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185 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-2126 (located between Cumberland & Queen Streets)
+1 843-577-7771
11:30 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Sebastian, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

For a 41/2 star restaurant I felt the service was very sub standard after completion of our meal dirty dishes and glassware were left on the table for an extended period of time. Once removed there was another period of time before a dessert menu was placed on the table . Another period of time before we were asked if... More 

Thank Bob V
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing dinner. The server was excellent. Somewhat of a quiet atmosphere. Our conversation did not compete with loud music.

Thank Jenny G
Victoria, Canada
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114 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a fine dining restaurant. The tables were perhaps a little too close to each other for my preference, but that is my only "complaint". The waiters and waitresses were enthusiastic. The food was delicious. I would not hesitate to dine there again.

Thank Coreena W
Charleston, South Carolina
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109 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Magnolia's has been around, and under the same family ownership, for a long time. It's longevity reflects the quality of the food, space and service. Periodically, things get tweaked but always get better. This place caters primarily to tourists, but spouse and I are locals who eat there frequently. Unlike some places in Charleston, the strong emphasis is on true... More 

Thank LocalCitizen3939
Daufuskie Island
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Can't say enough about Magnolias. Perfect from the time you step into the door. Service, atmosphere and food are superior.

Thank Jody S
Tampa, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was the fifth year in a row my family and friends have gathered at Magnolia's restaurant in Charleston to enjoy a fine meal together. The food is absolutely outstanding and the service was great! We always start with our favorite appetizer, Fried Green Tomatoes-the best I have found anywhere! Each of our meals were terrific and I can not... More 

Thank hunterdixonhard
Orlando, Florida
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great waiter Greg made sure we knew restaurant favorites and we loved what we chose. Short ribs for my sweetie who said the dish was exceptionally good and without the fatty texture short ribs often have. My grits topped with shellfish rated excellent. Thanks to Bernard and Larry at Two Chefs in Orlando for recommending Magnolia's!

Thank JerIG G
Bellmore, New York
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88 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our first afternoon in Charleston so I have nothing to compare to. Since we had 7:00pm show tickets at 34 West Theater we opted for a late lunch and arrived at 3:30. The restaurant was empty on this off hour so it would be difficult to fairly rate the service......our waiter was personable, helpful and engaging. For our... More 

Thank martyap
new jersey
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We love this place,me and my husband enjoyed the Southern flavors that Magnolia offers..From the appetizers to dessert ,you can go wrong.The shrimp and grits and pecan tart are amazing.Don"t leave Charleston without visit Magnolia.

Thank rosanamuscio
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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125 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Good ambience but not a lot of choices for vegetarians. An expensive choice but probably good for a special occasion.

Thank Shiba M

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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, Seafood, 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, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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?