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
This place is next door to some of the n ...
This place is next door to some of the nicest restaurants, in a city known for being packed with exceptional restaurants. The Darling Oyster did not disappoint. The food and service were top-notch. We all had a great time, and I look forward to returnin
The Bloody Mary was amazing! Not a bad p ...
The Bloody Mary was amazing! Not a bad price, and really unique and tasty. I didn't get the captain, but added a hush puppy and crab leg onto my Bloody Mary. It was so good and worth the price! Definitely recommend.
Having only had cocktails and a few pre- ...
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 pre ...
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.
Had a very good seafood meal with my two ...
Had a very good seafood meal with my two adult daughters. Raw oysters were wonderful and my grouper special was great as well. Drinks were well made and they had a nice wine list as well. Service from Shady was excellent. Recommended
This was our third visit, and it is good ...
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.
Loud. Fish sandwich was horrible. ..bad ...
Loud. Fish sandwich was horrible. ..bad bread, soggy lettuce, and at best a frozen, overcooked fillet. Shrimp app was good. The clam app could have been any clam strip from the frozen food secton that was amped up with drizzle of sauce.
This was our first time dining at Darlin ...
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 ...
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!
Everything was outstanding. We had oyst ...
Everything was outstanding. We had oysters, oyster shooters, clam strips, lobster cocktail and the fried seafood basket. My cousin had the shrimp and grits and said it was the best she had ever eaten. I highly recommend this restaurant for all occassions.
I want to preface this review. Had I jus ...
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 ...
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.
This ranks in the top 3 meals ever for m ...
This ranks in the top 3 meals ever for me. Start to finish from drinks to food to service, just a wonderful experience. Get the seafood tower, great value and very indulgent. Fried clams were unexpected, and oysters were fresh and bright.
Atmosphere and décor good. Service good ...
Atmosphere and décor good. Service good. Oysters good. Entrees limited and the special catch of the day was only okay. Priced high for what you got. There are way too many other restaurants in the downtown area that I would go to before going back here.
The Darling has a limited menu, plus of ...
The Darling has a limited menu, plus of course an array of oysters. The oysters were just right and very reasonably priced. I had the burger next, which was excellent and my wife had a very good shrimp salad. A good addition to the north King street area.
Very pleasant oyster bar at the top of K ...
Very pleasant oyster bar at the top of Kings Street away from most of the tourist crowd. The place was quiet and was charming. There are lots of good options for all kinds of taste and the service is good but not intrusive to a good conversation. I thought this oyster vibe was quite different from some of the others in Charleston, but they all have their charm.
I have yet to have a bad item on the men ...
I have yet to have a bad item on the menu at this place. Fishermen's punch is one of my favorites as well as the flounder sandwich. Always have good music playing as well. Definately recomend for the raw bar/ fried seafood night.
This was a very special night for my two ...
This was a very special night for my two daughters and I was a little surprised nothing was mentioned. When they ask if it's a special occasion when you make the reservation there has always in my experience been some sort of recognition. The food was amazing! This is such a great little spot. The biggest problem was our service. It took him 15 mins to get our drink order, didn't show back up for another 20 to take our food order, and since I had to get my girls to their performance we had no time for dessert, but we were there for 2 hours. To make a long story short the ONLY complaint I have was the service. I will be back!
As usual, The Darling delivered. We wer ...
As usual, The Darling delivered. We were there after the King St Sip and Stroll and the festive atmosphere carried over in to The Darling. We enjoyed tremendous stone crab claws, fried oysters (the best!) , and the skate special, all of which was delicious. Our waitstaff was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. I truly have never had anything but a fabulous experience at The Darling. It's a favorite and I recommend to anyone coming to town for a visit or who hasn't tried it.
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