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Jestine's Kitchen

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251 Meeting St, 52 1 2 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401-1602
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed the well prepared food. Local flavor. Great cornbread. Good fried chicken. Service ok but rushed and not really friendly. Server seemed annoyed and not interested in answering questions about food. Lots of buildup, not really a big deal.

Thank GaryDew
Summerville, South Carolina
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were a bit disappointed with the food we ordered. I had the salad topped w fried chicken and he had the fried catfish. It was mediocre at best . Chicken was overlooked and dry butter beans were pasty and the catfish was almost burnt table was on a slant and the wine was very old tasting

Thank knotjusthair
River Forest, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Perhaps we visited Jestine's on an off day because we were surprised at our rather average meal and less than friendly service. We were REALLY looking forward to eating here, especially after several Charlestonians recommended it as THE place to eat. We also overheard many tourists on tour groups raving about Jestine's, so we were very much looking forward to... More 

Thank Debra V
Chevy Chase, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This down home restaurant was started by Jestine and her friends and relatives have kept it going. It's a must stop for the MOST delicious catfish on the planet. Don't miss the fried chicken and if you have room -- pie! I think it's a perfect place to stop for lunch after your walking tour of historic Charleston. I've send... More 

Thank TheCulturedPalate
Fairfield, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We asked a local woman working at our hotel for a recommendation for true southern cooking. She recommended Jestine's. I checked the reviews, and most were positive, so we went. We had to stand in line along side the restaurant. When people will stand in line in the heat of July to get a table, they're doing something right. The... More 

Thank solanodoug
Eugene, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This amazing family style restaurant was affordable Southern deliciousness! Shrimp Creole, fresh whiting, cold Sweet Tea was all wonderful. The story behind Jestine's Kitchen makes you feel as though you are part of the family. Highly recommend!

Thank sully418
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Good old down home food and plenty of it! Service was excellent and the food was everything you imagined when in South Carolina.

Thank patcchapman
Hampstead, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had heard rave reviews for the fried chicken. All four of us agreed that it was only OK. I actually like a fast food Carolina chain, called Bojangles, just as well, if not better! (Sorry) The sides were mostly good - the Red Rice was nothing special. The atmosphere was quaint and friendly. There is a long line, because... More 

Thank demmaray
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great southern comfort food. Home like atmosphere. The crab cakes and Mac and cheese were phenomenal. Specials offer great value. Don't forget to visit the bakery after. Cola cake is to die for.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Rockville, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Delicious fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese appetizer, red rice, marinated cukes... the line/wait seems outrageous but you get great food & a homey atmosphere. Owner is a sweetheart, make sure you chat & get the history. Ask about the many different salt/pepper shakers, heartwarming story!

Thank Twinbrook60

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 251 Meeting St, 52 1 2 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401-1602
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 843-722-7224

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?