Valentines Day is upon us, and it’s a good idea to go ahead and put dinner plans in place before Charleston restaurants start to fill up. Luckily, the Holy City is filled with unique restaurants that offer an amazing culinary experience between delicious food, cocktails and ambiance. Follow our guide to the top ten Charleston restaurants to dine with your loved one this Valentine’s Day.
82 Queen. Celebrate your love at one of Charleston’s oldest and most charming restaurants. Situated in the Historic French Quarter, you’ll enjoy the perfect ambiance consisting of 19th-century dining rooms and a heated brick courtyard underneath a breathtaking Southern magnolia tree. The menu is made up of Lowcountry cuisine and served with gracious Southern hospitality. Make your reservation ahead of time, here.
Church and Union. Located on historic Market Street in downtown Charleston, Church and Union offers delightful New American cuisine with a breathtaking atmosphere. Enjoy an exclusive three-course prix-fixe menu on Valentines Day with a variety of gourmet options from steak to seafood. The regular menu will not be offered on this day. Learn more.
Melfi’s. Melfi’s is an Italian favorite located on Upper King Street in historic Charleston. The menu offers Roman-ish thin-crust pizza, fresh pasta, salad and larger plates. The sophisticated atmosphere is the perfect setting for a romantic Valentine’s dinner for two. Make a downtown night of it by visiting Carmellas Cafe & Dessert Bar on East Bay Street for a dessert or after dinner cocktail. View the Melfi’s menu and make a reservation.
Delaney Oyster House. Enjoy delicious seafood specialties, a raw bar, delicious cocktails and an extensive wine list in the the heart of Charleston’s downtown peninsula. If the weather is nice, the outdoor patio would be a great setting for an intimate dinner for two. Reservations can be made online.
SAVI Cuchina + Wine Bar. Located in Mount Pleasant Towne Center, SAVI Cuchina offers delicious homemade pastas, as well as a vegetarian menu and a top-notch wine selection. Regal Palmetto Grande movie theater is located just steps away from this delicious restaurant, in case you and your Valentine want to catch a movie after dinner. View the menu.
The Royal Tern. Nestled in the heart of Johns Island, enjoy a romantic dinner for two over an array of freshly prepared seafood, wood fired steaks and carpaccios and tartares from the raw bar. The elegant atmosphere, delicate cuisine and friendly service will ensure that your evening will be one for the books. More details, here.
Valentine’s Day Pasta Workshop. Join Two Blokes Brewing with your Valentine to learn how to make homemade pasta. Enjoy a complimentary Ceasar salad, tomato-basil or vodka sauce for the pasta and chocolate crackle cookies. This is the perfect event for if you and your loved one want to think outside of the box and enjoy a fun activity together. Get tickets.
Islander 71. Celebrate Valentine’s Day dinner on Isle of Palms with a view. Islander 71 is located on a beautiful marina and will be offering a three-course meal for $60 per guest. Items on this menu can also be order a la carte. View the menu.
Zero George. In honor of Valentine’s Day, The Caviar Bar at Zero George will offer a chocolate and wine pairing in partnership with local Charleston chocolatier, Sweeteeth. Enjoy three chocolates with wine pairings crafted by Zero Restaurant and Bar Beverage Director, Megan Mina. You and your valentine can also enjoy this special February 10th-14th.
The Obstinate Daughter. This Southern restaurant is influenced by French, Italian and Spanish cuisine with a wood fired oven. The menu is rooted by products from farms and fisherman in the Lowcountry. You and your date can enjoy pizza, a raw bar, delicious small plates and specialty cocktails. Make your evening especially romantic by watching the sunset on Sullivan’s Island beach, which is just one block away. To learn more or make a reservation, click here.
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