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The Most Romantic Valentine Dining Spots in Pawleys Island

Chauncey Smith   |   17 Jan 2021

Home to some of the finest beaches along the east coast, charming shopping venues and great location just a short drive from all the excitement of Myrtle Beach, Pawleys Island is always a perfect choice for a weekend vacation. Fortunately, Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, so why not plan on surprising that special someone in your life with a romantic weekend vacation to the Litchfield area? Here are some of the finest dining spots to spoil your sweetheart during your Valentine’s Day getaway to Pawleys Island.

The Chive Blossom

The Chive Blossom is consistently one of the highest-rated restaurants in Pawleys Island, blending French, Mediterranean, Asian and Southern cuisines into truly special dishes that are some of the finest you can enjoy along the entire Grand Strand. The restaurant itself is a delightful space that features an inviting indoor dining space and a beautiful outdoor courtyard wrapped in lush Lowcountry flora. Co-owners and co-chefs Trina and P.K. Renault have cultivated an eclectic menu that is inspired by the couple’s extensive experience in some of the finest restaurants along the coast and around the country. Start things off with unique appetizers like shrimp-stuffed Medjool dates, pan-seared duck breast or Trina’s famous she-crab soup. Signature entrees include blackened pork porterhouse with black-eyed peas and collard greens and jumbo lump crab cakes with smashed Yukon potatoes and grilled asparagus. The Chive Blossom also offers a lengthy wine list and fantastic seasonal cocktails that are sure to put a bow on a perfect evening. 

Gio’s Italian Kitchen

After immigrating to the US from Albania in 2003, brothers Klodjan and Renato Hoxha and sister Eri Hoxha set upon a culinary journey that culminated in the opening of Gio’s Italian Kitchen in 2017. Since then, the restaurant has delighted diners with spectacular Italian cuisine that is sure to be some of the finest and freshest you will have ever enjoyed. The decor of Gio’s Italian Kitchen features exposed brick and rustic wood walls that exude a classic ambience and set the tone for a cozy dinner date. As you peruse their menu, you can begin your meal with enticing starters like prosciutto and melon, cozze posillipo (PEI mussels served in spicy tomato sauce) and calamari served with spicy tomato aioli and red pepper and olive tapenade. All your traditional Italian favorites like chicken or veal parmigiana, spaghetti Bolognese and fettuccine alfredo are offered, as well as signature dishes like spaghetti de tornola (shrimp, scallops and lobster claw meat served over spaghetti with lightly spicy marinara) and paglia el fieno (scallopini chicken and prosciutto served over linguine with cream sauce). 

Frank’s Outback

Frank’s Restaurant has been a favorite of Pawleys Island locals and visitors alike, and their sequel, Frank’s Outback has an interesting story. Situated in what was formerly the owner’s mother’s house, Frank’s Outback opened in 1992 as a small, cozy lunch spot, but after much demand from guests began to offer dinner as well. With seating for 45 guests inside and up to 100 on their beautiful (and heated) outdoor area, Frank’s offers an intimate atmosphere for a romantic dinner date. Guests actually walk through the open kitchen area on their way to the dining area! Some of their trademark appetizers include fried okra with red pepper dipping sauce, pepper seared tuna nachos with crispy wontons, avocado and cream cheese, sauteed Caribbean conch and flash fried goat cheese fritters. After that, a wide variety of tantalizing entrees are sure to satisfy, with options including soy and sweet chili marinated salmon and oven roasted rack of New Zealand lamb. Frank’s Outback also offers amazing wood-fired pizzas, ranging from classics like margherita to more exotic options like a Mediterranean lamb pizza with arugula, parmesan, and goat cheese. An extensive wine list with well over 100 varieties from all over the world and a full-service bar ensure that you’ll have the perfect drink to pair with your meal. 

These are only a few of numerous great dining spots for your Valentine’s dinner in Pawleys Island, so be sure to make plans today for a romantic weekend vacation today! The Litchfield Company offers fantastic accommodations at some of the most popular Pawleys Island resorts, including Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, True Blue Resort and Pawleys Plantation. Visit our specials page today and plan your Valentine’s Day vacation to Pawleys Island in just a few minutes!

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