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185 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-2126 (located between Cumberland & Queen Streets)
+1 843-577-7771
11:30 am - 10:00 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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Los Angeles, California
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120 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My local friends took me to this restaurant. It is their favorite. I can see why. The decor is classic and nicely done. Excellent menu with variety, stressing Southern favorites. The food was delicious. Pricey, but worth it. Portions are very large. Good idea to split entrees. I opted to order a couple of appetizers. It was plenty! I had... More 

Thank Annette M
Jacksonville, Florida
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've been there many times Always make a lunch date Everything excellent Food always good Service excellent Atmosphere nice Ask for quiet table

Thank deborah f
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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was in town to see my sister who was here on business and they set up for her company to come here (about 50+ people). I was aloud to attend and was so thankful as the food was amazing! They had wonderful gluten free choices, vegan options and more! I had a salad with crispy Brussel Sprouts, steak with... More 

Thank Renee W
Charleston, South Carolina
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We love magnolias! The food was amazing! We went for lunch. I will definitely recommend this to others as we have so much already.

Thank KristinKatieD
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was pleased with the food, service and interior. The interior was quite different from when I had frequented Magnolias during their first year, different yet still nice -- simply updated, refreshed. Two things however remained unchanged from when Chef Donald Barickman founded the restaurant: The attentive, hospitable service and the delicious, well-presented food. They each echoed my experiences from... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The food at Magnolias is always wonderful. We've been there a couple of times and every bite is delicious. The prices definitely reflect the quality of the food, so this is a once-in-a-while treat type of place if you don't want to go bankrupt. But even at the price, the food is good enough to be worth it. The blue... More 

Thank Kristian L
Gardiner, New York
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123 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Been coming to Charleston on vacation for three years and Magnolias continues to be our #1 spot to go. On our recent trip, we ordered the grits with seafood and a crab cake sandwich. The sauce topping the grit dish was worth the price of admission by itself. My wife's sandwich was not as good but still satisfactory. The decor... More 

Thank sweir2
Mooresville, North Carolina
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Brunch. The crab soup was excellent. Fried green tomato Benedict was a nice blend of flavors. Pimento grits, country ham, lump crab, poached eggs were almost sweet. Very nice blend of flavors. Fried green tomatoes weren't cooked enough for my taste and needed a sauce with more kick to accent them. Titos Bloody Mary was $10 and wasn't very big... More 

Thank We3Go4Fun
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Every time I have been here everything is exquisite! The staff is flawless especially Chuck whom took great care of us. There are so many wonderful places here you are guaranteed a fine meal. Enjoy!

Thank 1752
Gadsden, Alabama
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162 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The place and the staff itself were fantastic. What a beautiful place. Then...the food! First of all, boiled peanut hummus (don't knock it 'til you try it!) and southern fried mac and cheese. Simply delicious! The Deviled Eggs, Crispy Brussels and Low Country succotash were more of the same fare. So well executed and seasoned. But the mains were just... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $35
American, Soups, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
Romantic, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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?