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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 - 9:30 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: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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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
Homey good food

Looking for a reasonable priced but interesting menu. Found it at Jestine's. There is a blue plate special each week day evening. Wife had shrimp creole, $12. Next night would be gumbo. Although served over rice with a side of slaw, she felt it could have used a slice of corn bread too. Could added... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
QuikAg80
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Buffalo, New York
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New Lenox, Illinois
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The front desk at our hotel had recommended Jestine's to us. We went for dinner our second night in Charleston and then returned for dinner our third night as well. The food was delicious and the staff was so friendly you felt like you were at home. We had our 7 month old with us and they were very accommodating.... More 

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New York City, New York
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you want to try Southern fare which is delicious at a very reasonable price,Jestines is a must. The recipes have been handed down to the owners by a long time employe of the family. Fried chicken and fish as light as can be, with the owner walking around just to make sure everyone is happy. The restaurant is cozy... More 

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Banner Elk, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Locals, and regular visitors to Charleston, know that Jestine's is as good as everyone says. Find your way here for at least one meal - you won't regret it.

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Thank Halfcup
Brookings, South Dakota
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food was great, as many others have already posted about Jestine's kitchen. I was amazed by the great staff who were both helpful with regard to food choices, but also about local sites for out of towners like my husband and I .

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Buffalo, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Looking for a reasonable priced but interesting menu. Found it at Jestine's. There is a blue plate special each week day evening. Wife had shrimp creole, $12. Next night would be gumbo. Although served over rice with a side of slaw, she felt it could have used a slice of corn bread too. Could added that from the starter menu... More 

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Thank QuikAg80
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Called to check on food allergies information for my pregnant wife. The manager Dianna got very short with me as I reviewed with her the foods we were concered about. She cut me off several times and then proceeded to talk over me. My wife asked about what she was planning to order and was ignored. When I asked her... More 

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Thank Glen D
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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240 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were seated right away. The waitress came right over and took our drink order and brought boiled peanuts. Our food was excellent also.

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Thank Elizabeth M
South Carolina
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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here for lunch this time. It is always good. The low country cooking is the best. Order collards.

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Thank rkilgo
North Augusta
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Jestine's is a small place with the long line outside, and for good reason. Great down home food, my favorite is the meatloaf grilled to perfection

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Thank John F
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120 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff wasn't the friendliest but the food is very good. Definitely try the corn fritters. The location is also nice in relation to king street but not as pricey as a lot of the restaraunts right on the main road.

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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: Local cuisine, Families with children, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?