There's nothing like eating some good Charleston food while overlooking the water. Whether it's the gorgeous marshes, Atlantic Ocean, or one of the many rivers or creeks in the area, the city's waterfront dining is unmatched. Each part of Charleston has something a little different to offer in terms of waterfront dining, so here are some local Charleston restaurants on the water to help you get started.
Downtown: Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar
Few restaurants in downtown Charleston can boast a waterfront view, except for Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar, that is. Their extensive menu offers fresh caught fish, steak, and chicken dishes, and is friendly to anyone with dietary restrictions and offers scenic views of the Charleston Harbor. Watch sailboats pass by while sipping on a specialty cocktail like the Cathead Basil Lemonade.
Mount Pleasant: Water's Edge
Water's Edge in Shem Creek is often said to have the best waterfront views in Charleston...and it's so true. You can dine inside or imbibe on the cabana bar to the tune of the restaurant's extensive wine menu -- it features over 450 wines! The extensive menu has something for everybody including Lowcountry favorite shrimp & grits and fresh-caught seafood.
James Island: Ellis Creek Fish Camp
Although most James Island restaurants line Folly Road, some restaurants -- like Ellis Creek Fish Camp -- are tucked away off the beaten path, and are only there if you know where to look. With some of the best cocktails in the area, this restaurant is a great place to sip on something sweet while looking out of the stunning marsh. Ellis Creek Fish Camp offers laid-back seafood favorites. My recommendation? Start your meal with the catfish bites!
Folly Beach: The Restaurants at Tides
It's hard to miss Tides in Folly Beach. The resort is located at the end of Folly Road and sits on the beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. A focal point for visitors and locals alike, Tides beach access coupled with some delicious restaurants makes it one of the places to be. Start your day with a morning pick-me-up at Roasted Marketplace, grab a casual bite to eat at Pier 101, and then finish the day at BLU, an upscale dining concept.
Park Circle: Holy City Brewing
While it may not offer oceanfront or harbor views, Holy City Brewing in Park Circle sits along Noisette Creek, a stunning waterway with lots of local wildlife. Throughout the week, Holy City offers a number of events, making it the perfect casual hang. Their menu features an assortment of burgers and delicious appetizers. Choose one of their many beers, order some collision fries, and head outside to the picnic tables to enjoy the creek.
Daniel Island: The Kingstide
Eating at The Kingstide means enjoying gourmet seafood while looking out at the Wando River. Boasting both a stunning dining room and a rooftop bar, this restaurant is perfect for an evening visit no matter the event. The seasonal fish is always a good option, as are the seafood towers, which feature delicious raw and cooked fresh seafood. No matter which Charleston restaurants on the water you choose, you won't regret the experience.
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