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, 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 really enjoyed this visit to Magnolia ...
We really enjoyed this visit to Magnolia. We are from Cleveland and Toronto and this restaurant came highly recommended. Although your famous 'Carpet Bagger' meal was not on the menu, we found many items equally enticing.
Travelled 600miles to visit Charleston w ...
Travelled 600miles to visit Charleston with 2 small children. Ate here to celebrate my wife's birthday, obviously had to have the children with us due to travelling. This apparently was a problem with Magnolias. It was evident the waiters goal was to get us in and out. Service was terrible, food was ok. This was a huge difference from our meal the night previous at Hominy Grill where we should have celebrated at.
Had Sunday morning brunch and it was out ...
Had Sunday morning brunch and it was outstanding. Banana pudding French toast was excellent and my date had egg white spinach omelet that she enjoyed. Quite, quaint and excellent service on a Sunday morning. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Magnolias and hope to return for dinner in the future.
I absolutely never leave Charleston with ...
I absolutely never leave Charleston without a meal at Magnolia's. Whether lunch or dinner the food is delicious and never a disappointment. The fried green tomato appetizer or the tomato bisque soup are always a favorite choice. Always chose the fried chicken dinner but my son always get the beef which is delicious.
We always eat at Magnolia's when we are ...
We always eat at Magnolia's when we are in Charleston. Usually we are very pleased with our dining experience. This time we were seated in a VERY noisy back area of the restaurant surrounded by an out-of-control child and a table full of loud, boisterous sorority girls celebrating with too many alcoholic beverages. It was impossible to have a conversation. We will not be returning in the future.
We absolutely loved Magnolias! The fried ...
We absolutely loved Magnolias! The fried mac and cheese appetizer was to die for! I had the fillet and my husband had the fried chicken. Both were cooked to perfection! Best collard greens I have ever had, and that's saying a lot from a southern girl! Will definitely be going back again!
We had a great experience at Magnolias. ...
We had a great experience at Magnolias. Being from out of town, we trusted the hundreds of rave reviews and we were not disappointed. We let them know ahead of time that we would need a gluten free menu and they were extremely aware and accommodating the entire evening. We were also celebrating a birthday and a chef came out with dessert and sang an amazing rendition of happy birthday!
The food was amazing! This was our first ...
The food was amazing! This was our first time trying Fried Geen Tomatos. My friend is now hooked on them! I had the parmesean crusted fish. It was so flaky and the sauce was so good I would have licked the plate if I could! Service was great and the did a good job of staggering tables until they filled up. It was recommended to me by 3 people. So glad I listened to them!
We were visiting Charleston for 5 days a ...
We were visiting Charleston for 5 days as our vacation spot this year. We have never been there before and are at many great places. Magnolia"s was our favorite My husband had a fish plate that was the best we ever had ! Delicious
In Charleston to celebrate a special occ ...
In Charleston to celebrate a special occasion and we included Magnolia's on our list of places for dinner. I had not been to Magnolia's in years but it is still one of the better restaurants in Charleston. The service was perfect and the food was as consistent as in previous visits. Magnolia's has a well rounded menu for everyone's taste and I have never known anyone to be disappointed with their meal. The tile fish and stuffed trout were superb. The interior of Magnolia's is a treat to see as it is one of my favorite renovations of a building in the French Quarter and East Bay.
Our 1st visit to Charleston. We picked M ...
Our 1st visit to Charleston. We picked Magnolia due to recommendations and the menu. My wife, wanted something Southern and the fried chicken was out of this world. I chose fish and it was also excellent. Would defintly go back. Service and hospitality was also outstanding.
Magnolias had good ambience. The service ...
Magnolias had good ambience. The service was uneven--had to wait forever and a day for a drink order. Food was also uneven. My wife enjoyed her BLT with fried green tomatoes. She also very much liked the pecan pie. That said, my burger was horrible--tough, tasteless beef cooked well past my medium rare order.
We visited Charleston for a few days and ...
We visited Charleston for a few days and this restaurant was recommended online so we decided to go. It was wonderful!!! Our waiter gave us great service and spent a lot of time giving us things to do while we were there.
I highly recommend trying it!
While the food was outstanding (I got th ...
While the food was outstanding (I got the duck breast and I highly recommend it!), the most notable part of our experience was our server. I am so disappointed that I cannot remember her name, because she made our dining experience absolutely perfect. While many restaurants either rush you through your meal or hardly seem to notice you're there, our server had perfected the art of being constantly present--our water and wine glasses were always full--while never making us feel rushed, even though the restaurant was quite busy at the time. I will certainly be heading back to Magnolia's!
I was very disappointed in the fish spec ...
I was very disappointed in the fish special - the rice and vegetables were cold and the fish was tasteless. The waiter was kind enough to get me another plate but it arrived so quickly - and the food was still cold, so I'm thinking it was the original plate! Go to Poohan's Porch - it's wonderful and the food is hot.
We already loved Magnolia's as we had ou ...
We already loved Magnolia's as we had our wedding reception there....19 years ago! the food and the service were just as good as we remember from all those years ago. Slade was our waiter and provided outstanding service. This is a great restaurant for a special occasion meal.
On a trip to Charleston we had dinner th ...
On a trip to Charleston we had dinner there for our anniversary. The food was amazing! We enjoyed our drinks, appetizers and dinner so much every bite was delicious. The homemade pimento cheese was amazing, the scallops were the most tender best flavored scallops iv'e ever tasted. The pimento cheese steak was unreal. The waiter made you feel like royalty the whole staff was so friendly. We loved it so much we went there for brunch on our last day and the eggs Benedict was one of the best dishes I have ever eaten. The egg rolls for the appetizer was the most unique, delicious thing i tasted all week. We would absolutely recommend to anyone! it is by far worth the money.
We went here for my cousins birthday. I' ...
We went here for my cousins birthday. I'm gluten free and they were very accommodating. I had the pimento cheese app that usually comes with flat bread , but do to my gluten allergy they added homemade potato chips and celery, which were really good. I had the filet which was excellent, very tender and had great flavor. My husband had the vegitarian meal-which he felt was missing something. Had okra, but only two pieces. He said it tasted ok. The service was great . The desert menu a little limited.
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