About The Ordinary
The Ordinary is a Classic Oyster Hall and Southern Seafood Brasserie located in an Historic Bank Building in Charleston, SC.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Closed on Monday
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Validated Lot, Located one block south on Wolfe Street
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
The Ordinary Ratings and Reviews
too expensive based on competitive restaurants
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.
we had the best time! Service and food w ...
we had the best time! Service and food was wonderful! Ceviche was awesome! 😍
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.
The Tower is wonderful! Food excellent, ...
The Tower is wonderful! Food excellent, wine list somewhat limited and pricey but server able to give good advice!
Our waitress was extremely helpful and k ...
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!
A Good Find
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!
Not the romantic slower pace we anticipated
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.
Loved the oyster sliders. Very good lo ...
Loved the oyster sliders. Very good lobster roll. Definitely recommend sitting upstairs if you want talk to table mates.
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.
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!!
Best Fresh Seafood ~Vibrant
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.
Very good, but not the best
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.
The food was very rich so small portions ...
The food was very rich so small portions are fine. No salads on the menu. Slow refills on the water. Recommend for bar dinner.
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
If you have only time for one restaurant ...
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.
The Ordinary serves great shellfish and ...
The Ordinary serves great shellfish and the establishment is truly interesting. Further, the service is helpful and good.
Delicious!!! Our server, Georgia, was wo ...
Delicious!!! Our server, Georgia, was wonderful.
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.
Absolutely wonderful food, wonderful ser ...
Absolutely wonderful food, wonderful service. Just wonderful. We will definitely dine here again.
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.
Read so many reviews and finally had tim ...
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.
Passing through Charleston
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.
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.
Extremely overpriced and overhyped for a ...
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
Family of 4 birthday dinner
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.
good dining experience
sea food is excellent. only problem is that there are very limited options if you are shell fish allergic
Glad we checked this place out!
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!
Waitress was friendly and extremely know ...
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.
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!!
Excellent menu and service. FOH staff is ...
Excellent menu and service. FOH staff is on point with their descriptions and wine knowledge.
our first visit to The Ordinary
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.
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!
Return visit highly anticipated but a letdown
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 ...
The whole snapper was amazing.
The whole snapper was amazing.
Yes and no...
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.
Raw oysters were excellent. Wife had gro ...
Raw oysters were excellent. Wife had grouper and I had snapper. Both were quite good.
One of the best seafood meals I have ever had!
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!!
Very interesting food with small sharing plates available ! We 4 enjoyed our chosen items.....A nice menu that was very well explained to us
Not worth the trouble of getting there, ...
Not worth the trouble of getting there, well off the beaten track. The food seemed nothing special.
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