Best Seafood Restaurants in Charleston

Charleston is a coastal city with hundreds of years of maritime heritage, making it a great place to enjoy a seafood meal at one of the city’s numerous restaurants. Looking for casual dining? A top-notch oyster bar? A romantic evening on the waterfront? Charleston has the solution to all of your dining desires. When visiting Charleston, here are a few local favorites for fresh seafood and mouth-watering cuisine:

1. Fleet Landing Restaurant (186 Concord Street). Fleet Landing is one of the more popular restaurants to spring up along the city’s waterfront in recent years. This restaurant, which was recently featured in Food & Wine Magazine, is housed in a genuine naval building from the 1940s on the east side of Charleston Peninsula. While many diners come for the self-described “maritime chic” interior, it is Chef Drew Hedlund’s take on Southern seafood which keeps them coming back. Fleet Landing boasts a lunch menu and a brunch menu in addition to their dinner menu. For lunch, it’s hard to beat the Charleston Shrimp & Grits, which is served with Andouille sausage and a shellfish glaze. For dinner, try Fleet Landing’s famous Carolina Lump Crab Cakes, which are served with green tomato and pickled corn relish and a roasted red pepper sauce.

2. 82 Queen Restaurant (82 Queen Street). This upscale restaurant, located in the city’s historic French Quarter, is a three-time winner of Southern Living’s “Best City Restaurant” award. Brad Jones, the restaurant’s Executive Chef, creates memorable and magical dishes using fresh ingredients native to South Carolina. For dinner, try the Lowcountry Jambalaya. But make sure you save room for dessert: 82 Queen offers a tempting dessert menu featuring Southern classics like Peach Praline Cobbler and Bourbon Pecan Pie.

3. Hyman’s Seafood Co. (215 Meeting Street). This eatery is located in the historic warehouse district, housed in a building which is also home to Aaron’s Deli. The Hyman family originally opened a wholesale store in this location in 1890, and the restaurant is still operated by the Hyman family today. The restaurant, which is a Charleston icon, has been visited by numerous celebrities, such as Billy Joel, Mel Gibson, Martin Sheen, and Oprah Winfrey. But don’t let the A-list crowd scare you; Hyman’s is an unpretentious old fashioned seafood joint, frying up all of your Southern favorites. A visit to Charleston just wouldn’t be complete without one of Hymans’ legendary po-boy sandwiches.

4. Blossom Cafe (171 E. Bay Street). Blossom Cafe has, well, “blossomed” thanks to Chef Adam Close’s take on seafood. While many Charleston seafood restaurants play it safe with traditional Southern fare and Low-Country cuisine, Close likes to roll the dice with bold and exotic dishes,such as Ahi Tuna Carpaccio and Grilled Yellowfin Tuna served with pickled leeks. However, if your taste buds aren’t ready for an exciting trip to someplace new, Blossom Cafe also offers local favorites like crab ravioli and buttermilk fried shrimp.

5. Hank’s Seafood Restaurant (10 Hayne Street). Hank’s has been a Charleston favorite for over a decade, winning the “Best Seafood Restaurant” award from the Charleston City Paper in each of those ten years. Housed in a building which has been designated a national historic landmark, Hank’s is a city landmark in itself offering traditional favorites such as she crab soup, crab cakes, and Low-Country bouillabaisse.

Whether you are looking for a quick lunch or a memorable dinner, Southern comfort food or trendy recipes, these five Charleston restaurants are sure to please.