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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 718 restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Aberdeen
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44 reviews 44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Whenever there's a line outside a restaurant, we always check it out! And there was at Jestine's at 1:30pm in the afternoon on a Tuesday. Line moved fast, however, and we entered a lovely, little restaurant. Took awhile for our food to arrive but well worth the brief wait. Fried chicken was super and my wife's meatloaf was tender and... More

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126 reviews 126 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

The lines are unacceptable based on the empty tables. They seem to be going to too much trouble to create a buzz. The quality of the food seems to be going down as well over the last few years. Charleston currently has 100s of restaurants better than this.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

My husband and I were excited to try Jestine's Kitchen. However, we were extremely disappointed that we did not even get in the restaurant door. I knew the restaurant was popular and I fully expected a long wait. We didn't mind because we knew it was rumored to be worth the wait. However, we waited outside for about 45 minutes.... More

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Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Dana and Mike have created an iconic destination. The cornbread, pickles, mac and cheese, and pecan crusted fried chicken breast are not to be missed. If I have one meal to eat before I die in the electric chair it is to be at Jestine's Kitchen. Usually a wait as they do not take reservations so go early or late... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

If you can hit Jestine's at just the right time, you might not be in for a long wait; otherwise, prepare to stand in line. Jestine's is great Southern food - I love this place - it's just that wait in line that has kept me away a time or two. It's so homey inside - unmatched cups and plates... More

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Austin, Texas
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55 reviews 55 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Pros: Fried chicken breast sandwich, bacon lettuce and fried green tomato sandwich Cons: long wait in line without option for reservations, dry cornbread

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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Big fan of grits and this place makes the best Shrimp and grits. Also great fried chicken. Get there early or you will be waiting in line!

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

2 things I never order at a restaurant are meatloaf or fried chicken. I only eat take out fried chicken or make it at the rare occasion at home. My wife and I order both of these items and it was great. We started off with some pickled cucumbers, the best cornbread and local warm honey. The dark meat fried... More

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Dorset, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We were recommended to it by the helpful visitors centre staff, and found it to be all that it was said to be. Speedy and courteous waiters. Such mouthwatering crispy coating on the chicken. Fried okra. Cucumber slices at your table. Good location. Southern fried chicken at its best!

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Kitchener, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Fried chicken is the best! Moist and tasty meat with crispy skin. Seafood was fresh and delicious. We ate there twice during our vacation.

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