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These Are The 15 Best Restaurants In Charleston

A meal out at any of these Charleston restaurants will never let you down.

Spencer McKee

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1. These Aren’t Your Average Sandwiches

15 Restaurants In Charleston That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Persimmon Café via Facebook (cropped)

Persimmon Café
226 Calhoun St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 937-5399
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 246 Reviews

If you’ve been spending your entire life searching for the perfect grilled cheese, you may have finally found all of the answers you’re looking for. With some of the best grilled sandwiches that money can buy, their adult grilled cheese will definitely keep you coming back for more.

If you’re feeling a bit parched, make sure you grab a glass of their specialty lemonade, with added flavors like vanilla and basil.

2. A Great Place To Grab A Pint And A Bite

15 Restaurants In Charleston That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Palmetto Brewing via Facebook

Palmetto Brewing Co
289 Huger St.
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 937-0903
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 17 Reviews.

A beer lover’s staple in the Charleston region, this craft brewery is definitely worth talking about. With tons of their own delicious recipes, there always seems to be something new and exciting to try.

That coupled with a meal from one of the delicious food trucks that frequent this establishment make this joint a winning combo. Visit on a night with live music for an added bonus.

3. American Classics With A Twist

15 Restaurants In Charleston That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: R Kitchen via Facebook

R Kitchen
212 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 789-4342
Yelp: 5 Stars; 55 Reviews.

Thanks to the unique plates served here and the very intimate chef’s kitchen setting, this place is a one-of-a-kind restaurant in the Charleston food scene. Offering a great 5 course meal for a very reasonable price, this kitchen doesn’t cut corners, using some of the freshest ingredients and most artistic plating around.

The menu changes regularly, but with this chef’s attention to each patron, you’ll definitely be thankful you tried this place out. This is one of the best foodie places in the country and it won’t break your bank.

4. Seafood At Its Finest

15 Restaurants In Charleston That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: 167 Raw – Charleston via Facebook

167 Raw
289 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 579-4997
Yelp: 5 Stars; 133 Reviews.

Specializing in serving some of the freshest seafood around, 167 Raw is a great place to check out when you’re craving something from the ocean.

Whether you’re looking for a delicious lobster roll or some tuna poke, they’ve got it all and it’s all delicious. One trip here will have you bringing all of your friends by for more.

5. It’s Hard To Beat A Great Slice From Monza

15 Restaurants In Charleston That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Monza via Facebook (cropped)

Monza
451 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 720-8787
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 135 Reviews.

If you’re a big fan of wood-fired, thin crust pizza pies, then Monza is the place for you. Using only the most flavorful toppings around, it’s clear that this pizza joint makes an effort to let local tastes and flavors inspire their dishes.

There’s the Count Louis, kept simple with fresh tomato sauce, roasted mushrooms, mozzarella and pepperoni. Then there’s the Vanwall Special, loaded with pesto, mozzarella, seasonal tomatoes, and shrimp. However, you can’t go wrong with anything here.

6. This Chophouse Is Unstoppable

15 Restaurants In Charleston That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Halls Chophouse via Facebook

Halls Chophouse
434 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 727-0090
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 445 Reviews.

This place might be a bit pricier than some of the other options on this list, but it’s absolutely worth every penny. With succulent cuts of the finest meat around, eating here can become truly addictive.

Steak is their specialty and you’ll never be disappointed ordering this. However, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, options like the lobster mac n’ cheese and their pepper jack creamed corn skillet are pretty darn awesome.

7. The Best Meal In Town To Wake You Up

15 Restaurants In Charleston That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Sunrise Bistro Xpress via Facebook (cropped)

Sunrise Bistro Xpress
116 A Spring St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 297-4509
Yelp: 5 Stars; 68 Reviews.

With an original location on John’s Island, Sunrise Bistro Xpress is a great addition to Charleston’s downtown breakfast scene.

Can’t pick just one item off the menu? A few local favorites are the 3-meat shrimp and grits and the open faced omelet (built however you want).

8. This Tiki Bar Will Have You Charmed

15 Restaurants In Charleston That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Voodoo via Facebook (cropped)

Voodoo Tiki Bar
15 Magnolia Rd
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 769-0228
Yelp: 4 Stars; 73 Reviews.

Specializing in Mexican food and local cuisine, this laid back tiki bar is a great place to relax while you enjoy a delicious meal.

A few of their most popular items include the crawfish spring rolls, a duck slider dish, and their truffle tots. Of course, it’s hard to compete with their half-price gourmet taco nights on Mondays.

9. Always Eat Your FIGs, Kid

15 Restaurants In Charleston That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: FIG Charleston via Facebook

FIG
232 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 805-5900
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 528 Reviews.

Nestled in the heart of downtown Charleston, you’re always in good hands when you sit down to dine at FIG. The menu here is exceptional, with creative dishes you won’t find elsewhere leading the charge.

If you’re not sure what to order during your first visit, you’re sure to love the ricotta gnocchi and the Portuguese fish stew. Just make sure you save enough room for their Sorghum cake a la mode.

10. Carnivores Rejoice!

15 Restaurants In Charleston That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Flickr User Nick’s Bar-B-Q

Nick’s Bar-B-Q
288 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-0406
Yelp: 4 Stars; 251 Reviews.

With a great location and some of the best barbecue you’ll find in a state famous for this style of cooking, it’s hard to think of an excuse to skip Nick’s Bar-B-Q. The meat is great, perfectly cooked every time and their sauces can compete with the best of them.

For starters, try the pulled pork with a few cheddar biscuits and a side of the sweet potato casserole. You’ll leave with a very happy belly.

11. You Never Know What You’ll Get Here, But That’s Just Fine

15 Restaurants In Charleston That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Butcher & Bee via Facebook

Butcher & Bee
654 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 619-0202
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 166 Reviews.

With a menu that seems to change on a daily basis, there’s always something new and exciting to try at Butcher & Bee. Specializing in making some of the most delicious sandwiches around, every bite you take here is the total package.

The bun, the protein, and the toppings all work together to make an awesome flavor in perfect harmony. Plus, everything goes great with a side of their fries and homemade ketchup.

12. You Don’t Have To Be A Vegetarian To Eat Like One

15 Restaurants In Charleston That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Dellz Uptown via Facebook

Dellz Uptown
511 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 641-0352
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 53 Reviews.

In this day and age, it’s undeniable that certain aspects of the vegetarian and vegan lifestyle can be used to help improve anyone’s life, even if it’s just a healthy meal here and there. If you’re in Charleston and looking for a delicious meal that’s sure to have you feeling great and full of energy for the rest of the day, Dellz Uptown is a must-try.

Regardless of whether or not you eat meat, it’s undeniable that the food here is delicious, with options like Thai bowls, pizzas, and awesome wraps filling the menu. They’ve also got some of the best hummus around.

13. Oysters Never Tasted So Good

15 Restaurants In Charleston That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Pearlz Oyster Bar via Facebook

Pearlz Oyster Bar
9 Magnolia Rd
West Ashley, SC 29407
(843) 573-2277
Yelp: 4 Stars; 67 Reviews.

A vibrant bar with a great happy hour, Pearlz Oyster Bar is another place in Charleston that serves up some of the tastiest seafood you’ll ever have.

With plenty options like oysters, mahi tacos, and a great tuna burger, the only thing that can make these plates any better is by accompanying your meal with a side of their uniquely awesome wasabi crème.

14. When Art Meets Flavor

15 Restaurants In Charleston That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Cru Café via Facebook

Cru Café
18 Pinckney St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 534-2434
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 402 Reviews.

You’ll definitely whip out your phone for a quick picture of your food here…every plate that comes out of the kitchen at Cru Café is equal parts beautiful and delicious.

Their menu really has no weak spots, but a few of the tried and true favorites are the shrimp BLT and their Thai seafood risotto. Of course, no meal is complete without some bread pudding for dessert.

15. If Wine’s Your Thing, This Place Is For You

15 Restaurants In Charleston That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Edmund’s Oast via Facebook

Edmund’s Oast
1081 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 727-1145
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 160 Reviews.

Few things are better than getting your buzz on while you snack and Edmund’s Oast is the perfect place to do it in Charleston. With an awesome selection of wines and craft beers, you’ll have a hard time cutting yourself off from trying the next delicious drink.

Of course, they’ve also got a cured charcuterie board and cheese plate, along with several other delicious plates, to complement your experience. Just make sure you try the pickled shrimp, as well.

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