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185 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-2126 (located between Cumberland & Queen Streets)
+1 843-577-7771
10:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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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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Brooklyn, New York
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82 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Atmosphere: Unpretentious decor with lots of warmth, space and large beautiful paintings of magnolias. Our servers were very attentive and gave great advice Food: Where to start? We opted out of the Restaurant week menu, although We wanted to get their true staple dishes. The fried green tomatoes were highly recommended, and the best we've had. 3 big chunks of... More 

Thank tayie83
Oslo, Norway
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20 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The service was good and the restaurant looks nice. Unfortunately the fish was over cooked and dry. Would also say it was over prized.

Thank Petter F
Midland, Michigan
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our experience here was just okay - service a bit slow, the food faux Southern (tourist Southern) and so loud for our 8 pm dinner that we had trouble talking with each other. I had the catfish, which had a very heavy oily breading on it but the fish itself was good. The best part of the meal was the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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120 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My local friends took me to this restaurant. It is their favorite. I can see why. The decor is classic and nicely done. Excellent menu with variety, stressing Southern favorites. The food was delicious. Pricey, but worth it. Portions are very large. Good idea to split entrees. I opted to order a couple of appetizers. It was plenty! I had... More 

Thank Annette M
Jacksonville, Florida
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've been there many times Always make a lunch date Everything excellent Food always good Service excellent Atmosphere nice Ask for quiet table

Thank deborah f
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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I was in town to see my sister who was here on business and they set up for her company to come here (about 50+ people). I was aloud to attend and was so thankful as the food was amazing! They had wonderful gluten free choices, vegan options and more! I had a salad with crispy Brussel Sprouts, steak with... More 

Thank Renee W
Charleston, South Carolina
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We love magnolias! The food was amazing! We went for lunch. I will definitely recommend this to others as we have so much already.

Thank KristinKatieD
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was pleased with the food, service and interior. The interior was quite different from when I had frequented Magnolias during their first year, different yet still nice -- simply updated, refreshed. Two things however remained unchanged from when Chef Donald Barickman founded the restaurant: The attentive, hospitable service and the delicious, well-presented food. They each echoed my experiences from... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The food at Magnolias is always wonderful. We've been there a couple of times and every bite is delicious. The prices definitely reflect the quality of the food, so this is a once-in-a-while treat type of place if you don't want to go bankrupt. But even at the price, the food is good enough to be worth it. The blue... More 

Thank Kristian L
Gardiner, New York
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123 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Been coming to Charleston on vacation for three years and Magnolias continues to be our #1 spot to go. On our recent trip, we ordered the grits with seafood and a crab cake sandwich. The sauce topping the grit dish was worth the price of admission by itself. My wife's sandwich was not as good but still satisfactory. The decor... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$35
American, Soups, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
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?