Distinctive Southern Restaurant – Charleston, SC

Pawpaw focuses on seasonal, Southern-inspired cuisine using the freshest local ingredients. Located on iconic East Bay Street, just a stone’s throw from the Charleston Market, our Charlestonian roots are deep. But that doesn’t mean our dishes are stuck in the past. We work to combine traditional southern cuisine with contemporary innovation. If you’re looking for the best Southern restaurant in town, you’ve found it. Join us for lunch, dinner or drinks any day of the week!

Southern Plates, Elevated

Described as “familiar joins contemporary,” our dishes are made to produce the nostalgia of traditional Southern cuisine with the excitement of the fresh and modern. A perfect Charlestonian mix. We serve rotating menus corresponding to seasonal ingredient availability. Our plates are made with the freshest locally sourced ingredients for flavor that is both homey and out of this world. Enjoy inspired takes on classics like buttermilk biscuits, fluffy hushpuppies, free-range fried chicken and much more.

Wood Grill Specialties

Carolina cuisine is all about wood fire cooking, where smoky flavors and tender, steamy dishes are front and center. Pawpaw offers a range of wood grill specialties like our famous tomahawk pork chops, our not-too-heavy wood grilled shrimp & grits, and of course our hickory smoked baby back ribs. Pair with our signature cocktails and incredible appetizers like our buttermilk biscuits, truffle fries, housemade mac & cheese and more!

Regional Wines & Beverages

Here at Pawpaw, we believe that being the best southern restaurant in Charleston, SC mandates a focus on supporting local and regional suppliers. And that doesn’t stop with our food. Our expansive drink menu includes the finest selection of local liquors, rare bourbons, Charleston craft beers and regional wines. Our wine menu includes an amazing selection from artisanal North Carolina vineyards as well as hand-picked selections from around the world. And don’t forget our famous cocktails, like the “Why Haven’t I Met Bill Murray?” smoked old fashioned!