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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
They sat us at a high top table right next to the bar, people kept bumping into our table. This table was too close to the bar. The Raw Oysters were very good. My wife stated that her fried shrimp and oysters were okay, shrimp were better than the oysters. She also stated the drink she had was very good. The beer recommended by our waitress was very good. The Lobster and King crab roll was not very good. For 24 dollars they need to go to Maine and see how a Lobster roll should be made. I was very disappointed. The most disappointing part was the seating that we were giving. I do not think we would come back as a couple , table size is too small when a oyster trey covers the entire table.
We have been before and the food was good so we were interested in having family members join us. Our waitress couldn't have been more pleasant. We are not difficult to please but all three of our group who had the fried oysters said they were awful. Heavy, dry and doughy. Would hardly know there was an oyster buried in there somewhere. The crab taglietelle was so-so, also dry and fairly tasteless. While our server was great, others were assigned to deliver our meals, and the plates arrived sporadically, nowhere near the same time. So, by the time the last of us was served, the first to be served was half finished. Poor coordination.
Our appetizers and sides were WAY too salty, we couldn't even finish them.
I ordered the "specialty" oysters and they were literally the size of my little finger nail. Very disappointing. There are so many other good restaurants within a stones throw that I would recommend over DOB.
We enjoyed our dinner at The Darling overall. The food was good, not spectacular but solid with one exception. I ordered the Shrimp and Flounder Fry Basket as my main course. The Shrimp were very good and sufficient in quantity. However, the Flounder came as a single relatively small piece that looked exactly like a Mrs. Paul's frozen fish plank...and tasted pretty much like it too. This review lost a food star on that note alone. Otherwise, I would definitely rate this as a place to go for good local low-country seafood.
The only redeeming thing were the clams we had as an appetizer. Other than that the shrimp and grits were swimming in gravy, the pork chop was thin and overcooked, we asked if the chicken sandwich could be grilled and they couldn't because the waiter said they only fried it. Needless to say we will not return. This food is mediocre at best.
My brother, his girlfriend, my boyfriend and I made reservations because we wanted to try a new restaurant. The ambience is awesome the place looks very trendy, however the food is TERRIBLE. I had the fried basket with oysters and shrimp. The food tasted as though they cooked it in old, burnt oil and then doused it in old bay
to cover up the burn taste. My brother originally had the shrimp and grits and that to... well... terrible... Charleston has a lot of other wonderful seafood restaurants downtown. I suggest you check them out...
A wasted special night out - had reservations but sat us on the dark unappealing side. Should have gone to the Ordiary which we always enjoy. Shrimp - small - nothing special. Lousy wine list . Server was nice. With so many outstanding restaurants & so little time I would not recommend the darling
We picked this restaurant because is was highly recommended on Yelp and it was walking distance from our hotel. We were also looking for good seafood. I had a shrimp cocktail and clam chowder. The shrimp were fresh but really small. Loved the cocktail sauce. The clam chowder was ordinary but tasted better after liberally doused with pepper. We also had the lobster roll which was very "fishy" tasting. I probably would not go back.
The food was PHENOMENAL! As a visitor to Charleston it was a great introduction to the huge food scene the city has to offer. My friends and I loved the decor of the restaurant and the friendliness of the staff. We were there for brunch and the menu is drool-worthy! So many great choices! We weren't disappointed and neither will you!
I wish I could say I would be back because the scallops were phenomenal. Thank you Chef! That is were I stop with anything positive to say.
We were greated at the door by three girls chatting together...Which is fine , but it took longer then it should have to acknowledge us. We walked in just before 9:15 and were told "We should be able to seat you at 9:15. Please go to the bar if you would like." Ok, now we can see serval open tables , but we don't know y'alls schedule and took that as those belonged to someone else. 9:15 came and went and I decided to check in with the three chatty girls in case they had forgotten us. After waiting a few seconds for them to stop and acknowledge me again they told me to close my tap and they would seat us... in one of the many empty two person tables that were clean empty and waiting when we walked in. Side note- these tables are really to small for dinner. We actually decided to share a couple plates instead of ordering what I wanted because I had no idea where the plates were going to fit comfortably. Now the waiter comes, I tell him I am interested in the oysters it is what I have been looking forward to all night, but I am not sure what to choose. Now I understand that apparently some of the abbreviations listed on the menu are common knowledge, apparently I am ignorant. When I told this story to friends they all agreed I should have known what they stood for , but if I asked the waiter for help I most definitely should not have gotten a response like, "they are listed on the menu." He stared at the menu in my hands and I looked at him as if he was going to continue with suggestions, but he never gave them even as I chuckled realizing he wasn't going to be help. This is where I had to convince my husband not to leave. This was our wedding anniversary, we were kid free and I want my damn oysters so he, like the great husband he is gave in to me and we stayed. We ate and left service was average after that.
The food was outstanding, and they have oyster varieties you can't find anywhere else in Charleston. The ambience in the bar area was excellent, but the side room dining looked like backstage in a theater. The real problem was the staff. The hostess was snarky, abrupt and unhelpful. The waiter started out the same, but quickly changed his tune when I pointed out an error in my order. (He also seemed to be responsible for more tables than was comfortable. When another server joined, he became more friendly).
I would recommend a customer service re-train, and a staffing analysis.
The food was outstanding, we had Oysters, Clams, Cerviche, Trigger Fish, Shrimp and Grits and Pasta. Everyone enjoyed their meals.
The waitress was very cold. She had no personality. Don't know why she is working in a restaurant and dealing with customers. Unfortunately that brought my rating of Darling down to three stars.
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