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185 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-2126
+1 843-577-7771
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“brunch” (177 reviews)
“shellfish” (306 reviews)
“grits” (797 reviews)
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American, Soups, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
185 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-2126
Neighbourhood: Downtown
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Reviewed today

We were starving when we reached Magnolias, following a 2-hour walking tour of Charleston. The restaurant did not disappoint. A cool and elegant interior is staffed by friendly, professional staff. The full menu is available at the bar (try one of their delicious cocktails) or...More

Thank Deborah Ann A
Reviewed today

The fried shrimp po'boy was excellent; the shrimp tasted so fresh, not hidden in the breading. The atmosphere was excellent as well. My waiter was helpful and attentive. Definitely will go back and take my friends.

Thank chillintravellin
Reviewed today via mobile

We had shrimp and grits and salmon on a cedar board. For appetizers we had the fried green tomatoes (best I've ever had) and crab cakes. Everything was divine, and service was excellent. They were very patient with our 17.5 year old. They also had...More

Thank Julia Z
Reviewed yesterday

We wanted one really nice dinner during our trip and were told on multiple occasions Magnolias was the place to go and it didn't disappoint. The crab cakes were INCREDIBLE - best meal of the whole trip for me and the shrimp and grits were...More

Thank Jordan W
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a wonderful romantic place to eat. It's nice and roomy with a wonderful menu. We are there at lunch and had the fish tacos. On s hot day it's a wonderful place to getaway from the heat and relax with a nice lunch. We...More

Thank Turisk
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I went to Magnolias for lunch with a couple of girlfriends. I was hoping for typical southern food and I think I found it. I had a fried green tomatoe BLT. There is no way I could get that at home. Big thick slice of...More

Thank SilverBull8t
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I was taken to Magnolia's for a business dinner. I can't say enough about the decor, the service, the ambiance and the food. This restaurant is when you want the very best. Price is to be expected, higher than your average restaurant however it is...More

Thank 4duncan
Reviewed yesterday

lines out the door tables always full means there has to be something there. Even with that said I was able to be seated within 5 minutes of my arrival on a Sunday afternoon. with no reservations. the hostess was harried but full of southern...More

Thank buyersrmi
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had lunch and had the Fried Oyster entree and a Chicken Caeser Salad. Both were very good. Excellent menu, elegant atmosphere. Be sure to have a reservation.

Thank Charley5555
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place is so good! My husband and I shared fried green tomatoes, shellfish over grits and fried chicken. Everything was wonderful and the prices are very reasonable.

Thank KellySnw
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Cheryl Jones L
Do you need to make reservations more than a day in advance??
27 March 2017|
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Response from Dreyfus01 | Reviewed this property |
We have usually made reservations the day before and gotten a time that was favorable. Exceptions could be on holidays or prime weekend evenings when one may want to plan ahead by securing reservations a bit more in advance.
DoSea D
Is there a dress code?
6 March 2017|
Response from Dreyfus01 | Reviewed this property |
There is no dress code that I know of. I would not go there in shorts and a tee shirt but that is me. You would be comfortable in nice casual. The feel of the restaurant is definitely casual and friendly. Patrons are... More
We will be in Charleston March 13- 14. What time do you stop serving lunch?
2 March 2017|
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Response from Dreyfus01 | Reviewed this property |
Magnolias is open for lunch MONDAY - SATURDAY, 11:30 AM UNTIL 3:45 PM. I has become not only our favorite restaurant in Charleston but one of our most favorite. Of course all things especially regarding food are subjective... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$35
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
  • E-mail