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.

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.

Luxe low country. McCrady's is Charleston's first tavern, built in 1778 in the heart of the city's historic French quarter.

The bivalves here come steamed or on the half shell.

Housed inside the Charleston Place Hotel in downtown the Charleston Grill offers diners a unique blend of southern, French, and contemporary cuisines, courtesy of executive chef Michelle Weaver. The restaurant’s menu is divided into four categories: Pure, Lush, Southern, and Cosmopolitan.

Located on North Market Street, Mercato serves upscale interpretations of classic Italian fare. While the menu contains the requisite fettuccine alfredo and spaghetti carbonara, it also has more innovative offerings, such as the local shrimp and blue crab risotto with sweet corn.

Housed inside the 150-year-old South Carolina Loan & Trust building, Oak Steakhouse serves steaks, local seafood, and vegetarian dishes with a farm-to-table emphasis.


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