From high-rises and office spaces to boutiques and public art, South End is a hub for new development and buzzy restaurants. The neighborhood is still home to a few longtime favorites, but newcomers continue to expand its culinary landscape with tapas bars, tasting menus, trattorias, and more.
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222 E. Bland St.
Futo Buta—Japanese for “fat pig”—sits along the light rail at Bland Street, with space for 40 diners inside and another 40 on the patio. The ramen is the star of the menu and ranges from traditional shoyu, a soy sauce base, to pork bone and vegan broth. But don’t skip the appetizers and small plates, which include Fried Brussels Sprouts, Rice Crispy Squares, and Smoked Pork Belly Buns.
The Waterman Fish Bar
2729 South Blvd., Ste. D
This lively seafood restaurant has all the essentials: lobster rolls, fried fish sandwiches, and oysters four ways.
Barcelona Wine Bar
101 W. Worthington Ave., Ste. 110
Nosh on Spanish and Mediterranean-inspired tapas, or customize a charcuterie board with meats and cheeses from different regions in Europe.
1508 S. Mint St., Ste. B
Enjoy seasonal small plates and creative cocktails while you watch the chefs at work.
Let’s Meat KBBQ
1400 S. Church St., Ste. B
Marinated meats at this all-you-can-eat hangout come with Korean sides like steamed egg soufflé.
2000 South Blvd., Ste. 510
Sushi is all about the sourcing, and you can taste that it’s done well at this Charleston import.
1520 South Blvd., Ste. 130
Settle in for warm Thai noodles, sushi, and Asian comfort-food classics.
Eight + Sand Kitchen
135 New Bern St., Ste. A
The made-from-scratch bakery has sandwiches, salads, and artisan breads, and the café serves drinks all day.
1440 S. Tryon St., Ste. 100
Chef Michael Noll serves shareable plates in this open kitchen spot with a wood-fired theme.
2046 South Blvd.
The Charleston-based restaurant serves wood-fired pizzas and handcrafted pasta inside Atherton Mill.
The Eagle Food & Beer Hall
2120 South Blvd., Ste. 1
Feast on fried chicken with a side of house-made hot honey, plus comfort-food sides like mac and cheese, collards, and hush puppies.
2201 South Blvd., Ste. 130
The team behind Viva Chicken merges Peruvian and Japanese cuisines in a sleek, upscale atmosphere.
La Capital MX
1910 South Blvd.
Feast on tacos, enchiladas, and seafood plates at this family-friendly spot in the Steel Yard.
235 W. Tremont Ave., Ste. 100
Expect small plates and a big presentation at this South End hotspot.
1414 S. Tryon St., Ste. 140
Head to the ground floor of The RailYard for a dressed-up entrée like Squid Ink Mafaldine, or get the basic Spaghetti and Meatballs, which is good every time.
2173 Hawkins St., Ste. A
This sushi spot offers a stylish backdrop and an extensive list of sake and specialty rolls.