Charleston has so much amazing food, the number of options can be overwhelming. Here’s our short list of family-friendly spots to help narrow your search.
What it's known for: A favorite spot of both locals and tourists, Fleet Landing is one of the only places in Charleston to dine on the water. It's just a short walk from Waterfront Park and has unparalleled views of Charleston harbor and the Ravenel bridge. Your family will love the fresh seafood on the menu and the beautiful waterfront views that you can see from anywhere in the restaurant. Make sure you make a reservation though, it stays pretty busy.
Style: Seafood, Family-friendly, waterfront, lunch, dinner
Address: 186 Concord St., Charleston
What it’s known for: Best sandwich in Charleston? Check. Mike’s Famous Duck Club is in a league of its own, even featured on the Food Network’s "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives." There are other great choices too, and your kids will love the duck fat fries.
Style: Diner, late-night, lunch, brunch, sandwich, family-friendly
Address: 1137 Morrison Drive, Charleston
What it’s known for: This is an old-style seafood house, complete with a big menu of fresh Lowcountry fare and a great view of Shem Creek. A great choice no matter how large your party is, R.B.’s mission is to serve great food in a family-friendly setting.
Style: Seafood, family-friendly, traditional, Lowcountry, lunch
Address: 97 Church St., Mount Pleasant
What it’s known for: Tucked away in a little pink building, Martha Lou’s has been serving up home-style, Southern soul food for more than 30 years. You simply can’t deny your family food that makes you “roll-your-eyes-it's-so-good.”
Style: Southern, traditional, Lowcountry, family-friendly, lunch
Address: 1068 Morrison Drive, Charleston
What it’s known for: Your kids will love hearing the story behind “The Wreck,” as it’s known to locals, while snacking on boiled peanuts as you wait to be seated. The restaurant is named for a trawler that landed on the same spot in Shem Creek during Hurricane Hugo in 1989. It’s known for its local seafood prepared in the traditional Lowcountry way.
Style: Seafood, family-friendly, Lowcountry
Address: 106 Haddrell St., Mount Pleasant
What it’s known for: Located in an 1800s brick building on East Bay, Amen Street is celebrating Lowcountry history in both its architecture and its menu. The restaurant has an awesome raw bar, where the fish and oyster menu changes daily. It’s a perfect lunch spot with large, comfy booths that are perfect for families.
Style: Seafood, casual, family-friendly, lunch, dinner
Address: 205 E. Bay St., CharlestonPhone: 843.853.8600
What it’s known for: If your family is craving something other than seafood, grab lunch at Chef Craig Deihl’s house-made charcuterie spot. This place is all about meat, and it’s cured in house and served up on crispy bread, salad or just by itself. Let your kids expand their palate by trying a gourmet sandwich, or keep it classic by ordering off the kids’ menu, they’ll be happy either way.
Style: Sandwich, family-friendly, lunch, James Beard nominee
Address: 33 Spring St., Charleston
What it's known for: Located on busy US 17 west of Charleston's historic district, this relaxed restaurant serves what it calls "soulful food." It's the place to teach your kids about deviled eggs, po' boy sandwiches and other seasonal Lowcountry grub. And your meal won’t be complete without sampling some of their homemade ice cream.
Style: Southern, casual, family-friendly
Address: 1219 Savannah Highway, Charleston