Having a tough time keeping up with all the new dining options? Welcome to the Opening Report, a regularly-updated round-up of restaurant openings big and small across the Lowcountry. For all the restaurants in the winter of 2022, check out this list.
May 13, 2022
ISLE OF PALMS — Beachgoers have a new option for seafood and Southern favorites at Islander 71 Fish House and Deck Bar. The outdoor dining area comes with views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Dishes include she crab fries, ceviche, fried fish sandwiches, crab cakes, and more. Status: Opening Saturday, May 14. 80 41st Avenue; website.
FOLLY BEACH — The owners of downtown dive bar the Royal American have brought that same vibe to the beach with the opening of the Bounty Bar. It’s a little dive-y, hosts live music, and offers frozen rum punch and fish tacos. Status: Certified open. 15 Center Street; Instagram.
THE MARKET — The Raw Lab offers a omakase raw bar experience with multiple courses of oysters, uni, lobster, shrimp, scallops, and more. Chef/owner Kevin Joseph offers seating for only 12 customers each night for the intimate dinner experience. Status: Certified open. 99 Market Street; website.
MOUNT PLEASANT — Nick’s German Kitchen opened in October, but with a recent review in the Post and Courier, it’s sure to get some new attention. Look for schnitzel, wursts, spatzel, and more. Status: Certified open. 1150 Hungryneck Boulevard; website.
April 4, 2022
ANSONBOROUGH — To up the fancy factor, luxury inn Zero George now offers the Caviar Bar on its piazza. The second floor bar overlooks the courtyard at the hotel. Zero Restaurant + Bar executive chef Vinson Petrillo and beverage director Megan Mina put together a menu of Regiis Ova caviar items and select champagnes. Customers can pick from the traditional caviar service or try deviled eggs topped with caviar. Reservations are very limited, as the bar area only seats eight. Status: Certified open. 0 George Street; website.
SUMMERVILLE — Sophisticated seafood restaurant and raw bar Bexley had a quiet opening in Summerville earlier this year. The restaurant from chef Jeremy Holst serves items like blue crab fondue, crudo, charred octopus, and more. Status: Certified open. 100 West Richardson Street; website.
UPPER KING — New bar Bonny’s Hideaway combines tiki and Irish elements to create something wholly unique to King Street. From the owners of nearby establishment Prohibition, Jim McCourt and James Walsh, Bonny’s offers drinks like the Irish Breakfast Pearl Diver made with Gardenia fat-washed Bushmills, butterscotch, orange juice, lime juice, maple syrup, and bitters, along with other whiskey-meets-Caribbean combinations. Status: Certified open. 549 King Street.
NOMO — Crust Wood Fired Pizza and Bailey’s Oyster Bar offer a little bit of something for everyone on Romney Street, from Italian fare to shellfish. This is the third outpost for Crust, with other locations in Summerville and on James Island. The restaurant is known for fresh seasonal pizzas with campfire char. Status: Certified open. 45 Romney Street; website.
JOHNS ISLAND — There’s a new stop for sushi and other seafood on Johns Island with the opening of Blu Oyster. Look for towers of oysters, lobster cioppino, calamari with none marrow aioli, whole fish, and more. Status: Certified open. 1804 Crowne Commons Way; website.