Italian Kiawah Island Charleston (“You’re Welcome”)

What do Charlestonians do when they want to impress their wives and have a great evening on Valentine’s Day? You go to dinner and a show at Kiawah Island! Kiawah has always been known for years as a top-notch place for romance and for first class food/entertainment. We saw an ad in late January for dinner, a bottle of wine, and a romantic concert for 2 at $100.

The bottle of wine to kick us off was very, very dry despite the description from the wait staff – too dry so they substituted an excellent Tuscana Monrosso Tuscan Red Blend, which was an excellent complement to both of our dinners! The dinner at Tomasso typical cuisine is a Tuscany Italian slant to their offerings. For this Friday night, the Valentine’s menu was more of a blended Italian/Lowcountry.

The special menu offered an Appetizer to share (we chose the fried oysters, Agresto, Shishito Pepper, Marinara, Lemon), an Individual entrée (my wife had the local catch well prepared & delightful and I picked the Ribeye Heart/Bacon Wrapped, Carolina Rock Shrimp, Potato Puree, & Brocolin in Red wine Jus, all prepped/temped just right), and Dessert (one to share which we ordered the New Style Cheese Cake/Fresh Berries & Graham Cracker crust).

Each of the dishes were an assortment of high-quality food for the evening’s special price. The ambiance of the Tomasso dining room was very nice for the Valentine evening with lots of space between the tables, excellent wait staff (lone exception being the first wine pick as too dry), and table noise not too loud (although when we were first seated there was a young child around the 2-3 age who was a tad loud but left before our entrees arrived).

The evening’s show was a unique “Stories of Love,” popular themed masterpieces from classic opera love songs (Romeo/Juliet, Madame Butterfly, etc.) by the husband/wife duo of Saundra DeAthos and Harold Meers, accompanied on piano by Andrea Molina(all seasoned opera/Broadway tunes). In summary, Tomasso and the Turtle Point clubhouse was a great venue for a nice Valentine’s evening meal and show!

Check them out – definitely worth the time.

Before you do, here are a few pictures from my most recent visit:


Gary Crossley Love to Dine Out