in minutes and savor fresh guacamole, bangin’ shrimp tacos (a favorite), and a jalapeño margarita.

Local Tip: They often host events like trivia or comedy nights. Be sure to check out their events schedule for some fun within walking distance to your beach house.

3. Poe’s Tavern

If you’re searching for a casual place to grab one of the best burgers in the Charleston area, look no further than Poe’s Tavern. This eclectic local dig features quirky décor centered around poet Edgar Allan Poe and his many famous works. Trust us; you won’t want to miss out on one of their juicy award-winning burgers with a delicious side of fries and a local brew. For vegetarians, they also make arguably the best black bean burger in the Lowcountry.

Local Tip: If one of the reasons you love Charleston or want to visit is the history, this is the restaurant for you. It is a truly unique establishment that people from across the state know and love.

4. Home Team BBQ

Delicious smoked meats steal the show at Home Team BBQ. This is our favorite of the three local joints around Charleston, and it’s the perfect place to indulge in a rack of ribs, brisket, pulled pork, sausage, and a variety of savory sides with an ice-cold beer. 

Local Tip: Of course, Home Team cooks up some tasty BBQ, but locals know they make even better drinks! You can’t go wrong with any of their cocktails, but the Game Changer truly lives up to its name. It’s a sweet and flavorful frozen beverage that will have you thinking you’re in the Caribbean.

5. The CO-OP

The Co-op is one of the most amusing Sullivan’s Island restaurants. They offer quick bites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner like salads and sandwiches throughout the day, but their frosé (frozen rosé) is what draws people in time and time again. Grab a cup to go with your sandwich, or head there to pick up an entire bottle for dinner!

Local Tip: Like we already mentioned, you have to try the frosé! It’s the perfect beach beverage. There offer great options for vegetarians like the veggie sammie and Caprese panini.

6. The Longboard

With a light and healthy seafood menu, The Longboard has become the perfect addition to the Sullivan’s Island culinary scene. Executive Chef Will Fincher makes a point to cook with fresh, local seafood and ingredients. The menu features a raw bar, craft cocktails, and a few but delicious options for entrees.

Local Tip: We recommend visiting during their Oyster Hours. Every day from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., they have a great deal on their raw and grilled oysters plus some happy hours specials on drinks.

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What Are All the Best Things to Do on Isle of Palms?

If you’re looking for things to do on Isle of Palms, you’ve come to the right place! We love the barrier island, and we know you will too. The small beach city boasts miles of public beach, tons of recreation, and many tasty restaurants. We’ve listed everything you need to know to make the most of your getaway to the Lowcountry! 

You’ll find everything there is to do on Isle of Palms below, but the Lowcountry also encompasses historic Downtown Charleston, Folly Beach, and Sullivan’s Island. Request access to our complimentary DESTINATION GUIDE to get a full taste of this beautiful region in South Carolina. 

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Hit the Isle of Palms Beach

With just over six miles of sandy beaches, Isle of Palms is one of South Carolina’s favorite shorelines! The small city provides the public with more than 50 beach access points, so you’ll never have to walk far wherever you are in the city. Don’t worry about lugging around your beach gear because the Isle of Palms County Park offers beach chair and umbrella rentals. The price of parking at the park depends on the season. It’s typically $5 in the slow season and $15 in the peak of summer. You can also find some free and metered Isle of Palms Beach parking scattered around the barrier island. Before visiting, remember to check out the Isle of Palms Beach rules, so you don’t accidentally bring something that’s not allowed. 

Know the Beach Dog Rules

If your pup loves the saltwater, make sure to bring them along! IOP is one of the most dog-friendly beaches in South Carolina because the city allows dogs on the beach all day and year-round. You do need to follow the Isle of Palms Beach dog rules though. In the park, dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. However, if you’re outside the park, you can walk your dog off-leash September 15 through March 31 from 4 p.m. until 10 a.m. and April 1 through September 14 from 5 a.m. until 9 a.m.

Go Kayaking

There are countless things to do on Isle of Palms on or near the water. Because it’s a barrier island, IOP offers up some great kayaking. If you’re visiting for vacation or just the day, you probably won’t have a kayak and paddle laying around. In that case, we recommend a sunrise or sunset tour with Coastal Expeditions. They provide everything from the gear to the guide, so all you need to worry about is taking in as much of the Lowcountry as you can! 

Enjoy Some Water Sports Or a Boat Tour

There are many other Isle of Palms activities that, of course, involve the ocean! Tidal Wave Water Sports offers just about everything fun you can do in the water. Rent a jet ski, charter a boat, go parasailing, try wakeboarding, let the kids enjoying some tubing, or take one of their many tours. We’re serious; they offer so many Isle of Palms attractions! If you’re looking for something with less adrenaline and more relaxation, check out Barrier Island Eco Tours. They offer both public and private tours around the Lowcountry with a focus on its natural beauty and wildlife. They also provide several different fishing charters.  

Play a Round of Golf

Work on your game with Wild Dunes Resort’s two golf courses. The Links Course and the Harbor Course were both designed by world-renown golf architect Tom Fazio. The Links sits on the east side of the island overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Harbor brings a bit more of a challenge and offers gorgeous views of the marsh. Both courses are par 70 courses. 

Where to Eat 

Vacation is a time to try new foods and splurge on a meal or two, and eating out is one of our favorite things to do on Isle of Palms. From Southern cuisine to Tex Mex to seafood, Isle of Palms restaurants serves up a lot for a small beach city! However, that’s no surprise because the Lowcountry features some of the best food in the country. Long Island Café offers a changing daily menu with fresh seafood and incredible pasta. If you’re looking for a simple comfort food, Papi’s Taqueria serves up all kinds of tasty tacos. Coda del Pesce is your classic, quality Italian seafood restaurant but with a Lowcountry twist. For a killer Isle of Palms breakfast spot, Sea Biscuit Café doesn’t disappoint with favorites like pancakes, omelets, and of course, biscuits and gravy.

If you’re looking for Isle of Palm restaurants on the water, Coconut Joe’s Beach Grill is a fun spot with great views, a large rooftop bar, and classic seafood. We also recommend visiting Shem Creek for dinner if you have the time. The area sits about 20 minutes from IOP in Mount Pleasant and features several dining options right on the picturesque waterway. It’s the perfect spot for a sunset dinner! 

For dessert, you absolutely need to stop by Ben & Jerry’s and stroll down Ocean Boulevard. Anyone will tell you it’s an IOP tradition you can’t skip! The best beach shops and places to get a souvenir line the street so stop in if something catches your eye.  

Check Out The Windjammer 

The Windjammer is a unique staple on IOP. The large bar directly on the beach often hosts Isle of Palms events like sand volleyball tournaments and live music. It makes for a great place to grab a quick bite, enjoy a beer overlooking the ocean, or catch a concert. The business welcomes dogs so stop by after a walk on the beach with your furry friend. After about 50 years in business, The Windjammer is by far one of the most vibrant Isle of Palms bars and is home to much of the small city’s nightlife.

Visit Downtown Charleston 

If you’re making the trip to Isle of Palms for vacation, you must visit Downtown Charleston. As you walk the streets, you’ll feel the city’s more than 300 years of history. Take a stroll down King Street for rows of fantastic shops or visit at night for a lively nightlife. We also recommend walking along the water at The Battery located at the end of the peninsula. Although there are countless other things to do in the Holy City, our favorite thing to do is eat! From fine dining to local fare, CHARLESTON RESTAURANTS rarely produce a dissatisfied customer. There’s just as much to drink as there is to eat. Over the last decade, the BREWERY scene in the Lowcountry has boomed leaving locals and tourists with many places to enjoy a beer with a view.

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3 of the Best South Carolina Beach Towns You Need to Visit

The Lowcountry is home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast. These South Carolina beach towns are fantastic places to escape with your family for some fun under the sun. With an array of restaurants, activities available to explore, and attractions, you won’t want to leave! 

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Here Are the Best South Carolina Beach Towns 

Folly Beach 

If you desire wide stretches of beautiful sandy beaches, but also want a good mix of restaurants, bars, and shops nearby, then Folly Beach will be one of your favorite South Carolina beach towns. Situated about 25 minutes south of downtown Charleston, this island is full of local charm. Center Street is full of life during the day and into the evening, with hotspots like Taco BoyJack of Cups SaloonRita’s Seaside Grill, and St. James Gate serving up plenty of great food and spirits. You’ll also find live music on most nights during the summer. Once you branch away from Center Street, Folly Beach is a peaceful island oasis. This is one of the best beaches for surfing in the Charleston area, and there are also nearby kayaking options. 

Isle of Palms 

Isle of Palms is one of the most family-friendly beach towns in South Carolina. It’s a short drive over the Intracoastal Waterway from Mount Pleasant, so you’re not far from the action. Ocean Boulevard has a handful of fun restaurants and shops like Acme Lowcountry Kitchen and The Windjammer, but for the most part, this island is a beachgoers paradise. The gated community of Wild Dunes is on the northern tip of the island and has two golf courses, tennis courts, and private beach access points for its guests. There is also a marina accessible to everyone where you can rent boats, kayaks, and take parasailing tours. Historic downtown Charleston is only a 15 to 20-minute drive if you want to get out and explore during your stay. 

Sullivan’s Island 

Sullivan’s Island is one of the most quiet and secluded South Carolina beach towns in the Charleston area. It’s only a little more than three miles long tip-to-tip, but it’s a fantastic place to spend your beach vacation. Middle Street is home to a block of cute shops and fantastic restaurants. Poe’s TavernMex 1 Coastal CantinaHome Team BBQ, and The Obstinate Daughter (a Charleston favorite) are some of the best local dining experiences outside of downtown Charleston. If you love having plenty of space to yourself on the beach, then you’ll love Sullivan’s Island. Not only will you have most of the beach to yourself, but you can walk to the southern tip of the island for incredible views of Charleston and the harbor. Plus, the drive to Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and Isle of Palms is only about 10 to 15 minutes. 

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Yum! Here’s What You Need to Know About Charleston Restaurant Week

Vacations without great food can crash and burn quickly. You won’t have that problem here in the Lowcountry, especially during Charleston Restaurant Week. Our seaside city is home to some of the most incredible culinary showcases in the country! But don’t just take our word for it; taste for yourself. 

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About Charleston, SC, Restaurant Week

Charleston Restaurant Week gives you a fantastic excuse (not that you need one) to experience all the incredible places to eat in the Holy City. Participating restaurants usually offer a special lunch and dinner menu designed to give you a taste of their fare. Plus, these multi-course meals are always a great price. We recommend going with a group of friends or someone you know won’t mind sharing a little bit. That way, you can each get something different and try them all! 

Local tip: Don’t feel limited to only trying their multi-course menu. Most restaurants still offer their regular menu, and you can also order restaurant week items à la carte.  

Lunch Menus 

Restaurants participating in Charleston Restaurant Week lunch usually create a menu with two courses to choose from. You’ll receive an appetizer and an entree!  

Dinner Menus 

The restaurants in Charleston go all out for this special week. The dinner menu usually consists of three courses: an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Don’t worry– portions sizes are smaller so you can enjoy each course. If you’re too full, just take your dessert to go!  

When Is Charleston, SC, Restaurant Week?

There are two Restaurant Weeks here! One is in September, and the other is in January. The dates change every year, so make sure you check before making your plans. Plus, Restaurant Week lasts a little longer than a week. It’s typically about 10 days! 

Who Participates?

From the city to Folly Beach, the entire Charleston area participates in our Restaurant Week! Dozens of restaurants join in every year, and you can see exactly who is taking part on the website. As the week gets closer, the restaurants begin to release their menus. Take a peek and choose which ones you want to try out! 

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How to Plan the Ultimate Adventure From Greenville to Charleston

Do you need a change of scenery? Yes, you live near mountains, but you need a heavy dose of sun and sand. It’s time for you to escape from Greenville to Charleston. Whether you want to relax at the beautiful sands of Folly Beach or savor delicious local flavors on Sullivan’s Island, heading south to the Lowcountry is the perfect way to mix it up.  

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How to Get From Greenville to Charleston 

Traveling from Greenville to Charleston is an easy trip that requires little effort and route planning. Hop on I-385 out of the city through Simpsonville until it meets with I-26 near Clinton. From there, you will follow the Interstate all the way to the Holy City! Once you reach I-526, you can choose to branch off towards West Ashley or Mount Pleasant, depending on whether you’re staying at Sullivan’s Island/Isle of Palms or Folly Beach. Or you can follow I-26 right through the city and take the Ravenal Bridge to IOP/Sullivan’s Island or Highway 30 to James Island (connecting to Folly Beach). The choice is yours! Regardless of the route you take once arriving, the journey is only about three and a half hours long. Below are the three fastest routes depending on your Charleston Coast Vacations rental destination! 

How to Spend Your Beach Getaway From Greenville to Charleston 

Relax on the Beach 

While the mountains of the Upstate are beautiful, there’s nothing quite like the beaches of the Lowcountry. Whether you’re staying at Sullivan’s Island, IOP, or Folly Beach, relaxing on the sand is a must during your trip from Greenville to Charleston.  

Enjoy the Beautiful Coastal Weather 

If you want to stay active during your beach getaway from Greenville, you’ll find plenty of fun outdoor activities to take part in as a family. Discover some of our favorite things to do in the Charleston area in a few of our blogs! 

Savor the Lowcountry 

The Lowcountry is home to some of the most renowned flavors on the East Coast. With so many incredible local restaurants, choosing which ones to visit during your trip can be a tall task. Check out some of our favorite places to taste the top flavors in our city below! 

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How to Make the Most of Your Pet-Friendly Adventure to Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC, is one of the most pet-friendly cities in the country. You can have your pup at your side as you stroll through the historic city center, splash in the waves, or savor the delicious local cuisine. Keep reading to discover some of our favorite things to do with your furry friends during your time on the coast.

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Tips for the Ultimate Pet-Friendly Trip to Charleston, SC

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Play on the Beach 

There’s nothing better than running around on the sand under the sun with your dog during your Charleston vacation. Here are some important rules for frolicking on the beach with your pup! 

Folly Beach Dog Rules 

October through April, leashed dogs may run, walk, fetch, and swim any time of the day. From May through September (summer), dogs may not go on the beach from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

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Isle of Palms Dog Rules 

Isle of Palms is the most pet-friendly beach in Charleston, SC. Dogs may be on the beach all day, year-round. From September 15th through March 31st, dogs may be off-leash from 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. and from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. from April 1st through September 14th. You can walk your dog on a leash all other times of the day. 

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Sullivan’s Island Dog Rules 

The dog rules on Sullivan’s Island are among the strictest in the Charleston area. All dogs must have a permit ($40 for visitors). Dogs may be off-leash from 5 a.m. to noon from October through April. Dogs may be off-leash from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. during summer, and on-leash from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. (not allowed on the beach from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). 

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Take a Stroll Along the Battery and Waterfront Park 

Grab your leash and take your dog on an exciting adventure through downtown Charleston. Soak in the historical sites along the Battery before taking a stroll through Waterfront Park. The scenic views of the harbor are incredible, and the ocean breeze will keep you and your pup cool! 

Tip: The pavement can get excruciatingly hot during the summer months, so we recommend walking your dog here in the morning or evening when the crowds are lighter. 

Explore James Island County Park 

If you want to let your dog run around off their leash, James County Island Park has a large four-acre dog park! There is a $2 admission fee to enter the park. 

Pet-Friendly Restaurants in Charleston 

The Barrel 

If you want to let your furry friend run around while you enjoy a cold beer, then you need to head over to The Barrel. This James Island establishment is less than 10 minutes from Folly Beach and is a dog-friendly Charleston hot spot. Check their website for upcoming food trucks and entertainment on site. 

The Windjammer 

The Windjammer is the premier entertainment destination on Isle of Palms, and the back deck is the perfect place to sit with your pup as you gaze out across the ocean with your favorite drink. The front has a “No Dogs” sign, but you are allowed to sit on the deck as long as you have a leash. 

Red’s Ice House 

Shem Creek is the pulse of Mount Pleasant and home to sensational sunsets. Hopping Red’s Ice House is one of the best pet-friendly bars in Charleston, SC, and it’s only 10 minutes from Sullivan’s Island and 15 minutes from IOP. 

Revelry Brewing 

If you’re craving a local craft brew while exploring downtown, head over to Revelry Brewing. This local hotspot has plenty of outdoor seating on the ground floor and the rooftop patio, where you’ll find plenty of dogs soaking in the rays. 

Home Team BBQ 

Home Team BBQ has a few spots around town, but we recommend visiting the ones in downtown and Sullivan’s Island if you have pets. Both allow leashed dogs. 

Taco Boy 

Both the downtown and Folly Beach Taco Boy locations are some of the best pet-friendly restaurants in Charleston, SC. Serving up delicious guac,  margaritas, and tacos (of course!), these fantastic places to eat offer plenty of outdoor seating for you and your pooch. 

Bring the Entire Family on Your Charleston Vacation 

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Where Is the Best Place for Happy Hour in Charleston, SC?

Where is your go-to spot for a cold beverage after a fun-filled day in Charleston, South Carolina? If you ask five different locals, you might get five totally different answers. That’s because there are simply so many fantastic bars in our area! Whether you’re visiting for the first time or you’re looking to try something new, we can help. Check out the list of possibilities below and discover the best place for happy hour in Charleston, SC, for you!

We included several of our favorite bars below, but there are many more that you should visit while you’re here. Access our free Destination Guide to get the full list of our recommendations for bars, restaurants, outdoor activities, and so much more. It’s the key to an unforgettable Charleston vacation!

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Enjoy the Best Happy Hour in Charleston, SC

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Now that you know where to find some of the best happy hour deals in Charleston, SC, it’s time to find a vacation rental near your favorite spots! You can score some incredible deals on properties with Charleston Coast Vacations for your upcoming getaway. 

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These Charleston Seafood Restaurants Are Shrimply the Best

You’ve never had seafood like the seafood on the Charleston Coast. Because we are right on the water, we don’t have to ship much of it in! If you go to the right places, much of the menu will come from our own surrounding area. For example, if you visit Shem Creek, you’ll see shrimp boats that still go out every day and bring fresh shrimp back! Make sure you experience this delicacy when you go to these Charleston seafood restaurants.

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5 of the Best Charleston Seafood Restaurants 

1. 167 Raw

167 Raw is more than just a raw bar. They have some of the best seafood in town! This eatery has a contemporary menu with a few classics thrown in. Start with an assortment from the raw bar, then go for one of their delicious entrees. Favorites include the lobster roll, scallop po boys, and the catch of the day! 

2. Hank’s Seafood Restaurant

Hank’s Seafood Restaurant is a Charleston classic. If you’re looking for white tablecloths and exceptional service, Hank’s is for you. The menu here is a classic take on all of your seafood favorites. You can dine on dishes like crab cakes, roasted fish, pan-seared scallops, and more! If you want classic Charleston dishes like she-crab soup or shrimp and grits, you can find them here as well.

3. Chubby Fish

If you want a unique dining experience unlike anywhere else, head to Chubby Fish. Chubby Fish took Charleston by storm in 2018 with its innovative ideas for seafood. Their goal is to use every part of the fish possible, so you’ll be able to order dishes like fish cheeks! They don’t want to throw anything away, so they promote sustainable seafood. 

4. Rappahannock Oyster Bar 

The second you walk into Rappahannock Oyster Bar, you’ll be greeted by their glass cases filled with fresh fish and raw bar items on ice. It certainly gets you in the mood for seafood! Rappahannock Oyster Bar is one of the best places to get oysters in town, and their menu is the perfect balance of innovation and classics. 

5. Bowens Island Restaurant

Bowens Island Restaurant is a no-frills restaurant that serves up delicious, cost-effective seafood. Most of their seafood is fried and comes out piping hot on a paper plate! If you visit on a summer day, you’ll probably have to wait in a long line, but it’s worth it. Plus, the views of the river are absolutely stunning. 

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What You Need to Know for Your First Time Visiting Charleston, SC

Is it your first time visiting Charleston, SC? Welcome to the Holy City! You picked a great place to vacation. From beautiful beaches to an incredible history, the Charleston Coast is a very special place. We have activities that are fun for all ages, and many families and groups come back year after year. Here’s what you need to know if it’s your first time visiting!

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Must-Dos During Your First Time Visiting Charleston, SC

Hit the Beach

Our South Carolina beaches bring thousands of visitors to the coast every year. Whether you’re a surfer or want to teach your kids how to build their first sandcastle, the Charleston Coast is the perfect place to vacation. 

When you rent a property with Charleston Coast Vacations, you’ll be close to the beach! Of course, we recommend an oceanfront home if you’re planning on spending most of your time at the shore. Our beaches are expansive, clean, and fun for the whole family. Many of our vacation rentals come with credit for beach gear, too!

Try Our Local Cuisine

Charleston has become known as a culinary mecca. From fresh seafood to luxurious steakhouses, we have it all! You’ll have to try some Charleston staples while you’re here such as she-crab soup, shrimp and grits, oysters, and collard greens. Here are some of our favorite restaurants downtown. If you’re craving something specific, just ask us and we will give you a recommendation! 

Visit Shem Creek

Waterfront dining is a must during your first time visiting Charleston, SC, and there’s no better place to do so than at Shem Creek. The restaurants and bars line the water, and you can even see dolphins while you dine from time to time. After you eat, head to the walkway that stretches out over the water to see more views! You’ll even learn a little about our local wildlife as you read the plaques along the way. 

Walk Through the Historic Charleston City Market

The Historic Charleston City Market is a must-see if it’s your first time visiting Charleston, SC. Local vendors set up in an open-air market every day to sell their wares. You’ll find everything from Southern cookbooks and spices to handmade trinkets. It’s a great place to pick up a souvenir or a gift for someone back home! 

Go on a Plantation Tour

The plantations in the Charleston area are steeped in history. Many of them survived the Civil War, and you can tour them today! Learn all about the families and slaves that lived there when you take a guided tour. Many of them, like Magnolia Plantation, have stunning gardens you can stroll through. You’ll definitely want to bring your camera along! If you’re a fan of The Notebook, Boone Hall Plantation is a must-see. Many of the iconic scenes were filmed here. 

Take a Tour Downtown 

With its cobblestone streets and colorful homes, Downtown Charleston is stunning. However, you’ll never know how much history it holds until you take a tour! You’ll be amazed by some of the things that have happened here, and your tour guide will tell you all about it. There are many walking tours you can choose from, and we are happy to recommend our favorites! If you’re looking for a spook, you can even take a ghost tour

Go Shopping on King Street

Shop ‘til you drop! King Street is one of the best places to go shopping in the Lowcountry. Here, you’ll find everything from designer labels to local boutiques. It’s the perfect place to pick out a new outfit or find a unique gift for someone back home! Plus, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes along the street to keep you occupied for hours. 

Visit the Spot Where the Civil War Began

We told you Charleston has history! Fort Sumter played a huge part in the Civil War– it is actually where the Civil War began. The Confederate army opened fire on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. They were able to hold the fort for just 34 hours. Learn all about the battle and its historical significance when you take a tour! Fort Sumter Tours are an excellent option, but we are happy to recommend others to you. 

See a 500-Year-Old Oak Tree

Visiting the Angel Oak is an awe-inspiring experience. This massive oak tree is estimated to be about 500 years old, although no one knows for sure. Some even think it’s more than 1,500 years old! The tree stands 66.5 feet tall, measures 28 feet in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet.

Dine on Sullivan’s Island

Sullivan’s Island is known for its beach vibes, and you’ll love visiting the main strip for a bite to eat and a drink (or two). Middle Street is the main drag on the island, and it’s always bustling with people. If you’re looking for good food and good vibes, you can’t go wrong! Here are some of our favorite Sullivan’s Island restaurants

Book Your First Charleston Vacation Today! 

Whether it’s your first time visiting Charleston, SC, of your tenth time, your accommodations matter. Don’t settle for a drab hotel– get a vacation rental with Charleston Coast Vacations. Fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves when you get a beachfront home! Your family and friends will love having their own rooms, and having a kitchen to visit in makes a huge difference. You’ll love the memories you make as you sit around the dinner table together. Browse our vacation rentals to start planning your stay today. Don’t be afraid to reach out– we’re here to help you have the vacation of a lifetime! 

Your Insider Guide to the Best Charleston, SC, Restaurants

Over the years, Charleston has become more and more of a foodie city. Some of the best chefs in the country have made the Lowcountry their home, and every Charleston, SC, restaurant, competes to be better than the next. Eat your way around Chucktown during your stay with Charleston Coast Vacations!

7 of the Best Charleston, SC, Restaurants

1. FIG | $$$

Directions to FIG

When we think of some of the top Charleston, SC, restaurants, FIG always comes to mind. This is one of the city’s original farm-to-table restaurants, and it has stood the test of time. The dishes here vary depending on the season, and you can look forward to an elevated take on southern favorites. Local tip: Make sure you make a reservation well in advance for this restaurant! 

2. The Darling Oyster Bar | $$

Directions to The Darling Oyster Bar

Oysters are the perfect appetizer to indulge in on vacation, but that’s not all The Darling Oyster Bar serves. Enjoy a menu full of fresh seafood in a casual yet elegant setting. Indulge in Southern favorites like shrimp and grits or opt for a fried fish basket. If seafood isn’t your thing, that’s okay! There are other items, too. 

3. Leon’s | $$

Directions to Leon’s

The South is known for its fried chicken, and Leon’s is the place to get it! This popular eatery has three specialties: oysters, Southern-style seafood, and fried chicken. There’s truly something for everyone! This award-winning restaurant feels upscale, but the menu keeps them down to earth. 

4. The Rarebit | $$

Directions to The Rarebit

If you’re looking for a cost-effective yet elegant place to dine, head to The Rarebit. Here, you’ll find everything from chicken and waffles to pork chops with mac and cheese. Plus, they’re known for their Moscow mules they have on draft! Local tip: This is also a great spot for late-night eats!

5. Hall’s Chophouse | $$$$

Directions to Hall’s Chophouse 

Hall’s Chophouse is great for date nights and celebrations. They are known for their array of beef offerings including everything from dry aged to wagyu. Pair your dinner with a selection from their vast wine menu or opt for a martini at the bar. 

6. Butcher & Bee | $$

Directions to Butcher & Bee

Butcher & Bee prides itself on offering fresh, local ingredients in its dishes. You’ll find an array of tapas on the menu, and we recommend starting with at least a few! Then, indulge in incredible dishes that have been expertly prepared. The chefs get their influences from all over the world, and you can be sure that anything you choose will be delicious. Local tip: Butcher & Bee has a great brunch, too! 

7. Little Jack’s Tavern | $$

Directions to Little Jack’s Tavern

This upscale tavern offers a variety of steaks, salads, and sandwiches, but their award-winning burger keeps people coming back for more. The burgers at Little Jack’s Tavern are so famous and delicious that they even are even included on their dessert menu! 

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