Downtown Dining Favorites

Downtown Charleston is bursting at the seams with top-notch restaurants. It’s easy to find delicious food nearby wherever you are throughout the peninsula … the challenge is deciding where to go! Here we’ve rounded up some of our tried-and-true favorites. Let us know which other eateries you think should be on this list.

The Ordinary - Take a seat at the bar and start with a dozen oysters. Be sure to get cocktail recommendations from the amazing bar staff—they won’t disappoint.


Leon’s Oyster Bar - This crowd pleaser serves up tasty oysters and the best fried chicken in town. Finish your meal off with a cone of frozen yogurt topped with rainbow sprinkles.


Home Team BBQ Downtown - On any given Saturday, you’re sure to find at least one of our agents here. During football season (or any season, for that matter), it’s the place to watch a game and sip a frozen cocktail.


Melfi's - A newer kid on the Upper King Street block, this Italian restaurant is a home run for date night. We often sit at the bar and chat with the bartenders or fellow diners as we enjoy our pizzas, pasta, and red wine.


Butcher & Bee. The mezze and dip menu is a highlight here, with options like marinated feta, house-made hummus, and lamb meatballs. There are heartier dishes, too—the office-wide favorite is the double cheeseburger. It’s a mix-and-match style menu that we especially enjoy for weekend brunch.


Xiao Bao Biscuit. XBB is, by far, our favorite Asian-inspired cuisine in town. The okonomiyaki (cabbage pancake) is a fan favorite; we also love the som tum (papaya salad) and just about any meat option on the menu.


Basic Kitchen. When we’re in the mood for something healthy, we head here. The buffalo-style cauliflower wings are amazing and their salads and fresh cocktails always hit the spot.


Chez Nous. Our go-to restaurant to celebrate special occasions, this charming European-inspired eatery is tucked in a historic Charleston single house. The menu changes daily and includes two appetizers, two entrees, and two desserts so we often order one of each.


The Park Cafe. The fried egg sandwich at this Hampton Park eatery is one of the best we’ve ever had. The space is light and bright and the coffee is always on point—perfect for a work breakfast or lunch.


167 Raw. We crave the lobster roll on a weekly basis. It’s a tiny spot that doesn’t take reservations, so expect a wait—but know that the fresh seafood will be worth it.


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