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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access
Magnolia's private upper level dining rooms can be reserved for parties of 16 to 140 guests.
Magnolias Ratings and Reviews
The service was fast for our lunch group ...
The service was fast for our lunch group. Every one in our group was happy with their entry. The lunch portion was a good size that I had leftover to take home.
Outstanding food, great service and nice ...
Outstanding food, great service and nice atmosphere. Would highly recommend multiple visits!
We went for lunch so we ordered salads. ...
We went for lunch so we ordered salads. They were fabulous. One salad came with cornbread croutons and we commented about how delicious they looked. The server overheard us and brought us an extra plate of croutons for all of us. We splurged on the creme brûlée. It was worth it.
My lunch was amazing! I had the Fried Gr ...
My lunch was amazing! I had the Fried Green Tomato BLT and a cup of Creamy Tomato Bisque soup. I asked the server to recommend a side for me and she told me that the collard greens were amazing! She was right. It was a wonderful meal and the leftovers the next day were also spectacular!
We loved it ambience, food, service, eve ...
We loved it ambience, food, service, everything was great, when in Charleston it's a must, the line for brunch was long you should make reservations
Another great Charleston restaurant. I highly recommend!
Very accommodating restaurant with over ...
Very accommodating restaurant with over the top food . Our server brought a cup of tomato crab bisk because she thought our food was coming too slowly (it wasn't). Truly a must do in Charleston
Excellent food, terrific service and can ...
Excellent food, terrific service and cannot beat the ambiance.
We ate at a lot of great restaurants in ...
We ate at a lot of great restaurants in Charleston, but this was our favorite! Loved the southern take on the cooking, and the catfish was probably the best we have had anywhere. They can do grits too! Service was great. A bit loud in the restaurant itself, but we lucked into a table on the upper level in the back, and much quieter there. Reservations are a must, and still was a bit of a wait even with them, but well worth it. Prices were very reasonable as well considering the quality of the food and service. If you are in Charleston and have but one place to eat, this would be our first choice!
This was my first time dining at Magnoli ...
This was my first time dining at Magnolias. I chose this vibrant restaurant based on word of mouth and the amazing reviews. I also chose Magnolias because my girlfriend has celiac disease. Enormous amount of GF options for her to choose from on her own GF menu.
Great Crab Cakes! Super fresh. I had the market catch and it was delicious.
Hands down, best food in Charleston! The ...
Hands down, best food in Charleston! The hummingbird cake is a must. We went back the next day for another slice!
Outstanding in every way - ambience great, food = all around perfection!!!!!
Delightful meal. Personable attentive st ...
Delightful meal. Personable attentive staff. Fabulous low country cuisine.
Always an excellent dining choice when ...
Always an excellent dining choice when in Charleston. From Appetizers to deserts you can always count on something interesting to arrive. Food is always good to outstanding. Service was outstanding and the wait staff seem to eagerly engage the customers and support each other on the floor. A true gem in the city.
Wonderful Place to Eat
I went to this restaurant with my sisters for a girls trip and it was magnificent. The wait staff was amazing and the food was very tasty. We are already planning another trip just to eat at this restaurant.
Lunch menu is just as varied as dinner m ...
Lunch menu is just as varied as dinner menu just not as expensive. Our waiter Scott went out of his way to make our meal so enjoyable.
Let me start by saying the service was perfect. Not too much, not too little. Our waiter was knowledgable and friendly. Shame he didn't cook. We started w/fried green tomatoes that were sliced much too thick and hard as a brick. Pretty much tasteless. I had the Seafood & Grits, their specialty. There was plenty of shrimp and scallops, good flavor, the grits were a little dry. My husband had the Buttermilk Chicken. The chicken breast was delicious but I swear the mashed potatoes were instant and the gravy from a can. He complained to me and I thought he was crazy until I tasted them. I really think he was right although I can't imagine a place like this would use" instant" anything. We shared a piece of pecan pie which is not to be missed. Very good! Dinner with one round of drinks before tip was $ 115., certainly reasonable. I was just expecting better food.
The duck was amazing-very lean accompani ...
The duck was amazing-very lean accompanied by a plethora of interesting flavored. Especially loved the corn bread croutons.
We were in Charleston for a few days and ...
We were in Charleston for a few days and wanted to go to Magnolia's as it was recommended by a few people, including a couple from our hotel. The service was good and the food was good but there are so many other fabulous places to eat in Charleston. I think we had heard so many good things about the restaurant that our expectations were high, maybe too high.
After many years of walking by, finally went to Magnolias for major birthday dinner. Mixed thoughts. Excellent service, and surprisingly diverse wine list. Had a wonderful French wine that was fairly priced. Dinners were good, not great. The birthday girl, my wife, had the soft-shell crab dinner. Amazed when her dinner came with one, very small, crab. My flounder was good, but bland as were the oyster appetizers.
Everything that we ordered was delicious ...
Everything that we ordered was delicious and service was excellent.
As usual Magnolia's didn't disappoint. W ...
As usual Magnolia's didn't disappoint. We visit this restaurant each time we're in Charleston, which is at least twice a year. Highly recommend the fried green tomatoes, yes you can get them elsewhere, but you can only get these FGTs here - I don't know what their secret is but they're amazing; as is the pork belly. Actually I don't think you can go wrong here!
Eating at Magnolias was on my "bucket li ...
Eating at Magnolias was on my "bucket list" and when we were planning a visit to charleston I made a lunch reservation. We had a wonderful meal, our server Randy was excellent. One of the most enjoyable meals ever!
First time but certainly not the last...
This was our first time dining at Magnolias. My wife and I were celebrating our 46th wedding anniversary and let me tell you, the entire evening was top notch. First, we requested a quiet table and we were seated in the back dining room which was really nice and fairly quiet. We were greeting promptly by our waiter and he brought us 2 glasses of bubbly to celebrate. He was very attentive but not intrusive. Our meals were very, very good. We will certainly put Magnolias on our top 5 places to dine when in Charleston. Thanks for a very special evening.
Amazing- as always. The food and servic ...
Amazing- as always. The food and service were impeccable. Definitely order the house chips as an appetizer!
The fried green tomatoes were not to be ...
The fried green tomatoes were not to be missed. Good wine selection and friendly service. It was difficult to decide what to have for an entree given the selection. But you can't go wrong with the seafood (the mahi special that night was reported as excellent). We found it hard to find a bad place to eat while in Charleston. But we are glad that our culinary trail started at Magnolias. A definite "let's go again" location.
Best meal in weeks
We went for lunch on the recommendation of our tour guide. Loved the fried tomatoes. The flounder on butter bean hash was fabulous.
One of Charleston's Finest
Staff was welcoming. Service was attentive. Crab bisque was to die for. Recommend fine dining in pleasant ambience.
I would consider Magnolias a "splurge" restaurant, but worth every penny. There's a graceful ambience without being too pretentious. Our table of four enjoyed original cocktails to begin, with homemade Tuscan white bread and butter. We opted for main courses only to avoid getting too full, and the serving size did not disappoint. The Shrimp and Grits was a hit, as was the Fried Flounder with Low Country Succotash (sweet shrimp and bits of andouille sausage, corn). The other two diners opted for the catch of the day. There was room for dessert, with the pecan pie and pecan/chocolate brownie the favorites of the table. Our server was very knowledgeable about the dishes and the wines. Top knotch!
Had made reservations in advance and was ...
Had made reservations in advance and was taken straight to table. Service was excellent. Everything from appetizers to dessert was so good!! Best fried green tomatoes I have ever had!! My son had salmon and he loved it. I was so impressed with the extensive menu selections. Something for everyone which is important. Beautiful place, great service and food. Will definitely be returning on our next visit!!
Magnolias does it again! Food was absolu ...
Magnolias does it again! Food was absolutely amazing service was spectacular. This place never disappoints.
Made arrangements two weeks before visiting. The restaurant was wonderful, had the signature dish of grits & seafood. It was excellent, a little too much grits for my taste. Would of enjoyed a little more of the seafood. Would diffinetly return for another visit.
All of the food was wonderful! The crab ...
All of the food was wonderful! The crab bisque is a must! Only fault was the cocktails. Between the two of us we tried three and two were just okay and the third was warm.
Everything about Magnolias was wonderful. We were seated at a very good table ( we were tourists), the waiter was excellent, knowledgable, friendly, the food was outstanding. Never thought fried green tomatoes could be that good with that many well balance flavors. The fish dishes were excellent. Well worth going there.
First time at Magnolia's and it won't be ...
First time at Magnolia's and it won't be the last. Service was excellent, food was superb.
This place lived up to its reviews. Gre ...
This place lived up to its reviews. Great location, ambience, food and service.
No visit to Charleston is complete witho ...
No visit to Charleston is complete without dinner at Magnolias. Still my favorite after 10 years. Best chicken livers ever. Cuisine is imaginative and superbly prepared and presented.
Amazing dinner on Mother's Day!!!!!! So ...
Amazing dinner on Mother's Day!!!!!! So many wonderful menu options and very attentive service!!!!
A great place to spend Mother's Day!! Th ...
A great place to spend Mother's Day!! The drinks, meal and desserts were delicious. We would definitely eat there again!!
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