Charleston Restaurant Week kicked off Thursday and runs through Sept. 18, with about 50 participating restaurants throughout the Charleston area. There are a lot of restaurants and deals to sift through, but City Paper curated a list of nine restaurants to dine at during Charleston Restaurant Week. Here’s your chance to enjoy high-end establishments without breaking the bank.
39 Rue de Jean
39 John St.
3 courses for $45
Tucked away just off of King Street on John Street is 39 Rue de Jean, a rustic French bistro. It’s a go-to date spot or place to take visitors. The special for Restaurant Week includes butternut squash bisque, the choice between veal or salmon and a pumpkin cheesecake bar. But don’t skip out on the mussels, one of its most talked about dishes, available in a variety of sauces like white wine and shallots or red curry.
Delaney Oyster House
115 Calhoun St.
4 courses for $55
Kick off oyster season and save some money during Charleston Restaurant Week at Delaney Oyster House. The historic house-turned-restaurant is known for its fresh oysters and savory seafood. Dine inside with large open windows looking out on Calhoun Street, or request an outside spot on the porch to enjoy Charleston’s weather while slurping down oysters. Of course oysters are available for the special, but that’s just the first of four courses. Finish off the night with a fish dip, fried flounder and a chocolate tart.
Felix Cocktails et Cuisine
550 King St.
3 courses for $45
Not too upscale, but not too casual, Felix is the place to relax and snag a drink after a shift at work. Its laid-back atmosphere and delicious drinks make it the perfect place for a special night out. Pair that with the eclectic French cuisine like a wild mushroom pasta, chicken roulade or its signature raclette burger and you’re sure to leave satisfied.
199 E Bay St.
3 courses for $55
High Cotton takes farm-to-table to the next level with its elegant selection of Lowcountry fare from local purveyors and producers. Try three dishes from this upscale downtown restaurant for just a fraction of the cost, like the fried green tomatoes, 8 oz. filet mignon or 12 oz. center-cut pork chop.
526 King St.
3 courses for $50
Upper King Street Italian joint Indaco gives off a relaxed and casual vibe, but its upscale wood-fired pizza, paired with the extensive cocktail and wine menus, always makes for a good meal out. Or if you’re craving pasta, Indaco offers dishes like ziti bolognese, cannelloni or classic spaghetti. Choose from more than 20 dish options for this three-course special.
17 Broad St.
3 courses for $60
Oak Steakhouse is located on historic Broad Street, steps away from the Old Exchange building and just around the corner from Rainbow Row and the Battery. A night out to a steakhouse isn’t an everyday endeavor for most, so if you’re looking for an excuse to dig into some prime rib, there’s no better time (or place) to do so. Choose between a filet, N.Y. Strip or ribeye and an appetizer for a fraction of the price.
463 King St.
3 courses for $35
O-Ku was voted Best Sushi by City Paper readers in 2022 for good reason. During restaurant week, try O-Ku’s signature surf-n-turf roll with wagyu beef, tempura shrimp, avocado, potato crisps and a balsamic reduction. Or indulge in other rolls like the salmon and lemon or dishes like tuna tartare if you want to indulge.
32 N. Market St. Suite C
3 courses for $45
Tempest was voted Best New Restaurant in the country by USA Today readers in 2020, and Restaurant Week is the perfect excuse to try it yourself. The fresh and roasted oysters in its special Mibrasa oven bring the feeling and flavors of an outdoor oyster roast inside. Oysters are just one of many of the seafood delicacies served, such as flounder, octopus and mahi. Other seafood dishes like mussels or swordfish are available for Restaurant Week, but if you’re not feeling seafood, there’s also chicken or steak entrees offered in the deal.
The Watch: Rooftop Kitchen and Spirits
75 Wentworth St.
2 courses for $25
Visit The Watch, a rooftop bar at the Restoration Hotel, for one of the best views of downtown Charleston. During Restaurant Week, it’s offering a two-course lunch for $25 per person. Pair the deal (or any other menu item) with a drink of its extensive cocktail and wine menu featuring originals like the Romero’s Bad Habit made with rosemary-infused tequila, pama, grapefruit, ginger and lime.
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