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Magnolias

185 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-2126 (Downtown)
843-577-7771
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Ranked #12 of 716 restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $31 - $35
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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Calabash, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Went on a girl's weekend and had special Bday dinner at Magnolias. The food and service were both AMAZING. Our waiter Sam was fantastic and gave great recommendations. Our favorites include: the award winning mac and cheese (creamy and rich), New York strip and buttermilk fried chicken. The collards were wonderful too. They saved the best for last. We had... More

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South Windsor, Connecticut
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

My first trip to Charleston and everyone said I had to go to Magnolia's. I was expected to be disappointed. WRONG!! The crab bisque was thick and loaded with crab, do not add pepper and spoil the refined taste. The seafood with grits was worth every penny. Go and enjoy the great food and the great atmosphere.

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Seattle
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Was told by the owner of our VRBO rental that Magnolia's was "pretty traditional Southern cooking." On other words, not a contemporary "foodie" place but more of a Charleston restaurant institution. Well, it certainly appealed to my foodie instincts, and I will return every time I'm lucky enough to be back in this wonderful city. The seafood over grits in... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The food was fresh, service great and friendly. Reasonable prices for such a lovely place. I'd go again in a flash.

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France
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Magnolia's is a great choice for a taste of Charleston. The prices are more than fair for the food and the service you get. Our server was great; he took plenty of time to suggest dishes and simply chat. We started off with the fried green tomatoes which are really to die for. Then we tried the flounder which was... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

My wife and I grabbed dinner here real quick and they were so hospitable to find us a table. It is A nice turn on down south cooking lots of greens, fried chicken, mac and cheese, but done in a really well put together way. We ate with sweet tea for around 40 dollars. Seemed to be a great choice... More

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Charleston, SC
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

A classic Charleston restaurant! Perhaps not as creative as some, but always good. The best appetizer is the boiled peanut hummus! Wow- so good.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

As local residents, we have dined at Magnolia's many many times. The fried green tomatoes are the BEST, especially when made the remoulade sauce. Forget carbs-- eat the superb bread and whatever else appeals. We've sampled many dishes on the menu and have almost always been pleased. Skip the shortcake dessert which is rather bland and dry. Wait staff and... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A charleston original filled with charm and wonderful southern food. The seafood grits is one of the best, and you really can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Magnolias prides itself on its southern offerings, fresh fish and interesting desserts. The mint juleps should not be passed up.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Love to go to Magnolias for brunch but have also enjoyed dinners there.Fine example of the lowcountry dining that has put Charleston on the culinary map.

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