I’ve shared my favorite things to do in Charleston with kids, but I’ve been dying to share my favorite date night spots! I only have four places on the list, but what can I say?
I’ve shared my favorite things to do in Charleston with kids, but I’ve been dying to share my favorite date night spots! I only have four places on the list, but what can I say? We like what we like… ha! There are so many more favorite restaurants in town beyond this list, but some of those are best for lunch (in my opinion) or for a girl’s night out, so stay tuned for those lists too! I’m super excited to start sharing some Charleston favorites.
Post House Old Village, Mount Pleasant
The coziest atmosphere and a menu where you just cannot go wrong with whatever you order. The menu changes slightly seasonally, but here are some favorites… To start, I highly suggest the crudo, hot chicken fried oysters, the shrimp wraps, and the caesar salad. Entree favorites include the paccheri nero pasta (seriously amazing if you garlicky shrimp!), the backbar cheeseburger (might be my favorite burger in town), the butterbean burger (I never order a veggie burger, but this one is dynamite!), and the local fish curry.
Hall’s Chophouse Downtown Charleston
We always try to go to nice steakhouses when we travel, but Hall’s is just so special and we haven’t found anything that quite compares. You feel like you’re walking into the Hall family home for a great big party and the service throughout the meal matches that warm fuzzy feeling. The food is absolutely incredible. To start, I highly suggest the spicy shrimp, she crab soup, the chop salad, and the wedge salad. For dinner, I love the shrimp & grits, the crab-stuffed grouper, or sometimes I’ll do one of the salads along with the spicy shrimp I mentioned as starters. Brandon adores the dry-aged ribeye. It’s the best steak on the menu, according to him! Their sides are also spectacular (I mean, they have lobster mac & cheese) …you cannot go wrong!
Melfi’s Downtown Charleston
The best Italian! Okay, this is one of those spots I specifically enjoy the most when it’s dark outside. The vibe in there just warms up and is so cozy. The bruschetta, arancini, and sort-of-spicy caesar salad are what we always start with. Yes, all three. Brandon always gets the rigatoni and I never do not get the cacio e pepe. Goodness gracious… my mouth is watering thinking about it. I made a reel on this place here!
Obstinate Daughter Sullivan’s Island
OD is one of those places that absolutely everything they create is going to be the best thing you’ve ever tasted. They use local ingredients to create a menu that is seasonal, creative, and will leave you feeling nice and full. Here, you’ll want to order a bunch of things and share! Favorites include: local lettuce salad (it’s impressive!), farro piccolo (seriously you cannot not order this), any of the pastas—and they sometimes change seasonally but the gnocchi is always a winner, and then the “Old Danger” pizza. (It comes with an egg on top!) I also highly recommend the King’s Honey cocktail! It’s beyond.
Honorable mention is FIG. It’s probably the top restaurant in Charleston, I’d gamble to say. The same goes for all of these places, but make your reservation early… especially at FIG! It’s absolutely incredible. We don’t go nearly enough (probably because it’s so hard to get in), so that’s why it’s not on my “top four” list, but it’s honestly one of the best meals you’ll have in town.