When visiting historical Charleston, SC, one thing is certain, the seafood is abundant and it’s amazing! With the plethora of options in the area, it can get a bit overwhelming trying to choose the right one. Here are some top restaurants in the area. You’re sure to find one that will satisfy your appetite!
Hanks Seafood Restaurant
Located in a turn-of-the-century warehouse, this Charleston sophisticated fine dining icon is award-winning 18 years and counting. Hanks Seafood is the home to a Lowcountry bouillabaisse that is to die for.
Established in 1978, this Nantucket Island favorite features a raw bar and plenty of fresh seafood please your palette. One dish you have to try is the lobster roll which consists of large chunks of lobster on a Butcher & Bee bun. Reservations are not accepted.
Fleet is a waterfront dining option featuring views of the Charleston Harbor and a family-friendly atmosphere. Check out the shrimp and lobster hushpuppies along with the Charleston shrimp and grits. You may also catch a glimpse of dolphins playing in the water. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar
At Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar, you will find an atmosphere of exposed brick and oyster shell chandeliers as you dine. Located in downtown Charleston, you can admire the 1800s architecture with indoor and outdoor dining options. After feasting on their creamy Amen Street she-crab soup, take a short stroll down to the Charleston Harbor.
Located in an age-old building this restaurant offers modern-day dishes. The setting is casually elegant in downtown Charleston. Featuring an award-winning chef who dishes out delectable oysters but the tuna ceviche is extraordinary.
Charleston Crab House
Charleston Crab House located in the French Quarter offering rooftop dining with views of the city market. The dish to try here is “The Crab House” crab pot.
Pearlz Oyster Bar
This eclectic downtown favorite has a mouth-watering Pearlz fried oysters dish which is crowd favorite.
Nanas Seafood & Soul
Specializing in Gullah – Geechee Cuisine, this small establishment puts forth big flavor with “The Nana’s” Seafood Dinner complete with shrimp, oysters, scallops, whiting, and devil crab.
Dating back to the 1800s, the Hymans take up most of a city block. Their restaurant featuring a dish called the Signature Carolina Delight is a must-have. You may even come across a celebrity or two.
About the author: Amanda is a guest contributor for Hotel Bella Grace. Located in the historic Delaney House, the hotel features modern guest rooms and amenities in the heart of Charleston.