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“Extraordinary”
Review of The Ordinary

The Ordinary
Ranked #43 of 936 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $45
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed January 18, 2014

We dined twice at The Ordinary because we found it extraordinary. The baked oysters were wonderful. We liked the shrimp, the various fish of the day. The lobster roll was fine, considering how far Charleston is from New England. This is a restaurant for lovers of shellfish. The shrimp hush puppies were good, but heavy. The menu changes each day with whatever fish or shellfish are available. It appears that the restaurant changes their webpage often also, so you might get a preview of what is available. We liked the breaded swordfish 'schnitzel' and Kale Caesar salad. Beer selection is excellent, we liked the local Farmhouse Ale Bearded farmer, Westbrook Brewery.
As noted, this was a bank building and has a very high ceiling, so it can be noisy, but not too bad in decibels. One may sit at two bars, and there is an upstairs dining area with a view of the banking/dining floor. Be sure to reserve in advance.

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Reviewed January 11, 2014

We love the chef/owner from his FIG restaurant and I knew this one was totally different. Being from the north, we don't see much shellfish (like any....) so it is unfamiliar to us. This is the place for you if you do know and love it! The old bank is beautifully redone but it is acoustically a challenge, I.e. Extremely noisy. We sat upstairs which had to be better in terms of sound but this is clearly not a restaurant door the hearing impaired. It's young and vibrant and we didn't match those demographics. The food was very good if somewhat confusingly listed on the menu. The plates are basically small plate unless you do a seafood tower with the million options for that. My biggest gripe is...not even a roll or a piece of bread. That's just odd. Apparently, you have to buy a roll. At those prices, bread should have been in the deal. Still love FIG the best but might give this another try.

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Reviewed January 8, 2014

On a friend's recommendation, we decided to eat at The Ordinary Oyster Bar. We were walk-ins with no reservations. We requested for seats at the bar. It gives you a chance to chat with the bartenders, check out the tables and views. For us, a more casual environment.

The Ordinary is in a formerly, renovated bank. Spacious, vault ceilings and beautifully decorated. Highly recommend this place for wonderful oysters and delicious plates. Bartenders were extremely nice, friendly, attentive and knowledgeable about the food. If you are not sure what to order, definitely ask them for recommendations!

Oysters were in season. We devoured East Coast oysters (so good, we placed a second order!) and smoked Oysters served with saltines and hot sauce … excellent all around.

For the main course, we shared Baked Oysters with Bottarga Butter, sliced heirloom tomatoes, and the Beeliner Snapper with romesco and brussels sprouts. Yummy, savory dishes.

For dessert, we ordered the Carolina rice pudding with peaches -- our hands down fave for the evening. Classic goodness! Creamy, rich and luscious.

We also had the Chocolate Pave with Coffee Cream. Bittersweet chocolate flour-less cake, mousse like center served with pistachios and coffee cream sauce and mint leaves.

One of the best meals we had on this trip! A must-stop destination!

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Reviewed January 7, 2014

First time visitors to Charleston, looked for good seafood restaurant, read short write-up in Conde Naste Traveler and made reservation on 12/29/2013. The restaurant is beautiful, high ceilings, tiled and different levels, etc. You immediately knew this was a serious seafood restaurant.
We had their salad, clam chowder, oyster slider, the seafood tower, crab cocktail and desserts. The oysters and clams were moist, ocean salty and absolutely fresh. The shrimp was perfectly cooked. Everything we had was excellent.
Our server, Danielle, knew the menu and was an integral part of our wonderful dining experience.

Thank You.

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Thank Art I
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

The Ordinary is not really ordinary. The redone bank lobby and balcony is gorgeous. The menu lends itself to small plates. Unless you order "towers" that are combinations of raw and cooked shellfish, there are only three entree choices. And your only choice is seafood, finfish at that. But, if you like seafood, you're in the right place. The pumkin soup with scallops was the surprise hit of the evening -- sooo good. The bay scallops in blood orange were delicious, if a small portion. Wine selctions by the glass were good, and somewhat pricey, but a decent pour. While many restaurants cater to you, the Ordinary has chosen to do it THEIR WAY. Fortunately, their way is quite intriguing.

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