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RAW LAB by Empire Oyster, Charleston, SC

RAW LAB by Empire Oyster

4.9
4.9
40 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood

Welcome to the world's ONLY OMAKASE STYLE RAW BAR Experience! This is an extensive and immersive service, not simply an oyster bar. We feature innovative, colorful and unusual presentations of caviar, shrimp, oysters, uni, crab, mussels, lobster, fin fish, pickled vegetables & more, served raw or chilled. Our culinary ethic is whole, live, raw & bio available. We pair 9 interesting wines (included) with rare, exotic & luxury "MARINE CUISINE & DelicaSEAS", all prepared in front of you. It is a world class chef’s table, test kitchen & pairing experience. In our intimate private room we delight interesting & interested foodies, gourmands & epicureans at a custom built, 12 seat, U-shaped Raw Bar where everyone is front "front row". We're here to #MakeUglyFishesDelicious in a fun, smart & sexy way. Here we #RaiseTheRawBar so you can #SeasTheBay. ||| $199 ++ per seat ||| INFO: www.EmpireOyster.com/rawlab ||| NO SHOW & CANCELLATION POLICY: https://www.empireoyster.com/rawlabpolicies

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Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Shellfish, Oyster Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 6:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 580-7729

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    We offer our Marine Cuisine Menu ANYWHERE there is a budget for it.

  • Private party facilities

    This space is available for private events of 12 or less. www.EmpireOyster.com/rawlab

  • Area

    Downtown Charleston

  • Cross Street

    On S Market 100 yards East of Meeting St. Between Meeting St & Church S

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Private Room

Experiences

  • Omakase Dining

    USD 195.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    This isnt eating or dining out. This is WAY beyond that on many levels. Just read the reviews on Open Table & Yelp. This is an experience you'll love and remember forever. Guaranteed! Omakase is an ancient Japanese service style typically applied to sushi service. The word means “to entrust” or “I leave it to you”. In this style of service the menu is prix fixe. Our OMAKASE STYLE service is not a SUSHI Omakase which many gourmands, foodies and epicureans are familiar with. No, this is an RAW BAR OMAKASE, something different, entirely. Oyster Flights are served with Empire’s Accoutrmement Premier, which is a proprietary collection of toppings, dressings and treatments for oysters available absolutely nowhere else on earth.

Menu

Raw Bar Omakase Prix Fixe $175 per guest. Spirits are NOT included in the Omakase Pairing Experience @ $175

Amuse Bouche - Welcome

  • Champagne & Caviar Bump

    Round One ~ Oysters & Pearls

    Paired with Sauvignon Blanc (NZ)

    • East Coast Oyster #1*

      Fresh grated horseradish & lemon

      • West Coast Oyster #1*

        Fresh ground wasabi root & lime

        • Caviar Bump*

          • East Coast Oyster #2*

            French Mignonette

            • West Coast Oyster #2*

              Japanese Mignonette

              • East Coast Oyster #3*

                American Mignonette

                Round Two ~ Uni Meeni Miny Moe

                Paired with Santa Barbara Chardonnay (CA)

                • Pacific (CA) V. Atlantic (Me) Uni

                  ME - Over Radish With Scallion & Acadian Sea Salt* (gluten free); CA - Over Endive with Black Hawaiian Sea Salt

                  Round Three - Lobstafari

                  Paired with Chablis (FR)

                  • Lobster Caesar Salad*

                    East Coast Oyster ~ Citrus Sea Foam* (gluten free); West Coast Oyster ~ Spirited Pearls* (gluten free)

                    Round Four - Hyper Local

                    Paired with Sanceree (FR)

                    • Carolina Shrimp Ceviche* **

                      Local Carolina Shrimp Ceviche with Shrimp Crisps

                      Round Five - Smoke Em' If Ya Got Em'

                      Paired with Txakoli (Spain)

                      • Smoked Willapa Bay Scallops^

                        Grapefruit & Mint Reduction; East Coast Oysters ~ Cold Smoked with Mesquite & CBD and Lemon

                        Round Six - Crab Petals

                        Paired with Vinho Verde (Portugal)

                        • Dungeness Crab Petals* ^

                          Crab, Avocado, Cilantro, Sweet Corn, Grated Radish on Belgian Endive

                          Round Seven - Arctic Char Tare

                          Paired with Pinotage (South Africa)

                          • Arctic Char Tare** ^^

                            Avocado & Artichoke Compote

                            Round Nine - Sweet Three Way

                            Paired with Port (Portugal)

                            • Sweet Three Way

                              Sea Salt Chocolate - Manuka Honey - Vanilla Bean

                              Also / A La Carte

                              • Ultra Premium Mezcal, Tequila and Whiskey Bar

                                • Top Shelf Wines & Champagnes

                                  • Fun & Delicious Oyster Shooters

                                    • Sullivans Island Seabean Martinis

                                      • Baycuterie Featuring Ultra Premium Conservas (Tinned Fish) Imported From Europe

                                        Featuring

                                        • All Five Oyster Species

                                          Nov - March, when possible

                                          • Elite Caviar Service

                                            • Rare & Exotic Creatures

                                              Abalone, Sea Cucumber, Jellyfish...etc

                                              Wines

                                              1 Bottle Included in Omakase Prix Fixe Menu for groups of 6 or more

                                              • Delamotte Champagne (FR)USD 30.00

                                                • Southern Right Pinotage (SA)USD 25.00

                                                  • Chevalier Sancerre (FR)USD 22.00

                                                    • Domaine Laroche Chablis St Martin (FR)USD 22.00

                                                      • Te Pa Sauvignon Blanc (NZ)USD 18.00

                                                        • Muscadet la Fruiterie (FR)USD 18.00

                                                          • Diatom Chardonnay (CA)USD 16.00

                                                            • Giantza Txocolina (ESP)USD 16.00

                                                              • Martin Codax Albarino (ESP)USD 12.00

                                                                • Raw Bar Vinho Verde (POR)USD 12.00

                                                                  Spirits

                                                                  • Clase Azul Extra Anejo Tequila

                                                                    • OunceUSD 60.00
                                                                    • BottleUSD 900.00
                                                                  • Don Julio 1942 Tequila

                                                                    • OunceUSD 35.00
                                                                    • BottleUSD 450.00
                                                                  • Casa Dragones Blanco Joven

                                                                    • OunceUSD 25.00
                                                                    • BottleUSD 600.00
                                                                  • Casa Dragones Blanco

                                                                    • OunceUSD 15.00
                                                                    • BottleUSD 300.00
                                                                  • Casamigos Anejo Tequila

                                                                    • OunceUSD 20.00
                                                                    • BottleUSD 175.00
                                                                  • Espolon Silver Tequila

                                                                    • OunceUSD 15.00
                                                                    • BottleUSD 75.00
                                                                  • Ilegal Mezcal Cruz del Fuego

                                                                    • OunceUSD 20.00
                                                                    • BottleUSD 300.00
                                                                  • Hibiki Harmony Blended Japanese Whisky

                                                                    • OunceUSD 20.00
                                                                    • BottleUSD 300.00
                                                                  • Matsui Single Malt Japanese Whisky

                                                                    • OunceUSD 18.00
                                                                    • BottleUSD 220.00
                                                                  • Takamine 8 Year Japanese Whisky

                                                                    • OunceUSD 20.00
                                                                    • BottleUSD 300.00
                                                                  • Sweetgrass Vodka

                                                                    • OunceUSD 12.00
                                                                    • BottleUSD 200.00

                                                                  Last updated: 1 February 2022

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                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    9 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    9 reviews

                                                                    Dined 6 days ago

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    A Charleston MUST DO. So much more than a night out or a special dinner. This is a true dining experience, completely unique and unforgettable. From oysters to a caviar tasting to plenty of other MARINE CUISINE items that will leave you fully satisfied. I enjoyed every bite and every minute.

                                                                  2. AH

                                                                    AHatch

                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on 12 May 2022

                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                    This was a unique experience and we really liked the small group setting. The oysters were delicious and were our favorite part of the dinner!

                                                                  3. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Raleigh

                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 5 May 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Great night ! Enjoyed our experience!

                                                                  4. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Richmond

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on 29 April 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Absolutely stunning. Unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. This is a must try and an experience of a lifetime. The food is fresh, delicious and exquisite. Service is excellent, ambiance is amazing. I have nothing bad to say at all.

                                                                  5. LZ

                                                                    LyndsZ

                                                                    Charleston

                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 28 April 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    This was an amazing experience . All the courses were amazing and paired perfectly. The intimate setting was great for the meal and overall fabulous experience.

                                                                  6. NL

                                                                    NikkiL

                                                                    Las Vegas

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    This is like nothing you have ever experienced. From the moment you enter this clandestine, Japanese style speakeasy environment, you will forget the world outside. Kevin’s warm and open personality will invite you to enjoy yourself without worry or inhibition and his creations will astound you. You will find champagne in your glass within 5 seconds of being seated and as you look around you will notice that every detail has been attended to with surgical precision. Then it begins. Oysters, salmon, ceviche, uni, lobster, caviar and on and on - each prepared in a way that is unrecognizable in the best way possible. This is neither a sushi bar nor a typical fine dining experience. It is a journey through the masterful interplay of taste, smell, spice, smoke, and spirits as they transform the freshest elements of the underwater world into unforgettable sensations. Throughout the night, Kevin’s creations will deliberately delight and confuse your tastebuds until you are left speechless and sitting in bliss. He is a master of a craft you never knew existed.

                                                                  7. JD

                                                                    JudD

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on 21 April 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    It was our 10 year wedding anniversary. Being foodies in this incredible culinary town, it's sometimes hard to be impressed. But this experience was on a whole other level beyond the usual 'fancy' restaurants downtown. The wine. The food. The intimate atmosphere (we were friends with the other couple by the end of the night). Watching Kevin at work in front of us while sharing his vast knowledge of the marine animals we were consuming. It was truly a perfect night and a dining experience unlike any other. ps. Sometimes I leave places like this hungry. That was NOT the case. You definitely get filled up of both wine and maritime cuisine. 10000% recommended

                                                                  8. AP

                                                                    AdrienneP

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                                    overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                                    Was very overpriced for what it was. We spent $800 for three people. It was a fun experience but not worth that price tag

                                                                  9. CI

                                                                    ChristineIsPink

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    77 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    77 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 9 April 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Unique totally one of a kind experience. Chef said it was the first night with all 12 seats full. Very communal and fun atmosphere. Everyone was best friends by the end of the night. Definitely a long meal though - 3.5-4 hours almost. The price includes the alcohol pairing FYI.

                                                                  10. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Charleston

                                                                    22 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    22 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 2 April 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    This was our second time going and it was just as amazing if not even more so! It is truly one of the most unique and delicious dinning experiences in town!

                                                                  11. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    San Diego

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on 1 April 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Literally best dinner experience in Charleston. Kevin Is an absolute rockstar

                                                                  12. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on 1 April 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Amazing experience and exquisite food!

                                                                  13. W

                                                                    Wasabi1211

                                                                    Charleston

                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 31 March 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    We had such an awesome experience.. living in Charleston, we have a variety of food options and I can honestly say I have NEVER had an experience like this !!! Exciting, fun and just a great time! Flavor combinations that will BLOW your mind!! Kevin is super talented !! Definitely going back soon !!

                                                                  14. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on 26 March 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    My husband and I went there for his birthday and it was a fantastic experience. Could not recommend it more! The food and entire evening was beyond words. Literally left thinking we were glad we booked and got to try it now because it’s going to be one of those spots you have to book months in advance.

                                                                  15. LH

                                                                    LoriH

                                                                    Charleston

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 25 March 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Unique and delicious

                                                                  16. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Grand Rapids

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 25 March 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Kevin shared his knowledge of the sea world delicacies with 9 eager customers. We all enjoyed each course and explanation/description prior to indulging. The wine pairings were exquisite. The atmosphere divine. Kevin and his assistant Roshan welcomed each guest as if we were entering their home for a dinner party. This dining experience will be one for the books. A must when visiting Charleston. Book early, limited seating is a positive for this type of night out.

                                                                  17. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Houston

                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 11 March 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    This was an incredible experience! The food was delicious and only 10 seats there was plenty of attention given to each guest. Very expensive but well worth the experience once. Even our nine year old loved it, keep in mind she is an adventurous eater.

                                                                  18. A

                                                                    Astack

                                                                    Charleston

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 11 March 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    This is a one of a kind immersive Omakase experience. Absolutely exceptional. If you want to be blown away by Chef Kevin's knowledge and preparation of some of the best oysters and raw seafood in the country, this is a must do! Plus the 9-12 wine pairings are perfection. The ultimate date night for any local or visiting foodie.

                                                                  19. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Charleston

                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 9 March 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    This place is amazing! Nothing to this quality in Charleston. You must stop here and try this spot!

                                                                  20. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Austin

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on 5 March 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    What a wonderful experience for my wife’s Birthday. From reserving the table and receiving a nice text. To coordinating and having a cake made. This was truly a culinary adventure with some of the best cuisine Charleston has to offer. The quality of food was outstanding. The service was unmatched. Thank you Thank you, Thank you, for helping make my wife’s Birthday an experience she will remember for a life time. These folks have it figured out. Can’t say enough good things! Kudos!

                                                                  21. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on 5 March 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    One of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had in my life. Kevin shared his passion for “marine cuisine” and the intimate group all had a great time. We celebrated two birthdays in style. The food was paired with perfect wines too. I can’t say enough about this once in a lifetime experience.

                                                                  22. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on 4 March 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Raw Lab by Empire Oyster is an amazingly fabulous culinary experience. Chef Kevin Joseph is extremely talented - creative, knowledgeable, and personable - he serves as your personal chef and host throughout the meal. Conversation flows naturally among guests seated at his custom-designed raw bar. Check out the website to view some videos he produced as they bring to life what it takes to source the evening’s delicacies. Consider yourself lucky if you’re fortunate enough to get a reservation!

                                                                  23. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Charleston

                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 3 March 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Kevin served one of the best meals on earth! He educated us on sustainable fishing and fed us a delicious and healthy meal. Don’t tell tourists. He has created a top notch spot!!! Three thumbs up endorsement.

                                                                  24. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Orange County

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on 3 March 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Wow wow wow. what a great dining experience !!! If you are looking for unique dining this is the place. Kevin the owner does it all and is very Knowledgeable about the fishing industry and sustainability. The restaurant only holds 12 seats which makes it very easy to engage all the people at the restaurant. It can run 3 to 4 hours and it’s definitely worth the price of admission. Many of us tried foods that we had never tried before and found them quite enjoyable. It definitely was one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in my life. I recommended highly this place will be very hard to get into in the near future. plan ahead cheers

                                                                  25. PR

                                                                    PeteR

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    18 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    18 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 3 March 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    An amazing evening in a gorgeous space, purpose built for the experience everything drips with preparation and passion. I knew I was in for an outstanding meal but had a slice of pizza in the back of my mind but left FED and satisfied. Dont skip the paring, everything played off of everything with the bites progressing through one another.

                                                                  26. TF

                                                                    TFez

                                                                    Charleston

                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 25 February 2022

                                                                    overall5food4service4ambience3

                                                                    For adventurous diners looking for an interactive, unorthodox experience!

                                                                  27. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on 25 February 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    We had an amazing dinner experience at RAW LAB. Kevin provided a fresh and delicious menu paired with excellent wine selections. This is a “can’t miss” spot for foodies. The food and experience was well worth the price, we would 100% go again the next time we are in Charleston!

                                                                  28. T

                                                                    Trev

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on 20 February 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Kevin was a great host. You can really tell that he loves what he does. Amazing attention to detail, and a lot of thought put into a very creative 8 course omakase menu. Wine/champagne pairings were spot on. Everything was super fresh and also very rare for East Coast dining. Kevin appreciates the inquisitive, and is happy to explain his craft throughout the night. Our favorite part was gaining a higher appreciation and understanding on an often overlooked seafood dish: Oysters. This experience is a seafood adventure, and you won't be disappointed. Kevin accommodated our group of 10, and we had the private room entirely for ourselves. You will not leave hungry. Price was worth every penny. Thanks Kevin and good luck!

                                                                  29. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Charlotte

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on 15 February 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Amazing experience! Food is insanely delicious. You will be happy you went and you will talk about it for months. Can’t recommend it more!

                                                                    RAW LAB by Empire OysterResponded on 17 February 2022

                                                                    Thank You So Much !

                                                                  30. V

                                                                    Vinotabler

                                                                    Charleston

                                                                    49 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    49 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 15 February 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Great food and amazing host. Intimate setting and instructive and interactive experience. Chef is tremendous fun and the food is the bomb!

                                                                  31. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on 13 February 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Kevin Joseph's vision and approach to dining is something this market hasn't seen yet. I can honestly say that this was the first time I actually felt something more than just taste from a meal. I thought I knew what a culinary experience was before but I didn't - and this was the best I've had in Charleston or elsewhere. The oysters, caviar, lobster, ceviche were all so memorable and we can't wait to go back! Can't wait to see what Kevin will do here next.

                                                                    RAW LAB by Empire OysterResponded on 15 February 2022

                                                                    Wow. Thank You!

                                                                  32. JS

                                                                    JoshuaS

                                                                    Charleston

                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 12 February 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    A wonderful experience!

                                                                    RAW LAB by Empire OysterResponded on 21 February 2022

                                                                    Thanks a million Joshua! So fun serving yall, TWICE!

                                                                  33. f

                                                                    finedine23

                                                                    Charleston

                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 11 February 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Everything was amazing! Really one of a kind and a unique experience. Can’t wait to go again!

                                                                  34. CD

                                                                    CaseyD

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on 11 February 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    One of the most unique and exceptional dining experiences of my life. This is not 'going to dinner', this is a food experience like none other. You learn and taste foods that surprise you and Kevin's energy make it a fun and memorable. You will be talking about this experience the rest of your life.

                                                                  35. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Western NC

                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 5 February 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    This was the most unique dining experience we have ever had. Do yourself a favor and try it. You will not be disappointed. All the food was outstanding and Kevin is very knowledge. Will definitely be back soon.

                                                                  36. JN

                                                                    JoshuaN

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on 1 January 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    We booked this place on a whim to ring in the new year and we were beyond impressed. For starters, the place itself is so unique and designed perfectly for an intimate dining experience. We walked in and were warmly greeted by Kevin who had the lighting perfectly set with mood music only to enhance the ambiance. This meal was not like anything I’ve ever had. The food was fresh and different but what made the evening most memorable was the attention to detail and entertainment we received all evening from Kevin himself. The place has only been open a month and he’s a one man show. We were blown away and cannot wait to come back! This is a must try!

                                                                  37. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Charleston

                                                                    22 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    22 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 31 December 2021

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    One of the more amazing dinning experiences I have ever had. I think this is going to become the kind of place that books up months in advance. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an incredible and uniquely curated menu. Amazing!!

                                                                    RAW LAB by Empire OysterResponded on 15 February 2022

                                                                    So Honored by 5 Stars! Thank You!

                                                                  38. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on 30 December 2021

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    EPICurean!

                                                                  39. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Chicago

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 28 December 2021

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    This experience was very special in every way. The world-class menu, excellent wine pairings, and Kevin’s knowledgeable guidance about each course made my husband’s Christmas present an evening he’ll never forget. The room is intimate but not fussy, and it was easy to relax and enjoy because Kevin keeps the group small. Highly recommended for foodies and oyster lovers.

                                                                    RAW LAB by Empire OysterResponded on 15 February 2022

                                                                    Our pleasure. THANK YOU!

                                                                  40. KH

                                                                    KatieH

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on 24 December 2021

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Kevin's doing something special here. I've been to world-renowned omakase and oyster restaurants -- Masa, Rappahannock, Noda, Le Bernardin, etc. -- and Empire Oyster's raw bar is one of the best. Have you ever tried mezcal pearls or had oysters smoked right in front of you? Kevin's creations are genius, and the whole evening is a special experience. Two tips: 1) book your reservation at least one week in advance so Empire Oyster has time to source the rare ingredients, and 2) the entrance is the first exterior door on the right -- if you've reached the brew hall doors, you've gone too far. Enjoy!

                                                                    RAW LAB by Empire OysterResponded on 15 February 2022

                                                                    Wonderful! Thank You!

                                                                  FAQs

                                                                  RAW LAB by Empire Oyster is rated 4.9 stars by 40 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                  9:30 pm


                                                                  Booked 3 times today
                                                                  Experiences are available.
                                                                  Google Map for RAW LAB by Empire Oyster

                                                                  99 S Market St Charleston, SC 29401-3152

                                                                  Additional information

                                                                  • Cross Street

                                                                    On S Market 100 yards East of Meeting St. Between Meeting St & Church S

                                                                  • Area

                                                                    Downtown Charleston

                                                                  • Hours of Operation

                                                                    Wed–Sat 6:30 pm–9:30 pm

                                                                  • Cuisines

                                                                    Seafood, Shellfish, Oyster Bar

                                                                  • Dining style

                                                                    Fine Dining

                                                                  • Dress Code

                                                                    Casual Dress

                                                                  • Parking Details

                                                                    Street Parking

                                                                  • Payment Options

                                                                    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                  • Additional

                                                                    Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Private Room

                                                                  • Phone number

                                                                    (843) 580-7729

                                                                  • Catering

                                                                    We offer our Marine Cuisine Menu ANYWHERE there is a budget for it.

                                                                  • Private party facilities

                                                                    This space is available for private events of 12 or less. www.EmpireOyster.com/rawlab

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