185 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401


Neighborhoods: South of Broad
Cuisine: Southern, Cafe, Breakfast

Magnolia's is a Southern, Cafe, and Breakfast restaurant where most Menuism users came for a romantic date, paid between $10 and $25, and tipped more than 18%.

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"Service was very good"
"Delicious food and delightful service ! Our waiter Billy was professional , knowledgable, and charming ."
"Food was cold. We were seated in the back room. No ambiance at all. Felt like we weren't even in the restaurant. We were told sorry that's all we can offer you. We had a reservation for 2 weeks. Won't return. "
"No cons"
"Don't let them put you in the back room. "
  • 11/06/2017

    A Southern chowhound from Huntington, NY tried it, didn't like it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and didn't like the ambiance.

    Service was very good
    Food was cold. We were seated in the back room. No ambiance at all. Felt like we weren't even in the restaurant. We were told sorry that's all we can offer you. We had a reservation for 2 weeks. Won't return.
    Don't let them put you in the back room.
  • 7/26/2017

    Mbrick57 tried it and liked it.

  • 2/17/2017

    A Southern food lover from Philadelphia, PA tried it.

  • 4/02/2016

    A Southern food lover from Okatie, SC tried it.

  • 10/04/2014

    A diner from Atlanta, GA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

    Delicious food and delightful service ! Our waiter Billy was professional , knowledgable, and charming .
    No cons
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 Mequon, WI


Service and food was Great. I was dressed very casual in a nicer sit down place and they made us feel very welcome. If I’m traveling to Historical Charleston again , I will come back. regards Mark

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 Sherman Oaks, CA

Fine Dining In Casual Sophistication!

Charleston is home to towering centuries-old moss-bearded oak trees, the sweet fragrance of blossoming magnolias and a charm that surges throughout the city as fast as the warm summer breezes off of the Charleston Harbor can find their way through this romantic southern town. Ask any local in this captivating city to name their top five restaurants in the city, and we guarantee that in their catalogue of dining establishments will be Magnolias on East Bay Street. A definite must-visit eatery, the inviting pale pink facade of Magnolias restaurant will welcome you inside with its decorative squared-off columns and wrought iron detail shaded by neighboring palm trees along the sidewalk. Serving locals and attracting visitors alike, this culinary gem is by far one not to miss.

The city streets are enchanting. Southern and sophisticated at the same time, Charleston was named ‘Friendliest City in America’ by Travel + Leisure Magazine in 2010, came in second on their infamous list of ’World’s Best Cities in the U.S. and Canada’ in 2011, and awarded the magazine’s #1 spot for ‘Fine Dining Restaurants’ in 2012! Visiting this enthralling part of the country will prove just why. Between the well-mannered friendly locals to the fine consistent southern cuisine to the stunning comprehensive views across the harbor and multitude of attractions and hospitable luxurious lodging available on a year-round basis, this place has become one of our favorites to visit when our travels take us to the southeast.

Above, the view of a bluestone sidewalk shaded by mature palms that leads to the restaurant is both welcoming and unique. The menu is fashioned with the eatery’s signature logo of the magnolia flower and the fresh live magnolia tree branches in vases along dining room window ledges also adds to the appeal of this southern paragon.

Here’s one of those restaurants that has very memorable bread service. Perfectly crusty on the outside, soft and warm on the inside with a house made flavored butter gently blanketed in a white linen napkin upon serving. Incredible flavor, visual delight and presentation galore, this bread is the perfect method of starting off a meal at Magnolias.

The restaurant offers a full bar and mixes and pours some pretty sensational liquid temptations if you’re in the mood for a relaxing libation with your meal. Above, my husband and I enjoyed a glass of Chardonnay and a mixed beverage from the bartender before placing our orders.

One of our most memorable entrees we’ve enjoyed probably too many times is Magnolias’ Parmesan Crusted Flounder ($15). Yes, many establishments prepare a similar version. However, they don’t prepare theirs with jasmine rice and creek shrimp pirloo, lump crab meat, sweet corn, tomato and asparagus salad and top it off with a citrus beurre blanc sauce that screams fabulous! But Magnolias’ own Executive Chef Don Drake executes this and other dishes excellently. The tender fish nearly melts upon contact of each bite, while the light citrus beurre blanc details and enhances every tasty sensation in this dish.

A common menu selection I have been guilty of ordering on more than one occasion is the Pan Seared Lump Crab Cake ($14). Jasmine rice and creek shrimp pirloo (we can’t get enough of this rice pirloo), sauteed spinach and a tomato butter sauce that creates a flavorsome edible foundation for a perfectly-crafted lump crab cake just waiting to be devoured…

Another item I’ve personally enjoyed was the Crab Stuffed Ravioli in a savory creamy sauce accompanied by bits of apple wood smoked bacon, yellow corn kernels, sliced grape tomatoes and green onion. Not the lightest item one can enjoy, but certainly a delightful explosion of sensational flavor between the tangy freshness of the tomato, sweet crunch of the corn and heartiness of the delicate crab meat encased by expertly-cooked ravioli. (Unfortunately, we learned that the Crab Stuffed Ravioli entree is no longer an item on the Magnolias menu, as items sometimes change due to seasonal availability of the freshest ingredients.) However, there are certainly many others you will enjoy indulging in!

We always enjoy our visits to the city of Charleston, and at the top of our list when there is having lunch at Magnolias. We think you’ll enjoy it as much as we always do. Southern elegance, unparalleled charm and courteous friendly staff serving up unforgettable southern fare in an upscale, yet relaxed environment.

ESTABLISHMENT / DECOR: Classic decor and fresh branches of blossoming fragrant magnolias adorn the front dining room against a red bricked wall in between windows. A fine dining ambiance is present, but there is a casual feel which is also very warm and inviting.

FOOD / DRINK: Prepared fresh by Chef Don Drake and plated in an artistic and beautiful-to-the-eye manner, every dish arrives at your table in a timely fashion and tastes like love and care went into each bite!

LOCATION: Magnolias is located at 185 East Bay Street in Charleston, SC 29401.

HOURS: This establishment is open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11:30 AM – 3:45 PM. Dinner is available Sunday through Thursday from 3:45 PM – 10 PM, and on Friday and Saturday from 3:45 PM – 11 PM. Sunday brunch is served from 10 AM – 3:45 PM.

SERVICE / STAFF: Always smiling, friendly hosts to greet patrons upon entry, hospitable and professional servers, and generous bartenders shaking up and pouring sublime libations.

PRICE / VALUE: Always fair and reasonable. Take a look at the link below to Magnolias’ website to view the menu. We think you’ll feel the same for what’s offered.

CORKAGE FEE: $25 per 750mL bottle

CONTACT INFO: Phone – (843) 577-7771, Website – www.magnolias-blossom-cypress.com

PARKING: There are several metered parking spaces available along East Bay Street, neighboring streets, and nearby city parking lots for your convenience.

TOTAL BILL: On lunch dates, my husband and I have never spent more than $60 (including tax) for a couple of entrees, a few drinks and sometimes a shared dessert. No complaints there due to the fantastic service, cuisine and ambiance.

November 25, 2013

very good

we ate there a couple times in the past the food is always been wonderful and so was the service highly recommended
December 10, 2009


I have visited both Magnolia's and its sister restaurant Blossom many times. Each time the food, drinks, service and staff have been wonderful. I plan to return again & again, especially for their Fried Green Tomatoes, which are some of…

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