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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
Closed now
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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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Lothian, Maryland
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday 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!

Thank leanne j
Cumberland, Rhode Island
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51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday 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 

Thank dmp96
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday 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.

Thank Cwtav
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday 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 

Thank Jennifer P
Edison, New Jersey
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234 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday 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.

Thank Blaw10
Miami, Florida
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 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 

Thank Liz950
New York City, New York
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55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had an amazing lunch at Magnolias. The service was impeccable. The ambiance was delightful, and our lunch was absolutely delicious. All the ingredients were fresh and locally sourced. The Ahi tuna tasted just like the fish leapt off the boat. Amazing. We can't wait to go back the next time we are in Charleston!

Thank R L
Cumberland, Rhode Island
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92 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If the service at this establishment was as good as the food, I would not be able to say anything bad. I felt the place was under staffed and the staff over whelmed. I do not feel that the fact they had a large party is a reason for a couple to wait. This place is in a major tourist... More 

Thank Marconi33
Nashville, Tennessee
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After a walking tour in the sweltering heat, we welcomed the cool breeze of the air conditioner and the sweetest tea I've ever tasted. We were a little disappointed to be seated in the Gallery but not surprised as we showed up in shorts and sandals. A delicious lunch salad of salmon hit the spot. The shrimp po boy was... More 

Thank Jessica J
Johnson City
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We loved the brunch on Sunday before leaving Charleston. I highly recommend reservations due to the fact that the restaurant was full. Luckily our table was ready. The pimento cheese has olives (I think) in them and while I love olives, it wasn't my husbands favorite. We had 4 different dishes and everything was cooked beautifully. The atmosphere is perfectly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $35
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options, International, Contemporary
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, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic
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?