Restaurants We Love

Great Restaurants in the Charleston Area

This list of restaurants was compiled exclusively by our team of locals!

 

Morgan Creek Grill

Isle of Palms

Seafood

Great waterside dining. Casual top floor, more formal main floor. Sunday bloody mary bar. Often outdoor games and live music.

The Refuge

Isle of Palms

Coffee & Southern

Fantastic cafe with pastries and fresh espresso drinks. Separate restaurant with fresh food. 

Long Island Cafe

Isle of Palms

Southern French

Fresh seafood and delicious salads. 

Rita’s Seaside Grill

Folly Beach

Seafood & Southern

Great patio dining.

Loggerhead’s Beach Grill

Folly Beach

Seafood & Southern

Outdoor deck & bar and frequent live music.

Bowen’s Island

Folly Beach

Seafood

Oyster roasts! Great for waterside sunset drinks & bites. Finding it is part of the fun.

Lost Dog Cafe

Folly Beach

Southern

Indoor & outdoor dining & dog-friendly. Great for breakfast.

Jack Of Cups Saloon

Folly Beach

Asian & Indian Fusion

 Gourmet food, menu changes daily

Poe’s Tavern

Sullivan's Island

 American

Great for people watching, burgers, and beers. Outdoor dining.

Home Team BBQ

Sullivan's Island

American, BBQ

Excellent wings and “Game Changer’ frozen drinks.

The Obstinate Daughter

Sullivan's Island

 Lowcountry

Brick oven pizzas, local ingredients, and if you like bourbon… order a “Thunder & Friendship”. Reservations suggested.

High Thyme

Sullivan's Island

Lowcountry, Seafood

Great for a laid-back, local Sunday Brunch in a small, quaint and friendly atmosphere.

The 450 Pizza Joint

Sullivan's Island

Pizza
Amazing pizza, appetizers, and drinks. All local and hand made! 

Mex 1

Sullivan's Island

Coastal Cantina

Baja peninsula inspired Mexican cuisine

Halls Chophouse

Historic Downtown Charleston

Steakhouse, Fine Dining

Jazz & brunch and a great place for cocktails.

High Cotton

Historic Downtown Charleston

Lowcountry, Fine Dining

Excellent jazz & brunch on Sundays at the bar area.

Gaulart & Maliclet Fast & French

Historic Downtown Charleston

French

Cafe. Excellent hidden gem for an authentic coffee and French fare.

O-Ku

Historic Downtown Charleston

Asian

 The best sushi in town.

Pane e Vino

Historic Downtown Charleston

Italian

Great atmosphere and wine selection. Nice patio.

Indaco

Historic Downtown Charleston

Italian

Rustic Italian, house-made pasta, pizza, and sausage. 

Fleet Landing

Historic Downtown Charleston

Seafood

Best waterfront dining in Downtown Charleston. Seafood and Southern Fare. 

Rutledge Cab Company

Upper Charleston Peninsula

American Comfort Food

Brunch, vegan & vegetarian-friendly.

Revelry Brewing

Upper Charleston Peninsula

 Brewery

Boisterous craft beer festivities

Edmund’s Oast

Upper Charleston Peninsula

American

Craft beers & creative plates.

Leon’s Oyster Shop

Upper Charleston Peninsula

Southern

Amazing fried chicken and oysters

Page's Okra Grill

Mount Pleasant

Southern

 Laid-back dining, large menu. 

Mi Xao

Mount Pleasant

Vietnamese

Take out and vegetarian-friendly.

Five Loaves Cafe

Mount Pleasant

 Cafe

Locally sourced ingredients, fresh food. Vegetarian-friendly

Water's Edge

Mount Pleasant

 Seafood

Waterfront dining. Excellent happy hour spot.

Red Drum

Mount Pleasant

Refined Southwestern

Casual but proper & bustling space with an upbeat bar & regular live music

Opal

Mount Pleasant

Fine Dining

Amazing charcuterie and cheese platters

The Americano

Mount Pleasant

Cuban

Fun drinks

Baguette Magic

James Island

French

French bakery offering fresh, fast breakfast & lunch

Smokey Oak Taproom

James Island

BBQ

 Good BBQ and 40+ beers on tap

Tattooed Moose

John’s Island

American

Famous Duck Club

Fat Hen

John’s Island

French Lowcountry

Indoor & outdoor dining. Great brunch.

Wild Olive

John’s Island

Italian House-made pasta, locally sourced ingredients. Low-key fine-dining. 

Swig and Swine

West Ashley

BBQ

 The BEST BBQ in West Ashley.

Triangle Char & Bar

West Ashley

 American

Great for Sunday brunch & mimosas

Mex 1

West Ashley

Coastal Cantina

 Baja peninsula inspired Mexican cuisine

Early Bird Diner

West Ashley

Diner

Chicken & waffles… and featured on the TV show Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives

Laura Alberts

Daniel Island

Southern

Charming locale with a courtyard serving Southern favorites, craft beer & wine, and gifts.

The Codfather

North Charleston

British

Authentic fish & chips at a little hole in the wall.

The IMMORTAL LOBSTER

Food Truck

Lobster!

The most delicious lobster roll in theLowcountry.