1. Zero Restaurant + Bar
What is it: An upscale cafe helmed by chef Vinson Petrillo that’s one of the most romantic and under-the-radar restaurants in Charleston. On offer is a luxurious prix-fixe, six-course menu that’s creative and plated like a work of art. The restaurant’s setting, within a boutique hotel, affords it a one-of-a-kind ambiance that has diners feel like they’re consuming a meal right in the chef’s home.
Why go: If you think of food as an experience that involves all five of your senses, then Zero George is the perfect place to dine. Chef Petrillo takes molecular gastronomy and makes it approachable, while also inviting you to think of food in a whole new way.