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Halls Chop House

Google Rating:4.8 out 5 stars

Summary:Our #1 Pick on our Top 10 Restaurants in Charleston review is Halls Chop House. Halls Chop house is an iconic top of the line restaurant located on King street in downtown Charleston. Halls Chop house has made top reviews on, Trip Advisor, Food Network Channel, Google Reviews, and our #1 spot. Plan to make reservations several days in advance. 

Pricing:$$$$

Phone:(843) 727-0090

Location:434 King St, Charleston, SC

Website: www.hallschophouse.com

Grill 225

Google Rating:4.3 out of 5 stars

Summary:Our #2 Pick on our Top 10 Restaurants in Charleston review is Grill 225. Grill 225 is another premier steak house. Many Charleston natives dispute the placement on rankings, as Halls and Grill 225 have traded the number one and two spots across the years. Grill 225 is located on E Bay Street in the heart of Charleston. Plan to make reservations several days in advance. This is an excellent choice for fine dining where you can experience 42 – 50-day aged steak. 

Pricing:$$$$

Phone:843-266-4222

Location:225 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401

Website:www.marketpavilion.com/grill225.cfm

Poe’s Tavern

Google Rating:4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary:Our #3 Pick on our Top 10 Restaurants in Charleston review is Poe’s Tavern. Poe’s is the American Burger joint known for their variety of excellent burgers. This local gem is located on Sullivan’s Island and is devoted to the author Edgar Allan Poe. It sits right next to the beach and is the perfect stop if you plan on visiting the historical land mark Fort Moultrie which made our Top 10 things to do in Charleston. 

Pricing:$$

Phone:843-883-0083

Location:2210 Middle St, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482

Website:www.poestavern.com

Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar

Google Rating:4.5 stars out of 5

Summary:Our #4 Pick on our Top 10 Restaurants in Charleston review is Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar. Make no mistake about this one, this is all about the view. If you like to eat on the water this is the best restaurant to do it at. Located right on the Charleston Harbor and a short walk from the City Market and Waterfront Park with its Famous Pineapple Fountain Fleet Landing offers a magnificent view and excellent seafood. A must try is there world renown she crab soup and a place on their patio overlooking the harbor. Be sure to make your reservations in advance. 

Pricing:$$

Phone:843-722-8100

Location:186 Concord St, Charleston, SC 29401

Website: www.fleetlanding.net

Morgan Creek Grill

Google Rating:4.1 out of 5 stars

Summary: Our #5 Pick on our Top 10 Restaurants in Charleston review is Morgan Creek Grill. This is your classical American food on the water. Located on the intercoastal waterway on Isle of Palms this is an excellent place to stop and eat when out in the boat or spending the day soaking up the sun on the beach. There are water views from 3 sides of the establishment with rooftop deck and panoramic windows.  Great local seafood and low country inspired appetizers, a must check out are there Saturday night oyster roast. Oyster roasts are normally accompanying live music, fire puts, Tiki bar, and a light night breeze off the water. 

Pricing:$$

Phone: 843-886-8980

Location:80 41st Ave, Isle of Palms, SC 29451

Website: www.morgancreekgrill.com

Red’s Ice House

Google Rating:4.2 out of 5 stars

Summary: Our #6 Pick on our Top 10 Restaurants in Charleston review is Red’s Ice House. Red’s Ice House is an excellent choice for the on the water bar experience. Located right in the heart of Shem Creek, this is the perfect spot for a quick lunch or dinner after Kayaking or Paddle boarding the harbor with Nature Adventures Paddle sport or Coastal Expeditions right next door on making our Top 10 Things to Do in Charleston.  This is a very busy spot with excellent views from their patio. You can eat and watch the shrimp boats, kayaks, paddles boarders, and local’s traverse Shem Creek and if you’re lucky catch a glimpse of the friendly dolphins and other animals that the Shem Creek Home. 

Pricing:$$

Phone:843-388-0003

Location:98 Church St, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Website: http://www.redsicehouse.com

Vickery’s Bar & Grill

Google Rating:4.2 out of 5 stars

Summary: Our #7 Pick on our Top 10 Restaurants in Charleston review is Vickery’s Bar & Grill. The slogan of this Restaurant is “Great Views, Good Times, Funky, Fresh and Fun”. Vikery’s lives up to this. Located conveniently on Shem Creek and on the same dock as our Charter Pick and Drop off, this is show case of southern food. Offering a relaxed hangout with daily happy hours, full bar, and overlooking the water, this is an excellent spot for post charter or water sport activities. 

Pricing:$$

Phone:843-884-4440

Location:1313 Shrimp Boat Ln, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Website:www.vickerysmtp.com

Poogan’s Porch

Google Rating:4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary: Our #8 Pick on our Top 10 Restaurants in Charleston review is Poogans Porch. While in the south you should have a good old fashion southern cooked meal. Poogans Porch is the definition of southern cooking and hospitality. Located downtown this is a great brunch or dinner option with their Sunrise Shrimp and Grits or chicken & Waffles a must. 

Pricing:$$

Phone:843-577-2337

Location:72 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401

Website: www.poogansporch.com/

Charleston Harbor Fish House

Google Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars

Summary: Our #9 Pick on our Top 10 Restaurants in Charleston review is Charleston Harbor Fish House. Located conveniently on Patriots point next to the USS- Yorktown this restaurant is easily accessible by land or sea. This is a local sea food hot spot, with special focus on daily special caught fresh right here in Charleston. This is an excellent stop while visiting the USS Yorktown where President Obama was seen playing basketball on it deck. The menu showcases southern dishes and gives you an excellent view of the Charleston Harbor. 

Pricing:$$$

Phone:843-284-7070

Location:32 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Website: charlestonharborfishhouse.com

California Dreaming

Google Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars

Summary: Our #10 Pick on our Top 10 Restaurants in Charleston review is California Dreaming. Now this is a chain restaurant, but the atmosphere and location are what really makes this place pop. Located on the Ashley river next to the Ripley Light Marina California Dreaming is an excellent night spot. They have ample outside seating, and at night creates for some fantastic views of the iconic Ravenel Bridge that stretches over the Charleston harbor. This is an American style restaurant serving steak, seafood, signature nachos, and daily happy hours. 

Pricing:$$

Phone:843-766-1644

Location:1 Ashley Point Dr, Charleston, SC 29407

Website:https://californiadreaming.rest

Top 10 Things to Do in Charleston

Deep Sea Fishing

Google Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary: Our #1 pick on our Top 10 things to do in Charleston is enjoy a fishing adventure of a lifetime on a deep sea fishing charter with Captain Jack and the Charleston Reel Adventures Team. Choose from a number of different deep sea fishing experiences. Charleston Reel Adventures offers the most economical and sometimes, cheapest saltwater fishing trips in the Charleston area.

Pricing: $200 – $1200 (we also have some great specials!!)

Phone: 267-421-1883

Location 1: Shem Creek Boardwalk, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Location 2: Remley’s Public Boat Landing

Website: www.CharlestonReelAdventures.com

Beaches (Isle of Palms, Folly Beach , Kiawah )

Kiawah Public Beach

Summary: Our #2 pick on our Top 10 things to do in Charleston is enjoy the beaches. Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s, and Folly beach are all public; however, if you really want to get that white sand blue water feel than Kiawah is your destination. There is only public section of Kiawah so be sure to get there early as parking fills up fast here. Upon parking there is a short walk to get to beach.

Pricing:$10-25

Location: 8 beachwalker dr, kiawah island, SC 29455-5652

Website: https://www.ccprc.com/1411/Kiawah-Beachwalker-Park

Isle Of Palms

Summary: Our #2.1 pick on our Top 10 things to do in Charleston is Isle of Palms. This is your southern style beach with a few good local establishment along its sandy shore. When walking down to the beach from the County parking lot, make aright and walk down the beach to set up shop in front of Coconut Joes Beach Grill or Windjammer Rollicking Beach Bar to ensure some good food and cold drinks are close by in case you don’t feel like bringing the cooler.

Location: 1 14th Ave, Isle of Palms, SC 29451

Website:https://ccprc.com/60/Isle-of-Palms-County-Park

Folly Beach

Summary: Our #2.2 pick on our Top 10 things to do in Charleston is Folly Beach. This is your laid back beach town. Good Eats and local dive bars line the street of this beach town.

Location: Folly Beach

Website: https://visitfolly.com

South Carolina Aquarium

Google Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary: Our #3 pick on our Top 10 things to do in Charleston is visiting the Chalreston Aquarium. Charleston is built around the water with a network of bridges and canals. The wildlife here is evasive at time and you might not catch them all on an eco tour. The center piece of the aquarium is the 385,000 gallon tank. This is a three story tank with a wide of variety of fish from the surrounding low country. The aquarium also part of the National Sea Turtle Care Center. They rescue, care, and release these turtles as part of annual events and conservation. This is just a short walk down the road to one of our Top 10 Restaurants (Fleet Landing).

Pricing: Approx. $30 for adults and $23 for children as of 1/2019.

Phone: 843-577-3474

Location: 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401

Website: https://scaquarium.org/


Fort Sumter National Monument

Google Rating: 4.6 out of 5

Summary: Our #4 pick on our Top 10 things to do in Charleston is visiting the historical national monument Fort Sumter where the first shot of the civil war rang out. Don’t try to drive here, Fort Sumter is only accessible by boat. Below are the tour boats to take you to the island. Be sure to visit there website to check tour times. Click HERE for website. This is a great tour offering a chance to view one of the most historical monuments in Charleston, but you will also get a chance to see Charleston from the water while on one of the ferry.

Pricing: $14 – 22

Phone: 843-722-2628

Location: South Carolina 29412

Tour Boats

Patriots Point (Home of the USS Yorktown, CV-10, Aircraft Carrier)

For Direction to Patriots Point Departure Point click HERE

Downtown Charleston – (Liberty Square’s Fort Sumter Visitors Center, 340 Concord St. Charleston, SC 29401)

For Direction to Downtown Departure Point click HERE

USS Yorktown, CV-10, Aircraft Carrier

Google Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Summary: Our #5 pick on our Top 10 things to do in Charleston is visiting the USS Yorktown a CV-10 Aircraft Carrier. Walk around a WWII Aircraft Carrier on display. It’s pretty awesome!

Pricing: $24 for Adults and $16 for Children as of 1/2019

Phone: (843) 884-2727

Location: 40 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Website: http://www.patriotspoint.org/

Charleston Zipline Adventures

Google Rating: 4.9 out of 5

Summary: Our #6 pick on our Top 10 things to do in Charleston is Zipline Adventures. While the low country tends to be flat, Charleston Zipline gives you an opportunity to get up in the Canopy. This is an exciting exhilarating experience for the whole family. Zip from tree to tree and cool off from this birds eye view.

Pricing: $39-$79 as of 1/2019

Phone: 843-928-3947

Location: 1152 Guerins Bridge Road, Awendaw, SC 29429

Website: https://www.charlestonziplineadventures.com/


Holy City Helicopters

Google Rating: 5 out of 5

Summary: Our #7  pick on our Top 10 things to do in Charleston is take a helicopter ride and view Charleston not just from the water and ground but from the air. While we hope to see you on our Charleston harbor cruise or one of our charters where you will get to see Charleston from the water, taking this trip is a once in a lifetime experience. Viewing all of Charleston from a helicopter allows you to see all beauty Charleston has to offer.

Pricing: $110-300 as of 1/2019

Phone: 843-822-4356(

Location: 5875 S Aviation Ave, North Charleston, SC 29406

Website: http://holycityhelicopters.com/

Charleston RiverDogs Baseball

Google Rating: 4.6 out of 5

Summary: Our #8  pick on our Top 10 things to do in Charleston is the Charleston RiverDogs Baseball. If you’ve never been to a Minor League baseball game, you’re missing out on a true long standing american tradition. This is a load of fun for the whole family and very reasonably priced for the entertainment value it provides. I recommend taking a game in on a hot summers night and having a dog or two and a cold one. (This won’t break your budget!) If you lucky, you will see owner Bill Murray who is known to attend games frequently.

Pricing: $5-25

Phone:  843-723-7241

Address: 360 Fishburne St, Charleston, SC 29403

Website: https://www.milb.com/charleston

FireFly Distillery

Google Rating: 4.4 out of 5

Summary: Our #9 pick on our Top 10 things to do in Charleston is the FireFly Distillery. While this may not be for the whole family, this is great for the adults. Located on Wadmalaw Isalnd this is the largest distillery in the state. Learn about the distilling process and get to taste a wide variety of liquor, wine, and beer. Local Food trucks are always on site, and live music during the summer is a frequent occurrence. Must be 21 or older.

Pricing: $6 per tasting

Phone: 843-557-1405

Location: 6812, 6775 Bears Bluff Rd, Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487

Website: http://fireflyspirits.com/le-gate


Fort Moultrie

Google Rating: 4.7 out of 5

Summary: Our #10 pick on our Top 10 things to do in Charleston is Fort Moultrie. This historic fort is a great summer time walk. It was formerly built of Palmettos logs which gave way to the carolinas being called “the palmetto state”.

Pricing: $7-$10

Phone:  (843) 883-3123 x 221 or x 248

Address: 1214 Middle St, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482

Website: www.fortmoultrie.gov

H.L Hunley Submarine

Google Rating: 4.6 out of 5

Summary: Our honorable mention.

Pricing: Tours – Adults $16, Children $8

Phone: 843-743-4865

Address: 1250 Supply St, North Charleston, SC 29405

Website: http://www.hunley.org/


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