There are seafood options galore in Charleston restaurants. Consider seafood the crowning jewel on Charleston's vast menu options. In the early 1990's, Charleston's cuisine had a culinary revolution where "low country cusine" emerged at the forefront. This cooking is associated with coastal South Carolina, which is rich in seafood. There are also influences from the Caribbean, Africa and parallels to New Orleans Cajun cuisine. This is evident in dishes like shrimp and grits, she-crab soup, low country boil, oyster soup, low country shrimp boil and frogmore stew.
Hank's Seafood Restaurant 10 Hayne Street http://hanksseafoodrestaurant.com/
Located in a turn of the century warehouse that overlooks the Historic Market, Hank's has been a fixture in seafood cusine. The warehouse has been renovated to reference Charleston's rich port history, and it might even be accessible from your Charleston Bed and Breakfast. The restaurant features an old fashioned Southern saloon and a raw bar. BBonline recommends Hank's Seafood because meals are priced at an average of $30, and they're open seven nights a week. Reservations can be made online.AW Shucks Seafood Restaurant 35 Market Street (843) 723-1151 www.a-w-shucks.com
Charleston's original raw bar serves up fish fresh off the boat and served grilled, blackened or fried. The stuffed shrimp entree has received a culinary award. Locals open their palates to arguably the best she-crab soup and seafood casserole in all of Charleston.Blossom 171 East Bay Street (843) 722-9200 http://www.magnolias-blossom-cypress.com/
Blossom's executive chef, Adam Close, incorporates traditional flavor with innovative twists. Comfort dishes like battered shrimp, grilled mahi-mahi and rock shrimp are popular choices among locals. The crab ravioli with sweet corn and mustard greens or linguini with Little Neck clams are two must have options for first time diners, before settling in for the night at their Charleston Inn.Charleston Crab House 41 South Street (843) 853-2900 http://www.charlestoncrabhouse.com/
This waterfront dining restaurant was voted number one by the locals. The Post and Courier reported Charleston Crab House as "an avid supporter of sustainable seafood and also uses local fish." From the greens in the salad to the seafood on customers' plates, this restaurant promises to incorporate organic ingredients in the meals. Dinner includes Oyster McClellanville, which is baked in garlic butter. BB online recommends the famous Crab House dip, which is from an old family recipe.