With stunning scenery for relaxing meals outdoors taking in the cities charm and beauty, a vibrant arts scene, renowned chefs and farm-to-fork options, Charleston, SC is the perfect place to get away. The city is known for it’s rich history, meticulously preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants, and unparalleled hospitality. Charleston, the oldest and second-largest city in South Carolina, is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. Our recent visit to Charleston for the 12th Annual Wine and Food Festival showed us a local food culture rich in tradition complete with James Beard Award-winning chefs serving mouthwatering, locally sourced cuisine. A foodie heaven, Charleston’s dining scene just keeps on getting hotter and hotter. And no surprise for a Southern city, the drinking is on par with the eating here. It was easy to see why it has recently been named “Best City in the World” by the 2016 Travel + Leisure Readers’ Choice Awards.
FIG is a neighborhood bistro from James Beard Award-winning Chef Mike Lata and partner Adam Nemirow, serving seasonally and locally inspired cuisine with elevated takes on Southern classics.
Address: 232 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 805-5900
Monday through Thursday 5PM — 10:30PM
Friday & Saturday 5PM — 11PM
Monza Pizza has Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas offed with farm fresh ingredients, plus salads & pastas.With a nod to great Formula 1 racers, each pie comes with a racer’s moniker, like the Materassi featured below.
Address: 451 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 720-8787
Friday & Saturday 11am-11pm
Mercantile & Mash
Mercantile and Mash features a provisions style retail center, a casual eatery, a coffee shop and a whiskey and beer bar.
Address: 701 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 793-2636
Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday through Sunday: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Swanky New American spot offering a daily-changing menu in a historic building from the late 1800s.
Address:492 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 203-6338
*Late Night: Friday/Saturday
RUTLEDGE CAB COMPANY
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night, Rutledge Cab Company is rockin’. This former convenience store/gas station has been transformed into Charleston’s favorite neighborhood restaurant/bar.
Address: 1300 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 720-1440
Monday through Thursday 11:30AM — 11PM
Friday 11:30AM — 12AM
Saturday 10AM — 12AM
Sundays 10AM — 11PM
Before you start critiquing this list, know this: yes, there are more than these outstanding restaurants in Charleston. And we have started a future bucket list: McCrady’s Restaurant, Hominy Grill, and The Ordinary to name a few… It’s the undeniable charm that makes Charleston, South Carolina a beloved travel and a serious restaurant destination.