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The Ordinary

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544 King St, Charleston, SC 29403-5520
Tue - Sun 17:00 - 22:30
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New York City, New York
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were part of a large group and the service could not have been more elegant. The raw seafood tower sparkled. The vegetarian among us had an amazing dish of radicchio, mushrooms and hazelnuts. Oh those Hawaiian rolls, both as the breadbasket and for dessert as bread pudding!

Thank LadyOnTheRoad132
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We recently ate at the Ordinary during a trip to Charleston based on numerous recommendations, but the meal was memorable for all the wrong reasons. Pros: Nice space, menu had some interesting choices as did the cocktail menu, and some of the dishes were excellent (others, average). Cons: When we made the reservation, we requested a booth downstairs but were... More 

Thank Melissa M
New York City, New York
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my date night reservation during our trip to Charleston, which my GF researched like The professional she is, so this was my power contribution. I had wanted to sit upstairs overlooking the dinning room, but sitting on the main floor of this huge old bank was the stars shinning on us. We sat between some girlfriends out from... More 

Thank Crewsdirector
Calgary, Canada
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62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had an awesome night. Oysters were perfect! The waitress selected a perfect Chablis and everything went great! If you are a foodie you will love it! Our waitress was awesome!

Thank MJB1010
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

From the cool, hip ambiance to our extremely knowledgeable server everything about The Ordinary was EXTRA ORDINARY. A dozen assorted eastern oysters was just enough to want more...So we had some more...The grilled Triggerfish with squid on a bed of chickpeas could probably be one of the best fish plates I have ever tasted...A great concept restaurant and one that... More 

Thank Jaysent
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was fun! It was an old bank so it was very open and had a very modern chic vibe. I love seafood so I thought the food was great! I highly recommend the raw oysters, oyster sliders, tuna tartar, and the stuffed lobster! The drinks were great as well. The daiquiri was my favorite! Its not what you... More 

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Plano, Texas
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything we ordered was full of flavor and impeccably prepared! The oysters on the half shell were very fresh and delicious. It was truly a delightful dining experience!

Thank lil226
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Delicious food. Had a doz raw oysters! Fantastic steak! Impeccable, knowledgeable server!! I can't wait to come back to sample a hundred different fesh, local, small or large plates!

Thank Betsy K
Riverside, Connecticut
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54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our hotel Hyatt Place's concierge recommended Ordinary for great seafood. Little did we know what to expect! Folks- the food and cuisine at this place is far from "Ordinary" ! We had the tower of seafood for two. It was 18 raw clams, 2 dozen raw oysters, ceviche, peel and eat shrimp, and steamed lobster! We sat at the bar... More 

Thank Relojudy
Bradenton, Florida
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went there because my wife loves lobster rolls! Only one problem--the night we went, lobster rolls were not served! But on their website it did say they were served only on Tuesday. We were very disappointed and told our waitress. We thought of leaving but she came over and told us they had the ingredients but could only offer... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 544 King St, Charleston, SC 29403-5520
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston
  • Phone Number: 843-414-7060

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?