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Love is in the air: Best bets for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner near Pawleys Island

Valentine’s Day is dedicated to expressing love and affection for significant others. And what better way to make the day special than by sharing a romantic meal with your loved one.

Fortunately, there are several restaurants in the Pawleys Island area that offer a romantic setting – and a great meal, too. When offered, reservations are suggested. Here are our best bets for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner:

bisQit

Known for its Southern comfort cuisine, bisQit offers signature appetizers and sandwiches, creative cocktails, and more, all in a cozy café with a covered patio. It’s a perfect choice for a not-so-dressy Valentine’s Day outing.

bisQit offers a variety of signature sandwiches. (Photo by Chris Rogers/Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce)

For something out of the ordinary, try the cauliflower wings tossed in a variety of sauces like Buffalo, Red Chili, Garlic Parmesan, or Nashville Hot. Or share some Nashville Hot Chicken Tacos with Nashville Hot Sauce and feta cheese. Or try one of bisQit’s signature sandwiches named for communities near Pawleys Island: Hagley, Waverly, Waccamaw and Litchfield.

And you can make Valentine’s really sweet by indulging in one of bisQit’s signature milkshakes – they come regular or spiked!

Location: 10880 Ocean Highway # 22, Pawleys Island

Phone: 843-979-2747

Website: click here

Bistro 217

A longtime Pawleys Island favorite, Bistro 217 offers a romantic atmosphere that enhances the dining experience.

Bistro 217 is the perfect destination for couples seeking a romantic dinner. (Photo by Chris Rogers/Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce)

Try the fried green tomatoes and oysters, trout almondine, which is pan fried, served with toasted almonds and fingerling potatoes, or Korean Chili Seared Salmon with mushrooms, baby bok choy, edamame, jalapenos, radish, cilantro, pickled onions, udon noodles, and gochujang dashi. And don’t leave without tasting one of Bistro’s signature or daily-special desserts.

Location: 10707 Ocean Highway unit D, Pawleys Island

Phone: 843-235-8217

Website: click here

Local Eat Drink Celebrate

For a Sweet Sweet Valentine’s Day, couples are invited to Local Eat Drink Celebrate, a one-of-a-kind restaurant near Pawleys Island. The band Sweet Sweet will serenade guests from 4-7 p.m. There will be great Happy Hour deals and delicious and romantic dinner features.

Beef medallions with grits and crispy Brussels sprouts is a popular entre at Local Eat Drink Celebrate. (Photo courtesy of Local)

Share an order of Local’s sweet potato hummus and a black & blue salad for starters. Then delve into the beef medallions served with grits and crispy Brussels sprouts, or the signature crab cakes made with local crab over lemon-basil risotto.

Location: 10880 Ocean Highway, Unit 21, Pawleys Island

Phone: 843-314-0474

Website: click here

Pawleys Island Tavern

Known as PIT by locals and longtime visitors, Pawleys Island Tavern offers inside or outside dining in a “classically shabby” atmosphere. Choose from delicious appetizers like grouper fingers, lightly breaded and fried, or crab balls made fresh with the same great taste as PIT’s famous crab cakes, rolled up bite-sized and fried until golden-brown.

Seafood baskets are a favorite at Pawleys Island Tavern. (Photo courtesy of Pawleys Island Tavern)

Also try the pizza or any of the seafood baskets – shrimp, oyster, sea scallop, grouper, flounder, or a combination. They are each served with coleslaw and a choice of side.

Location: 10635 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island

Phone: 843-237-8465

Website: click here

Rustic Table

Rustic Table offers upscale Southern food made from scratch in a laid-back café atmosphere. In addition to award-winning sandwiches and burgers, this restaurant offers an eclectic menu.

This blackened Mahi salad is a tasty dish at Rustic Table. (Photo courtesy of Rustic Table)

Try the blackened Mahi salad with chopped romaine, black-eyed peas, corn salsa, bacon, white cheddar, cucumber, red onion and tomatoes with herb-buttermilk dressing, shrimp creole, or the shrimp-n-grits made with creamed corn grits, local shrimp, sausage, tomatoes, parsley, butter, white wine, and lemon.

Location: 10683 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island

Phone: 843-314-0164

Website: click here

Compiled by Clayton Stairs/tourism manager for the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce