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  • Magnolias-Upper Level

  • 4.0 stars
    (1 review, average rating: 5.0/5)
  • Cuisines: American (Traditional), Southern
  • (843) 577-7771
  • 185 E Bay St Charleston, SC 29401
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79 Reviews
2012/12/08
  • Fine Dining In Casual Sophistication!
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • Charleston is home to towering centuries-old moss-bearded oak trees, the sweet fragrance of blossoming magnolias and a charm that surges throughout the city as fast as the warm summer breezes off of the Charleston Harbor can find their way through this romantic southern town. Ask any local in this captivating city to name their top five restaurants in the city, and we guarantee that in their catalog of dining establishments will be Magnolias on East Bay Street. A definite must-visit eatery, the inviting pale pink facade of Magnolias restaurant will welcome you inside with its decorative squared-off columns and wrought iron detail shaded by neighboring palm trees along the sidewalk. Serving locals and attracting visitors alike, this culinary gem is by far one not to miss.

    The city streets are enchanting. Southern and sophisticated at the same time, Charleston was named 'Friendliest City in America' by Travel + Leisure Magazine in 2010, came in second on their infamous list of 'World's Best Cities in the U.S. and Canada' in 2011, and awarded the magazine's #1 spot for 'Fine Dining Restaurants' in 2012! Visiting this enthralling part of the country will prove just why. Between the well-mannered friendly locals to the fine consistent southern cuisine to the stunning comprehensive views across the harbor and multitude of attractions and hospitable luxurious lodging available on a year-round basis, this place has become one of our favorites to visit when our travels take us to the southeast.

    The city streets are enchanting. Southern and sophisticated at the same time, Charleston was named 'Friendliest City in America' by Travel + Leisure Magazine in 2010, came in second on their infamous list of 'World's Best Cities in the U.S. and Canada' in 2011, and awarded the magazine's #1 spot for 'Fine Dining Restaurants' in 2012! Visiting this enthralling part of the country will prove just why. Between the well-mannered friendly locals to the fine consistent southern cuisine to the stunning comprehensive views across the harbor and multitude of attractions and hospitable luxurious lodging available on a year-round basis, this place has become one of our favorites to visit when our travels take us to the southeast.

    Here's one of those restaurants that has very memorable bread service. Perfectly crusty on the outside, soft and warm on the inside with a house made flavored butter gently blanketed in a white linen napkin upon serving. Incredible flavor, visual delight and presentation galore, this bread is the perfect method of starting off a meal at Magnolias.

    The restaurant offers a full bar and mixes and pours some pretty sensational liquid temptations if you're in the mood for a relaxing libation with your meal. Above, my husband and I enjoyed a glass of Chardonnay and a mixed beverage from the bartender before placing our orders.

    One of our most memorable entrees we've enjoyed probably too many times is Magnolias' Parmesan Crusted Flounder ($15). Yes, many establishments prepare a similar version. However, they don't prepare theirs with jasmine rice and creek shrimp pirloo, lump crab meat, sweet corn, tomato and asparagus salad and top it off with a citrus beurre blanc sauce that screams fabulous! But Magnolias' own Executive Chef Don Drake executes this and other dishes excellently. The tender fish nearly melts upon contact of each bite, while the light citrus beurre blanc details and enhances every tasty sensation in this dish.

    A common menu selection I have been guilty of ordering on more than one occasion is the Pan Seared Lump Crab Cake ($14). Jasmine rice and creek shrimp pirloo (we can't get enough of this rice pirloo), sauteed spinach and a tomato butter sauce that creates a flavorsome edible foundation for a perfectly-crafted lump crab cake just waiting to be devoured...

    Another item I've personally enjoyed was the Crab Stuffed Ravioli in a savory creamy sauce accompanied by bits of apple wood smoked bacon, ye

  • Order: Parmesan Crusted Flounder, Crab Stuffed Ravioli, Pan Seared Lumb Crab Cake, wine, cocktails
 
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