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Magnolias

185 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-2126 (Downtown)
843-577-7771
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Ranked #13 of 744 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $35
Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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
Washington Township, New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

top rated was there during restaurent week very enjoyable make reservations as this is a popular restaurant in town

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We were looking forward to a dinner at Magnolia's. We were so disappointed! The salad was white! Nothing but iceberg lettuce. The blueberries were tiny & tasted frozen. I was embarrassed for them. I couldn't believe they let this leave the kitchen! The server was super sweet and did a good job. That's the only reason I gave them a... More

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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Whether you're with a family needing extended table seating or prefer an intimate date in a booth or prefer seating at or near the bar, Magnolias has them covered. Their lunch hour extends to around 4:30pm, and that is the best time to find a spot, if you don't have reservations. We ordered several of the popular dishes, and we... More

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Baltimore, MD
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is a restaurant where everything is done well. Our table was ready when we arrived with a reservation, and the service was absolutely perfect - extremely professional, friendly and efficient. We enjoyed the fried green tomatoes as an appetizer, and both fish dishes were excellent.

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Charlotte nc
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I tend to focus too much on the restaurants that annoy me and not write about the consistently good ones. First let me say, we always visit here because of the appetizer of fried green tomatoes. They are the best in Charleston and in 10yrs of visiting Charleston I have tried them all. On our recent visit they were very... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Some trips out you just go to eat. Some are more special, others, not so much. I had dinner at Magnolias on East Bay Street in Charleston, SC on Wednesday, Sept 10th, 2014 - it is a meal I will remember for quite some time!! I'll touch very briefly on the decor and wait staff, first. The restaurant was classy... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

My husband and I ate here with some friends last weekend. The food was superb and they had a great gluten-free menu as both my husband and I are avoiding gluten right now. They even had some bread that was pretty good! My only complaint was the service was slow, but it was probably due to being a little over-booked... More

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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

My wife and I stopped here on a hot day for lunch. The service was very good. I Had a very good mint julep cocktail. My wife had the fried green tomatoes they were fantastic. I had that seafood over grits.

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Spotsylvania, Virginia, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

An excellent place for a great meal in an atmosphere that begs you to come back. The servers are outstanding; attentive but not intrusive. The bar service was quick and the bartender makes outstanding cocktails. The menu has everything a person could want if you are looking for a taste of the South. My wife had the shrimp and grits... More

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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Yes, Magnolias has been around for awhile and yes there is lots of hot competition in Charleston. But Magnolias remains as fresh and fun as the day it opened. On a recent visit, we sat in the small elevated bar. Great spot for service by Brian and Mike and decided to have dinner at one of the high top tables... More

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