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Places to Dine

There are many great restaurants around Charleston - these are some of our favorites.

3669 Savannah Highway
Johns Island
(843) 556-7525

Yes, it is a bit of a hike (drive) but we still recommend. Serving southern American cuisine, CIA-trained chef Jay Kees and his wife Nicole Kees change the menu with the seasons to highlight the best of locally available quality ingredients. They serve excellent food, have a good wine list and a great selection of beers, too. Serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, it is worth the drive just to experience the fantastic beignets. Check out their website and menus here. 11 mile drive. Stop on your way back from plantations!

460 King Street
(843) 724-3490

Thai food first arrived in Charleston here. They have their own style and it's all good. An easy walk from Charlotte Street Cottage, this casual restaurant has great food and an energetic but not hectic atmosphere. You can sit at a table or at the food bar and watch your meals prepared through the glass. No reservations but get a drink at the bar and watch the crowd as you wait for a table. You can see descriptions and menus here. A 4 1/2 block walk.

Charleston Grill
224 Meeting Street
(843) 722-4900

Located in the Charleston Place Hotel, this beautiful restaurant features intimate fine dining for that special dinner when you want everything just right. More formal dining with attentive expert service, a top notch menu and great wines. 8 block walk. You can see their menu here.

Chez Nous

6 Payne Court
(843) 579-9060

After our favorite little French Bistro, La Fourchette, closed we were sad indeed. Imagine our delight when the owners of Bin 152 opened up Chez Nous in our neighborhood! Their own words capture it: “We are a pint-sized, convivial, neighborhood restaurant . . . which features food & wine from Southern France, Northern Italy & Northern Spain. We offer a daily changing menu of local ingredients - the same for both lunch & dinner - which consists of 2 appetizers, 2 entrees & 2 desserts.” Charming old Charleston house with lovely outdoor table for those warm evenings. Check them out here. A 10 block walk.

Cru Cafe

18 Pinckney Street
(843) 534-2434

We love this place and keep going back for their excellent food and pleasant ambience. Tucked on a small street near the market, it is in a wonderful old Charleston row house and when the weather's nice you can eat on the porch. Great spot for lunch while you're out walking the downtown area - excellent burger. Go back for dinner - everything on the small menu is good. 8 block walk

232 Meeting Street
(843) 805-5900

When we want to take it up a notch, you'll find us at Fig. This is our favorite. Emphasis on fresh, quality local ingredients artfully prepared and presented. Created by Chef Mike Lata but you owe your meal to Executive Chef Jason Stanhope, who directs the kitchen lovingly and skillfully. The menu varies with the seasons to take advantage of what the local farmers and fishermen have to offer. Get a reservation before you come - they fill early - and plan on a longer evening to savor the flavors. See the menu here. 6 block walk.

3140 Maybank Highway
Johns Island
(843) 559-9090

Located on Johns Island, Fat Hen would be a great place to have an early dinner or lunch on the way to or from one of the plantations. Their web site says it best: “Main dishes center around innovative French classics with Lowcountry flourishes, sourced from the finest local produce farmers.” This restaurant is well worth the 20 minute drive from downtown. Click here for directions.

Fleet Landing
186 Concord Street
(843) 722-8100

Believe it or not, in a city surrounded by water, this is the only restaurant where you get decent food while looking out over water! Fleet Landing specializes in seafood, as expected, and does a pretty good job. Large and busy but not hectic, you can go with a large party or just the two of you. Small tables are outside directly over the water where you can watch the pelicans working harder than you for a meal and you might see dolphins if you are lucky. A mix of local fare and standards, with soups, salads, a good burger, lots of seafood entrees including the classic fried dishes, and kids and lunch menus. Great happy hour to end the day. An 8 block walk. Read more on their website.

442 King Street
(843) 722-3474

Located in an original Charleston single house on upper King, Fish is popular both for dining and hanging out at the bar. The obvious choice from the menu is to go with seafood and this is where the well schooled and sophisticated chef, Nico Romo, shines. With a mixture of classic and fusion preparations, his offerings are interesting, well prepared and pleasing to the eye as well as the palate. Open for lunch (M - F) and dinner. Click here for a look at their web site and menu. A five block walk.

5 Fulton Street
(843) 853-5555

Boasting its romantic atmosphere, this small quiet Italian spot has been serving on a small side street off King for many years and continues to offer a good menu in an intimate and charming setting. The food is consistent and the wine list offers good variety. Recommended for a dinner for two with a pleasant stroll along King afterwards. Click here for a look at their web site and menu. A twelve block walk.

106 Church Street
(843) 480-2526

Speaking of taking it up a notch - Goat Sheep Cow raises the bar in Charleston for artisinal foods. Importing cheeses from all over the world, the selection rivals that seen in any major metropolitan area. Knowledgeable owners share their passion for great cheese, wine and charcuterie with you, and you will be glad you stopped in on the way back from walking the battery or touring the Nathaniel Russell House. Grab a ride on the free DASH shuttle if you are headed on a dedicated trip. Worth the effort! 13 block walk.

The Grocery

4 Cannon Street
(843) 302-8825

Building on the solid foundation for good food on upper King, our neck of the woods, The Grocery stands out with excellent food. It's interesting, eclectic menu changes constantly, reflecting the current state and availability of local ingredients. They have a range of dish sizes so you can do anything from a tapas style to a full multicourse meal. See their web site, menu and wine list here . Saturday and Sunday brunch, too! 9 block walk

434 King Street
(843) 727-0090

A growing presence on upper King, this is straightforward Steakhouse fare. Food is well prepared and you get exceptionally attentive service at this family run restaurant. Nice bar, and often features a live pianist. For something a little different, come for the Sunday gospel brunch (music, not sermon!) A 4 block walk. Check out their menu.

526 King Street
(843) 727-1228

M odern Italian fare in a brand new modern space on Upper King means this place is hopping. The food is interesting, inventive and, most importantly, delicious. Lively bar and a long group table back by the kitchen means lots of options. Outdoor dining area as well. Highly recommended. A 7 block walk. Check out their web site.


210 Rutledge Avenue
(843) 720-8899

Another staple located on the corner of Spring Street and Rutledge Avenue, Lana is a very popular neighborhood spot. The food is excellent, the service is friendly and attentive, with a great wine list - reasonable prices and lots of options by the glass. Great lunch menu, too. A longer walk or take a cab. Check out their website.


698 King Street
(843) 531-6500

Located in a former corner service station from which it takes its name, Leons offers a down home menu boasting a master New Orleans oyster shucker, great fried chicken and terrific seafood. Cool easy atmosphere with an outdoor area, and lots of good beers on tap and bottled. A 15 block walk, drive or take a cab. Check out their website.


41-A Bogard Street
(843) 973-3323

This restaurant by Chef Ken Vedrinski serves delicious authentic Italian trattoria food in a pleasant setting on the North end of downtown. Ken has cooked at some of the best restaurants in Charleston including the much loved Woodlands in Summerville and his other excellent restaurant on Daniel Island, Sienna. Good service and excellent food and wine - a top recommendation. On sunday their family style dinner is fun! Here is their website. A 13 block walk. We recommend a taxi or drive. See map.

778 South Shelmore Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant
(843) 388-9200

You have to drive over the harbor on the impressive Ravanel Bridge to visit Langdon's for dinner but it is definitely worth the 10 minute drive. Having a pleasant modern upscale decors with a great bar in front, the dining room is comfortable and stylish. The menu is eclectic and everything is good. They have a good assortment of excellently prepared seafood and meats with tantalizing appetizers and salads. Service is great and the wine list has a nice variety of good wine that is reasonably priced. Specials are usually hard to resist. Look at the website in the lower left corner - there is a link for a map to get there.

LeeLee's Hot Kitchen

218 President Street
(843) 822-5337

Finally, good Chinese in Charleston! LeeLee's has a traditional menu with a full bar in a nice little neighborhood atmosphere. Service is smiling and efficient and we had great meals. The chef/part owner Lily Lei has lots of experience and has put together a moderately sized menu with all our favorite Sichuan and other classics. No reservations; they do take-out as well. You can look at their menu here. 20 blocks - drive or taxi

45 John Street
(843) 577-5448

Draw straws to see who gets to stay in their jammies and make the coffee while one of you hops on the bike to ride the 4 blocks to this wonderful authentic French bakery. Get a couple of the croissants, maybe an almond pastry, a small tart for later and a baguette to go with that cheese in the fridge. When you get back, close your eyes and imagine you are on a Paris sidewalk. Your tastebuds will conspire to make you believe the fantasy. This is the real deal. Be careful. You may find yourself here daily. Check out their website.

Market Pavilion Bar
225 East Bay Street
(843) 266-4218

Located on top of the Market Pavilion Hotel, the Pavilion Bar offers fabulous views of downtown Charleston with the harbor as a backdrop. Great place to have lunch on a warm Spring day or to have a cocktail as the sun goes down, the food is good and the bar has great cocktails that you can enjoy outside under an umbrella. Popular early evening spot to meet your friends. Read more on their website. 8 block walk.

Artisan Meat Share

33 Spring Street
(843) 641-7299

Growing out of both a place on the menu of the restaurant Cypress as well as a weekly package of seasonal offerings, “Artisan Meat Share offers Chef Craig Deihl's award-winning meats to customers on a daily basis, plus the welcomed addition of gourmet sandwiches, fresh butcher shop products, house-made condiments and more.” The delicious products make for an amazing meal or something to take home. Great for a long lunch, but beware; dinner may be overshadowed. Check them out here. 8 blocks just off upper King

Penninsula Grill

112 North Market Street
(843) 723-0700

All you need to know: this is the only Relais & Châteaux member hotel and restaurant in downtown Charleston. That means a consistently high level of service. Located in the Planters Inn on the North end of the Market, this is probably the most beautiful dining room in Charleston. Excellent for a special occasion, a quiet and elegant dining experience will be yours along with an extensive and high quality wine list. Listen to the servers´ recommendations; they know what they are doing, and by all means save room for the signature desserts. Here is their website. 8 blocks

39 Rue de Jean

39 John Street
(843) 722-8881

We send many of our guests here to start their vacation. Only a three block walk from Charlotte Street Cottage, this French bistro offers a spacious comfortable dining room, a great bar and a varied menu for an easy dinner after a long flight or drive. Great mussels, a plat du jours and great fries. You can look at their menus online.


192 East Bay Street
(843) 723-3424

A popular spot on “restaurant row̶ in the heart of the action, SNOB delivers consistently good fare with a southern touch for lunch and dinner. If you've been out all day and need to eat NOW before you walk back to Charlotte Street, bet on this pick to welcome you out of the madness and give you a solid dining experience. A 9 block walk. They, too, have a website.

Dave´s Carry-Out
42 Morris Street
(843) 577-7943

If you would like to see what the real Charleston cuisine is like, and/or you want to bring something back to the cottage and eat lunch on the patio in the sun, check out Dave´s. The little store front is actually a step up from their old location on Rutledge. Much happier with their new landlord, they turn out basic but delicious platters of fried fish and shrimp, fish sandwiches, wings and other lowcountry southern cooking. Open Tuesday - Saturday, with lunch specials through Friday, this is the real deal. We love the shrimp and fish platter with fries. 7 Block Walk.

186 Coming Street
(843) 637-3722

Right next door to Dave's, this neighborhood place has built a solid reputation for their first rate cuisine. Owned and operated by a young friendly couple, they have a constantly changing menu of simple, interesting and surprising dishes that are uniformly delicious. Casual and comfortable, their breakfast menu continues all day along with lunch and diner fare. Burger night on Wednesday (yes!) and SATURDAY brunch. Quality inexpensive wine and a variety of beers cap off the choices. Here is their website. 8 blocks


Restaurant Address Days Open Phone
Angel Oak 3669 Savannah Hwy Closed Monday 556-7525
Basil 460 King Street 7 Days 724-3490
Charleston Grill 224 Meeting Street 7 Days 722-4900
Chez Nous 6 Payne Court Closed Monday 579-3060
Cru Café 18 Pinckney Street Closed Sunday 534-2434
Fig 232 Meeting Street Closed Sunday 805-5900
Fat Hen Johns Island 7 Days 559-9090
Fleet Landing 186 Concord Street 7 Days 722-8100
Fish 442 King Street Closed Sunday 722-3474
Fulton Five 5 Fulton Street Closed Sunday 853-5555
The Grocery 4 Cannon Street Closed Monday 302-8825
Goat Sheep Cow 106 Church Street Closed Sunday 480-2526
Halls Chop House 434 King Street 7 Days 727-0090
Indaco 526 King Street 7 Days 727-1228
Lana 210 Rutledge Ave Closed Sunday 720-8899
Leons 698 King Street 7 Days 531-6500
Lucca 41-A Bogard St Closed Monday 973-3323
Langdon's Mount Plesant Closed Sunday 388-9200
Leelee's 218 President Street 7 Days 822-5337
Macaroon Boutique 45 John Street Closed Mondays 577-5448
Market Pavillion 225 East Bay St 7 Days 266-4218
Meat Share 33 Spring Street 7 Days 641-7299
Pennsula Grill 112 N. Market St 7 Days 723-0700
Rue de Jean 39 John Street 7 Days 722-8881
SNOB 192 E. Bay Street 7 Days 723-3424
Dave's Carry-Out 42 Morris Street Closed Weekends 577-8500
2 Boroughs Larder 186 Coming St Closed Sun & Mon 637-3722

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Charlotte Street Cottage
32 Charlotte Street
Charleston, SC 29403-6330
(843) 577-3944



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