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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 good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (14 reviews)
“oysters” (194 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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513 King St, Charleston, SC 29403-6231
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Reviewed yesterday

Our waiter was very fun and knowledgeable. We started with the clam chowder over french fries- HUGE serving. I could have stopped there. Yum! I had the scalloped with lentils, delicious.

Thank JennySC
Reviewed 1 week ago

Atmosphere nice, staff and service good but very limited menu and very expensive. Specialty cocktails overpriced and just average. Fry baskets were also overpriced and average at best. You can get better seafood at other Charleston restaurants.More

Thank 80ABH
Philip H, Manager at The Darling Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for reaching out to The Darling Oyster Bar about your recent visit. We utilize guest comments from sites like TripAdvisor very seriously and use them to enhance our guest experiences. I have shared your comments with our Bar manager and Chef today. Thank...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The oyster bar is on the corner of King and Mary streets. Parking meters on the street is free on Sundays. There is a public parking deck nearby. We had spent the day sightseeing and eating our way through Charleston, so we weren’t all that...More

Thank Sunlady56
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The only reason I am not giving this place a five star review, is that I did not like the side room we were seated in. It was dark and far from “darling”. The oysters were delicious and everyone enjoyed their meal. Very friendly service.

Thank Lori D
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a wonderful place for a variety of oyster options. ( My guy LOVES oysters!). Dining was well set up and the wait staff above board!

Thank Robin B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had dinner here and enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Very low key dinner. The prices are fair and I took advantage of it. Had a dozen oysters and pound of shrimp. My wife had the fried shrimp. We both enjoyed our...More

Thank JLRworldtravelers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I had dinner here. Cool location and simple seafood menu. As I was expecting, I didn’t have any of the raw seafood, but did get the fried shrimp basket which was really good. It came with French fries and a very unique...More

Thank Lauren P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Go for happy hour. Prices on oysters a treat. But highlight for me was their take on poutine. Fries covered in clam chowder. It was so good it took me by surprise. Having lived on Nova Scotia for a good many years I’m just surprised...More

Thank Denis B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just walked in without having any reservations. They were very accommodating and hospitable. The oysters were great. The seafood dishes had a Latin flare like the fish ceviche with mango and coconut sauce. Was not served on a tostada but with chips on the...More

Thank butkusmaria
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We walked in without reservations and were able to sit at the shucking bar. Our server Delaney was super. She let me sample different wines to help me decide which one I’d prefer. My husband and I shared the clam chowder and the charred tender...More

1  Thank admiralm2015
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Questions & Answers
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
Kristi B
24 February 2017|
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Response from Philip H | Property representative |
I wish I could better answer this. The fish and the set are always very different. Some of the fish that we serve are cobia, wreck fish, swordfish, and tilefish. It's normally with a seasonal vegetable set, but sometimes... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$34
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, 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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