Insider Guide: Dine in Charleston
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Charleston is proud to be a food town.  Locals know it, those who visit and dine here learn it and word has gotten out.  We have many award winning restaurants and hosted Bravo’s Top Chef. Bon Appetit wrote an article in 2016 highlighting 12 top Chef’s who moved to Charleston and why they wouldn’t be going back to Chicago, New York or San Fransisco.  In summary, our local patrons are willing to try things, we have fresh seafood and offer true farm to table options all of which combine make the Holy City a foodie’s delight.

There are so many great restaurants around Charleston.  Our goal is to help provide some of the “must try” places and point to some local favorites off the beaten path.

Charleston Must Dine Experiences:

Our friends at Eater Charleston do a great job keeping up with the very competitive landscape of culinary options in Charleston.  This is a full-time job because it’s all changing and growing so fast.  We have included our favorites and links to additional information we think you will find helpful no matter if you’re looking for a quick bite, the best group luncheon or a romantic night out.



(Insider tip: This list is changing frequently so visit the full page.)

  1. FIG
  2. The Macintosh
  3. Minero
  4. The Ordinary
  5. Xiao Bao Biscuit
  6. McCrady’s
  7. 5 Church
  8. Halls Chophouse

Outside of downtown:

(Insider tip: This list is changing frequently so visit the full page.)

  1. Locals (Park Circle, North Charleston)
  2. The Obstinate Daughter (Sullivan’s Island)
  3. Jack of Cups (Folly Beach)
  4. Bowens Island Restaurant (near Folly Beach)
  5. Wild Olive (John’s Island)
  6. EVO Pizzeria (Park Circle, North Charleston)
  7. Ms. Rose’s Fine Food & Cocktails (West Ashley)
  8. The Boat House (Isle of Palms)
  9. Liberty Tap Room (Mount Pleasant)
  10. Accent on Wine (Park Circle and Summerville)

Best  Restaurants:

We have the essentials above, and they are all must dine experiences but we also know that you might really be in the mood for a taco or pizza.  So, we have the best Restaurants below.  We must give credit to Eater Charleston and Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for the lists below.

  1. Best Tacos
  2. Best Pizza
  3. Best Seafood
  4. Best Sushi
  5. Best Italian

What are we missing?  If you know the next hot spot or just ate somewhere and it was the best please let us know on Twitter!