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, 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
We recently dined at Magnolia's and had ...
We recently dined at Magnolia's and had a very good meal, and an great time overall.
For starters we had the Housemade Pimento Cheese (very good, with their own twist on a classic), Fried Green Tomatoes (very good as well), Southern Fried Mac & Cheese (outstanding, and very unique), Spicy Shrimp and Sausage (probably the best shrimp and grits we had in Charleston).
For mains we had the Bourbon Fried Catfish (this dish was outstanding), the Parmesan Crusted Market Catch (very good), and the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Breast (the chicken itself was OK, but the sausage herb gravy it with it was fantastic)
For dessert we had the Southern Pecan Pie, which was undoubtedly the best I've ever had.
The service was also very good.
I would definitely return to and recommend Magnolia's.
I booked a table for Thanksgiving at 7:3 ...
I booked a table for Thanksgiving at 7:30 pm. I was told the attire was "business casual".
Nearly every table had people who were properly dressed for Thanksgiving. Then I see a guy at the bar with a dumb T shirt and a couple with a a window table who were nowhere near your dress code requirement. Look it's a holiday please uphold your standard . No worn out shorts, T shirts etc
The food was excellent. Loved the scall ...
The food was excellent. Loved the scallops and the trout. We were there for Thanksgiving and the turkey/dressing was also outstanding. Not so great for children or picky eaters. I guess because it was Thanksgiving the chef wasn't willing to make changes to things and they ran out of the pasta from the kids menu so no chicken alfredo for our daughter. She survived and the pumpkin spice cheesecake was totally amazing!
We get to Magnolia's at least once a yea ...
We get to Magnolia's at least once a year when we travel to visit friends who live on Daniel Island. We are never disappointed.
This year we went for Thanksgiving dinner. It was absolutely lovely. And, we didn't have to cook!
Service was, as always, excellent.
I think of all the restaurants we've eaten in in the area, this is by far the best. No surprises. Always excellent.
What a disappointment. Overrated. Terr ...
What a disappointment. Overrated. Terrible service and not very good food. Pounding of a hammer throughout lunch as stairs were being recarpeted was so bad that all of the patrons were complaining and you could hear what anyone else was saying at the table. She-crab soup arrived with a layer of skim on it because it had sat so long. Scallops in the grits were a chewy mess. Service was so slow that we missed our trip to Fort Sumter at 2:30, despite attempts to get the attention of our waiter. Husk and other restaurants were great, but this was our worse meal of our foodie trip.
Nice place....bit overrated. Food was r ...
Nice place....bit overrated. Food was ridiculously salty!! Both the bisque soup and the fried green tomatoes. This place is praised over and over again on different sites, and in magazines, and maybe that is why expectations were higher for something more. It was kind of like a TGI Friday's. Good service, though, and pleasant atmosphere. Just nothing to write home about. Skip this and go somewhere else.
We loved this place. Went to Charleston ...
We loved this place. Went to Charleston for vacation with our 10 and 11 year old. The kids split the low country boulbanaes. I had the braised short ribs, and my husband had the duck. Everything was excellent! Our waiter was also fantastic. We had some questions and he was able to describe items on the menu to perfection which helped us make our selections.
It was hot and we were seated at a very ...
It was hot and we were seated at a very small table (I'm 8 months pregnant so being shoved in the corner wasn't the most attractive seat in the house). I really enjoyed the special that night which was a NY Strip, spinach, and potato fondue; the food was worth it. Our waitress, however, was not friendly and we were a little disappointed. My husband also wanted to know if they carried a certain liquor and she never returned with an answer; he ended up going to the bar and getting his own drink. Overall it was great food, just wish the whole experience would have been better, considering we were given such high expectations of Magnolias from friends.
been visiting Charleston from the north ...
been visiting Charleston from the north for many years and Magnolia's is my No. 1 favorite. Low country food wonderful; parm encrusted fish, fried green tomatoes/BLT, everything just really good. we had dinner reservations and ended up at Magnolia's both for lunch and then lighter dinner of starters and salad, and drinks in the bar area.
Similar to Italy, you have to work hard to find a bad meal in Charleston, but for my tastes Magnolia's is hard to beat.
We really enjoyed it. The carpetbagger ...
We really enjoyed it. The carpetbagger was excellent, and those were some of the best fried oysters I've had. Scallop appetizer was spot on. Pimento cheese tasted like it had olives in it, so it was a turn off for me, but those in my party who liked olives enjoyed it. Ed was a great waiter.
Magnolias is definitely worth a visit wh ...
Magnolias is definitely worth a visit when you're in Charleston. We had reservations and didn't have to wait at all. I recommend reservations as this restaurant can get crowded. Our server Erika was efficient while not being obtrusive. We ordered two fish meals, one catfish and the other a local white fish called sheepshead. Both were excellent and well described by Erika. This restaurant also has an ample wine list. We would definitely eat here again if we find ourselves in Charleston again.
We come at least twice a year. The serv ...
We come at least twice a year. The service is wonderful. We have never had bad service here. They are great at dealing with people with food allergies. The food is always great. I try and do one of the specials each time I go. Never disappointed in the food. A little noisy, but that should be expected with brick walls and huge ceilings.
Magnolias is always a great choice! The ...
Magnolias is always a great choice! The atmosphere is lovely in every detail and the food is consistently wonderful. It's a favorite of ours! A real plus is the noise level allows for a pleasant conversation. This is often a rarity around town.
We were quite disappointed. I had the cr ...
We were quite disappointed. I had the crabb bisque and it tasted liek the crab had walked through on stilts. There were a few threads of crab in the soup, mostly it was just a cream broth. Then I ordered the scallops for my entree. The waiter told me they were cooked medium but they were raw and hardly even warm. The brussel sprouts were very good.
The food was prepared elegantly and the ...
The food was prepared elegantly and the wait person was very knowledgable and friendly. I like my fish very hot, so I requested to have it taken back to the kitchen and they did so with no fuss. The ambience was nice. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
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