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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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11:00 am - 10:00 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Takeout

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  • 243
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  • 68
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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
Great southern menu

We were looking at colleges and wanted to get a bit of local food. The fried chicken was amazing, and I liked the simple, no frills atmosphere. People go here to eat real food. Service was prompt and brisk - the place was packed. Loved their house-made pickles.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
lgelkins
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Newtown, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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Newtown, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We were looking at colleges and wanted to get a bit of local food. The fried chicken was amazing, and I liked the simple, no frills atmosphere. People go here to eat real food. Service was prompt and brisk - the place was packed. Loved their house-made pickles.

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Bowman, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Everything we had was delicious! I would definitely recommend this place to visitors with families. Great food!

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Olmsted Falls, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We passed this restaurant while we were walking through town and decided to come back the next day and try it out. The line down the sidewalk had us intrigued. We weren't disappointed. I had the fried chicken and my husband had the meatloaf and both were delicious. The employees were very friendly and helpful. The dining area is cozy... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This was recommended by my sister who loves Charleston. Jestine's had some of the best southern food that I have ever had! The prices were great for the area too. Excellent restaurant...go early as the dinner wait gets long. The line is long because the food is so good!!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I expected more taste wise but the food was good. Nob stop crowd though was at the door. Tried the chicken. It was okay. Limited seating.

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Boca Raton, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

So before i say anything else let me tell you the food and the service are great! We went to Jestines tonight on a recommendation. The wait staff made you feel like you were part of the family. The food was portioned perfectly, you weren't stuffed and you definitely weren't hungry. We met the owner a sweet woman who was... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Absolutely loved this restaurant! Dana, (the owner and long time friend to Jestine) was so gracious and friendly! My pecan crusted chicken was amazing, and the collard greens were some of the best ever! I will be back before I leave town!

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Sanford, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Cannot say enough amazing things about Jestine's! The food was amazing and the staff were super friendly. Get there before 5pm or you'll have a long wait! I have their famous fried chicken plate. It with 3 BIG pieces of chicken and my sides were mac n cheese and mashed potatoes. I ate every bit of it and wanted more.... More 

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London KY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience tonight. From the minute we walked in the door we enjoyed southern hospitality at its best. The owner visited our table on two occasions and shared the rich history of Jestine's. The food was plentiful and absolutely delicious. We highly recommend!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

We loved the meatloaf, mashed potatoes, Mac and cheese and green beans. We ordered the 4 oz meatloaf plate and it was the perfect amount of food. Small but excellent food and service. Lots of neat old kitchen tools, salt & peppers sets and other memorabilia to look at while you're there. Would definitely return. Great value too.

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Restaurant Details

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: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?