Eating

  • FIG Long-time foodie favorite with great service and top-notch, nouvelle Southern fare.
  • 167 Raw Hole-in-the-wall that unassumingly serves up the city's best seafood.
  • Tu A playful restaurant with creative and mind-blowing international dishes.
  • Leon's Oyster Shop A Charleston favorite for its oysters, fried chicken and scalloped potatoes.
  • Edmund's Oast A high-brow brewpub in a gutted former hardware store.

By Budget: $

By Budget: $$

  • 167 Raw Hole-in-the-wall that unassumingly serves up the city's best seafood.
  • Basic Kitchen Feels like something you'd find in Bali, with surfboard decor and healthy, delicious fare.
  • Poogan's Porch Cozy but elegant Victorian serving up good Southern eats.
  • Harold's Cabin Former corner store, part-owned by Bill Murray, with veggie dishes from a rooftop garden.
  • Darling Oyster Bar Pure, raw seafood goodness.
  • Virginia's on King Good Southern cooking in an elegant dining room, with plenty of spice.

By Budget: $$$

  • FIG Long-time foodie favorite with great service and top-notch nouvelle Southern fare.
  • Zero Café + Bar Small, intimate establishment with a killer tasting menu.
  • Circa 1886 Lowcountry fine dining in an elegant carriage house.
  • Halls Chophouse Fabulous place for ordering a sizable, rare cut of steak.
  • Le Farfalle A Tuscan restaurant with a spacious dining room and excellent service.
  • Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine Elegant Lebanese place with fantastic hummus and fried kibbe on King St.

By Cuisine: Upscale Lowcountry

  • Grocery In an industrial-chic space, this is Charleston's farm-to-table champion.
  • Husk A creation of acclaimed chef Sean Brock; one of the South's most buzzed-about restaurants.
  • Slightly North of Broad Tried-and-true French Quarter mainstay serving Lowcountry comfort dishes.
  • Charleston Grill Fine dining inspired by Southern and French cooking, with a side of live jazz.
  • Circa 1886 Lowcountry fine dining in an elegant carriage house.

By Cuisine: Casual Southern

  • Martha Lou's Unfancy but mouthwatering soul food in a pink shack.
  • Lewis Barbecue Best Texas-style, cut-to-order brisket ever, plus some tasty sides.
  • Rodney Scott's BBQ Beloved for succulent pulled pork, fried catfish, and chicken and rib plates.
  • Hominy Grill Neighborhood cafe serving modern, vegetarian-friendly Lowcountry cuisine in an old barbershop.
  • Marina Variety Store A long-standing greasy-spoon place, with harbor views and extra helpings of Southern hospitality.
  • Poogan's Porch Cozy but elegant Victorian serving up good Southern eats.

By Cuisine: Oysters

  • Ordinary Buzzy seafood hall and oyster bar that feels like the best party in town.
  • Leon's Oyster Shop A Charleston favorite for its oysters, fried chicken and scalloped potatoes.
  • 167 Raw Hole-in-the-wall with oysters arriving fresh daily from their farm in Nantucket.
  • Darling Oyster Bar Pure seafood goodness with a top-notch raw bar.