The Ordinary

Row 1

544 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
$ $ $
Tue–Sun: 5:00 PM–11:00 PM

Chef Mike Lata and partner Adam Nemirow brought something new and exciting to the Charleston culinary landscape when they opened The Ordinary in 2013. Like sister restaurant, FIG, the kitchen creates some of the most delicious food in the city and the atmosphere, service and bar program are all top notch and make the experience unforgettable. The Ordinary is a Southern-inspired seafood and oyster bar and the menu features fresh and mostly locally caught products by some of the hardest working fishermen, crabbers, oystermen and producers. And even though the menu changes often, some items not to miss are the oyster platters or the infamous oyster tower (though pricey), their fish pate, tartare or ceviche, the amberjack schnitzel and the oyster sliders. Awards for the hot spot have been continuous since opening including being named The Daily Meal’s 2013 Restaurant of the Year, Esquire’s Best New Restaurants 2013 and Southern Living’s No. 1 Restaurant of the Year 2013, to name a few. - Angel Postell

Foursquare Tips

  • Oysters, Ros, repeat. Oysters, Ros, repeat. Named one of the best oyster bars in America (2014) by Travel + Leisure magazine.
  • The pickled shrimp have been on the menu since the day the restaurant opened. A Southern staple, the shrimp are one of the more refreshing things you could ask for on a hot summer (or winter's) day.
  • Fried oyster sliders will change your life.
  • Mike Lata's James Beard-nominated seafood palace is drawing serious crowds, and anyone who's tasted the uni or Maine lobster ceviche knows why. The triple seafood tower is something of a marvel.
  • Bartenders are very friendly and knowledgable! First time here and I love this place already!
  • Lobster roll. Oyster sliders. Awesome! Eat them.
  • Not just the best restaurant in Charleston, but one of the best restaurants I've ever been to. Blue crab on toast is an excellent starter. Smoked oysters (pictured) are BLOW YOUR MIND DELICIOUS.
  • BBQ White Shrimp is INSANELY good. You won't regret it.
  • All the seafood is so fresh and perfectly paired
  • The lobster is flown in straight off the boat from Maine, and its served with a tangy hint of Tabasco, chives and Old Bay. We want to go to there.
  • Steak Tartare with fried oysters. And this is a seafood place. Falanghina wine was bold and good!
  • Oysters are simply outstanding. Wine recommendations perfect. My top choice in Charleston
  • The Oyster sliders and Oyster Moscow were both AWESOME! Everything we had was really good including the drink our waiter suggested. Service was great and so was the atmosphere.
  • Go big or go home. Order a seafood tower!
  • Insanely good. Redid an old bank building. Get the crab toast, tuna poke, black bass, and acorn squash farroto. I could eat here every night.
  • You know you are awesome. And that you DESERVE the three-tier seafood tower. Yes, you are worth it!
  • Awful! Waited at our table for15 minutes and no one ever came up to us.
  • Awesome seafood dishes with very fresh and clean palette. Great service as well!
  • Amazing seafood! The oyster sliders are a must. Great vibe, good wine list, all of the dishes were really tasty.
  • Awesome new seafood spot on Upper King. The space is gorgeous - huge and open. Ouster sliders and squid ink grits were fantastic as well as the Lobster Roll (Tuesday only special).