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Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar

205 E. Bay St, Corner of Cumberland & East Bay, Charleston, SC 29401 (Downtown)
(843) 853-8600
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Ranked #69 of 742 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $10 - $35
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Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Cumblerland
Transit: Public Transit (bus) stop is located directly in front of the restaurant.
Description: Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar opened in 2009, reviving the former Amen name of Cumberland Street and restoring this historic corner. The new renovation stays true to the beauty of the original 1800's architecture while creating a comfortable atmosphere for contemporary life. Located at 205 East Bay Street in the heart of the historic district this Charleston seafood restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining all within walking distance of the local Market and the Charleston Harbor. The menu includes a variety of seafood dishes such as oysters, clams and shrimp in addition to an ever growing raw bar menu. Amen Street supports Charleston's local fishing industry with market fresh fish. We are open for lunch and dinner. Walk-ins are welcome and reservations are accepted as well.
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Virginia
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110 reviews 110 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

It was crowded so we sat at the bar. The bartender was great. I had an excellent Bloody Mary. He kept things moving at the bar, and was attentive to all. My husband and I had raw oysters, fried green tomatoes, she crab soup and a po boy sandwich. All were delicious. I prefer cream of crab soup (thicker) to... More

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Rochelle R, Manager at Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us at Amen Street. We are glad you enjoyed Bloody Mary and cuisine, Our restaurant tables do fill up rather quickly, so making a reservation is not required, but would definitely help. We are thrilled that you would recommend us to others and hope to serve you again sometime! More

Charlotte
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89 reviews 89 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I won't call it a 'trap' because all the restaurants in that area seem to be built around tourism... which is why I think the prices could be a little high for the portions. But I really enjoyed it, and would not mind saying the taste of the food is also what made me wish the portions were bigger. The... More

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Rochelle R, Manager at Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar. We are so glad you enjoyed your Fried Green Tomatoes and Shrimp & Grits. I will pass along your feedback about the Happy Hour prices and food portion size. We appreciate you taking the time to tell us about your visit and hope that we have the pleasure of serving... More

Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is a place that we go to often when we are in Charleston. I like it for lunch. The menu is pure Lowcountry, fresh local ingredients, good wine list and attentive service. There were 8 of us which can be overwhelming for a server, but not a problem at all. Our glasses were replenished frequently, the food all came... More

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Rochelle R, Manager at Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar. We are thrilled to hear that you have enjoyed coming here repeatedly! We are pleased you like our menu selection and had great service on your last visit. We definitely look forward to serving you again the next time you are in Charleston. More

Baltimore, Maryland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

There isn't anything to dislike about this restaurant! We asked a shopkeeper where she likes to eat and this was one of her recommendations. The highlight of our experience was the selection of fresh fish and the choice of three different preparations. Everything was so fresh and delicious. The she-crab soup was divine too!

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Rochelle R, Manager at Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us at Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar. We love when locals recommend us to visiting guests! We are so glad that you enjoyed the fresh fish selections and various preparations. We hope that you will also recommend us to others and look forward to serving you again sometime! More

Mooresville, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Second time at Amen St and both meals have us so impressed. The seared scallops are prepared perfectly, the calamari app is delicious and best anywhere. Wife had Flash in the Pan which was lighter and wonderful too. Can't go wrong at Amen. Seashell chandeliers and rich wood interior with inviting bar.

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Rochelle R, Manager at Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us again at Amen Street. We are always so happy to hear from our guests that it is their second, (or more) time dining with us. We are thrilled to hear and you and your wife enjoyed the cuisine (especially the seared Scallops) and overall decor of the restaurant. We hope to have the pleasure... More

Beverly Hills, Florida
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80 reviews 80 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Had to find a place to eat after the fiasco at the vendue. Had the she-crab soup, grilled shrimp, and the shrimp corn dogs this is a must. Great wine list and superb service

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Thank you for choosing Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar. We are so pleased that you enjoyed you food, especially the Shrimp Corn Dogs! We are glad you liked our wine selection and had suberb service. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again sometime. More

Newtown, PA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We sat outside, drank some wine, and people watched. This restaurant has a great location. Although we just had drinks, the food looked and smelled wonderful. The bar staff and hostess had the classical Southern charm. We will certainly return.

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Rochelle R, Manager at Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed our sidewalk patio and service. We look forward to serving you the next time you are in Charleston, and we would love for you to try some of our cuisine! More

Spartanburg, South Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Stepped in here on advice of a local for a quick lunch! A great experience! I had the fish tacos (delicious)! Service was excellent and the ambiance is exactly what you want from Charleston. I highly recommend!

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Rochelle R, Manager at Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping by Amen Street for lunch. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your fish tacos and had an overall great experience. We look forward to serving you again sometime! More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The restaurant was full and the noise level quite high. The hostess couldn't find our reservation that I made through Open Table even after my brother-in-law spelled the name. Said she could seat us at a table on the sidewalk in maybe a half hour. After 10 minutes, I talked to her again...oops, here's your reservation. Your table is ready.... More

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Rochelle R, Manager at Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing Amen Street. We appreciate you taking the time to give us your feedback. We would like to apologize for the confusion with your reservation and the slow service on the day of your visit. We always strive to give our customers the best dining experience possible and clearly fell short the day you dined with us.... More

Duncan, South Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Amen Street was recommended highly by the concierge at Fulton Lane inn so we decided to give it a try and were not disappointed. My wife and daughter both had the Berry salad with Fried shrimp added. The Salad was obviously made with very fresh ingredients and the Fried Shrimp had a very good taste and texture to them. I... More

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Rochelle R, Manager at Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for following the recommendation from the Fulton Lane Inn and dining with us at Amen Street. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your cuisine and service. We look forward to having the pleasure of serving your again the next time you are in Charleston! More

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