Charleston’s Best Spots for Al Fresco Dining
Now is the best time of year to visit the Holy City
Locals will tell you that the best time of year to visit Charleston is now through November – when temperatures are still sunny and warm, but not overbearing as in summer. To that end, here are the city’s best restaurants to take advantage of the terrific weather, and dine and drink al fresco.
One of Charleston’s oldest and most beloved eateries, 82 Queen is tucked in the heart of the city’s historic French Quarter. Its specialty? Serving up soulful lowcountry cuisine, matched by gracious service, in a postcard-perfect courtyard paved in brick and surrounded by lush greenery.
Dating back to 1803, this pub has long been a mainstay for locals. And after a spiffy renovation in 2016, it looks and feels better than ever. There’s a spacious courtyard with long picnic tables – which makes it a terrific spot for group gatherings – and the kitchen whips up classic pub fare, including Nashville hot chicken, cheese curds, and wings.
Home to Charleston’s only rooftop bar with panoramic views of the historic district, Stars turns out delectable Carolina cuisine. Your best bet is to dine in the ground floor dining room – locals highly recommend the blue crab cakes as a starter – and then head up the roof for some well-crafted drinks under the stars – pun intended!