Charleston, SC 29401
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
THE best fried green tomatoes! As our wa ...
THE best fried green tomatoes! As our waiter Chuck said Crunchy, Sweet, Salty, Savory. He is a great waiter, by the way. Very knowledgeable, friendly, great suggestions which is why we ordered the fried green tomatoes in addition to the Restaurant Week menu that included apps.
I cannot say enough about the Braised Short Ribs - except that are making great leftovers for me.
The Pecan Pie cake - to die for!!!
This was our first visit to Magnolias but will not be our last.
Went during Charleston Restaurant week. ...
Went during Charleston Restaurant week. Ordered off the Restaurant week menu. Before bringing my appetizer the waiter told me they substituted the soup on the menu for a tomato soup, which turned out to be very bland. We were there at 6:15 on Monday, so very unlikely they 'ran out'. It was not great. Main dish was good, our deserts were excellent. We sat at a table that had a chair on one side, shared bench on the other. We were not at all crowded. However, the bench seat sunk so low when I sat, i'm 5'2", I could hardly reach the table top. I commented to the hostess that a heavy person most have sat there before me. She ignored the comment. My spouse and I changed seats, he's 6' so it was not as much a problem for him. However, if we return we will ask to be seated at a table with all chairs.
We had dinner here the other night. It w ...
We had dinner here the other night. It was quite good the location on bay is fantastic. It was a bit loud but with it being Sunday night on a holiday weekend I guess that's to be expected that's my only complaint overall I would certainly go there again
We visited during restaurant week and ou ...
We visited during restaurant week and our appetizers and meals were great. The pimento cheese deviled eggs were delicious. The sides that came with both meals we ordered all were amazing (creamed leeks, creamed corn, greens, butternut squash). The peacan pie cake dessert was ok, not great. Our server seemed a bit frazzled and took a while to take our order. Overall the food was great and I would definitely go again.
Our dining experience was superb! Chuck ...
Our dining experience was superb! Chuck was a fabulous server. The food was delicious and beautifully plated. It was great to sit and enjoy food not feel rushed to finish. Excellent experience all around! If in Charleston, you must put Magnolias on your list of restrauants to attend.
We had just driven in from Baltimore and ...
We had just driven in from Baltimore and were tired and hungry, as son as we saw their impressive selection of half bottles of wine things were looking up! The food was all amazing (we had a scallop appetizer, salads - the cornbread croutons on the Caesar were amazing, shellfish and grits, and the fresh catch, all delicious!!!! We were so full we weren't even going to look at the dessert menu. It the table next to us was raving about the pecan pie so we HAD to try it- omg it was the best! Great great experience!!!! Two thumbs way up for our server Scott too who was knowledgeable, attentive, and very friendly!
We loved Magnolias! The food was perfec ...
We loved Magnolias! The food was perfectly prepared. We are from NJ and got a recommendation from friends that had been here for a wonderful meal. We were seated in the lovely back dining room, which I think is quieter and prettier than the front room. We decided to do a bunch of appetizers and salads for our dinner, just to be able to try different flavors. Everything described on the menu sounded mouthwatering and we're so happy we tried so many. In addition to the Brussel Sprout Salad, we tried the Fried Green Tomatoes (scrumptious), the scallop appetizer which was spectacular, the Caesar Salad and the fried Chicken livers. Every item was delicious! Even the local Gin was great. Our server was so nice and took wonderful care of us! It was a memorable evening in Beautiful Charleston!
We have eaten at Magnolias previously an ...
We have eaten at Magnolias previously and liked the experience a lot. We decided to go for restaurant week, advertised as 4 - 22 January. We made a reservation for 11 January. After we were seated, our server informed us that restaurant week at Magnolias started the next day, as Magnolias follows South Carolina restaurant week (12 - 22 January), not Charleston restaurant week, although all of the advertising we saw indicated that Magnolias followed the 4 - 22 January dates. After we expressed our disappointment to our server regarding the situation, we sat for a long time before he took our drink order. Our meal was good, but we were looking forward to the specials of restaurant week. Next year, if we make a reservation for restaurant week, we will make sure to double check the effective dates!
We love Magnolias because the food is al ...
We love Magnolias because the food is always delicious. It was also a treat to get free parking with restaurant validation, since Charleston can get pricy when having to pay for parking. We were trying to eat light since we had been eating out for several days, but our bowls of blue crab soup with extra sherry vinegar were very filling. I ate a salad for my entree, and my husband ate the pork belly small plate, which had generous portions. We shared the apple pie bread pudding and were stuffed. Our waiter helped us select our glasses of wine, which turned out to be very good with our food.
We have been eating at Magnolia's for ov ...
We have been eating at Magnolia's for over 20 years, and it still at the very top of our list for always being excellent, outstanding service, beautiful environment, overall, a great experience. We have never had one negative experience in all of the years we have been going. A sure outstanding experience with magnificent menu.
Thank you!!! Highly recommended to everyone.
Our waiter was knowledgeable and very pe ...
Our waiter was knowledgeable and very personable. He made great recommendations and checked in enough to make sure everything was going well. The food was amazing; perfectly cooked and very flavorful. A great experience!
Magnolias is one of our favorite restaur ...
Magnolias is one of our favorite restaurants that we bring many out of town guests to dine. On this occasion we booked via Open Table where Magnolias was advertised as participating in Restaurant Week. So we were surprised and disappointed when our waiter who was great stated it would next week. Not happy.
I think this review may sound harsher th ...
I think this review may sound harsher than our experience - but with all of the great places to eat in Charleston I wouldn't choose Magnolia's again. The food was "ok" - so with all the great reviews we had greater expectations.
I went to this restaurant a few years ba ...
I went to this restaurant a few years back and had a much better experience. They're a bit more commercialized now it appears. Ordered a manhattan to start and no middling of cherries just standard bar quality. The waiter was trying to turn us over very quickly and like the hostess very pretentious. Not sure I'd go back again.
My 13-year-old granddaughter and I had a ...
My 13-year-old granddaughter and I had a very nice lunch. She's quite a picky eater, so she ordered a hamburger, which she really liked. I offered her some of my corn, chicken and mashed potatoes from my fried chicken breast lunch, and she couldn't get enough of it. The chicken breast is crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, and the gravy that is served with the mashed potatoes in divine. We enjoyed the bread at the beginning of the meal. As always, Magnolia's tops the list of restaurants in Charlestson, since it is consistently delicious everytime I eat there.
I visited Magnolias for the first time a ...
I visited Magnolias for the first time and it lived up to the stellar reviews I had read. The restaurant was warm and comfortable. The wait staff were attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. The food was excellent. I will definitely be going back whenever I am in Charleston and will recommend it to anyone who is visiting. We had the fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, banana pudding stuffed French toast, and the short ribs. Everyone's meals were outstanding. The desserts we had were the chocolate cheesecake pecan brownie and the pecan pie. Everything was amazing! Magnolias is a must when you are in Charleston!
We went here for Charleston restaurant w ...
We went here for Charleston restaurant week, but unfortunately theirs didn't start until the following week. We decided to stay anyways and so glad we did! The food was amazing. I got the short ribs and they were awesome! The waitress we had was very helpful and knowledgeable about the menu!
Wonderful restaurant after a great day i ...
Wonderful restaurant after a great day in Charleston. A big noisy, but the food and service were excellent. The fried green tomatoes are a must to try. The local fish choices are plenty and served with creative sides. Magnolias is high on my list for a repeat visit.
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