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Jestine's Kitchen

251 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-1602 (Downtown)
843-722-7224
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Ranked #69 of 758 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
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14 reviews 14 reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

After more than a decade, I found myself back in Charleston and couldn't wait to take my family to Jestine's Kitchen. When I ate there years ago, it was fantastic, the best Southern food I ever had. Well, sadly, it is nothing like what it once was. My husband and daughter were so excited to have the fried chicken but... More 

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Gold Coast
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33 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

We stumbled across Jestines just after arriving in Charleston. We were looking for some casual Southern food and the line up out the front made Jestine's an obvious choice. We weren't disappointed with our fried green tomatoes,the best fried chicken with potato mash. The only negative was that the waitress was extremely grumpy but she just became the entertainment!!

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

This was our second time eating at Jestine's and, again, it was fantastic! You must try the Fried Green Tomatoes as an appetizer. My husband had the Blue Plate Special of the day which was a crab cake with okra and collard greens. I had fried shrimp and french fries. All of it was out of this world good and... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Holy cow. When I think of Southern food, this is it! My boyfriend and I went while on vacation in Charleston last week. We both went all out and ordered what Jestine's is known for (according to the magazine cutouts on the wall and what the waitress told us. We got the fried chicken, mac 'n cheese, fried okra, sweet... More 

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New Jersey
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69 reviews 69 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Jestine's is a nice local restaurant that serves good food and plenty of it at a reasonable price. I had the tasty meat loaf plate and had bread pudding with pineapple. All of it was delicious. The service was good, friendly and even though the place was full, at no time did I feel rushed. Would definitely eat here again.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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136 restaurant reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Jestine's isn't a fancy restaurant. It's a great local place that serves excellent food at reasonable prices. We recently ate lunch at the restaurant. I had okra soup and fried oysters. My wife had fried flounder. The soup was great (obviously, you must like okra to enjoy). Both seafood baskets were plentiful, fresh, and well cooked. The service was good.... More 

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Kure Beach, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 via mobile

Food is good, but it doesn't live up to the hype. Tourists are looking at their phones to show a checkin at Jestine's. Service is very good and the menu is interesting.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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46 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

We tried a variety of different foods from the menu and everything was great. Good old fashioned Southern cuisine at a fair price.

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Anderson, South Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

The people were so awesome here! I was eating alone, and the host pulled out my chair, and then brought me a newspaper. My waitress was fun and recommended the fried chicken, and even talked me into the collard greens (which I normally refuse to eat, but here were so good) the chicken is touted on the walls as being... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Great service! Delish cucumbers to start with! Fried chicken...dark and white meat moist and delicious! Homemade mashed tators, gravy and collard greens! Nothing but YUMMY and my husband and I shared a meal b/c there is so much. We loved it and would go there again with no question!

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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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