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Classic Charleston Fine Dining

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Twenty-some years ago, Charleston underwent a culinary revival: Southern food was newly worthy of notice. These restaurants, opened in the '90s and aughts, are now Charleston classics. (Think creamy grits, fried oysters, and pecan pie... with a classic bourbon cocktail to wash it all down.)
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2 Unity Alley, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
The restaurant where Sean Brock got his start, McCrady’s has a long history as a neighborhood watering hole and pub that goes all the way back to the 1700s. In 2016, however, the cozy building, with its brick interior and homey bar, got a...
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232 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
It’s a big deal when a chef wins a James Beard Award for “Best Chef: Southeast.” It’s an even bigger deal when that chef’s successor wins the same award a few years later, but that’s exactly what happened at...
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171 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
The seafood-heavy menu at Blossom doesn't have anything too wacky on it: instead, it's made up of classics like fried oysters done up in gourmet fashion. It's a great spot for Sunday brunch.
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185 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
One of Charleston's oldest fine dining spots, Magnolias has been turning out great creamy grits and gourmet pimento cheese for 25 years now. Try pecan pie for dessert!
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10 Hayne St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
You know how sometimes when traveling you can go out to a restaurant and feel like you are sitting alone as you watch all the regulars greet each other? Well, that won’t happen in Charleston, a city that has embraced family-style eating at...
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112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Peninsula Grill is located in the Planters Inn, right on often-boisterous Market Street, but the restaurant couldn't be more peaceful with seating on a green and lovely cobbled courtyard or inside a hushed formal dining room. Enjoy the fresh fish,...
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224 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Charleston Grill’s dining room is elegant, wood-paneled and quiet; the menu has a range of options to suit any palate, divided into four sections like “Lush” and “Cosmopolitan;” and there’s live jazz every...