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The Darling Oyster Bar

4.7
4.7
2788 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
The Darling Oyster Bar is a casual seafood restaurant and raw bar. The Darling's menu features fresh seafood and creative ingredients, served with an approachable style. The Darling Oyster Bar’s atmosphere promotes comfortable hospitality; with a lively, neighborhood feel.

Anchoring The Darling Oyster Bar is a stunning raw bar showcasing fresh, made-to-order seafood. Guests can enjoy the lively raw bar scene while overlooking historic King Street from The Darling’s iconic storefront. The Darling raw bar also offers full service dining.

Located in the heart of Upper King Street, The Darling Oyster Bar is housed in a 115-year old historic building that enjoys a storied past. A mix of the original 1900’s reclaimed wood, whole exposed brick walls, classic tile, antique molding, and nautical theme combine to create a setting that is all at once convivial, charming, and comfortable.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 81 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Monday- Thursday, 4pm to 10pm; Bar open late Friday- Saturday, 4pm to 11pm; Bar to 2am Sunday, 11am to 10pm; Bar open late

  • Phone number

    (843) 641-0821

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Cross street

    Morris Street

  • Parking details

    The private lot located behind The Darling Oyster Bar, accessible via Morris Street, offers parking to Darling guests after 6pm on weekdays

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 2,788 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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    Seafood

  • South Carolina

    Most Booked

  • Charleston

    Best Ambiance

  • Charleston

    Best Value

  • Charleston

    Hot spot

  • Charleston

    Seafood

  • Charleston

    Most Booked

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  1. V

    Vicki

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing food and the service was excellent. If you are in Charleston and love seafood its a must!
  2. MD

    MDHW

    Charleston

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    date weekend! Oysters were the best! Service perfect!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing experience and our server was so accommodating to help us celebrate our anniversary!!! Best oyster shooters in Charleston too!
  4. J

    Jpsvino

    Atlanta

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat at Bar. Great food and service ….the very best oysters.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always a wonderful experience here. We have been quite a few times. It’s one of our favorite dinner spots. Excellent service, yummy raw bar, and our appetizers and dinner were delicious!
  6. JW

    JacksonW

    Charlotte

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came right at dinner opening and were sat immediately. The server was extremely sweet and attentive. The food was excellent as always. I was thrilled to see the avocado toast back on the menu. I can't wait to return.
  7. DB

    DougB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought my wife here for her birthday. We greatly enjoyed it. Seafood plateau...get the big one!
  8. RM

    RM843

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Moved from the table to the bar for our reservation to enjoy the atmosphere. So much fun!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very pleasant experience. Food was delicious. Good value.
  10. JM

    JennaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Kate, was excellent. She pointed us towards the happy hour specials which we really appreciated. The fried shrimp and oysters were not at all greasy or heavy.. done perfectly. We really liked the kale slaw and fresh oysters on the half shell. Reservations were easy to make on the internet. We will be back next trip. We have recommended you to 2 different families who will be traveling there next month as well as on our Facebook account.
  11. LR

    LesR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time with family Thanksgiving week service was excellent and food and drink did not disappoint would do it again in a heartbeat
  12. BB

    BillB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happy hour oysters at $1 each are outstanding. Service was excellent and the place was busy but not too busy. We had drinks, oysters, shrimp, chowder, fries and all were fantastic. Well worth a visit!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food and cocktails were outstanding. Only “negative “ was a very long wait for dessert.
  14. g

    geebee

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good, and fun to sit at the oyster bar and people watch the passers by on King Street.
  15. r

    ridgefielder

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Waiter Chris made our night!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great time, good food! Staff was excellent! They look like they really enjoy their jobs which make for a fun atmosphere. Nice work!
  17. HC

    HoCoGal

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Went on a busy Monday night. Service was a little slow a few times but that's to be expected these days. Food was good martinis were good. Would definitely go back.
  18. MD

    MeganD

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Staff was excellent and the food was delicious! We will definitely be back!
  19. RL

    RayL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My wife and I celebrated our son's graduation from a Navy course and my wife's belated birthday with dinner. We made the reservation about a week in advance (making a reservation is highly recommended) and was seated promptly. We were served by Molly and she was absolutely wonderful. She made recommendations and attended to us all throughout. The food menu is short, simple, and full of great dishes. We ordered some raw oysters and clam strips as appetizer and a Mahi-Mahi dish, blue crab pasta, and the scallops as the main dishes. All the dishes were perfectly cooked, tasty, and filling. Molly provided us with a slice of key lime pie on the house to celebrate my wife's birthday and that topped the night at The Darling Oyster Bar. Highly recommend going there and we will definitely go back when in town.
  20. SR

    SuzieR

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant!! Our server Kate was fantastic!! The food was out of this world! Hopefully we can go back before we leave!!!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waitress Molly was awesome. Only second time we had oysters and they were really good. Highly recommend the crab pasta. Will definitely go back again next time we are in Charleston.
  22. LZ

    LynnZ

    Sacramento

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happy Birthday, Jane.
  23. J

    Jpsvino

    Atlanta

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, great food. Best oysters in Charleston. Highly recommended.
  24. G

    George

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We really enjoyed the food and service experience at The Darling. Rob, our server was knowledgeable and very attentive but not overbearing. There are two sides to the restaurant and it feels a bit disjointed, but the food and service make it all worth it. Thanks for a great first meal in Charleston…
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    We were given a terrible table, slow slow to even get the first drinks, waters, good news is that food was good, but the wait and gloomy table surrounded by ugly felt curtains not in the main room made it feel like we were relegated to no man's land. No ambiance AT ALL. We will not be back.
  26. JH

    JeffH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Service was average at best. Oysters were very good but the offerings for main dinner options are limited and average quality considering all of the great food in Charleston
  27. e

    eespr

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Would highly recommend the Darling even if you aren’t getting oysters. There are a lot of restaurants on King Street but everything about this experience went well.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    Not the best experience, I don’t understand the hype. We left feeling like we wasted $170 on toppings and no real seafood.
  29. PM

    PaulM

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was delightful and the food was terrific.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was just okay. Lobster roll was good but you dont get a lot of lobster. The clam chowder was sandy. Their kale salad was the best thing
  31. JW

    JWWTLFT

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The overall experience was good, but it was not what I would consider fine dining. We were in Charleston for a wedding. As it happened, I had the same dish (shrimp and grits) at Darling Oyster and at the wedding. The shrimp and grits at the wedding was better. At Darling Oyster, the shrimps were a bit too chewy. At the wedding, the tastes of the various components in the dish blended together very well. At Darling Oyster, not so much. Our server made too many appearances at our table to see how we were enjoying the meal. I admit this is a personal quirk. Some people appreciate a waiter's concern. I find it intrusive. Dinner for two was $125 before the gratuity. For that price, I expected better.
  32. YS

    YolandaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Great drinks and Shrimp creole!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What’s not to love? Great service, great food. Fun dining room. And the oysters!
  34. g

    giljoy

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Very disappointed. Raw Oysters were excellent but fried fish, shrimp and oysters was over breaded and made no sense. Why leave tail shell on under the tasteless thick breading on a shrimp to be fried? The fried flounder fillet looked big but it was very thin and the skin was left on under the breading. so, I had a 1/4 inch thick piece of fish including the skin heavily breaded on both sides. I removed the skin and half the breading and didn’t have much left to eat. The salad was meh with a flavorless buttermilk dressing. The “kale slaw” was not a slaw but a tiny kale leaf salad overdressed with a sweet mayo dressing. The restaurant was packed and other people seemed to enjoy themselves. I intend my criticisms as constructive and wish the restaurant well, but, celebrating my wife’s birthday I was very disappointed. The restaurant reservation was made two months earlier and the restaurant was aware of my wife’s birthday, but, the did not seat us in the main room nor did they make any effort to a knowledge same.
  35. O

    Ozzie

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cody (server) very attentive and caring towards customers. He provided exceptional service. Drinks, appetizers, entrees on time. We had scallops, shrimp grits, 2 dozen oysters, and cocktails. Perfection (taste and preparation) all the way! Cody went out of his way to capture our anniversary with a quality grade photo. Thank you Team Darling! Definitely returning and highly recommend for small to large gatherings!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome staff!!
  37. R

    Roroxie

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great oysters
  38. CB

    ChristopherB

    Inactiveville

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very much enjoyed the presentation of fresh oysters on the half shell. The variety available was also excellent. Nice, very short list of wines available, very appropriate for the food being served. Crabcakes were meaty, without all the breading usually involved. Would highly recommend return.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our service was great! Very delightful and smiling.
  40. j

    johnnyboi

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Oysters and fried clams were delicious. Other food was okay. Service was slow

FAQs

The Darling Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 2788 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 81 times today
Google Map for The Darling Oyster Bar

513 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Morris Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Hours of operation

    Monday- Thursday, 4pm to 10pm; Bar open late Friday- Saturday, 4pm to 11pm; Bar to 2am Sunday, 11am to 10pm; Bar open late

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    The private lot located behind The Darling Oyster Bar, accessible via Morris Street, offers parking to Darling guests after 6pm on weekdays

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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