Best Restaurants in Charleston, SC
Charleston is well-known for having a wealth of great local shopping and fine-dining. If you're new to the area or just stopping by for vacation, instead of going to some corporate chain restaurant, try some of these places and maybe spot a celebrity on the way!
If price isn't a concern: Hall's Chophouse
Living in the Charleston area, I have heard so much about this place. When I finally had the opportunity to go, I realized that this restaurant actually lived up to the hype. Everything exudes class and hospitality from the second you walk in. They show you fresh cuts of meat and describe the differences in steak cuts, marbling, wet and dry age, and show you the size difference in ounces. The food is à la carte and the steaks start off at $40. However, you get what you pay for because the steaks are out of this world and the service is always spectacular.
434 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
If you're going out for brunch: Blue Rose Café
This quaint little café sticks to its roots and serves you nothing but authentic, fresh, and home-cooked meals. Everything here is old-fashioned from the delicious assortment of biscuits they set out, to their servers giving you a handwritten receipt. You can see the chefs cooking from where you're seated and the owner even makes a point to come out and talk to some of the tables. It is an added touch knowing that the owner cares and goes above and beyond. Blue Rose Café gets pretty busy so you want to be sure to get a seat early - and make sure you order the buttermilk pie!
Recommended: Buttermilk Pie and Blueberry Pancakes
652 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407
For your sweet tooth: Kaminsky's Dessert Café
Located right in the heart of Charleston, this dessert bar is the most popular, loved, and well-known. They have a wide variety of signature alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages that range from cocktails to hot and flavorful coffee. They have a full bar and an open display case full of different homemade cakes and pies. Open until 1am on weekdays and 2am on the weekends, this is the perfect final pit stop for your night out on the town.
Recommended: Toasted Almond Martini and Tollhouse Cookie Pie
78 N Market St, Charleston SC 29401
For a family owned restaurant: Amici's Italian Bistro
Family owned and operated, this small, local Italian bistro has everything you're looking for when it comes to authentic Italian. Their food is made from scratch and they have an open window where you can sit and watch the chefs. Amici's immediately makes you feel like you're at an Italian restaurant fresh off the streets of Rome with their checkered tablecloths, basket chianti bottles with dripping candles, and food that is so fresh and savory, it will leave you wanting to work your way through the entire menu. Although this little restaurant only opened up about two and a half years ago, you can find the family, including the mom, son (also the executive chef), and two daughters working there every day of the week from open till close. This restaurant is not as well known as the ones downtown and that is part of the reason why the service is top-notch. It is the best hidden gem that Charleston has to offer.
Recommended: Signature Limoncello martini, veal marsala, and homemade tiramisu
7648 Northwoods Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29406
For tasting some local brews: Holy City Brewing
The Holy City is known to have many different brewing companies. However, Holy City Brewing is one of the most popular and also one of the best I have been to. It is located in a small building with indoor and outdoor seating, pool tables, a full kitchen, and dozens of beers on tap. When tackling a brewery, it is best to go for a flight and try out four different beers to see what you prefer. The list of beers can be intimidating and the options of ones on tap change every now and then, but the staff is accommodating and helpful to find the right beer for you.
Recommended: Pluff Mud Porter, Chucktown Follicle Brown, Socks With Sandals, Brown Chicken Brown Cow.
4155 Dorchester Rd North Charleston, SC 29405
The best pizza around: Woody’s Pizza
Located a block away from Folly Beach, you would not expect a place like this to have the best pizza in Charleston. To me, pizza is one of the main food groups and I have searched everywhere to find the best. So every time someone asks me for a recommendation, Woody's is always my answer. They have signature pizzas or you can create your own and their sizes go up to 18 inches! The sauce is savory and the cheese is fresh and flavorful. One of the main things that put this place above the rest is their dispenser at the end of the table....full of honey. I know, I turned my nose at the thought of honey on my pizza, but it is life-changing. You will not want any other pizza after having Woody's.