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185 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-2126 (located between Cumberland & Queen Streets)
+1 843-577-7771
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Gardiner, New York
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121 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Been coming to Charleston on vacation for three years and Magnolias continues to be our #1 spot to go. On our recent trip, we ordered the grits with seafood and a crab cake sandwich. The sauce topping the grit dish was worth the price of admission by itself. My wife's sandwich was not as good but still satisfactory. The decor... More 

Thank sweir2
Mooresville, North Carolina
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Brunch. The crab soup was excellent. Fried green tomato Benedict was a nice blend of flavors. Pimento grits, country ham, lump crab, poached eggs were almost sweet. Very nice blend of flavors. Fried green tomatoes weren't cooked enough for my taste and needed a sauce with more kick to accent them. Titos Bloody Mary was $10 and wasn't very big... More 

Thank We3Go4Fun
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Every time I have been here everything is exquisite! The staff is flawless especially Chuck whom took great care of us. There are so many wonderful places here you are guaranteed a fine meal. Enjoy!

Thank 1752
Gadsden, Alabama
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162 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The place and the staff itself were fantastic. What a beautiful place. Then...the food! First of all, boiled peanut hummus (don't knock it 'til you try it!) and southern fried mac and cheese. Simply delicious! The Deviled Eggs, Crispy Brussels and Low Country succotash were more of the same fare. So well executed and seasoned. But the mains were just... More 

Thank Michael W
Columbia, South Carolina
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Restaurant Week in Charleston! And Magnolias did not disappoint! We started with the crab & artichoke stuffed mushrooms. These are very rich but we shared with the table. We enjoyed the following as a table: Grilled Salmon, Shrimp & Grits, and the Crab Cake appetizer. All were perfectly cooked. We finished our meal with the pecan pie cake which was... More 

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136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The southern caesar salad with cornbread croutons in above average, but I would not order it again. The buttermilk fried chicken plate uses very high quality chicken and corn--also has a biscuit, mashed potatoes, gravy and collard greens. Very lovely ambience for lunch. Very friendly service.

Thank daggertravel
New Philadelphia, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had dinner at Magnolia's for the first time and the food and service was fantastic. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. The seafood was amazing. The service was top notch and very nice atmosphere. Great experience.

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Savannah, Georgia
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just spent a week in Charleston. Had dinner at 5 top restaurants. Magnolias was the best. Fabulous food, excellent service, quiet enough to actually have a conversation. Reasonable prices.

Thank bcarey2013
Starkville, Mississippi
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137 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ended a nice day in Charleston here based on the reviews. The food is excellent and we enjoyed every minute of our dinner. But it is pricey. We had one appetizer and both had the Buttermilk Fried Chicken dinner. With drinks and tip, we were out the door at over $80. Don't get me wrong, it's worth the fine... More 

Thank John C
Aurora, Canada
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While the food here was fine (nothing exceptional) and the decor was typical, I am honestly still speechless about the events of our visit. I understand that accidents happen but to have a $90 bottle of Groth (red wine) spilt on my husbands expensive shirt by the waiter and the retribution being A DRY CLEANING VOCHER??? There were apologies, some... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$35
American, Soups, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 185 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-2126
    (located between Cumberland & Queen Streets)
  • Public Transportation: Charleston CARTA to and from Visitors Center can be picked up 1/2 block from the restaurant on the quarter hour. There are also local cab companies and Charleston's famous Rickshaws that will transport guests to their hotels.
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 843-577-7771

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