Fulton Five is a romantic institution. Voted Best Romantic Restaurant in our Best of Charleston issue time after time, Fulton Five is nestled in Charleston’s downtown antique district — just yards from King Street. Its authentic northern Italian cuisine and sweet second-floor terrace speak for themselves. If the weather is not cooperating, they also have cozy tables downstairs that are perfect for that extra-close encounter.

82 Queen has over 20 years of experience in charming Charleston couples. Its landscaped courtyard is filled with white lights and tables for two that make you swear you just stepped into a storybook. Their fried green tomatoes are better than a fairy tale, and the barbecue shrimp and grits will convert any Yankee. Reserve your outdoor table, because they go quickly, but the step back in time won’t disappoint you in their old-fashioned dining rooms. Make a reservation and live happily ever after.

Nothing says romance like your very own living room, but the next best thing would have to be the Old Village Post House in Mt. Pleasant. Its warmth embraces you the second you step into their charismatic dining rooms. Sit in the courtyard on a nice night and feast on favorites from seared duck breast to Cajun flounder. You can also tuck yourselves away at a cozy corner table or inside their classic tavern. For romance at its finest, stay in one of their rooms, because the Post House conveniently doubles as a bed and breakfast. Go ahead, get lucky.

Toast to love and life over a striking sunset at the Boathouse at Breach Inlet on the Isle of Palms. The restaurant is situated where the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean meet and offers a paradise for seafood lovers with everything from tilapia to butter-poached lobster tails. Indoor seating is available, but snuggle up outside on the patio for the ideal Boathouse experience. Nothing can carry sweet nothings better than an ocean breeze.

And finally, if you want your cuisine as hot as your date, King Street’s very own Little Thai Too should do the trick. The front dining area is almost as welcoming as the more spacious dining room in the back. Little Thai Too is adorable and snug, with water fountains rippling in the background to set the mood while the genuinely satisfying curries will spice it up. Get in there and get your sizzle on.

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