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185 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-2126
+1 843-577-7771
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Soups, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
185 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-2126
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Magnolias was our first stop once arriving in Charleston, and it didn't disappoint. Fried green tomatoes and crab chowder were amazing, as was the service. Our waiter was superb!

Thank Stephanie L
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were there today for lunch. Food was OK, but not as good as usual. I decided to try the fried chicken today and the waiter raved about it would be the best chicken I've ever eaten. It was OK. I would not order it...More

Thank Daniel B
Reviewed yesterday

Shrimp and grits go get you some for sure. Greeted by hostess, seated right away, friendly, casual and exceptionally clean atmosphere. The service was great, the food was excellent and I enjoyed my visit here, this is a good date night kinda place, leave the...More

Thank Chris5038
Reviewed yesterday

While in Charleston on a mini vacation, my companion and I made reservations (weeks in advance, mind you) to a spot called Magnolias. We were greeted by two very lovely hostesses who were young, fun, and knew how to give excellent customer service. The wait...More

Thank CahrisTafaH
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was one of the only seafood restaurants that had an open table on a Friday night, which is why we decided to go. Food was good, nothing amazing. Service was horrible though... we were sat promptly, but after that everything was slow. From taking...More

Thank Karina M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Magnolias...a Charleston staple for special occasions whether it be a ladies luncheon or a romantic evening with your beau. The wait staff very knowledgeable and will guide you thru your desired dining experience. The chef and bar staff willing to please. Sophisticated charm, pleasant ambiance...More

Thank Nancy S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had a late lunch here and everything was wonderful. The food was delicious and the service great. They serve warm fresh bread before the meal which was really good. Our meals were delicious and because it was lunch the price was very reasonable. You...More

Thank caloriecounter
Reviewed 5 days ago

Went there for lunch and enjoyed the experience completely. Great menu with some classic southern dishes. Excellent food, highly attentive and friendly staff, great ambience. Reservations are essential, this is a restaurant not to miss on a visit to Charleston

Thank PaulW939
Reviewed 5 days ago

Magnolias just felt "nice" as soon as we walked in, they treated us so well and it really felt like a special night out was being had all around the restaurant. We loved the food and atmosphere at this restaurant and would definitely recommend reserving...More

Thank awinters123
Reviewed 6 days ago

it was great to have the chef talk with us about the food of the region and also the behind the scenes of how a restaurant works. great samples of the food served in the restaurant.

Thank Jan H
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Peggy S
6 August 2017|
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Response from kcscb | Reviewed this property |
Do not know. Suggest contacting Magnolia's directly.
5 June 2017|
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Response from johnathanw919 | Reviewed this property |
The restaurant has free parking in the lot next door. Just show your receipt the guard on the way out, that's it!
Cheryl Jones L
27 March 2017|
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Response from Dreyfus01 | Reviewed this property |
We have usually made reservations the day before and gotten a time that was favorable. Exceptions could be on holidays or prime weekend evenings when one may want to plan ahead by securing reservations a bit more in advance.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$35
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
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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