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Christmas in Charleston: 15 Great Choices for Dining Out

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Henrietta’s
| Robert Donovan

Just because it's Christmas Day doesn't mean settling for a frozen dinner or Chinese take-out. Charleston offers a few options for eating out on December 25. Selections run from super fancy spots with white-glove service to barbecue. While everyone else is worrying about basting hams and turkeys, relax, and let someone else do the work. Take a peek at the map to see what's open on the holiday.

Note: Map points are listed in alphabetical order and are not ranked. Did we miss your favorite spot? Show it some love in the comments or send us an email.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Kiawah Island Golf Resort

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1 Sanctuary Beach Dr
Kiawah Island, SC 29455
(843) 768-2121
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The resort at Kiawah hosts a variety of lavish meals, from the Ocean Room steakhouse menu to the Jasmine Porch buffet.

2. The Watch Rooftop Kitchen and Spirits

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79 Wentworth St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 518-5115
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Stop by The Watch from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a cosmopolitan meets Southern menu. Watch the sparkling Christmas lights down below from the highest restaurant in Charleston.

3. Henrietta's at The Dewberry

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The Dewberry, 334 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 872-9065
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Southern brasserie Henrietta's will open the doors for Christmas guests in need. Dine in style at the posh restaurant situated in the ultra slick Dewberry hotel.

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4. Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine

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298 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 501-7500
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Skip the turkey and ham and go for Lebanese on Christmas at King Street eatery Leyla.

5. 1KEPT Charleston

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68 Wentworth St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 203-3563
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Downtown restaurant 1KEPT keeps the lights on for Christmas with offers of steak frites, pork portherhouses, shrimp and grits, and more.

6. Charleston Grill

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224 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-4522
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The reservations are slim, but fine dining staple Charleston Grill puts on a "positively flawless" Christmas every year. Try for a seat at the bar to experience chef Michelle Weaver’s magical menu.

Charleston Grill

7. Poogan's Porch

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72 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-2337
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Poogan’s Porch will be open on Christmas to take care of you. The restaurant is offering Southern favorites and some of the best biscuits around.

8. Peninsula Grill

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112 N Market St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-0700
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The holidays are traditionally a sold out event at Peninsula Grill, but give the reservation line a try. Better yet, slide into the champagne bar if there’s a free seat.

9. Hank's Seafood Restaurant

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10 Hayne St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-3474
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Give seafood a try this Christmas. Hank’s is open on the holiday and serving up Charleston classics like she-crab soup, shrimp and grits, and other fishy favorites. Yes, there’s meaty options for those who prefer their plates from land instead of the ocean.

10. Ruth's Chris Steak House

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55 S Market St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 793-4224
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Ruth’s Chris stays open on Christmas with the regular dinner menu and a prix fixe seasonal menu. Celebrate with steak.

11. 5Church Charleston

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32 N Market St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 937-8666
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Hip space 5Church will host a Christmas buffet on December 25, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Stop in to see what former Top Chef contestant Jamie Lynch has in store for the holiday. Adults are $45, and kids under 10 are $20.

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12. Blossom

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171 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 722-9200
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Skip the turkey and go straight to the grilled sea scallops with creamy grits. Blossom offers lots of non-traditional entrées, like oak-seared salmon and beef short ribs. For the die-hard holiday fans, there will be a turkey and ham plate.

13. Magnolias

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185 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-7771
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Don't attempt fried mac and cheese or boiled peanut hummus for the holiday — let Magnolias take care of it. The East Bay institution has the traditional turkey with all the trimmings or alternatives like beef short ribs or fried catfish.

14. Poogan's Smokehouse

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188 E Bay St #201
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-5665
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Meat-tastic eatery Poogan’s Smokehouse will stay open on Christmas to serve barbecue plates, fried chicken, and Southern fare in a relaxed atmosphere.

Poke Around Recently Opened Poogan's Smokehouse

15. Drawing Room

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19 Vendue Range
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 414-2334
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Art hotel restaurant Drawing Room offers a full menu of contemporary, wintery flavors for any Christmas Day needs.

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1. Kiawah Island Golf Resort

1 Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island, SC 29455

The resort at Kiawah hosts a variety of lavish meals, from the Ocean Room steakhouse menu to the Jasmine Porch buffet.

1 Sanctuary Beach Dr
Kiawah Island, SC 29455

2. The Watch Rooftop Kitchen and Spirits

79 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401

Stop by The Watch from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a cosmopolitan meets Southern menu. Watch the sparkling Christmas lights down below from the highest restaurant in Charleston.

79 Wentworth St
Charleston, SC 29401

3. Henrietta's at The Dewberry

The Dewberry, 334 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403
Henrietta's and The Living Room Robert DOnovan

Southern brasserie Henrietta's will open the doors for Christmas guests in need. Dine in style at the posh restaurant situated in the ultra slick Dewberry hotel.

The Dewberry, 334 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29403

4. Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine

298 King St, Charleston, SC 29401

Skip the turkey and ham and go for Lebanese on Christmas at King Street eatery Leyla.

298 King St
Charleston, SC 29401

5. 1KEPT Charleston

68 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401

Downtown restaurant 1KEPT keeps the lights on for Christmas with offers of steak frites, pork portherhouses, shrimp and grits, and more.

68 Wentworth St
Charleston, SC 29401

6. Charleston Grill

224 King St, Charleston, SC 29401
Charleston Grill

The reservations are slim, but fine dining staple Charleston Grill puts on a "positively flawless" Christmas every year. Try for a seat at the bar to experience chef Michelle Weaver’s magical menu.

224 King St
Charleston, SC 29401

7. Poogan's Porch

72 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401

Poogan’s Porch will be open on Christmas to take care of you. The restaurant is offering Southern favorites and some of the best biscuits around.

72 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401

8. Peninsula Grill

112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

The holidays are traditionally a sold out event at Peninsula Grill, but give the reservation line a try. Better yet, slide into the champagne bar if there’s a free seat.

112 N Market St
Charleston, SC 29401

9. Hank's Seafood Restaurant

10 Hayne St, Charleston, SC 29401

Give seafood a try this Christmas. Hank’s is open on the holiday and serving up Charleston classics like she-crab soup, shrimp and grits, and other fishy favorites. Yes, there’s meaty options for those who prefer their plates from land instead of the ocean.

10 Hayne St
Charleston, SC 29401

10. Ruth's Chris Steak House

55 S Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

Ruth’s Chris stays open on Christmas with the regular dinner menu and a prix fixe seasonal menu. Celebrate with steak.

55 S Market St
Charleston, SC 29401

11. 5Church Charleston

32 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401
First Look Inside 5Church Emma Humphries

Hip space 5Church will host a Christmas buffet on December 25, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Stop in to see what former Top Chef contestant Jamie Lynch has in store for the holiday. Adults are $45, and kids under 10 are $20.

32 N Market St
Charleston, SC 29401

12. Blossom

171 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401

Skip the turkey and go straight to the grilled sea scallops with creamy grits. Blossom offers lots of non-traditional entrées, like oak-seared salmon and beef short ribs. For the die-hard holiday fans, there will be a turkey and ham plate.

171 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

13. Magnolias

185 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401

Don't attempt fried mac and cheese or boiled peanut hummus for the holiday — let Magnolias take care of it. The East Bay institution has the traditional turkey with all the trimmings or alternatives like beef short ribs or fried catfish.

185 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

14. Poogan's Smokehouse

188 E Bay St #201, Charleston, SC 29401
Poke Around Recently Opened Poogan's Smokehouse

Meat-tastic eatery Poogan’s Smokehouse will stay open on Christmas to serve barbecue plates, fried chicken, and Southern fare in a relaxed atmosphere.

188 E Bay St #201
Charleston, SC 29401

15. Drawing Room

19 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401
the drawing room

Art hotel restaurant Drawing Room offers a full menu of contemporary, wintery flavors for any Christmas Day needs.

19 Vendue Range
Charleston, SC 29401

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