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185 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-2126 (located between Cumberland & Queen Streets)
+1 843-577-7771
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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All hours
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

First class food, presentation, service and atmosphere. The fish was incredible and caught that morning...unbelievable!

Thank bate119
Urbana, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My family went there for dinner the day after Thanksgiving. I had been in the area for a week and was waiting for this restaurant to have shrimp and grits. I was not disappointed at all, they were excellent. Everybody enjoyed their main dish. Food was good,plates were big enough. It was even difficult to finish the whole plate!! Wine... More 

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had the sheephead fish dinner. Flavors were fabulous My wife had the buttermilk southern fried chicken. One of the best

Thank salesrep121
Dublin, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was our first visit to Magnolias, and when we saw the broad selection of appetizers and small plates, the two of us decided to do a Tapas-style dinner. Our first selection was a chef's special tempura lobster tail over a lump crabmeat sauce. It was absolutely divine!!!! Our second selection was the fried green tomatoes with country ham and... More 

Thank hsbvim
Manalapan, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We arrived just prior to our reservation time and were promptly brought to our table. Our meals, the service and atmosphere, were all excellent. We really enjoyed this restaurant and would come back. Be sure to make a reservation, they fill up fast.

Thank jerseyguy405
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This restaurant is a must-eat in Charleston! We stopped in for lunch, and we had one of our best meals during our stay. My wife and I shared the shrimp & grits and the fried chicken--both incredible meals! Being from the south, I know good chicken, and this was one of the best ever eaten. The service was impeccable, and... More 

Thank David T
Grapeview, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We came for the Sunday brunch and appreciated that you could still order off of the menu. We found it to be a lovely place for a relaxing brunch before heading for a play around the corner. The food was very good and the service was efficient, but a bit detached.

Thank Jim B
Sebastian, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

For a 41/2 star restaurant I felt the service was very sub standard after completion of our meal dirty dishes and glassware were left on the table for an extended period of time. Once removed there was another period of time before a dessert menu was placed on the table . Another period of time before we were asked if... More 

Thank Bob V
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing dinner. The server was excellent. Somewhat of a quiet atmosphere. Our conversation did not compete with loud music.

Thank Jenny G
Victoria, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a fine dining restaurant. The tables were perhaps a little too close to each other for my preference, but that is my only "complaint". The waiters and waitresses were enthusiastic. The food was delicious. I would not hesitate to dine there again.

Thank Coreena W

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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, Seafood, 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
Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic, 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?