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11 Top Dining Destinations in Mount Pleasant

Where to eat when east of the Cooper

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A table at Savi.
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While the hot, new restaurants tend to open in downtown Charleston, folks east of the Cooper need to eat too. Mount Pleasant serves up a lot of hidden gems that might not get the same publicity as the peninsula hot spots.

These spots should answer any question that begins, "Can you recommend a restaurant in Mount P.?" This group spans multiple cuisines, from sushi to Southern to Italian, and collectively satisfies all of your restaurant needs. Who knew the city full of chain stores and suburbs could offer so much?

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

The Basement

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Executive chef Brannon Florie brings affordable dining options to North Mount Pleasant with local dive bar the Basement. Alongside a myriad of games like foosball, arcades, and cornhole, there’s high-caliber bar food including smash burgers, soft pretzels, and wings streaming out of the kitchen to soak up the daily drink specials, like a shot and a beer for $5.

Savi Cucina + Wine Bar

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Located in Towne Center, Savi Cucina has become known for its excellent wine selection, including a wine-tasting room and coveted inclusion in the wine club membership. House-made pasta like the ricotta gnocchi and pizza options including the original fig and prosciutto pie accompany other Italian classics. Situated across from a movie theatre, Savi Cucina is great people watching of people who watch movies.

Pizza and salad at Savi.
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Kanpai is truly a staple of Mount Pleasant dining. Chef Sean Park puts the utmost care in every plate and seems to score the freshest catches around. Always check out the specials, which can range from uni to chutoro.

Langdon's

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Open since 2003, Langdon's serves some of the best fine dining in Mount Pleasant. The dining room is set for a special night out, but it isn’t stuffy. Start with local goat cheese gnocchi or seared foie gras and then move on to a local fish with lemon-chive beurre blanc or rack of lamb with gruyere potatoes.

Grace & Grit

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Is it even the South, if there aren’t grits on the table? Chef and owner of Grace & Grit, Frank Kline, brings Lowcountry cuisine to the table. Starters include a local “grit flight” to share with the table; grits range from savory to sweet to appease all palates. Focusing on local fresh seafood with an option of presentation like pan-roasted or boiled peanut succotash, allow for the variety of options while maintaining a small quality menu. Plus, the bourbon selection is top notch because it is the South.

Little Miss Ha Vietnamese Cuisine

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Little Miss Ha is an unassuming restaurant located near the Mount Pleasant Whole Foods, and it delivers some of the best Vietnamese food in the city. From homemade dumplings to pho, this family run business brings new dining options to the Mount Pleasant area.

Vermicelli bowl at Little Miss Ha.
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Red Drum

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A South-meets-Southwest staple of Mount Pleasant, Red Drum has served the community since 2005. An inviting patio, great margaritas made with real ingredients, crispy fried shrimp, and a wood-fired creations from chef Ben Berryhill keep this a date night destination for many in the Lowcountry.

Mozzo Deli

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Expect friendly and fast service at this Mount Pleasant deli. At Mozzo, it’s common to hear, ‘Hey Jimmy, are you having the regular?’ Other patrons can choose from an extensive sandwich menu featuring proteins like chicken cutlet, roast beef, turkey, and Italian meats served on ten different kinds of bread. Daily soups, house-made pickles, and local iced tea are a few of the many accompaniments offered.

Oysters are the star at Nico, but there’s so much more to explore. This bustling brasserie from chef Nico Romo serves a wide variety of raw bar items and classic French dishes like escargot and trout almondine. The wood-fired oven brings a bit of smokiness to the menu through a selection of roasted bivalves and whole roasted fish. The brunch is popular here as well.

Oysters at Nico.
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The Pickled Palate

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Hidden along the busy Coleman Blvd, stands a little green restaurant tucked into a luscious, verdant garden not normally seen in public spaces in Mount Pleasant. The Pickled Palate is a popular lunch spot, often dominated by locals eating soups, salads and sandwiches along side a glass of wine or two.

The Pickled Palate in Mount Pleasant.
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Wreck of the Richard & Charlene

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Locals like to debate whether Shem Creek dive Wreck of the Richard & Charlene is too touristy or just the right amount of out-of-towners. Nestled on the water, the dining room is not much more than a screen porch and some plastic furniture. It’s no frills, so stop by after a trip to the beach for some boiled peanuts, a cold beer, and fried shrimp.

The Basement

Executive chef Brannon Florie brings affordable dining options to North Mount Pleasant with local dive bar the Basement. Alongside a myriad of games like foosball, arcades, and cornhole, there’s high-caliber bar food including smash burgers, soft pretzels, and wings streaming out of the kitchen to soak up the daily drink specials, like a shot and a beer for $5.

Savi Cucina + Wine Bar

Pizza and salad at Savi.
Savi Cucina + Wine Bar/Facebook

Located in Towne Center, Savi Cucina has become known for its excellent wine selection, including a wine-tasting room and coveted inclusion in the wine club membership. House-made pasta like the ricotta gnocchi and pizza options including the original fig and prosciutto pie accompany other Italian classics. Situated across from a movie theatre, Savi Cucina is great people watching of people who watch movies.

Pizza and salad at Savi.
Savi Cucina + Wine Bar/Facebook

Kanpai

Kanpai is truly a staple of Mount Pleasant dining. Chef Sean Park puts the utmost care in every plate and seems to score the freshest catches around. Always check out the specials, which can range from uni to chutoro.

Langdon's

Open since 2003, Langdon's serves some of the best fine dining in Mount Pleasant. The dining room is set for a special night out, but it isn’t stuffy. Start with local goat cheese gnocchi or seared foie gras and then move on to a local fish with lemon-chive beurre blanc or rack of lamb with gruyere potatoes.

Grace & Grit

Is it even the South, if there aren’t grits on the table? Chef and owner of Grace & Grit, Frank Kline, brings Lowcountry cuisine to the table. Starters include a local “grit flight” to share with the table; grits range from savory to sweet to appease all palates. Focusing on local fresh seafood with an option of presentation like pan-roasted or boiled peanut succotash, allow for the variety of options while maintaining a small quality menu. Plus, the bourbon selection is top notch because it is the South.

Little Miss Ha Vietnamese Cuisine

Vermicelli bowl at Little Miss Ha.
Little Miss Ha/Facebook

Little Miss Ha is an unassuming restaurant located near the Mount Pleasant Whole Foods, and it delivers some of the best Vietnamese food in the city. From homemade dumplings to pho, this family run business brings new dining options to the Mount Pleasant area.

Vermicelli bowl at Little Miss Ha.
Little Miss Ha/Facebook

Red Drum

A South-meets-Southwest staple of Mount Pleasant, Red Drum has served the community since 2005. An inviting patio, great margaritas made with real ingredients, crispy fried shrimp, and a wood-fired creations from chef Ben Berryhill keep this a date night destination for many in the Lowcountry.

Mozzo Deli

Expect friendly and fast service at this Mount Pleasant deli. At Mozzo, it’s common to hear, ‘Hey Jimmy, are you having the regular?’ Other patrons can choose from an extensive sandwich menu featuring proteins like chicken cutlet, roast beef, turkey, and Italian meats served on ten different kinds of bread. Daily soups, house-made pickles, and local iced tea are a few of the many accompaniments offered.

Nico

Oysters at Nico.
Nico/Facebook

Oysters are the star at Nico, but there’s so much more to explore. This bustling brasserie from chef Nico Romo serves a wide variety of raw bar items and classic French dishes like escargot and trout almondine. The wood-fired oven brings a bit of smokiness to the menu through a selection of roasted bivalves and whole roasted fish. The brunch is popular here as well.

Oysters at Nico.
Nico/Facebook

The Pickled Palate

The Pickled Palate in Mount Pleasant.
The Pickled Palate/Facebook

Hidden along the busy Coleman Blvd, stands a little green restaurant tucked into a luscious, verdant garden not normally seen in public spaces in Mount Pleasant. The Pickled Palate is a popular lunch spot, often dominated by locals eating soups, salads and sandwiches along side a glass of wine or two.

The Pickled Palate in Mount Pleasant.
The Pickled Palate/Facebook

Wreck of the Richard & Charlene

Locals like to debate whether Shem Creek dive Wreck of the Richard & Charlene is too touristy or just the right amount of out-of-towners. Nestled on the water, the dining room is not much more than a screen porch and some plastic furniture. It’s no frills, so stop by after a trip to the beach for some boiled peanuts, a cold beer, and fried shrimp.

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