South Carolina

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.

Stop in for ribs or a freshly made shrimp-salad sandwich.

Hemingway vibe. High Cotton, which serves roughly 800 Espresso Martinis a month, takes its name from an old southern term for living well; high-growing cotton was a sign of prosperity.

Order the famous oyster pie.


Bold, modern, global spot with chef Nate Whiting. Order the she-crab soup, loaded with the sweet meat.


Classic Northern Italian

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 buttermilk pancakes are paired with apple maple syrup and pecan butter.

Elegant Italian