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Magnolias

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185 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-2126 (located between Cumberland & Queen Streets)
+1 843-577-7771
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My boss told me a story about the last time he visited Magnolias so of course it was first on my list to visit in Charleston. We went for lunch and we had good food and service. I was expecting high prices since it is a fine dining, but to my surprise the lunch prices were very reasonable. Visiting Charleston... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Long time favorite with attentive staff and special and varying menu offerings. Love the shrimp and grits that is prepared in various classic ways

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West Columbia, South Carolina
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Magnolias is one of our "go to" restaurants when we are in downtown Charleston and want a great meal. The food and service are excellent and we especially love dining in the courtyard when the weather is nice.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

this place never disappoints. had the special wreck fish pecan encrusted over risotto with asparagus. some of the best i have ever had. light white cream/wine sauce. wife had the grouper, it was also excellent. fresh baked bread delicious. it lives up to the hype. go here and enjoy.

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Lothian, Maryland
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Magnolia's is one of the best restaurants in Charleston. I highly recommend the Fried Green Tomatoes. Don't miss this stop for dinner!

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Cumberland, Rhode Island
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Magnolias was recommended to us by a friend who lives in the area but warned us about the service and he was right. The food was very good but the service did not reflect it. My husband and I waited close to 45 minutes for our dinner and during that time were given 3 excuses about them having large parties.... More 

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Thank dmp96
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Have been here several times and the it is always wonderful! I have celiac and have to eat Gluten free, they do have a GF menu and are always careful. Everyone's food was fabulous.

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Thank Cwtav
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Magnolias is one of our "must-do's" each time the hubby and I come to Charleston. The food and service is always impeccable. We've always had wonderful experiences there. WARNING: go when you're hungry! The portions are large - you definitely get your money's worth. In fact, we asked our server of the portions were any smaller at lunch because we... More 

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Edison, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the restaurant for lunch and the food was fantastic. Every dish was excellent and the service was very good. This is an excellent lunch/brunch option.

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Magnolias personnel are top notch from the reservation (a must), noting an 88th birthday, to prompt and courteous reception and seating. Its the perfect uptown/down south dining experience from the seafood rich She Crab Soup, Delicious Fried Green Tomatoes, to the Scallops and Specialty Fish of the night. A complete home run!! Service and Ambience are absolutely perfect. Unprompted, the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $35
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options, International, Contemporary
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 185 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-2126
    (located between Cumberland & Queen Streets)
  • Public Transportation: 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.
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 843-577-7771

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