What’s Hot Right Now: The Best New Restaurants in Charleston, SC

The culinary scene in the Holy City is a trending topic on every tastemaker’s mind. If you consider yourself a foodie, chances are you’re familiar with the local, downtown classics such as FIG and Husk. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous the next time you visit, consider checking out one of the best new restaurants in Charleston, SC! Whether you’re craving fresh, local seafood, or a creative plate from the hip, casual eatery, these hot new establishments have something on their menus for everyone! 

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Top 10 Trendiest New Restaurants in Charleston, SC

1. Baker & Brewer

Opened in 2019

Baker & Brewer is the brainchild of local pizzeria EVO and Holy City Brewing. This stylish establishment serves as an artisan bakery, innovative craft brewery, and pizzeria. Try delicious eats such as mushroom and Havarti pizza with basil pesto, mushroom ragout, and garlic confit. 

2. Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails 

Opened in 2019

Expect exciting and innovative takes on classic American comfort foods at Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails in Mount Pleasant. Will you try the kale & field pea salad or the truffle-fried burrata?

3. Wild Common 

Opened in 2019

Experience a fresh, vibrant, and invigorating dining experience at Wild Common. Their menus change daily and feature everything from casual small bites to a four-course tasting selection. 

4. Maison 

Opened in 2019

If you’re in the mood for dishes such as Salmon Rillette, Mussels Bourride, or Burgundy Escargot, the spirited French bistro-style cafe, Maison, is where you want to go! 

5. Malagón Mercado y Tapería

Opened in 2019

Revel in the rich, zesty flavors of Spain at the new Malagón Mercado y Tapería in the Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood. We highly recommend ordering the churros before closing out! 

6. Kwei Fei 

Opened in a permanent location in 2018

Inspired by an 8th-century consort of the last Tang Dynasty emperor, Kwei Fei is a unique restaurant concept that showcases the cuisine of Western China. You can find this establishment attached to the Pour House,  on John’s Island. 

7. Melfi’s 

Opened in 2018

Whether you’re craving a fresh pasta plate or Roman-ish thin crust pizza, Melfi’s sets the scene for an unforgettable Italian meal. The Vinny Vongole pizza is a total hit with a creamy ricotta base, thinly shaved pancetta, clams, roasted garlic, oregano, and lemon. 

8. Pink Cactus 

Opened in 2019

If you’re in the mood for Mexican, Pink Cactus serves authentic dishes that derive from Oaxaca, Mexico. Think homemade tortillas con mole y delicious postres como avocado lime sorbet. 

9. Renzo 

Opened in 2018

Who can say no to wood-fired pizza and natural wine? Renzo offers patrons a chance to try a wide variety of Italian-influenced cuisine and Neapolitan pizzas. 

10. Tu 

Okay so, Tu is not exactly new to Charleston, but their menu recently changed in the last year. It now features Indian-inspired plates such as Pani puri, potato chaat, and dosa. Yum! 

Stay at Hotel Bella Grace

In addition to seeking out the best new restaurants in Charleston, SC, visitors will find a host of exciting things to do around the city. We recommend staying in the heart of historic downtown, with us, at Hotel Bella Grace. Our boutique property manages to capture that charming architectural essence while still providing guests with all the modern conveniences they look for in a hotel. Stay in one of our stylish guest rooms or suites. Revel in the breathtaking view of the skyline, adorned with old church steeples. Wake up to a delicious breakfast each morning. Then, embark on various adventures around town. What more could you ask for in a getaway? 

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