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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
The food was ok. Disappointing considering all we'd heard about them. We got the blue crab pasta and there was barely any crab and the green peas dominated the taste. Not worth $21 dollars. The ceviche was also just ok. Not creative, had much much better at the Ordinary. The hushpuppies with the sweet butter were the highlight and they were only $4. I would recommend you spending your money somewhere else.
Food was unexciting. Hush puppies were overcooked, ordered 3 Baked oysters and one was the size of a pea.(they were $3 each)Sliced salad was just ok. Tuna poke was really bland- not tasty like all other pokes I've ever had. Fried clam strips was only item we liked. Very disappointing since it has a lot of hype.
A local gem on the corner of King St and Mary St. The main bar is spacious, modern, and comfortable and features unusual and tasty cocktails (along with well-prepared old favorites, like a Bloody Mary). The dining room is bright and airy, and there's additional seating at a smaller bar where you can sit and watch the bivalves being shucked. The menu is limited but inventive and the ingredients are fresh, fresh, fresh. Go for the Seafood Plateau, which features a selection of raw oysters and clams, boiled shrimp, and sweet, succulent crab. Oh, and the staff are warm and welcoming. Wonderful!
We were really wanting to like, if not love, this place as we were visiting Charleston and WE LOVE OYSTERS and seafood. The quality of the oysters were great--shucked and cleaned well and served with nice mignonettes. The flavor, however, was just average. We tried all six of the oysters available the night we dined--we found ourselves missing either a sweetness, buttery-ness or a briny-ness from oysters that we've had in other restaurants. The shrimp cocktail was delicious although pricey. Our biggest complaint about our experience was our be seated at a high-top bar table. We had made reservations and were given the worst seat in the house--it was a loud and overcrowded area in the bar area, people were bumping into our table on more than one occasion. I understand that this is a popular place, but patrons with reservations shouldn't be placed in those types of areas. We did enjoy our cocktails. We also adored the design aesthetic of this place.
Yet another successful Darling visit! Few things are better than a happy hour Paloma, side of Hushpuppies or that oh-so-wonderfully decadent Shrimp & Grits. Friends in town visiting could not get enough of the fun vibe and delicious food .. oh, and the adorable match boxes on the way out- the perfect souvenir for our Charleston soiree!
I have been talking about this meal for days. The baked oysters and mahi Mahdi were excellent, but the LOBSTER ROLL was outstanding. I cannot wait to go back. The Tradesman Agave Wheat beer (local) was a showstopper as well. Jonathan our server made the experience!
We thought that the meal was good, but we're disappointed in the timing for getting fresh oysters. After wanting to start with a dozen oysters before our brunch entrees the waiter returned to let us know that they were backed up and oysters wouldn't be available until after our entrees were ready and served. They were just not staffed correctly. Bloody Mary's were good, the Salmon Benedict was a bit salty. But enjoyable atmosphere and a good server. We'd rather go to Poogans Porch.
We went to sample the oysters, and have a enjoyable brunch. I found the oysters not be just
tasted, but the cleanses in 4 other establishment that we frequent. Our brunch was extremely
pleasing the salmon cake benedict, was spot on, and makes for a great change.
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.
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