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Charleston's dining scene is sort of like Hollywood during its big-studio heyday: The culinary capital of the lowcountry is a small town that's riveting a nation of diners starved for glamour, gossip and artistic achievement. This is where line cooks' dreams lead: A visiting chef with an overscheduled eating itinerary and a restaurant-opening scheme is as much a mainstay of Charleston's cocktail bars as a bottle of Madeira. But the city's charms aren't spent entirely on industry insiders. Charleston has converted its legacy of monied entertaining into an accessible dining scene that celebrates the region's year-round bounty. Ideally situated on the southern edge of cold-climate crop zones and the northern boundary of tropical growing areas, Charleston is perpetually ready for dinner.

DINING

  • Alluette's Café

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    Cannonborough-ElliottboroughWebsite »(843) 577-692680A Reid St.Charleston, SC 29403 Read More»

  • Barsa

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    Cannonborough/ElliottboroughWebsite »843-577-5393630 King St.Charleston, SC 29403 Read More»

  • Bertha's Kitchen

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    The Neck843-554-65192332 Meeting St.Charleston, SC 29405 Read More»

  • Bowen's Island

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    Folly BeachWebsite »843-795-27571870 Bowens Island Rd.Charleston, SC 29412 Read More»

  • Brasserie Gigi

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    Charleston's restaurant scene is sprinting northward, but local hospitality legend Hank Holliday is banking on folks coming back downtown to experience the effortless elegance and continental charm of Brasserie Gigi, a French-style bistro with a seafood emphasis.
    French QuarterWebsite »843-722-6393102 N. Market St.Charleston, SC 29401 Read More»

  • Butcher & Bee

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    Cannonborough/ElliottboroughWebsite »843-619-0202654 King St.Charleston, SC 29403 Read More»

  • Cypress

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    South of BroadWebsite »843-727-0111167 East Bay St.Charleston, SC 29401 Read More»

  • Edmund's Oast

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    Peninsular CharlestonWebsite »843-727-11451081 Morrison Dr.Charleston, SC 29403 Read More»

  • EVO

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    Park CircleWebsite »843-225-17961075 E. Montague Ave.Charleston, SC 29405 Read More»

  • Fast & French

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    King St. Historic DistrictWebsite »843-577-979798 Broad St.Charleston, SC 29401 Read More»

  • FIG

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    AnsonboroughWebsite »843-805-5900232 Meeting St.Charleston, SC 29401 Read More»

  • Fleet Landing

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    South of CalhounWebsite »843-722-8100 186 Concord St.Charleston, SC 29401 Read More»

  • Hominy Grill

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    Cannonborough/ElliottboroughWebsite »843-937-0930207 Rutledge Ave.Charleston, Sc 29403 Read More»

  • Husk

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    King St. Historic DistrictWebsite »843-577-250076 Queen St.Charleston, SC 29401 Read More»

  • Indaco

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    Cannonborough/ElliottboroughWebsite »843-727-1228526 King St.Charleston, SC 29403 Read More»

  • Marvin's Seafood

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    North CharlestonWebsite »843-529-17644224 Dorchester Rd.Charleston, SC 29405 Read More»

  • McCrady's

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    South of BroadWebsite »843-577-00252 Unity AlleyCharleston, SC 29401 Read More»

  • Monza

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    RadcliffboroughWebsite »843-720-8787451 King St.Charleston, SC 29403 Read More»

  • Palace Hotel

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    Although Palace Hotel tried to bill itself as a dive bar, discriminating eaters saw right through the ploy to an extraordinary small plate line-up featuring cauliflower tacos, crispy rice cakes and a grilled watermelon salad.
    EastsideWebsite »843-501-799435 Hanover St.Charleston, SC 29403 Read More»

  • Peninsula Grill

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    AnsonboroughWebsite »843-723-0700112 N. Market St.Charleston, SC 29401 Read More»

  • R. Kitchen

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    A side project from Leaf Restaurant's chef, tiny R. Kitchen was conceived as a play space for local chefs who needed a break from she-crab soup and other touristy requisites. The result is a meandering menu, casual service and, quite often, very good food.
    Cannonborough-ElliottboroughWebsite »843-789-4342212 Rutledge Ave.Charleston, SC 29401 Read More»

  • Rutledge Cab Co.

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    Wagener TerraceWebsite »843-720-14401300 Rutledge Ave.Charleston, SC 29403 Read More»

  • The Glass Onion

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    West AshleyWebsite »843-225-17171219 Savannah Hwy.Charleston, SC 29407 Read More»

  • The Grocery

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    Cannonborough/ElliottboroughWebsite »843-302-88254 Cannon St.Charleston, SC 29403 Read More»

  • The Lot

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    James IslandWebsite »843-225-00941977 Maybank Hwy.Charleston, SC 29412 Read More»

  • The Ordinary

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    Cannonborough/ElliottboroughWebsite »843-414-7060544 King St.Charleston, SC 29403 Read More»

  • The Wreck of the Richard and Charlene

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    Mt. PleasantWebsite »843-884-0052106 Haddrell St.Mt Pleasant, SC 29464 Read More»

  • Trattoria Lucca

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    Cannonborough/ElliottboroughWebsite »843-973-332341 Bogard St.Charleston, SC 29403 Read More»

  • Xiao Bao Biscuit

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    Cannonborough/ElliottboroughWebsite »224 Rutledge Ave.Charleston, SC 29403 Read More»

  • Zero Café + Bar

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    AnsonboroughWebsite »843-817-79000 George St.Charleston, SC 29401 Read More»

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DRINKING

  • The Gin Joint


    French QuarterWebsite »843-577-6111182 E. Bay St.Charleston, SC 29401 Read More»

  • The Belmont


    RadcliffeboroughWebsite »511 King St.Charleston, SC 29403 Read More»

  • Warehouse


    Cannonborough/ElliottboroughWebsite »843-202-071242˝ Spring St.Charleston, SC 29403 Read More»

  • The Bar at Husk


    King St. Historic DistrictWebsite »843-577-250076 Queen St.Charleston, SC 29401 Read More»

  • The Griffon


    French QuarterWebsite »843-723-170018 Vendue Range St.Charleston, SC 29401 Read More»

  • Moe's Crosstown Tavern


    North CentralWebsite »843-641-0469714 Rutledge Ave.Charleston, SC 29403 Read More»

  • Cocktail Club


    RadcliffeboroughWebsite »877-231-1568479 King St. Charleston, SC 29403 Read More»

  • Bin 152


    King St. Historic DistrictWebsite »843-577-7359152 King St.Charleston, SC 29401 Read More»

  • Elliottborough Mini Bar


    Cannonborough-ElliottboroughWebsite »843-577-002818A Percy St.Charleston, SC 29403 Read More»

  • The Rarebit


    Cannonborough/ElliottboroughWebsite »843-974-5483474 King St.Charleston, SC 29403 Read More»

  • Proof


    Cannonborough-ElliottboroughWebsite »843-793-1422437 King St.Charleston, SC 29403 Read More»

  • Big John's


    Ansonborough843-723-3483251 E. Bay St.Charleston, SC 29401 Read More»

  • Home Team BBQ

    When temperatures skyrocket in the spring, Charlestonians' fancies turn to thoughts of frozen drinks, ideally sipped beachside. Home Team BBQ complies with the locally notorious Gamechanger, a slushy Painkiller riff. The drink's now also offered in Popsicle form.
    Sullivan's IslandWebsite »843-883-31312208 Middle St.Charleston, SC 29482 Read More»

  • Tradesman Brewing

    There isn't much in the way of square footage at the first brewery on James Island, but there's sufficient space for a half-dozen taps, lounge chairs and a television, making Tradesman the neighborhood's favorite collective den.
    James IslandWebsite »843-410-13151639 Tatum St.Charleston, SC 29412 Read More»

PROVISIONS

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    South of BroadWebsite »843-480-2526106 Church St.Charleston, SC 29401 Read More»

  • Two Boroughs Larder


    Cannonborough/ElliottboroughWebsite »843-637-3722186 Coming St.Charleston, SC 29403 Read More»

  • Brown's Court Bakery


    Cannonborough/ElliottboroughWebsite »843-724-0833199 St. Philip St.Charleston, SC 29403 Read More»

  • Black Tap Coffee


    Harleston (cq) VillageWebsite »843-793-440270 Beaufain St.Charleston, SC 29401 Read More»

  • Abundant Seafood


    Mt. Pleasant843-478-5078248 Magwood Ln.Charleston, SC 29464 Read More»

  • The Charleston Beer Exchange


    French QuarterWebsite »843-577-544614 Exchange St.Charleston, SC 29401 Read More»

  • Ted's Butcherblock


    AnsonboroughWebsite »843-577-0094334 E. Bay St.Charleston, SC 29401 Read More»

  • Caviar & Bananas


    Harleston VillageWebsite »843-577-775751 George St.Charleston, SC 29401 Read More»

  • Sweet Radish Bakeshop


    Cannonborough-ElliottboroughWebsite »843-573-7105207A St. Philip St.Charleston, SC 29403 Read More»

  • Bottles


    Mt. PleasantWebsite »843-849-9463610 Coleman Blvd.Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 Read More»

  • Wildflour


    Cannonborough-ElliottboroughWebsite »843-327-262173 Spring St.Charleston, SC 29403 Read More»

  • Glazed


    RadcliffboroughWebsite »843-577-5557481 King St.Charleston, SC 29403 Read More»

  • Dellz Vibez

    A wave of squeaky-clean juice bars has lately swept through Charleston, but locals swear by the proudly funky Dell'z, which promotes "good vibes," along with natural ingredients nipped with ginger and cayenne pepper.
    Cannonborough-ElliottboroughWebsite »843-577-8900569C King St.Charleston, SC 29403 Read More»

  • BeardCat Sweet Shop

    Whether it's because the climate's not cow-friendly, or because of ice cream's propensity to melt, the South has never been big on ice cream shops. But the team behind Wild Olive and The Obstinate Daughter is trying to sway eaters with scrupulously sourced gelato in a range of thoughtful flavors.
    Sullivan's IslandWebsite »843-416-50202063 Middle St.Charleston, SC 29482 Read More»

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