I have been asked over and over to make a simple reference page for restaurants I recommend. II would rather you just read the blog to find out, but I am here to serve. I promise to update this list as we dine about:
Helmed by one of Charleston's most dynamic chefs, and in a killer location, Anson is always worth your time
The one and only 5-star, 5-diamond restaurant in the state, The Woodlands sets the bar for fine dinning in Charleston CLOSED FOR BUSINESS
Modern Southern take on the traditional steakhouse, Oak has come a long way under the steady hand of Chef Bacon
A classic New York steakhouse with a family flair.
Simple, Modern, and Unexpected is the tag line and it fits oh so well.
Sumptuous, elegant, and as worldly as Southern food can get
Sharable plates and a farm-to-table ethos make this a "must try" spot on Upper King
39 Rue de Jean
Classic French brasserie in the heart of Downtown. Besides, who could turn down coq au vin with a side of sushi
John's Island's farm fresh French gem. Make sure to get there early for brunch
A classic Charleston fish house with a saloon feel. Don't forget to try the seafood tower!
Il Cortile del Re
In my mind still the most romantic restaurant in Charleston. Oh, and they serve incredible Italian fare
Al di La
This Avondale Italian restaurant stays packed for a reason. When the weather is nice, enjoy the patio and great takes on classic dishes
Even though the rise to fame was on the back of the Spicy Tuna Roll Challenge, that doesn't mean Bushido is just sushi. Their bowls are incredible. They also do midnight sushi!
Proof that North Charleston isn't a total waste of space. Cork is a fresh, seasonal bistro with a constantly evolving menu
Between Master Chef of France Nico Romo's French-Asian take on modern, sustainable food and Evan Powell's mixology mastery, Fish is a must try for any true foodie.
Tasty Thai & Sushi
Solid, unassuming Thai food delivered with fresh ingredients
When you want a steak that doesn't cost an arm & a leg, skip Longhorns and head over to Charleston's own TBonz
An Irish Cafe hidden in the urban sprawl of Highway 61. If you want to try their fabulous brunch, get there early
Southern Diner food taken to a new level. Check out the daily specials board
Bowan's Island Restaurant
A traditional shuck-shack, head over to Bowan's for fresh seafood in a traditional dive joint
Butcher & Bee
Late-night and lunch sandwich joint, putting the gourmet back in the bread
The only pizza to eat in Summerville
Fast & French
Communal table dinning in this Broad Street landmark means you will be getting to know your fellow patrons very well. The simple French cuisine makes it worth it.
Kim's Korean & Japanese Steakhouse
My favorite restaurant in Charleston. Do yourself a favor and try the Stone Bowl
Philly's of Summerville
Best Cheesesteak in Charleston. Period
Riso Noodle House
German-Asian fusion? Yes, and it works SOOOOOO well
Smoky Oak Taproom
From BBQ to burgers to more beer than you can shake a stick at, its hard to go wrong at this James Island gem
The 'Wich Doctor
The Best sandwich by the sea you will ever find
A gourmet hotdog unlike anything you have ever seen. If you can dream it, they can put it on a dong
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