What happens when you combine Charleston’s gorgeous scenery with some of the best restaurants in the country? You get an al fresco dining experience that’s second to none. Take advantage of incredible surroundings and delicious eats at some of the area’s best rooftop bars, patios and open-air dining rooms.
Here are some of our favorite spots for outdoor dining in Charleston:
Charleston Crab House at 41 S. Market St., Charleston. After shopping the Charleston City Market, stop off here for happy hour specials 4-7 p.m. Monday to Friday or order up a seafood platter with a view of busy downtown.
Pavilion Bar is located at the Market Pavilion Hotel, 225 East Bay St., Charleston. Open daily 11:30 a.m. to midnight, this stylish spot treats guests to views of historic Charleston, a cascading pool, signature cocktails, eclectic cuisine and the city’s most spectacular sunsets.
39 Rue de Jean at 39 John St. in Charleston. Have lunch or dinner in the outdoor courtyard of this French café along the cozy Hutson Alley. Do yourself a favor and order a side of the pommes frites.
The Rooftop at the Vendue Inn is open daily for lunch and dinner at 19 Venue Range, Charleston. Voted “Best Rooftop Bar” by Charleston City Paper since 2007, The Rooftop offers sweeping views of the Charleston Harbor, Waterfront Park, The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and more.
Stars Rooftop & Grill Room offers a 360-degree view of downtown Charleston at 495 King St., Charleston. The Rooftop bar is open daily, serving up a wide selection of international tap wines, specialty cocktails, and craft beers and outfitted with comfortable wicker furniture and space heaters for chilly evenings.
The Watch: Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits is located in The Restoration hotel at 75 Wentworth St., Charleston. Open daily 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., dine on a menu made from local ingredients, order up a refreshing cocktail and take in the iconic views of the Holy City.
Bay Street Biergarten, 549 East Bay St. in downtown Charleston, opens at 4 p.m. Monday to Wednesday and at 11 a.m. Thursday to Sunday. It’s the perfect spot for happy hour beers or a relaxing weekend lunch. The spacious outdoor area hosts cornhole tournaments, Puppies & Pints plus trivia nights.
Morgan Creek Grill on the Isle of Palms is a must-visit for a romantic evening out. Watch the sunset over the Intracoastal Waterway and surrounding Lowcountry marshes from the waterfront
dining rooms. This restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.
The Shelter Kitchen + Bar is located on the spectacular Shem Creek at 202 Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. Watch kayakers, shrimp boats and maybe even a dolphin at play as you enjoy happy hour cocktails or weekend brunch on the patio.