About The Darling Oyster Bar
Charleston, SC 29403
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.
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
Our Monday night dinner for 12 people was treated by the staff just like a Saturday night...exceptional food, drinks and service. Thank you for helping everyone in our party from their 80's to their teens enjoy a great night. I was happy to show our out of town family one of my husband and mine's favorite local restaurants. Thank you to everyone for a great meal and a great time.
This little place was amazing! The menu's not overwhelming and there's something for everyone. The collards and ham..best ever!! My husband enjoyed the fried seafood combo. he wasn't a fan of the kale slaw but devoured the seafood. The lobster and king crab roll is a must try. Meaty and filling.
We enjoyed the oyster shooters and raw oysters for our appetizer. However, our entrees had us leaving disappointed. The lobster roll was pretty tasty but definitely not the best in town. But the blue crab tagliatelle was downright gross. It tasted like a ridiculously overpriced tuna noodle casserole. Super muddy flavors, way too many peas, and came out of the kitchen barely warm. Not the meal I expected after the server described it as amazing. After a $100+ bill, we both agreed we should have stuck to cocktails and oysters and then headed elsewhere for dinner.
The raw oysters were outstanding, but my vodka soda was very weak and their take on shrimp and grits left much to be desired. The shrimp tasted like it was on the brink of going bad and the slightly burnt flavor of the charred brussel sprouts dominated the entire dish, it really needed something to sweeten it up a bit.
Cant go wrong with the oysters and shrimp. Both amazing. Love the feel of the restaurant, and the vibe. This visit our server was not friendly, readily available, he just acted like he rather us not be there. The hushpuppies had no flavor and we did not enjoy the baked oysters. Cockatail and beer selection was nice and again the raw selection and steamed shrimp are worth the visit. This was a date night for us so we did not let the service bother us, we were just happy to be out.
Our experience was mostly enjoyable-but our waiter Evan-didn't listen to us! I asked for an over-easy egg on my shrimp and grits-and he said he loved it sunny-side up. And that's how it came. I should have sent it back. Especially after he had strongly recommended the spiced vodka-"there's a little upcharge ", -in the Bloody Mary, and my husband said the regular vodka was fine in his bloody mary. So it came with the spicy vodka-and the upcharge was over twice the cost of the house Bloody Mary! Those two things really made the meal not as fun as it could have been. i usually let the waiter know if things are wrong-but it was early in the day-and didn't want to ruin it.
Liked the space and the location. Our server was not particularly friendly or attentive. I thought the menu was limited, and just didn't really find an entree that jumped out at me. I got the scallops, and they were good, but for 26 bucks, I thought I would get more than three scallops. I didn't hate it, but there are too many great restaurants in Charleston to go back here again.
The Darling might be my new favorite restaurant in downtown Charleston! The king crab parfait was light and delicious and the shrimp creole and scallops with butternut squash puree are a must have for anyone visiting. The bar staff was extremely energetic and friendly. I definitely would recommend to anyone visiting or living in Charleston.
The drinks were amazing! I got the Paloma which was absolutely delicious, so tasty even the grandma across the room was ordering it! Another good menu item was the cocktail shrimp. I'm not one to order cocktail shrimp because I believe there's more fun yummier food to try, but I will admit, this was by far the tastiest shrimp I've had in a long time. Lots of flavor. And you have to order the oysters. No if's and no buts. Just do it. You're at an oyster bar for goodness sakes, you'll regret it if you not. The ambiance was nice and romantic. Great place for a date or a get together with friends, you really can't go wrong.
Having only had cocktails and a few pre-dinner oysters here, couldn't wait to come for dinner. The Darling didn't disappoint! Oysters on the half, shrimp dip and calamari to start; followed by a variety of plates. Calamari is often overlooked by our group, glad we tried it - probably the best preparation I've ever had!
Very disappointing having been there previously. Made reservation and was placed at table next to kitchen. At my request, was then moved to another table closer to door which was cold with door opening frequently.
We stayed for a drink and oysters - then left and went to another King St restaurant. I wouldn't go there again.
This was our third visit, and it is good to very good overall. The atmosphere is hip and lively, but not overly so. I don't eat Oysters, but this is one of my husband's three favorite places for them in the area. All four of us enjoyed our food, which included sea and land choices. The large banquette tables are good for groups up to six.
This was our first time dining at Darlings. The oysters were outstanding but a little pricey. We also ordered from the main menu. The clam chowder had no clams and was tasteless. The side salad had way too much dressing. The creole shrimp over crab cakes would have been better if it had not been drenched in so much sauce. The scallops were wonderful and tasty. Our waiter had an attitude once we sent back the clam chowder. With so many other fantastic restaurants in Charleston I will not be returning to this one.
I had my husbands surprise 40th birthday dinner with a party of ten and we had an incredible experience all around! We started with apps and cocktails and worked our way to the entrees. None of us had ever been to Darling and throughout the night we couldn't stop talking about how great everything was. The oysters to the salty yet sweet oatmeal cookie blonde that was brought out with a candle for my husband was absolutely delicious! Thank you for making this a great celebration for us!
I want to preface this review. Had I just been reviewing the oysters, my 'grades' would be different in terms of value and quality of food. My review is based on the total sum of the bill vs the quality of the other appetizers.
Having eaten at The Darling twice before, I was excited to bring my kids while they were in town for the holidays. We are all big oyster fans. My prior visits were strictly wine and oysters which were fabulous along with the ambiance and service. This visit we ordered several appetizers along with 2 dozen oysters and were very much disappointed with the quality of the food. Oysters were great but the ceviche, crab salad and tuna were tasteless. To be honest, had we not been so hungry, we would have sent all 3 back but it was Christmas Eve and we wanted to eat and get home.
In all fairness, I have never had one of their entrees but if you are looking for drinks and appetizers, my recommendation is to stick to the oysters and drinks.
We booked a table for early on Christmas eve. The waitress was very attentive and friendly. I ordered a specialty cocktail that I was not thrilled with and she took it back without hesitating. The food was fantastic. I had the red fish special and my brother ordered the Shrimp and grits - both were outstanding. The building is a renovated historic storefront on a beautiful historic street. Highly recommend.
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