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Jestine's Kitchen

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Downtown
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251 Meeting St, 52 1 2 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401-1602
+1 843-722-7224
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Monday
Closed
Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wonderful food!! I had the pecan crusted chicken breast and okra gumbo. The gumbo was really good. Make sure you save room for dessert. The banana pudding is amazing!

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Thank jjr r
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not that I'm a connoisseur, but that was the best fried chicken I've ever had. The collard greens were simple, tasty, and well prepared. The okra gumbo was the same and it hit the spot. A real homesy place without being Cracker-Barrely so. Worth a visit.

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Culpeper, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There was 3 of us and we all tried different dishes. One had the fried chicken, which she just liked. Another had the shrimp Creole, that was good. But I had the fried seafood platter with oysters, shrimp and a huge portion of Whitefish. It was all good but the oysters-wow! I'm sorry that I didn't just get them. The... More 

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Marblehead, Massachusetts, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I had a quick solo lunch at Jestines upon my arrival in Charleston and found it to be a a great spot to get my first taste of Charleston. The staff was exceedingly welcome and friendly. The food is traditional low country fare and quite tasty. The fried oyster po' boy was well done and not at all greasy. Upon... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a down home soul food restaurant. My catfish was fabulous and the meatloaf is apparently good too but my friends didn't care for their fried chicken. The collards and green beans and okra were excellent. Skip the corn bread. Service is friendly and fast. The place is hopping.

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Madison, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our taxi driver recommended Jestine's for a real taste of southern cooking! We went for lunch one day. Be prepared to wait in line around the corner because it's very popular. We tried the fried green tomatoes, which we loved. My husband had to have the fried chicken and said it was the best (and biggest) he's ever had! I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Raised in the south, so I know a bit about good home cooking - "slap yo momma good"!!! 4 of us in the party - all loved it (2 had been here several times). A Must eat place!

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Being from the south, it is always great to recommend good southern cooking. The pecan fried chicken, sweet tea, and fried okra was delicious. We got there at a good time because the restaurant filed up quickly, so it is definitely very popular. The food is very affordable, especially for Charleston,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My friends and I were looking for a good priced place to find great southern food. Being that they were 2 jersey girls and I'm from Virginia, they left it up to me and we found a gem in Jestine's Kitchen. The food was fantastic and at a great price.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One I return to every time I visit Charleston, was one of my go to spots when I lived there. There is usually a wait and that wait is a line outside on the sidewalk, so go early or be prepared to stand outside. The fried chicken can't be beat.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12
Cuisine
American
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:30
Thursday
11:00 - 21:30
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 251 Meeting St, 52 1 2 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401-1602
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 843-722-7224

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