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.

Sister restaurant to Charleston mainstays Magnolias and Blossom, Cypress serves a seasonal, Lowcountry- and Pacific Rim-inspired menu by James Beard-nominated chef Craig Deihl.

Harborside hangout. This bistro's 8,000-square-foot veranda offers a sweeping view of Charleston Harbor and includes a reflecting pool with an 18-foot geyser.

Tradd Newton renovated an abandoned, 1940’s naval building to open Fleet Landing.

Three generations of the Gadsden family cook at this tiny soul-food cookshop.

Perfect for a lunch of fried oysters.

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.