Linda Hall's Top Picks
Hall’s Chophouse (Linda Hall ranks Top 10 in Charleston)
434 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403 – (843) 727-0090
Halls Chophouse is a family steakhouse restaurant located in the Upper King District of Charleston, South Carolina. We value hospitality, superior American cuisine and a dining experience that guests revere.
As a premier steakhouse we use the finest freshest USDA prime steaks and meat for the best burgers in Charleston. Our vegan and vegetarian dishes are specially made upon request. Halls Chophouse also provides gluten free menu options and fresh sustainable local seafood dishes.
Our fine dining restaurant features live music every night, classic jazz on select evenings and soulful sounds during our Gospel Sunday Brunch. We provide 3 private rooms with state of the art equipment and set menus for large groups for any occasion. Join us at the bar during happy hour for a few drinks and select one of our delicious meal from our bar menu to enjoy. The bar is open until 2am to cater to the Charleston nightlife. Free wifi is also available.
OpenTable Diner’s Choice Winner 2009 – 2015
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2016
Yelp’s #1 Steakhouse in the Country
#22 on Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in US
Oak Steakhouse (Another favorite steakhouse of Linda Hall’s)
17 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (843) 722-4220
“Oak has emerged as one of the best and most distinctive steakhouses in America.” -John Mariani, Virtual Gourmet
Located on Charleston’s historic Broad Street, Oak Steakhouse is a classic American steakhouse. The menu features Prime Certified Angus® Beef selections such as New York Strip, Bone-In and Boneless Rib-eye, both wet and dry aged. Chef Bacon, a Lowcountry native, sources locally and regionally from sustainable farmers and fisherman to accent the steakhouse menu. The expansive and impressive wine program emphasizes big California Cabernets and Old World reds from Italy and Bordeaux with more than 200 wines by the bottle and 20 wines by the glass. Inside a historic bank building that dates back to 1848, Oak’s stately setting features three floors with five distinct dining areas. Arched windows, 20-foot ceilings, original medal work, fireplaces and 150-year-old heart pine floors, offers the perfect setting for enjoying a special nights.
Hank’s Seafood (Linda Hall’s Favorite Seafood Restaurant)
10 Hayne Street, Charleston, SC 29701 (843) 723-3474
When Hank's Seafood Restaurant opened-with its selection of caught-that-day entrees, warm wood interior, and white dinner jacket wearing wait staff-Esquire named it one of America's Best New Restaurants. Readers of the Charleston City Paper voted it Best Seafood Restaurant for sixteen consecutive years and flocked to the community table-the first of its kind in Charleston.
Hank's Seafood Restaurant is located at the corner of Hayne and Church streets, near the Charleston City Market and the DoubleTree Charleston all suite hotel in the heart of Charleston's Famed Historic District.
A deep appreciation for fresh, local ingredients, is what makes Hank's Seafood the ultimate place to taste authentic Charleston flavors and beloved Lowcountry recipes, including She Crab soup, fried shrimp, Charleston Oyster Stew, roasted grouper, shrimp & grits, Hank's signature pan fried crab cakes, and towers of fresh seafood!
Housed in a turn-of-the-century warehouse that formerly housed the Garden & Gun Club, an outlandish disco that served as "the place to see and be seen" in the late 1970s and lent its name to the wildly popular Garden & Gun Southern lifestyle magazine, Hank's Seafood Restaurant captures the convivial atmosphere that is central to Charleston's beguiling character.
Bentel & Bentel, the award-winning New York based architectural firm with an extensive client list that includes Eleven Madison Park, Craft, The Modern at MOMA, Tabla, and Gramercy Tavern, among many others, worked with noted designer Amelia Handegan to create Hank's Seafood Restaurant's inviting atmosphere. Authentic details abound in Hank's national historic landmark building, including mahogany frames, hand-blown leaded glass windows, pine plank floors, a zinc and copper exhibition raw bar, and antique tile.
Hank's Seafood Restaurant serves dinner seven nights per week beginning at 5 p.m. Reservations are suggested. Please call (843) 723-3474 or reserve online at www.opentable.com.
Pearlz Oyster Bar (Oyster’s on the Half Shell)
153 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (843) 577-5755
Pearlz Oyster Bar is a fun, eclectic restaurant serving the very best in fresh seafood, including an assorted mix of raw shellfish, local seafood, Lowcountry recipes and regional favorites. The raw bar offers a variety of Lowcountry and Gulf oysters as well as specialty oysters, in addition to fresh seasonal shellfish. A full-service bar providing cold beers and unique, refreshing cocktails serves as the epicenter of the restaurant’s lively environment.
Hyman’s Seafood (Favorite to tourists, Oysters on the half shell, the best Bloody Mary’s, Whole Fried Flounder is excellent)
215 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (843) 723-6000
We are proud of our food, our service and our family. We love hearing from all the critics, both professionally and personally. Here's what some of them have to say.
Southern Living Magazine, Readers Poll Survey: "Out of 18 states from Delaware to Florida to Texas, Hyman’s rated #1 in the Southeast, 9 years running. "
Delta Sky Miles: “One of the top 5 best seafood restaurants in the nation.”
Raleigh News and Observer: "Hyman's is the exception to the rule that seafood must be pricey to be good- excellent food in a casual atmosphere."
Food Channel Network: Listed in Top 5 in “The Best of Seafood” category. Harvard Business School: Hyman’s was used as a case study on how to run a successful service-oriented business. Travel and Leisure: "One of the more fascinating eating establishments in our trip through the Southeast." Charlotte Observer: "When in Charleston, you've missed out if you don't find the opportunity to try Hyman's Seafood and Aaron's Deli"
Post and Courier ’07: “Hyman’s is part of Charleston as Charleston is part of Hyman’s. A definite must stop.” Atlanta Journal Constitution: "Definitely tops in town. No fancy sauces or the likes, just great food at even better prices." Post and Courier: for Food, for Service, and for Value. "when a good seafood dinner is in order, there's no doubt Hyman's Seafood is the place. "
Leon’s Fine Poultry & Oysters (You will need a car or uber to get there, Don’t judge a book by its cover, Fried Chicken and Oysters cooked many different ways, Watch out Fried Chicken is spicy)
698 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403 (843) 531-6500
Belmond Charleston Place (Accommodations, Dining, Shops and Spa)
205 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (843) 722-4900
“THE PALMETTO CAFÉ” (Best Bloody Mary’s)
Giant glass windows bring the outside inside in this dramatic garden-style setting. Dine al fresco in the lush courtyard, perfect for enjoying the Holy City’s ideal weather.
The Palmetto Cafe combines the very best of American Lowcountry cuisine with the freshest ingredients, from breakfast through to a long, lazy lunch. Download our menus: Breakfast | Lunch | Wine
Breakfast: 6:30am – 10:30am Lunch: 11:30am – 3pm Saturday Brunch: 8am – 12n Sunday Brunch: 8am – 1:30pm To reserve a table call 843 722 4900. Or for parties of four or less, you can also book on Open Table here.
82 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (843) 723-7591
In 1982, three restaurateurs had a vision to provide a uniquely “Charleston” dining experience with a focus on fresh, local cuisine and gracious hospitality. They had the perfect setting consisting of three buildings and a garden courtyard nestled in the Historic French Quarter, but they could not agree on a name. With the pressure of opening upon them, founding partners Harvey Poole, Joe Sliker and Chef Steve Kish decided to simply use the street address as the name. And so was born one of Charleston’s oldest and most celebrated restaurants … 82 Queen.
Feeling that there was a portion of Charleston’s culinary heritage that was being overlooked, 82 Queen’s original menu featured dishes influenced by the African, French, Caribbean and Anglo-Saxon tastes which permeated the area. 82 Queen’s fusion of these culturally diverse flavors led to the rise of a culinary genre that had been previously undefined – and is now referred to as “Lowcountry Cuisine”.
As the years rolled on, 82 Queen adapted and remained a powerhouse in the Charleston culinary community. With a barrage of now-famous chefs cutting their teeth in the kitchen and some infamous “pirates” conspiring in the courtyard, the stories of things that began at 82 Queen are plentiful. But as much that has changed over the years, more has remained the same. Poole, Sliker and Kish continued their successful partnership until the sad day that Poole passed away. At that point, Chef Kish turned over the reins to the kitchen and he and Sliker assumed the dining room duties that Harvey Poole had handled so elegantly for almost 20 years. Sliker, a Charleston native and former tight end in the NFL, can be found most nights wandering through the courtyard greeting each customer as if they’ve been friends for years. Although Kish has been “front of the house” for over a decade, he is still at home in the kitchen where he can be found assisting the chefs and servers on many a busy night.
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82 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (843) 723-7591
Family is also a theme at 82 Queen. Although not related in the traditional sense, the key staff has been together for so long that they are clearly brothers and sisters. General Manager Johnny Williams began his 82 Queen career in 1997 as a 17 year old busboy. He has since grown into one of the most respected restaurant managers in this town. Patrick Kish, Steve Kish’s son, started in the dish room when he was 12 years old (shhh, we’re not sure that’s completely legal) and is now the General Manager of our second restaurant, Lowcountry Bistro. Business Manager, Diane Henderson, started her career at 82 Queen in 1983 as a waitress. Such longevity of staff in a Charleston restaurant is not only unusual, it is a downright anomaly. As the Charleston culinary scene takes the world stage and hot young chefs open trendy new restaurants, one would think that a 33 year old majestic original may get lost in the shuffle. But as 82 Queen holds true to the plan of fresh local cuisine, customers seeking an authentic Lowcountry experience continue to fill the 11 dining rooms.