Searching for fun places to eat in Charleston, South Carolina? We highlight 4 unique and delicious restaurants that will have you drooling!

Fun And Unique Places To Eat In Charleston, South Carolina

Wondering where to eat in Charleston, South Carolina? How about where the locals eat? We found four fun places to eat in Charleston that are unique, quirky, and oh so delicious!

Fun And Unique Places To Eat In Charleston, SC

Charleston is an amazing city, and one that we quickly fell in love with. It’s a city known for its food, so during our visits we really tried to find the most unique places to eat in Charleston. We think we’ve done alright so far, considering both our visits were pretty short (one visit was a day trip from Savannah). We would even say we found some hidden gems!

Pro Tip: If you are visiting Charleston for it’s historical aspect, check out our Fort Sumter guide.

Little Palm Bar

This little oasis is definitely one of the most fun places to eat in Charleston. And we’re not the only ones that think so. In fact, Little Palm Bar was voted one of the best bars in America by Esquire. It’s located inside The Ryder Hotel, next to their pool. The bar and seating areas are beautifully decorated with bright pinks and greens.

Little Palm has a great cocktail menu as well as seasonal, ingredient-driven dishes. They also have yummy snacks; try their chili lime popcorn!

cider at Little Palm Bar in Charleston
We had a delicious cider at Little Palm Bar

Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit

When we say these biscuits will change your life, we mean it. They are warm, buttery, flaky goodness and the best biscuits in Charleston! Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit on Upper King is a small establishment; we almost walked right passed it. There are only a few seats along the wall, but if you’re wondering where do locals eat in Charleston, this is it. It was packed the whole time we were there!

The woman at the register was kind enough to explain all of our options since they have different types of sandwiches and different types of biscuits. We decided on a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich on two cheese and chive biscuits and a fried chicken sandwich on a butter biscuit. Our mouths are watering just thinking about those biscuits. Seriously, eating those biscuits is one of our favorite memories of Charleston!

Callie's is one of the most fun places to eat in Charleston, SC
The best biscuits in Charleston are at Callie’s
Inside Callie's Hot Little Biscuit
Inside Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
This is where locals eat in Charleston
This is where locals eat in Charleston!
Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich on two cheese and chive biscuits and a fried chicken sandwich on a butter biscuit
Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich on two cheese and chive biscuits and a fried chicken sandwich on a butter biscuit

Pro Tip: If you’re looking for a relaxing place to walk off some calories, we suggest Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

FIG (Food Is Good)

Fig is considered the best restaurant in Charleston. We went on the first night of our first visit to Charleston and the food was absolutely amazing and the service was probably the best we’ve ever had. We have no pictures of the food, however, because we decided to really live in the moment (we tend to forget to do that once in awhile!).

The menu changes nightly due to the fact that they use local, seasonal ingredients. We had the chicken liver pate, ricotta gnocchi alla bolognese, pork schnitzel, and yukon gold potato puree. It was all incredible; it’s no wonder why the chef has won a James Beard award!

Fig is considered the best restaurant in Charleston
Fig is considered the best restaurant in Charleston
Fig's menu changes daily
Fig’s menu changes daily

The Boathouse

The Boathouse is technically not in Charleston. It’s actually about 25 minutes east on Isle of Palms, but we wanted to include it in case you’re up for a little drive. The Boathouse is fun because it’s right on Breach Inlet and they have a rooftop bar that is perfect for spotting dolphins and watching the sunset.

They also have drinks and fresh seafood. We got the Fried Calamari and the Tuna Tartare. Both were really good!

Fried Calamari at The Boathouse
Fried Calamari
Tuna Tartare at The Boathouse
Tuna Tartare

Final Thoughts On Fun Places To Eat In Charleston

These certainly are fun places to eat in Charleston, South Carolina and they’re all special in their own way. We loved the food scene is this historic city and can’t wait to visit again and try more unique restaurants in Charleston.

Have you eaten at any of these unique eateries? What other fun Charleston restaurants would you suggest? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂

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26 Comments

  1. Great list! We loved traveling through Charleston, though we were only there for one night so didn’t have a huge deal of time to jump into the food scene – LOVED the pizza from Monza though – you’re right, totally on par with the pizzeria’s from when I was in Naples … and that’s a pretty big thing to manage to achieve!!

    1. That’s so true Meg! But they did a great job 😉

  2. Thanks for an insiders view into Charleston! I am dying to get to South Carolina. I can’t believe I haven’t ever been before. Seems like such a hip happening place with some cool things going on. Thanks for the recommendations!

  3. There is so much good food in Charleston, I could go for one of those biscuit sandwiches!

    1. Haha! There really are so many great options 🙂

  4. That pizza looks DIVINE! And so do those biscuits – yummy!!! Love discovering new foodie places when I travel to a new destination!

    1. Me too Jessica! And Charleston is full of great restaurants and cafes.

  5. What a clever concept – laundry is no longer a drag! I would kill for a float just now, I think it would cure this hangover. Great tips. Site is looking top of the pops!

    1. The best way to cure a hangover is with more alcohol 😉

  6. Lunch + laundry = a traveller’s dream! I haven’t been to Charleston but hear it is lovely. I completely understand living in the moment during an amazing dining experience. I don’t have photos of most of my favourite meals.

    1. Hi Nancy! I would definitely recommend a visit. 🙂

  7. Wonderful tips about Charleston. The pizza sounds amazing. I’ve noted Fig for future visits. Everything looks tempting and delicious

  8. Charleston has always been high on the travel list for for us. Your description of all the food literally made my drool. Those biscuits look so delicious, especially the fried chicken with butter biscuits, yum! How clever of Persimmon Cafe to offer delicious food while customers do laundry, wish there was something like that while I was in college!

  9. I read this after a very big meal, and by the end my mouth was salivating and I found myself having a strange craving for pizza.
    Great list, definitely a few places I would visit while in Charleston!

  10. All of these places look great, local, charming and genuine! I love the idea that the laundry area is secondary to the eating area 😉 I could take a bite of that pizza right now

    1. Yes, charming is the perfect word for Charleston.

  11. I’ve been wanting to go to Charleston, so I’ll be keeping these restaurants in mind. I love the Italian race track concept of the pizzeria. Like you, I’m always happy to find a great pizza during my travels!

  12. I didn’t have Charleston on my radar of places to travel, but I do now that I’ve read your post. The cafe that lets you do your laundry while you eat paninis sounds and looks amazing! Definitely adding Charleston to the list of future foodie travels.

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