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.
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 Restaurant, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wine
The Darling Oyster Bar Ratings and Reviews
The food and atmosphere were both fabulo ...
The food and atmosphere were both fabulous. Our waiter had no knowledge of the delicious oysters we ordered. We had ordered two of each kind and she couldn't begin to tell us which were which. She seemed flustered after this and tried to avoid our table.
We enjoyed our experience here with frie ...
We enjoyed our experience here with friends visiting from out of town. The oyster selection was good and they were definitely fresh. Our server, Katie, was friendly and knowledgeable. I only rated the ambiance a bit lower as we were seated near the main entryway in a wide hallway of sorts. The bar dining area with large windows overlooking King Street would be much more appealing and I would request seating in this area next time. We do plan to visit again soon!
Adorable place and good food overall. H ...
Adorable place and good food overall. However, because it's so popular, service felt a little rushed. The food came out a little too fast--- like they were just trying to shuffle us out to get the next table seated. Not exactly a relaxed dining experience, albeit lively.
Wife and I ate here; coctails were above ...
Wife and I ate here; coctails were above average while my wife really enjoyed the shrimp and grits. Oysters had that deep clean sea taste that keeps you coming back. Best oyster shooter I ever had too! Big fan and will return!
Wanted to try something new on a recent ...
Wanted to try something new on a recent trip to Charleston. This meal was the highlight of our meals out (including some venerable and well known spots). We opted to order small plates so we could have a lot of tasting options. The baked oysters were amazing-we ordered them both ways and each were equally delicious. Also tried the clam strips, which are definitely not your HoJo clam strips of the past. First of all it's a huge serving. The flavors trend a little bit towards Asian and are deeply satisfying. The creole shrimp was a hit with my husband. It has a lot of bacon flavor, balanced by a hint of mustard. The green salad was a good counterpoint, but not very memorable. Dessert! Waiter tried to steer us to some local ice cream spots, but we are so happy we ordered the oatmeal cookie blondie with ice cream. Gooey, hot, delicious.
Cool place in the main dining room, that ...
Cool place in the main dining room, that is what differentiates this place.
We changed our reservations at another restaurant specifically because of the pics posted by others. Hostess took us to a dark hallway where there is constant server traffic. I requested to be moved to the main dining area where here were open seats but was denied. We should have simply left but the family was hungry.
The waitress was nice, food good, but the experience was ruined by eating in the hallway. When making a reservation tell them you want the main dining area so you can enjoy what you are paying for. Food not much different than 100 other restaurants in the area.
Party of 3 enjoyed 4 different menu item ...
Party of 3 enjoyed 4 different menu items--crab salad, dozen oysters, salmon cake eggs benedict, and fried oysters/shrimp combo---all delicious. Wonderfully smart decor in vintage building, excellent service, reasonably priced food and beverages. Delightful Sunday brunch fun. Local residents will definitely return.
The selection of oysters is smaller than ...
The selection of oysters is smaller than I'm used to however they were so delicious. The cocktails were unique and very good. The menu is small, but the food was amazing. The staff was very attentive and made great recommendations. We will definitely be coming back.
We have eaten here several times and it ...
We have eaten here several times and it is always very good. Two of our favorites are the oyster spaghetti and the seared diver scollops. For dessert they make a great pineapple upside down cake. A very friendly staff help make dinner a treat.
Reservations are a must to make the expe ...
Reservations are a must to make the experience the most enjoyable as it fills up fast. Noisy but energetic. Not a lot of food choices if you aren't doing the raw bar but enough and the food was good. Good service.
We had a party of 14 including several k ...
We had a party of 14 including several kids and they were very accommodating. I got the tuna which was great. They have a fairly small menu which I didn't mind, but others might want more options. However, everything on that they do offer was prepared very well. Staff was beyond nice. Def. check it out if you can.
Oyster bar. Many choices of oysters. App ...
Oyster bar. Many choices of oysters. Appetizers delicious and generous in portion. (shrimp creole and snapper cerveche). Split dinner of seared yellow fin tuna.
Server attentive. Unusual wine list. Interesting seating. One room open w bar, booths and tables. For formal dining. Tables in separate room.
Two issues. Valet parking is offered but valet not there at 6pm. When he did arrive he stays in back lot rather than out front. This is fine but neither hostess could tell us that info when asked. Nor did hostesses know about street parking , times when enforced. Plus because we parked in street due to no valet we were informed that bar tender and restaurant don't kept change. Tacky treatment. Also it's a turn off to have a server advise their customer that happy hour oysters have no flavor. Almost left. Glad I stayed and ordered other items.
Disconnect needs to be addressed.
Have not been back to Charleston for a f ...
Have not been back to Charleston for a few years. Really enjoyed the Darling. The menu was well thought out. Food was delicious. The oysters were fresh and the presentation was marvelous. The fried food was awesome. The salads were also great. I was in town for 4 days and hit the Darling two times!!!
Overall we were pleased with the food. ...
Overall we were pleased with the food. The service definitely needed improvement. We ordered the large seafood platter and before we were half finished they brought our main course. We were at a small table for two so we had them return the entrees to the kitchen. The minute we finished the seafood our entrees were back. My husband finished a few minutes ahead of me and they immediately cleared his plate and eating area. A few minutes later I placed my fork down to get a drink of wine and they took my plate even though I had small amount left on the plate. It actually became comical.
I understand needing to fill the tables multiple times but it was later at night and there were plenty of empty tables. We were in and out in 50 minutes - not what I call a relaxing evening. We probably will not be back since Charleston has so many great eating establishments.
This was my first time dining at The Dar ...
This was my first time dining at The Darling Oyster Bar. The drink options, raw bar, specials and brunch menu were all wonderful. I ended up getting the smoked salmon eggs Benedict and it was perfectly prepared and more than I could finish.
I can't wait to go back!
Went to Darling on our first visit to Ch ...
Went to Darling on our first visit to Charleston. Nice place to eat. Wait staff was great! Friendly and they took the time to explain the menu, even making recommendations based on customer feedback. My wife and I really appreciated that. They were also accomodating for any requests made to altar a menu item. I would recommend this restaurant to others. The food was really good, fresh, and came out to our table quickly. The price for dinner was not bad at all. Nice atmosphere inside and we were seated very quickly.
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