Charleston’s Hidden-Gem Restaurants: Exposing the Locals’ Secrets!

Charleston’s Hidden-Gem Restaurants: Exposing the Locals’ Secrets!

Hidden down alleyways, nestled in shopping centers, tucked into city corners, and flat-out off-the-beaten-path, there are a handful of fantastic places to eat in Charleston that remain under the radar—most likely because us Charlestonians want to keep them as our little secrets! Well, I’m going to spill the beans to you, fellow blog readers.

Here are our top picks for the best “hidden gem” restaurants in Charleston:

Image to the left taken from the Locals Bar website


Locals Bar: This has to be one of the most shocking places to find fantastic sushi! Driving by, you’ll immediately want to turn around and look for a more authentic-looking sushi place, but I promise, Locals Bar has some of the best sushi in all of Charleston (arguably the best). They also have live music regularly, as well as half-off sushi nights on Mondays (25% off sushi on Fridays).

Some of the sushi you’ll find on the Locals menu includes a two-page selection of Nigiri, classic rolls, sashimi combos, and low-carb rolls. And the best part is, that this sushi is really affordable, compared to other sushi bars and restaurants in the area.

Contact Details: 1150B Queensborough Blvd., Mount Pleasant >> 843.388.5114 >>

Osteria la Bottiglia: With just an itty bitty storefront, Osteria la Bottiglia can easily overlooked by passersby (that’s if the aromas of Italian countryside flavors and spices doesn’t knock their socks off upon passing).

As you enter this rectangular shaped restaurant, the fusion of dim lighting and rustic elements mixed with lavish décor will immediately transport you into the Italian countryside. There are tables at the front of the restaurant, in the bar area (which is situated along the middle of the restaurant), as well as the back of the restaurant.

In terms of the dishes served up at Osteria, patrons will find a variety of Italian classics on the menu, including bruschetta, antipasto, rich and flavorful home-style soups, caprese salad, lasagna, lamb sausage ragout, and so much more.

So if you’re looking to mix things up and take a minivacation to Italy, Osteria la Bottiglia is the place to go.

Contact details: 420 King Street in Charleston >> 843.727.4158 >>

The Wreck: Talk about undercover; this “dive” restaurant is situated down a small dirt road, overlooking Shem Creek. Serving up fantastic, local seafood, cooked up in traditional Lowcountry style, The Wreck is Charleston’s locals’ favorite seafood joint. You can choose from a variety of seafood (all items can be served grilled or fried), including shrimp, scallops, oysters, grouper, flounder, mahi mahi, and more. I also strongly suggest getting some hush puppies and boiled peanuts – they are AMAZING and made in traditional Lowcountry style.

Contact Details: 106 Haddrell Street, Mount Pleasant >> 843.884.0052 >>

Heart Woodfire Kitchen: A quaint eatery located on James Island with both indoor and outdoor dining options, Heart Woodfire Kitchen creates delectable American fare, using fresh, local ingredients. Many of their dishes are cooked within their famous woodfire oven, which adds a unique and rich flavor to their dishes. Some of Heart’s most acclaimed menu items include fresh baked focaccia, beef short ribs, split roasted pork shoulder sandwich, spicy shrimp flatbread, baked pasta, and more.

Image above taken from the Heart Woodfire Kitchen website


Visit Heart for lunch, dinner, happy hour, and brunch!

Contact Details: 1622 Highland Ave, James Island >> 843.718.1539 >>

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