Whether you’re a Charleston local or are considering moving here from another city, you likely already know that we’re notorious for our food. Charleston has earned a reputation as one of the top dining destinations in the United States, and for good reason—whether you’re looking for traditional lowcountry fare, fine dining, or something in between, you’re certain to find a delicious version of it right in our backyard. We could go on and on about all the places to eat here, but to keep things simple, we’ve developed a concise list organized by area so it’ll be a breeze for you to find your new favorite spot!
Where to Eat in Charleston, SC
Downtown Charleston, South of Calhoun
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The area south of Calhoun is where you’ll find some of the oldest architecture in Charleston as well as some of the best food. For breakfast or bites, we love Queen Street Grocery for its casual atmosphere. This is also where you’ll find what is likely Charleston’s most famous restaurant, Husk—let us know if you think the Husk Burger lives up to the hype! If you’d like to treat yourself to something fancy, FIG is known for their delicious seasonal dishes—reservations are recommended! Dive bars more your speed? Then you won’t want to miss The Griffon! After dinner, be sure to walk around and appreciate the architecture in this neighborhood—it truly doesn’t get much prettier than this part of town!
Downtown Charleston, North of Calhoun
North of Calhoun is an area that is more recently developed, giving restaurant owners in this area the confidence to put their own spin on a variety of cuisines—and we are grateful for them! Here you’ll find the Charleston Farmers Market which is a must for any local fare. This is also where you’ll find the famous Xiao Bao Biscuit, known for its Asian soul food, and The Rarebit, a hip take on diner classics. Craving seafood? Dave’s Carry-Out is an experience that can’t be missed!
North of the Crosstown
Perhaps the most recently developed area adjacent to downtown, the northern parts of the peninsula are a bit farther away but are quite rewarding to explore. If you’re into craft beer and cocktails, Edmund’s Oast has the best selection and bartending staff around. If it’s a nice day, be sure to taste some local oysters from Leon’s on their expansive patio—and if you’re into barbecue, Rodney Scott’s BBQ is a can’t miss for solid southern fare!
Are you ready to get out and explore all the cuisines that Charleston has to offer? Let us find you the perfect launch pad—a.k.a. your Charleston dream home. Get in touch today to get started!