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The Darling Oyster Bar

513 King St, Charleston, SC 29403-6231
+1 843-641-0821
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (15 reviews)
“oysters” (200 reviews)
“kale slaw” (15 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
513 King St, Charleston, SC 29403-6231
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a great time at the Darling Oyster Bar! It is a lively restaurant - we really enjoyed ourselves. The staff is terrific! Food was wonderful! Would highly recommend.

Thank carolynd287
Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband and I made dinner reservations for 8:15 on a Thursday evening via Open Table. We walked to the restaurant from our B&B, which I wouldn't do again. The surrounding residential area was quiet except for police cruisers, but the street that this restaurant...More

Thank CaptTrouble
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had almost given up on scallops-a former favorite of mine due to countless disappointments at various restaurants. But The Darling restored my faith. Perfectly prepared and nicely complemented with the fresh veggies upon which the melt in your mouth scallops rested. Also loved the...More

Thank LKennedy23
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Maybe this is just a great place to have a beer and some oysters and leave it at that. But we wanted to chat; too loud the entire time to really hear each other, not everyone wanted raw oysters and the rest of the menu...More

Thank Margaret H
Philip H, General Manager at The Darling Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Margaret, thank you for your remarks. We take reviews very seriously to improve our guest experience. I have shared this review with our Chef and managers and will work hard to improve in these areas.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having only just arrived in Charleston, we hadn’t booked a table, but we’re able to be seated around 1930. The staff were very attentive and polite, the food scrumptious! Highly recommend the creole shrimp starter-incredibly tasty! Definitely recommend!

Thank BeckiGT
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Tonight was by far the best service I've had in a very long time - anywhere for that matter. Zied was absolutely the most hospitable server I have encountered in years! He's fun, knowledgeable, outgoing and truly just an energetic loving being. He recommend the...More

1  Thank TheTravelingBeerguys
Reviewed 3 August 2018

When here before a show for a quick bite and a few drinks. Place was packed but luckily found two seats at the bar. We got some wine, not a huge selection but solid. We ordered the salmon dip and shrimp basket. Both were really...More

Thank InletBum
Reviewed 2 August 2018

Ask to sit at the oyster bar, in my opinion it's the best seating in the beautifully designed bar. Marble countertop facing skilled "oyster professionals" preparing amazing plates right in front of you. If you like natural light this is the most luminous area of...More

1  Thank Marta m
Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

Went here with some friends. Got the London Fog cocktail which although small was delicious. The geechie boy grits were really good. My friends had the fry basket and the seafood was seasoned well and very tasty. None of us liked the hush puppies.

Thank twokidzbn
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

Only seats available for dinner were at the oyster bar. Thank God we sat there! I wanted fresh oysters and the reviews suggested this place so I was excited to see what they had. Sat down to a horror show! The three men shucking the...More

1  Thank Schmere
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Questions & Answers
16 July 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Philip H | Property representative |
We do take reservations through either open table or by phone. You can also email us the day and time you were thinking about and we should get back to you in a couple days. Thanks
10 October 2017|
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Response from Philip H | Property representative |
We do! It's every day from 4-7. We have $1 house James River oysters and $1 off of all draft beers and draft cocktails.
10 October 2017|
Response from Jennie S | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do! I believe it’s 4-7
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$34
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 513 King St, Charleston, SC 29403-6231
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston
  • Phone Number: +1 843-641-0821
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