Dockside Restaurants of Charleston
There are many dockside restaurants in the Charleston area, offering docking for boaters and fantastic views. Here are a few highlights.
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Charleston restaurants by water:
California Dreaming – 1 Ashley Pointe Charleston, SC 29407 Known for their great wings, salads, nachos and fresh seafood along with a great happy hour and the best views. They offer both indoor and outdoor seating. It’s the perfect on the water spot!
Boathouse at Breach Inlet – 101 Palm Blvd, Isle of Palms, SC 29451
At this Breach Inlet spot, vintage wooden boats hang from the rafters, there’s a rooftop deck, and guests can come by land or by water. Built in the late-1990s on the site of an old bait shop, the seafood and easy, breezy views of the waterway between Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms are the draw.
Bowen’s Island – 1870 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412
When owner Robert Barber accepted a James Beard Award in New York City for his family’s super-rustic oyster and fish house, he was wearing white rubber shrimpers’ boots. Bowen’s is the opposite of fancy, and people love it. I’d suggest arriving early to avoid long lines, then stay late for the incredible sunset views.
Red’s Ice House – 98 Church St, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
This tin and wooden building reminds me of a Caribbean beach bar. It doesn’t look like much from the outside—the original Red’s really was a dock for shrimp packing and ice—but the cold bottles of beer and plates of seafood come with views of paddleboarders and fishermen of Mount Pleasant.
RB’s – 97 Church St, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
Ronnie Boals got his first taste of the restaurant business at age 18. “I accepted an entry level position,” he says, “doing clean-up at a local drive-in.” Ronnie was an enterprising, hard-working youth with big ideas, destined to go far. In time, he would earn a well-deserved reputation as an enthusiastic hands-on operator. He would become known for personally seeing to it that his customers receive only the finest food and service. Ronnie would devote more than 40 years to making people happy, constantly defining and refining the right mix of great seafood and steaks, fresh quality ingredients and warm hospitality presented in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.
Water’s Edge – 1407 Shrimp Boat Ln, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
Water’s Edge is located on scenic Shem Creek, bringing “Downtown Dining” to the Mt. Pleasant area. Their menu that appeals to every taste bud with fresh local fish, prime rib, and many more Lowcountry dishes. The wine list proudly boast over 450 selections of affordably priced wines from around the world. Water’s Edge is the only restaurant in Mt. Pleasant to be awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every year it has been open.
Charleston Crab House– 145 Wappoo Creek Dr,
Charleston, SC 29412
Founded in 1991, Charleston Crab House has been “Family Owned for more than 20 Years & Still Crackin”. Fresh Lowcountry seafood is served everyday in our casual, family friendly Charleston seafood restaurant. Indoor & outdoor seating is offered.
Morgan Creek Grill – 80 41st Ave, Isle of Palms, SC 29451
Located on the beautiful Isle of Palms outside of Charleston, SC, Morgan Creek offers unparalleled panoramic views of the Intracoastal Waterway and surrounding Lowcountry marshes from our waterfront dining rooms. Charleston’s best fresh seafood, choice steaks and creative appetizers are offered with Southern hospitality in our main dining room nightly which features floor to ceiling windows. Our Upper Deck at Morgan Creek offers casual open air dining on the rooftop with expansive views of the Marina and waterway and a creative, casual lunch and dinner menu.
Shem Creek Bar and Grill – 508 Mill St, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
This seafood restaurant boasts two bar areas — an inside bar shaped like the bow of a boat with three beers on tap, and an oyster bar toward the back, decorated with fishing gear. Casual and fun. Fresh seafood, Angus steaks, and Lowcountry lunch specials on the banks of Shem Creek.
Vickery’s – 1313 Shrimp Boat Ln, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
Located on Shem Creek for almost three decades, they’ve come up with a varied and crowd-pleasing menu for both Vickery’s, each representing the unique location and natural resources. While their menu does change seasonally, they are mindful to keep everyone’s favorites right where they are! Don’t forget to ask about their specials!
Tavern & Table – 100 Church St, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
Like neighborhood taverns of old, Tavern & Table on Shem Creek is designed to be that local gathering place where friends and family get together for classic cocktails and spectacular handcrafted food in an atmosphere as comfortable as your living room. The inventive menu celebrates the flavors of the Lowcountry using as many local vendors, fishermen and farmers as possible. Tavern & Table is rustic but refined offering familiar flavors presented with a little flair and a lot of fun.