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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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Today
11:00 am - 9:00 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: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Takeout

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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
very good - home cooked

Real southern soul food, great staff and interesting menu. Heavy and big portions, so lunch satisfied us until the morning.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Olathe, Kansas
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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WARNE
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is decent enough but small. The food was good, I had the Pecan Fried Chicken and it was better with the Horse Radish sauce they give on the side. We waited in line behind a group of 7 people, the manager never said anything at first to anyone about standing around the corner where the green line was... More 

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Plano, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We thought Jestine's was going to be the epicenter of classic Southern cooking. It was good, but not great. The fried chicken was uneven from piece to piece and the meat loaf was kind of bland. Since they're so busy, the service was a little approximate, too. Don't get me wrong, it was good, but it wasn't much better than... More 

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Olathe, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Real southern soul food, great staff and interesting menu. Heavy and big portions, so lunch satisfied us until the morning.

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New Canaan, Connecticut
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Loved the sweet tea, inexpensive wine - but most importantly the FRIED CHICKEN IS LIFE CHANGING! Only giving 4 stars because our side dishes - mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, collard greens, green beans were average.

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Pottsville, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Yummy, especially the gumbo, the pecan chicken and the peach and blueberry cobbler. The service is fantastic. The sweet tea is never-ending. The coffee is great. We hit it just before the crowds every time.

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Columbus, Ohio
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We visited Kiawah Island, and the surrounding area at the beginning of June. After a wonderful day at the South Carolina Aquarium, and a very exciting ferry ride to Fort Sumter; the ferry lost an engine and crashed into the pylon at the fort, so we never set foot on the island or toured the fort, we went to Jestine's... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Our favorite meals in Charleston were eaten here (3 times in a week for various meals). Not a fancy place by any means, but good home cookin' that we might never have ventured into had a friend from the area not told us "if you don't do anything else while you're there, go to Jestine's and have the coca cola... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The fried chicken was dry and overly browned, mashed potatoes were also dry and not very tasty. I've had better fried chicken and mashed potatoes from the grocery store. I don't think it was an 'off' day as I looked around at other diners and their meal looked like ours.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

The food was very fresh and a nice taste of the local food. The service was great. And they had hot sauce that was very unique! I bought a bottle for myself, actually.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The service was excellent. I had the fried chicken and it was good but I expected better. It's the south and fried chicken is supposed to be this restaurant specialty so I was a bit disappointed to find it a little dry. Also the corn bread was very dry.

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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 12
Cuisine: American

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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: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
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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