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Peter Frank Edwards

The Hottest, New Outdoor Dining Spots in Charleston

Time to eat (and drink) in the great outdoors.

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Basico
| Peter Frank Edwards

Everyone in Charleston has a favorite patio — whether it's a romantic moonlit night at Pane e Vino or a debaucherous bachelor party on Blind Tiger's back deck — there's a soft spot for those fond memories under the sun or starlight. But perhaps you're looking for something new. Maybe you're ready to explore different terrains. Therefore, Eater presents the latest outdoor dining options to hit the Lowcountry. These spots are the patio newcomers to the Charleston scene. Some are barely weeks old and others are just past their first anniversary.

Choices presented in alphabetical order.

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492 is just days old and boasts one of the most spacious street-facing patios on King Street. The outdoor space is an easy introduction to Nate Whiting's latest project. [Photo: Leslie McKellar]
The great outdoors and tacos practically go hand-in-hand — therefore head to Basico immediately to order a margarita, a chorizo dish, and one of chef Bryan Cates' artfully designed plates (yes, he does more than tortillas). [Photo: Peter Frank Edwards]

Bay Street Biergarten

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There's beer, big games on the indoor screens, and cornhole on the deck. Bay Street Biergarten is a bit like the best tailgate you ever attended. [Photo: BSB]

Chez Nous

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Chez Nous is patio is as quaint as the rest of the establishment. Its outdoor seating is shared, so make a few new friends while sipping wine under the stars or dining al fresco for lunch. [Photo: Chez Nous

Edmund's Oast

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Everything you loved about Edmund's Oast but outside — The Bower recently opened as a casual space to enjoy the fine beverage selections at the NoMo hotspot. [Photo: Provided]
Wood-fired pizzas and house-made pastas in the outdoors? Head to Indaco for fine wines and premium plates on King Street. [Photo: Indaco]

Leon's Oyster Shop

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If the weather is wonderful, the porch at Leon's is the place to be. It's like hanging in a family member's yard that happens to serve perfect fried chicken and oysters. [Photo: Rémy Thurston]

Local 616

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The deck at Local 616 is far removed from the noise on the street — an urban oasis on Meeting Street. Go for the deck, but stay for one of owner Dwayne Mitchell's infused cocktails or a few local drafts.

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Take in the views of Shem Creek at this newcomer in Mount Pleasant. Look for kayakers and dolphins as you sip a cocktail of sample chef Katie Lorenzen-Smith's menu. [Photo: Provided]

The Americano

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Shuffleboard and frozen drinks in a lush green garden? Sold. Stop by The Americano in Mount pleasant for a Latin American-inspired patio. [Photo: Lindsey Harris]

The Barrel

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Beer lovers flock to The Barrel to hang in its expansive backyard. Patio tables are aplenty, so imbibers can sit and contemplate their brew or dine on fare from one of the many food trucks that visit this James Island hangout. [Photo: The Barrel]

The Park Cafe

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Contemplate your day from the sunny front porch of The Park Cafe. Avocado toasts pairs well with sunshine. [Photo: Provided]

Bohemian Bull

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Behind Bohemian Bull is a great backyard. Grab a colorful picnic table and order a burger and beer. [Photo: Bohemian Bull]

Kitchen 208

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Kitchen 208 is a daytime choice for patio seekers. Stare at the crowds go by on King Street while enjoying a hearty breakfast, light lunch, or happy hour. [Photo: Kitchen 208]

On Forty-One

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Chef Brannon Florie opened another restaurant in Mount Pleasant and this time it's an upscale Southern (but not too upscale) featuring "backyard dining." Backyard = a new al fresco option. [Photo: On Forty-One]

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492

492 is just days old and boasts one of the most spacious street-facing patios on King Street. The outdoor space is an easy introduction to Nate Whiting's latest project. [Photo: Leslie McKellar]

Basico

The great outdoors and tacos practically go hand-in-hand — therefore head to Basico immediately to order a margarita, a chorizo dish, and one of chef Bryan Cates' artfully designed plates (yes, he does more than tortillas). [Photo: Peter Frank Edwards]

Bay Street Biergarten

There's beer, big games on the indoor screens, and cornhole on the deck. Bay Street Biergarten is a bit like the best tailgate you ever attended. [Photo: BSB]

Chez Nous

Chez Nous is patio is as quaint as the rest of the establishment. Its outdoor seating is shared, so make a few new friends while sipping wine under the stars or dining al fresco for lunch. [Photo: Chez Nous

Edmund's Oast

Everything you loved about Edmund's Oast but outside — The Bower recently opened as a casual space to enjoy the fine beverage selections at the NoMo hotspot. [Photo: Provided]

Indaco

Wood-fired pizzas and house-made pastas in the outdoors? Head to Indaco for fine wines and premium plates on King Street. [Photo: Indaco]

Leon's Oyster Shop

If the weather is wonderful, the porch at Leon's is the place to be. It's like hanging in a family member's yard that happens to serve perfect fried chicken and oysters. [Photo: Rémy Thurston]

Local 616

The deck at Local 616 is far removed from the noise on the street — an urban oasis on Meeting Street. Go for the deck, but stay for one of owner Dwayne Mitchell's infused cocktails or a few local drafts.

Tavern & Table

Take in the views of Shem Creek at this newcomer in Mount Pleasant. Look for kayakers and dolphins as you sip a cocktail of sample chef Katie Lorenzen-Smith's menu. [Photo: Provided]

The Americano

Shuffleboard and frozen drinks in a lush green garden? Sold. Stop by The Americano in Mount pleasant for a Latin American-inspired patio. [Photo: Lindsey Harris]

The Barrel

Beer lovers flock to The Barrel to hang in its expansive backyard. Patio tables are aplenty, so imbibers can sit and contemplate their brew or dine on fare from one of the many food trucks that visit this James Island hangout. [Photo: The Barrel]

The Park Cafe

Contemplate your day from the sunny front porch of The Park Cafe. Avocado toasts pairs well with sunshine. [Photo: Provided]

Bohemian Bull