Best Places to Eat in Charleston

Our Favorite Restaurants in Charleston

With so many new restaurants opening in Charleston every year, it can be hard to keep track of the hottest spots in town. No matter what you’re craving, we’ve got a great lineup of suggestions for you to consider during your trip. We’ve looked at all categories to create this list of best places to eat.


If you’re planning a visit to the French Quarter, take a slight detour to check out Revival. Led by Chef Simon Glenn, the restaurant serves a variety of signature dishes you can’t get anywhere else, including their scrumptious Forbidden Shrimp and Grits which is packed with antioxidants, not to mention taste. 

Grill 225

Guests seeking to whisk a special someone of their feet should try Grill 225, winner of a Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice Award and a preferred romantic spot for locals. This fine-dining restaurant features hand-picked cuts and an impressive selection of wines. It’s right in the heart of historic Charleston. 


Led by Chefs Don Drake and Samantha Blagg, Magnolia is a forerunner in upscale Southern cuisine, blending classic techniques with modern and artful presentation. The restaurant has been a staple of the Charleston foodie scene for 25 years, way before the term “foodie” even entered our vocabulary.

167 Raw 

A winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence from 2016-2019, 167 Raw boasts some of the best seafood the East Coast has to offer: clam chowder, fresh oysters, lobster rolls, fish and shrimp tacos, tuna burgers, you name it! This local favorite is likely to have something to make your mouth water. 

The Watch at The Restoration Hotel

One of the best places to try dishes made from a bounty of local ingredients and enjoy some of the best views in the whole city is right here, in our own backyard. Insider tip: wine is 50% every Wednesday 4PM-close, and we host a phenomenal Live Music Brunch every Sunday starting at 10AM.