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Magnolias

185 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-2126 (Downtown)
843-577-7771
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Ranked #13 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
Bethesda, MD
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Magnolias. The atmosphere is upscale yet comfortable, the bar is well-stocked, and the menu is inventive. Call it Southern comfort food with a gourmet twist. I had the best fried chicken I've ever tasted (seriously) while my daughter raved about her shrimp and grits. I enjoyed our meal at Magnolias more than at some... More

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Englewood, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Four years ago, I ate at Magnolia's and as an appetizer was introduced to homemade chips covered with melted blue cheese crumbles and chopped spring onions. I have been trying to duplicate the recipe ever since. Quite good. This time (Aug 2014) I had the fried chicken which is very good but my daughter had the Salmon for lunch. The... More

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Franklin, Tennessee
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This place is pricey and you need to dress up, but it sure is worth it! The food is amazing! The best I can describe it as fancy southern food. I totally recommend for special occasions or romantic date nights!

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Aiken
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I loved the different ways they prepare common foods. Awesome presentation of food. Our server Sam was great and very attentive. The food is a little on the $$$$ side but worth spending a romantic evening with my husband.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Just a great restaurant. We stop every time we visit Charleston and find the menu and service always exceptional. Magnolias has been recently renovated and the place looks great. On this visit we had the flounder and the seafood medley with grits. Both were excellent. THe pecan pie, however, is superb and worth the calories! Waitstaff here is well trained... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We were looking for a great place in downtown to eat lunch and just came across Magnolias. It was the best food down here I've had. Super place and the atmosphere was great too.

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Greenwich, CT
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

This popular restaurants reputation attracted us but I must say compared with newer restaurants like FIG, this one can't compare. If you like old fashion rich and heavy southern fare, perhaps this is your cup of tea. We found the blue crab soup too rich and heavy, the favorite chicken tooverdosed with BBQ sauce, and the fish overdosed with sauces... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

My friends took me here for my birthday and we had the best time. Food was heavenly, service was attentive and not rushed, and the atmosphere was wonderful. I had the seafood and grits with fried spinach and it was over the top. One of the staff (from the kitchen?) came out and sang Happy Birthday in a beautiful operatic... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My wife and I had our first meal in Charleston there - what a good introduction! Bloody Mary was excellent, atmosphere was great, service was good. Enjoyed our time!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We stumbled on this restaurant while visiting another hotel. It was delightful. The decor was nice. The waitress was accommodating. We both enjoyed our meals. The food was prepared and presented well. We talked to another couple later who had the same positive feelings about this place

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