Dining Downtown

Dining in Downtown Charleston offers a foodie everything they could possibly want. Wonderful food, farm raised, freshly caught seafood and a culinary diversity that will satisfy the most discerning palate.  There are so many wonderful places to eat but we highlight the restaurants our locals rave about, that our Insiders have tried and that we know you will enjoy.

Insider Guide Dining: F.I.G

FIG

232 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
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Phone: (843) 805-5900

FIG is short for Food Is Good and Mike Lata ensures that is true.  Seafood, local farm to table fairs and a staff that knows what they are doing combine for an experience that will not disappoint.  We highly recommend a reservation as FIG is always busy but if it’s just the two of you you can also eat at the bar.

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The Macintosh

479B King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Website
Phone: (843) 789-4299

The Macintosh is located on Upper King where the competition for great food and experiences is demanding but Executive Chef Jeremiah Bacon delivers.  His menu changes daily with fresh seafood and local produce bringing a modern take to southern roots.  Insider tip for couples, eat at the bar.

Minero

153B East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Website
Phone: (843) 789-2241

James Beard award-wining Chef Sean Brock has delivered a gem in Minero.  Minero offers a blend of Mexican culture and a collection of dishes that will delight anyone; especially taco lovers. Located on East Bay Street near The Old Exchange Building, The Vendue Hotel and Waterfront Park, Minero offers a delightful dining experience within walking distance from many key tourist attractions.  Insider tip, Minero makes all their Margaritas by hand so if you like Margaritas you cannot go wrong here but we highly recommend the spicy style!

 

The Ordinary

544 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Website
Phone: (843) 414-7060

The Ordinary is brought to you by the same team behind FIG but it is completely focused on seafood.  Oysters are a mainstay in the low country and The Ordinary knows how to deliver.  While Oysters are a specialty that The Ordinary offers a variety of seafood including Lobster, Shrimp, Grouper and Snapper to name a few.  If you like seafood, The Ordinary is not going to disappoint.  Insider tips, the Sliders are a must but if you have a large group, get the tower!

 

Xiao Bao Biscuit

224 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403
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Chef Joshua Walker brought Asian comfort food to Charleston in a 40’s era gas station converted to a fusion of Southeastern Asian cuisines.  Xiao Bao recommends family style dishes but doesn’t take large groups or reservations. Insider tip, if the weather’s nice you can grab a picnic table out front.

McCrady’s

2 Unity Alley
Charleston, SC 29401
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McCrady’s is James Beard award-wining Chef Sean Brock’s intimate 22-seat open kitchen space that provides a one-of-a-kind experience with exceptional hospitality you would expect in the south and food you will never forget.

5 Church

32B North Market Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Website
Phone: (843) 937-8666

5 Church is located in an old Church across the street from The Market but it is not a tourist trap restaurant.  Jamie Lynch (who competed on Season 14 of Bravo’s Top Chef) has provided a menu with local inspirations, a 35 oz Cowboy chop (we haven’t had time to try that one yet) risotto and fresh scallops that we crave.  5 Church is perfect for a large group or even a corporate event.  Insider tip, dress nice if you sit near the front as tourist often take pictures of the old Church.

Halls Chophouse

434 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Website
Phone: (843) 727-0090

Halls is a family owned Steak house that prides themselves on excellent service, fantastic food and the personal touch of a Hall Family member being there every night to greet guests.  Great Steaks, Wine and side dishes will please anyone who loves a great meal.  Insider tip, go with a larger group and order different side dishes so you can try multiple.