When our friends Ben and Katelyn come to town, they often make a reservation at a different restaurant each time. We’ve eaten at Husk and Eli’s Table, two of the most well-known restaurants in downtown Charleston, with them. On their last visit, we all went to the Darling Oyster Bar.
If I’m being totally honest, I’m often skeptical of the most “popular” restaurants in Charleston because some of them truly are just tourist traps. When Ryan and I first moved here, we definitely ate at one of the tourist traps (which has since closed) and it was a huge disappointment, not to mention a waste of our hard-earned money.
But lemme tell ya… The Darling Oyster Bar is amazing! If you’re coming to visit Charleston, I highly recommend making a dinner reservation ahead of time. The inside of the building is so beautifully decorated, and the ambiance is perfectly romantic.
For an appetizer, Ryan and I ordered the Creole Shrimp with Anson Mills Rice Cakes, Mustard, and Bacon. I don’t even know how to describe this dish to you except to say that it was phenomenal. I honestly could’ve eaten my bodyweight in their Creole Shrimp. We also had an order of their Hush Puppies with sorghum butter, and I recommend those as well.
For my entree, I ordered the Fried Chicken Sandwich (slaw, pickles, and a tomato aioli) but I somehow forgot to take a picture. For those of you who didn’t know, I’m not a huge fan of seafood. I like shrimp, and I will eat fish in small portions, but it’s not my favorite.
Ryan ordered the Shrimp ‘N Grits (Cheddar Grits, Crispy Brussels, Country Ham, and Fennel), and it was a delicious dish!
Our friends brought a bottle of wine to the restaurant, which you can do—just know that there is a corking fee.
For dessert, we had my favorite dessert of all time—Key Lime Pie. It was delicious, and I highly recommend it. (You’ll learn that I LOVE Key Lime Pie, and I’ve actually made some pretty good ones before).
Overall, I would encourage you to visit The Darling Oyster Bar if you’re visiting Charleston or even if you live here have never been. It’s worth spending a little extra money on, and it’s perfect for a date-night or special occasion.
If you go, be sure to let me know what you think!
Talk to y’all soon,