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Restaurant for Special Dinner in Charleston

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We're going to Charleston to celebrate our anniv next month. Looking for suggestions for a nice restaurant for dinner with great seafood with a southern flair. My husband's not planning to bring a jacket or a tie, so can't be too formal. We'll be staying in historic district, so it would be great to be able to walk, altho we will have a car. Willing to pay, although not totally over the top ( thinking around $100). Also, how far in advance do we need to make the reservation? If we need more than a couple of days I'll have to make reserv before we leave home. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. SNOBs fits all your criteria.

    1. My husband is anti-jacket/tie as well. I have yet to find a restaurant in Charleston that required one. It's possible the Sanctuary or Woodlands does, but nothing in the historic district that I can think of. Further, I think it's pretty easy to stay under $100 for two IF no one is drinking.

      So....I think you can feel free to pick and choose your restaurant from the many discussions on this board. (I like Fig and Sienna)

      1. I second the FIG rec; when I lived in Charleston it was my favorite place to eat out. It's a lovely, cool room with pristine, thoughtful food, a relaxed, smart staff and a nice wine list. McCrady's, High Cotton, Al di La and Fulton Five are also really nice special occasion spots. More casual but still fun and delicious places to find nice seafood are Coast, Hominy Grill and Hank's.

        1. I'm w/ DavidA, SNOB (Slightly North of Broad) all the way. I would suggest making reservations before you get here, especially if dining on the weekend.

          1. SNOB or Peninsula Grill.

            1. Just returned from Charleston (and Savannah). Our favorite meal was at High Cotton, followed by SNOB, Peninsula Grill and FIG. I don't think you can go wrong with any of these, although Peninsula Grill had a dressier (although no tie/jacket) crowd. FIG was surprisingly more expensive than the service/decor/food would make you think. I'd make a reservation before you go, or ask the hotel where you're staying to do so for you. Check out opentable.com, too, for reservations. Have a wonderful anniversary celebration... and definitely park your car upon arrival and walk everywhere. What a wonderful city!

              1. Peninsula Grill is fantastic and an excellent choice for anniversary dinner. Do have the coconut cake for desert. It is off the hook GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!

                1. Thanks everyone! Made resv for SNOB via opentable. Sooo looking forward to it!

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                  1. re: maina

                    Just an idea. Have dinner at SNOB as you plan but hold off on dessert. Stroll over to Peninsula Grill and have the coconut cake for desert. Trust me! I tell you it is that good. I'm not a huge fan of coconut cake most of the time, but it is so amazing it will be the most memorable part of your evening - well food wise any way. You can order a slice sitting at the bar, people do it all the time. This cake is so good they ship it by air all over the country.