Charleston's best waterfront restaurant has a view that is a distinctive destination unto itself. Housed in a 1940s retired naval building on the east side of the Charleston peninsula, Fleet Landing Restaurant features Chef Deljuan Murphy’s classic and contemporary Southern seafood fare in a setting that celebrates the area’s waterfront heritage. The restaurant’s “maritime chic interior” caught the eye of Food & Wine Magazine which featured Fleet Landing in their trend spotting “Where to Go Next” column.

Encased in a hurricane proof, 6,000 square foot concrete maritime structure, Fleet Landing juts out over the marsh on a reinforced pier and boasts oversized windows that offer an unobstructed view of the Charleston harbor. Built in 1942 by the US Navy as a debarkation point for sailors, the building lay vacant after World War II until it was acquired by the South Carolina Port Authority in the 1960s and used for storage. In 1988, when the structure  was in disrepair, a 21-year-old Tradd Newton pointed out the unique building to his family and made the prediction: “One day, I’m going to put something in that building.” Fast forward 16 years and Tradd Newton, with the guiding vision of Charleston architect Reggie Gibson and Newton's wife and business partner Weesie, is seeing his dream realized.

Fleet Landing serves lunch and dinner seven days a week and is closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. Fleet Landing’s menu is an integration of fresh, locally sourced classic and contemporary Southern fare using sustainable seafood and seasonal produce indigenous to the Lowcountry. There are 180 seats inside and 100 outside and a large bar bot inside and out where you can also dine or sip a cool cocktail and enjoy the view. The cement holds the cool air inside.

 

Menu highlights include:

Pan fried South Carolina lump crab cakes

Charleston Shrimp & Grits

Fried green tomato stack with blue crab salad

Pimento cheese encrusted ribeye

Fried oysters with Southern Comfort BBQ sauce

 

Large parties are welcome and Fleet Landing is flexible and accommodating There are a number of large group tables that seat up to 12 people. Reservations are highly recommended, especially when the sun is out!  You are literally on Charleston  Harbor and the views are spectacular in any kind of weather.

 

Fleet Landing has a wheelchair access ramp at the entrance and a bathroom equipped for the disabled. The entrance and dining room are on one level.

 

Parking for Fleet Landing is one of the best if not the best for restaurants in the city.

Unlike most of the restaurants in downtown Charleston, Fleet Landing has an on-site, free parking lot with about 30 spaces. There is also a parking garage just across the street, and we are located between two stops for the CARTA Trolley.  (at Waterfront Park and at Cumberland Street.) One can easily pull up to the front entrance, drop off the passengers then park in the front parking lot, go to the city multi deck garage across the street or find a metered spot on the street. Easy.

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