Party season is in full swing, and Charleston visitors traveling with a big group will often find dinner reservations hard to come by. With Charleston being the tourist destination that it is, restaurants have decided to dedicate space to fill this void. From casual gathering places to fancy rooms meant for a special occasion, this map will provide several options for a large private outing.Read More
12 Group-Dinner-Friendly Restaurants in Charleston
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1. Edmund's Oast
For diners looking to host an event, Edmund’s Oast on Morrison street has a few spaces, The Bower, The Library, and The Courtyard, that can house large groups. The food menu is made up of snacks, sides, and large plates from executive chef Bob Cook, along with a substantial meat and cheese selection. Edmund’s Oast also boasts a selection of in-house brewed beers, most notably the fan-favorite peanut butter and jelly ale.
Funky fried chicken and oyster joint Leon’s offers a relaxed option for a private event. The separate rustic space, called the Oyster Shed, can accommodate up to 36 guests who are welcomed to be as loud as they please. The food menu is meant for casual sharing, with items like smoked mahi dip, crispy clam wraps, and whole fried chickens.
3. Uptown Social
This massive bar and restaurant devoted a large portion of the second floor to house private events. Each of the two rooms are decked out with a full bar and TVs, providing for a more casual, unpretentious gathering space. The elevated pub fare featuring the Thin N’ Crispy bar pie fits the setting and pairs well with a frozen drink or draft beer.
4. Stars Rooftop Bar & Grill Room
Known as one of Charleston’s most visited rooftops, Stars has three different areas designed to host private events. The decor in the two interior rooms on the second floor, The Wilkinson and Vintage Rooms, is refined and thus fit for special occasions. The renowned rooftop bar, which has a 360-degree view of Charleston, is also available for rental and can accommodate up to 140 guests. Patrons may choose Stars for the ambiance, but the food offering featuring fresh appetizers and wood-grilled specialties will not disappoint.
5. The Macintosh
This refined King street eatery has a courtyard that can accommodate up to 50 guests. The outdoor grill allows guests to become immersed in the service, which features local ingredients and decadent dishes like bone marrow bread pudding.
Charleston, SC 29403
The details of private events at Tu are left up to the group, as patrons are free to design their own menu to create the night they are after. The Charleston single family home portion of the restaurant is where most events are held, providing an intimate, cozy backdrop. Those familiar with Tu will know to expect fun, inventive takes on flavors, textures, and plate presentations.
7. 82 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401
This classic Southern destination has several private areas available for patrons who are after that old-school Charleston dining experience. The ambiance in all is elegant while not feeling stuffy, and the menu offering features Lowcountry dishes and, of course, the renowned 82 Queen she crab soup.
8. Peninsula Grill
For fancier occasions, the Peninsula Grill, which sits in a building from 1884, offers three different event spaces. The decor, service, and food will wow guests, and the price will match up to the experience. Expect a steakhouse-style menu that reaches another level, as Peninsula Grill has wide-ranging seasonal side dishes and eight sauce options for steaks. Be sure to round out the party with Peninsula’s signature dessert — the ultimate coconut cake.
9. Blind Tiger Pub
The Blind Tiger Pub came back to life in 2016 after significant renovations and has quickly regained its position as a standby local bar on Broad Street. The sunlit courtyard in the back almost feels endless, and portions of this space can be reserved for private events. Pub food reaches another level at Blind Tiger, with indulgent options like the truffle duck sandwich and smoked chicken wings among the offerings.
10. 5Church Charleston
Step into this former church from the early 20th century to find refined interior design highlighted by large stained glass windows and vast ceilings covered with the words from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. The eatery has three different event spaces, one of which is outside, making 5Church a versatile option. Executive chef Jamie Lynch offers event packages filled with clean flavors and fresh, shareable appetizers like tuna tartare and bruschetta.
11. Red Drum Restaurant
Red Drum offers a couple options for private events, one of which is the eye-popping Wine Room. The menu at this Mount Pleasant restaurant has Mexican and Southern influences, along with a dedicated steak program.
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12. Napa Mount Pleasant
The concept behind Mount Pleasant’s Napa is an ode to the Napa Valley region in California, in which restaurants specialize in the utilization of their natural surroundings. The menu showcases local ingredients in a wide range of mediums, allowing for an event that will please any eater. The Yountville Room can fit up to 50 people and is built for both business and social gatherings.