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JUST ANNOUNCED: The Planters Inn, located in the heart of Charleston’s famed Historic District, has been named #1 Best Small City Hotel in the continental United States by Travel + Leisure 2014 World’s Best Awards.


"Staying at the Planters Inn is akin to an overnight with well-to-do friends in their old Charleston mansion. The hotel is also home to the Peninsula Grill, a Lowcountry institution and one of the best restaurants in town.” — Travel + Leisure


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Hank's Seafood Restaurant

Located at the corner of Church and Hayne streets
Reservations: (843) 723-3474

Voted Best Seafood Restaurant in Charleston for 15 years running by readers of the Charleston City Paper, Hank's Seafood is a local institution. 

Chef Frank McMahon, a charismatic Irishman with a twinkle in his eye, is the heart and soul of Hank's Seafood Restaurant's record success. Prior to Hank's opening in 1999, Chef McMahon spent close to one year testing and perfecting beloved Lowcountry recipes like Seafood à la Wando. His attention to detail was applauded by Esquire magazine, which named Hank’s Seafood one of America’s Best New Restaurants.

Indeed a deep appreciation for fresh, local ingredients, like stone crabs and creek shrimp, is what makes Hank’s Seafood the ultimate place to taste authentic Lowcountry flavors. Meanwhile the décor—hand-blown leaded glass windows, pine plank floors, the zinc and copper raw bar, mahogany paneling—coupled with the wait staff in white jackets, make Hank’s Seafood one of Charleston's most beloved dining traditions.

Menu highlights include:

  • Seafood Tower and Seafood Castle 
  • Rich selections of iced shellfish from the oceans of the world
  • Tuna Tartare with jalapeno, shallot, and extra virgin olive oil
  • Charleston She Crab Soup 
  • Hank’s Oyster Stew with leeks, potatoes, and bacon
  • Oysters Casino with garlic butter, smoked bacon, asiago cheese, and bread crumbs
  • Shrimp and Grits with smoked Andouille sausage, tomato, garlic, and parsley butter over stone ground grits
  • Seafood A La Wando with sauteed shrimp, scallops, and fish in a sherry, crabmeat, button mushrooms, scallions, and shellfish saffron cream sauce. Served with a fried grit cake.

Cool Inside: Hank’s Seafood Restaurant


The much anticipated Cool Inside: Hank’s Seafood Restaurant cookbook was released in 2012. A vibrant look at the convivial culture of Hank’s Seafood, the gloriously photographed cookbook includes more than 100 recipes and scores of first-person stories. 

More than just a cookbook, it is the definitive ode to the things that make dining in Charleston so intensely pleasurable—authenticity, a sense of community, fresh ingredients, recipes beloved by generations, and world class hospitality. The 250-page hardcover coffee table book is available for purchase via hankseafoodrestaurant.com.