South Carolina

Restaurants in South Carolina

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

Perfect for a lunch of fried oysters.

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.

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

This place is a classic for fried seafood, turkey wings, and a can of soda while you’re waiting…and you’ll probably have to wait a bit.

It’s fascinating to sit near the kitchen of this restaurant, and watch Chef Kevin Johnson and his crew get their farm-to-table plates ready to serve. The whole, wood-fire-roasted fish is superb; I like to put it at the center of the table and let everyone taste.

There’s no restaurant sign here; just a Monkey King mural painted on the side of this former gas station to let you know you’re in the right place. The cabbage pancakes here are a  must-order, with or without the egg or pork. So are the Mapo Mule cocktails.

This rustic nook of a place is best known for its delicious noodle bowls made with pork broth and an egg on top (so good); but all sorts of comforting, tasty food comes from the tiny, fiery kitchen.

This breakfast-lunch-and-dinner menu is built on many of the signature Charleston flavors I love most—like butter beans, collard greens, fish and grits, and homemade chocolate pudding.

I like the almost-secret feel of this place. After arriving via an alley, I’m greeted by the bartender who pours me a fat glass of red.

More than 1,300 wine labels fill the cellar in this Charleston Place restaurant, including many rare vintage wines arranged in the mahogany cabinets in the Vintner’s Room.

Pouring dozens of wines by the glass for just $4 to $6.50, it’s no wonder that this terrific wine bar, helmed by master sommelier Brad Ball, is abuzz nearly every night of the week.