Jestine's Kitchen

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Downtown Charleston
251 Meeting St (Wentworth St), Charleston, SC 29401, United States
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  • Tue–Wed
    • 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 11:00 AM–3:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
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Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
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Based on 159 votes

People like this place

  • What you need to know
    Tiffany B.
    "But you must save room for their wonderful Coca Cola cake."(9 Tips)
    "Highly recommend the collard green and fried okra!"(7 Tips)
    The Tastes that Make the City
    "bottomless sweet tea is the best tea in Charleston"(3 Tips)
    "Pecan fried chicken is exactly what fried chicken should be."(3 Tips)
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  • fried chicken
  • coca cola cake
  • sweet tea
  • collard greens
  • fried okra
  • desserts
  • mac & cheese
  • authentic
  • banana pudding
  • family-friendly
  • fried green tomatoes
  • cornbread
  • pork chops
  • cozy
  • lively
  • grits
  • gumbo
  • sandwiches
  • casual
  • great value
  • Marguerite A.

    I ordered fried chicken at 11 am and brought it back on the plane.

    Marguerite Avery · 2 days ago
  • Alex L.

    Sweet tea, fried chicken, meatloaf and collards.

    Alex Loiacono · 2 weeks ago
  • Alex L.

    We got the fried chicken and meatloaf. Both of which were amazing. The sides were great too, definitely recommend the collards with some hot sauce! Don't forget the sweat tea, also amazing!

    Alex Loiacono · 2 weeks ago
  • Mrfantastic8000

    Family atmosphere. No frills, down home vibe. Highly recommend the collard green and fried okra! Fried chicken is good! Mac n cheese, just ok. Service was good and very friendly!

    Mrfantastic8000 · 3 weeks ago
  • Doug S.

    Extremely friendly and great service. Loved the Coca Cola chocolate cake. If visiting Charleston, you should definitely try.

    Doug Sattazahn · October 14
  • Henry M.

    Very popular with the crowd.

    Henry Mann · July 28
  • Tamara N.

    Coca Cola Cake for sure! Meatloaf is must. Mac N Cheese & Collards for your sides!

    Tamara N. · July 25
  • Brittanie K.

    Fried chicken is fantastic, so is the banana pudding.

  • Bobbie G.

    I do not understand the fascination with this place. Food was dry, bland, and overpriced. I can get better cooking at my aunt's house on James Island.

    Bobbie Grant · July 18
  • Andrew S.

    Pickled Cucumbers!

    Andrew Soltis · June 16
  • Sydney W.

    The fried chicken is so great and the blocked shrimp is seasoned perfectly

    Sydney Wollman · June 7
  • The Tastes that Make the City

    The bottomless sweet tea is the best tea in Charleston, which is why it’s on our list of The Tastes That Make the City: Charleston. Read more

  • Rachel B.

    Fried chicken and the mash potatoes are bomb! Sweet tea is amazing and so is the staff

    Rachel Bindel · May 31
  • Amanda N.

    If you're ready for a life changing meal (really everything is amazing) but get the fried chicken and the cola cake. unless it's Sunday, then get the special - Shrimp and Grits...utterly amazeballs!

    Amanda Nerud · May 20
  • Pauly B.

    Authentic southern food. Low key atmosphere. Good service. Reasonable price.

    Pauly B · April 16
  • Dee O.

    Great service, true southern food. Very cozy.

    Dee O'Neill · April 15
  • Olivia S.

    coca cola cake!!!

    Olivia Szeto · March 31
  • Christine A.

    Pecan fried chicken and collard greens! Nom Nom Nom

    Christine Allen · January 17
  • Mike K.

    The line out the door moves relatively fast. The food and service is awesome. The pecan chicken was awesome as was the coca-cola cake. Actually the coca-cola cake is to die for and then some.

    Mike Klubok · January 14
  • Shirah H.

    Omg to sweet tea.

    Shirah Hecht · January 2
  • Ab

    Authentic flavors, great service, large portions of meat. If I was hosting friends from outside the country, I'd bring 'em here

    Ab · December 23, 2014
  • Jenifer S.

    The coconut cream pie was amazing!

    Jenifer Smith · September 25, 2014
  • Brian D.

    Fried chicken basket is great and a decent sized portion for any Yankee.

    Brian DeVito · September 19, 2014
  • Laura E.

    Coca cola cake and pecan fried chicken

    Laura Endicott · September 2, 2014
  • Paige C.

    Fried pecan chicken. Do it.

    Paige Cronin · August 31, 2014
  • TV Food Maps

    Check out Jestine's Kitchen as seen on No Reservations , Rachael Ray - $40 a Day Read more

    TV Food Maps · August 26, 2014
  • Jay E.

    This place lived up to the hype. Most of us got the fried chicken and we couldn't believe how big the portions were. Next time I'm in Charleston, I'll be back, but maybe for the also famous meatloaf.

    Jay Eagleson · August 17, 2014
  • Tip t.

    Amazing fried chicken!

    Tip ten Brink · August 7, 2014
  • Epicurious

    The sweet-spicy cucumbers that arrive on the table as soon as you sit down are heaven in a bowl, and the "table wine" (i.e., sweet tea) is consistently voted Charleston's best. Read more

    Epicurious · August 3, 2014
  • John B.

    Great little place to eat!

    John Brute · June 29, 2014
  • Katie P.

    two words. FRIED. CHICKEN.

    Katie Pandolfo · April 29, 2014
  • Valerie S.

    The blackened pork chops make you want to slap the hell out of somebody...that's how delicious they are!

    Valerie Streeter Albarda · February 7, 2014
  • Maarten A.

    Good food, very nice people, very reasonably priced.

    Maarten Albarda · February 7, 2014
  • Judy S.

    Great fried chicken

    Judy Stewart · January 19, 2014
  • Joy H.

    Meh. It's fine, but you can eat better in Charleston. I've seen people wait on line to eat here, but I can't imagine why.

    Joy H · January 1, 2014
  • Shelley M.

    Fried chicken is like mama used to make!

    Shelley Miller · October 15, 2013
  • Shelley M.

    Line around the corner on Sundays after church. Save room for dessert: Coconut cream pie, fruit cobbler, Coca-Cola cake, pecan pie, banana pudding!!

    Shelley Miller · October 13, 2013
  • Tiffany B.

    They have great southern foods. A must is their fried chicken or fried pork chops and fried orka. But you must save room for their wonderful Coca Cola cake. It was so good we eat there twice.

    Tiffany Brummitt · October 12, 2013
  • Daniel K.

    The door sign says "Closed for Remodeling" but there is no evidence of any work being done.

    Daniel Kivari · August 27, 2013
  • Daniel K.

    According to local television reports and the last patrons, Jestine's may reopen after the Jewish holidays or never again.

    Daniel Kivari · August 27, 2013
  • Daniel K.

    We went by on Friday August 23rd and it was closed for remodeling.

    Daniel Kivari · August 24, 2013
  • Stephanie S.

    The Fried Boneless Chicken Breast was absolutely delicious! The cornbread is the best I've had in years and the honey butter that came with it was a perfect touch.

    Stephanie Scott · August 4, 2013
  • Dewey S.

    Cucumbers and fried green tomatoes

    Dewey Stewart · July 21, 2013
  • Amanda C.

    The line is worth the wait! With all the great food in this town Jestines has been our favorite. Between the amazing fried chicken, bottomless sweet teas and sweetheart staff it's a no brainer.

    Amanda Chvatal · July 21, 2013
  • Steve N.

    Great good.the gumbo was delicious. The service was great and friendly.

    Steve N · June 28, 2013
  • Kimberly M.

    Fried green tomatoes a must.

    Kimberly McNamara · February 17, 2013
  • Astin K.

    CRAB CAKES ARE TO DIE FOR. I almost died when they brought out a bowl of pickles the moment I sat down.

    Astin Kowaleski · February 10, 2013
  • Vernon B.

    Great historical fiction by local author Nancy B Brewer visit

    Vernon Brewer · November 29, 2012
  • Eater

    Lines of tourists and locals alike patiently wait to take their turn at pork chops, fried chicken, iced tea and the famous Coca-Cola cake. [Eater 18 Member]

    Eater · July 30, 2012
  • Vicki C.

    Try the Coca Cola Chocolate Cake

    Vicki Cabrera · July 24, 2012

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