The dishes at Bintü Atelier help provide a new frame for Lowcountry cooking. Photo courtesy of Bintü Atelier

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The 10 Restaurants That Defined Charleston Dining This Year


We asked our contributors to the Resy Hit List to share their top dining experiences in their cities this year — 10 restaurants that are helping to define the state of great dining right now. Please welcome back our Best of The Hit List for 2023. (You can find other cities’ top picks here.)

Charleston restaurateurs brought it this year, opening exciting new venues serving expansive flavors, like Bintü Atelier, Kultura, and King BBQ.

That said, we also carved out space in the rotation for the familiar go-to comfort of places like Lowland Tavern and The James. In addition, new offerings like Beautiful South and Ma’am Saab continue to push the envelope of food that we love in the Holy City — a reminder that we have no shortage of great spots to try. All said, it’s been a great year for eating, and we’ve captured it in these 10 restaurants that defined how we dined in Charleston in 2023.