Top 9 restaurants you have to try when visiting Charleston 

By Lexi Holmes ***

Charleston, South Carolina, is a city renowned for its rich history, beautiful architecture, and stunning beaches. 

But it’s also famous for its food as the Holy City has become a hub of culinary excellence, drawing in chefs and foodies from all over the world. 

With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. 

But here are 9 that you must try when you visit our “foodie” city.


Located in a beautiful historic mansion in downtown Charleston, Husk is known for its Southern-style cuisine that utilizes the freshest local ingredients.

The menu changes frequently to reflect the seasons and availability of ingredients, so there is always something new to try.


FIG stands for “Food Is Good.” And, trust me, the food is excellent.

FIG is located on East Bay Street and serves up an ever-changing menu of seasonal dishes.

Similarly to Husk, FIG changes its menu daily to showcase the freshest ingredients available. This restaurant makes sure each visit is a unique experience. 

The Ordinary 

This seafood-focused restaurant is housed in an old bank building and has a stunning interior. And the food is even better.

The Ordinary offers a wide variety of fresh seafood dishes, including raw bar options.

This elegant and sophisticated space is the perfect spot for a special occasion. 

Xiao Bao Biscuit 

For a taste of something truly unique, head over to this Asian-inspired restaurant that has a laid-back vibe and serves up dishes like ramen and dumplings with a southern twist.

The atmosphere and creative menu make for a fun dining experience. 

Leon’s Oyster Shop  

This casual restaurant is known for its fried chicken and oysters.

The vibe is laid-back and the outdoor patio is the perfect spot to enjoy a cold beer.

Whether you are with your family or on a bachelorette trip, Leon’s is guaranteed to be a great time. 

The Obstinate Daughter 

Another classic that serves up a modern take on Italian cuisine with a Southern twist.

Located on Sullivan’s Island, this charming restaurant is perfect for Italian and seafood lovers.

From wood-fired pizzas to seafood pasta, the menu is a delight for foodies. 

Slightly North of Broad  

This restaurant, affectionately known as SNOB, offers classic Lowcountry dishes in a warm and inviting atmosphere. The menu features locally-sourced ingredients and innovative twists on Southern favorites.

SNOB offers new menus daily to make sure the ingredients are fresh. 

Hall’s Chophouse 

For steak lovers, there’s no better option than this steakhouse.

This elegant restaurant serves up some of the best steaks in Charleston.

This famous family-owned restaurant is exactly where you want to go for a date night or celebration.

The food is amazing, but the unique experience makes the check worthwhile. 

Lewis Barbecue 

If you’re in the mood for something a little more casual, head over to Charleston’s best barbecue joint.

This spot serves up some of the best barbecue in the city, with traditional options like brisket, ribs, and pulled pork but also a few specials certain days of the week like beef ribs on Saturdays (go early; they always sell out!) and chicken fried steak on Sundays.

Make sure to go on a sunny Charleston day to get the most out of the outdoor seating experience. 

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