Try a plate of shrimp or salmon served with grits at this popular restaurant. Seafood dishes can be ordered fried, broiled, Cajun, Caribbean Jerk and ... More
Hyman's Seafood Restaurant
Try a plate of shrimp or salmon served with grits at this popular restaurant. Seafood dishes can be ordered fried, broiled, Cajun, Caribbean Jerk and more. If you prefer the land to the ocean, there are chicken and pasta dishes on the menu as well. Visit the merchandise store for coffee mugs, shirts, hats, Hyman's seasonings and other assorted paraphernalia. The owners take customer service very seriously and go out of their way to ensure a positive dining experience. Reservations are not accepted so arrive early. Parking is available in the Omni parking garage.
Quality food and good location.
Service was a little slow but we enjoyed our company in the interim.
The management was very involved with the customers.A visit in the autumn was less crowded and a bit more enjoyable.
I have traveled all over this country. One of my goals when I go to some new place is to search out the best eateries. I have places I go when I'm in most any city in the U.S. I have tried the "great" St. Augustine fried shrimp, yawn. I have scoured the West Coast eating at places where they unload the freshest seafood. Whenever I'm in Charleston I'm going to eat at Hyman's at least a couple of times during the visit. The best seafood (fried oysters are to die for) I have ever found can to be had here. Others can say what they want, and sometimes I wonder if these people have ever even been in the place. The food is the best and the service is great. Just returned from San Diego and Anthonys is still good but it ain't no Hymans. Go and enjoy.
About average--but so are other \"local\" favorites
By A Yahoo Contributor, 11/9/07
First off, I have read many of the other reviews, and it confuses me why people go to a SEAFOOD restaurant, although they don't like seafood, and then review the restaurant. Yes, sometimes you do have a non-seafood lover in the crowd, but it seems like several reviewers profess that NO ONE in their party liked seafood. Hmmm, so throw those reviews out of the water. If you don't like seafood, don't go to Hymans. Also if you want a fancy, unusual preparation this is not your place.
We didn't have to wait for a table, when we asked to be seated at a different table than the one they had slated for us, that wasn't a problem, and the service was top-notch. I drink a lot of sweet tea and my glass was never empty. They even managed to get my nephew a Dr. Pepper although it’s not on their list of beverages offered. My brother-in-law requested a different side from what was offered, and that also was not a problem. I would say service-wise this is probably one of the best experiences I've had in a restaurant.
Hymans is all about fried seafood. I grew up eating fried shrimp in St Augustine, and shrimp have always been the ultimate food for me (I call myself a shrimp snob), so all my reviews are based on a restaurant's fried shrimp. I ordered the Pick 3 with fried shrimp, buffalo shrimp, and fried calamari. Right off, I didn't care for their calamari. The breading was not hard-fried and the calamari itself was thick. It was seasoned very well, and VERY tender, but I just didn't care for it. They offered to bring me something else, but I didn't want to make the rest of my family wait. The shrimp were ok. Out of the regular and buffalo, the buffalo was better! They are pretty much on par with other fried shrimp I've had in the area, although much better taste-wise. My husband had the buffalo shrimp also and he really liked them (but again when I asked him to compare to the shrimp he has had in St Augustine he said they were "just okay"). The sides were very good, and I love having the choice of a sweet potato. The prices are good--you do get a lot of food for the money.
As far as locals not eating there--I have lived here a year and have repeatedly asked locals where to go for fried shrimp and so far no one has come up with a good option. Was sent it Noisy Oyster--yuck. Was sent to Gilligans--YUCK. Would never go to either of those 2 places again…ever! Tried a few others recommeded by locals and didn't care for any of them. At least I would go to Hymans again and get the buffalo shrimp. So far the only place that hasn't disappointed in this area is Fishnet Seafood on 17 (Savannah Hwy). Take-out place that piles on the food for super-low prices!
All in all, Hymans has great service, good atmosphere, and decent food. If I weren't so picky about my shrimp I would probably rave about the place. I would go back if we had family visiting and they wanted to go. On average I would probably wait only 10 or 15 minutes at most for a table. Best in Charleston--maybe, since I haven't found anything better, and not for a lack of trying. Best in the South--NO!
We got there early Sunday just as they opened and were promptly seated. We ordered a Steam Seafood Platter to share and 15 minutes after ordering were told they were out clams but would make a substitution.
The She Crab soup was good but not spectacular. We had to ask the waiter to provide boiled peanuts which were provided to other tables upon arrival. Several people had come and gone before we got our main order. It took almost an hour. The oysters were so overcooled that they were shrunken, tough, and tasteless. The boiled shrimp that came with the meal were obviously pre-prepared and refrigerated not freshly boiled.
When we complained to the owner his only response was what section were you in as he walked away.
there was also a food critic sitting next to us everyone was going way overboard to impress.
The rest of our trip we ate at "no name crab shacks"
and had the most wonderful meals with great service for much less cost.
After seeing many t-shirts from Hyman's and the rave reviews from publications such as Southern Living, my husband and I decided to give Hyman's a try. We were vacationing in Kiawah, and this was on our one trip into Charleston for the day. What a mistake!
After being lead into the bar area to wait for a table, we were finally sat in the upstairs dining room. The service was rushed and we felt unappreciated and like "just another tourist." The menu is extensive, and we chose several non-fried options. Everything was overcooked and bland (and I ordered my Mahi and shrimp "Cajun style"). My shrimp and grits were terrible compared to what I have had in Atlanta, my Mahi was inedible, rubbery, and tasteless. My husband ordered his tuna rare to medium rare and instead got well done and dry. Our daughter (4yrs) had the Kids' Fish n Chips, which were just okay--again, I have had better in Atlanta.
Why this place gets the reviews it does baffles us. We will never go back. Try Gilligan's on John's Island instead. Much better service (they actually act like they care), better family environment, and way, way better food (especially the hush puppies!).
They claim to have the best seafood in the SE....if they can claim this so can Long John Silvers. They create lines outside when they are not busy to make people think they are worth the wait. I'm sure many of the great reviews you will see here are from their employees.