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Jestine's Kitchen

251 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-1602 (Downtown)
843-722-7224
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Ranked #81 of 744 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $12
Cuisines: American
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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
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

We were recommended to Jestine's for some traditional southern food. The place is simple but full of charm and history. The story behind the restaurant is quite inspiring and the recipes seem to me to be right out of old Charleston. I did not like to cornbread - too dense and dry for my taste, but everything else was outstanding.... More

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Hiawassee, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Seven of us gals went here for a quick lunch before our tour leaving from our hotel's lobby. We told the waitress we were in a hurry, so she took our orders promptly and we even paid upfront to save time. Made it back in time for our tour. Food is good also. AND while we were there, our doorman... More

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san antonio, texas
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186 reviews 186 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We were told by friends it would be good but it was even better than we expected. Since noon and dinner meals usually have a long wait list, we arrived between 3 and 4 and the place was half empty. My meal loaf was excellent. My wife's pork was unreal. And the dessert -- a chocolate fudge cake with ice... More

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iowa
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79 reviews 79 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Quaint older restaurant with good southern history! Busy for lunch and we arrived at 1:30. Voted bets fried chicken in Charleston and it was really good crispy huge fried chicken but not buttermilked! Place deserves great rating as great service staff handles pretty tight quarters between tables with great efficiency.

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Windsor, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

After reading all of the previous reviews and the recommendations from the Food Network celebrities, I knew we had to try Jestine's Kitchen. What a great location! Right on the corner surrounded by other shops and restaurants. You simply get into the back of the line that wraps around the outside of the restaurant and wait until they get you... More

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West Orange, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Tried green fried tomatoes, shrimp and gritts, collards for the first time and it was great. Did not have to wait long at all and the service was excellent.

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Savannah, Georgia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

You've been searching for down home comfort food...but the middle of Charleston was not where you thought it could possibly be. Well, how wrong you were...it's sooooo good it'll make ya wanna slap yer momma...don't miss this...it's that good!!!

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Rochester, Indiana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We stopped in for lunch. We had been there several times in the past. There was a small wait but only a few minutes. The food is good southern fare. They have pickled cucumber slices on the table for all to enjoy. It has the best fried chicken anywhere (I had to have a couple bites of my husbands chicken).... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Dinned at Justine's while on a family vacation. Wait staff is efficient and friendly. They claim to have the best fried chicken in the country so you know I had to try it after that. It was very very good, so much so we came back another night for dinner. The restaurant is small and they don't take reservations as... More

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new jersey
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Jestine lived to be a 112. Jestine's provides good hometown food. Specials on several night & not hard to park near.

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