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The Ordinary

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544 King St, Charleston, SC 29403-5520
Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

oyster sliders were incredible. they handled a request for something off the menu very well. learned a lot.

Thank m v
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For all the acclaim that the restaurant receives, we were not that impressed. We each had one of the lump crab appetizers which were good, but nothing that special. We split the whole flounder ($55) which was also good, but not fantastic. The worst thing about it is the lack of salads and veggies to accompany entrees.

Thank smokey20
Beaufort, South Carolina
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Went on a busy Friday night and decided to eat dinner at bar, after talking with our very knowledgeable bartender. Would highly recommend The Ordinary, every dish we had was excellent: Crispy oyster sliders, celery root, etc. all exceptionally good.

Thank Chillrooster
Columbia, South Carolina
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5 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I had heard good things about this restaurant, but I was disappointed. The portions are small and the prices are high. The food is average. They didn't have any domestic light beer and charged a fortune for their light beer which I didn't care for. In a word, overrated.

Thank shugabugga
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2017 via mobile

I cannot say enough good things about The Ordinary. We sat at the oyster bar, and my husband and I had 6 different dishes there, and they were all amazing. He had oysters 3 different ways - raw, smoked, and fried - and he loved them all. The waiter recommended the flounder ceviche (not on the menu) to me, and... More 

Thank ChrisMichienzi
Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2017 via mobile

This amazing seafood hall, located in an old bank is outstanding. From the smoked fish pate to the chowder, to the smoked oysters, to the steak tartare, the food was too notch and fresh. A must visit restaurant in Charleston! The Shellfish Tower with local shrimp, local oysters and clams, and the Flounder Ceviche is AWESOME. One of the best... More 

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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017

Their non-typical menu is mostly small plates and raw-bar with a few standard-sized dishes for those who prefer it. Everything we tasted was outstanding in presentation and flavor. The portions were just right for what we were expecting. It is on the expensive side, but if you're into great food, I highly recommend it. The service was excellent, very friendly/professional... More 

Thank Craig33viaje
Lake Forest, Illinois, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017

This is a special place. It's mostly seafood on the menu, although they do have steak night on Saturdays. Everything that the four of us tried on the menu was outstanding. They did a great job of handling our one gluten-free diner. Very interesting and reasonable wine list. Fantastic service.

Thank Michael B
Yorktown, Virginia, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2017

Took my wife to dinner and loved the experience. Not what I was expecting as far as a meal but really good. Ended up ordering five of the smaller dishes to share one or two at the time and they were amazing! Each was packed with flavor and interesting combinations. Service was superior. Ran out of the beer I wanted... More 

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Cleveland, OH
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2017

I want to first thank Patrick, our bartender, for a wonderful experience. My wife and I stopped here for happy hour and sat at the bar. We were made to feel welcome immediately. Patrick recommended perfect drinks for the both of us. Off the menu we ordered both raw and smoked oysters. Both were excellent. at happy hour, oysters are... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 544 King St, Charleston, SC 29403-5520
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston
  • Phone Number: 843-414-7060

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?