Igniting a culinary renaissance upon opening in 1990, Charleston's most popular restaurant is located at the site of the city's original Customs House (circa 1739). Led by chefs Don Drake and Kelly Franz, Magnolias remains a forerunner in upscale Southern cuisine, blending traditional ingredients and cooking techniques with a modern flair for artful presentations.
Charleston, SC 29401
Southern, Low Country, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday starts at 11:30am
Dinner starts at 4:00 pm daily
Sunday Brunch starts at 10:00am
located between Cumberland & Queen Streets
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary parking is available at the Wells Fargo bank after 5:00 PM on weekdays and all day on weekends at the corner of East Bay and Broad Streets.
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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Magnolia's private upper level dining rooms can be reserved for parties of 16 to 140 guests.
Magnolias Ratings and Reviews
Perfect anniversary celebration! It was our first trip to Charleston and our server Brian expertly guided us through the Southern cuisine. We followed all of his recommendations with no regrets. Our only self-selected item, the Ahi tuna, was cooked perfectly with just the right amount of spice. Lovely evening.
Excellent food, great service. Minus 1 star coz my mashed potatoes were cold and my snapper was lukewarm (fully cooked, just - left sitting on the counter too long before being sent out). Sent it back, and it came back to me HOT!
Expected I would get a fresh serving/plating, but they clearly reheated it, which is fine. Thought maybe we’d get a comp dessert or glass of wine for the cold food, but no further mention or apologies.
I love magnolias! I have been probably 10 times. The tomato bisque is so good, the fried chicken plate, the assorted veggie plate, all of their side options , their BBQ fried chicken Salad, and their creme brulee are to die for.This time they were out of a few things and it was only lunch time but that hasn't happen on previous visits so I think it was just a fluke. Also I hate that they no longer have parking next door and it's only street parking. I had to back out of the lot onto busy East Bay and drive around to find parking to make my reservation. Before I liked knowing I would be able to snag a spot in their lot :/ I will still go though, the food is worth the parking battle.
I wanted my friend to relish the ambiance, and eclectic menu, as I had upon my first time to Magnolia's! She picked up on it right away. So refreshing that we could order brunch, relax over a scrumptious dining experience without feeling rushed by waitstaff. Just a quaint southern low country experience...
It was ok. Husband has the ahi tuna entree which he loved! I had the market catch which was halibut. Average dish. The shrimp was not fresh and the rice was horribly prepared. White sangria had 1 orange in it for fruit. The scallop appetizer had zero bacon and our waitress said it had bacon in it; very mild flavor. Overall it was ok but not sure how they are ranked #1 in charleston as a go too.
Had a wonderful get-together with friends for lunch as we were all visiting town for a wedding. The food and service were both exceptional. I highly recommend this place if you are in a similar situation and are searching for a place to meet up for a great experience while in Charleston. A great neighborhood to be in!
I don't know what I can say about Magnolias that hasn't been said in other reviews. Whether you're a foodie looking for fantastic eats while in Charleston or want to go out and celebrate an anniversary with your significant other, Magnolias is the place to go. The next time I visit the Charleston area, I will be stopping in!
We arrived almost 30 minutes early for our reservation, thinking we would grab a drink at the bar. They actually seated us right away! We were celebrating our anniversary and it was perfect for us - great drinks, great meal, excellent service. We had visited the restaurant on our last trip to Charleston about 8 years ago, and we knew we had to go back. It did not disappoint and we have recommended it again to other friends wanting to go to Charleston. My favorite dish is the scallops, but you really can't go wrong with anything on the menu!
Just passing through Charleston and had looked up restaurants that were highly rated, so made a reservation at Magnolia's. We were not disappointed. The food was exceptional, as was the service. We wish we had more time to spend in Charleston, but maybe we'll be back. We'd definitely go back to Magnolia's! A lovely dining experience.
My wife and I ate here twice while vacationing in Charleston. The first time was for our birthday, the other was because we wanted to return and try more of the really good food and service. We actually cancelled a reservation elsewhere to come back. We were not disappointed...authentic dishes, fresh ingredients, and large servings. This would be a go to place for me if I lived in Charleston. We plan on returning someday, and you can count on Magnolias being in our plans.
My husband took a "chance" making reservations at Magnolia's for my birthday. Lovely, excellent food, terrific service and enjoyed everything about the restaurant. Would definitely go back (if in Charleston again) and refer friends! Thank you, Magnolia's for being the perfect place for my birthday!
The food was quite good. I would caution anyone who eats the seafood shrimp and grits to ensure that the shrimp is peeled. I did not not check and got about 3/4 of the way done and had a shrimp that was not peeled. It was quite a surprise and I could not finish the rest of the plate.
Always love going to Magnolia's. Had a significant birthday there years ago and returned this year for my birthday again. Service is terrific. From the hostess to the server, everyone treats you like you are an old friend. Excellent suggestions from the server. The regular menu is always wonderful but the specials are equally as exciting. My party of 4 each had something different and we all shared. The fried chicken is moist and crunchy, the daily catch of lightly breaded sauteed flounder was wonderful. Best crab bisque in town!
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