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Food and restaurants in Charleston

Top restaurants

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“People to rave about this spot for getting a southern kick. You'll find a long wait for a table here almost any day so plan accordingly! ”
  • 79 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Great steaks and 2 locations now Downtown on King St and in Summerville at Nexton.”
  • 116 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“A 1930's vibe restaurant with a rooftop bar perfect for enjoying cocktails and views. ”
  • 74 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“southern dishes reimagined: Chef Sean Brock’s first real venture in the South; serving organic and traditional dishes.”
  • 77 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
“Tasty small Asian inspired menu. Great cocktails and outdoor patio area. Worth a visit!”
  • 102 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Neighborhood fav. Very good food with casual vibe and reasonable prices. Worth a visit in your not in the mood for fancy. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Super fancy seafood. We love every single dish! Needs reservations unless you want to sit at the bar. So good!”
  • 51 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Amazing food - locals place to go for a special night out! On the more expensive side but worth it for a celebration or treat.”
  • 73 locals recommend

Cafes

American Restaurant
“Neighborhood fav. Very good food with casual vibe and reasonable prices. Worth a visit in your not in the mood for fancy. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Café
“If you've just finished shopping on King and need a place to rest, we suggest this local favorite for a beer or coffee! Great patio!”
  • 56 locals recommend
Café
“breakfast and lunch...amazing sausage biscuits breakfast taco and other local farm tasty treats. Grab and go sandwiches and such too. local Kambucha . Just go there!”
  • 44 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Best coffee on earth. This shop which has been featured in the NYT is locally owned and roasted in their James Island facility. They have 2 locations, but this location is near King St and the historic district. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Juice Bar
“Healthy life style? You must try this place. No meat has ever tasted this good! ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Market
“This is where the cool kids go ;) The coffee is outstanding and it’s a convenient little resting spot when touring downtown. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Great dessert bar with anything from alcoholic milkshakes to reeses pie. My favorite is the Mint Chocolate Chip Milkshake. It is definitely a must see if you are heading downtown during your stay! Make sure to call ahead or get there early as the place fills up quick! ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Café
“This place is a french based restaurant with great atmosphere and also have amazing sushi”
  • 24 locals recommend

Bakeries

Bakery
“Coffees and pastries and the hands down best cookie in all of Charleston resides here. The Gluten Free Monster Cookie. Sooo good. Lots of restaurants featured their baked goods but why not get it from the source! ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Market
“This is where the cool kids go ;) The coffee is outstanding and it’s a convenient little resting spot when touring downtown. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bakery
“Right around the corner you will find amazing cupcakes and delicious pastries. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Great dessert bar with anything from alcoholic milkshakes to reeses pie. My favorite is the Mint Chocolate Chip Milkshake. It is definitely a must see if you are heading downtown during your stay! Make sure to call ahead or get there early as the place fills up quick! ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bakery
“Because they have the best cake and bread and a thing called a doughnut muffin! Eat in or take out. And as a bonus, you can walk around the hip Canonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood, the Brooklyn of Charleston. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bakery
“The raspberry glaze and the purple goat are our favorites, but they are known for the maple bacon ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Supermarket
“This grocery caters to Charlestonians and will try to find any food item you need. It is in an old train station, as is fitting for a proper Charleston grocery store. We adapt and re-use, we don't tear down. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is one of our favorite places to grab a pastry or dessert. Eat on the covered back porch lined with tropical plants.”
  • 5 locals recommend