Five Holy City restaurants where you can wine, dine and woo your love.
They say that Casanova, the legendary French womanizer, ate 50 oysters for breakfast every day. Consider attempting your own reenactment at this New England-influenced seafood restaurant. The cozy eatery is beloved by locals with menu highlights including the classic lobster roll, pork carnitas tacos (no, really) and shrimp gazpacho. 289 E. Bay St., 843.579.4997
Tucked in a converted carriage house on the grounds of the historic Wentworth Mansion Bed & Breakfast, Circa 1886 is set apart by its sophisticated atmosphere, romantic vibe and innovative, elegant dishes. Chef Marc Collins draws his inspiration from seasonal products and historic Southern dishes, and menu standouts include the Carolina crab cake soufflé and the Broken Arrow antelope paillard. 149 Wentworth St., 843.853.7828
Chef Josh Keeler offers an array of eclectic, seasonal small plates in a renovated building which dates from the late 1800s. The restaurant’s hip, posh vibe and handcrafted cocktails are overshadowed only by menu items like the grilled quail and bavette steak. Cozy up under the stars, or the heat lamps, in the outdoor seating area. 492 King St., 843.203.6338
Hall’s is as renowned for its 28- day aged USDA steaks as it is for its flawless, Southern hospitality-influenced service. The two-story restaurant is in the former Artist and Craftsman Supply building, with notable offerings including the 28- ounce tomahawk rib eye, the filet mignon and the pepper jack creamed corn. On Sunday, there’s an a la carte gospel brunch with lavender French toast and decadent biscuits in gravy. 434 King St., 843.727.0090
With its floor-to- ceiling windows and spacious layout, Chef Michael Toscano’s restaurant is as inviting as its cuisine. Meals start with a sliver of cheese from the giant wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano, and the regional Italian menu offers notable starters like the octopus carpaccio and chicken liver mousse. For dinner, varied, housemade pastas should not be missed. 15 Beaufain St., 843.212.0920
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