Charleston restaurants

Top Choice Seafood in East Side, NoMo & Hampton Park

167 Raw

There are no reservations at this tiny hole-in-the-wall that unassumingly serves up the city's best seafood. People wait in lines down the block for the delicious lobster roll, and the tuna burger and sea-scallop po…
Top Choice Pub Food in East Side, NoMo & Hampton Park

Edmund's Oast

Occupying a gutted former hardware store in gentrifying NoMo, Charleston's highest-brow brewpub got a fancy new executive chef, Bob Cook, in 2017. The new grub: Southern faves like salt chicken skins, hanger steaks …
Top Choice Southern US in East Side, NoMo & Hampton Park

FIG

FIG has been a longtime foodie favorite, and it's easy to see why: welcoming staff, efficient but unrushed service and top-notch, sustainably sourced nouvelle Southern fare from James Beard Award–winner Mike Lata. T…
Top Choice Fusion in East Side, NoMo & Hampton Park

Tu

From the food geniuses who brought us Xiao Bao Biscuit comes this fusion place where there are no phones, no spoons and seemingly no rules. The playful, strange menu includes items like guava, habanero and cheese ic…
Top Choice Asian in Harleston Village, Upper King & Cannonborough Elliottborough

Xiao Bao Biscuit

Housed in a former gas station, with exposed brick walls and concrete floor, this casual but stylish eatery hits the hipster high marks. But the food? Now we're talking. The short but palate-kicking menu spotlights …
Top Choice Health Food in Harleston Village, Upper King & Cannonborough Elliottborough

Basic Kitchen

With dishes like avo toast, fresh sesame kale and rainbow bowls (which come with sweet-potato noodles, veggies, herbs and Thai peanut sauce), this healthy and delicious little cafe feels like something you'd stumble…
Top Choice Southern US in East Side, NoMo & Hampton Park

Leon's Oyster Shop

In a converted old body shop reimagined as an industrial-chic eatery, Leon's is a Charleston favorite for three distinct and delicious items: oysters, fried chicken and scalloped potatoes. There is no better place t…
Top Choice French in South of Broad & the French Quarter

Gaulart & Maliclet

Ooh la la. Locals crowd around the shared tables at this tiny spot, known as 'Fast & French,' to nibble on Gallic cheeses and sausages, fondues or nightly specials ($21 to $24) that include bread, soup, a main d…
Top Choice Southern US in East Side, NoMo & Hampton Park

Martha Lou's

Some of the city's best soul food comes from this unfancy place, just a pale-pink shack in NoMo serving up a few meats on paper plates. The fried chicken is divine, and the chitterlings (pig intestines) are pure Gul…
American in East Side, NoMo & Hampton Park

Zero Café + Bar

The kitchen at the Zero George Street hotel might be diminutive, but the dining experience provided by Food Network celebrity chef Vinson Petrillo is enormously memorable. The chef assumes his diners are intrepid an…