The Ordinary

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

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  • 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.
  • excellent all around.. steak tartare with crispy oysters and red snapper entree were .. heirloom salad great too
  • May be the best restaurant in Charleston. The raw selection is amazing, the Moscow oysters are to die for. Had the amberjack patte, fish fry, littlenecks. This place can do no wrong. Insanely good!
  • Can't go wrong with anything on the raw bar, especially the oysters. Lobster roll was just so so.
  • Been 5-6 times; it's always a good experience.
  • oyster happy hour (5-630, tues-fri) -- $$-$$$ dinner
  • Oyster sliders. Steak tartare. Crudo.
  • Stopped in for a drink and some peal and ear shrimp. Great food friendly bartenders.
  • Try as much as you can here. It was all incredible: ceviche, steak tartare topped with fried oysters, whole fish, grouper, fried oyster sliders, and raw oysters.
  • come for the oyster happy hour to save some $$! I'd recommend splitting items on the menu & be sure not to skip out on the crab toast. Friendly staff, great atmosphere, delicious food!
  • 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