Romantic Dining: This quaint house in the historic residential neighborhood of Cannonborough-Elliotborough allows diners to feel like they are in a French family's home once inside, and indeed they are, in a way. The welcoming French couple that owns this charming restaurant serves each dish of their standard three-course offering with love and affection--plainly seen in the impressive plating and near-perfect preparations of each ingredient. The menu here changes daily, so be sure to check the Chez Nous Facebook or Instagram account the morning of your meal to ensure your preferences appear on the menu; only two options are given for each course--a starter, entree, and dessert.
Best Restaurants: Chez Nous, meaning "Our Home" in French, is as cozy inside as you would expect from the name. But don't let that fool you--the team at Chez Nous serves up a three course menu (two options for app, entree, and dessert) each day that commands the attention of locals and visitors alike. The presentation of each dish is lovely, guaranteeing a top-notch experience before you've even take your first bite. The owner-chef couple of Chez Nous know what they're doing, and offer an impressive variety of traditional, authentic French (and sometimes Spanish) dishes from day to day. Each day means a different menu, with some recurring items: a bread basket of croissant and baguette, tartine du jour, fish, and quail. No reservations are accepted as this little side street hotspot, so be sure to plan ahead for your Chez Nous meal.
Dessert: This intimate, authentic French restaurant is located in an easy-to-miss side street off of Coming Street in a relatively quiet, residential area of downtown Charleston. Chez Nous' menu changes daily, and the restaurant posts tantalizing photos of each day's unique 3 course offerings via their social media accounts. Each day, the Chez Nous menu includes two appetizers, two entrees, and two dessert options that are nearly too pretty to eat. Come to Chez Nous for dinner if you can, and definitely stay for dessert, as their nightly sweet selections are reason enough to visit. Expect such European desserts as egg custards, fruit-topped tarts, flan, macarons or stuffed French puff pastries.
Local Expert Clare Sweeney Says:
Romantic Dining, Dessert: "Chez Nous doesn't take reservations, and the menu changes daily! Be sure to check their social media channels for the day's offerings, and arrive early for your dessert date!"
Best Restaurants: "Head to the Chez Nous Instagram account before your meal--this restaurant's menu changes daily, and uploads pictures of each dish the morning its served."
Best for Romantic Dining Because: Dining at Chez Nous is a joyous occasion, made utterly romantic by the homey setting and multi-course French dishes--a different variety served each day.
Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: Chez Nous is your local Charleston spot for an intimate, romantic French dinner, and just as well suited for a lively group gathering.
Best for Dessert Because: This adorable French restaurant is popular for good reason. The food, notably the dessert, is authentic, colorful and intricately prepared.