You know you’re in for a memorable romantic evening when you are seated at one of the best tables in the house at a premier, award-winning seafood restaurant. The Atlantic Room just so happens to perch directly on the shores of the sparkling Atlantic and offers sunset views so magnificent, folks literally gather on the grand, sweeping covered porch to give it a standing ovation each night.
THE ATLANTIC ROOM
1002 Ocean Course Drive
Johns Island, South Carolina 29455
To say the view from our table was “breathtaking” wouldn’t even come close to describing the beauty. Overlooking the 18th hole, the rolling ocean and what has been described by many as the “best sunset on the island”, after witnessing the rainbow of colors painted across the sky and the sun slowing dipping into the sea, we can report, this was no exaggeration.
In truth, this restaurant was expertly designed to provide almost every table in the house with unparalleled, overs-sized ocean memories, with windows that stretch from floor to ceiling. Just dreamy!
We were greeted almost immediately by our friendly waitress, Sarah, who walked us through Chef Jonathan Banta’s outstanding modern American seafood menu. I needed a moment to search their extensive award-winning wine list, and selected a fabulous glass of The Pundit Shiraz from the Columbia Valley (a wine I was very pleased to see on the wine list since the Columbia Valley is known for some exceptional wines) and it was divine.
It would be a fine-dinning faux pas not to try a dish everyone is talking about, and for the Atlantic Room, it’s their crave-worthy Crispy Shrimp appetizer. These nuggets of scrumptiousness are crusted, then prepared to the perfect combo of crispy on the outside, yet tender on the inside. They arrived resting on a bed of thinly sliced napa cabbage, drizzled with a heavenly sweet chili sauce, then sprinkled with black sesame seeds. So good, we should have ordered one for the road!
We ordered the Mixed Green Salad which was a colorful mix of fresh red and green lettuces, thinly sliced carrots, red onions and cherry tomatoes. Chef then added a light and flavorful blackberry vinaigrette ~ absolutely delish.
Along with our salad, Sarah brought a basket of freshly baked sourdough breads (so good, I scarfed down 4 pieces all by my lonesome) with creamy butter ~ fabulous!
I’ll freely admit I have a passion for scallops and these generous-sized jumbo scallops had that perfect sear on the outside which sealed in the juicy, delicate goodness of the delectable shellfish. The plate was truly a thing of beauty, with sweet corn puree layered with a divine fava bean-chipotle salad and chorizo arepa, the star of the plate…. the scallops (ta-da) and drizzled with a sauce dripping flavor. Carl is lucky I shared a bite or two, ok, one, he got one bite!
Carl selected the Flounder, a decision we would later both pat him on the back for making. The fish was fresh, expertly prepared and absolutely swimming in flavor. The beautiful plate boasted crispy couscous (oh my!) paper thin vegetables (there’s an art to this) and mustard greens. This dish wins the gold medal in our humble opinions, kudos and mad crazy love for the culinary talents of Chef Jonathan Banta.
Although we were quite stuffed from the wide array of deliciousness Sarah continued to deliver to our table with a smile, there’s ALWAYS room for dessert! Since we couldn’t agree on a dessert, we opted for one for each of us (always a good plan). Being the certified chocoholic in the family, I went with the Mexican Chocolate Budino. I’ll do my very best to describe this unusually scrumptious dessert: it had the consistency of a rich and decadent chocolate mouse, with cocoa nibs, caramel sauce, toasted marshmallow and a surprise spicy kick. We’ve never tasted a dessert quite like it and enjoyed every bite of the adventure.
Being a Southerner through and through, my hubby ordered the White Chocolate Bread Pudding, which, as you can see, turned out to be bread pudding with a lovely traveling companion! Warm cinnamon croissant pieces were then topped off with a Tia Maria Hard Sauce (blow your mind good). Next to the heaping bowl of bread pudding yumminess was a scoop of freshly made caramel ice cream, fluffy whipped cream and strawberries in a sauce that made our mouths sing in two-part harmony “LOOOVVVEEE”.
With ocean and sunset views to write home about, a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence Wine list, the freshest modern-American seafood, paired with over-the top service, this is one restaurant you won’t want to miss.
Standouts of the evening were the CRISPY SHRIMP APPETIZER, SOURDOUGH BREAD, FLOUNDER and CHOCOLATE BREAD PUDDING. Our evening was first class all the way!
To read the other reviews we did while staying at spectacular Kiawah Island, click on the links below:
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