3 Charleston restaurants named in America’s Top 10 Fine Dining list

If you’re planning a trip to the Charleston area, you can find three of the top 10 Fine Dining Restaurants in the country right in the Holy City.

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TripAdvisor named Circa 1886 the fourth best Fine Dining Restaurant in the United States. (Source: TripAdvisor)

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, released its list of the top restaurants in the United States Tuesday.

The award winners were determined using an algorithm that weighed the quantity and quality of reviews for restaurants gathered over the past 12 months, according to a release from TripAdvisor.

The 2018 Travelers’ Choice restaurant winners are what diners consider the best-in-class, and we hope these leaders in hospitality will inspire others to try something new,” Bertrand Jelensperger, senior vice president for TripAdvisor Restaurants, said. “Food and dining experiences can often be the main highlight of any trip or an evening out.”

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Charleston Grill, located within the Belmond Charleston Place hotel, ranked eighth place in TripAdvisor’s list of the Top 10 Fine Dining Restaurants in the U.S. (Source: TripAdvisor)

The list placed the Charleston Grill in eighth place on that list, Halls Chophouse in sixth place and Circa 1886 as the fourth best fine dining restaurant in the nation.

“Luckily, diners can use this list to find the ideal eatery for any occasion – from formal to casual and everything in between,” Jelensperger said.

Charleston Grill, (#8), which is inside the Belmond Charleston Place hotel at 224 King St., takes an elegant spin on Southern cuisine while featuring live jazz music seven nights a week.

“I have dined at many fine restaurants throughout the world and this experience was amongst the best. Impeccable service, sensational cuisine accompanied by an amazing jazz combo made for a memorable evening,” noted a TripAdvisor diner.

Charleston fine dining Halls Chophouse
Halls Chophouse ranked sixth place in TripAdvisor’s list of the top Fine Dining Restaurants in America. (Source: Facebook)

Halls Chophouse, (#6), long revered for its excellent service and premium steaks, features live music every night of the week. It has placed in the site’s top 10 before, ranking fourth place in 2014. Halls is located at 434 King St.

“We were treated like royalty the minute we walked in the door until the moment we left… Our steaks were amazing, wine was top-notch and the staff will leave you awe-stricken,” a TripAdvisor diner wrote.

Circa 1886, (#4), located at 149 Wentworth St., behind the historic Wentworth Mansion, is known for a modern take on classic Lowcountry cuisine and charming decor.

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Circa 1886, named the fourth best Fine Dining restaurant in the nation, offers a modern take on classic Lowcountry cuisine. (Source: TripAdvisor)

“Super creative and delicious food, superior service and a wonderfully cozy and elegant dining room. It’s our favorite restaurant in Charleston hands-down,” a TripAdvisor diner said.

The three restaurants were the only ones from South Carolina to make the list. Others that made the list included locations in New Orleans, Memphis and Maui.

TripAdvisor also released the first-ever Everyday Dining awards for restaurants that provide “great meals for any occasion” and the Fast Casual category, which features restaurants offering “high-quality meals at a great value for diners on the go.”

The full lists can be found at TripAdvisor’s website.