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American Food in Charleston
The following Charleston Downtown restaurants serve traditional American fare like hamburgers, steak, salads, and more. Below, we also have a guide to Charleston cafes and delis
that serve some of the same menu items in a more casual environment. These are great places for a quick lunch. Additionally, we have a guide below that focuses on Charleston bars that offer full menus
– many of which also feature American-style food like burgers and steaks.
Asian Restaurants in Charleston
The following downtown Charleston restaurants showcase Asian cuisine at its finest, serving traditional Asian inspired dishes like curry, pad thai, spring rolls, sushi, and more.
Bakeries & Desserts in Charleston
The following downtown Charleston restaurants sure hit the spot when you are craving something sweet! Serving your favorites like cupcakes, donuts, ice cream, muffins, and pie, there is truly something for everyone. Many of these bakeries also have a light breakfast and lunch menu.
Bars, Pubs, and Taverns in Charleston
All of these Charleston bars offer full menus. Click here to find Charleston bars that feature live music – many of these bars do not offer full menus, though there are exceptions.
Barbecue Joints in Charleston
The following downtown Charleston restaurants serve barbecue.
Breakfast Restaurants in Charleston
These restaurants serve breakfast every day – not just on Sundays. One even serves breakfast all day!
Cafes and Delis in Charleston
With faster table service and grab-and-go options, these lunch-style restaurants in Downtown Charleston offer American-style food like sandwiches, salads, wraps, burgers, and soups.
French Restaurants in Charleston
Specializing in French cuisine, these downtown Charleston restaurants demonstrate the cooking traditions and practices from France.
Gourmet Markets in Charleston
These charming neighborhood markets showcase wine and cheese plates, charcuterie, baked goods, and grab-and-go items. These markets also offer a unique selection of homemade items and local products.
Italian Restaurants in Charleston
Specializing in Italian cuisine, these downtown Charleston restaurants demonstrate the cooking traditions and practices from Italy.
Mediterranean Restaurants in Charleston
These downtown Charleston restaurants demonstrate the cooking traditions and practices from the Mediterranean countries of Greece, Italy, Lebanon, and Spain.
Mexican and Caribbean Restaurants in Charleston
The following downtown Charleston restaurants serve traditional Mexican and Caribbean fare including tacos, quesadillas, and margaritas as well as Cuban sandwiches and jerk chicken.
Modern American in Charleston
These Modern American restaurants specialize in fusion cuisine which assimilates flavors from the melting pot of traditional American cooking techniques mixed with a foreign flare.
Seafood Restaurants in Charleston
These downtown Charleston restaurants build their menus upon a variety of seafood dishes such as oysters, clams, fish, and shrimp. Many of these restaurants are sourced by Charleston's local fishing industry.
Soul Food Restaurants in Charleston
Southern Restaurants in Charleston
These downtown restaurants serve all the Southern fixins including fried okra, mac n' cheese, fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, crab cakes, corn bread, and more.
Steakhouse Restaurants in Charleston
The following downtown Charleston restaurants serve the highest quality cuts of steaks.
Vegan & Vegetarian-friendly Restaurants in Charleston
Listed at the top, there are three restaurants in downtown Charleston that are 100% vegan and/or vegetarian. The restaurants further down the list either have a separate vegan menu or will offer a variety of vegan and vegetarian options on their regular menus.