Charleston Restaurant Week returns for the fifth year

Make your reservations now for the fifth annual Charleston Restaurant Week, from Jan. 29 through Feb. 3. For only $30 you can enjoy a three-course meal from one of 21 participating restaurants. While many restaurants choose to feature longtime favorites, others use this opportunity to try out new dishes. Selections are available on a menu specially created for Restaurant Week.

Here are the restaurants participating in 2018 Charleston Restaurant Week. Other cities and regions throughout West Virginia may be hosting their own restaurant week events later this year, so stay tuned for more information!

Downtown Charleston

1. Adelphia Sports Bar & Grille is famous for its award-winning deep-fried feta, served on a pita chip lightly drizzled with dressing and topped with Kalamata olive, diced tomato, cucumber and red onion. Get the deep-fried feta as an appetizer option! The bar menu also features everything from traditional Greek food, like dolmathes (grape leaf rolls) and gyros to hamburgers and fresh-cut, crispy chicken wings.

2. The Flock of Tacos is a favorite at Black Sheep Burrito & Brews. Mix and match from selections like smoked native trout, grilled asparagus or bulgogi (Korean barbecue steak). Pair your meal with a beer brewed on the premises at Bad Shepherd Brewing Company, or share a pitcher of mimosas over Sunday brunch.

3. A favorite lounge spot downtown, the upscale bar Celsius features handmade specialty cocktails to go with an eclectic menu of classic dishes and tapas-style dining. Try thecrab cake with cucumber dill slaw and filet medallions, and you’ll forget all about that fast-food burger and fries.

4. The Chop House is one of two locally owned, fine-dining restaurants that anchor Charleston Town Center. Here you’ll find some of the area’s finest steak, cut from USDA prime beef, aged 28-34 days, as well as fresh seafood and premium wine selections.

5. The upscale contemporary ambiance of Ichiban Pan-Asian Restaurant provides the ideal setting for its menu of high-end sushi, steaks and seafood. Try their famous Almost Heaven Maki as an appetizer option!

6. A favorite night spot in the heart of Charleston, Sam’s Uptown Café also delivers a great brunch menu and happy hour specials. Customers rave about this café’s creative entrees. This newcomer this year will feature a seared halibut with rutabaga barley risotto, apple beurre blanc and roasted asparagus as one of the entree options!

7. Soho’s Italian Restaurant at Capitol Market puts a creative and innovative spin on traditional Italian, Mediterranean and American cuisine. Menu options range from a cioppino with mussels, clams and shrimp to a brushetta chicken pasta with balsamic glaze.

8. The Block Restaurant and Wine Cellar has the best of both worlds: Delicious, made-from-scratch cuisine and an extensive wine list. If you’re unsure of which vino to pair with your blackened salmon or caper chicken, just order a sampler flight.

9. Tidewater Grill at Charleston Town Center has been bringing premium seafood to the area for more than 30 years. Try their notable swordfish with pesto and red pepper coulis or the sauteed Chicken Nicole with asparagus, red peppers and sherry cream sauce this year!


Kanawha City

10. B&D Gastropub is known for its generous craft beer selection and variety of specialty burgers. Choose from starters like roasted red pepper & smoked gouda soup or ahi tuna with wasabi creme fraiche on mixed greens with ginger dressing. The pub even offers seasonal specials like Valentine’s Day chicken wings — served on a skewer, garnished with leafy celery and bundled like a bouquet of flowers!

11. Step into Su-Tei and you might get the impression you’re dining in a large international city. Contemporary styling and soothing jazz music set the tone for a relaxing dining experience, with a menu that features Thai and Japanese cuisine like grilled basil tuna, or their tiger roll: shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, and avocado topped with tempura red snapper, eel sauce, spicy mayo and spider sauce.

East End

12. Just a short walk from the State Capitol, Bluegrass Kitchen serves up farm-to-table comfort food with a unique twist. The menu features everything from grass-fed beef to vegetarian selections and homemade desserts from Starling’s Coffee & Provisions. Their venison meatballs or organic pinto bean stew are up for grabs as entrees this year. The restaurant is a hot spot for Sunday brunch, too, with mimosa setups and bloody marys to complement the breakfast specialties.

13. The perfect spot for a quiet dinner, Bricks & Barrels features private seating areas set into rounded alcoves, giving the illusion that you’re sitting in a giant wine barrel. Menu items like a pork schnitzel served of spaetzle with cream sauce and asparagus or Mediterranean chicken with couscous and sauteed vegetables are sure to impress.

14. Leonoro’s Spaghetti House has been serving up pasta and parmigiana classics since 1915. This unassuming little restaurant is known for making some of the freshest homemade and authentic Italian food in the Charleston area. Check out the breaded veal parmigiana with spaghetti or the eggplant parmigiana with rigatoni.

15. One of the area’s newer Italian restaurants, Paterno’s at the Park offers everything from salads and sandwiches to pasta, steaks and seafood. Located at Appalachian Power Park, it’s a great way to “power up” before taking in a baseball game. Their notable sausage and pea rigatoni is making an appearance this year.

West Side

16. Dem 2 Brothers & A Grill modestly boasts of serving up the best barbecue on the planet. After one bite of their succulent smoked pulled pork or tender ribs, you just might agree! With sides like collard greens, sweet potato casserole and corn on the cob, you’ll be in barbecue heaven.

South Hills

17. Five-time winner of The Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, Bridge Road Bistro specializes in locally grown vegetables and grain-fed natural beef, veal and lamb as well as fresh seafood entrees. Try their seared salmon or Korean BBQ braised short ribs this year!

18. Located in the old C&O Railroad Depot, Laury’s Restaurant presents an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere with views of downtown Charleston and the Kanawha River. The fine dining establishment specializes in contemporary American cuisine with French infusion. Delight your taste buds with a cheesecake or triple chocolate mousse cake for dessert!

19. South Hills Market & Café is the place to be for seasonal new Appalachian creations. They’re serving up a buttermilk fried chicken with smoked jalapeno waffles or a pan-seared salmon with crayfish pastina for dinner this year!

In the surrounding area

20. On the second floor of The Barge in South Charleston, Bistro at The Barge presents an upscale option to the casual fare of the bar and grill below. Watch the boats float past on the Kanawha River as you dine on tasty gourmet dishes like lobster risotto or crispy pork belly.

21. Perched high on a hill above Charleston, Adventures Bar & Grille at Eagle View presents a stunning view of the state Capitol and the Kanawha River. Warm up with filet mignon medallions or a pasta trio of shrimp scampi, penne with vodka sauce, and cajun chicken pasta.

In previous years, restaurants have been booked up for the whole week, so be sure to contact the restaurant to reserve your spot! And don’t forget to tag and share your dining photos #cwvrestweek and #almostheaven.

Where is on your reservation list this year? 

This post was last updated on March 17, 2022