Brunch -- it's probably the greatest merger in history. And if you and this delicious hybrid meal want to come together in a similarly perfect fashion, then you need to know where to get the best one, wherever you are in town. Here's the best brunch in our favorite Charleston neighborhoods, so you'll never have to stumble too far for food on Saturday morning.
The Best Brunch in Every Charleston Neighborhood
The Park CafeAddress and Info
Park Cafe is arguably one of the prettiest restaurants in all of Charleston. But PC’s not just a pretty face; it’s got some of the freshest, tastiest food north of Calhoun. The space is bright and airy, and the offerings tend to be a little on the lighter side (like the The Park Lettuces salad with pickled shiitake), perfect for those of you who still need to be, ugh, productive afterwards.
Bar MashAddress and Info
One of the newest restaurants on the Charleston culinary scene, Bar Mash is already making its mark in a serious way. It doesn’t start serving brunch until 2pm on Sundays, but keeps it coming until 1am. We recommend the fried oysters & boudin, foie gras French toast, or the corned beef & tots. If you’re needing a little hair of the dog, ask Teddy the bartender to make you a Bloody. You won’t regret it.
Caviar & BananasAddress and Info
This little gourmet market & cafe is nestled just a block off of King St near the College of Charleston’s campus. The newly introduced brunch features an eclectic variety of options for different diets and tastes -- but nothing can beat the crispy chicken buttermilk biscuit (Southern fried chicken topped with scrambled egg, aged cheddar, and tasso gravy on a flaky buttermilk biscuit). It’s not on anyone’s diet list, but it sure is tasty.
Edmund’s OastAddress and Info
The first thing you’ll notice when walking into Edmund’s Oast will be the giant wall of beer. The second thing is all the meat hanging around (probably not the best place to bring your vegetarian friend). When it comes to brunch at this sophisticated brewpub, you’d be an idiot not to try some of the charcuterie that Edmund’s does so well (is it ever too early for charcuterie? Nope.) paired with an order of the cornbread w/ honey butter, and maybe the PB&J beer if it’s on tap.
IndacoAddress and Info
One might not normally associate brunch with Italian food, but one would be wrong because Indaco is a delicious and underappreciated brunch spot. While it offers some of its popular dinner options (like the black pepper tagliatelle) during brunch on Sundays, it’s the breakfast-themed options that are truly unique. Like the eggs al forno (with Italian sausage, caramelized onions, arugula, tomatoes, and pecorino Romano cheese), for example. Oh, and be sure to try the Nutella pizza with bananas and pecans. You can thank us later.
Lost Dog CafeAddress and Info
If you want to try the best biscuits and gravy you’ve ever eaten in your life while surrounded by hundreds of pictures of puppies, then you need to change into your stretchy pants and hightail it (pun intended) to Lost Dog Cafe on Folly Beach. The cozy cafe is a favorite of locals and tourists alike, and is perpetually busy, so be prepared to wait for a while to get a table. Help pass the time by grabbing a Mason jar mimosa or Bloody Mary from the bar to sip on while you wait.
Isle of Palms
Sea Biscuit CafeAddress and Info
When you’re looking for a solid, no-frills brunch that satisfies your need for grease and eggs, Sea Biscuit Cafe definitely hits the spot. It's been a staple on IOP for more than 27 years, so it must be doing something right. But be warned! It’s cash only, so leave the plastic at home. We recommend trying the crab cake Benedict with a side of shrimp & gravy.
Stereo 8Address and Info
It might be one of the new kids in town on James Island, but Stereo 8 has really been bringing the flavor -- Latin- & Asian-influenced flavor, to be exact. The back patio is probably the coolest outdoor dining space in Charleston (where else can you find live art exhibits, live music, and fire pits all in one place?). We recommend ordering the chile relleno (chorizo- and queso-stuffed poblano pepper with fried eggs, black bean tostadas, avocado, and cilantro) and washing it down with a breakfast beer (Blue Moon Belgian White, Stoli O, orange juice) or a build-your-own mimosa from the loaded mimosa bar.
Fat HenAddress and Info
Johns Island might be off the beaten path a bit, but Fat Hen makes it worth the drive. Marrying the best of Lowcountry cuisine with French classics results in culinary masterpieces like the pulled BBQ duck sandwich, topped with house-made BBQ sauce, bacon blue cheese slaw, and pommes frites. C'est magnifique.
The GranaryAddress and Info
Chef Brannon Florie’s cozy farm-inspired restaurant is one of Mount Pleasant’s best-kept secrets, and the brunch menu’s shining star is the duck & waffles (pickled peaches, apples, jalapeño-strawberry jam, buttermilk brown butter waffle, sorghum syrup, hot sauce). Pair it with a $5 Moscow mule made with house-made ginger beer if you’re feeling a little frisky.
Madra RuaAddress and Info
Located in the coolest neighborhood in North Charleston -- Park Circle -- Madra Rua is an Irish pub that’s a favorite among locals for its authentic Irish recipes and ice-cold layered drafts. On Saturdays & Sundays, it serves one of the best and heartiest brunches in North Chuck, featuring favorites like the Irish eggs Benedict w/ house-made corned beef, or the giant breakfast burger.
Obstinate DaughterAddress and Info
One of Sullivan’s Island’s newest and most popular restaurants, Obstinate Daughter’s brunch menu has a bit of everything. For those of you needing your sugar fix first thing in the morning, we recommend the French toast with local berries. If you’re more into the savory options, you can’t go wrong with the OD skillet, chock-full of potatoes, chorizo, mushrooms, and eggs. Or get both. We’re not the boss of you.
Early Bird DinerAddress and Info
Early Bird Diner is frequently found on “best of” lists when it comes to Charleston dining, and it really lives up to the hype. It’s classic Southern cooking done right, with breakfast being served all day (meaning until 4am on Friday & Saturday nights). The true star of the EBD brunch menu are the chicken and waffles (pecan-encrusted fried chicken and a cinnamon waffle drizzled with honey mustard and syrup), which might just change your life.
1. Mercantile And Mash701 E Bay St, Charleston
2. The Park Cafe730 Rutledge Ave, Charleston
3. Caviar & Bananas51 George St, Charleston
4. Edmund's Oast1081 Morrison Dr, Charleston
5. Indaco526 King St, Charleston
6. Lost Dog Cafe106 W Huron St, Folly Beach
7. Sea Biscuit Cafe21 J C Long Blvd, Isle of Palms
8. Stereo 8951 Folly Rd, Charleston
9. Fat Hen3140 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island
10. The Granary624 Long Point Rd Unit L, Mt. Pleasant
11. Madra Rua Irish Pub1034 E Montague Ave, North Charleston
12. The Obstinate Daughter2063 Middle St, Sullivans Island
13. Early Bird Diner1644 Savannah Hwy, Charleston
Mercantile and Mash is a gourmet food bazaar and mixology-inspired cocktail bar in one. Occupying the former Cigar Factory space, it's home to a variety of local vendors who serve everything from artisanal cheese and charcuterie, sushi, sandwiches (featuring both croque monsieurs and banh-mi's alike), and other snacks. The sprawling, modern space is also home to Bar Mash, a whiskey-obsessed cocktail bar whose offerings range from fresh takes on classic cocktails (pro tip: try the Fairgrounds), jello-shots, and familiar draft beers. As an added bonus, there's indoor bocce and shuffleboard games to keep you entertained, although we have a feeling you'll be too enthralled talking to the super cool award-winning bartenders who happen to be making your drinks.
Park Cafe dons a space that is bright and airy, and the offerings tend to be a little on the lighter side, like the The Park Lettuces salad with pickled shiitake.
This cozy gourmet market & cafe features a brunch menu with hearty options like the crispy chicken buttermilk biscuit (Southern fried chicken topped with scrambled egg, aged cheddar, and tasso gravy on a flaky buttermilk biscuit).
This modern warehouse/barnhouse/beer hall hybrid tucked inconspicuously amongst North Charleston's office parks and empty lots serves New American fare, beer brewed on-site and craft cocktails. Cult-ish domestic crafts like Coast, Evil Twin, and Prairie Artisan Ales are posted next to hard-to-find imports (De Struise, Nøgne ø, J.W. Lees...), all available alongside house-made jerky, charcuterie, and other indulgent bar snacks. Snag a seat on the patio for a relaxed dinner and stay out late with a young-professional crowd.
Simply put, this is the place to go on Upper King Street. Creamy burrata appetizers leave the open kitchen at a steady pace, pastas are delectable, brunch serves pizza and the Negronis flow from a tap. The waitstaff is one of the most consistently excellent in a city that excels, and communal tables as well as an open kitchen provide an engaging and friendly atmosphere. Indaco’s wood-fired pizzas are exquisite, with a crust that’s thin, but not too thin, so it’s hearty enough to support their upscale and creative mix of toppings.
This cozy cafe has a dog wall of fame and serves all-day breakfast and coffee as well as lunch staples like sandwiches and salads. The space is perpetually busy and has the best biscuits and gravy you'll ever taste.
This nautical, homestyle cafe has been serving breakfast and lunch for over 27 years. It's cash only, so be prepared to shell out paper for that crab cake Benedict.
This restaurant serves Latin and Asian-influenced dishes in a beautiful space with an outdoor patio featuring live art exhibits, live music and fire pits. Stop in for brunch if only for their loaded build-you-own mimosa bar.
This lively cafe serves Lowcountry food with a French twist like a pulled BBQ duck sandwich with pommes frites.
This cozy farm-inspired restaurant is one of Mount Pleasant’s best-kept secrets and offers a menu featuring seasonal dishes made from local ingredients. All butchery is performed in-house, making their Charcuterie program one of the restaurant's highlights. There's an 8-seat chef's table, communal bar table and a patio where you can enjoy dinner Monday through Saturday and brunch on the weekends.
Located in Park Circle, Madra Rua is an Irish pub that’s a favorite among locals for its authentic Irish recipes and ice cold drafts. Along with the classic Irish bar fare, Madra Rua’s wood decor and modern Irish jig music bring a bit of Ireland to South Carolina. The mahogany bar, dart room and TVs make it a cool hangout stop to catch a game or eat with the fam. Service is friendly and attentive.
The Wild Olive crew is behind this Sullivan's Island space, offering a pizza- and pasta-centric menu that includes eclectic New American offerings. The restaurant is decked out in rustic ship ware, from ropes to exposed wood, and tapas-style plates ensure that you get a variety of tastes in a single meal.
Early Bird Diner in West Ashley is frequently found on “best of” lists when it comes to Charleston dining, and this funky, art-filled joint really lives up to the hype. It’s classic Southern cooking done right with breakfast served all day (meaning until 4am on Friday & Saturday nights). The true star of the menu is the chicken and waffles, so let us elaborate: it’s pecan-encrusted fried chicken and a cinnamon waffle drizzled with honey mustard and syrup.