Charleston's newest lunch spot offers dining with a view -- make that two views.

The culinary school at the Art Institute of Charleston opens 24 North Market, a student-run restaurant, to the public in December. Lunch will be served 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays through Dec. 9, and resume Jan. 12.

Guests may choose an appetizer, entree and dessert from a prix-fixe menu for $12, tax and beverage included.

While eating lunch, diners have an expansive sight of Charleston Harbor through a wall of windows to one side. They also can watch students at work in the kitchen through another window.

Everything served at 24 North Market, which is on the third floor of the institute's building, is prepared by upper-level culinary students under faculty supervision. Students also serve as wait staff and hosts in the teaching dining room.

A recent menu tempted the palate with offerings such as Butternut Squash Bisque with truffle creme and chervil, Beef Wellington and a Fried Banana with lychee sorbet. The menus change every two weeks.

"We are very proud of our culinary program and now the public has the opportunity to see why," said Rick Jerue, president of the Art Institute of Charleston.

To make reservations, call 727-3500 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email Walk-ins also are welcome.