The Dish Top 50 


It’s not easy to pick the 50 best restaurants in town. When nearly a dozen new places open every six months, we’re constantly weighing which are most deserving of this list. But ultimately it comes down to the same criteria whether we’re going for upscale or more affordable fare. From a sumptuous steak in a four-star dining room to a fancy hot dog down the street, we want to see the cook’s dedication to putting something delicious on the plate. We’re looking for authenticity, quality, and care. When someone comes to us asking for a recommendation, these are the places we don’t hesitate to send them. We’ve organized them in alphabetical order.

167 Raw Seafood $$$ Downtown
Anson New Southern $$$$$ Downtown
Artisan Meat Share Local Foods $$ Downtown
Bacco Italian Restaurant Italian $$$ Mt. Pleasant
Bertha's Kitchen Soul Food $$ North Charleston
Bowens Island Restaurant Seafood $$ James Island
Butcher & Bee Delis + Sandwiches $$ Downtown
Charleston Grill Modern American $$$$$ Downtown
Chez Nous French $$$ Downtown
Coda del Pesce Italian $$$$ Isle of Palms
Cru Cafe Fusion + Eclectic $$$$ Downtown
Cypress Lowcountry Grille Modern American $$$$$ Downtown
Dave's Carry-Out Soul Food $$ Downtown
Edmund's Oast Modern American $$$ Downtown
EVO Pizza $$ North Charleston
Fat Hen French $$$ Johns Island
FIG Modern American $$$$ Downtown
goat.sheep.cow.north Gourmet Groceries Downtown
Halls Chophouse Steakhouse $$$$$ Downtown
Harold's Cabin American $$ Downtown
Home Team BBQ Barbecue $$ West Ashley
Hominy Grill New Southern $$ Downtown
Husk Restaurant New Southern $$$$ Downtown
Le Farfalle Italian $$$ Downtown
Leon's Oyster Shop Seafood $$ Downtown
Lewis Barbecue Barbecue $$ Downtown
Little Jack's Tavern Bar $$ Downtown
Martha Lou's Soul Food $$ Downtown
McCrady's Restaurant Modern American $$$$$ Downtown
Minero Mexican $$$ Downtown
Nana's Seafood and Soul Soul Food $$ Downtown
Opal Modern American $$$$ Mt. Pleasant
Peninsula Grill New Southern $$$$$ Downtown
Red Drum Fusion + Eclectic $$$$ Mt. Pleasant
Short Grain Food Trucks $$
Slightly North of Broad New Southern $$$$ Downtown
Spero American Downtown
The Codfather English + Irish $ North Charleston
The Glass Onion New Southern $$$ West Ashley
The Griffon Pubs + Taverns $$ Downtown
The Grocery Modern American $$$ Downtown
The Macintosh Modern American $$$$ Downtown
The Obstinate Daughter Seafood $$$ Sullivan's Island
The Ocean Room Steakhouse $$$$$ Kiawah
The Ordinary Seafood $$$$ Downtown
The Park Cafe Cafés $$ Downtown
Trattoria Lucca Italian $$$ Downtown
Wild Olive Italian $$$$ Johns Island
Xiao Bao Biscuit Chinese $$$ Downtown
Zero Restaurant + Bar Cafés $$$ Downtown