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Magnolias

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185 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-2126 (located between Cumberland & Queen Streets)
+1 843-577-7771
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11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful restaurant , great food, incredible service. The best Fried Chicken you will ever have. Crab bisque was unbelievable and the grits are lgendary. The staff are dedicated knowledgeable and incredible nice. What a great experience!

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Thank H4543XMkennethm
Durham, North Carolina
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited Magnolias on a weekend trip and it did not disappoint. We tried the signature fried chicken and shrimp and grits as well as the pimento cheese for appetizer. Everything was incredibly delicious and the service outstanding. We can't wait to return and try a fresh fish dish and dessert next time around.

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Thank Sdwylif5
Olathe, Kansas
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40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife and I had dinner at Magnolias on a Thursday night. The restaurant was busy, but surprisingly quiet. We could have a conversation at normal speech levels! We had the fried green tomatoes, shellfish and grits and the brownie with ice cream for dessert. The appetizer was crispy, tangy and just a hint of sweet. The grits were the... More 

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Arkansas
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162 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent service. Great fried green tomatoes. Flounder was done perfectly. Loved the shellfish and grits. Scallops and shrimp were cooked perfectly. Wine list was great. A definite must do!

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1 Thank Rebecca S
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing food in a beautiful restaurant. Everything feels refined. We enjoy the great service each time we dine at Magnolias!

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Thank Lech23
Winter Haven, Florida
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47 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you wish to enjoy maybe the best restaurant overall then Magnolias is the place. Great food and excellent service make this a must stop on the Charleston foodie train. Recent visit had varied choices from ahi tuna to NY strip to scallops & grits to snapper special and all raved about their choices. The sides are always special and... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Hands down, my most favorite 'go-to' restaurant in Charleston! We find any excuse to celebrate occasions here. The restaurant is classy but not too upscale. Because of their location on East Bay, I think they get quite the mix of patrons, locals as well as tourists who happen to be walking by. With regard to the menu, the homemade potato... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lee Ann and I had visited Magnolia's the Sunday night before we lunched here, but left when we learned there would be a prohibitive wait. Getting into Magnolia's was not a problem for lunch on Monday, however. Lee Ann had the fresh berry (strawberries and blueberries) salad and two appetizers, pan fried chicken livers and mac and cheese, while I... More 

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Flemington, New Jersey
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70 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Been here many times, and it is always worth the trip. Great staff, excellent food, and a terrific atmosphere

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Thank Bob M
Charlotte, North Carolina
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We made last minute reservations for Valentine's Day. One of the few available times was 3pm. It turned out to be perfect. Wonderful service, not rushed. The food was incredible. Very cozy romantic setting for our 46th Valentine's Day celebration.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$35
Cuisine
American, Soups, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 185 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-2126
    (located between Cumberland & Queen Streets)
  • Public Transportation: Charleston CARTA to and from Visitors Center can be picked up 1/2 block from the restaurant on the quarter hour. There are also local cab companies and Charleston's famous Rickshaws that will transport guests to their hotels.
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 843-577-7771

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?