There are many great things to do in Charleston, known for its romantic, historic ambiance, showcasing blue stone sidewalks, gaslit street lamps, and gorgeous panoramic views of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers. The West Virginia capital city is home to renowned attractions such as the stunning gold-domed State Capitol Building, the West Virginia State Museum, and the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences.

After exploring the city's landmarks, couples can enjoy a wide variety of high-quality dining options, ranging from hearty and innovative restaurants to hip wine bars and inventive global fusion joints. Many restaurants offer intimate dining spaces with romantic lighting, cozy seating areas, and stunning views of the city's waterfront. Scroll to see the full list with photos or jump to the table of contents.


Bricks and Barrels

Bricks and Barrels

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Bricks and Barrels is one of Charleston's premiere steak and seafood restaurants, named for its lovely interior decor, which utilizes wooden whiskey and wine aging barrels as tables. The restaurant's space was originally used as a meatpacking facility and furniture warehouse and has incorporated many of its original design elements, including an old freight elevator incorporated into the restaurant's bar and a massive safe that serves as an entrance for the restaurant's walk-in keg cooler. Fine dining options at dinner include elegant entrees such as garlic and rosemary lamb, Mediterranean chicken, Cajun-style shrimp pasta, and bourbon-glazed swordfish. 12 beer selections are available on tap at any given time, emphasizing craft brews by local and regional breweries.

Bricks and Barrels, 1214 Smith St, Charleston, WV 25301, Phone: 681-265-9222


Bridge Road Bistro

Bridge Road Bistro

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Bridge Road Bistro has been the recipient of the prestigious Wine Spectator Award of Elegance since its opening in 2004 by restaurateur Sandy Call and executive chef John Wright. The laid-back restaurant, which is located within Charleston's beautiful South Hills neighborhood, serves up classic American entrees with contemporary global influences, focusing on dishes crafted with ingredients sourced from regional West Virginia farmers. Couples can enjoy high-quality Angus-certified steaks or choose from hearty Southern-style entrees such as jumbo lump crab cakes, buttermilk-soaked pork flat iron, or signature bistro chicken and waffles platters. Vegan and vegetarian entrees are available to accommodate diners with dietary restrictions.

Bridge Road Bistro, 915 Bridge Rd, Charleston, WV 25314, Phone: 304-720-3500


Fazio's

Fazio's

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Fazio's is Charleston's best choice for authentic Italian fare, owned and operated by its namesake restaurateur Danny Fazio. The restaurant, which has been voted as the best Italian eatery in the state of West Virginia, creates a beautiful romantic ambiance for diners with candlelit tables and traditional Italian music playing throughout dining hours. All dishes are prepared fresh in the restaurant's kitchen, with all sauces made in house daily. An extensive selection of veal dishes includes favorites such as veal marsala paired alongside more unique entrees such as veal clambraza. High-quality steak entrees, personal pizzas, and seafood platters are also served alongside traditional pasta favorites such as baked ravioli, cheese tortellini, and fettuccine alfredo.

Fazio's, 1008 Bullitt St, Charleston, WV 25301, Phone: 304-344-3071


Hibachi Japanese Steak House

Hibachi Japanese Steak House

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Hibachi Japanese Steak House is the tri-state area's original choice for Japanese-style dining, located on Fourth Avenue in Huntington's beautiful downton district. The restaurant, which has been in operation for more than two decades, strives to provide the most authentic Japanese dining experience possible, offering recently-revitalized menus at lunch and dinner throughout the week. Traditional hibachi options include chicken, crab meat, scallops, or New York strip steak, prepared on the restaurant's impressive grill. A full slate of ramen and udon noodle dishes are also served up, along with classic Chinese and Thai-style dining options such as pad Thai and lo mein. An extensive selection of clever cocktails is complemented by craft beers, fine wines, and authentic boba teas.

Hibachi Japanese Steak House, 48 RHL Blvd, South Charleston, WV 25309, Phone: 304-746-5560


Ichiban Pan-Asian Cuisine

Ichiban Pan-Asian Cuisine

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Ichiban Pan-Asian Cuisine serves up Charleston's best Asian cuisine, located at the corner of Virginia and Capitol Streets in the city's lovely downtown district. The vibrant eatery is known for its innovative sushi rolls, which can be enjoyed a la carte or as part of larger sushi platters which are perfect for sharing with dates. Traditional street noodle plates and hot pots are also served at dinner, along with curry entrees and an excellent selection of land and sea specialties such as spicy Thai shrimp, Mongolian-style steak filets, and bamboo tempura chicken. Next door, the restaurant's Bar 101 serves up full sushi menus accompanied by a vast selection of fine beers, wines, and cocktails.

Ichiban Pan-Asian Cuisine, 103 Capitol St, Charleston, WV 25301, Phone: 304-720-7874


Laury's Restaurant

Laury's Restaurant

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Laury's Restaurant has been one of Charleston's premiere dining experiences since 1979, housed within the city's National Register of Historic Places-listed C&O Railroad Depot. Delicious contemporary American cuisine emphasizes classic French influences at dinner service Tuesdays through Saturdays throughout the year. Couples can enjoy stunning views of the Kanawha River from the restaurant's beautiful dining room, which also overlooks the streets of downtown Charleston. Classic entrees include beef Oscar, steak au poivre, veal schnitzel, and hearty seafood risotto. Diners can also share excellent appetizers such as parmesan-crusted escargots or split decadent dessert options like bananas Foster or Grand Mariner souffles. For even more romantic dining experiences, private dining spaces are available upon request with advance reservations.

Laury's Restaurant, 350 MacCorkle Ave. SE, Charleston, WV 25314, Phone: 304-343-0055


Lola's Pizza

Lola's Pizza

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Lola's Pizza is a quaint Italian-style pizzeria housed within a renovated home in Charleston's South Hills neighborhood, known for its excellent Neapolitan pizzas prepared traditionally on a stone hearth oven. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner service Tuesdays through Sundays and also offers takeout pizza service, great for couples looking for gourmet options for romantic evenings in. Specialty pizza pie flavors include fig jam and rosemary, artichoke and goat cheese, bacon and white cheddar, or spicy shrimp and sausage. Couples can also create their own pizzas from a selection of sauces and toppings, prepared on traditional or gluten-free crusts. Fine wines, sangrias, and craft cocktails are served throughout the day, along with a selection of West Virginia craft brews.

Lola's Pizza, 1038 Bridge Road, Charleston, WV 25314


Noah's Restaurant and Lounge

Noah's Restaurant and Lounge

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Noah's Restaurant and Lounge is the latest offering from acclaimed executive chef Noah Miller, known for his work at popular regional eatery Noah's Eclectic Bistro. The charming, informal eatery serves up modern bistro dishes at its dining room, bar, and lounge spaces, making it a great choice for couples looking for more casual dining options. Excellent entrees include fontina-stuffed chicken breasts, crab-crusted scallops tempura, halibut en papillote, and oysters Rockefeller prepared with sambuca-infused cream. A selection of craft cocktails is available to complement all meals throughout the evening, served up from the restaurant's full-service bar. The restaurant is open for dinner service Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Noah's Restaurant and Lounge , 129 Summers St, Charleston, WV 25301, Phone: 304-343-6558


The Chop House Charleston

The Chop House Charleston

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The Chop House Charleston is one of Charleston's most acclaimed old-school steakhouses, originally opened in 2011. The restaurant is styled after the elegant American hotel steakhouses of the 1940s, showcasing marble accents, plush seating, and warm ambient lighting from ornate gas lamps. Fine Midwestern USDA prime steaks are wet-aged for 28 days to bring out the best flavors, crafted in elegant entrees such as filet mignon, steak au poivre, and beef Wellington by executive chef Jeremy Sprouse. Other fine land and sea offerings include lump blue crab and lobster cakes, miso-glazed Chilean sea bass, and rosemary-scented chicken breast. After dinner, couples can enjoy a selection of high-quality martinis and top-shelf liquors or choose from the restaurant's excellent wine list.

The Chop House Charleston , 1003 Charleston Town Center, Charleston, WV 25389, Phone: 304-344-3950


Tidewater Grill

Tidewater Grill

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Tidewater Grill is one of Charleston's favorite destinations for contemporary dining, housed within the city's bustling Charleston Town Center Mall. The restaurant, which opened to the public in 1985, is known for its high-quality American fare, with an emphasis on delicious fresh seafood dishes. Excellent seafood entrees source fish from the nation's top catching regions, including the Great Lakes, the Pacific Coast, and the Gulf of Mexico. Menus rotate frequently, but often feature delicious options such as jumbo lump blue crab cakes, barbecued salmon, beer-battered fish and chips platters, and Cajun-style jambalaya with swordfish and rock shrimp. A selection of hearty burgers and sandwiches highlights favorites such as lobster rolls and fish tacos.

Tidewater Grill, 1060 Charleston Town Center, Charleston, WV 25389, Phone: 888-456-3463


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