All Things Charleston: The Perfect Valentine’s Day Celebration



It’s that time of year again…whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.

For you single ladies, we here at The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction have the perfect V-Day pick-me-up for you. It’s called Galentine’s Day, and it’s all about celebrating love and friendship with your closest gal pals.

For couples, we’ve selected some of Charleston’s most romantic restaurants for you to wine and dine with your sweetie.

Whether you surprise your special someone with a reservation at one of the best restaurants in Charleston, or you spend the afternoon at the spa with the girls, we’ve got you covered.

Here are our top romantic restaurant picks that are sure to make the day special:

Charleston Grill

Charleston Grill is the perfect setting for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner with your special someone. From the luxurious jazz lounge atmosphere and live music to the delectable food, everything about Charleston Grill is indulgent. Their ever-changing menu is divided into four distinct sections, so whether you’re in the mood for southern comfort, exotic flavors, simple classics, or something more decadent, this unique restaurant has a little bit of everything.

Peninsula Grill

Located in Charleston’s Historic District, Peninsula Grill proudly emanates the charm and class of an era gone by. Every detail, from the wrought iron gate that borders the restaurant to the candlelit tables and stunning courtyard, exudes elegance and sophistication. And of course, the food is unforgettable as well. It is prepared under the direction of Executive Chef Graham Dailey, who has studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and has been featured on several national news programs. Having dinner here with your favorite person sounds like the perfect Valentine’s Day plan.

Fulton Five

Fulton Five is a charming Italian bistro that has been voted “Most Romantic Restaurant” from 1998-2014 by the Charleston City Paper. With its ivy-covered storefront, candlelit tables, and an impressive selection of fine wines and Italian cuisine, it’s easy to see why. If you’re struggling to come up with Valentine’s Day date ideas, you can’t go wrong with a reservation for Fulton Five.

Circa 1886 Restaurant

Circa 1886 is the place to go for a modern spin on Southern classics. Using whole grains, seasonal ingredients, and less butter and cream than you’d expect, Circa 1886s Chef Marc Collins has created a unique menu that has become a staple of the Charleston dining scene. Circa 1886 has been rated among the best in both local and national publications, including USA Today, Forbes, and Country Living. It will make the perfect location for your Valentine’s Day date or girls’ night out.

For the single ladies looking to start a new Galentine’s Day tradition, spend the day with your closest girlfriends at one of these locations in Charleston:

Cooking Classes at Charleston Cooks

Brush up on your culinary skills at Charleston Cooks! More than just a kitchen retail store, Charleston Cooks offers a range of cooking classes that will teach you how to make a whole meal from scratch. Classes cover everything from vegetarian cuisine to “Charleston Sunday Brunch,” so check their class schedule and sign your crew up today!

Afternoon Tea at Charleston Place

Get your best friends together and make a reservation for Afternoon Tea at Charleston Place. During Afternoon tea, you will be treated to an assortment of scones, cakes, crumpets, and sandwiches, and of course, a delicious pot of freshly brewed tea. This would make a delightfully unexpected location for your Galentine’s Day celebration.

Drinks at The Gin Joint

The Gin Joint is the perfect Galentine’s Day location for those of you with an adventurous palate. The Gin Joint specializes in handcrafted cocktails and upscale bar food. You can choose from a tempting selection of signature drinks, or if you’re feeling daring, pick two adjectives from the list on the menu (like sweet and refreshing) and let the bartender surprise you. Stop by for Cocktail Hour Monday through Thursday from 5-7, or make a reservation for a great Girl’s Night Out.

Have a Spa Day

Before you go out on the town, spend the day pampering yourself at the spa—you deserve it! Treat yourself to a deep tissue massage at The Spa at Charleston Place, a cocoa shea butter wrap at Urban Nirvana, or a cleansing facial at Stella Nova. There’s nothing better than looking and feeling your best, so take the time out for some serious me time!

Any one of these amazing locations would be a great place to spend this Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day.

The most important part is whom you spend it with. Make your reservations today, and ensure that this V-Day will be a memorable one.

Valentine’s Day Events in Charleston

Looking for something new and unusual to do on Valentine’s Day in Charleston? Think outside the box! We came up with a short list of events we know you’ll love.

9th Annual Art and Wine Walk

Kick off the 2014 Freshfields Village season with the 9th Annual Art & Wine Walk on Valentine’s Day from 4–7 p.m. Sponsored by Charleston Magazine, the free event will showcase art in several media, including glass, oil paintings, and pottery, from regional and local artists. Enjoy a sample of local wine, good food, and live music.

For more about the Art and Wine Walk, go to the Charleston Visitors’ Bureau website, or visit the Freshfields Village website.

Acoustic Sunset Oyster Roast Series

On Valentine’s Day from 5–8 p.m., The Wreckfish hosts the weekly Acoustic Sunset Oyster Roast Series. Enjoy all-you-can-eat oysters for $12, listen to live music on the outdoor patio, and take advantage of drink specials. For $12, get all-you-can-eat oysters!

To learn more, go to the Charleston Visitors’ Bureau website, or visit the Wreckfish website.

Arlo Guthrie at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center

Arlo Guthrie has been on a solo tour to celebrate his father Woody Guthrie’s centennial. Arlo has brought his live show to Charleston with his Here Come the Kids Tour, with an emphasis on his father’s most famous and well-known songs and stories. Enjoy Arlo’s tribute to Woody’s contributions to American music.

For tickets, contact the North Charleston Coliseum advance ticket office or any Ticketmaster outlet, charge by phone 1-800-745-3000, or order online at

For more information about Arlo’s tribute, go to the Charleston Visitors’ Bureau website, or visit the North Charleston Performing Arts Center website.

Valentine’s Day Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise

Kick back and try a new Valentine’s Day ritual with the Charleston Harbor Tour’s Valentine’s Day Blues and BBQ Cruise. From 7–9 p.m., enjoy a two-hour cruise on the Carolina Queen with a buffet from Home Team BBQ and live blues music from Shrimp City Slim. Good times, great blues, and amazing food await you!

Tickets are $42.95, but do not include the cash bar.

To learn more, visit the Charleston Visitors’ Bureau website, or go to the Charleston Performing City Marina website.

Are you aware of any other Valentine’s Day events in Charleston? If so, please let us know!