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Magnolias

185 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-2126 (Downtown)
843-577-7771
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Ranked #14 of 742 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $35
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Cuisines: American, European, Continental, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: located between Cumberland & Queen Streets
Transit: Charleston CARTA to and from Visitors Center can be picked up 1/2 block from the restaurant on the quarter hour. There are also local cab companies and Charleston's famous Rickshaws that will transport guests to their hotels.
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

A must go place when visiting Charleston in south Carolina. We had been out in the late May heat and were looking for a place to have a late lunch. Turning the corner we stumbled across Magnolias, looked at ourselves and said why not. We were so glad we did as Magnolias was a haven from the heat with impeccable... More

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Beachwood, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We had just arrived for our first visit to Charleston and Magnolia was recommended. It was terrific! Excellent food, service and atmosphere.

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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I went to Magnolias with a large group (9 women) on a Friday evening. Our server was attentive and helpful - even taking several photos of the group as we stood in front of the painting of Mama Magnolia. The food was fantastic - the bride-to-be had the 8 oz. steak with maidera sauce, others around me raved about the... More

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Monte Sereno, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

My wife and I stopped in to Magnolias and were, overall, happy with the visit. Very good service and very good food. Strengths were the fish and potato cake, weaknesses were the undercooked beef, weak ice tea and weak dessert menu. Overall, the food was good and is a recommended spot, just some soft spots that can be improved.

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California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Magnolias has a lot of things going for it. In our experience, server Carrie is one of those things. The menu has a nice selection of options, but not so much as to make the kitchen crazy. The wine list features a broad array of selections from a number of regions. The foodis generally nicely prepared and presented. To me,... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

My family and I tried a lot of fine dining options in Charleston but Magnolias really hit the mark for fine Southern dining. The food combined quality Southern traditions with nicely executed finishes. The Deep South egg roll was awesome and combined a lot of creativity and taste. I still am craving for more of that red pepper purée and... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We had a great experience at Magnolias. The place is very elegant, the service attentive, and the food delicious. I recommend to try the fried green tomatoes. They are simply great!

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Bryan, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The food is very good. The service and atmosphere is great. The prices are very reasonable. The bar is very nice with friendly bartenders.

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Owings Mills, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

I have celebrated my anniversary for the last three years at Magnolia's. I was not disappointed. We enjoyed everything from the shrimp and grits to the fried chicken breast to the catfish. Service was great and with a table of 12, they handled the number with ease and grace. Thanks Magnolia for another great dining experience.

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New York City, New York
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71 reviews 71 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Excellent food, nice atmosphere and free parking. What more can you ask for? We had the blue crab bisque, salad, blackened halibut, ahi tuna spring roll and southern pecan pie. The worse is the ahi tuna (it was still very good) and the best is the southern pecan pie. The service was excellent. The only negative I can think of... More

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