Dining in Charleston

2013 Restaurant Week in Charleston, SC is going on right now, September 4-15! Residents at DeBordieu, the gated residential community on the ocean just south of Pawleys Island, SC,  think nothing of hopping in the car and traveling south about an hour to what has become one of the most delicious cities in the world! I found the great article below in the Locals’ Guide to Charleston, presented by the Charleston CVB and Garden and Gun Magazine. For more about Restaurant Week, Click Here. 

Since its founding in 1670, Charleston has enjoyed a well-earned reputation for setting sumptuous tables laden with local bounty from both land and Sea. Today’s chefs nurture that tradition, making the city on of the nation’s premier dining destinations. 

39 Rue de Jean
39 Rue de Jean
39 JOHN STREET
39ruedejean.com
Situated in historic Charleston in a brick warehouse that was once home to Charleston Manufacturing Company, this French bistro is loud, lively and always serving up a good time.82 Queen
82 QUEEN STREET
82queen.com
Fresh Lowcountry cuisine and Southern hospitality are to be found at 82 Queen, a Charleston favorite for over 30 years. Be sure to sit on the charming patio overlooking the lush courtyard.Bowen’s Island
1870 BOWENS ISLAND ROAD
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Bowen’s Island Restaurant has been dishing out fresh, local oysters since 1946. This simple place has a rustic atmosphere and a phenomenal view of the river and surrounding marshes.39 Rue de Jean

Butcher & Bee
654 KING STREET
butcherandbee.com
Known for its unconventional hours, this BYOB sandwich joint is contemporary with a relaxed atmosphere. Open from 11-2 for lunch and 11-3 for a late-night stop, this hip joint on Upper King Street features a fresh, local menu.Charleston Grill
224 KING STREET
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Pure, Lush, Southern, and Cosmopolitan are the four menu categories at Charleston Grill. Traditional favorites and delightful surprises collide to create a unique dining experience at Charleston Place Hotel’s restaurant.Cru Cafe
Cru Café
18 PINCKNEY STREET
crucafe.com
Though tucked away, Cru is one of Charleston’s not-so-best-kept secrets, thanks to chef-owner John Zucker, who treats regional comfort food to a gourmet makeover.Cypress
167 EAST BAY STREET magnolias-blossom-cypress.com
On bustling East Bay Street, chef Craig Deihl treats diners to his signature style of cooking with Lowcountry ingredients and global techniques. Not to be missed is his award-winning charcuterie program.The Fat Hen
3140 MAYBANK HIGHWAY, JOHNS ISLAND
thefathen.com
Chef Fred Neuville transforms local produce grown on rural Johns and Wadmalaw islands into a succulent yet down-home fusion of Lowcountry-French cuisine.Fig
232 MEETING STREET
eatatfig.com
James Beard Award-winning chef Mike Lata and his team continue to wow guests at this wildly popular spot, known for its focus on fresh, local ingredients prepared purely and minimally.

Fulton Five
5 FULTON STREET
fultonfive.com
A romantic, rustic Italian atmosphere at the tucked away Fulton Five creates a picturesque setting for feasts of Northern Italian fare.

The Glass Onion

The Glass Onion
1219 SAVANNAH HIGHWAY
ilovetheglassonion.com
Chefs Chris Stewart and Sarah O’Kelley’s ever popular The Glass Onion is a local favorite for classic Southern dishes, but with an emphasis on fresh, natural, and local, your body can feel a bit better about indulging.The GroceryThe Grocery
4 CANNON STREET
thegrocerycharleston.com
The menu at The Grocery depends on the local farmers and fishermen for its fresh farm-to-table dishes. With original creations like Quail and French Toast, chef Kevin Johnson whips up refreshingly different Southern meals.
Halls Chophouse
434 KING STREET
hallschophouse.com
While enjoying a USDA Prime dry-aged steak paired with a select Northwest cab, expect one of the Hall family to drop by for a quick, genuinely hospitable visit.HominyHominy Grill
207 RUTLEDGE AVENUE
hominygrill.com
Serving up traditional Southern grub from a historic single house in downtown Charleston, the Hominy Grill’s James Beard award-winning chef Robert Stehling has a knack for perfecting the South’s most loved dishes.
HuskHusk
76 QUEEN STREET
huskrestaurant.com
Led by chef Sean Brock, Husk redefines what “eating local” really means—if it can’t be sourced from the South, it doesn’t make Brock’s menu. The result is a menu that is authentic with food that can’t be beat.
Laura Albert’s
891 ISLAND PARK DRIVE
lauraalberts.com
Located on Daniel Island, Laura Albert’s serves up farm-to-table cuisine, fine wines, and craft beers. The fresh menu is inspired by traditional Southern meals with an innovative twist.The LotThe Lot
1977 MAYBANK HWY.
thelotcharleston.com
The Lot is known for its quiet simplicity and use of local ingredients of the South Carolina Lowcountry, used to create a daily menu based on the best available meats, vegetables, and fruit.

The MacintoshThe Macintosh
479B KING STREET
themacintoshcharleston.com
Chef Jeremiah Bacon dishes out beautiful, locally sourced Southern cuisine at this Upper King Street eatery that’s always bustling, with guests coming for both the handcrafted cocktails and the exceptional food.

McCrady'sMcCrady’s
2 UNITY ALLEY
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James Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock has created a Charleston landmark in McCrady’s. The upscale restaurant is committed to using ingredients from local farmers and fishermen in a surprising, inventive way.
Oak SteakhouseOak Steakhouse
17 BROAD STREET
oaksteakhouserestaurant.com
Elegant fine dining meets exceptional American cuisine at chef Jeremiah Bacon’s Oak Steakhouse in the heart of Charleston’s historic district on Broad Street.
The OrdinaryThe Ordinary
544 KING STREET
eattheordinary.com
Brainchild of Adam Nemirow and Mike Lata of FIG fame, this posh, straight-up seafood hall-meets-oyster bar is a must visit.

Peninsula Grill
112 NORTH MARKET STREET
peninsulagrill.com
Chef Graham Dailey serves up elegant Lowcountry cuisine at its freshest at this Charleston staple, located at the famed Planters Inn.

Red Drum
803 COLEMAN BOULEVARD, MOUNT PLEASANT
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Chef Ben Berryhill brings Texan cuisine to South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Located just over the Ravenel Bridge in Mount Pleasant, Red Drum is a local favorite for dinner, drinks, and live music.SNOBSNOB (Slightly North of Broad)
192 EAST BAY ST.
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An elegant Lowcountry bistro that boasts fresh ingredients and creative presentations, SNOB has an undeniable energy that makes it a local staple for the lunchtime crowd.
Surf BarSurf Bar
103 WEST COOPER AVE.
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Located on Folly Beach, Surf Bar serves up burgers from a wood-fire grill but perhaps is best known for its thriving nightlife scene. Voted Best Bar on Folly Beach, Surf Bar features live entertainment and an excellent selection of craft beer.
Surf BarTwo Boroughs Larder
186 COMING STREET
twoboroughslarder.com
Heather and Josh Keeler bring all corners of the world together, with a fresh dose of Southern influence, at this Cannonborough/Elliotborough eatery and market, where neighbors enjoy everything from wagyu belly tartare to Benton’s country ham.
Virginia’s on King
412 KING STREET
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Breakfast is a must at this King Street restaurant where traditional Southern dishes based on family recipes are served with a big dose of gracious hospitality.XiaoXiao Bao Biscuit
224 RUTLEDGE AVENUE
xiaobaobiscuit.com
This hip gas station turned Asian soul food spot quickly became a local favorite in the burgeoning Cannonborough district for its use of local ingredients in dishes inspired by the chef’s travels through Asia.
RAISING THE BARCharleston takes its libations very seriously and offers no shortage of watering holes, from suave to salty, to prove it.The Alley
131 Columbus Street
thealleycharleston.com
Now you can bowl strikes, quaff brews, and roll some skee ball all in one spot without having to hop back in the Ford Torino until closing time.

Bin 152
152 King Street
bin152.com
Paris meets Pacific as an American husband-French wife duo introduces you to one of the largest, most diverse wines-by-the-glass offerings you’ve ever met.

The Cocktail Club
479 King Street
thecocktailclubcharleston.com
A rooftop overlooking upper King Street houses the cozy Cocktail Club underneath, which mixes up farm-to-shaker concoctions and in-house infusions.

Cocktail Club

Holy City Brewery
4155 C Dorchester Road
holycitybrewing.com
A local favorite opened by four friends, Holy City Brewery brews year-rounds like a hoppy German pilsner and a porter, with seasonals from IPA to stout to Belgian Strong Pale Ale to a bacon porter.

Proof
437 King Street
You’ll thank the fates for the cocktail’s comeback when you sample the Smoldering Manhattan, which tastes intriguingly like an old library smells.

Red’s Icehouse Bohicket Marina
1882 Andell Bluff Blvd, Seabrook Island
redsicehouse.com
Red’s Icehouse prides itself on its laid-back atmosphere. Nestled between Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, Red’s is a unique gathering place of visitors and locals, with special events each night of the week.

The Rooftop at Market Pavilion
225 East Bay Street
marketpavilion.com
No trip to Charleston is complete without a visit to a rooftop bar. The al fresco surroundings serve as a perfect frame for panoramic views of the harbor.

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