Charleston native Patrick Owens has deep roots in the local culinary scene. His passion for southern food dates back to his early years helping his parents and grandparents in the kitchen. He worked in catering with Charleston Bay Gourmet in his teenage years, then moved onto more serious kitchen posts at Circa 1886 and Magnolia’s. At 27, he opened his first venture, Langdon’s, with the goal of serving delicious, well-executed food in a refined, fine dining setting. 10 years later, Langdon’s continues to garner praise as the best restaurant east of the Cooper, earning AAA’s Four Diamond award every year since opening.

Nearly 10 years later, looking for a new challenge, Patrick sought an outlet for bringing a more causal, Mediterranean-inspired restaurant to his hometown—the result was Opal, which he opened in Mt. Pleasant in June 2011. With Opal, Patrick aims to bring the same level of service and attention to detail as he has done with Langdon’s, while creating a friendly and inviting space where people want to gather and enjoy great food.
Patrick’s notable talents as a chef and warm, friendly disposition have been continuously lauded by both the media and his long-time loyal fans, who continue to rate his restaurants at the top of the local dining scene. He has raised the bar on cuisine in Mt. Pleasant and takes great pride in creating dining experiences that endure the test of time.