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Restaurants in South Carolina

Ever true to their roots, South Carolina restaurants continually satisfy their visitors with a mix of Southern hospitality and skillfully prepared Southern food.

Pick up from a boardwalk stand along its beaches or dig into hearty comfort food like shrimp 'n' grits, baked clam, barbecue and more at one of the outstanding regional restaurants in South Carolina.

Charleston proper doubles as a haven for foodies of all types. McCrady's, located in its French Quarter, was built in 1778 as the city's first tavern and continues to serve up low country plates today. Boasting its own storied past, the pocket-sized Martha Lou's Kitchen has been serving soul food from its family-run kitchen for three generations.

One of the best restaurants in South Carolina is the Peninsula Grill, located in Charleston's historic Planters Inn. Here, chef Graham Daily--who trained under Anthony Bourdain--prepares modern takes on Southern classics, including peach-glazed jumbo shrimp, bourbon-glazed pork chops and 12-layer coconut cake.

South Carolina restaurants like Mount Pleasant's Zinc Bistro & Bar feature ample outdoor seating to enjoy balmy days and nights. Situated on Charleston's Harbor, the eatery features an 8,000-square-foot veranda, as well as its own reflecting pool.

  • Bluffton Oyster Factory

    Be sure to stop by to watch Gullah women hand-shuck buckets of briny May River bounty. More
  • Charleston Grill

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Housed inside the Charleston Place Hotel in downtown the Charleston Grill offers diners a unique blend of southern, French, and contemporary cuisin... More
  • Chocolate Tree

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
  • Cintra

    Classic Northern Italian More
  • Circa 1886

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
  • Cypress

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Sister restaurant to Charleston mainstays Magnolias and Blossom, Cypress serves a seasonal, Lowcountry- and Pacific Rim-inspired menu by James Bear... More
  • FIG (Food Is Good)

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
  • Fleet Landing

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Tradd Newton renovated an abandoned, 1940’s naval building to open Fleet Landing. The restaurant sits on top of the marsh on the city's peninsula t... More
  • High Cotton, Charleston

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Hemingway vibe. High Cotton, which serves roughly 800 Espresso Martinis a month, takes its name from an old southern term for living well; high-gro... More
  • Hominy Grill

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Chef Robert Stehling may not be a Lowcountry local, but his "highrise" biscuits and breakfast shrimp are as authentic as Nana used to make, and the... More
  • Inlet Crab House Restaurant & Raw Bar

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    The bivalves here come steamed or on the half shell. More
  • Lee's Inlet

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
  • Linda's Bistro

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
  • Malia's

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
  • Martha Lou's Kitchen

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Three generations of the Gadsden family cook at this tiny soul-food cookshop. More

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