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Dine at South Carolina's Award-Winning Restaurants

Libby Wiersema Libby Wiersema
Libby Wiersema lived in California and Alabama before settling in South Carolina 35 years ago, where she's covered the state's best culinary offerings and tells the stories behind the food.
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South Carolina is rich in dining treasures, so it only stands to reason that many of our restaurants routinely take the national spotlight. Discover what the buzz is all about by visiting one of our culinary superstars. Here's a list of restaurants taking a well-deserved bow after garnering special recognition.

 

AAA Diamonds

Five Diamond designations are given to just 0.2 percent of the more than 31,000 U.S. restaurants meeting the stringent criteria of AAA inspectors; only 2.1 percent earn a Four Diamond designation.

 

The cuisine at Charleston Grill is inspired by classic Southern, French and contemporary dishes. Photo by Perry Baker.

Charleston Grill, Charleston

Accolade: AAA Four Diamonds

Claim to fame: Elegant, farm-to-table global cuisine expertly prepared by Executive Chef Michelle Weaver and her staff.

 

Halls Chophouse, Charleston, Columbia, Greenville

Accolade: AAA Four Diamonds

Claim to fame: Prime dry- and wet-aged steaks, stellar service and a rousing gospel brunch.

 

Executive Chef Marc Collins had created a unique menu concept at Circa 1886.

Circa 1886, Charleston

Accolade: AAA Four Diamonds

Claim to fame: Romantic, elegant dining in the carriage house of the Wentworth Mansion.

 

Langdon's Restaurant and Wine Bar, Mount Pleasant

Accolade: AAA Four Diamonds

Claim to fame: Dishes that sing that sing with creatively concocted sauces and glazes, expert wine pairings.

 

Each prix fixe dinner at Abingdon is thoughtfully executed and built upon fresh ingredients.

Dining Room at Abingdon Manor, Latta

Accolade: AAA Four Diamonds

Claim to fame: Pre-fixe gourmet menus prepared and served in the elegant setting of this gracious country inn.

 

The Palmetto Cafe, Charleston

Accolade: AAA Four Diamonds

Claim to fame: Upscale breakfast and lunch fare overlooking a lush garden.

 

Peninsula Grill is renowned for its upscale dishes. Photo courtesy of Peninsula Grill.

Peninsula Grill, Charleston

Accolade: AAA Four Diamonds

Claim to fame: Caviar, foie gras, duck, lobster and other upscale dishes served in an elegantly casual dining room.

 

High Wire Distilling Company, Charleston

Accolades: Ann Marshall and Scott Blackwell, Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Professional, Semifinalist, 2017

Claim to fame: Handcrafted, small-batch spirits made from fine ingredients.

 

FIG is a Charleston icon known for its farm-to-table menu.

FIG, Charleston

Accolades: Outstanding Wine Program, Winner, 2018; Michael Lata, Outstanding Chef, Semifinalist, 2017, South's Best Restaurants List, 2017

Claim to fame: FIG is a Charleston icon known for its farm-to-table inspired menu and robust wine program featuring the best offerings of small vineyards, as well as Old World classics.

 

The Ocean Room, Kiawah

Accolade: AAA Four Diamonds

Claim to fame: Seasonal ingredients, specialty steaks and fresh seafood served up with great ocean views.

 

Thick and spicy, this Gullah-style okra soup from Bertha's Kitchen in Charleston will warm up your insides.

Bertha's Kitchen, North Charleston

Accolade: America's Classic, Winner, 2017

Claim to fame: Bustling soul food cafe serving rib-sticking, Gullah-inspired dishes.

 

The Living Room at The Dewberry, Charleston

Accolade: Outstanding Bar Program, Semifinalist, 2018

Claim to fame: Creative cocktails served up in the midcentury-style lounge of this popular Charleston hotel.

 

Experience the farm-to-table movement at The Grocery in Charleston.

The Grocery, Charleston

Accolade: Kevin Johnson, Best Chef, Semifinalist, 2016, 2017, 2018

Claim to fame: Imaginative, farm-fresh dishes spotlighting the best from local producers.

 

Jackrabbit Filly, North Charleston

Accolade: Shuai Wang, Rising Star Chef of the Year, Semifinalist, 2017

Claim to fame: Serving creative Asian cuisine featuring locally sourced ingredients.

 

Oyster lovers indulge in freshly shucked local oysters at The Ordinary.

The Ordinary, Charleston

Accolade: Chef Michael Lata, Outstanding Chef, Semifinalist, 2018

Claim to fame: Local fresh shellfish and other seafood from Lata, proprietor of local favorite, FIG.

 

Carolina BBQ, Spartanburg

Accolade: Best BBQ in South Carolina, 2017

Claim to fame: Hickory-smoked ribs, chicken, brisket, turkey and pork served with Southern sides.

 

Rodney Scott is a legendary pit master.

Rodney Scott's BBQ, Charleston

Accolade: Rodney Scott, Best Chef: Southeast, Winner, 2018

Claim to fame: Old-school, whole-hog barbecue prepared by Scott, a legendary pitmaster.

 

Maurice's Piggie Park BBQ, Columbia area

Accolade: Best BBQ in South Carolina, 2018

Claim to fame: Pit-cooked barbecue served with signature sauces in 9 locations.

 

Southern-sourced ingredients feature prominently in Husk's cuisine.

Husk, Charleson

Accolade: Best Restaurant in South Carolina, 2018

Claim to fame: Dishes with a strong dedication to Southern-sourced ingredients.

 

Libby Wiersema
Libby Wiersema lived in California and Alabama before settling in South Carolina 35 years ago, where she's covered the state's best culinary offerings and tells the stories behind the food.