Valentine’s Dining

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

924-A Senate Street, at the Hilton Hotel | 803-212-6666

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Impress your one and only this Valentine’s Day with dinner for two at Ruth’s Chris! Your sweetie will love the romantic setting, as well as Ruth’s newest menu, which features exciting, seasonally inspired dishes like Acorn Squash Bisque, Barbecued Shrimp & Grits and Seared Ahi Tuna in addition to Ruth’s classic dishes and sizzling steaks. Your choice of appetizer, entree and side, with a featured dessert all starts at only $44.95. Pair the perfect bottle of wine with your meal and you’re set for an unforgettable dining experience! More here.

Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse

Sunday, Feb. 11 – Wednesday, Feb. 14 | 410 Columbiana Drive | 803-708-3151

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Take your date AND your taste buds on a trip to Brazil! Rioz’ Gauchos will bring an unending assortment of hand-cut meats to your table, as you help yourself to the best salad bar in town! Make a reservation NOW for their Valentine’s Extended Weekend Celebration, where from Sunday – Wednesday, your dinner feast is only $29.95, and includes a glass of champagne to toast your love! More here.

Pearlz Oyster Bar

936 Gervais Street | 803-661-7741

Heart shape shrimpsWhat could be better than Pearlz for a special occasion? Pearlz’ menu features an incredible mix of local seafood, Lowcountry recipes and regional favorites. Their a raw bar offers a variety of oysters and fresh seasonal shellfish, so you’re sure to find something you love! You’ll have a blast dining in the restaurant’s eclectic, lively atmosphere while enjoying hand-crafted cocktails and choice brews from their full service bar. More here.

Liberty Tap Room Vista

828 Gervais Street | 803-461-4677

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Liberty Tap Room has got your Valentine’s Day plans covered! Make a reservation now for the two of you to attend their 3-course Valentine’s Day Dinner, and enjoy a special menu of exquisite meal choices like Lobster Alfredo or Dry Rubbed NY Strip, complete with decadent desserts and a complimentary champagne toast! More here.

Liberty at the Lake

1602 Marina Road, Suite D | 803-667-9715

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Love is on the menu at Liberty! There’s no better way to celebrate this Valentine’s Day than with a wonderful meal in a romantic setting, looking out on the sparkling waters of Lake Murray. You’re sure to enjoy Liberty’s special Valentine’s Day menu selections, or choose items from their regular menu and pair with one of Liberty’s wines, craft beers or some sangria! More here.

East Bay Deli

Two locations: 1426 Main Street | 108 Sunset Court

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Sweets, for your sweetheart! Take your Valentine out to East Bay Deli on Valentine’s Day and get a FREE slice of your cake of choice with the purchase of two sandwiches and two fountain drinks! This New York-style deli with a southern flair offers traditional deli favorites as well as a variety of salads, healthy sandwiches and wraps. They always have an amazing assortment of gourmet cakes, like Mile-High Chocolate, Mile-High Carrot, “Carnegie Deli” Cheesecakes, and more, with slices big enough to share! Dine In ONLY. More here.

Main Street Public House

1556 Main Street | 803-834-3409

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For a Valentine’s Dinner that’s a little more casual, but still out of the ordinary, try Main Romantic Couple.jpegStreet Public House! Make selections from among the menu’s “refined casual” items, or get premium, NY-style pizza made in the restaurant’s custom brick oven. This is NOT your standard bar fare! With favorites like Shrimp and Grits or a Bacon and Brie Burger, MSPH’s cozy decor and rustic bar, you can have a romantic and delicious dinner for two, without all of the fuss. More here.

Macarons for the One You Love!

Crepes and Croissants, 1465 Sumter St. | 803-462-4779

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This Valentine’s Day, there’s no better way to say “Je t’aime” than with some sweet French macarons! A macaron is a delicious, meringue-based cookie-type confection. They are hugely popular in France, and becoming pretty ubiquitous here in the States, as well. They make a beautiful gift, and they’re available here in Columbia, at Crêpes et Croissants on Sumter Street! Owner and Master Crêpe Maker, Laurent, keeps them stocked in his store for all occasions, in 8 flavors: Red Velvet, Chocolate/Orange, Salted Caramel, Pistachio, Raspberry, Coffee, Vanilla and Lemon. More here.

Good Life Cafe

1614 Main Street | 803-726-2310

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Treat your sweetie to a unique, romantic dining experience at Good Life Cafe! Couples Dinner for Valentine’s Day will feature a choice of two salads, two entrees and two desserts, as well as a glass of wine, for only $34.95 per person! Dishes will feature truly innovative vegan fare, like Eggplant Bacon, Porcini and Gluten-Free Breadcrumb-Encrusted Seared Tofu, fresh made Pesto Ravioli, with desserts like Chocolate and Cherry Grenache Raw Cheesecake and Classic Vegan Strawberry Shortcake. Yum! More here.

Valentine’s at the Brewery | Swamp Cabbage

Wednesday, February 14 | 2 Seatings: 5:30 & 8PM

clem-onojeghuo-207467Make a reservation to join Swamp Cabbage Brewery this Valentine’s Day – that special someone in your life will be glad you did! During Swamp Cabbage’s “Valentine’s at the Brewery” event, you’ll enjoy four exceptional dinner courses, dessert, and optional special beer pairings. The menu for the evening includes many unique and mouthwatering dishes that you won’t find anywhere else! Reservations are required by Friday, Feb. 9, so don’t delay! Get tickets here.

Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe

930 Gervais Street | 803-550-9979

Kaminsky's cappuccino floatsTake your guy or girl to Kaminsky’s, where they’ll fall in love with the sweet selection of  delectable desserts, heaping milkshakes, specialty coffees and dessert cocktails! Kaminsky’s cozy atmosphere is the perfect setting for a couple to enjoy Kaminsky’s house-made treats, prepared throughout the day by amazing pastry chefs. Choose from award-winning signature desserts that include Mountain of Chocolate Cake, Tollhouse Pie, Bourbon Pecan Pie and New York Cheesecake, among others. A full beer, wine and liquor selection is also available. More here.

 

10 Fresh Dating Ideas in Columbia SC

 Zapp RideShare

zEnjoy a beautiful Capital City day aboard a scooter! Stop by any of the 30 Zapp RideShare pick up and drop off locations for a fun adventure around downtown Columbia. You and your love can ride alongside each other through Main Street, Five Points, and the University of South Carolina campus. Just download the Zapp app onto your smartphone, stop by any of the bright green flags to pick up your electric cycle, and start the fun! More here.

 

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Beltline Lanes and Gaming

bbbbbWith 16 separate bowling lanes, Beltline Lanes and Gaming is a clean and modern place to spend a date night out. Along with bowling, you and your sweetie can enjoy their game room filled with virtual reality simulators, arcade games, and an open bar. Beltline Lanes is only $4.50 per game after 5:00pm and on weekends, so this date night won’t break the bank. More here.

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SC Pedal Parlor

scpppppWant to get creative for your next couples night out? Grab a group of friends and your significant other and pedal your way through a Columbia bar crawl. The South Carolina Pedal Parlor is a fully man-powered bike with room for up to 16 of your closest friends to stop and enjoy drinks at 5 of Columbia’s top rated bars. Get fun exercise while enjoying friends and refreshing drinks. More here.

 

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The Final Door Escape Room

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Are you and your love interested in something more than romance on your next date night? Maybe a suspenseful game to test your survival skills? The Final Door Escape Room, just across the Blossom Street bridge in Cayce, offers three unique rooms to satisfy your thriller crave to escape from vampires, kidnappers, and killers— all made up and for fun, of course! Snatch up an adventurous couple of friends and make it a double date, most rooms can hold a maximum of 4 players. More here.

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Scuba Diving

nik-macmillan-397515On a warm spring or summer day, hop in the water and learn how to scuba dive with someone you love. Choose to start out in a pool or a larger body of water to experience swimming like a marine animal. Discover Columbia Scuba provides its swimmers with the knowledge of how to breathe underwater with their top of the line scuba gear. This is definitely a fun and one-of-a-kind date with your sweetheart. More here.

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Sunset Sailing

patrick-konig-459367Are you and your sweetie celebrating something significant this spring or summer? Maybe it’s time to splurge a little on a date? Grab a bottle of wine, some snacks, and head out on a 2-hour sunset cruise. Leaving out of the Southshore Marina, expect to enjoy a relaxing cruise on Lake Murray starting 2 hours before sunset and arriving back 30 minutes afterwards. Your captain will take care of all the driving so you and your loved one can relish in the beautiful sights and sounds of Lake Murray. More here.

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Riverbanks Zoo Zipline

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Hang out in the trees over hundreds of animals. Zip the Zoo and ZOOm the River provide its adventurous gliders with 7 treetop zips, a wobbly bridge, climb your way through 2 cargo nets, and finish your ride with a 1,000-foot glide over the Saluda River. You and your loved one can enjoy the fun sounds of the zoo animals and the beautiful views along the river. After your zip lining tour walk around the zoo attractions, admission is included in your ticket! More here.

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Bird Watching

SparrowThe sounds of nature have a miraculous way of relaxing us, so this time relax in nature with the person you love. Every 2nd Sunday of January, February, and March a naturalist from the Audubon Society will take you on a free stroll through the Congaree National Park to seek out the sights and sounds of local birds. Each hike is around an hour and a half but the views you will see last much longer than that! Grab your sweetheart’s hand and open your eyes to the lovely birds and nature along the Congaree National Park. More here.

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Go Fish at Lake Wateree

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Get out and enjoy the great outdoors with your S.O.! A memorable day of freshwater fishing at beautiful Lake Wateree is a great way to have fun in the sun, whether you’re an experienced angler or a rookie. A valid SC fishing license is required, but that’s all – through the SC Dept. of Natural Resources’ Tackle Loaner Program, you’ll have access to you everything you need to catch yourselves a romantic dinner for two! More here.

 

 

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Artillery Tavern Weekend: History in Camden

Ladies – having a tough time getting your beloved out of the house? Take him to Artillery Red Coats.jpgTavern Weekend in the scenic city of Camden, happening Friday, Feb. 23 – Saturday, Feb. 24! This explosive celebration of American history will feature two days of fun activities and hands-on experiences, including 18th century firearm drills, and the unveiling and firing of a Revolutionary War-era Grasshopper cannon! An adult “Artillery Tavern Night” will be held at McCaa’s Tavern on Friday, where you’ll enjoy food, drinks and music amongst the beautiful rooms and grounds of this centuries-old home. More here.