About The Ordinary

544 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
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The Ordinary is a Classic Oyster Hall and Southern Seafood Brasserie located in an Historic Bank Building in Charleston, SC.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Closed on Monday

Cross Street:
Cannon Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 414-7060

Website:
http://www.eattheordinary.com/

Parking Details:
Validated Lot, Located one block south on Wolfe Street

Executive Chef:
Mike Lata

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine

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The Ordinary Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Seafood
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Fit for Foodies
Charleston
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food3
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too expensive based on competitive restaurants

Dined 6 days ago

The room is nice, tho if sitting on the second level, sadly the food is cool. Service and food average to slightly above average, but, certainly not worthy of the 20-25% increase in pricing over surrounding competitive restaurants in the foodie city of Charleston. $29 for a lobster roll, when we ordered the same thing last month in NYC for $18 is outrageous. Wine list is fine, but the sparkling wines are nothing .....and since bubbles are so on trend this is an oversight. Service was pretty prompt, but the server had little knowledge of the special plates the chef may have built his reputation on. Portions are too small (and not in a glutinous type of viewpoint ) and prices are too high. My third and last visit. Sorry. I would love to see it successful.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5

we had the best time! Service and food w ...

Dined 6 days ago

we had the best time! Service and food was wonderful! Ceviche was awesome! 😍

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Beautiful Evening

Dined on April 23, 2016

We had the triple tower and loved every bite. Our service was spectacular. It was a very special meal. One thing, at our table, the evening sun came in the window (with no shade) and was unpleasant on our faces for a bit. Knowing this, those tables should be set last - not first as was our case.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

The Tower is wonderful! Food excellent, ...

Dined on April 22, 2016

The Tower is wonderful! Food excellent, wine list somewhat limited and pricey but server able to give good advice!

food5
ambience4
service5

Our waitress was extremely helpful and k ...

Dined on April 22, 2016

Our waitress was extremely helpful and knowledgable. We ordered oysters, the ceviche with the jalapeños, the peel an eat shrimp, an oyster slider and the flounder. All were outstanding! We finished the meal off the the black out cake and the chocolate hazelnut pudding. Fantastic meal. Fantastic service!

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

A Good Find

Dined on April 20, 2016

After a great dinner last year, we decided to dine at The Ordinary when we stopped in Charleston on the way to NYC. Excellent food and friendly waitstaff!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
food4
ambience2
service5
value4

Not the romantic slower pace we anticipated

Dined on April 19, 2016

The upstairs may have been more the pace we might have wanted for our special evening. The downstairs was nosier than we would have preferred for our evening The service was great and each course was served very promptly one right after another. Even though we were looking for an evening out we felt when it was over that they might have been trying to have us in and out for the next set of reservations. This was our first visit, but will surely ask for the upstairs upon our return. The food was great. A little saltier than we might have preferred but overall a pleasant evening. The waitress was very knowledgeable about the dishes and food preparation. Well worth another visit.

food4
ambience3
service4

Loved the oyster sliders. Very good lo ...

Dined on April 19, 2016

Loved the oyster sliders. Very good lobster roll. Definitely recommend sitting upstairs if you want talk to table mates.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Loved It!

Dined on April 17, 2016

Great Sea Food - The Oyster/shellfish plaza was definitely the way to go. I would go back again - if we lived in Charleston. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to any of my friends visiting Charleston.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

FANTASTIC!

Dined on April 17, 2016

This restaurant is in an old bank! Loved the ambiance! We ordered several appetizers, and then each shared a meal! Each thing we ordered was incredible! Honestly can't say which was better! Our waitress was fantastic! She was top notch!! Top 10 restaurant of all time for us!!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Best Fresh Seafood ~Vibrant

Dined on April 17, 2016

After reading reviews, we snagged a 6:15 reservation . We were seated in a booth area downstairs. It was loud, but not overly so, just vibrant with everyone enjoying themselves. Next time we will ask to be upstairs to feel that atmosphere. We both ordered the Mai Tai drink which was wonderful. We each had three cold items. Smoked Oysters were great, Peektoe Crab on Toast ~fantastic~ Kale Salad was fantastic, and a raw flounder dish which was also great! .We intended on ordering the Sunday Fish Fry, however our waitress didn't come by for a while to order it and as we sat sipping our last of our Mai Tai,. We decided to then skip the entree and go for dessert. We both ordered the rice pudding with fresh strawberries on top. Yummy. I can't say I was full, but satisfied. We both said later we should have ordered another cold item or an oyster slider, before dessert, but everything we had was fantastic. Looking forward to returning for our next special occasion. . If you enjoy really fresh seafood, go here.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Very good, but not the best

Dined on April 17, 2016

This was our second time in last year to eat at The Ordinary, and though still enjoyable, it was not as satisfying as the first visit. While we appreciate the innovative menu, we were a bit disappointed in both our entrees. My spring vegetable paella was almost too salty to enjoy and my husband's fish was overwhelmed by the coating and sauce. For the prices, both dishes should have been near perfect. The service was excellent on both visits.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service3
value2

The food was very rich so small portions ...

Dined on April 16, 2016

The food was very rich so small portions are fine. No salads on the menu. Slow refills on the water. Recommend for bar dinner.

Tags: vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Excellent

Dined on April 15, 2016

The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. We have already recommended the restaurant to friends traveling to the area. We will be back

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
food4
ambience5
service4

If you have only time for one restaurant ...

Dined on April 11, 2016

If you have only time for one restaurant stop during a visit to Charleston make it to The Ordinary, because it is far from ordinary.

food4
ambience4
service5

The Ordinary serves great shellfish and ...

Dined on April 10, 2016

The Ordinary serves great shellfish and the establishment is truly interesting. Further, the service is helpful and good.

food5
ambience5
service5

Delicious!!! Our server, Georgia, was wo ...

vip
Dined on April 8, 2016

Delicious!!! Our server, Georgia, was wonderful.

food2
ambience3
service3
value3

Okay

Dined on April 4, 2016

For a very hyped up restaurant they didn't have very many menu options for entrees. My date ordered the Sunday special and it was all fried seafood, which we knew it was going to be, but it looked like it was just tossed on the tray without any care. My grouper entree was good, the grits were flavorful and the appetizers were probably the best part of the meal. Dessert was very disappointing, as it was just some macaroons set on a plate, but we got them because or server said they were the best and came highly recommended. Nothing special.

Tags: romantic, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Absolutely wonderful food, wonderful ser ...

Dined on April 3, 2016

Absolutely wonderful food, wonderful service. Just wonderful. We will definitely dine here again.

food5
ambience3
service4
value4

Wonderful meal!

Dined on April 3, 2016

We wouldn't normally eat at a restaurant in this price range, but were given a gift certificate. However, we do know good, healthy food, mostly cooking a wide range of what would be classified as gourmet ourselves. We thought the food was exceptional. and the service was very attentive. We particularly enjoyed the appetizers we chose--the raw tuna with wasabi and the smoked amberjack. The entrees were also very good; we both ordered the grouper with clams. We were seated on the mezzanine and were happy about that because it was away from the bar and quiet. The atmosphere is just average, but we don't care much about that.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food3
ambience4
service4
value2

Read so many reviews and finally had tim ...

Dined on April 2, 2016

Read so many reviews and finally had timing right to test it out. Great ambience - better downstairs than upstairs. Difficult menu to navigate for first timers. Unusual food preparations and pairings that were interesting. Value for money - there are other places that provide interesting and outstanding meals for less $$$. Glad to have eaten there once to experience but would not rush back.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service3
value2

Passing through Charleston

Dined on April 2, 2016

If you like shell fish this is your place. Pleasant atmosphere, attentive service, etc. Only one complaint, a very limited menu. There website shows many different dishes', but they are only available on certain nights, if at all.

Tags: late-night find
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great spot!

Dined on April 2, 2016

Ate at several restaurants in town when visiting for a long weekend. Lots of good ones but The Ordinary blew them all away- and at all levels- food, service and ambiance. Don't miss this spot.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service1

Extremely overpriced and overhyped for a ...

vip
Dined on March 29, 2016

Extremely overpriced and overhyped for average and ordinary food. $39 for 12 oysters $29 for a generic lobster roll with fries $6 for 1 fried oyster slider

food3
ambience1
service4
value1

Family of 4 birthday dinner

vip
Dined on March 27, 2016

We went to the ordinary to celebrate my son's 13th birthday. I told them it was a celebration. They looked us over and sat us in the 2nd floor mezzanine area with 4 tables of very young families. While my son is 13 he orders off the adult menu. In any event our waiter was fantastic the food was great until we ordered the whole fish entree. My children were served and then we waited another 40 minutes for our fish entree. It was supposed to be a celebration... None of us ate at the same time. We didn't have time for dessert and it was never offered . The experience ruined the birthday dinner event. It was a complete let down.

food4
ambience5
service5
value4

good dining experience

Dined on March 27, 2016

sea food is excellent. only problem is that there are very limited options if you are shell fish allergic

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Glad we checked this place out!

Dined on March 26, 2016

Great space--loved the building & feel of the place! Overall a great dining experience, although I wish we could have timed it better on the front side of our weekend visit to Charleston--unfortunately we overdid it earlier in the weekend eating way too much seafood so we were a bit tired of it by the time we got to the Ordinary which was a bummer since that's what they're known for! Feel like I would have enjoyed it way more if I hadn't already had like 4-5 other consecutive meals with fish/oysters/crab/shrimp beforehand! Oh well, it was still great. The oyster sliders were the hands down standout of the night--I could have eaten like 4-5 of them!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Waitress was friendly and extremely know ...

Dined on March 23, 2016

Waitress was friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the food. The food was excellent. We had the ceviche special, shrimp escabeche, celery root, fish schnitzel, dinner rolls and the blackout cake. All were amazing.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Amazing oysters!!!

Dined on March 22, 2016

Great space; wonderful amazing oysters--six different varieties; waitress very helpful with with wine suggestions; very interesting mix of old and young folks; will certainly come back for more!!

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent menu and service. FOH staff is ...

Dined on March 21, 2016

Excellent menu and service. FOH staff is on point with their descriptions and wine knowledge.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

our first visit to The Ordinary

Dined on March 20, 2016

Our evening started out with our sweet and informative server. I don't remember her name but she was very helpful and informative about the menu. Answered many questions and spent time going over it with us. We were dining with another couple and enjoyed our dinner very much. We would return there again in future visits to Charleston.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Experience!

Dined on March 19, 2016

Change the name to Extraordinary! The snapper ceviche was amazing. With all that seafood on the menu, the Saturday Steak was my choice and I was not disappointed! Every bite was a treat of taste and texture. I really enjoyed it!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food3
ambience4
service3
value3

Return visit highly anticipated but a letdown

Dined on March 17, 2016

A year ago we enjoyed our first visit to the Ordinary. Then, the wait staff was fully and so helpful. This year our server appeared preoccupied and tried to up sell us. Last year our meal was delicious and was served at the perfect dining temperature. This time our meal was barely warm and the portions so meager that we searched out another restaurant to satisfy our hunger. We may give The Ordinary another try next year ...

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

The whole snapper was amazing.

vip
Dined on March 17, 2016

The whole snapper was amazing.

food5
ambience4
service5
value3

Yes and no...

Dined on March 16, 2016

Love the interior...especially the vault kitchen. More of an oyster bar and small plates for which $$ is correct. Although delicious, two hot meals, one app, and one dessert came to over $100. Skate wing and triggerfish...yum. Interesting drink menu. Service was excellent. Bonus...free valet parking. Wish seats were more comfortable and tables were a bit bigger.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch
food4
ambience3
service5

Raw oysters were excellent. Wife had gro ...

Dined on March 13, 2016

Raw oysters were excellent. Wife had grouper and I had snapper. Both were quite good.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

One of the best seafood meals I have ever had!

vip
Dined on March 11, 2016

This meal was very close to perfect-the food and the wait staff and the drinks, it was all divine! I loved the celery root the best, but the tuna poke was divine-the whole meal was over the top! loved it!!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service3
value4

hot spot

Dined on March 11, 2016

Very interesting food with small sharing plates available ! We 4 enjoyed our chosen items.....A nice menu that was very well explained to us

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Simply amazing

Dined on March 11, 2016

Simply amazing

food3
ambience2
service5
value2

Not worth the trouble of getting there, ...

vip
Dined on March 9, 2016

Not worth the trouble of getting there, well off the beaten track. The food seemed nothing special.

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