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
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
Our service was fast , friendly and helpful. The food was excellent, great taste and presentation. Good place for a get-together or special occasion. The noise level in the back (Gallery Area) is lower than in the front area, so it's better if you want to have conversation. My favorite "nice restaurant" in Charleston.
My Parmesan crusted market catch was delicious. The fresh corn and vegetables with rice complimented it well. My husband got the fried catfish with a corn and vegetable blend, however, the fish was topped with a sauce that moistened the batter and his corn relish was too spicy. The menu should have described it better.
Magnolias is my "go to pick" for authentic Charleston fare! I have been there over 15 times and they never disappoint. The decor is inviting and very calm with a Southern charm! The shrimp and grits are always a winner. Their homemade potato chip, blue cheese and chive appetizer is always my favorite. They really should add some chopped bacon to it and it would be even more amazing! The staff is friendly and sweet! I recommend it to everyone. Reasonably priced for Charleston and it's open for lunch. It's the perfect place to take clients or have a girls day! Perfect for dinner and lunch!The table cloths are my favorite. Not many restaurants go to the trouble for table cloths at lunch. It just makes it more classy! Love, love love Magnolias! An 11 out of 10!!!
Visiting Charleston for the first time and had a great dinner at Magnolias! We were seated in the back room, which was fine but not much ambiance. We had a reservation and was hoping for the front room.. however we had a delightful server named Matt (law student). Dinner: we started with the fried green tomatoes with onion gritts and tomato jam - delicious! We had the petite filet with the crab cake with a side of Mac n Cheese. Steak was nice as well as the crab cake. I've had better MnC but had to try. Wine was good and we also enjoyed our dessert. It was a terrific meal with great service! We will definitely return!
Incredible food and service. Although we arrived a little early for our reservation, the host went ahead and seated us to accommodate my mother, who has physical limitations. Our server was incredibly helpful and very polite and attentive. A wonderful brunch to cap off our Charleston vacation!
Treated my niece and her boyfriend to a delicious brunch at Magnolias. We started with mimosas and a spicy Bloody Mary; both delicious. The bread and butter for the table were amazing as were the peach fritters. Our entrees arrived hot and delicious...fried egg sandwich, huevos rancheros and the steak frittata! We will be back!
We had a good time at Magnolias, however, I do have a few criticisms; the first being our greeting upon arrival. The two gentlemen at the host stand didn't greet us with a smile, a good evening, a "glad that you're joining us for dinner tonight" - nothing. We greeted them, gave them our name, and were seated.
Our table placement was also a big let down. We were seated in the very back of the restaurant - past the kitchen. For 1st time diners @ your restaurant celebrating a 40th birthday - I was surprised by this. I would've thought we would've been placed in the main room with an excellent table, so we were very disappointed.
We dined at Husk and The Ordinary during our visit to Charleston, and the customer service at both was off the charts excellent!!! I sadly can't say the same about Magnolias, which is sad bc it's customer service that'll keep people coming back; and I used to worked for The Ritz-Carlton, so I'm well versed in customer service!
Located right downtown, not far from the Custom's House and the Market Place, Magnolias is a nice blend of modern dining and colonial heritage. Service is very good and the menu is quite varied. They have some creative cocktails and menu items, and the view of East Bay St. from the front of the restuarant is great. Highly recommended
We ate here twice this week. Very busy establishment and potentially understaffed. The food was very good. We tried different appetizers each trip, all were very delicious and adequately portioned. The fried green tomatoes and crab soup were my favorites (daughter loves the pork belly). All entrees were very good, but we ordered the seafood and grits both times (a must have). We recommend this for lunch or dinner.
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