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Jestine's Kitchen

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251 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-1602
843-722-7224
Website
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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    Very good
  • 222
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  • 62
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  • 56
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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
Casual dinning

Good Southern cuisine, good service and reasonably priced. Corn bread with butter/honey and pickled cucumbers were excellent.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
PaulLBurgess
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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Monterey, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We went here on the recommendation of a relative who lived in Charleston years ago, and ended up being delighted by his recommendation. The setting is unpretentious and homey, with the outstanding characteristic being the full eight cylinder charm of the staff. (Even though the restaurant is not especially large, there are two women who I gathered were perhaps owner/management... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I had the Pecan Fried Chicken and it was AMAZING! This was not my first time eating at Jestine's and it certainly will not be my last. Sweet Tea Is also very good here. Sometimes I have had a long wait here, but not this time. In and out so I could go enjoy Charleston.

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Newburgh, IN
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We all 3 had the fried chicken, I REALLY liked the cornbread. The servings are large. The vegetables were also good. Our waitress was friendly & kept our tea glasses full. The restaurant is small & extremely busy so I'm sure picking a less busy time is essential. If we lived in Charleston we would be back.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Very cozy, wonderful staff, reasonable prices with abundant portions. The best home cooking I've had in years and we actually went back a second time in a city with no shortage of good food

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Stansbury Park, Utah
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We went to Jestine's at 3:00 pm and missed the rush, so we were seated quickly. The cornbread and honey was a real treat, and my husband and I both enjoyed the seafood platter. We topped off our meal with the CocaCola Chocolate cake, which was delicious! Reasonably priced, and definitely worth a stop!

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richmond,va
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

diner type food... nothing special at all...sad cornbread... good sweet pickles Her bakery had best brownies ever

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The food here was excellent. My husband and I both thought it was the best southern fried chicken we have had when visiting the south. I had the Meatloaf which was great and the portions are large plenty to bring home! If you enjoy great southern home cooking I would highly Recommend Jestine's. Good food and the prices were great.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Good Southern cuisine, good service and reasonably priced. Corn bread with butter/honey and pickled cucumbers were excellent.

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Wantagh, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Great food. The fried chicken and the pecan encrusted chicken were delicious. The mac & cheese great. Portions are large. We just couldn't pass up the cornbread served warm with butter & honey.

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San Francisco, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We did not have a long wait as can happen at this popular place on Meeting Street. While waiting you can easily engage in restaurant talk with the other waiting customers. The owner was there and came around and talked with us. Friendly wait staff and good food.

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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 0 - 12
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, 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?