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Fish Restaurant in Charleston?

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My wife and I will be in Charleston, SC next week. We are both big foodies, eaten all over the country at the best restaurants, and live in Savannah. I had eaten at Fish, a.k.a. Fish Restaurant, at 442 King Street in Charleston about 2 1/2 years ago and was very impressed. In the Lowcountry, almost all restaurants serve the same food seafood the same ways. For fish, it's grouper, snapper, flounder and Atlantic sea bass. They are served usually in a sweetened beurre blanc or stuffed with shellfish. Fish broke out of this mold, with Asian styles and nice wine reductions.

But looking through the Chowhound posts, I don't see Fish mentioned at all, either for foodies, romantics or seafood eats. Which makes me wonder why. Has it changed or was my experience in the past unusual? Is there better high-end seafood in Charleston that won't just mimic what we can get in Savannah?

This question is hard to do a Chowhound/Google search, since "Fish" as a restaurant name gets LOTS of search hits for the food....

442 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

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  1. I ate lunch at Fish not too long ago and it was great. I haven't eaten dinner then in a couple years, but the dinner was amazing. I highly suggest Fish, just don't go late on a Saturday night because they turn into a bar with a DJ.

    1. Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar is a great restaurant for seafood.


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      1. re: Littleman

        Really, it's two very different dining experiences.

        1. re: Sue in Mt P

          What are the two different experiences.

          1. re: Littleman

            Take a look at the menus. Fish has French and Asian influences and Amen is a raw bar.

            1. re: Sue in Mt P

              I was not comparing the two restaurants. I have not been to Fish and doubt I will if it's Asian. I'm not a fan of Asian food but I love Amen Street. I was just recommending another seafood restaurant. I love Charleston food but I don't go there for French or Asian. I go for the SC southern cuisine only.

      2. I think also, the location is a little outside the usual tourist crawl. I haven't been there in a long time but you're right-they do a beautiful job.

        1. Had dinner last week w/ two other couples at Fish. Calamari was an OMG experience, and we greed it was the best any of us could remember. Everyone had different entrees and all agreed the seafood was outstanding.
          We also ate at Charleston Grill, and T Lucca....lunch at Husk. You have to work at having a bad meal in Charleston. Even Fleet Landing for a "Leaving Town quick lunch" was surprisingly good...fish was fresh and tasty, and calamari "fingers", while unlike anything we've every had, were a hit for tho0se who don't like tough calamari.

          Charleston Grill
          224 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401

          Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar
          186 Concord Street, Charleston, SC 29401

          1. Thanks for all the replies. Looking forward to a meal there soon.