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Jestine's Kitchen

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251 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-1602
843-722-7224
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Today
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Spoleto Festival Charleston Visit ~ June 2015

It's a small establishment, so yes, the seating capacity is limited and yes you may have to wait in line so if you're impatient ~ go somewhere else! Ah, but if you're patient, you will be greeted by a staff that's friendly, courteous and eager to please. The food is extremely good and satisfying... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
JoAnne S
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Fort Mill, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Thank goodness for the fans along the wall while waiting. 100 degrees and ridiculous humidity. It wasn't a lot cooler inside the restaurant. Our waiter acted like she was doing us a favor but hey we were hungry and I didn't need a new best friend. I ordered the fried chicken sandwich which was very good. My husband ordered the... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

It's a small establishment, so yes, the seating capacity is limited and yes you may have to wait in line so if you're impatient ~ go somewhere else! Ah, but if you're patient, you will be greeted by a staff that's friendly, courteous and eager to please. The food is extremely good and satisfying to the taste buds. It's genuine... More 

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Albany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We went to Jestine's around 7:00 and had to wait in a line around the building. We waited about 30 minutes, it was 90 degrees, and I was hungry. However, our time in line passed very quickly after we started chatting with a very nice family from Scotland. We were seated next to a window, had a nice view of... More 

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Wrightsville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Had dinner here while visiting charleston with 2 teens. They both had the fried chicken, huge portions! The turkey sandwich was very good too. Mac and cheese and fried okra were great! The cola cake was amazing, very rich. Reasonable prices.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

I gave been to Charleston twice now, and both times I made it a point to dine at Jestine's. Meatloaf was good, fried chicken great, sides tasty. Try the corn fritters, huge with a salsa with a slight kick to it. It is always busy here, so don't come expecting no line to get a table. The locals and tourists... More 

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Coral Gables, FL
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

The place was highly recommended to us by several people. The food might be great but we did not get to try it. We went for lunch late (close to 2:30 pm) and went in. There were many empty tables but we were told to wait outside around the corner. To make a long wait short - after about 20... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

The fried chicken and peacan pie can't be beat. They make you feel right at home. Great service. Wonderful food. Pleasant atmosphere. Reasonable prices for such good quality.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had a wonderful carriage ride with Caroline - the horse - and Talisa - and Talisa reminded me to go eat at Jestine's. Yummy oysters and the BEST FRIED OKRA in the south. Period. A true SOUTHERN TREAT.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

We went to Jestine's on our way out of town & arrived at 11am, right upon their opening. What a treat! Friendly & most accommodating staff, great food (especially the fried chicken & home style vegetables!), & the most reasonable prices. This is southern hospitality at its best- don't miss this opportunity to sample one of Charleston's finest gems.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

Decided to try this restaurant due to its high reviews. First of all, one has to stand in line on a hot July day sweating, waiting. We were finally seated and given a table that did not have an even surface. It was quite cramped inside and interior such a clutter. Of course, had to order their famous friend chicken,... More 

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Additional Information about Jestine's Kitchen

Address: 251 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-1602
Phone Number: 843-722-7224
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 12
Cuisine: American

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 251 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-1602
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 843-722-7224

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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