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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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| 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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.
492 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 203-6338
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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]

2. Basico

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4399 McCarthy St
North Charleston, SC 29405
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]

3. Bay Street Biergarten

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549 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 209-1498
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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]

4. Chez Nous

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6 Payne Ct
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 579-3060
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

5. Edmund's Oast

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1081 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 727-1145
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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]

6. Indaco

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526 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 727-1228
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Wood-fired pizzas and house-made pastas in the outdoors? Head to Indaco for fine wines and premium plates on King Street. [Photo: Indaco]

7. Leon's Oyster Shop

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698 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 531-6500
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]

8. Local 616

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616 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 414-7850
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.

9. Tavern & Table

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100 Church St
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
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]

10. The Americano

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819 Coleman Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
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]

11. The Barrel

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1859 Folly Rd
Charleston, SC 29412
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]

12. The Park Cafe

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730 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 410-1070
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Contemplate your day from the sunny front porch of The Park Cafe. Avocado toasts pairs well with sunshine. [Photo: Provided]

13. Bohemian Bull

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1531 Folly Rd
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 225-1817
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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]

14. Kitchen 208

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208 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 725-7208
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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]

15. On Forty-One

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1055 Highway 41
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
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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1. 492

492 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
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]
492 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

2. Basico

4399 McCarthy St, North Charleston, SC 29405
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]
4399 McCarthy St
North Charleston, SC 29405

3. Bay Street Biergarten

549 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29403
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]
549 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29403

4. Chez Nous

6 Payne Ct, Charleston, SC 29403
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
6 Payne Ct
Charleston, SC 29403

5. Edmund's Oast

1081 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403
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]
1081 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403

6. Indaco

526 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Wood-fired pizzas and house-made pastas in the outdoors? Head to Indaco for fine wines and premium plates on King Street. [Photo: Indaco]
526 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

7. Leon's Oyster Shop

698 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
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]
698 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

8. Local 616

616 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403
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.
616 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29403

9. Tavern & Table

100 Church St, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
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]
100 Church St
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

10. The Americano

819 Coleman Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
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]
819 Coleman Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

11. The Barrel

1859 Folly Rd, Charleston, SC 29412
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]
1859 Folly Rd
Charleston, SC 29412

12. The Park Cafe

730 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403
Contemplate your day from the sunny front porch of The Park Cafe. Avocado toasts pairs well with sunshine. [Photo: Provided]
730 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403

13. Bohemian Bull

1531 Folly Rd, Charleston, SC 29412
Behind Bohemian Bull is a great backyard. Grab a colorful picnic table and order a burger and beer. [Photo: Bohemian Bull]
1531 Folly Rd
Charleston, SC 29412

14. Kitchen 208

208 King St, Charleston, SC 29401
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]
208 King St
Charleston, SC 29401

15. On Forty-One

1055 Highway 41, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
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]
1055 Highway 41
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466

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