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Aug 18, 2007 09:24 AM

Fresh fish in Charleston

I just moved to Charleston, and my father-in-law is coming today (oh joy). He loves just simple, grilled fish. Where would be a good, moderately-priced place to go? My searches have turned up a lot of great higher-end restaurants, as well as a lot of low-end restaurants that fry fish. But I'm having trouble finding mid-range restaurants that grill fresh fish. But I've only been here a week, so know just about nothing about anything.


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  1. Well my first question is what do you consider moderately priced? If you could give me a range I would be happy to help. I also want to add, most low end fish restaurants also broil fish.

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    1. re: lizzy

      I'm looking for around $15 for a grilled fish entree. If that's really easy to find around here, then I'd be most interested in the nicer places first, naturally. I'm downtown, but willing to travel for a nice view. Thanks.

      1. re: rutabegar

        Unfortunately $15 is what the lower end places charge, but if you are willing to up the price a little your options expand, and that includes downtown locations. I came up with three off the top of my head, and if I think of more I will let you know.

        First, Fish on upper King St, North of Calhoun. This is a neighborhood type place with good fresh seafood mixed with some Asian flavors. Entree prices are around $20, most just under in the high teens. I have been there before, and have enjoyed myself.

        Second, Fleet Landing next to Waterfront Park in downtown Chas. Although I don't recommend it in this weather, you could sit outside on the water. I would sit inside and enjoy the view. I think the food isn't as good as Fish, but it isn't bad it just comes in second to the view. Entree prices are again around $20.

        Third on my list is Coast, again in downtown Chas by the visitor center off of John St. This is definitely more touristy than the others, but the prices are about the same. However, as far as food quality I think it comes in last out of the three. This place is more lively than the others.

        Let me know if I can be of further assistance to you.

        1. re: lizzy

          Thanks so much for the help. What if I did go a little higher, to the $25-$35 range?

          1. re: rutabegar

            Hank's, it is a couple of blocks off the market. This is my favorite high end seafood restaurant. Things not to miss include the she crab soup, anything from the raw bar but especially the raw oyster specials and the raw seafood tower (just ask about the price), and the key lime pie and banana cream pie for dessert.