Upon first looks at the seafood restaurant located at 186 Concord Street in Charleston, SC, one would assume it’s a downtrodden shack with the usual fare. The parking lot is small and unnavigable, and the white paint on the hurricane-proof concrete looks like it could use a new coat to weather protected seal. Walking up to the door of Fleet Landing, a small wind brings an unpleasant odor of fish from the neighboring marsh. The doors are simple enough, two glass doors that allow viewing to the 2 small waiting benches for crowds across from the hostess counter. However, just past this doorway, a whole new world opens up.
Life jackets don a wall, and an enormous vintage photo of a navy ship graces the view of the patrons. There are several booths lining the walkway to the larger tables and bar. Furthest back are doors to the outdoor patio that has tables with umbrellas to enjoy the waters that the restaurant sits on. The summer and winter will leave many of these deck tables empty, but spring and fall temperatures will crowd those the most.
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and brunch on weekends. The lunch menu is more reasonably priced than the dinner menu, but both are better compared to nearby restaurants, especially in the tourist district. The lunch menu is around $10 a person, but includes enough food to have a little to take home in a doggie-bag. The dinner menu is around $17 a person, and also contains large portions. The variety on the dinner menu leaves a little to be desired on the lunch menu, though even the pickiest eater is sure to find something to enjoy. Old fashioned American cuisine can be found in the form of salads, chicken sandwiches, and burgers. The seafood is full of flavor, and comes in dishes of grilled, fried, on pasta, on bread, in soup and on salads. There is a small kids menu as well. The drink menu is expansive, and prices favorable. The deserts, though very pricey for the size, are certainly delicious.
The best aspect of Fleet Landing is the South Carolina specialty foods, such as she-crab soup, barbecued oysters, butter beans, and shrimp and grits.
Fleet Landing features “Blue Plate Specials”, which is one of their signature dishes available only one day a week. Quantities are usually limited of this, however, so don’t get your hopes up on getting that entree or side.
Reservations are recommended- the restaurant often hosts large parties and frequently get tourists from the nearby City Market and Battery areas.