The experts say that both surprise and trust are the secrets to a lasting relationship. You want to surprise your lover with a wonderful Valentine’s Day, but you need to trust that everything is going to work out well. So instead of booking a date at an old favorite restaurant, why not try some place new? The team at Aviv Service Today gathered a list of our favorite Valentine’s Day restaurants in Charleston and surrounding areas.
Whether you are looking for a meal, drink, or dessert, we have compiled a list of the most romantic restaurants, bars, and eateries in all of Charleston, Summerville, Johns Island, West Ashley, and Mt. Pleasant. Just be sure to make your reservations early, as things book up fast on Valentine’s Day.
Restaurants, Bars, & More
If you are looking for local cuisine with a gourmet touch, you can’t go wrong with Eli’s Table. A treat any time of day, Eli’s breakfast menu is particularly delectable with fresh beignets, bacon Bloody Marys, and seven different kinds of eggs benedict. Free valet parking is available during dinner hours.
Location: 129 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401
As head chef Sean Brock says, Husk Restaurant “is not about rediscovering Southern cooking, but exploring the reality of Southern food.” This is some of the best lowcountry cuisine by amazing award-winning chefs who use only ingredients indigenous to the South for genuine local flavor.
2021 Update: Husk is also now offering curbside take-out and delivery so you can grab some of that amazing Southern cooking and enjoy it from the safety of your home.
Location: 76 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401
A national landmark, McCrady’s Restaurant served as a meeting place for American revolutionaries. This classic brick building has a wonderful ambiance with high-ceilings, gentle lighting, and rich wood surfaces. McCrady’s menu features locally sourced food including peak-season and sustainable ingredients. Their gourmet menu changes daily.
Location: 155 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Featuring locations in downtown Charleston and West Ashley, Tabbuli has a simple elegance that is both fun and sophisticated. This Mediterranean-style restaurant offers a health-conscious yet mouth-watering menu, perfect for tapas. For casual relaxation, they also have a full bar and hookah lounge.
Locations: 6 North Market Street, Charleston, SC 29401 & 2026 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407 (West Ashley)
Zen Asian Fusion Restaurant
If you in the mood for a taste of the orient, Zen Asian Fusion Restaurant combines multiple styles of Asian cooking with a unique gourmet presentation. This is a wonderful stop for sushi lovers, featuring only the best sashimi and rolls.
Location: 2037 Sam Rittenburg Boulevard, Charleston, SC 29407 (West Ashley)
If you are looking for mouth-water desserts, you can’t do better than Gala Desserts. Whether you are hungry for cakes, pies, cheesecakes, tarts, or tortes, Gala has beautiful and delicious treats for all tastes. They even have a tapas menu and a full bar with coffee, beer, wine, and specialty cocktails.
Location: 829 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407 (West Ashley)
If Italian is your preference, Wild Olive strives to bring the classical Italian experience to the lowcountry. They offer simple seasonal cuisine reflecting both traditional Italian and local fusion options. Wild Olive prides itself on local ingredients including homemade pasta and home-cured salami.
Location: 2867 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, SC 29455
Nothing is quite as synonymous with romantic dinner as French cuisine, and when you eat at Fat Hen, you’ll know why. Their menu features classic French dishes such as steak tartare, coq au vin, salmon bernaise, and seared duck confit. If you or your partner has never had true French cuisine, this is the place to start.
Location: 3140 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, SC 29455
Angel Oak Restaurant
Centered in a beautifully rustic locale, Angel Oak Restaurant gives you the experience of dining in the south of France, particularly with its gorgeous open-air patio. They offer a seasonally changing menu reflecting a wide range of culinary styles. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Location: 3669 Savannah Highway, Johns Island, SC 29455
Langdon’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
For the more classic fine dining experience, Langdon’s Restaurant & Wine Bar fuses lowcountry and world cuisine in a refined, contemporary setting. They hold the distinction of being the only AAA Four-Diamond Award-winning restaurant in Mt. Pleasant with delicious gourmet cuisine and elegant decor.
Location: 778 South Shelmore Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464