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.

John King Grill & Bar

NewAmericanWraggborough
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.

Rodney Scott's BBQ

NewNorth Central
Smoking meat is an overnight process at this acclaimed North Central destination for pulled pork prepared over live coals in the regional style, plus slabs of ribs, pit-cooked chicken, fried catfish and a Lowcountry favorite, chicken perlo. The laid-back, light-filled counter-serve has both booths and communal seating inside and a few picnic tables out front.

Napa Mount Pleasant

NewMount Pleasant
An extensive selection of California wines is the star of this Mount Pleasant bistro that serves vino on tap and by the bottle, plus an eclectic menu of European-influenced seafood, meaty entrees, pizza and pastas from the open kitchen. The shopping center environs balance brick interior walls with modern flair in fixtures and furnishings.

Pawpaw - Southern Plates

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.

Beech

King 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.
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