5 Best Waterfront Restaurants in Charleston, SC

While Charleston is crawling with restaurants on every corner, there is no better way to enjoy a meal than with a scenic view of the water. If your crew is spending the day in cover-ups or beach clothing, these spots are the perfect casual place to take in the ocean and try some delicious local cuisine. Make sure to ask for a table outside and bring your sunnies!

1. Red’s Ice House is the perfect day drinking and lunch spot for your entire crew! It is the perfect laid-back place to enjoy a beer and some fried shrimp while watching for dolphins on the scenic Shem Creek!

2. Blu is located inside the Tides Hotel on Folly Beach. If your group is staying on Folly, this is a must-do! The outdoor bar is right on the beach and features a full menu of tropical cocktails along with food.

3. Fleet Landing
Fleet Landing is known as one of Charleston’s best, and oldest, Charleston restaurants. Built on an old Navy pier, it is known best for the shrimp & grits and she crab soup. Definitely make a reservation ahead of time!

4. The Wreck of Richard and Charlene
The Wreck is one of Charleston’s biggest hidden gems for local fried seafood. The shrimp boats are literally located at the end of the dock, that’s how fresh! Located on Shem Creek, this spot is also seen throughout the seasons of popular show Outer Banks!

5. Coconut Joe’s
This restaurant and bar located on Isle of Palms is the perfect spot for a post beach day meal and drinks! Try out the soft shell crab sandwich for a Charleston favorite!