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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
Best Sunday brunch in Charleston and I hope to return for dinner sometime soon. The restaurant is GORGEOUS and the decor is perfection. We sat at the bar while we waited for our table (we arrived an hour before our reservation) and enjoyed cocktails and chatting with the bartender. The service and food were fantastic. Lobster roll was one of the favorites of the table as well as the hushpuppies. A true restaurant gem.
The service was unbelievably slow. Took 20 minutes to get our cocktails and over an hour for our dinner. In addition to the slow (and rude) service, the fish special was over cooked. The chicken was very good, and the only thing that saved this review. The lobster roll was average, but well priced in comparison to other restaurants.
AWESOME reunion dinner while we were visiting from Los Angeles. Staff accommodated our need to add a surprise 5th guest. Brantley gave us awesome service from first cocktails to final Baileys & coffee. Crab parfait, fried chicken sandwich, shrimp n grits all A+++
Not at all impressed
Have wanted to go here for awhile. We had the seafood tower which was okay not great and we didn't get to choose the oysters we wanted. Many had a bad aftertaste. The main dishes were very salty and didn't have a fresh taste. I'm was totally disappointed and will not return including the fact we all came home and spent the evening visiting the John for hours. Not my way of spending an evening or my money.
Went here for our anniversary and got the smaller seafood platter and the scallop entree to split. Both were amazing! We substituted the clams for more oysters on the tower. Everything was really fresh and full of flavor. The scallops were some of the best I've had. Definitely recommend it!
We were disappointed that the Bloody Mary was not the one loaded with snacks that they serve only at brunch, but we soon got over it. Everything was delicious! We were there for happy hour and indulged in the delicious oysters and cocktails. And we all loved the Creole Shrimp - amazing! I'm hoping to make it for brunch sometime soon!
I live in Charleston and finally made it to the Darling. Overall I was very impressed by the food, ambiance, and service. Fresh seafood and not over priced. It's a great spot to go if you are with a group of friends and want to eat downtown. I will definitely be back soon!
Having never eaten at the Darling before, I was surprised that (after making a reservation) we were seated at a tiny high table in the bar. The table was really small, and the standing crowd at the bar was right up against the table for much of our meal. The food and service were good, but the table location sucked and really spoiled the Saturday night ambience.
First time to Darling. Went looking for a good raw bar experience and found it. Atmosphere is upscale modern casual. Had the large seafood plateau. Oysters, clams, king crab, shrimp and lobster - all were excellent. Also had soft shell crab and clam chowder. Both were wonderful. Our server Morgan did an excellent job. He suggested our wine and gave us a great description when he served it. Would certainly return to this great spot.
At first I was not a fan, ten minutes for a server to acknowledge us, I had to ask twice for our server when they were all standing around. The open oyster station was amazing, the oysters were great, fairly priced. The Bloody Mary I was craving was super small, nothing special. Had to go elsewhere for that. The menu made it sound much better than it was. The lobster/crab roll and kale slaw were fantastic. Decent local draft beer selection. I'd go back. Hopefully I won't have to track my server down again.
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