All About Shem Creek

Shem Creek is one of Charleston’s most exciting and unique places. Both boating and seafood aficionados have plenty to do here thanks to Shem Creek’s spectacular waterfront dining. With fresh seafood coming in daily from the locally parked shrimp boats, our patients are sure to get the best seafood in town.

Though it’s lined with restaurants on both shores, Shem Creek is more than just great food. Here are our absolute favorites places to dine, drink, relax, and take in the natural beauty of this Charleston  gem:

Page’s Okra Grill: The Page family established The Okra Grill in 2006 with the intent to provide the best Southern food in the Charleston area. With a specials menu that changes daily—from homemade meatloaf, to Southern fried pork chops, and grilled beef calves with liver—Page’s Okra Grill gives every patron a true taste of Lowcountry dining.

  • Water’s Edge Restaurant: Water’s Edge is located on scenic Shem Creek and offers both waterfront and outside dining where guests can view the local fish and shrimp boats unloading their daily catches. This spectacular restaurant features a diverse menu of gourmet seafood, juicy burgers, prime rib, and many more Lowcountry favorites. Enjoy a delicious meal paired with one of their 450 wines from around the world to top off your memorable outing in Shem Creek.
  • Shem Creek Inn: On the waterfront overlooking the tranquil Shem Creek lies this popular hotel. Restaurants, shopping, and bountiful wildlife surround the hotel known for its quaint views and harbor-side activities. Each morning of your stay, you can watch the shrimp and fishing boats make their way out to the Charleston Harbor, or unwind by the waterfront pool and watch the pelican fly overhead.
  • Shem Creek Shrimping Harbor and Crab Bank Island Preserve Saltwater Tour: If you’re looking for a little adventure during your stay at Shem Creek, look no further than this kayak tour. Paddle down historic Shem Creek among the shrimp boats, then journey out to Crab Bank. This preserve is home to thousands of nesting shorebirds, including the Wilsons Plover and Eastern Brown Pelicans. Frequented by dolphin and sometimes manatee, this tour is popular among wildlife enthusiasts. It also includes incredible views of the historic Charleston Harbor, Castle Pinckney, Ft. Sumter, the Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse, and Patriots Point.

Where is your favorite place to go when you visit Shem Creek?

Around the World in Charleston: Best Ethnic Dining

In Charleston,  we like to give our taste buds a little adventure, and luckily, we don’t have to jet-set far for a bite of global cuisine. With our local restaurants showcasing classic dishes the world-over, all we have to do is decide where our hunger will take us next! Here are some of our favorite places to dine the world right in our beloved Lowcountry:

  • Basil: When we’re in the mood for authentic Thai cuisine,  only Basil will do. Whether it’s peanut-sauce-glazed satay, their famed basil rolls, curries, or Pad Prik, no other Thai restaurant comes close to Basil’s dishes or their lush, sophisticated ambiance. Be sure to top off your delicious meal with one of their signature cocktails—a perfect nightcap.
  • Zia Taqueria: Looking for something a little south of the border? Zia is an authentic Mexican taqueria offering regional Mexican, Southerwestern, and Tex-Mex cuisine and beverage with only natural ingredients. Be sure to try the savory tortas, carne asada, and baja fish —you’ll never forget that wonderful baja sauce!
  • Tabbuli: To sum up the magic of Tabbuli in a word: babaghanoush. Their fire-roasted rendition of this beloved eggplant appetizer is worth the trip alone! Of course, we stay for their glorious salads—fattoush, tabbuli, and the tahini salad. And the falafel. And the kabobs. Who are we kidding—we love it all.
  • La Fourchette: This French bistro will have your heart before you can say moules a la bretonne (their steamed mussels with shallots in a buttery garlic and white wine sauce). For the vegetarian diner, they offer a plethora of soups and salads, as well as an otherworldly delicious eggplant dish, replete with tomatoes, zucchini, and goat cheese, all in a decadent leek sauce. Don’t leave without sampling their succulent cheeses, paired perfectly with any wine from their full list!

Which ethnic eateries have you sampled in Charleston?