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About The Darling Oyster Bar
The Darling Oyster Bar is a casual seafood restaurant and raw bar. The Darling's menu features fresh seafood and creative ingredients, served with an approachable style. The Darling Oyster Bar’s atmosphere promotes comfortable hospitality; with a lively, neighborhood feel.
Anchoring The Darling Oyster Bar is a stunning raw bar showcasing fresh, made-to-order seafood. Guests can enjoy the lively raw bar scene while overlooking historic King Street from The Darling’s iconic storefront. The Darling raw bar also offers full service dining.
Located in the heart of Upper King Street, The Darling Oyster Bar is housed in a 115-year old historic building that enjoys a storied past. A mix of the original 1900’s reclaimed wood, whole exposed brick walls, classic tile, antique molding, and nautical theme combine to create a setting that is all at once convivial, charming, and comfortable.
Charleston, SC 29403
Hours of Operation:
Monday- Thursday, 4pm to 10pm; Bar open late
Friday- Saturday, 4pm to 11pm; Bar to 2am
Sunday, 11am to 10pm; Bar open late
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is a private lot for our customers
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
The Darling Oyster Bar Ratings and Reviews
Drinks were just okay. The seafood itself was really fresh, but a couple of the preparations were kind of lacking. Red snapper ceviche wasn't actually ceviche, but more of a crudo (raw fish). Still good, but I wanted the lime-y kick of real ceviche. The seared diver scallops were delicious, but the summer vegetable succotash that came with them was a little uninteresting. I didn't have the shrimp and grits, but my companion said it was pretty good.
Great oysters and cocktails, however the entrees were not up to par. The blue crab tagliatelle was extremely underwhelming--the vegetables looked like they were frozen. However, the ambiance was great and the oysters and cocktails did live up to their reputation.
We truly enjoyed the layout and design of this oyster bar. Our server was attentive and helpful. Three of us ordered baskets and one of us ordered the sea scallops. My husband had raw oysters to start. The two who ordered the fried shrimp baskets could not say enough about their selection. They liked them very much and they also appreciated flexibility of side selections for their orders. I ordered the fried oyster basket, one of my favorite shellfish to eat anywhere. Unfortunately, my oysters were overshadowed by the abundance of batter around them. It was just too darn much, so, of course, I was disappointed. I would highly recommend a light breading, so that one can appreciate the flavor of the oysters. I would go back and try something else. My husband thought for the price of the sea scallop entry, one more scallop should have been included for the price. He also was surprised that the raw oysters were not attached to their shell.
The Darling has a comfortable and relaxed vibe which carries on into the very friendly and promote service at the table. Creative cocktails and a good selection of fresh oysters were a great start to our meal. The daily catch yellowfin tuna was well seared and tasty.
Shrimp cocktail shrimp were squishy. Green salad was great. The poke bowl was forgettable. The clam strips are very tasty.
Our server was great! The hostesses ignored us at the hostess stand when we arrived to check in and instead they welcomed a group of four in front of us - Skipped over us / ignored us - I was utterly unimpressed from that moment until we met our server who changed the vibe of our experience completely.
We visited Sunday evening for a low key date night. We had reservations & were seated right away. I even loved the seating choice for us, it was curved booth for two, very romantic! Our waiter was very informative, helpful & attentive. I loved that they had a variety of oysters, including a range in prices. Same with their wine list! My fiancé ordered the oysters & I had the lobster & crab roll with hushpuppies. DELISH! The lobster roll was a little heavy on the chives but overall was very good! Not my favorite but definitely on my list of top 3! The hushpuppies we're good as well, but definitely needed the butter that came with them. I absolutely LOVED the décor, feel & layout of the place. Highly recommend planning a visit here!
We have been to Darling in the past and the raw bar was good. This time we went for Sunday brunch and the lobster roll as advertised on Darling's website. Well, the lobster roll on the actual menu was was very different in that it was not only prepared differently but also had crab with the lobster. We told the server who told us he would get his manager involved who never showed. The lobster/crab roll was less than satisfying.
We were able to make reservations the day we arrived in Charleston. We were greeted as soon as we entered and our table was ready. Our server was quick to greet us and take our drink order. We ended up ordering a few small dishes and sharing. They have great options for different tastes. Nice meal, nice atmosphere.
We selected this one based on the open table reviews. The food, service and ambiance was superb. I had the oysters, then the tilefish special cooked perfectly. My better half had the fried clam strips whic was delicious and I had to help her with that. And she had the shrimp and grits also superb. I highly recommend this place
Enjoyed our dinner with some out of town visitors. Service was attentive and capable as usual. Just enjoy the place and being able to order small plates and put your own meal together to suit your taste that evening. Not gourmet standard which is reflected in the prices but certainly fine. Oysters nice and cold and crisp. Could use an expanded wine by the glass selection with more California choices but can usually find something suitable on existing list. I enjoy coming here and will come back next time in town.
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