Charleston is known for her spectacular skyline. From the diamond spans of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge over the Cooper River to sunsets on the water to church steeples dotting the horizon, this city is postcard worthy. To get a bird’s eye view of these breathtaking views, we’ve selected our top picks for rooftop dining so you can enjoy two of Charleston’s best features – her good looks and her good food.
Charleston Crab House: The downtown location of this Lowcountry staple serves up fresh local seafood with a view of the Charleston Market below. The nighttime lights make this a perfect dinner choice with the hustle and bustle of the city right beneath you. 41 S. Market St., Charleston | charlestoncrabhouse.com
Pavilion Bar: Reserve a private table at this rooftop bar and soak in the views of the Charleston harbor and cityscape while enjoying dinner and drinks. The food will not disappoint and neither will this view. Located at the top of the Market Pavilion Hotel. 225 East Bay St., Charleston | marketpavilion.com
Rooftop Cocktail Bar at the Vendue Inn: Serving up cocktails and views of the Charleston harbor, this sky-high dining destination is near Waterfront Park. Take in the great glimpses of the water, Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge over the Cooper River and historic Fort Sumter. Open daily for lunch and dinner with special weekday pricing on select beers and cocktails and shared plates. 19 Vendue Range, Charleston | vendueinn.com/rooftop-bar
Stars Rooftop & Grill Room: Grab a seat on the recycled wicker furniture and order up a cocktail, artisan wine or craft beer and take in the 360-degree view of downtown Charleston. This hotspot is especially popular with the locals for late-night cocktails and dancing. 495 King St., Charleston | starsrestaurant.com
The Watch: Rooftop Kitchen and Spirits: Perched atop the Restoration Hotel, The Watch has one of the most sought after views in downtown Charleston. A carefully selected small bites and entree menu offers options for every palette, and the extensive drink menu is an excellent bonus. Visit right before sunset for an Instagram-worthy selfie plus happy hour specials. 79 Wentworth St., Charleston | therestorationhotel.com/the-watch
Burwell’s Stonefire Grill: This award-winning steak and seafood restaurant offers a modern outdoor scene, lined with lights and an exquisite view of downtown Charleston. The seafood is always fresh and the beef is always prime. Head to the rooftop patio bar for happy hour each day from 4-7 p.m. 14 North Market St., Charleston | burwellscharleston.com
Pour Taproom: The simplest way to have a drink with a view is by visiting the highest rooftop bar in Charleston. At Pour Taproom, you serve yourself and pay by the ounce instead of the glass, giving you the freedom to sample as many beers or wines as you’d like. You’ll love the panoramic Charleston views. 560 King St., Charleston | charleston.pourtaproom.com
Balao: After four years, this much anticipated rooftop seafood restaurant has opened its doors. Balao refuses to serve anything less than the best local seafood in Charleston. The seasonal menu changes daily for the optimal tasting experiences. Grab a spot on the rooftop to see what the hype is about. 16 North Market St., Charleston | balaoseafood.com
Uptown Social: This new hotspot is popular with the younger crowd. Late nights at Uptown Social are packed wall to wall on the rooftop and dance floor. There may be a line, but it’s well worth the wait for upbeat music and endless drink options. 587 King St., Charleston | uptownsocialchs.com
Henry’s: The cozy seating on the rooftop deck offers the feel of sitting on southern porch complete with your favorite cocktail and live music. Henry’s is the perfect downtown dinner destination or late-night stop after an evening exploring Charleston. 54 North Market St., Charleston | henryshousecharleston.com
SpiritLine Cruises: For true waterfront dining, book a dinner cruise aboard the Spirit of Carolina. As you dine on a multi-course dinner, take in the views of the Charleston harbor at sunset plus live music and a full-service bar.
Saltwater Cowboys: Fresh local seafood and smoked barbecue with views of Shem Creek make this a great spot for lunch, happy hour or event Sunday brunch. Open daily for lunch and dinner, with happy hour from 4-7 p.m. Monday to Friday. 130 Mill St., Mount Pleasant | saltwater-cowboys.com