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The Glass Onion

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Parkwood / Farmfield
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1219 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407-7826
18432251717
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Description: The Glass Onion is one of Charleston’s original home grown, locally...
The Glass Onion is one of Charleston’s original home grown, locally focused, all-natural restaurants. Owner and Executive Chef Chris Stewart opened the restaurant in 2008 with fellow culinary colleagues. It was one of the first places in town to support local farmers and purveyors with almost every dish and drink. An eighth generation Alabama native, Stewart’s love and appreciation of southern food shows through his menu. His restaurant boasts comfort food that reflects his time growing up in Alabama, as well as New Orleans and Lowcountry influences.

The ever-evolving menu changes daily and features as many local, all natural, hormone-free ingredients as possible. The soulful food draws influence from Stewart’s southern heritage and family recipes, especially from his grandmother Jennie Ruth; and is available for lunch, dinner and Saturday brunch.
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  • 239
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  • 133
    Very good
  • 56
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  • 12
    Poor
  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Food fantastic.

Don't let the appearance (inside or out) fool you. Appears to be a sandwich shop upon first glance. The quality of the food is exceptional though. "Fresh" is the word that jumps to mind. A true farm-to-plate experience. We showed up an hour before closing on a Saturday evening. The bad news: they... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
CarolinaDiver
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Charleston, SC
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Charleston, SC
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57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't let the appearance (inside or out) fool you. Appears to be a sandwich shop upon first glance. The quality of the food is exceptional though. "Fresh" is the word that jumps to mind. A true farm-to-plate experience. We showed up an hour before closing on a Saturday evening. The bad news: they were out of a few offerings. The... More 

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Thank CarolinaDiver
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came to Charleston with my wife, and was hungry for a po boy, knowing full well it wouldn't be a traditional New Orleans sandwich. But it was perfect. With a great homie feel!

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Thank steavpacka
Statesboro, Georgia
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59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were hungry and it was noon so we stopped. Service was quick, food, delicious and a fun unique atmosphere. The menu is fresh and varied. We ate items we had never tried before and it was all good. Just stop in.

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Thank Jaf1591
Beaufort, SC
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37 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Had a fried clam strip Po Boy today for lunch with this exquisite beurre blanc, caper and (tons of) garlic sauce that was truly delicious; the roll was fresh (local), the amount grand and the buttercrunch lettuce fresh as all get out; in short, a sandwich to return for (despite the distance).

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Thank sigmund w
Williamsburg, Virginia
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Food was outrageously good. Remember to reserve your fried chicken plate for Tuesday night. Only problem we had was parking - handicap parking was used by regular customer with restaurant permission.

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Thank Susan S
Prince George, Virginia
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150 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Before visiting this restaurant I had heard that you had to make a reservation for fried chicken. Well, we did not, but I was one of the lucky ones in our party to enjoy it. The white meat was moist, tender, and perfectly prepared. It was served with sweet potato casserole which was also delicious. The other side, cole slaw,... More 

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Thank waltonlake
Jacksonville, Florida
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162 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

There were several items that looked great on the menu. Of course, they were out of my first choice so realizing that I would be embarking on a weekend of calories, I ordered a salad. It was delicious but not large enough for a full meal (and I'm a light eater.) The food was fresh and good quality. I would... More 

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Thank Greenie2480
Millis, Massachusetts
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124 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

There were 14 members of family so we called ahead and they arranged a large table with a booster chair and nearby booth for all of us. The waitress was even nice about splitting the bill so each family could pay separately. The seafood was so fresh and no one had any complaints about their dinner.

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Thank abcady
Miami Beach, Florida
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73 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Unsuspecting little place just outside of downtown. But it serves up great Southern food, all local/regional, all farm to table. The menu changes daily and is never the same. Food is delicious, reasonably priced and the service is downright wonderful. Definitely give this place a try.

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Thank RKS73
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Visited yesterday with 2 senior adults, 2 teenagers, and one 9 year old. Everyone was delighted with their meal. The servers were extremely courteous and friendly. Everything was well prepared and tasty.

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Thank Jane K

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1219 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407-7826
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Parkwood / Farmfield
  • Neighborhood: Parkwood / Farmfield
  • Phone Number: 18432251717

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Cajun & Creole

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children

Description

The Glass Onion is one of Charleston’s original home grown, locally focused, all-natural restaurants. Owner and Executive Chef Chris Stewart opened the restaurant in 2008 with fellow culinary colleagues. It was one of the first places in town to support local farmers and purveyors with almost every dish and drink. An eighth generation Alabama native, Stewart’s love and appreciation of southern food shows through his menu. His restaurant boasts comfort food that reflects his time growing up in Alabama, as well as New Orleans and Lowcountry influences.

The ever-evolving menu changes daily and features as many local, all natural, hormone-free ingredients as possible. The soulful food draws influence from Stewart’s southern heritage and family recipes, especially from his grandmother Jennie Ruth; and is available for lunch, dinner and Saturday brunch.
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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