Our annual look at the essential restaurants illuminating the city's dining scene

This versatile powerhouse—it’s a special-occasion restaurant and a neighborhood hangout—is all about pampering. So don’t expect to find a tofu-and-quinoa bowl here—unless that lily is gilded with high-quality seafood, zesty house-made sausage and the characteristic low-country touches that keep regulars returning to 

G. Michael’s upscale yet festive confines. The servers are truly the straws that stir the drinks: They’re courteous but warm, knowledgeable but not stuffy and personable but not intrusive.

Read about our other Best Restaurants of 2019: 1. Veritas 2. Wolf’s Ridge Brewing 3. Watershed Kitchen & Bar 4. Service Bar 6. Comune 7. Refectory Restaurant & Wine Shop 8. Gallerie Bar & Bistro 9. The Guild House 10. Ambrose and Eve