Best of Cuisine

New Restaurants and Bars in Charleston

You can’t stay on top of the Charleston dining scene without knowing what’s new — which is why we offer this indispensable list of the most notable restaurant openings around town. We’ll update the guide every week, keeping the latest openings at the top of the page.

JohnKing Grill & Bar

NewWraggborough
Hefty burgers, hot dogs and bacon-fat wings are on offer at this modern Wraggborough joint with wall-to-wall windows looking out on King Street, tables along the sidewalk and plenty of TVs showing sports.

Pawpaw Restaurant

NewAmericanThe French Quarter
Seasonal entrees from the wood-fired grill, handmade pasta and sharable plates, plus original cocktails and an extensive wine list (including several North Carolina varietals), define the menu at this French Quarter venture that puts emphasis on Southern ingredients and preparations. The refined brick-and-wood dining room gives the space an old-world ambiance.

Pounce Cat Cafe + Wine Bar

NewKing St. Historic District
Reservations are recommended (but not required) at this offbeat King St. Historic District venture that serves sweet and savory pastries plus coffee, tea, wine and beer – but the main draw is the resident cats, all of whom are available for adoption. The hangout's relaxed living room setting is furnished with comfy couches and tables, and brightened up by white brick walls.

Café Gibbes

NewSandwich ShopKing St. Historic District
This airy, modern King Street Historic District outpost inside the Gibbes Museum of Art (admission to the first floor and cafe are free) serves design-your-own salads, daily soups and versatile hot sandwiches prepared with locally baked bread, plus coffee, wine and beer.

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NewNorth Morrison Drive
A daily custom sandwich is complemented by soups, salads and cheese and charcuterie plates at this European-influenced North Morrison Drive retail shop and wine bar. The tasteful curation extends to the polished decor, including exposed brick, a low-key patio, an eye-catching red banquette and a subway-tiled prep area with cured meats on display.

Wine & Company

NewCannonborough/Elliotborough
Charcuterie and cheese plates share counter space with curated wine by the glass or bottle at this bar and retail specialist on the ground floor of a Cannonborough/Elliotborough apartment complex. The understated entrance belies the warm interior with its wraparound bar and pendant lights.

Kingdom Bar & Grill

NewAmericanWraggborough
Southern-inspired seafood, steak and chicken standards, plus cocktails, are the culinary draw at this swanky Wraggborough establishment owned by TV celebrity 'Judge Extreme Akim' Anastopoulo. The dinner crowd gives way to a clubby atmosphere after hours, replete with live music, a dance floor and leather booths with privacy curtains and bottle service.

Scarecrow

NewWraggborough
Small, local producers provide most of the meats, seafood and vegetables at this Wraggborough venture in a converted train depot that puts its wood-fired oven and grill front and center in the open kitchen. A porch stacked with plywood, artistic lighting, exposed trusses and ample brick and wood complete the old-world atmosphere.

Beech

NewKing St. Historic District
There's a Hawaiian theme to the food at this King St. Historic District counter-serve outpost for health-conscious eats, including salmon and tuna poke bowls, fruit-laden acai bowls, wraps, salads and smoothies, plus kombucha & coffee on tap. Seating in the wood-wrapped room is at the bar and communal tables.

Luke's Craft Pizza

PizzaCharleston
The simple menu at this unassuming Westside carry-out joint—14-inch pies only, three sauce bases, no half toppings—belies the strict attention to detail behind the counter, including hand-kneaded dough and toppings like housemade sausage and pickled peppers. Pizzas are assembled and baked to order, and most nights sell out before the official closing hour.
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