A waiter holding a large skewer of juicy, grilled meat

These 10 Charleston Restaurants Whisk You Away to International Destinations

Could Your Culinary Passport Use Some Stamps?

Charleston is famous for its Southern charm and rich history, but did you know it’s also a hotspot for international cuisine? From the decor to the dishes, these restaurants will make you feel like you’ve traveled the globe without ever leaving the Holy City. Grab your fork and get ready to embark on a culinary adventure that’s way cheaper than a plane ticket. Here are ten Charleston restaurants that will make your taste buds think they’re on vacation.

Galpão Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse

Transports you to: Brazil

Galpão Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse is the place to go when you want a dining experience that’s both festive and indulgent. Servers parade around with skewers of various grilled meats, offering you a taste of Brazil right at your table. The elegant atmosphere, complete with rich wood tones and Brazilian-inspired decor, enhances the experience. Pair your meats with a visit to their diverse salad bar and hot buffet for a meal that’s as abundant as it is delicious. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just in the mood for a feast, Galpão Gaucho delivers an authentic Brazilian dining adventure.

Location: 167 East Bay Street

Normandy Farm Artisan Bakery

Transports you to: France

Say “bonjour” to a slice of Paris right here in Charleston! Normandy Farm Artisan Bakery is where you’ll find the flakiest croissants and the most divine pain au chocolat this side of the Seine. The cozy, European-inspired ambiance, with rustic decor and inviting aromas, creates an authentic French experience. Grab a seat in their charming seating area, sip on a rich espresso, and let the buttery goodness transport you straight to a Parisian café. With high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients, every bite here is a testament to traditional French baking. Normandy Farm Artisan Bakery is not just a bakery; it’s a little piece of Paris you can visit anytime.

Location: 32 Windermere Blvd


Transports you to: Italy

Craving a trip to Italy? Indaco has got you covered. This spot is the epitome of Italian chic, serving up handmade pasta and authentic Italian dishes that will make you shout “mamma mia!” The modern, open kitchen lets you watch as chefs craft wood-fired pizzas and seasonal specialties right before your eyes. The vibe is sleek yet inviting, making it perfect for date night or a fun lunch with friends. And with a wine list that features Italian varietals, you might just forget you’re in Charleston. Indaco is a Roman holiday for your taste buds, minus the jet lag.

Location: 526 King Street


Transports you to: Mexico

Minero is where you go when you need a fiesta in your mouth. This vibrant spot brings the best of Mexican street food to Charleston with dishes like tacos, elote, and house-made salsas that pack a punch. The decor is a colorful blend of rustic and festive, making every visit feel like a celebration. It’s casual, it’s fun, and the food is out of this world. Each dish bursts with authentic flavors, thanks to traditional cooking methods and high-quality ingredients. If you’re looking for a lively atmosphere and killer Mexican food, Minero is the place to be.

Location: 3140 Maybank Highway (Johns Island)


Transports you to: Japan

O-Ku is a sushi lover’s dream come true. This stylish, modern restaurant offers the freshest sushi, sashimi, and innovative Japanese dishes that will make you feel like you’ve landed in Tokyo. The minimalist decor, clean lines, and sleek design create a serene atmosphere perfect for enjoying high-quality Japanese cuisine. And don’t even get me started on their sake selection—it’s extensive and authentic. For a truly special experience, go for the omakase, where the chef curates a multi-course meal tailored to your tastes. O-Ku is more than just a meal; it’s an elegant escape to Japan.

Location: 463 King Street

The Grocery

Transports you to: Mediterranean Coast

The Grocery is where Mediterranean flavors meet Southern charm. This place is all about fresh, locally-sourced ingredients that make every dish sing. The rustic, inviting atmosphere, complete with an open kitchen, makes you feel like you’re dining in a coastal Mediterranean farmhouse. Enjoy small plates like hummus, roasted vegetables, and charcuterie in a warm, welcoming setting that’s perfect for any occasion. The seasonal menu ensures there’s always something new and exciting to try. The Grocery is a delightful fusion of Mediterranean flair and Southern hospitality.

Location: 4 Cannon Street

Bay Street Biergarten

Transports you to: Germany

Bay Street Biergarten is your ticket to a German beer hall experience, right here in Charleston. Think communal tables, an extensive selection of German and craft beers, and traditional dishes like pretzels with beer cheese, bratwurst, and schnitzel. The lively atmosphere is perfect for socializing, and the outdoor seating is a great spot to soak up the sun with a cold pint. With its rustic decor and vibrant energy, this beer garden is a little slice of Bavaria. Prost!

Location: 549 East Bay Street


Transports you to: India

Coterie is where Indian spices meet Southern comfort, and the result is pure magic. The cozy, modern decor sets the stage for a dining experience that’s as unique as it is delicious. Think shrimp and grits with Indian spices or chicken curry with Southern vegetables—each dish is a flavorful fusion that will leave you wanting more. The restaurant’s commitment to high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients shines through in every bite. Whether you’re dining with friends or having a quiet meal, Coterie offers a taste of India with a Southern twist that you won’t find anywhere else.

Location: 17 Warren Street

Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine

Transports you to: Lebanon

Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine is your go-to for an authentic taste of Lebanon. The rich flavors of traditional Lebanese dishes come to life in an elegant setting that reflects Lebanese culture and hospitality. Enjoy mezze, hearty main courses, and aromatic Turkish coffee in a warm, inviting atmosphere that makes you feel right at home. The restaurant’s commitment to fresh, high-quality ingredients ensures that every dish is a hit. With its intricate patterns and warm lighting, Leyla is the perfect spot for a relaxed, indulgent meal that transports you straight to Beirut.

Location: 298 King Street

Kaminsky's Dessert Cafe

Transports you to: American Diner
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Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe is a sweet tooth’s paradise. This beloved Charleston spot is known for its decadent desserts and cozy, laid-back atmosphere. Indulge in cakes, pies, and ice creams that will make you feel like a kid in a candy store. The charming decor and friendly service add to the nostalgic diner vibe, making it an ideal place to satisfy your dessert cravings. Whether you’re stopping by for a quick treat or enjoying a leisurely dessert, Kaminsky’s is the ultimate destination for all things sweet.

Location: 78 North Market Street

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Rachel is an award-winning designer and a 2018 Winthrop University Graphic Design graduate, known for her creativity and community spirit. Since graduating, Rachel has been a key member of Coastal Insider and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Coastal Real Estate. She crafts all marketing materials, including postcards and booklets, for the real estate side, while at Coastal Insider, she plans social media calendars, writes articles, designs cohesive social media feeds, creates ads, assists with content creation and photography, and produces weekly emails. Rachel excels at transforming ideas into engaging visuals, driving results, and connecting with audiences.