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Looking for a recoomedantion for dinner in Charleston

We'll be in Charleston for a weekend later on this month. We'll be arriving on a Friday and have already booked a table at the Peninsula Grill for Saturday night.

We'd love a recommendation for Friday night. Since we'll be arriving that day (and probably a bit road-weary) we thought someplace more casual, good atmosphere and with good food. We'll be staying at the Francis Marion Hotel so someplace that is easy to get to from there.

Thanks in advance for any recommendations or suggestions.

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  1. You have a lot to choose from. I like Virginia's on King, which is very Southern, kind of an upscale meat-and-three place. Just about a block north of Francis Marion.

    If you're interested in seafood, there's Coast, which is on John Street. It can get pretty loud and crowded there, but I've always enjoyed the fish.

    1. After you eat, stop in for a pint at Tommy Condon's stay for the music, you will not be disappointed.

      1. Cru Cafe is a great place for a more casual dinner.

        1. Thanks for the good responses. So, between Virginia's and Cru Cafe which would you pick for good food but casual and relaxed atmosphere?

          Thanks!

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          1. re: JacknLulu

            Virginia's is on King Street, the main street in downtown Charleston so you would get to see more nightlife if you go there. They do very southern food.
            Cru Cafe is further, you will have to take a cab but it is amazing and I love the atmosphere. If its warm enough, get a table outside and order the General Tso's Chicken and the orange cake.

            There are tons of other great casual restaurants- Fast and French, Hank's Seafood, Pane e Vino, and Basil. Check out CharlestonCityPaper.com

            1. re: greentomato

              Re: Cru Cafe...are you sure thats what you're thnking of? Its only about 6 or 8 blocks from the Francis Marion, and I don't think they have General Tso's Chicken on the menu.

              1. re: carolinadawg

                Greentomato is right, I was just at Cru the other day for lunch and they had General Tso's chicken and the table next to us was raving about it. The 8 blocks or so from Francis Marion to the Market area is certainly walkable, but King Street would be more convenient.

                Ooh, Pane e Vino, I didn't think of that - yum.

                1. re: DoubleBaconVeggieBurger

                  You peaked my interest so I went to Cru and got the chicken. It was the perfect lunch on a cold day.

            2. Fulton Five is quite nice and a straight shot down King. Muse is also very close by to you and quite good. Fulton may be a little more "dressy" than you are looking for, but Muse is casual enough. Have fun.

              1. Thanks for the great tips. We're off in a few days and will let you know where we ate and what we thought!

                Cheers!