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
Ordered the shellfish over grits and blu ...
Ordered the shellfish over grits and blue crab stuffed bass both dishes were to die for. My wife & I were visiting Charleston SC from Jupiter FL and were looking forward to being introduced to low country cuisine, our experience was everything we could have wished for.
FABULOUS!!! We went for lunch and the n ...
FABULOUS!!! We went for lunch and the next time we are in Charleston plan to do dinner! The waiter described many of the dishes we asked about in such detail that you could almost taste them. Well trained staff that made the difference in making our selections.
For our anniversary, my husband and I di ...
For our anniversary, my husband and I dined at Magnolia's, based on TripAdvisor reviews. It was spectacular!!! From the first moment when we were seated and wished a happy anniversary, to the complimentary champagne to commemorate the event, it was a very memorable evening. The fried green tomatoes alone are worth a trip to this restaurant - an ample portion and wonderful flavors made this a highlight of our meal. The bacon (pork belly) and egg salad was nicely dressed and delicious. I loved my seafood grits: rich and creamy with a generous amount of seafood. My husband also loved the fried chicken. The creme brûlée was perfect. Last, but not least, our server Kaitlin was attentive, friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu...she was delightful!
We took our friends here for a special d ...
We took our friends here for a special dinner this week and it was packed even though it was a Monday evening. Food was excellent, especially the signature shellfish over creamy, rich grits. The blue crab stuffed trout was generous and very well prepared, delicious. The duck breast with duck confit was quite salty, and our server immediately took it back for a complete redo. The manager promptly came to our table to tell us they tried the dish, and understood what was wrong, promising to do it once more. Not only did they bring a bowl of delicious soup to tide our friend over, but the second round of the dish was just right. The service was excellent, considering the large crowd that evening and Eric, our server, saw to our every need. As always, a wonderful dining experience.
Beautiful establishment! My issue is wh ...
Beautiful establishment! My issue is wherever we go out now even with a reservation, the host/hostess will bring us to the farthest corner of the place without checking to see if it is easy for us to walk that far. I am not sure why this is becoming the industry rule. I am going to start protesting and calling establishments on it so they are not going to get great reviews from me!
Magnolias is in a great downtown Charles ...
Magnolias is in a great downtown Charleston location with parking available next door. The service was efficient and just the right touch of friendly. We had time to relax between the apps and the main meal. The fried green tomato app was good, my husband liked the pimento cheese app but his cousin didn't due to a flavor she couldn't identify. Two of our party had soup that was good. Our party of four enjoyed the braised short rib, fish catch of the day, shellfish & grits, and the fried chicken. We ended the meal with hot fresh brewed coffee.
My boyfriend and I went to Magnolia's fo ...
My boyfriend and I went to Magnolia's for brunch while vacationing in Charleston. We were very pleased with the top notch service and the decor was beautiful. There were only a few tables of guests throughout the dining area so it was very quite, which we liked and allowed us to talk and catch up on our last day in the City. Would highly recommend this place.
Second time there for a Sunday brunch a ...
Second time there for a Sunday brunch a year apart. The food is delicious and the service friendly. Fantastic menu with sophisticated Southern fare. We had the fried green tomatoes which are not to miss, the fried steak and the shrimp and grits. Also the pecan pie and brownie for dessert were outstanding. Can't wait to go back in May during my next trip to beautiful Charleston.
Magnolia's was the best meal we had in C ...
Magnolia's was the best meal we had in Charleston, so much in fact we went back again. The Fried Green Tomato Appetizer was fantastic, as well as the Eggs Benedict Magnolia style. The flavors all worked so well together. The staff is so friendly and knowledgeable. Just a great place!
This was a disappointing visit- last tim ...
This was a disappointing visit- last time the food and ambience were much better - it seemed over busy and service was rushed. One or two of our 8 selection were excellent the rest merely "OK".
Given the food scene here in Charleston I would rate this "could try harder and do better"
Loved this restaurant! The food was outs ...
Loved this restaurant! The food was outstanding. The staff were all wonderful. We got the pimento cheese appetizer which was wonderful. The cheese is house made and very good. My boyfriend and I split the fried chicken entree and the duck. Both were wonderful but the duck was absolutly amazing. This restaurant is a must try.
We had a wonderful lunch on our recent t ...
We had a wonderful lunch on our recent trip through Charleston. This has to be a must stop. I thought the lunch prices were very reasonable and we had a great meal. Chuck was a helpful and friendly server. We can attest to the fried green tomato appetizer, pork belly, catfish and pecan pie being very good; the fried green tomatoes were the standout.
Omg we found this place while on vacatio ...
Omg we found this place while on vacation. Our Alamo driver highly recommend it on our way to pick up our rental car. I am so glad we checked Magnolias out for lunch before heading to Myrtle Beach. The food, the service and the ambiance made this dining experience very enjoyable as well as memorable. We'll be back when we visit SC again.
As per my previous visit last year this ...
As per my previous visit last year this latest trip didn't disappoint. Our waiter was very attentive . The springroll appetizers were great. Their snapper dinner special with the mashed horseradish potatoes was perfectly cooked and we enjoyed every last bite. Did save room for the pecan pie and as always was a hit . If in town we highly recommend a must visit here👍.
Our waitress was very informative and al ...
Our waitress was very informative and all the food was great. The southern spring rolls were terrific and the fried green tomatoes excellent as were the bouillabaisse and a grouper-like fish of the day. The bread is very good too, and they bring you more without being asked. The place was packed and the service was still excellent -- contrary to some reviews we read.
Loved Magnolias! It was a beautiful and ...
Loved Magnolias! It was a beautiful and tasty spot in Charleston! I'd recommend to anyone looking for a nicer meal! The food was delicious and very rich - try the crab cake and the fried green tomatoes! The fried chicken was amazing as well as the filet! The pecan pie was some of the best I've ever had.
If you're in SC, this is a must!
3rd visit over past 8 years or so. This ...
3rd visit over past 8 years or so. This most recent visit was good. Would have been great if Tuna had been prepared correctly. Ordered MR but got medium and it appeared to be pre cooked? Never seen a texture as this; tasted OK but should have been great.
It was a bit loud, which made it a tad d ...
It was a bit loud, which made it a tad difficult to talk. The fried green tomatoes were the best ever. I had them several more times in Charleston, and these were the best. My husband ordered the pork chops. They were not that great.....a bit dry. Everything around the pork chops, including the kale, were wonderful. I don't like kale, but this was yummy. The waiter suggested several of the "best" dishes, but for some reason my husband wanted these pork chops. I wish we had listened to the waiter.
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