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May 22, 2009 04:49 AM

Need unique Charleston SC Recommendations

I'm planning a special birthday dinner for a friend in Charleston (I live in Florida.) The problem is that she has lived in Charleston over 20 years and has been just about everywhere! I'd love to surprise her by taking her to a restaurant she's never been to. There will be 3 of us for dinner and price isn't really an object (@ $75 per person.) She loves Al De La in West Ashley, Peninsula Grill, SNOB and High Cotton downtown. Thanks so much for your help!

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  1. I live in charleston and have eaten at all of those restaurants. My favorite restaurant is on Daniel Island "Sienna ". The chef ,Ken Vedrinski, earned a 5 star for Woodlands Inn in Summerville and then opened Sienna and also Trattoria Lucca downtown Charleston.

    If you go to Sienna try the tuna crudo and ANY pasta dish. trattoria Lucca is good but cramped and loud.


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    1. re: plufmud

      Vedrinski is actually no longer at Sienna, but I hear the food is still good. Lucca is excellent, but beware that it is off the beaten path in a somewhat marginal neighborhood. Really, really good food.

      Has she tried Il Cortile del Rey on lower King St? Similar to Al di La but with a great atmosphere that makes you feel like you're in Italy. They have a courtyard - celebrated my birthday there this year and had a blast. Food is awesome.

    2. Ken Vedrinski still owns Sienna and will soon be opening Italian Fish in the Cigar factory.
      The neighborhood is fine for dining at Lucca.

      1. Thanks so much for the great suggestions--please keep them coming!

        1. My husband and I were treated to a wonderful gift of Dinner for two at this very unique restaurant called Roberts of Charleston. The food was superb and the experience was kind of magical. It's a bit pricey and being a long time resident of Charleston, she may have been there before. But if not, it offers a five course prix fixe dinner, including wine and coffee, four nights a week. The owner, Robert, a classically trained singer and chef serenades patrons with Broadway tunes and opera while dinner is served. It is located in historic downtown Charleston just one block from Charleston Harbor,

          1. Pane e vino is a really nice, casual italian restaurant, with a wonderful Italian owner, Masse, who offers great suggestions about food and wine. Its near the corner of Warren and King street - great outdoor seating. Much better than Il Cortile del Rey!