Monday — it’s a day many dread, as the weekend has come and gone leaving another looming work week on the horizon. Making matters worse is the lack of dining establishments open on the first day of the work week. It’s understandable — the food and beverage community works all weekend while others play, leaving Monday as a day to reset before another week of dining service. Still, residents and visitors extending their trip past the weekend are asking, which restaurants are open on Monday? Ponder no more — the list below highlights 15 downtown dinner destinations for the next Monday night spent out on the town.Read More
Avoid Monday Closures at These 14 Downtown Charleston Establishments
Say goodbye to the Monday blues
1. Edmund's Oast
Start the week with refined plates from executive chef Bob Cook while sipping an in-house brewed beer like their renowned peanut butter & jelly, which tastes like the sandwich in a glass. For bites, check out the crispy green curry salt chicken or hanger steak with potato latkes.
2. Lewis Barbecue
It’s hard to think of a better start to the week than a night filled with Lewis’ renowned Texas brisket. Dig in at the restaurant alongside a local craft beer or take it to go and chow down on the couch at home.
3. Baker and Brewer
This new concept brings together two adored North Charleston establishments, EVO and Holy City Brewing. Grab a slice of pistachio pesto or Pork Trifecta while sipping one of several brand new draught beers that guests can only find at the restaurant.
With oysters, fried chicken, and frozen gin and tonics, Leon’s is always a crowd pleaser. If the wait is too long, head to one of the group’s two sister restaurants, Little Jack’s and Melfi’s, which are both just steps away.
5. Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar
Find a large list of Spanish tapas and wines at this King Street destination. There is something for everyone at Barsa, from calamari to stuffed piquillo peppers to grilled hanger steak with chimichurri, and big groups can always opt for the family style paella.
With antipasti, pastas, and Italian plates meant for sharing, Indaco provides the ideal setting for a social gathering. The wood fired pizzas are topped with high quality ingredients like the maitake, prosciutto di parma, red onions, mozzarella, and fontina found on the mushroom pie.
7. Xiao Bao Biscuit
Charleston, SC 29403
Each meal at Xiao Bao Biscuit, which is housed in an old gas station, is an adventure, as chef Josh Walker draws inspiration from Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, and Korean flavors. If visiting for the first time, be sure to try the okonomiyaki, which is a Japanese cabbage pancake.
8. The Macintosh
Test out the offering from new Macintosh executive chef Stuart Rogers, who used to head the kitchen at Oak Steakhouse in Atlanta. The ever-changing menu features elegant dishes that air on the side of adventure — think confit duck with blackberries and okra, bone marrow pudding, and Tiller Bakery Bread with gochujang honey butter. Those looking to keep it simple can test out the steak frites or “The Mac” house burger.
O-Ku’s Monday, Wednesday, Friday happy hour is one of the best in town, as they offer half-priced sushi rolls and bottles of saki from 5 to 7 p.m. The lively ambiance inside the King Street restaurant make O-Ku a fun place to start any night.
10. 39 Rue De Jean
This French bistro offers an expansive menu daily until 11 p.m., an underrated luxury in Charleston. Classics like mussels and steak-frites meet sushi rolls to form a menu that will please any crowd.
This cozy Greek eatery offers entrees reminiscent of what grandma used to make but with an added modern touch. Look for warm, comforting favorites like spanakopita or pastichiatho along with meat-heavy dishes like souvlaki or braised lamb shank.
Those looking to get a reservation at a reasonable hour at this famed Charleston restaurant should try a on Monday. The seasonal offering changes frequently, but diners can usually expect to find the well known chicken liver pâté and ricotta gnocchi on the menu.
13. The Watch Rooftop Kitchen and Spirits
Grab a burger and a beer at The Restoration Hotel’s rooftop restaurant every Monday for just $10. The Watch is consistently counted as one of the best places to view the church steeple lined Charleston skyline.
Saddle up at Minero for a margarita and charcoal grilled chicken wings, which are doused with Valentina hot sauce in a brown paper bag tableside. Those who brought an appetite should check out the football-sized burrito.