Best Places to Dine in Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the oldest cities in the country, offering sights and flavors that call back to its history while still offering something new. 

If you’ve never visited, and you’re looking for somewhere to fill up while looking at Charleston houses for sale, these are the top restaurants to visit! 

Charleston Harbor

Affordability: moderately expensive.

Rating: 4.0 stars out of 5 stars.

Cuisine: Seafood and southern fare.

Location: 32 Patriots Point Rd.

Seafood is king here in Charleston, and nowhere is that more true than in the Charleston Harbor fish house!

This restaurant combines delicious southern flavors with fantastic fresh seafood while giving you a view of the beautiful waters their fish were caught in.  This is the shortest distance from the water to the plate, and you’ll love every bite!

High Cotton Charleston

Affordability: moderately expensive.

Rating: 4.7 stars out of 5 stars.

Cuisine: tasty twists on southern favorites.

Location: 199 E Bay St.

Although this restaurant can be empty during weekdays: don’t let that care you away.  The employees are incredibly friendly and treat you like family, while the cooks create the best comfort food you’ve ever tried.

High Cotton offers many modern twists on southern classics that will make both your heart and stomach happy.

Fleet Landing Restaurant and Bar

Affordability: affordable for most.

Rating: 4. stars out of 5 stars.

Cuisine: bar and seafood cuisine.

Location: 186 Concord St.

If you’ve ever wanted to enjoy the best cocktails of your life while having fish caught fresh from the harbor, this is the place to do it.  Fleet Landing Restaurant and Bar is a delicious mix of getting exactly what you want while also being pleasantly surprised.  

The food here is incredible and the atmosphere is perfect. You’ll want to come back every single day; in fact, a lot of locals do just that.

Charleston Grill

Affordability: expensive for most.

Rating: 4.8 stars out of 5 stars.

Cuisine: in-hotel fine dining inspired by Southern-French flavors.

Location: 224 King St.

If you’re planning a special night and want to make the most out of it, go to the Charleston Grill.  Every dish here is made with incredible flavor combinations, and every drink is just strong enough to leave you smiling.

If you’ve never been before, many say order the crab cake with dill as a shared appetizer, and then follow your heart!  Every dish is beautiful for the eyes and the tastebuds, so don’t be afraid to dig in!

The Ordinary

Affordability: moderately affordable.

Rating: 4.6 stars out of 5 stars.

Cuisine: surf and turf dishes that offer the best of both.

Location: 544 King St.

Although this restaurant is called the Ordinary: its service and flavors are anything but ordinary!  Every dish is delicious, from their fantastic steak tartar and an oyster appetizer to some of the most incredible fish dishes you’ll ever try. 

Although the bill can add up if you go for the more expensive menu items, most of their food is affordable and delicious.  For the best experience, order two entrees if you’re on a date and split them with whomever you’re with!