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
The chef never fails to WOW us with his culinary abilities. The local catch of the day was Drum fish--a mild fish like snapper. This was dusted w/ panko breadcrumbs and a slight touch of parmesan over a rice with a lobster-infused reduction sauce and shrimp. A local corn, asparagus and tomato salad was an accompaniment.
We always have great service, but we must mention Greg, who served us recently. He is a knowledgeable, affable, professional man who serves to make everything special and he does!! Our meal was certainly enhanced by his experience. What a great night. Thank you all!
The food and service was excellent. We had the fried green tomato appetizer, which was the best we've ever tasted. For dinner, had the shrimp and grits, which was outstanding. My wife had the catfish entree, which she enjoyed. Portions were large, as well. Our server Keith recalled an earlier comment about of disappointing anniversary dinner at Husk and surprised us with a delicious and decorative Happy Anniversary pecan pie dessert.
A good meal but disappointed by the very high noise level of the restaurant. Also, we got the feeling we were in a production line. The service was okay but it was clear our server wanted to finish with us and move on. Wine list was good, highlighted by sommelier recommendations. However, my before dinner martini was poor, quite disappointing. The Southern-Charleston themed menu is interesting and, again, the food tasty. Overall, though, my wife and I thought Magnolia's was over-hyped. While in Charleston we much preferred Magnolia's sister restaurant - and right next door - Blossom.
Delicious crusty homemade bread, asparagus salad was light & refreshing, crab cakes over succotash delish, crab soup good not great, fried chicken was first I've ever had not on the bone was moist inside crunchy outside, and bourbon bbq catfish equally good. Choc covered strawberry tart was yum. Was it the beat meal I've ever had, probably not . Would I recommend or go back absolutely. Due to bad weather we ended up having an early dinner at 4:30pm. Their free lot does not open until 5 and even tho they start serving dinner at 3:45pm they oddly don't offer dinner specials until 5pm.
My husband and I make it an annual dinner stop during our week in Kiawah. For the past 2 years we have been very disappointed in the quality of the food. It used to be our favorite spot but I don't think we will be back. Our food appeared reheated and the waiter forgot our appetizer. Very disappointing! I'm not sure if they have switched chefs but it's not the same.
Magnolias is a must during every trip to Charleston. We always get the fried chicken and it's delicious as expected. So good! The artisan bread and herb cream cheese butter is amazing! We've been 4 times and 3/4 times our server has been Chuck. He's fantastic and always gives excellent recommendations for a sweet treat after. He has the best personality and makes our visit enjoyable!
I think Magnolias has turned into a tourist trap. The service was as expected but the food fell a little short. The special, Tile Fish was good tasty but the rice and shrimp was rather bland. We also sampled the fried green tomatoes and and they were too sweet according to all at the table.
Magnolia's was good. I'd like to give it a bit higher rating, but there were a few things my husband had that were average. He ordered an asparagus salad that had hardly any asparagus. My shrimp and grits were good and the atmosphere is very nice. We were in the back dining area which is more cozy than the front of the restaurant.
Excellent food and atmosphere, service was attentive. Definitely recommend reservations, place was crowded. Although they have free parking next door it was full (this was at 5:30 on a Saturday night!) and we had to walk several blocks to the alternate parking area. The 4 of us spent $150, which included 3 regular entrees, one small plate, one glass of wine and tip.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.