You’re never too far from a raw bar in Charleston and for good reason: the ocean is super close and fresh seafood is great. But when you want to turn a casual meal of oysters and shrimp into an event, head to The Ordinary on King St. This 1920’s bank-turned-restaurant serves a wide range of seafood dishes, but the main reason to come here is for the shellfish towers, which you can get in one, two, or three layers. Order a drink and a tower, along with a few shared plates like the crispy oyster sliders and snapper ceviche.
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Slightly North of Broad (SNOB) in the French Quarter serves Lowcountry dishes and local seafood and has a lively bar that’s very popular with locals.
Pearlz Oyster Bar
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Leon’s Oyster Shop
Leon’s Oyster Shop in the West Side serves fried chicken, frozen and draft cocktails, soft serve, and yes, really good chargrilled oysters.
Magnolias in the French Quarter serves upscale versions of Lowcountry classics and is great for a slightly fancy, celebratory night out.
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