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The Citrus Club offers wraparound views of downtown Charleston.
Andrew Cebulka

18 Charleston Bars and Restaurants With Impressive Outdoor Views

Enjoy the cooler weather with rooftop bars and waterside dining

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The Citrus Club offers wraparound views of downtown Charleston.
| Andrew Cebulka

It's no secret that Holy City sunsets and Charleston waterfronts are some of the most coveted views around (think of the Instagram likes), but where can you relax with a glass of wine or a plate of food while taking in these sights? There are a few rooftop bars or spots nestled on the water, but many offer seafood, and all offer libations.

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Lowcountry restaurant Momo sits right on the Cooper River. Stroll around Riverfront Park while waiting for a table at brunch or after dinner. Look for seafood towers, pimento cheese plates, and deviled eggs.

The Kingstide

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The Kingstide is Daniel Island’s only waterfront restaurant with plenty of patio seating looking out to the Wando River. Aside from the views, there’s oysters, lobster rolls, smoked fish dip, plenty of cocktails, and more.

A patio by the river.
The Kingstide has waterfront views.
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Islander 71 Fish House and Deck Bar

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Beachgoers have a new option for seafood and Southern favorites at Islander 71 Fish House and Deck Bar. The outdoor dining area comes with views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Dishes include she-crab fries, ceviche, fried fish sandwiches, crab cakes, and more.

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Islander 71 has the best views on IOP.
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Island Cabana Bar & Ship Store

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Tucked away at the marina on Immigration Street, off of East Bay Street, sits breezy cafe Island Cabana. Utilized by boaters going out for the day, the establishment also welcomes anyone who wants to hang out on the dock with a frosé, fried shrimp, and fish tacos. There’s also a great selection of local beers and bait if you need boat supplies.

Tavern & Table

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Watch the dolphins play from the deck at Shem Creek restaurant Tavern & Table. The patio is a favorite with locals for an after-work cocktail and views of the sunset.

Saltwater Cowboys

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Order a plate of trash can nachos, a few beers, and take in the scenes of Shem Creek at Saltwater Cowboys.

Satellite Bar

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The Stars Rooftop, newly renamed the Satellite Bar, offers skyline views of downtown Charleston. If it's a nice day, sit in the sun, and peer over King Street.

Citrus Club

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Perched high above the Charleston landscape, Citrus Club is the sophisticated rooftop bar of any tropical drink lover’s dreams. The 360-degree views are the best in town. Take the lobby elevator up to grab a seat and take in the view while sipping a playful libation.

Citrus Club
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Charleston Harbor Fish House

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Charleston Harbor Fish House has some of the best views in Mount Pleasant. The outdoor bar overlooks the Ravenel Bridge and most of the seats have views of the harbor. Spy on downtown Charleston from across the Cooper River.

Charleston Harbor Fish House.
Charleston Harbor Fish House

Coda Del Pesce

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Contemporary Italian eatery Coda del Pesce sits right on the beach at Isle of Palms. Watch the ocean while ordering from chef Ken Vedrinski's seafood-filled menu.

Coda Del Pesce
Coda Del Pesce

The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits

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The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits opened atop boutique hotel the Restoration on the seventh floor, so it currently claims the title of highest elevation for a public space and carries incredible views of the Lowcountry. Stop by at sunset for a Instagram-breaking photo opportunity.

A blue dining room.
The Watch offers downtown views.
The Watch

Market Pavilion Rooftop Bar

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Patrons can easily drop some serious money at Market Pavilion if they're looking to impress friends or celebrate a recent promotion. However, those pricey mojitos come with a spectacular skyline view of the Holy City and a bar-side pool. Visit for a splurge and take in the sights.

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Don’t hop in the pool after too many martinis.
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The Habit

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East Bay’s newest bar and restaurant, the Habit, offers rooftop views of the harbor and the unique addition of big screen televisions for watching sports in the great outdoors. Rent out a seating area so you can control which game is on the TVs. And if you’re not into football, grab a cocktail and enjoy the scenery.

Fleet Landing

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Fleet Landing is one of the very few options for waterfront views on the Ravenel bridge side of downtown Charleston. The harbor views are best enjoyed at happy hour with a discounted drink and friends on the wraparound porch. The restaurant is popular with visitors looking for fried shrimp platters.

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The bar at Fleet Landing.
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The Vendue Rooftop

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What was once the vodka-soda-stained hangout for bachelorette parties and undergrads is now a nice stop for folks looking for sophisticated cocktails and rosé by the glass. The pre-sunset crowd at the Vendue Rooftop is a quiet bunch peering at the sight of the Charleston Harbor from above. The post-sunset crew might get a little rowdier.

Salty Mikes

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With some of the cheapest drinks and best views downtown, Salty Mike's is a gathering for sailors, locals, and in-the-know tourists. The no-frills watering hole sits on the Marina, so guests can watch boats go by with beer in hand.

Salty Mike’s
Salty Mike’s is a dive with a view.
Erin Perkins

The Boathouse at Breach Inlet

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The Boathouse is a Charleston institution. The menu reads like a throwback Southern seafood house — fried scallop platters next to crab cake appetizers and butter-poached lobster tails. Ask for a seat on the top deck for a cocktail (or two) while pondering the views of Breach Inlet.

Bowens Island Restaurant

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The setting at old-school oyster shack Bowens is perfect for grabbing a fresh bushel of bivalves, and watching a Lowcountry sunset. The interiors at Bowen's are rustic, but customers are there for views of the marshland and water, along with the buckets of oysters.

Momo

Lowcountry restaurant Momo sits right on the Cooper River. Stroll around Riverfront Park while waiting for a table at brunch or after dinner. Look for seafood towers, pimento cheese plates, and deviled eggs.

The Kingstide

The Kingstide is Daniel Island’s only waterfront restaurant with plenty of patio seating looking out to the Wando River. Aside from the views, there’s oysters, lobster rolls, smoked fish dip, plenty of cocktails, and more.

A patio by the river.
The Kingstide has waterfront views.
Mike Ledford

Islander 71 Fish House and Deck Bar

Beachgoers have a new option for seafood and Southern favorites at Islander 71 Fish House and Deck Bar. The outdoor dining area comes with views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Dishes include she-crab fries, ceviche, fried fish sandwiches, crab cakes, and more.

Exterior of a blue building with blue sky.
Islander 71 has the best views on IOP.
Mike Ledford

Island Cabana Bar & Ship Store

Tucked away at the marina on Immigration Street, off of East Bay Street, sits breezy cafe Island Cabana. Utilized by boaters going out for the day, the establishment also welcomes anyone who wants to hang out on the dock with a frosé, fried shrimp, and fish tacos. There’s also a great selection of local beers and bait if you need boat supplies.

Tavern & Table

Watch the dolphins play from the deck at Shem Creek restaurant Tavern & Table. The patio is a favorite with locals for an after-work cocktail and views of the sunset.

Saltwater Cowboys

Order a plate of trash can nachos, a few beers, and take in the scenes of Shem Creek at Saltwater Cowboys.

Satellite Bar

The Stars Rooftop, newly renamed the Satellite Bar, offers skyline views of downtown Charleston. If it's a nice day, sit in the sun, and peer over King Street.

Citrus Club

Perched high above the Charleston landscape, Citrus Club is the sophisticated rooftop bar of any tropical drink lover’s dreams. The 360-degree views are the best in town. Take the lobby elevator up to grab a seat and take in the view while sipping a playful libation.

Citrus Club
Andrew Cebulka

Charleston Harbor Fish House

Charleston Harbor Fish House has some of the best views in Mount Pleasant. The outdoor bar overlooks the Ravenel Bridge and most of the seats have views of the harbor. Spy on downtown Charleston from across the Cooper River.

Charleston Harbor Fish House.
Charleston Harbor Fish House

Coda Del Pesce

Contemporary Italian eatery Coda del Pesce sits right on the beach at Isle of Palms. Watch the ocean while ordering from chef Ken Vedrinski's seafood-filled menu.

Coda Del Pesce
Coda Del Pesce

The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits

The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits opened atop boutique hotel the Restoration on the seventh floor, so it currently claims the title of highest elevation for a public space and carries incredible views of the Lowcountry. Stop by at sunset for a Instagram-breaking photo opportunity.

A blue dining room.
The Watch offers downtown views.
The Watch

Market Pavilion Rooftop Bar

Patrons can easily drop some serious money at Market Pavilion if they're looking to impress friends or celebrate a recent promotion. However, those pricey mojitos come with a spectacular skyline view of the Holy City and a bar-side pool. Visit for a splurge and take in the sights.

A rooftop pool.
Don’t hop in the pool after too many martinis.
Pavilion Bar

The Habit

East Bay’s newest bar and restaurant, the Habit, offers rooftop views of the harbor and the unique addition of big screen televisions for watching sports in the great outdoors. Rent out a seating area so you can control which game is on the TVs. And if you’re not into football, grab a cocktail and enjoy the scenery.

Fleet Landing

Fleet Landing is one of the very few options for waterfront views on the Ravenel bridge side of downtown Charleston. The harbor views are best enjoyed at happy hour with a discounted drink and friends on the wraparound porch. The restaurant is popular with visitors looking for fried shrimp platters.

A bar with an open window facing the water.
The bar at Fleet Landing.
Andrew Cebulka

The Vendue Rooftop

What was once the vodka-soda-stained hangout for bachelorette parties and undergrads is now a nice stop for folks looking for sophisticated cocktails and rosé by the glass. The pre-sunset crowd at the Vendue Rooftop is a quiet bunch peering at the sight of the Charleston Harbor from above. The post-sunset crew might get a little rowdier.

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Salty Mikes

With some of the cheapest drinks and best views downtown, Salty Mike's is a gathering for sailors, locals, and in-the-know tourists. The no-frills watering hole sits on the Marina, so guests can watch boats go by with beer in hand.

Salty Mike’s
Salty Mike’s is a dive with a view.
Erin Perkins

The Boathouse at Breach Inlet

The Boathouse is a Charleston institution. The menu reads like a throwback Southern seafood house — fried scallop platters next to crab cake appetizers and butter-poached lobster tails. Ask for a seat on the top deck for a cocktail (or two) while pondering the views of Breach Inlet.

Bowens Island Restaurant

The setting at old-school oyster shack Bowens is perfect for grabbing a fresh bushel of bivalves, and watching a Lowcountry sunset. The interiors at Bowen's are rustic, but customers are there for views of the marshland and water, along with the buckets of oysters.

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