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8 Essential Restaurants in Summerville

From seafood to chili burgers

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Chili cheeseburger at Matt’s
| Robert T./Yelp

Summerville, South Carolina is a suburb of Charleston known as the “The Birthplace of Sweet Tea” — but what use is a cold glass of sweet tea if there’s nothing to eat. So the next time you find yourself in the Ville, try one of these essential Flowertown eateries.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Famulari's Pizzeria Azalea

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205 Berkeley Cir
Summerville, SC 29483
(843) 821-7770
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Fam’s Pizza has two Summerville locations, one on Berkeley Circle and the other in Oakbrook, so visitors will be near them whenever a pizza craving strikes. Whether New York-style or Chicago deep dish, this eatery can accommodate. Established in 2008, it has been voted the best pizza every year since it’s been open, and it’s easy to see why — fresh ingredients, cold beer, and a variety of deserts make this a go-to spot for Summerville residents and visitors.

2. Oscar's

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207 W 5th N St
Summerville, SC 29483
(843) 871-3800
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Oscar’s is an upscale casual dining establishment that’s been hiding in plain sight for over 35 years. Whether celebrating a birthday or some other special occasion, Oscar’s gives an intimate feeling not found anywhere else in Summerville. The menu consist of traditional Southern staples like shrimp and grits and fried green tomatoes, but there’s also unique takes on Southern standbys like smoked gouda grit cakes and cold Charleston crab dip.

3. Matt's Burgers

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102 S Cedar St # B
Summerville, SC 29483
(843) 821-1911
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A true locals-only type of spot, Matt’s Burgers have opened and closed a few times but never lost its following. It’s easy to see why. The highly rated lowkey burger joint is known for having great customer service, fast serving times, surprisingly good chilli, and of course, delicious burgers. While there, try the mushroom and swiss cheese burger with a side of fries.

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4. The Icehouse Restaurant

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104 E Doty Ave
Summerville, SC 29483
(843) 261-0360
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The Icehouse is routinely rated as one of the best restaurants in Summerville because of the seamless combination of delicious food at affordable prices. In the mood for something like salmon Wellington? It has that. Want some filet mignon? It has that. Observing Meatless Mondays? Give the veggie pita a try. The point is, there’s something for everyone at the Icehouse.

5. Alicia's Seafood, Soulfood, and BBQ

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820 Central Ave B
Summerville, SC 29483
(843) 225-4295
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Alicia’s on Central Avenue serves big portions of Southern-style dishes, and it might be the only place in the Lowcountry where patrons can order a full slab of ribs, shrimp and grits, and oxtails at the same location. If you go for lunch, try the smoked chicken plate. For dinner, try the turkey wings. The restaurant also delivers via Uber Eats or find the eatery’s amazing food truck.

6. Baker's Pond, Garden, and BBQ Kitchen

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807 Central Ave
Summerville, SC 29483
(843) 875-4469
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Baker’s BBQ Kitchen is a garden, barbecue restaurant, and gift shop all in one. After purchasing some pansies to liven up the living space, make sure to get some of the award-winning pulled pork. Cooked by Seth Watari, the five-time winner of the Flowertown Festival’s Smoke at the Lodge BBQ contest, this spot features scratch-made items like tomato pie, old fashioned mac and cheese, and of course, smoked meat by the pound.

7. Palmetto Flats Restaurant & Tavern

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975 Bacons Bridge Rd
Summerville, SC 29485
(843) 419-6430
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Self-described as a “modern, yet affordable restaurant,” Palmetto Flats is home to some of the best flatbread options in the Tri-County area. When visiting, try one of the open faced, flatbread options such as the cheeseburger flatbread which comes with ketchup and mustard base and is topped with crumbled hamburger, bacon, red onion, diced dill pickle, tomato and cheddar cheese.

Or get one of the delicious flatbread sandwiches like the turkey or the Italian tuna.

8. Charleston Bakery & Delicatessen

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10597 Dorchester Rd
Summerville, SC 29485
(843) 875-0630
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This traditional Jewish delicatessen serves lox and bagels, as one may expect, but it doesn’t stop there. The deli also has a variety of items for both breakfast and dinner. In addition to the delicious bagels and muffins, CB & D is also known for its bakery which creates everything from infamous rum cakes to rhubarb pies and even wedding cakes. 

1. Famulari's Pizzeria Azalea

205 Berkeley Cir, Summerville, SC 29483

Fam’s Pizza has two Summerville locations, one on Berkeley Circle and the other in Oakbrook, so visitors will be near them whenever a pizza craving strikes. Whether New York-style or Chicago deep dish, this eatery can accommodate. Established in 2008, it has been voted the best pizza every year since it’s been open, and it’s easy to see why — fresh ingredients, cold beer, and a variety of deserts make this a go-to spot for Summerville residents and visitors.

205 Berkeley Cir
Summerville, SC 29483

2. Oscar's

207 W 5th N St, Summerville, SC 29483

Oscar’s is an upscale casual dining establishment that’s been hiding in plain sight for over 35 years. Whether celebrating a birthday or some other special occasion, Oscar’s gives an intimate feeling not found anywhere else in Summerville. The menu consist of traditional Southern staples like shrimp and grits and fried green tomatoes, but there’s also unique takes on Southern standbys like smoked gouda grit cakes and cold Charleston crab dip.

207 W 5th N St
Summerville, SC 29483

3. Matt's Burgers

102 S Cedar St # B, Summerville, SC 29483
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A true locals-only type of spot, Matt’s Burgers have opened and closed a few times but never lost its following. It’s easy to see why. The highly rated lowkey burger joint is known for having great customer service, fast serving times, surprisingly good chilli, and of course, delicious burgers. While there, try the mushroom and swiss cheese burger with a side of fries.

102 S Cedar St # B
Summerville, SC 29483

4. The Icehouse Restaurant

104 E Doty Ave, Summerville, SC 29483

The Icehouse is routinely rated as one of the best restaurants in Summerville because of the seamless combination of delicious food at affordable prices. In the mood for something like salmon Wellington? It has that. Want some filet mignon? It has that. Observing Meatless Mondays? Give the veggie pita a try. The point is, there’s something for everyone at the Icehouse.

104 E Doty Ave
Summerville, SC 29483

5. Alicia's Seafood, Soulfood, and BBQ

820 Central Ave B, Summerville, SC 29483

Alicia’s on Central Avenue serves big portions of Southern-style dishes, and it might be the only place in the Lowcountry where patrons can order a full slab of ribs, shrimp and grits, and oxtails at the same location. If you go for lunch, try the smoked chicken plate. For dinner, try the turkey wings. The restaurant also delivers via Uber Eats or find the eatery’s amazing food truck.

820 Central Ave B
Summerville, SC 29483

6. Baker's Pond, Garden, and BBQ Kitchen

807 Central Ave, Summerville, SC 29483

Baker’s BBQ Kitchen is a garden, barbecue restaurant, and gift shop all in one. After purchasing some pansies to liven up the living space, make sure to get some of the award-winning pulled pork. Cooked by Seth Watari, the five-time winner of the Flowertown Festival’s Smoke at the Lodge BBQ contest, this spot features scratch-made items like tomato pie, old fashioned mac and cheese, and of course, smoked meat by the pound.

807 Central Ave
Summerville, SC 29483

7. Palmetto Flats Restaurant & Tavern

975 Bacons Bridge Rd, Summerville, SC 29485

Self-described as a “modern, yet affordable restaurant,” Palmetto Flats is home to some of the best flatbread options in the Tri-County area. When visiting, try one of the open faced, flatbread options such as the cheeseburger flatbread which comes with ketchup and mustard base and is topped with crumbled hamburger, bacon, red onion, diced dill pickle, tomato and cheddar cheese.

Or get one of the delicious flatbread sandwiches like the turkey or the Italian tuna.

975 Bacons Bridge Rd
Summerville, SC 29485

8. Charleston Bakery & Delicatessen

10597 Dorchester Rd, Summerville, SC 29485

This traditional Jewish delicatessen serves lox and bagels, as one may expect, but it doesn’t stop there. The deli also has a variety of items for both breakfast and dinner. In addition to the delicious bagels and muffins, CB & D is also known for its bakery which creates everything from infamous rum cakes to rhubarb pies and even wedding cakes. 

10597 Dorchester Rd
Summerville, SC 29485

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