clock menu more-arrow no yes
Cookies at The Watch
The Restoration

Christmas in Charleston: 10 Great Choices for Dining Out

Let the restaurants do the cooking

View as Map
Cookies at The Watch
| The Restoration

Just because it's Christmas Day doesn't mean settling for a frozen dinner or Chinese take-out. Charleston offers a few options for eating out on December 25. Selections run from super fancy spots with white-glove service to bar pizza. While everyone else is worrying about basting hams and turkeys, relax, and let someone else do the work. Take a peek at the map to see what's open on the holiday.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Uptown Social

Copy Link
587 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 793-1837
Visit Website

Uptown Social will open on Christmas Day with plenty of drinks, crispy bar pies, and plenty of televisions to distract from the holiday.

Uptown Social

2. Henrietta's at The Dewberry

Copy Link
The Dewberry, 334 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 872-9065
Visit Website

Southern brasserie Henrietta's will open the doors for Christmas guests in need. Dine in style at the posh restaurant situated in the ultra slick Dewberry hotel.

Henrietta's and The Living Room Robert DOnovan

3. Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine

Copy Link
298 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 501-7500
Visit Website

Skip the turkey and ham and go for Lebanese on Christmas at King Street eatery Leyla.

4. The Watch Rooftop Kitchen and Spirits

Copy Link
79 Wentworth St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 518-5115
Visit Website

Stop by The Watch for a cosmopolitan meets Southern menu. Watch the sparkling Christmas lights down below from the one of the highest restaurants in Charleston.

5. Charleston Grill

Copy Link
224 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-4522
Visit Website

The reservations are slim, but fine dining staple Charleston Grill puts on a positively flawless Christmas every year. Try for a seat at the bar to experience chef Michelle Weaver’s magical menu.

Charleston Grill

6. Ruth's Chris Steak House

Copy Link
55 S Market St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 793-4224
Visit Website

Ruth’s Chris stays open on Christmas with the regular dinner menu and a prix fixe seasonal menu. Celebrate with steak.

7. Poogan's Smokehouse

Copy Link
188 E Bay St #201
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-5665
Visit Website

Meat-tastic eatery Poogan’s Smokehouse will stay open on Christmas to serve barbecue plates, fried chicken, and Southern fare in a relaxed atmosphere.

Poke Around Recently Opened Poogan's Smokehouse

8. Magnolias

Copy Link
185 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-7771
Visit Website

Don't attempt fried mac and cheese or boiled peanut hummus for the holiday — let Magnolias take care of it. The East Bay institution has the traditional turkey with all the trimmings or alternatives like beef short ribs or pecan-crusted salmon.

9. Blossom

Copy Link
171 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 722-9200
Visit Website

Skip the turkey and go straight to the mahi mahi with ricotta gnudi. Blossom offers lots of non-traditional entrées, like grilled salmon and beef short ribs. For the die-hard holiday fans, there will be a turkey and ham plate.

10. Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Copy Link
1 Sanctuary Beach Dr
Kiawah Island, SC 29455
(843) 768-2121
Visit Website

The resort at Kiawah hosts a variety of lavish meals, from the Ocean Room steakhouse menu to the Jasmine Porch buffet.

1. Uptown Social

587 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Uptown Social

Uptown Social will open on Christmas Day with plenty of drinks, crispy bar pies, and plenty of televisions to distract from the holiday.

587 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

2. Henrietta's at The Dewberry

The Dewberry, 334 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403
Henrietta's and The Living Room Robert DOnovan

Southern brasserie Henrietta's will open the doors for Christmas guests in need. Dine in style at the posh restaurant situated in the ultra slick Dewberry hotel.

The Dewberry, 334 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29403

3. Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine

298 King St, Charleston, SC 29401

Skip the turkey and ham and go for Lebanese on Christmas at King Street eatery Leyla.

298 King St
Charleston, SC 29401

4. The Watch Rooftop Kitchen and Spirits

79 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401

Stop by The Watch for a cosmopolitan meets Southern menu. Watch the sparkling Christmas lights down below from the one of the highest restaurants in Charleston.

79 Wentworth St
Charleston, SC 29401

5. Charleston Grill

224 King St, Charleston, SC 29401
Charleston Grill

The reservations are slim, but fine dining staple Charleston Grill puts on a positively flawless Christmas every year. Try for a seat at the bar to experience chef Michelle Weaver’s magical menu.

224 King St
Charleston, SC 29401

6. Ruth's Chris Steak House

55 S Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

Ruth’s Chris stays open on Christmas with the regular dinner menu and a prix fixe seasonal menu. Celebrate with steak.

55 S Market St
Charleston, SC 29401

7. Poogan's Smokehouse

188 E Bay St #201, Charleston, SC 29401
Poke Around Recently Opened Poogan's Smokehouse

Meat-tastic eatery Poogan’s Smokehouse will stay open on Christmas to serve barbecue plates, fried chicken, and Southern fare in a relaxed atmosphere.

188 E Bay St #201
Charleston, SC 29401

8. Magnolias

185 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401

Don't attempt fried mac and cheese or boiled peanut hummus for the holiday — let Magnolias take care of it. The East Bay institution has the traditional turkey with all the trimmings or alternatives like beef short ribs or pecan-crusted salmon.

185 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

9. Blossom

171 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401

Skip the turkey and go straight to the mahi mahi with ricotta gnudi. Blossom offers lots of non-traditional entrées, like grilled salmon and beef short ribs. For the die-hard holiday fans, there will be a turkey and ham plate.

171 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

10. Kiawah Island Golf Resort

1 Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island, SC 29455

The resort at Kiawah hosts a variety of lavish meals, from the Ocean Room steakhouse menu to the Jasmine Porch buffet.

1 Sanctuary Beach Dr
Kiawah Island, SC 29455

Related Maps