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16 Charleston Bars and Restaurants With Breathtaking Views

Rooftop bars and waterside dining

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Citrus Club
| 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 phenomenons? There's a few rooftop bars or spots nestled on the water worth visiting — many offer seafood, and all offer libations.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Kingstide

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32 River Landing Dr
Charleston, SC 29492

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.

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2. Tavern & Table

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100 Church St
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

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.

3. Saltwater Cowboys

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130 Mill St
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 856-0700
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Order a plate of trashcan nachos, a few beers, and take in the scenes of Shem Creek at Saltwater Cowboys.

4. Stars Rooftop

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495 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 577-0100
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Visit the Stars Rooftop on Sundays for low-priced mimosas and Bloody Marys. If it's a nice day, sit in the sun, and peer over King Street. The roof is a nice place to settle for an outdoor Sunday Funday.

5. Citrus Club

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334 Meeting St 8th Floor
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 558-8000
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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.

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6. Charleston Harbor Fish House

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24 Patriots Point Rd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 284-7070
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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

7. Coda Del Pesce

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130 Ocean Blvd
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
(843) 242-8570
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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.

8. Èlevé

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55 Wentworth St
Charleston, SC 29401

Walk past the chandeliers and double bars of the Èlevé dining room to settle on the side patio for views of downtown Charleston in a hip, modern setting. Peek down at the Ansonborough neighbors with a glass of wine in hand.

9. The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits

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Wentworth
Charleston, SC 29401

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.

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10. Harborview Restaurant & Lounge

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301 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 556-7100
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For fans of breathtaking views and climate-controlled environments, Harbor View Restaurant & Lounge offers both atop the Holiday Inn on the Ashley River. Neither the gnats nor the humidity can get to customers from the enclosed rooftop bar. Bonus: house liquors are only $4 during happy hour.

11. Market Pavilion Rooftop Bar

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225 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-0500
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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 $15 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.

12. Fleet Landing

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186 Concord St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 722-8100
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Fleet Landing is the only option 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 $18.99 fried shrimp platters.

13. The Vendue Rooftop

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19 Vendue Range
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-7970
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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.

14. 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.

15. The Boathouse at Breach Inlet

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101 Palm Blvd
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
(843) 886-8000
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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.

16. Bowens Island Restaurant

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1870 Bowens Island Rd
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 795-2757
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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.

Bowen’s Island view.
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1. The Kingstide

32 River Landing Dr, Charleston, SC 29492
Mike Ledford

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.

32 River Landing Dr
Charleston, SC 29492

2. Tavern & Table

100 Church St, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

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.

100 Church St
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

3. Saltwater Cowboys

130 Mill St, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

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

130 Mill St
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

4. Stars Rooftop

495 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Visit the Stars Rooftop on Sundays for low-priced mimosas and Bloody Marys. If it's a nice day, sit in the sun, and peer over King Street. The roof is a nice place to settle for an outdoor Sunday Funday.

495 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

5. Citrus Club

334 Meeting St 8th Floor, Charleston, SC 29403
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.

334 Meeting St 8th Floor
Charleston, SC 29403

6. Charleston Harbor Fish House

24 Patriots Point Rd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
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.

24 Patriots Point Rd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

7. Coda Del Pesce

130 Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms, SC 29451

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.

130 Ocean Blvd
Isle of Palms, SC 29451

8. Èlevé

55 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401

Walk past the chandeliers and double bars of the Èlevé dining room to settle on the side patio for views of downtown Charleston in a hip, modern setting. Peek down at the Ansonborough neighbors with a glass of wine in hand.

55 Wentworth St
Charleston, SC 29401

9. The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits

Wentworth, Charleston, SC 29401
The Watch / Official

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.

Wentworth
Charleston, SC 29401

10. Harborview Restaurant & Lounge

301 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407

For fans of breathtaking views and climate-controlled environments, Harbor View Restaurant & Lounge offers both atop the Holiday Inn on the Ashley River. Neither the gnats nor the humidity can get to customers from the enclosed rooftop bar. Bonus: house liquors are only $4 during happy hour.

301 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

11. Market Pavilion Rooftop Bar

225 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401

Patrons can easily drop some serious money at Market Pavilion if they're looking to impress friends or celebrate a recent promotion. However, those $15 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.

225 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

12. Fleet Landing

186 Concord St, Charleston, SC 29401

Fleet Landing is the only option 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 $18.99 fried shrimp platters.

186 Concord St
Charleston, SC 29401

13. The Vendue Rooftop

19 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401

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.

19 Vendue Range
Charleston, SC 29401

14. Salty Mikes

Charleston, SC 29401

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.

15. The Boathouse at Breach Inlet

101 Palm Blvd, Isle of Palms, SC 29451

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.

101 Palm Blvd
Isle of Palms, SC 29451

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16. Bowens Island Restaurant

1870 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412
Bowen’s Island view.
Mike Ledford

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.

1870 Bowens Island Rd
Charleston, SC 29412

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