About Virginia’s


Virginia’s on King  is a sophisticated Southern Dining spot blending traditional kitchen comforts with familiar regional dishes. Prepared with utmost care for quality and flavor, the menu incorporates local fresh ingredients and old family recipes to bring you Southern cooking, Lowcountry style.

Classic Charleston influenced interior and home cooking aromas inspire the ambiance of this local favorite. At the heart of Virginia’s you will find gracious southern hospitality and comfort foods that make you feel right at home.

As natives to Charleston, Red & Virginia were raised with southern customs and traditions in their blood. Mrs. Bennett will tell you, as any true Southerner will agree, food and family are the threads that bind the traditions of the South.

Our inspiration for this restaurant came from Warren J. and Virginia Bennett, tried and true Southerners with a family tradition of creating an atmosphere of hospitable, southern comfort, good company and comforting dishes.

Virginia brought up a family of her own, raising four boys and two girls. For years, the Bennett family went to church on Sunday and then came home to Sunday Family Dinner. Traditionally, Southern families joined together in the afternoon for good company, conversation, and the familiar dishes prepared from family recipes, collected and passed down through the years.

Virginia’s children grew older, and soon had children of their own. As their lives grew to be busier, it became difficult to carry on the long-time Sunday tradition. Nevertheless, Red wanted to keep the children close. Thus began Thursday Family Dinner, where the Bennett family gathers each week at noon. Coming together on Thursdays allowed most everyone to join.

The first Thursday Family Dinner was in 1983. Red passed away just a few years later. For years, Virginia has kept the tradition alive in memory of him. She still prepares the home cooked Southern fare that for years has graced the dinner table of the Bennett household. Virginia’s home is no longer a host to only her children and grandchildren but to family friends as well, and now, you.

Inventive, Fresh Cooking. Thoughtful, Gracious Service. Lowcountry Sensibility.

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Shane Whiddon
Executive Chef

Shane Whiddon’s passion for the kitchen was influenced by his love for hunting, fishing, gardening, and time spent with family and friends. He has a true appreciation for the ritual of breaking bread, which was instilled in him by his grandmother's passion for providing meals that created memories.

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Tom Schiller

After completing college, Tom was first introduced to the hospitality industry by joining the Holy City Hospitality family. While working for nearly 6 years at 39 Rue de Jean, he held many jobs starting as a server's assistant to an eventual bartender. During his time at 39 Rue de Jean, Tom's passion for wine and food grew, leading him to complete his Certified Sommelier Examination through The Court of Masters Sommelier. In 2016, Tom was promoted within Holy City Hospitality to begin managing Virginia's on King.

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R. Daren Wolfe
Operating Partner

In the summer of 2004, he accepted the position of Director of Operations for Holy City Hospitality, and commenced to launch Good Food Catering. In the fall of 2005, Wolfe became the Operating Partner of Holy City Hospitality. Since then, the hospitality group has expanded, launching its third restaurant, Virginia’s on King, in December of ’07.

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