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
Can't say enough good things about Magno ...
Can't say enough good things about Magnolia. Great service, perhaps best seafood bisque ever,
as was the Ahi Tuna, really special. Outstanding desserts. All four of us concurred, one of our best meals ever with service to match
The food was decent but not great. Our s ...
The food was decent but not great. Our server seemed totally bored with his job and it showed in the way he dealt with us. I also had a water dripping on the table and when I mentioned it to the waiter he said OK and that was it. This restaurant is extremely loud especially in the back room where we were seated.
The saving grace was the pecan pie which was great. This is the last of six highly rated restaurants in Charleston that we ate at. We think it was the worst.
We have always loved Magnolias and broug ...
We have always loved Magnolias and brought a friend who had never been to Charleston with us, he said it was one of our trip's highlights...and he also said its better than any New York City restaurant he has ever been to :)
This is a definite must if you're visiti ...
This is a definite must if you're visiting Charleston and in the historic district. The menu is a great classic southern style with a bit of a modern twist to it. The fried green tomatoes and the southern egg rolls are the perfect way to start out dinner and really get you ready for the southern entrees. My husband went with the cornmeal dusted catfish and that turned out to be one of his favorite dishes on our trip to Charleston. It was the perfect southern dish to really set the mood for him to enjoy the south. I went with their Market Catch which was featuring a white fish for the evening. While I did really enjoy my dish, I was not as crazy about mine as my husband was about his - the grits and the fresh veggies are the two items I actually really enjoyed about the dish, whereas, the fish was definitely something I can get just about anywhere. The signature cocktails are also good and their wine list has some great options so you really cannot go wrong with whatever direction you want to take while eating at Magnolia's. Be sure to put this on the list of restaurants to try if you're visiting Charleston.
I brought my mother here to celebrate he ...
I brought my mother here to celebrate her 70th Birthday. We are native Charlestonians and Magnolias has always been one of our favorite places. Edward was our server and he was a delight. Professional service and we loved his wit. Thank you for making this a special time we will remember.
If I could give this place a simple gold ...
If I could give this place a simple golden star instead of five to distinguish how wonderfully pleasing it was I would. It was such an experience and a true Charleston experience; classy, elegant, delicious and leaving you wanting more. I say this even being a vegetarian when usually even at 5 star places the vegetable option is mediocre. Our waiter was inviting and friendly and the meal will forever be in my dreams.
After being made to wait to seat my part ...
After being made to wait to seat my party the service took along time, thefood was not great (alot of fat on my meat, dry), and the server under charged me then I had to wait 5 min for him to figure that out. Not worth 30 to 50 a plate.
I was a bit disappointed where we were s ...
I was a bit disappointed where we were seated. I had made a note on the reservation that it was our anniversary. We were sat next to a bridal party of twelve. It was very loud and not what I had in mind for our anniversary dinner.
However, our dinner was wonderful.
The best homemade pimento cheese spread ...
The best homemade pimento cheese spread the waiter kindly brought us a small sample! Fried green tomatoes on top of grits with Carmelized onions. That could have been my entree! Ordered the fried chicken breast. Was dry. Shared the creme brûlée that was awesome.
We had a lovely dinner at Magnolia's. We ...
We had a lovely dinner at Magnolia's. We made an early reservation because we had our 19-month with us. Our waiter was great! And many other waiters working close by were great as well! We understand that this isn't necessarily a first-choice for family dining...I think it would be an excellent date night location--or even friends night, etc--that being said, they are very accommodating to young children (kids' menu, high chairs). They brought our daughter's food out with our appetizer as well, which I appreciate.
Our food was good. It wasn't knock-your-socks-off GREAT. But it was very good.
All told, we spent about two hours here, so again, I know this isn't marketed as a kids' restaurant, but it wasn't ideal with the babe along.
I would recommend for a date night or couples' night out. Without children. We did have a good time with our baby, but I think if you have a choice, you should leave kiddos at home with a sitter.
We went to Magnolia's while visiting Cha ...
We went to Magnolia's while visiting Charleston. Had a lovely dinner! Noise level was just right. Ambiance terrific! I had the seafood and grits and crab bisque. Had never had grits in my life, but these were delicious prepared with the lobster sauce. My husband had the same entree and the soup. He also enjoyed his meal. We split the pineapple rum cake! Wonderful meal and great service!
Delicious food. Came in for restaurant w ...
Delicious food. Came in for restaurant week, but upon arrival made aware Sunday's are not part of restaurant week. That could've been placed in restaurant week advertising. You don't have to dress up for this place.
Visited Magnolia's for Sunday Brunch and ...
Visited Magnolia's for Sunday Brunch and Lunch on separate occasions. The service was good, not outstanding. We waited quite a while for our first course which was soup. Waiter forgot the soup, then brought a cup when we ordered a bowl. He did apologize and said the soup would be on him which I thought was a very nice gesture. The food was very good and creative although one of our dishes was not hot and wonder if it was because the food was ready when we were brought our soup. All in all it was a good experience and the food was very good. I would definitely recommend and return.
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