Off-Campus Dining

Location
Charleston, SC
Undergrads
9,760
Tuition (in-state)
$25,304 ($9,918)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Great restaurants can be found all over Charleston

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: King Street is one block over and there are so many choices!

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: This is Charleston, South Carolina, major vacation destination of the US, and our dining is part of why people come. It isn't always affordable, but there are tons of great restaurants, and you can always find something, late at night.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: King street has a lot of dining options right off campus but they get repetitive after a while.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We have some of the best restaurants in the country. Lots of choices from casual to fine dining. Down side is most are very expensive and not affordable to college students. There are some casual restaurants that offer student discounts and are affordable however.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 6th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1367th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Well, there’s no doubt about it—even without the College, the beautiful scenery and rich history, Charleston would be worth visiting just to eat there. Students enjoy the overwhelming abundance of restaurants in this relatively small city and are happy that they can find several of them close to campus. There are many great places to dine on signature Southern cuisine or great Charleston seafood, like Fleet Landing, where students can eat their meals while enjoying a great view of the harbor. Upper King Street is an area popular among students for any occasion and is definitely an area recommended for taking your friends when they visit. Parents might enjoy the historic charm of the Market and East Bay Street, where the more expensive restaurants can be found.

With all of the seafood and exclusive dining options, one might think that restaurants in Charleston are expensive or formal, but this is not the case. Students and tourists alike will find that the reasonably low prices of Charleston’s restaurants are perhaps one of the most attractive features. If you want expensive cuisine for a special occasion, Charleston has plenty of options, but if you feel in the mood for an informal, casual evening out, you will find many restaurants providing that atmosphere, too. The hospitality and tradition of Charleston will no doubt only make your dining experience very memorable.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
None
Best Asian
  • Chopsticks House
  • Red Orchids
Best Breakfast
Brugger's Bagels
Best Coffee
Kudu
Best Dessert
  • Kaminsky's
  • Sweet CeCe's Frozen Yogurt & Treats
Best Healthy
World Oriental Kitchen (WOK)
Best Late-Night
Subway
Best Mexican
La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant
Best Pizza
Mellow Mushroom
Best Wings
Sticky Fingers
Best Place to Take a Date
Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • 82 Queen
  • Magnolias
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bruegger's Bagels
  • Cru Café
  • East Bay Deli
  • High Cotton Maverick Bar & Grill
  • Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q
  • Kaminsky's
  • Kudu
  • La Fourchette
  • Subway
  • Trattoria Lucca
  • Virginia's on King
  • World Oriental Kitchen (WOK)
Did You Know?
  • In 2008, Charleston ranked eighth for Best Destination Restaurants in America, according to Travel + Leisure magazine.
  • On King Street alone, you can find any kind of food you can imagine: Chinese food, Japanese food, Mexican food, pizza places, sandwich places, diners, burger joints, barbecues, grills, Italian food, Thai food, organic food, ice cream shops, and much more!

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Harris Teeter
290 E. Bay St., Charleston
(843) 722-6821
www.harristeeter.com
Daily 24 hours
Jaber's Grocery Store
635 Rutledge Ave., Charleston
(843) 577-9453
Piggly Wiggly
445 Meeting St., Charleston
(843) 722-2766
www.thepig.net
Daily 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Whole Foods
923 Houston Northcutt Blvd.
(843) 971-7240
www.wholefoodsmarket.com
Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

39 Rue de Jean
Food: French
39 John St.
(843) 722-8881
www.39ruedejean.com
Price: $20-$30
Cool Features: This upscale French café and bar specializes in Brasserie cuisine and throws a bit of sushi in the mix as well. Indoor and outdoor seating available.
82 Queen
Food: Southern
82 Queen St.
(843) 722-4428
www.82queen.com
Price: $20-$30
Andolini's Pizza
Food: Pizza
82 Wentworth St.
(843) 722-7437
www.andolinis.com
Price: $5-$15
Basil Restaurant
Food: Thai
460 King St.
(843) 724-3490
eatatbasil.com
Price: $10-$20
Blossom Café
Food: Pasta, pizza, seafood
171 E. Bay St.
(843) 722-9200
www.magnolias-blossom-cypress.com
Price: $20-$30
Cool Features: Blossom Café serves up a variety of seafood, homemade pasta, and wood-fired pizzas. Located a block from Charleston Harbor and Waterfront Park, ideal for an after-dinner stroll.
Bocci's Italian Restaurant
Food: Italian
158 Church St.
(843) 720-2121
Price: $10-$20
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Food: Seafood
99 S. Market St.
(843) 723-5665
www.bubbagump.com
Price: $10-$20
Café Café
Food: American, breakfast
177 Meeting St.
(843) 723-3622
www.cafecafecharleston.com
Price: $5-$10
Charleston Crab House
Food: American/seafood
41 S. Market St.
(843) 853-2900
www.charlestoncrabhouse.com
Price: $10-$20
Chopsticks Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese
86 Society St.
(843) 965-5866
Price: $2-$10
Coast Bar & Grill
Food: Seafood
39 John St.
(843) 722-8838
www.coastbarandgrill.com
Price: $20-$30
Cool Features: Coast features 40-ft rustic ceilings, rustic tin roofs, and paintings from around the world, creating a beach bar atmosphere.
D'Allesandro's Pizza
Food: Pizza
229 Saint Philip St.
(843) 853-6337
www.229pies.com
Price: $8-$15
Fig Restaurant
Food: Bistro
232 Meeting St.
(843) 805-5900
www.eatatfig.com
Price: $30-$45
Five Loaves Café
Food: Mediterranean, sandwiches, soup
372 King St.
(843) 805-7977
www.fiveloavescafe.com
Price: $8-$15
Fleet Landing Restaurant
Food: Southern/seafood
186 Concord St.
(843) 722-8100
www.fleetlanding.net
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Housed in a '40s-era naval building on the East Side of the Charleston peninsula, Fleet Landing features a fusion of classic and contemporary Southern seafood fare in a setting that celebrates the area's waterfront heritage.
G&M Café
Food: French
98 Broad St.
(843) 577-9797
www.fastandfrench.org
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: A small French restaurant with an intimate setting and one long table for all of the guests-very reminiscent of the old country. Fast and French serves fondue every Thursday night.
Gilroy's Pizza Pub
Food: American/pizza
353 King St.
(843) 937-9200
Price: $2-$10
Grill 225
Food: American/steakhouse
225 E. Bay St.
(843) 266-4222
www.marketpavilion.com
Price: $25-$50
Hank's Seafood Restaurant
Food: Seafood
10 Hayne St.
(843) 723-3474
hanksseafoodrestaurant.com
Price: $25-$35
Cool Features: Located in a turn-of-the-century warehouse, this restaurant creates a Classic Charleston Fish House with an old-fashioned salon-style bar and an exhibition raw bar. This restaurant is a little on the expensive side, but a great place to take your parents.
Hominy Grill
Food: Southern
207 Rutledge Ave.
(843) 937-0930
hominygrill.com
Price: $10-$20
Hyman's Seafood Co.
Food: Seafood
213 Meeting St.
(843) 723-6000
www.hymanseafood.com
Price: $10-$25
Jestine's Kitchen
Food: Southern
251 Meeting St.
(843) 722-7224
Price: $5-$15
Juanita Greenberg's Nacho Royale
Food: Mexican
439 King St.
(843) 723-6224
www.juanitagreenbergs.com
Price: $2-$10
Kaminsky's Most Excellent Café
Food: Café-style
78 N. Market St.
(843) 853-8270
www.kaminskys.com
Price: $2-$10
King Street Grille
Food: American
304 King St.
(843) 723-5464
www.thekingstreetgrille.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: This is one of Charleston's most popular sports bars/restaurants, with several TVs so you can catch your favorite team on game day. Throughout the week, King Street Grill also gets pretty rowdy with live music, karaoke, and trivia.
La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
808 Folly Rd.
(843) 406-4919
Price: $2-$10
Magnolias
Food: American/Southern
185 E. Bay St.
(843) 577-7771
www.magnolias-blossom-cypress.com
Price: $25-$35
Majestic Grill
Food: Asian
345 King St.
(843) 577-0091
Price: $8-$15
Mellow Mushroom
Food: Pizza
309 King St.
(843) 723-7374
mellowmushroom.com/#/store/index/charleston
Price: $8-$15
Moe's Crosstown Tavern
Food: Burgers, sandwiches
714 Rutledge Ave.
(843) 722-3287
moestaverns.com
Price: $8-$15
Norm's Pizza, Subs & Grill
Food: Pizza, subs
225 Calhoun St.
(843) 723-0506
normspizza.com
Price: $2-$10
Oak Steakhouse
Food: American/steakhouse
17 Broad St.
(843) 722-4220
www.oaksteakhouserestaurant.com
Price: $25-$50
Planet Smoothie
Food: Juice, smoothies
431 King St.
(843) 853-0083
www.planetsmoothie.com
Price: $2-$5
Red Orchids
Food: Chinese
1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.
(843) 573-8787
www.redorchidsmenu.com
Price: $8-$15
Sermet's Corner
Food: Eclectic
276 King St.
(843) 853-7775
Price: $10-$20
Slightly North of Broad (SNOB)
Food: Southern cuisine
192 E. Bay St.
(843) 723-3424
www.mavericksouthernkitchens.com/slightlynorthofbroad/
Price: $15-$30
Southend Brewery & Smokehouse
Food: American/Southern
161 E. Bay St.
(843) 853-4677
southendbrewery.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Located in a three-story historic building with a recently renovated facade, Southend features pool tables on the third floor and Thursday-night Salsa/Reggaeton dance parties.
Sticky Fingers Ribhouse
Food: American, barbecue
235 Meeting St.
(843) 853-7427
www.stickyfingers.com
Price: $5-$15
Sushi Hiro
Food: Japanese
298 King St.
(843) 723-3628
Price: $10-$20
Sweet CeCe's Frozen Yogurt & Treats
Food: Frozen yogurt
99 S. Market St.
(843) 277-2108
www.facebook.com/SweetCeCesSouthMarket
Price: $3–$8
Cool Features: Everything on the menu is Kosher certified!
Sweetwater Café
Food: Breakfast, sandwiches
137 Market St.
(843) 723-7121
www.sweetwatersc.com
Price: $5-$10
T-Bonz Gill and Grill
Food: American
80 N. Market St.
(843) 577-2511
www.tbonzgillandgrill.com
Price: $10-$20
Toast!
Food: Southern, breakfast
155 Meeting St.
(843) 534-0043
www.toastofcharleston.com
Price: $8-$15
Wild Wing Café
Food: American, barbecue
36 N. Market St.
(843) 722-9464
www.wildwingcafe.com
Price: $5-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 93 responses

Very poor
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  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 106 responses

  • 1% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 0% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 17% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 82% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.

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