Best Dining Views in Downtown Charleston

rooftop diningWe at The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction love our city! Charleston, South Carolina, is full of rich historical and cultural beauty. Whether you’re in town for breast reconstruction surgery or you’ve lived here for years, enjoy the best of what Charleston has to offer by checking out these excellent dining rooms with a view during your next dinner out.

Fleet Landing Restaurant

Constructed by the U.S. Navy in 1942 as a departure point for sailors, Fleet Landing offers diners stunning views of the Charleston Harbor. The restaurant lies within a 6,000-square-foot, hurricane-proof structure that went unused for decades following World War Two. In 2004, visionary Tradd Newton realized his dream of reinventing the striking space, and Fleet Landing was born.

Today, diners enjoy seafood dishes in a rich historical setting. Fleet Landing offers lunch and dinner seven days a week, plus brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Menu and reservation information are available here.

Vendue Inn

Even if you aren’t staying at the Vendue Inn during your time in Charleston, be sure to visit the Rooftop Bar and Restaurant atop the building. Named Charleston’s best bar five years in a row by the Charleston City Paper, Rooftop offers sweeping views of the city’s harbor and historic downtown.

Cozy during any season, the Rooftop boasts outdoor heaters in the chilly months and luxurious sunshine during the rest of the year. Visit seven days a week, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m., with live music in the evenings. Menu information is available here.

Pavilion Bar

Described as a “rooftop oasis,” the Pavilion Bar is located on top of the luxurious Market Pavilion Hotel. Pavilion patrons can sip signature cocktails while enjoying views of historic downtown Charleston and the waterfront. The bar also boasts a cascading waterfall to relax patrons.

Private parties and individuals can enjoy the elegant Pavilion every day between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m., but should be sure to consult the bar’s dress code. Menu and other details are available here .


Charleston Plantations

charleston plantationNo visit to Charleston, South Carolina, is complete without a stop at one of the area’s striking historical plantations. These immaculately preserved sites allow visitors to take a step back in time and soak up the atmosphere of the Old South.

Next time you’re in town to visit the Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction, we recommend stopping by one of these three beauties.

Middleton Place

No matter what time of year you visit Middleton Place, you’ll find 65 acres of stunning gardens in bloom. A National Historic Landmark, Middleton Place offers a glimpse into the plantation life that dominated pre-Civil War South Carolina.

Visitors of all tastes will find something to love at Middleton Place, which includes extensive landscaped gardens, a preserved plantation mansion, and rejuvenated stable yards, where actors perform the tasks that African slaves would have done in the 18th century.

Plan your trip to Middleton Place!

Boone Hall Plantation

Famous for the double line of oak trees (planted in 1743!) that line its driveway, Boone Hall Plantation provides educational tours as well as an opportunity to participate first-hand in plantation life. For 320 years, Boone Hall has been a living, producing plantation.

In the 1800s, Boone Hall produced cotton and pecans, but today its crops include strawberries, pumpkins, tomatoes, and other fruits and vegetables. Visitors can pick their own harvests in special fields after learning about the life of those who lived in the Boone Hall house and on the plantation hundreds of years ago.

Plan your visit to Boone Hall!

Magnolia Plantation

Home of the oldest public gardens in the United States, Magnolia Plantation opened its doors to the public in 1870, nearly 200 years after its founding in 1676. In 2010, Magnolia Plantation won a prestigious Heritage Tourism Award for its efforts at interpretively recreating and presenting slave cabins to visitors.

Visitors can enjoy boat tours, a petting zoo, tours of the gardens and house, and a leisurely stop at the plantation’s Peacock Café. The self-guided walking tour of the Swamp Garden is especially popular among tourists, and is open 365 days per year.

Plan your trip to Magnolia Plantation!