Over the past 18 years we've heard a lot of reviews and we've eaten a lot of food. Here are our curated favorites
Our #1 recommendation when people ask where to eat. Fantastic and inventive flavors. Extremely fresh seafood. The crispy oysters might be one of the best tasting dishes in Charleston.
FIG stands for Food Is Good, and they aren't kidding. One of the simplest and freshest menus in town. Make your reservations early or try to get a seat at the bar, its always booked. Tomato Tartine is devine.
Charleston in a nutshell, friendly, southern, hip and casual. The frozen gin and tonics and heavenly fried chicken sandwich will surely hit the spot.
One of the warmest restaurants in town. You feel as though theres a 300 lb Greek grandmother in the kitchen making food for her beloved family. You had us at flaming cheese.
If you love craft beer and world class food, this is your spot. Theres a 3000 sq ft outdoor post and beam bowery bar that is one of the best vibes in town. Although their beer board is impressive, their own in house brews are some of the best in the US.
Romantic doesn't do it justice. A tiny french restaurant that changes its menu daily, Chez Nous will make you feel like getting down on one knee and proposing even if you've been married for decades.
A casual, French-inspired neighborhood restaurant. The Rabbit Campanelli is the go-to you don’t want to miss.
A chef-driven, dock to table concept, offering Lowcountry seafood in a fresh, innovative way. Show up 15 minutes before opening, or expect to wait!
A Little piece of magic a few blocks from the gallery on Queen St. They have the best coffee in town and make sure to try the tea time cookie, you wont regret it.
Baba’s on Meeting
A glamorous but casual cafe with European vibes. The peanut mocha, the quiche, the banana bread… whatever catches your eye, you won’t be disappointed.
bakeries / pastries
Weltons Tiny Bakeshop
Adorable little spot making really special, seasonally inspired, European influenced treats. Only open Friday, Saturdays and Sundays 10AM-2PM so plan accordingly.
Small batch bakery. Pop in for a cupcake, cookie or other rotating slice of deliciousness. They often sell out so stay flexible and curious! Closed Sundays.
cocktails / drinking
The gin Joint
1940's gin fizzes, 80 rums on hand and bartenders sporting suspenders, what else could you ask for. They also will make you a special cocktail if you give them three adjectives.
Even more chamring then the resturaunt next door, you'll find ancient brick and dried okra onthe walls. They'll make you a bourbon cocktail so beautiful you might just take the first 5 minutes to stare at it.
Edmunds Oast brewery
The godfathers of the Charleston beer scene. Making some of the best beer in town, their brewery is an easy-going large space with a never ending supply of good brews.
IPA kings. Every beer they make is top notch but their IPA's are the crown jewels. Maser, Mars Express, and Sungazer are all worth a try.
the citrus club
The Dewberry is just as cool as a hotel can get and their rooftop is just as special. On a hot day, the endless breeze up will make you want to never leave.
One of the best panoramic rooftop views of Charleston, offering an array of options from Truffle Fries to Braised Short Rib Cavatelli.
Millers All Day
This place feels a little like the diners every small town has mixed with a foodies gourmet menu that makes all your favorite dishes feel grown up. Great place to start the day if you were out having too much fun the night before.
Pop in and grab something delicious in a place that also happens to have some of the freshest ingredients possible. There are a bunch of market-like provisions to grab along the way and bring home.
A few blocks away from our Gallery is Charleston’s oldest independent culinary establishment, in a beautifully restored Victorian house. Offering daily brunch,and known for their Shrimp and Grits.
Think southern, think local, think James Beard level dining. This place was put on the map by Charleston's most beloved chef Sean Brock, who created a restaurant where every single ingredient comes from the american south.
Butcher and Bee
This place is a go to for a diverse menu with unique flavors. Next door to Edumunds Oast, the outside courtyard just feels right while the food is farm fresh and ever changing.
We can't say enough about this place, its our number one recommmendation for lunch or dinner. Lobster tostada? Yes. Margarite? Yes. Tuna burger? Yes.
A hip luxury hotel with old world charm. A great lobby bar as well as one of the best rooftops in town.
The Charleston place
The definition of class. This hotel is luxurious and right in the heart of the city. Charleston Grill, their in house restaurant, is one of the finest meals in the city.
This hotel and its restaurant are about as charming as it gets. Its nestled in and oozes a refined quaintness. Sit on the porch and enjoy the perfect glass a wine and you'll feel the charm wash over you.
Romance and style makes this hotel one for memory making. You'll feel the essence of Charleston around every corner.
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