The Ordinary

$ $ $
544 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm

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


  • Oysters, Ros, repeat. Oysters, Ros, repeat. Named one of the best oyster bars in America (2014) by Travel + Leisure magazine.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Snapper ceviche. Best. Bite. Ever.
  • The Fried Oyster Sliders are to DIE for.
  • If you love rum, the cocktail list here is for you and the bartenders are so knowledgeable and passionate. The milk punch was so unique and not sweet, as was the rum old fashioned.
  • The steak tartare really is a standout. Its served with crispy oysters instead of bread or crackers, such a unique preparation and so tasty.
  • Best dinner in CHS, terrific service. Share everything! Get zucchini carpaccio, oyster sliders, steak tartare, snapper crudo, shrimp polenta, soft shell crab, and strawberry tart. Book well in advance
  • The baked Oysters are the star here!
  • Raw oysters and oyster sliders
  • The Oysters are amazing!
  • Seafood platters
  • Some of the best oysters on earth... Smoked oysters; blue crab; rose cider; incredible service.
  • Ceviche, oyster sliders and New Orleans bbq shrimp: orange wine!
  • gold standard for seafood in Charleston. menu of classic Hot and Cold ; Caribbean fish stew or oysters sliders or smoked oysters with saltines.
  • Smoked oysters absolutely exquisite!

Nearby places

511 King St
495 King St (btwn Morris & Radcliffe St)