Eclectic | Lowcountry | New American | Seafood
One of the best

‘Uptown/Down South’ is how Magnolia’s describes its fashionable way with Lowcountry cookery. An 1820s East Bay Street warehouse transformed into a snappy modern dining room with a big painting of a magnolia on one wall and an elevated horseshoe-shaped bar that is great for people-watching (and being watched), it is a relaxed restaurant that takes its cooking seriously.

Start supper with house-made potato chips topped with blue cheese and green onions or Lowcountry bouillabaisse in which the seafood is augmented with Tasso ham and andouille sausage; feast on buttermilk fried chicken accompanied by cracked pepper biscuits, top off the meal with swoonful pecan pie adorned with vanilla bean ice cream and bourbon caramel sauce. While dinner can be a significant event, requiring reservations and a good $50 per person, lunch is half the price and features such happy sandwiches as a Charleston cheese steak, grilled meat loaf, and a ‘three little pigs’ trio of barbecue bunned with jalapeno peach cole slaw.

One nice thing about Magnolia’s is that it serves lunch until 3:45pm and starts serving dinner at 3:45pm, meaning it doesn’t close. That makes it a great place to visit for a mid-afternoon break, when you can find a seat at the bar, order a few Planter’s Punches, and munch on Down South egg rolls filled with collard greens and Tasso ham or fried green tomatoes with caramelized onion grits, country ham, tomato chutney, and melted cheddar cheese.

What to Eat
Magnolia’s, Pimiento Cheese
Pimiento Cheese
Surrounded by crisp, salt-spangled tiles of Charleston flat bread, the timbale of pimiento cheese is extraordinarily zesty, speckled with bits of puckery green olive.
Magnolia’s, Shrimp Po Boy
Shrimp Po Boy
This po boy is rich! The shrimp are good-sized with snappy, sweet flesh, veiled in fine, luxey crust, abundantly heaped into a long roll with remoulade, red onion slices, and peach cole slaw. In the background are excellent sweet potato french fries.
Magnolia’s, Hamburger
Magnolia's half-pound hamburger is a full-flavored mound of juice-dripping beef encased in a smoky crust and draped with melted cheddar cheese, piled into a pretzel roll with smoked bacon, tomato, and onions.
Magnolia’s, Housemade Potato Chips
Housemade Potato Chips
The housemade potato chips are surprisingly non-greasy and come buried in an avalanche of intense blue cheese and scallions.
Magnolia’s, Lobster Bisque
Lobster Bisque
After several days of eating the local specialty, she-crab soup, I was ready to try something else. This luxuriously rich lobster bisque was a New Year's Eve special.
Magnolia’s, Parmesan Crusted Flounder
Parmesan Crusted Flounder
The parmesan-crusted flounder comes over top of jasmine rice, tomato and asparagus salad, and lump crab meat. This dish is as delicious as it looks!
Magnolia’s, Shellfish Over Grits
Shellfish Over Grits
This dish features sauteed shrimp, lobster, and scallops in a lobster butter sauce over creamy grits. Highly recommended!
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 9pm
Monday11:30am - 9pm
Tuesday11:30am - 9pm
Wednesday11:30am - 9pm
Thursday11:30am - 9pm
Friday11:30am - 10pm
Saturday11:30am - 10pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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