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.
Southern, Low Country
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
Private parking lot adjacent to the restaurant is available weekdays after 5:00pm & all day Saturday & Sunday. **Please note:This lot is not open during lunch Monday-Friday. However, public parking is available in the garage at the corner of Cumberland & Concord and rates will apply.
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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access
Magnolia's private upper level dining rooms can be reserved for parties of 16 to 140 guests.
Magnolias Ratings and Reviews
One of our favorite meals in Charleston! ...
One of our favorite meals in Charleston! Down-to earth food, but very tasty and well-presented, with adequate portions and great sides. The sweet potato fries were terrific! Although all of the meals we had in Charleston were wonderful, this one is memorable and worth recommending!
The food here is full of southern charm, ...
The food here is full of southern charm, there are some nice touches that make the dining experience memorable. The roasted beets with goat cheese were such a yummy surprise. The small plates are really enough for a meal but the entree choices are so tempting, its hard to stop wanting more. The service is friendly and not rushed. Can't wait to visit again.
We were delighted to find that Magnolia' ...
We were delighted to find that Magnolia's opens at 10 AM for Sunday brunch. Our server, Keith, was extremely attentive and ensured that everything was perfect for my husband's birthday. The menu is New Southern, as the chef likes to reinvent classic dishes and give them a Southern twist.
Overall good, not great. Good atmosphere ...
Overall good, not great. Good atmosphere. Food was great but definitely overpriced because of the location. Spending that much is fine for a special occasion I guess. Server was very polite and helpful, but it seemed as though she had too many tables at once. The drinks came quick but the bread, appetizer, and especially the food took a way longer than it should've. Our dinner experience took 2 hours with us sitting and waiting for the food, and the check, for over half of that. They were probably just busy being a Sat night, so this may not be the norm.
Once again Magnolia's delivered. Being f ...
Once again Magnolia's delivered. Being from out of town this was only my third or fourth visit there but as in the past it was superb. Excellent service, delicious food and a nice atmosphere.
My salad was very good and the scallops were on point. My bother and sister in law were with me and this was their first visit but they found it excellent also.
My wife and I took our grandchildren of ...
My wife and I took our grandchildren of 14 and 10 for lunch at Magnolia's. We all enjoyed our individual selections, from a menu that suited adults and children alike. The service was excellent, and our meals met our every expectation. Magnolia's can expect many more visits from our family in the future.
Very meh. I'm not sure why every highly ...
Very meh. I'm not sure why every highly recommends this place. Food was average, at best. I got the fish special, which was on a bed of very bland, could be microwave-able vegetables and topped with this random spicy tomato sauce. The dish was similar to something I could make at home, just throwing every on one plate. My boyfriend got the same bland vegetables with the random spicy tomato sauce with an extremely bland piece of pork.
Service was okay.
Save your time, and go anywhere else.
Magnolia's was recommended to us by quit ...
Magnolia's was recommended to us by quite a few people before we went on our vacation. We saved our visit for our last night of our trip. I don't know if it was built up anticipation, but I was disappointed in our food and service. I felt like it was just an "ok" food experience.
The food was amazing and the service was ...
The food was amazing and the service was impeccable. Bryan our waiter was friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful with suggestions and ideas. the only problem is the lack of adequate air conditioning! the dining room was 84-85 degrees ( our waiter checked the temp) and got worse as the night wore on. I wouldn't go to Magnolia's anytime in the summer months until they get better A/C. Spring/Fall/ winter I'm sure it would be a 5 star event, just not in the summer when it's 97 degrees outside and 84-85 inside.
Magnolias food is fantastic. The servic ...
Magnolias food is fantastic. The service was also very good. HOWEVER, I must say there were two things that bothered me. First, the bartender did what I would consider a sloppy job of mixing the Manhattan that I ordered, complete with dipping his hands in the cherry jar to fetch out a cherry - kind of grossed me out. Second, the hosts continually harassed us (at least 3 times) to close out at the bar so we could be seated even though we arrived 20 minutes before our reservation! I understand you want to "turn the table" but come on man, let us relax with a drink at the bar for a minute.
I'm hoping that Magnolias will correct those two things so we can keep them in the regular dining rotation.
Magnolias was a great choice for Sunday ...
Magnolias was a great choice for Sunday brunch and the food and drinks were unbelievable along with the great service. The list of options and specials were perfect as to not make the decision process too involved and it was a very pleasant and relaxing brunch.
Magnolias is our new favorite restaurant ...
Magnolias is our new favorite restaurant in Charleston. The food was spectacular. We had a good service and enjoyed the ambiance. With so many great choices in Charleston, it makes it hard to go someplace twice, but we will definitely be back to Magnolias!
The food was great! Our server was atten ...
The food was great! Our server was attentive and the hosting staff was very pleasant and accomodating. I probably wouldn't order a cocktail though. Stuck with beer or wine. I ordered an Old Fashioned and a Manhattan. It's kind of my thing in distant lands. Both left a lot to be desired. Overall it was a great place for some great food.
Had a great dinner with our 2 kids for o ...
Had a great dinner with our 2 kids for our "fancy" night out. From appetizers to dessert, everything was great. Service was outstanding and our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu. Would recommend and would visit again in the future.
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