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Jestine's Kitchen

251 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-1602 (Downtown)
843-722-7224
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Ranked #70 of 764 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $12
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert

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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Went to Jestine's with 2 friends last Saturday for a late lunch. It wasn't too busy and we were seated quickly - friendly staff came by a few times to say hello and answered all our questions about food on the menu (our first Southern meal!). Service was fast - fried okra and fried chicken was delicious, the cucumbers and... More 

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Calgary
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38 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I have visited Jestine's before and LOVED it. This holiday was about introducing my 88-year-old Dad to the charming ways of the South. What better way to start someone down that path than lunch at Jestine's? I knew we had a hit on our hands when he inhaled the fried green tomatoes and nibbled at half the home-made pickles before... More 

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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

We went to Jestine's after reading their reviews on the chicken. The atmosphere is adorable- chock full of random salt and pepper shaker collections, cookie jars, and vintage southern charm. It reminded me of just stopping by and visiting a grandmother's kitchen. Our server was very nice. We started off our dinner with an order of corn bread. My husband... More 

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Summerville, South Carolina
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44 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I have wanted to eat at Jestine's for years. And it was WELL worth the wait. My husband had fried chicken, gumbo, collards-----I had pecan crusted chicken, Mac n' cheese, fried okra-----my son had shrimp n' grits. It was all fabulous!! For Charleston, the prices were very reasonable. Each of our meals were $12.95 In the past there has always... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Went here for dinner at 5:00 on a Saturday in January and there was no wait. I had the fried chicken plate. The French fries were so good. The fried chicken was good, but nothing special. My daughter had the grilled cheese and it was just ok. My husband had the pecan crusted chicken sandwich and said it was fine.... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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102 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

One of the more memorable meals we enjoyed in Charleston was at Jestine's Kitchen, named in honor of Jestine Matthews (a great southern cook). This restaurant was recommended by the hosts of our B&B accommodation. Jestine's doesn't take reservations, so it's first come, first serve (you're never sure what the wait will be). I'm told the lines can be quite... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The best service. Food was good. Very southern. Fried chicken was good but I would bet there were other items I should have gotten. Fried tomatoes a little bland. Loved the hot sauce on all things.

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Dallas, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The long line on a sweltering summer day is certainly worth the wait. Fried chicken, mac and cheese, collards, and corn bread. It doesn't get better than this! Oh wait, yes it does!! The Coca Cola chocolate cake is utterly sinful. We love going every time we visit!

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Waretown, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We went to Jestines for lunch on a recommendation from our hotel, telling us the pecan chicken was one of their best dishes. We love southern food so decided to go. The place is small, but has a great atmosphere and the servers were friendly. I was all set to order the pecan chicken when our server told us that... More 

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Pecan pie was my favorite on the menu. However, its hard to justify sitting at a table, ordering, and eating when there are hungry tourists wrapped around the corner waiting to get in on some very average food.

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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 0 - 12
Cuisine: American

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