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Angel Oak Restaurant
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Manhattan Cocktail

A Local, Southern Inspired, Family Operated Restaurant

The approach at Angel Oak Restaurant is simple, to obtain the freshest ingredients that the seasons allow, and present them in a way that would best represent the area. The menu changes often to include what is in season. Our lunch menu provides people with fresh, quick, made from scratch food that is rustic and delicious.


Dinner takes a more innovative approach to southern American cuisine. Whether you are looking to share a few appetizers over a bottle of wine, some fried chicken with a local beer, or want to explore one of our alluring culinary entrees, the menu at Angel Oak can meet all of your wishes.


We encourage you to relax during dinner and try our cocktails or order a great wine by the glass or bottle. Angel Oak also offers a small select bottled beer list that will please any beer enthusiast. Make sure to save room for dessert, where the chef reflects on traditional southern style sweets that would cure any sweet tooth.

Fried Chicken and Collard Greens
Jay and Nicole Kees

Our Story

Jay and Nicole Kees moved from New York to open Angel Oak Restaurant in the summer of 2012.


Nicole was born and raised in the Hudson Valley region. She has worked at many local notable restaurants while obtaining her Master’s degree in Art Education. Prior to opening Angel Oak Restaurant, she taught art education at an inner city school in Poughkeepsie, New York.


Jay was born and raised in southern Mississippi and started working in local restaurants at a young age. He decided to further his career in the food industry which guided him to New York. Jay obtained his Bachelor’s Degree at the Culinary Institute of America.

While in New York, Jay and Nicole met working together at a banquet facility. Immediately they knew that this was the start of something amazing for their futures. While exploring the east coast for a happy balance of North and South, for a career and lifestyle change, they fell in love with the Charleston area. Like Jay and Nicole’s journey together, Angel Oak Restaurant exemplifies the honest rusticity of southern fare.

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