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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
I love that this restaurant does not have a television in the bar! The food and service is very good. The oyster selection changes and is always good. On our most recent visit I had oysters which were fresh as can be and beautifully presented. The snapper cerviche was wonderfully flavorful with a lovely texture. The blue crab tagliatelle was fantastic but I expected to see lumps of crab. Nevertheless it tasted great. The key lime pie seemed salty. I don't know if that was intentional or a mistake. I always enjoy the oyster bar manhattan. I like this place.
We arrived at 9:30p for a late dinner. The service (Carly) was friendly and impeccable. The restaurant has great ambience with the fresh seafood/oyster bar in the front window. Food was delicious, including the beef tataki, ouester fry basket, shrimp and grits and pork chop. My wife would have enjoyed a little pasta or different vegetables with the diver scallops.
We have eaten here a few times. If you love Fresh Oysters and Seafood, this is an excellent choice. We ordered a variety of raw oysters on the half shell. They were very good! The Hush puppies are amazing. I had the local catch which was tilefish, my husband had the blue crab pasta. Both were delicious. My daughter and her husband had shrimp and Grits and also the diver scallops. Both outstanding! They also have some interesting bar drinks. The fish house punch is yummy.
This was my third time here, and it did not disappoint. My friends and I love the "tapas" approach to smaller portions, so that we can share and try new things. Top line seafood. The hush puppies were a little greasy tonight, and the server wasn't as sharp as the last two we've had. Nevertheless, it's one of our favorite restaurants in Charleston.
Had a 7 PM reservation. Got seated at a two seat high top table with pub chairs, a bit small for two people. If you have a group they have some nice booth seating. Had shrimp and grits and greens with ham. Both were delicious. The greens were among the best we have eaten in Charleston. Would return - menu is a bit limited. We did have 1.5 dozen oysters James River were on happy hour special for $1 each.
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The fresh oysters were good. They came from different areas, so it was nice to be able to try
them. The baked oysters were good too. Ordered the Shrimp and Grits but would not recommend unless you ask for sauce/gravy on side. The grits just disappeared in the sauce/gravy. I asked the waitress to tell the chef and her response was I recommend a spoon!
I told her no, and she brought it anyway. Ate the shrimp out of dish, and left the rest. The hush puppies were dark and overcooked.Plus, they had no flavor. I am from Washington DC area and
used to fine dining. I made a reservation through Open table and read the reviews from others before I visited Charleston. I had Shrimp and Grits at other restaurants during my visit, and they were really good and not swimming in sauce/gravy. I was very disappointed because I
I had high expectations. The specialty drink was good. I liked the decor and ambience.
We had an amazing night at the Darling..once again. This time we were celebrating a milestone birthday and the entire staff went out of the way to help make it special. Our server was Outstanding! and cannot say enough good things about her. Oyster selection was superb and the fish of the day was just delicious. Thank you Darling Oyster and see you soon!
Horrible service and uninspired food. Table of 4 $300 tab. One main course from raw bar $45 served 20 minutes after 3 hot meals were served. We all ate cold meals. Worst dining experience in Charleston on a Wednesday (not busy) night. Non apologetic staff. Thumbs down.
Disappointing atmosphere, extremely loud. Food was absolutely delicious, cocktails were not. We had reservations made a week prior and were seated at the bar table and had 5-7 drunk college kids elbowing us and leaning on our table. Finally decided we were going to ask to be seated elsewhere and if not accommodated, would leave. Glad we were able to request to be seated elsewhere after dealing with that for 10 min. Waiter did not ask if we would like dessert, not sure if the restaurant even serves dessert. After spending $170 on dinner, would not return.
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