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A regional Mexican eatery with coastal influence - Maya, Charleston, SC

Maya

4.7
4.7
351 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Located in Charleston’s lively Upper King Street District, Maya is an elevated Mexican eatery that celebrates Mexico’s vibrant regional cuisines. Executive Chef Brett Riley’s menu includes a selection of playful, yet authentic, dishes organized into appetizers, tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, and a signature mole dish. Maya’s beverage program features mezcals, Mexican cervezas and cocktails focused on fresh and seasonal flavors. The restaurant’s décor embraces influences from the Yucatán coast, welcoming nature indoors with rich mixed woods and greenery throughout. The space also features an open-air patio with lush greenery, a full bar, and a comal, a circular, flat griddle traditionally used to cook masa.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 789-4299

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Brett Riley

  • Private party facilities

    A regional Mexican eatery with coastal influences. Maya, located in Charleston SC's lively upper King Street district, serves a menu that is inspired by Mexico's vibrant and diverse cuisine. Bold flavors with traditional techniques through a selection of classic and reimagined Mexican dishes.

  • Private party contact

    The Indigo Road Event Team: (844) 574-8188

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Cross street

    Near the corner of Ann Street & King Streets

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wine

Offers

  • Maya Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Thu - 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Discounted drinks and bites at Maya. Served Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 5 - 6:30 pm. No reservation needed.

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What 351 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charleston

    Healthy

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and our waitress was extremely accommodating of our food needs (one person gluten free and another was dairy free) she explained everything to us and even pointed out different dairy free items to try or ways things could be changed to be dairy free.

    MayaResponded 2 days agoThank you so much for this awesome review! We are so glad that you all enjoyed, and hope to see you soon! -Dave

  2. SH

    SpyHop

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and the fact that EVERYTHING was gluten free was an absolute bonus. Waitress was super helpful.

    MayaResponded 3 days agoThanks so much for this review! Always so happy to see the responses of our gluten free diners :)

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were visiting from out of town for Thanksgiving. My daughter has Celiacs Disease and cannot have any gluten. This restaurant is 100% gluten free. The entire family loved their dishes! Wonderful service!

    MayaResponded 3 days agoThis is so great to hear, we hope to serve you all again next time you're in town! Thanks! -Dave

  4. SF

    SteveF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Service was excellent. Ambience was excellent. Guacamole was outstanding as was the posole. The chicken and beef in the tacos were very dry.

    MayaResponded 3 days agoSteve, thanks for taking the time to review us, and your kind words! I am so sorry about your tacos, if you get the chance to stop by again please let us know and we would love to get you fresh ones on us. We slow cook all of our meats in house and it sounds like we dropped the ball that evening, but would love a second chance to show you what we are made of! Thanks again, Dave

  5. EC

    EmilyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place to eat. I will be back multiple times.

    MayaResponded 3 days agoEmily! Thanks so much, we can't wait to see you again!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very attractive casual setting. Friendly and attentive service. Drinks were just okay and rather pricey for the size. Brisket tacos were delicious and very hearty. Two made a meal. Chicken mole also very good. Guacamole needed to be spicier, but was very fresh and tasty. Overall a very nice dinner.

    MayaResponded 3 days agoWe are so glad you all enjoyed your meals! We are always trying to improve our cocktail program and appreciate the feedback! If you happen to be on King Street during the week our house margaritas are included on our Happy Hour from 5-6:30 Tuesday-Thursday! Hope to see you soon! -Dave

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Overpriced for pretty basic Mexican. Manager was unhelpful. Ambiance is good. Would return to the bar.

    MayaResponded 3 days agoWe are so sorry that we missed the mark on your meal, this is absolutely not the experience we strive for. I would love a chance to gather some feedback about your experience, as we are always looking for ways to improve. It would be our pleasure to treat you to your next meal with us, please don't hesitate to reach out - dlomba@theindigoroad. c o m I hope to hear from you soon! -Dave

  8. PF

    PamF

    Charleston

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was pretty good, but don't expect real big portions. The chicken mole was the best thing we ordered. Would go back.

    MayaResponded 3 days agoPam, thanks for this feedback! We are always looking for ways to improve our menu, and will pass this along to the culinary team. I am so glad that you enjoyed the chicken mole! We hope to see you soon, and appreciate the time you took to review us!

  9. LW

    LisaW

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal w family after a long day on the road traveling from DC. The margarita menu was amazing!

    MayaResponded on November 21, 2022Thanks so much, Lisa! We are so glad you could relax and enjoy your evening with us after a long drive. Enjoy the rest of your stay!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Maya was recommended by a friend. We ended up getting there early and they sat us without hesitation! Everyone was friendly and made sure we had what we needed! The pumpkin colada was amazing—-pumpkin pie in a drink! the rest of our dinner was also very good. Loved the flavors and the portions were just right!

    MayaResponded on November 21, 2022We are so happy that you enjoyed your time with us! Our bar team really appreciates the feedback on the Pumpkin Colada, thanks!

  11. S

    Stephanie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Mediocre food, service was polite but slow, would not return, there’s too many excellent restaurants in Charleston

    MayaResponded on November 21, 2022Stephanie, we are so sorry that we missed the mark on your visit! I would love to get some more information from you about your experience, and make arrangements to show you the Maya experience you deserved! I will send you my direct contact information, and hope to hear from you soon! Thanks, -Dave

  12. RG

    RachelG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great for Celiac's - everything on the menu is gluten free.

    MayaResponded on November 21, 2022Rachel, thanks for this awesome review. We are so glad you enjoyed, and hope to see you again soon!

  13. R

    Rachel

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and great food. We sat on patio which is fully enclosed and heated. It’s nice but I prefer the ambiance of the interior. Overall very good experience
  14. L

    Luvthesouth

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Sat on the patio.. ambiance was charming. The waiter very accomodating..
  15. CA

    ChristopherA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The staff was super friendly, helpful with answering questions we had over the menu and drinks. The food came out quickly after we ordered it. It was fresh and delicious. Our server made us feel welcome and had great recommendations for libations and plates. We enjoyed our experience here.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best service that we’ve had anywhere in years! Helpful and knowledgeable. Also, Maya should make it more widely known that the menu is gluten-free. Likely increase customers looking for that in CHS.

    MayaResponded on November 21, 2022Compliments on our staff mean the most to us, we are so glad you enjoyed the experience at Maya! It brings us great joy to be able to accommodate all of our gluten-free guests with peace of mind. Thanks for this feedback!

  17. DM

    DanielleM

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Entire menu is gluten free, food and service was great!
  18. N

    Nita

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food and service was great. Noise level very loud!!
  19. RS

    RSCharlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Atmosphere and food was really tasty. Our Waitress, Haley, was a delight!
  20. KL

    KurtL

    Birmingham

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Very good food and cocktails.
  21. I

    Ironman

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    Bar service fantastic. Recommended banana, coconut lime gose fantastic
  22. K

    Kihilbee

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Mexican food is pretty good but not spicey at all. Needs a little more zip but a good attempt at non-Tex Mex sort of Mexican cuisine.
  23. A

    Anacoana25

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service and food! The Brussels sprouts left some to be desired but fantastic drinks and food!
  24. C

    Corbin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I stopped in for an anniversary dinner since she was in the mood for Mexican. We weren’t disappointed! Great food. Great service. Nice setting and vibe. 10/10 would recommend if you’re in town and need something besides seafood.
  25. KK

    KatieK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Maya for a birthday dinner, sat out on the patio which was gorgeous. Boyfriend and I split the short rib special and it was to die for our waitress was also working behind the bar and was super sweet! Excellent experience
  26. MB

    MorganB

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great tacos and enchiladas! Didn’t love the drinks but the service and ambience were great. Will be back!
  27. J

    Jill

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here was delicious and that is coming from someone that lives in Arizona. The carnita tacos and brisket tacos were so good.
  28. L

    Louise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We chose it because it is entirely gluten free. But everything else was really, really, really good as well. Great location, beautiful place, wide selection and food was delicious, highly professional service -- just enough chatting and perfectly timed courses which is important because it's like small plates. It was one of the highlights of our trip.
  29. TF

    TommyF

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drinks and service.
  30. AT

    AshleyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious authentic food, beautiful atmosphere, kind attentive staff
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant! The brussel sprouts were the absolute best ones we've ever had. As a Celiac, it was SO nice to be able to safely have anything on the menu. Anna, by the way...outstanding wait service.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server Lindsey was fantastic. She made our night so much fun! Food was good. Definitely order the queso.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would give Maya ten stars if I could. Incredible food, attentive and prompt service, pleasant atmosphere. Amazing guacamole, carnitas street tacos, and the best churros. Excellent margaritas….definitely 10 stars all the way around.
  34. MT

    MargeauxT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great group dinner and Britney our waitress was amazing
  35. KB

    KristineB

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely experience. The food was delicious and the service on point. They even brought us a shot for our anniversary, which was a nice surprise. Will gladly return!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food and restaurant were fantastic, everyone was very nice, but the service was so slow. We waited more than 15 minutes after getting water to get menus, another 15 minutes to place drink orders, almost 20 minutes to put in our food order. Our food was out within 10 minutes of ordering however, so the kitchen was on top of their game. Once we got our check we waited another 15 minutes for it to be picked up. We would have ordered several rounds more of drinks, but we’re afraid too time wise. I would definitely try them again, their back patio area is very covered from the elements and was adorable. Great year round place for sure. And the food was all excellent.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Great appetizers, tacos were good but not the best I’ve ever had. Waitress wasn’t super personable but still did a great job
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Vibrant ambiance, the food was overall very good but somehow lacking more taste and variety. The fried fish had more batter than fish but the cauliflowers were perfect. Guacamole was freshly made but tasted exclusively of avocado. The acoustic was terrible, it was so noisy we could not always hear each other. The service was good but slightly annoying. How many times do you need to know if everything is going fine? Decently priced.
  39. DT

    DonaldT

    Charleston

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    GREAT Charleston experience. Love the atmosphere (in the back/outdoor dining room). Very unique menu. We had tacos and (chicken mole) enchiladas - both were excellent. VERY good margaritas. Seated immediately, excellent service on an early Saturday PM. Would definitely return.
  40. HW

    HalleyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Such a fun vibe. Especially on the patio. Great food and great service when we were there. Also Instagrammable, which is always a bonus.

FAQs

Maya offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 789-4299.

Maya is rated 4.7 stars by 351 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today
Google Map for Maya

479b King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Near the corner of Ann Street & King Streets

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Brett Riley

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wine

  • Phone number

    (843) 789-4299

  • Private party facilities

    A regional Mexican eatery with coastal influences. Maya, located in Charleston SC's lively upper King Street district, serves a menu that is inspired by Mexico's vibrant and diverse cuisine. Bold flavors with traditional techniques through a selection of classic and reimagined Mexican dishes.

  • Private party contact

    The Indigo Road Event Team: (844) 574-8188

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