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The Hottest New Restaurants in Charleston, May 2022

From enchiladas to caviar service

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| Mike Ledford

More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? What are the new restaurants? What's everyone talking about? While the Eater 18 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the "it" places of the moment. Enter the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to highlight the spots crowds are flocking to at the moment or generating a big buzz. Folks are asking, "Have you been yet?" Try one of these newbies today.

New to the list:

April 2022: The Caviar Bar at Zero George
March 2022: Share House and Bodega
February 2022: The Press and Warehouse | the Lux
January 2022: Three Sirens
December 2021: Paddock & Whisky, Brasserie La Banque

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Paddock & Whisky

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1074 E Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 203-4238
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Brown liquor bar Paddock & Whisky now has a second location for fans of the original James Island address. The new outpost has an expanded food menu with more grown-up items selected by Home Team BBQ chef Taylor Garrigan, like broiled oysters with sofrito butter, fish of the day in a lemongrass broth with Carolina Gold rice, and a massively meaty cheeseburger.

2. Three Sirens

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1067 E Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 573-7204
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The team from renowned wine bar Stems & Skins recently opened seafood restaurant Three Sirens in Park Circle. Co-owners Justin Croxall and Matt Tunstall wanted to bring all things oceanic to the neighborhood. Chef Julian Lippe puts out dishes like grilled Spanish octopus, swordfish with field pea ragout, and a potato rosti with creme fraiche and smoked trout roe. The romantic back dining room has already become a go-to date night spot for couples in the area.

Exterior of Three Sirens, a brick building with a blue door.
Three Sirens in Park Circle.
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3. Rancho Lewis

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1503 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 996-4500
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The menu at Rancho Lewis pulls influences from West Texas, Chihuahua, Mexico, and New Mexico. This is the food famed pitmaster John Lewis and his family grew up eating. Classic fare like enchiladas, burritos, and tacos are there, along with combo plates dedicated to items favorited by Lewis’ grandparents Cora and Lloyd. The margaritas are said to be the coldest in town due to the high-velocity electric shakers behind the bar.

4. Berkeley's

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624 1/2 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 501-7779
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Neighborhood restaurant Berkeley’s wants to be the go-to spot for relaxed dinners and patio hangs. The menu features a French dips, cheesesteaks, a wedge salad, fried calamari, braised short rib, chicken parmesan, roasted salmon, and more. 

5. Pink Bellies

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595 King St Ste 1
Charleston, SC 29403

Vietnamese restaurant Pink Bellies is officially full-on open — dining room and all. Chef/owner Thai Phi did the takeout game for a few months, but now customers can eat inside the handsome space. The classics are there, like the garlic noodles, but don’t overlook new dishes like the squid ink banh xeo or the beautiful Herring Under a Fur Coat, Phi’s take on a Russian layered salad.

Pink and purple hued dining room.
The dining room at Pink Bellies.
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6. Chasing Sage

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267 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
(854) 444-3402
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Chasing Sage was originally set to open in March 2020, but had to delay due to the pandemic. Now the restaurant is ready to premiere the dining room with the original concept of a new American menu focused on Lowcountry products. The menu features small plates, ranging from $9 to $19, with choices like English pea dumplings, swordfish crudo, and sweet corn cavatelli with crab.

7. Warehouse | The Lux

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45 1/2 Spring St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 202-0712
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Spring Street bar Warehouse launched a residency program dubbed the Luxe to put out a menu of modernist cuisine. Thanks to a mention in the February issue of Charleston magazine, more folks are taking notice of culinary talents Zach Woody and Brandon Andrist. They have created a $75 tasting menu with courses like turnip with “variations of pear” and confit duck with stuffed scallion and beet relish.

8. Bodega

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23 Ann St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 297-4772
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Bodega is the permanent outpost of the former Bodega pop-up at Uptown Social. The interiors have many nods to New York culture with subway tiles, a “Post No Bills” wall with graffiti. The menu reflects classic NYC fare like a bacon, egg, and cheese on a hard roll and a chopped cheese sandwich. Bodega offers Counter Culture coffee and has a full bar for those in need of a bloody mary. 

Dining room with a colorful graffiti wall.
Bodega
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9. Share House

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23 Ann St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 297-4806
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Share House is a coastal cantina with colorful, beach-y interiors. The restaurant boasts two bars, a stage for live bands, a space for DJs, and televisions for all the games. It’s basically a one-stop fun shop. The Share House bar focuses on tropical cocktails, including the signature drink Orange Crush, which is fresh orange juice, vodka, and lemon-lime soda. For food, chef Alec Gropman puts out a menu of tuna sliders, crab cake sandwiches, and California-style nachos. 

The main bar and dining room at Share house with colorful, pre-worn chairs and a rainbow of shutters hanging over the bar.
Share House
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10. The Caviar Bar at Zero George

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Right Side, 0 George St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 817-7900
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Fans of caviar and champagne should book now for the Caviar Bar on the piazza of boutique hotel Zero George. The menu uses Regiis Ova (founded by Thomas Keller) for the dishes, ranging from deviled topped with caviar to traditional service and a wagyu beef sandwich on milk bread for the non-caviar set (though it’s pretty good topped with caviar too).

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11. 167 Raw Sushi

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289 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

The team behind the always-packed seafood restaurant 167 Raw has opened a new sushi spot in Charleston. 167 Raw Sushi Bar has a menu of classic choices of nigiri, sashimi, and hand rolls. The eatery also offer izakaya options like a katsu sando and yakatori.

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12. Lenoir

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68 Wentworth St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 534-9031
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Lenoir draws from celebrity chef Vivian Howard’s home of Lenoir County, North Carolina, but also from the mind of executive chef Jared Hammond. Menu items include Howard’s signature blueberry barbecue chicken wings, local crudo with buttermilk nuoc cham, butterbean agnolotti in a country ham broth, cornmeal-dusted catfish, and more. Reservations fill up fast.

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13. Brasserie la Banque

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1 Broad St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 779-1800
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The Indigo Road Hospitality Group is finally able to welcome customers into the handsome dining room at Brasserie la Banque. The French eatery is open for lunch and dinner with menus full of classics like foie gras torchon, poulet rouge, bouillabaisse, steak frites, and dry-aged duck.

French-looking dining room.
Dining room at Brasserie la Banque
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14. The Longboard

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2213-B, Middle St
Sullivan's Island, SC 29482
(843) 868-8161
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As the summer season closes out, Sullivan’s Island is still very much burning up the beach scene with the opening of the Longboard. The bar is always full of locals looking for an exciting cocktail and chef Will Fincher (formerly of the Obstinate Daughter) puts forth a food menu of Caribbean touches, like croquettes with a green curry, mango and cucumber salad, drunken prawns, and a whole roasted fish with mole rojo.

Blue surfboard over a bar.
Bar at the Longboard.
Mike Ledford

1. Paddock & Whisky

1074 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405

Brown liquor bar Paddock & Whisky now has a second location for fans of the original James Island address. The new outpost has an expanded food menu with more grown-up items selected by Home Team BBQ chef Taylor Garrigan, like broiled oysters with sofrito butter, fish of the day in a lemongrass broth with Carolina Gold rice, and a massively meaty cheeseburger.

1074 E Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405

2. Three Sirens

1067 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405
Exterior of Three Sirens, a brick building with a blue door.
Three Sirens in Park Circle.
Mike Ledford

The team from renowned wine bar Stems & Skins recently opened seafood restaurant Three Sirens in Park Circle. Co-owners Justin Croxall and Matt Tunstall wanted to bring all things oceanic to the neighborhood. Chef Julian Lippe puts out dishes like grilled Spanish octopus, swordfish with field pea ragout, and a potato rosti with creme fraiche and smoked trout roe. The romantic back dining room has already become a go-to date night spot for couples in the area.

1067 E Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405

3. Rancho Lewis

1503 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

The menu at Rancho Lewis pulls influences from West Texas, Chihuahua, Mexico, and New Mexico. This is the food famed pitmaster John Lewis and his family grew up eating. Classic fare like enchiladas, burritos, and tacos are there, along with combo plates dedicated to items favorited by Lewis’ grandparents Cora and Lloyd. The margaritas are said to be the coldest in town due to the high-velocity electric shakers behind the bar.

1503 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

4. Berkeley's

624 1/2 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

Neighborhood restaurant Berkeley’s wants to be the go-to spot for relaxed dinners and patio hangs. The menu features a French dips, cheesesteaks, a wedge salad, fried calamari, braised short rib, chicken parmesan, roasted salmon, and more. 

624 1/2 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403

5. Pink Bellies

595 King St Ste 1, Charleston, SC 29403
Pink and purple hued dining room.
The dining room at Pink Bellies.
Mike Ledford

Vietnamese restaurant Pink Bellies is officially full-on open — dining room and all. Chef/owner Thai Phi did the takeout game for a few months, but now customers can eat inside the handsome space. The classics are there, like the garlic noodles, but don’t overlook new dishes like the squid ink banh xeo or the beautiful Herring Under a Fur Coat, Phi’s take on a Russian layered salad.

595 King St Ste 1
Charleston, SC 29403

6. Chasing Sage

267 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

Chasing Sage was originally set to open in March 2020, but had to delay due to the pandemic. Now the restaurant is ready to premiere the dining room with the original concept of a new American menu focused on Lowcountry products. The menu features small plates, ranging from $9 to $19, with choices like English pea dumplings, swordfish crudo, and sweet corn cavatelli with crab.

267 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403

7. Warehouse | The Lux

45 1/2 Spring St, Charleston, SC 29403

Spring Street bar Warehouse launched a residency program dubbed the Luxe to put out a menu of modernist cuisine. Thanks to a mention in the February issue of Charleston magazine, more folks are taking notice of culinary talents Zach Woody and Brandon Andrist. They have created a $75 tasting menu with courses like turnip with “variations of pear” and confit duck with stuffed scallion and beet relish.

45 1/2 Spring St
Charleston, SC 29403

8. Bodega

23 Ann St, Charleston, SC 29403
Dining room with a colorful graffiti wall.
Bodega
Mike Ledford

Bodega is the permanent outpost of the former Bodega pop-up at Uptown Social. The interiors have many nods to New York culture with subway tiles, a “Post No Bills” wall with graffiti. The menu reflects classic NYC fare like a bacon, egg, and cheese on a hard roll and a chopped cheese sandwich. Bodega offers Counter Culture coffee and has a full bar for those in need of a bloody mary. 

23 Ann St
Charleston, SC 29403

9. Share House

23 Ann St, Charleston, SC 29403
The main bar and dining room at Share house with colorful, pre-worn chairs and a rainbow of shutters hanging over the bar.
Share House
Mike Ledford

Share House is a coastal cantina with colorful, beach-y interiors. The restaurant boasts two bars, a stage for live bands, a space for DJs, and televisions for all the games. It’s basically a one-stop fun shop. The Share House bar focuses on tropical cocktails, including the signature drink Orange Crush, which is fresh orange juice, vodka, and lemon-lime soda. For food, chef Alec Gropman puts out a menu of tuna sliders, crab cake sandwiches, and California-style nachos. 

23 Ann St
Charleston, SC 29403

10. The Caviar Bar at Zero George

Right Side, 0 George St, Charleston, SC 29401
Hack Hargett

Fans of caviar and champagne should book now for the Caviar Bar on the piazza of boutique hotel Zero George. The menu uses Regiis Ova (founded by Thomas Keller) for the dishes, ranging from deviled topped with caviar to traditional service and a wagyu beef sandwich on milk bread for the non-caviar set (though it’s pretty good topped with caviar too).

Right Side, 0 George St
Charleston, SC 29401

11. 167 Raw Sushi

289 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
Mike Ledford

The team behind the always-packed seafood restaurant 167 Raw has opened a new sushi spot in Charleston. 167 Raw Sushi Bar has a menu of classic choices of nigiri, sashimi, and hand rolls. The eatery also offer izakaya options like a katsu sando and yakatori.

289 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

12. Lenoir

68 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401
Lenoir
Mike Ledford

Lenoir draws from celebrity chef Vivian Howard’s home of Lenoir County, North Carolina, but also from the mind of executive chef Jared Hammond. Menu items include Howard’s signature blueberry barbecue chicken wings, local crudo with buttermilk nuoc cham, butterbean agnolotti in a country ham broth, cornmeal-dusted catfish, and more. Reservations fill up fast.

68 Wentworth St
Charleston, SC 29401

13. Brasserie la Banque

1 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401
French-looking dining room.
Dining room at Brasserie la Banque
Mike Ledford

The Indigo Road Hospitality Group is finally able to welcome customers into the handsome dining room at Brasserie la Banque. The French eatery is open for lunch and dinner with menus full of classics like foie gras torchon, poulet rouge, bouillabaisse, steak frites, and dry-aged duck.

1 Broad St
Charleston, SC 29401

14. The Longboard

2213-B, Middle St, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482
Blue surfboard over a bar.
Bar at the Longboard.
Mike Ledford

As the summer season closes out, Sullivan’s Island is still very much burning up the beach scene with the opening of the Longboard. The bar is always full of locals looking for an exciting cocktail and chef Will Fincher (formerly of the Obstinate Daughter) puts forth a food menu of Caribbean touches, like croquettes with a green curry, mango and cucumber salad, drunken prawns, and a whole roasted fish with mole rojo.

2213-B, Middle St
Sullivan's Island, SC 29482

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