Historic Settings & Culinary Charm at Charleston's Most Romantic Restaurants

Is there anything more romantic than a weekend getaway to Charleston? We think not–we may be a little biased–but you don't have to take our word for it. Make a special reservation for two at any of the 10 best romantic restaurants in the "Holy City," and see for yourself what Charleston has to offer for foodie couples in love. 

What is it about Italian comfort food that instantly makes a dinner more romantic? Charleston's best include the intimate interior at tiny Pane e Vino, a window seat at Trattoria Lucca, or the Mediterranean patio at Muse on Society Street. 

Please the stomach (and heart) of a Francophile significant other with a meal at charming Chez Nous, a restaurant and family home in one, run by a French couple pouring their soul into each 3-course meal. 

If it's fine dining that will really serve to set the mood, consider a few uniquely-Charleston options, such as the elegant Circa 1886 at Wentworth Mansion, Cannon Green's sleek setting on up and coming Spring Street, or the quaint courtyard tables at 82 Queen. 

Couples on a budget will love Five Loaves, a vegetarian-friendly restaurant specializing in amazing soups and desserts, as well as Rutledge Ave's R Kitchen, an untraditional spot with rotating 5 courses for $25 dinners 6 nights a week. 

In search of a traditional Valentine's Day meal? Longtime locals' favorite and staple of Upper King Street, Halls Chophouse offers Charleston's best cuts of beef, along with seafood, pasta, and every luxury you'd expect at a top-notch steakhouse (even live piano). 

Italian food is pretty romantic of its own accord, but Trattoria Lucca does quite a bit to up the ante with their approach to dining atmosphere, service, and flavor. Mind-blowing bowls and plates of delicious pasta, beef, fish, and shellfish,...  Read More

R Kitchen
Photo courtesy of Clare Sweeney

Okay, so here's the deal. Call R Kitchen in advance for a reservation (a week out is ideal), and let Chef Ross know about any dietary restrictions and allergies, as well as preference. Arrive on time; prepare to be wowed. That's the simplistic...  Read More

The intriguing name of this romantic Charleston restaurant gives a hint at the source of its charm--based largely on its historic roots. Circa 1886 sits on the beautiful Wentworth Mansion hotel property, though its host establishment (founded,...  Read More

This locals' favorite date spot makes for a lovely Valentine's Day night out (or any celebratory occasion) that's not just affordable, but an awesome value. The food served is excellent for that price tag; count on being surprised and delighted...  Read More

Charleston has a real affinity for romantic restaurants housed in restored historic homes, and Muse falls firmly into that category. That's a good thing--a really good thing. Any couple who enjoys a quieter, intimate, low-lit atmosphere (and...  Read More

Halls Chophouse is the go-to date spot for couples looking to add a little ritz to their night out on the town. Located on buzzing Upper King Street downtown, Halls is ideal for those couples who love a good steak almost as much as their...  Read More

82 Queen
Photo courtesy of 82 Queen

If you're lucky enough to enjoy a warmer-than-usual Valentine's Day evening, a dinner reservation at 82 Queen is an outstanding option. You and your date will enjoy all that is savory and scrumptious in Southern cuisine, all in the historical...  Read More

This elegant fine dining establishment is more than just a restaurant on up and coming Spring Street; it's a gathering place for those seeking an upscale night out, complete with a stunning ambiance and historic restorations right in the dining...  Read More

There's something about Italian comfort food that makes us love whomever we're enjoying the meal with at the moment, or better yet, enhances the feelings already shared. At Pane e Vino, at home on quiet Warren Street downtown, the welcoming...  Read More

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...  Read More


Meet Clare Sweeney

A South Carolina native and avid locavore, Clare also ventured abroad to Spain and north to Boston before returning to Charleston and her beloved Lowcountry. 

Clare works and plays in downtown...  More About Clare

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