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.
  • 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.
  • The Oysters are amazing!
  • Seafood platters
  • Foursquare. Youre so outdated.
  • 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!
  • Smoked oysters absolutely exquisite!
  • Best seafood in town love the smoked oysters.
  • Snapper ceviche and mushroom salad. Local oysters and sparkling ros. Great service and old building
  • 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.