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The Ordinary

544 King St, Charleston, SC 29403-5520
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good21%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“seafood tower” (46 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
544 King St, Charleston, SC 29403-5520
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The restaurant itself is beautiful, and the food is very fresh. We loved the seafood stew and the desserts, but the small plates were disappointing. We tried three seafood plates, and while all were tasty, none was especially memorable. For the money, I expected more,...More

Thank CarlosTeacher
Reviewed 6 days ago

After we found that some places we wanted to go required reservations to be made before we even knew we were going to Charleston (!), we found that The Ordinary invited walk-ins. It was full of happy looking diners in a bustling convivial atmosphere, but...More

Thank MCW-Austin
Reviewed 1 week ago

You might think that a place that mainly serves "oysters" can't really be that good or interesting. But, you'd be wrong. The first thing that comes to mind about The Ordinary is the staff. We sat at the bar and had the most amazing service...More

Thank DavilaDC
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our Oyster Point Historical Tour guide Bill recommended The Ordinary, 544 King Street, two blocks north of the Visitor's Center, as the recommended place for sea food. The Ordinary exceeded our high expectations. We went on Tuesday, started with Tuesday Happy Hour half-price oysters (5:00...More

Thank Jim H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Superb dining experience! The waitstaff was very knowledgeable and friendly and the food was simply amazing. Crab toast, and flounder were two of my favorites. Will definitely be back.

Thank Nikki W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I started with the ceviche and home made potato chips. The ceviche was outstanding. Some of the best we have ever had. The daiquiris were delicious. I had a half dozen oysters which were very fresh and my husband had the black...More

Thank nqh1223
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we arrived at The Ordinary, we had not realized it was primarily an oyster bar and were somewhat daunted by the menu. But our superb and friendly young waitress, Danielle, spent time to help us figure out the menu, recommend dishes for us and...More

Thank Elizabeth O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of my daughter and son-in-law's favorite go-to spots for excellent craft cocktails, shellfish, caviar service and elegantly relaxed atmosphere. Super welcoming, amazing architectural treasure (grand ole bank building; kitchen behind the vault door!), diverse and well-executed menu. Start with a drink at the bar....More

Thank Paul L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After having apps and drinks at Prohibition we walked across the street and had dinner and what a great dinner it was.. Started off with Oysters, Jumbo Lump Crab Toast and then had New Orleans style BBQ White Shrimp and Caribbean Fish Stew.... Must mention...More

Thank rickpp
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Awesome raw bar. Very friendly staff. Amazing drinks. If you want good oysters or clams, that are local, this is the place to go. not to mention how amazing of an atmosphere it is.

Thank BulbusFinger
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Megan B
What is the dress code?
23 March 2017|
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Response from jmsgso | Reviewed this property |
Nice casual. Jackets not required. My own opinion is that T shirts and flip flops are too sloppy.
How noisy is The Ordinary? Can folks hear each other without shouting over the din and music?
5 March 2017|
Response from Wendy R | Reviewed this property |
Not at all the tables. However there might be some tables along the banquettes that might be closer proximity.
Do we need to make reservations for dinner?
5 March 2017|
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Response from Wendy R | Reviewed this property |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 544 King St, Charleston, SC 29403-5520
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston
  • Phone Number: 843-414-7060
  • E-mail
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