Charleston is packed with fantastic little places to head to for a light morning bite, lazy brunch, or all-day breakfast. The city offers a wide range of excellent restaurants and eateries that serve breakfast and brunch of traditional Southern-style fare such as shrimp and grits or fried green tomatoes or modern cuisine such as homemade granola and yogurt parfait. Head to Breizh Pan’ Crepes for melt-in-your-mouth sweet and savory crepes; tuck into healthy, global cuisine with French flair at Gaulart & Maliclet French Café; or indulge in freshly baked scones with strawberry jam and dollops of fresh cream at Virginia’s on King. Here are a few of Charleston’s top spots for a delicious and filling breakfast or brunch.
© Edmund's Oast
Edmund’s Oast is a trendy restaurant on Morrison Drive that serves New American fare, locally brewed beer, and handcrafted cocktails. Offering a unique combination of a seasonally focused kitchen, an artisanal brewery, and a comprehensive bar program, Edmund’s Oast provides an approachable menu of creative bar snacks, small plates, house-made charcuterie, hearty entrees, and classic desserts. Edmund’s Oast serves a delicious brunch over the weekend, which features unique dishes such as buttermilk griddle cakes, catfish sandwiches, sausage, egg and cheese muffins, and chile verde. End off with a sweet treat like a Paczki doughnut with Bavarian cream and strawberry preserve.
1081 Morrison Drive, Charleston, SC 29403, Phone: 843-727-1145
2.High Cotton Restaurant
© High Cotton Restaurant
Owned and operated by the Hall Family, High Cotton is an award-winning fine dining establishment that offers discerning diners a refined dining experience. Located on East Bay Street, High Cotton features stylishly appointed dining rooms with heart pine floors and antique brick walls and serves dinner nightly as well as brunch on Saturdays and Sundays against a background of live music. The brunch menu features freshly baked pastries, scones, muffins and other sweet treats, eggs and crab cake Benedict, a variety of omelets and scrambles, brioche French toast, fried chicken biscuit, and a hearty burger, along with fresh salads, soups, and sandwiches.
199 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-724-3815
© Eli's Table
Eli's Table is a charming café-style eatery on Meeting Street that is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and features menus of bold, worldly dishes prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Named after the owner’s son Eli, the restaurant serves classic dishes with creative flair, giving diners a unique dining experience. The breakfast menu features a variety of fluffy omelets, eggs Benedict, yogurt parfait and bowls of berries, and Southern-style entrees like kale spinach hanger steak and eggs, crab and eggs, avocado toast egg sandwich, and the Charleston Red Rice Breakfast Hash. Sweet dishes range from potato waffles and pancakes to waffles and berries.
129 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-405-5115,
4.Butcher & Bee
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The Butcher & Bee is a hip eatery that serves a rotating menu of inventive, seasonal cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients in a casual and laidback setting. Established in 2011 with the mission of serving honest-to-goodness cuisine, the café has grown into a modern bodega and favorite coffee spot that serves a diverse menu of locally sourced mezze, light meals, and a variety of beverages. Breakfast items include yogurt parfait, freshly baked pastries, avocado toast, and a selection of hearty and healthy sandwiches. The Butcher & Bee is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
1085 Morrison Drive, Charleston, SC 29403, Phone: 843-619-0202
5.Callie's Hot Little Biscuit
© Callie's Hot Little Biscuit
Callie's Hot Little Biscuit is a cozy counter-serve eatery that is well known for its delicious handmade and home-baked biscuits. The little café-style eatery also serves a selection of grab-and-go sandwiches, including bacon, egg and cheddar, sausage, egg, and pimento cheese, BLT with roasted tomatoes, and grilled pimento cheese as well as bowls of grits. Beverages include French roasted coffee, imported teas, mint iced tea, and orange juice. Callie's Hot Little Biscuit is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
476 1/2 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, Phone: 843-737-5159
6.Early Bird Diner
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Located in the heart of West Ashley on Savannah Highway 17, Early Bird Diner is a made-from-scratch diner that serves a hearty breakfast for early birds with belly-filling dishes such as chicken and waffles, buttermilk pancakes, French toast, biscuits and gravy, corn cake Benedict, shrimp and grits, steak and eggs, and eggs in a variety of styles. The Mess is one of the diner’s most popular dishes and includes a scramble of curried vegetables, potatoes, and egg that is topped with avocado and served with biscuits and gravy. The cozy diner’s walls are lined with artworks for sale by local artists and it is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Monday through Thursday, and breakfast and lunch from Friday through Sunday.
1644 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407, Phone: 843-277-2353
7.Breizh Pan Crepes
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Breizh Pan Crepes is an authentic Charleston creperie that brings a slice of France to Charlotte. Owned by Patrice and Celine, who learned the art of cooking traditional western French cuisine from the best French master chefs at the renowned Ecole des Chefs in France, Breizh Pan Crepes not only serves delicious Brittany-style crêpes in both savory and sweet flavors, but also offers a variety of omelets and sides such as fried potatoes and toast. Breizh Pan Crepes also sells a variety of French Brittany groceries and special buckwheat flour from Brittany for visitors to make their own crêpes. Breizh Pan Crepes is open for breakfast and lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
39 George Street, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-822-3313
8.Five Loaves Cafe
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Founded by owners Casey Glowacki and Joe Fischbein, the Five Loaves Café offers a healthy, sustainable, and socially responsible menu of delicious cuisine for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Boasting three locations around the city, Five Loaves Café features contemporary décor and comfortable furnishings, light and airy interiors with wood finishes, and daily specials boards. Sunday brunches are popular with diners, who line up to enjoy the classic dishes of eggs in a variety of ways, breakfast sandwiches, and chef’s specials like steak and eggs, huevos rancheros, enchiladas, country skillets, chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, and a Southern Benny of crab cakes, fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, and an English muffin.
43 Cannon Street, Charleston, SC 29403, Phone: 843-937 4303
9.Gaulart & Maliclet French Cafe
© Gaulart & Maliclet French Cafe
Owned by artists Gwylene Gallimard and Jean-Marie Mauclet, Gaulart & Maliclet French Café opened in 1984 and has been serving mouthwatering French fare for the past 34 years. Aiming to serve fresh, healthy, global cuisine with a French flair in an inviting and sociable environment, Gaulart & Maliclet French Café is open for breakfast and lunch on Mondays and breakfast, lunch and dinner from Tuesday through Saturday. Breakfast is decidedly French with a small selection of French-inspired dishes, such as a variety of croissants, fresh fruit salad with goat’s cheese, toasted rye with cream cheese, ham and cheese baguettes, and yogurt, granola, and fruit. Beverages include freshly roasted French press coffee, imported teas, hot chocolate, and fruit juices.
98 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-577-9797,
© Cafe Framboise
Café Framboise is a cozy café in the heart of the French Quarter that serves a light menu of creative cuisine, freshly baked pastries and sweet treats, and house-roasted coffee. Café Framboise is a welcoming spot for breakfast with a menu that features classic dishes such as croissants and paninis with various fillings, breakfast crepes, French toast, quiches, and vol au vents. Specialty coffees include cappuccino, latte, choco mint latte, café au lait, macchiato, and caramel macchiato. Café Framboise is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week. Things to Do in Charleston SC
159 Market Street, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-414-7241
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Located in the heart of historic Charleston, the Hominy Grill is a quaint landmark eatery based in a single clapboard house that has been serving locals delicious fare since 1996. Headed by James Beard Award winner chef/owner Robert Stehling, the menu features a delicious blend of the bounty of land and sea and the Low Country’s unique cultural history and flavors. Serving breakfast and lunch daily, the Hominy Grill menu features Charleston classics such as Charleston Nasty Biscuits with fried chicken breast, cheddar cheese, and sausage gravy, shrimp & grits with sautéed shrimp, mushrooms, and bacon, she crab soup and fried green tomatoes. Other hearty breakfast plates range from huevos rancheros, biscuits, and grit bowls to a variety of buttermilk pancakes, waffles, and French toast.
207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403, Phone: 843-937-0930,
12.Kitchen 208 Restaurant
© Kitchen 208 Restaurant
Kitchen 208 Restaurant is a casual restaurant on King Street that boasts an open kitchen and a beautiful breezy street side patio on which to enjoy delicious food and drinks in an inviting atmosphere. Open for breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch, the family-friendly restaurant offers themed specials every day of the week, such as Meatless Mondays and Burger Thursdays. The patio is a great spot to enjoy a hearty breakfast, which features a selection of classic dishes such as Cobblestone Sandwiches with eggs, bacon, Gruyere cheese, and lemon mayo, Plantation Waffles with butter and syrup, King and Queen Frittatas, breakfast burritos of scrambled egg and bacon, pico de gallo and potatoes, and healthy options such as vanilla bean yogurt, seed granola, and fruit.
208 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-725-7208,
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13.Marina Variety Store Restaurant
© Marina Variety Store Restaurant
Marina Variety Store Restaurant is a waterside diner on Lockwood Drive that has been serving Southern-style breakfast and seafood-focused lunch and dinner for the past 55 years. Boasting beautiful views of the Ashley River, the no-fuss, no-frills nautically inspired establishment is warm and welcoming with honey-hued wooden booths and nautical paraphernalia tacked to the walls. The breakfast menu is simple and straightforward with the standard two-eggs breakfast with toast and grits, eggs and bacon, hearty stacks of pancakes, and specialties such as fried green tomatoes and shrimp with creamy grits, marinated alligator and grilled shrimp, and double buttermilk biscuits and gravy.
17 Lockwood Drive, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-723-6325,
14.Mercantile and Mash
© Mercantile and Mash
Mercantile and Mash is a gourmet food emporium located in the Cigar Factory on East Bay Street. The new age concept boasts a unique combination of a food hall (Mercantile) that offers homemade sandwiches, freshly baked goods, handmade pasta, local and imported culinary items, and freshly brewed coffee, and a full-service whiskey bar (Mash). Mercantile serves breakfast, lunch, and early dinner with breakfast offerings ranging from house-made granola and yogurt, toasted oats, and stoneground white grits to frittatas, salmon and cream cheese, huevos wraps, and spicy chicken biscuits. The Mercantile also offers a variety of grab-and-go items, along with freshly brewed coffee and other hot beverages.
701 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29403, Phone: 843-793-2636,
15.Normandy Farm Artisan Bakery
© Normandy Farm Artisan Bakery
Located in the hippie-happy Windermere Shopping Center, the Normandy Farm Artisan Bakery is one of the most esteemed bakeries in the Holy City. Exuding a casual, laidback ambiance and mouth-watering aromas of freshly baking bread and sweet pastries, the bakery sells a wide range of products, including artisan bread, healthy sandwiches, homemade quiches, bagels, scones, pastries, and more as well as made-to-order wedding cakes. The wholesale market sells a variety of fresh, locally sourced produce and homemade meals, and their inviting café is perfect for a coffee date or relaxing with friends over delicious sweet croissants.
32 Windermere Boulevard, Charleston, SC 29407, Phone: 843-769-6400,
16.Saffron Restaurant & Bakery
© Saffron Restaurant & Bakery
The Saffron Restaurant and Bakery is a charming eatery that has been serving an array of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine as well as freshly baked bread and delicious pastries since 1986. Located on E Bay Street in the heart of Charleston, Saffron Restaurant and Bakery is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, with the mouthwatering aromas of freshly baking bread and pastries filing the air first thing every morning. Breakfast and Sunday brunches are busy, with locals tucking into classic dishes such as steak and eggs, shrimp and grits, omelets, French toast, stacks of pancakes and fresh bagels, and hearty breakfast sandwiches.
333 E Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-722-5588,
© Sunflower Cafe
The Sunflower Café is a charming family-owned and operated café that serves breakfast and lunch in a warm and welcoming environment. Popular with locals and visitors alike, the little restaurant is packed for breakfast, which boasts offerings such as eggs, bacon, sausages and grits, stacks of pancakes with maple syrup, sweet pecan waffles, French toast, and eggs Benedict. There are also Southern-style dishes such as crab and fried green tomatoes and shrimp and grits on offer, along with a range of fruit juices, freshly brewed coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. The Sunflower Café is located in the Pierpont Shopping Center and is open for breakfast and lunch, Tuesday through Sunday.
2366 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414, Phone: 843-571-1773,
18.Francis Marion Hotel Restaurant
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The restaurant at the Francis Marion Hotel has been serving classic Southern cuisine since 1924 and offers an elegant and refined setting in which to enjoy breakfast. A daily breakfast buffet is served Monday through Friday and features fresh farm eggs, crispy bacon and sausages, Adluh Mills grits, potatoes, fresh fruit and fruit smoothies, assorted freshly baked pastries, and seasonal breakfast specialties. A Southern Weekend Breakfast Buffet is served on Saturdays and Sundays and includes the daily buffet offerings as well as an omelet station, French toast, warm Charleston bread pudding, strawberries and cream, chocolate fondue, and a complimentary Bloody Mary or mimosa.
387 King St., Charleston, SC 29403, Phone: 843-722-0600,
© The Daily
The Daily is a friendly neighborhood marketplace that serves home-roasted coffee, freshly baked bread, pastries, and sweet desserts, healthy smoothies, hearty breakfasts, and a variety of grab-and-go provisions. The bistro serves a menu of favorite items inspired and created with the most exceptional flavors in Charleston, including breakfast bites like sausage biscuits, English bacon muffins, vegetable hash, breakfast pitas, roasted hatch chile tacos, and seasonal quiche. A variety of toasts with toppings such as avocado, mushrooms, whipped feta, smoked salmon and cream cheese, and soft scrambled eggs is also on offer for breakfast or brunch.
652 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403, Phone: 843-619-0151
20.The Junction Kitchen & Provisions
© The Junction Kitchen & Provisions
Owned and operated by a veteran of the Charleston food community, The Junction Kitchen & Provisions is a favorite gathering spot for the community to come and enjoy great food and drinks in a friendly, sociable environment. Breakfast and all-day lunch are served Tuesday through Sunday and lazy brunches on the weekends, with a variety of dishes prepared from fresh, locally sourced ingredients and produce from regional farms. The all-day breakfast menu features breakfast sandwiches and burritos, biscuits and gravy, toad-in-the-hole and pigs-in-blankets, vegetable omelets, and French toast. The weekend brunch menu offers similar plates as well as Mexican hash, shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, and pancakes.
4438 Spruill Avenue, Park Circle, North Charleston, SC 29405, Phone: 843-745-9189,
21.The Park Cafe
© The Park Cafe
The Park Café is a charming neighborhood café that is open for breakfast and lunch daily and serves a menu of comfort food in a casual, relaxed setting. The café’s culinary team pride themselves on creating delicious made-to-order food from fresh, locally sourced ingredients and serving it with a smile. Sunday brunch is popular at the Park Café and features classic and hearty dishes such as house omelets, egg and bacon ravioli, turkey sandwiches, corned beef hash, sweet Danish popovers, pumpkin waffles, and avocado or creamy kale parmesan toast. The cuisine is accompanied by a selection of beverages such as freshly roasted coffee, imported teas, and fresh fruit juices.
730 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403, Phone: 843-410-1070,
22.Three Little Birds Cafe
© Three Little Birds Cafe
Three Little Birds Café is a friendly neighborhood café dedicated to serving fresh and delicious food in a warm and welcoming environment. The cozy little spot is tucked away in a vine-covered building and has walls covered in local art, tables set with mismatched dishes and mason jars, and a lovely patio for outdoor dining. The extensive menu is filled with plenty of hearty sandwich options like a grouper BLT and a Greek chicken gyro in a pita, and the wholesome breakfast menu is served all day. Tuck into sweet potato Benedict, huevos rancheros, and an array of omelets along with challah French toast with peanut butter, bananas, and Nutella with a side of bacon for something savory and sweet.
65 Windermere Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407, Phone: 843-225-3065,
Toast is an easygoing eatery renowned for its mouthwatering and tummy-filling breakfast, which features Southern classics and traditional dishes. With locations in downtown Charleston and Summerville, Toast is a popular spot for breakfast and brunch with a charming Southern menu that boasts favorites such as omelets, French toast, stacks of pancakes, crab cakes and fried green tomatoes, steak and eggs, and breakfast sandwiches. Beverages range from a variety of coffees, espressos, cappuccinos, and macchiatos to fresh fruit juices, soft drinks, and signature mimosas.
155 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-534-0043,
24.Virginia’s On King
© Virginia’s On King
Virginia’s on King is a stylish and sophisticated Southern dining establishment that blends traditional regional flavors and accents with modern culinary techniques to create innovative and creative cuisine. Using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and products from surrounding farms and producers, Virginia’s on King presents distinctive menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that bring the rich Southern tastes and flavors to the fore. Old family recipes can be enjoyed for breakfast with dishes such as shrimp and grits, three-egg omelets, biscuits and gravy, buttermilk pancakes, fried steak, egg and cheese, and freshly baked scones with jam and fresh cream.
412 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403, Phone: 843-735-5800,
25 Best Breakfast & Weekend Brunch Spots in Charleston
- Edmund's Oast, Photo: Edmund's Oast
- High Cotton Restaurant, Photo: High Cotton Restaurant
- Eli's Table, Photo: Eli's Table
- Butcher & Bee, Photo: Butcher & Bee
- Callie's Hot Little Biscuit, Photo: Callie's Hot Little Biscuit
- Early Bird Diner, Photo: Early Bird Diner
- Breizh Pan Crepes, Photo: Breizh Pan Crepes
- Five Loaves Cafe, Photo: Five Loaves Cafe
- Gaulart & Maliclet French Cafe, Photo: Gaulart & Maliclet French Cafe
- Cafe Framboise, Photo: Cafe Framboise
- Hominy Grill, Photo: Courtesy of Fotolia.com
- Kitchen 208 Restaurant, Photo: Kitchen 208 Restaurant
- Marina Variety Store Restaurant, Photo: Marina Variety Store Restaurant
- Mercantile and Mash, Photo: Mercantile and Mash
- Normandy Farm Artisan Bakery, Photo: Normandy Farm Artisan Bakery
- Saffron Restaurant & Bakery, Photo: Saffron Restaurant & Bakery
- Sunflower Cafe, Photo: Sunflower Cafe
- Francis Marion Hotel Restaurant, Photo: Courtesy of princerko - Fotolia.com
- The Daily, Photo: The Daily
- The Junction Kitchen & Provisions, Photo: The Junction Kitchen & Provisions
- The Park Cafe, Photo: The Park Cafe
- Three Little Birds Cafe, Photo: Three Little Birds Cafe
- Toast, Photo: Toast
- Virginia’s On King, Photo: Virginia’s On King
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