Camden Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Camden

April 15, 2018 Kaleigh Reichenbach

Camden is a city in Kershaw County, South Carolina, United States. It is the largest city and county seat of Kershaw County. The population was 7,126 in the 2016 census. It is part of the Columbia, South Carolina, Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Things to do in Camden

1. Mulberry Market Bake Shop

536 E Dekalb St, Camden, SC 29020-4440 Takeout Breakfast +1 803-424-8401
Excellent
88%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 46 reviews

Mulberry Market Bake Shop

Reviewed By Deana B - Camden, South Carolina

We love going first thing in the morning to get the freshest pastries. Try the chocolate croissants, the pecan danish and the cheese danishes. My 5 year old recommends the oatmeal raisin cookies. We have not tried one thing from this place that we did not love. The chocolate chip pecan cookies are good also. They have helped us when we have had deaths in the family we can call them and they will put together an arrangement to keep at the house. If you need to place your order give them a day or so but they are worth it.

2. Salud Mexican Kitchen

1011 Broad St, Camden, SC 29020-4302 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 803-425-4850
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 247 reviews

Salud Mexican Kitchen

Reviewed By SandraJBayCity - Bay City

We wanted a place to meet between our locations and Camden was in the middle. I chose this restaurant based on reviews and we were not disappointed. The atmosphere was great and the food was delicious. I would make a special trip to eat here when I'm back in town.

3. Sam Kendall's

1043 Broad St, Camden, SC 29020-4307 Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 26 +1 803-424-2005
Excellent
57%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 262 reviews

Sam Kendall's

Come experience Camden's most unique dining experience. Enjoy excellent American contemporary cuisine in an atmosphere of casual sophistication. We proudly feature over 80 wine offerings; we also have a full service bar featuring the finest spirits, and over thirty beers available either on tap or in the bottle. The chef’s feature daily seafood offerings as well as the chef’s daily grill special.

Reviewed By Mary L - Winterville

We were traveling back roads and ended up in Camden, South Carolina. We found Sam Kendalls on Tripadvisor and wowsa! What a wonderful surprise! The 1875 building is beautifully restored into a fabulous restaurant. Our steak and trout were delicious. Our waitress, Deja, was fantastic....MoreWe're glad you found us, Mary Ann! Thank you for the kind review and we hope to see you again in the future if you decide to pass through.

4. Sweet Lili's

1026 Broad St, Camden, SC 29020-4308 Seating, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover +1 803-310-9069
Excellent
79%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Sweet Lili's

Homemade ice cream and made from scratch cupcakes and other baked goods made right here in our kitchen! Cupcakes are made daily with real butter and no Crisco. We take special orders for birthdays and other occasions! We also have hot dogs and pizza to enjoy before diving into some sweets!

Reviewed By drronline - Georgia

Dropped in on a hot afternoon and had the place to ourselves. The two friendly ladies were helpful with a request to taste several flavors. All were good so we settled on the chocolate fudge and red velvet cake. Scoops were full, prices were average, and butter content high.

5. Camden House of Pizza

545 E Dekalb St, Camden, SC 29020-4439 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 26 +1 803-432-1446
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 95 reviews

Camden House of Pizza

Welcome to Camden House of Pizza! Are you looking for a family restaurant that has something on the menu that everyone can enjoy? Our dine-in or carry-out pizza parlor has a wide variety of menu options that can satisfy even the pickiest eaters! With over 35 years of experience and 22 years in business, we credit our success to amazing menu options and most of all, friendly, quality service. We treat all of our guests like family because that’s how we see them. Many of our customers are repeat because they know exactly what they are going to receive here at Camden House of Pizza; quality all the way around. Some of our menu options include: •Pizzas•Subs •Salads •Greek•Italian•Strombolis •Kids' Meals•Beer and Wine•And more.

Reviewed By Rickie G - Camden, South Carolina

Great place for lunch. Service is fast and the staff is very friendly. Food is really good! It's really popular at lunch time so you might want to go early or late to avoid the rush. It's also open on Monday which is a big plus.

6. Happy Daze

2616 Broad St, Camden, SC 29020-2240 +1 803-713-7733
Excellent
80%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 5 reviews

Happy Daze

Reviewed By Debbie J - Camden, South Carolina

We discovered this little ice cream parlot a few months ago and have been there many times since then. John and Sandy (the owners) absolutely make "HANDS DOWN'" the best and biggest banana splits arounds. And their Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream is to die for!!!! I love it!!

HIGHLY RECOMMEND! They are open until 8pm Tues-Sat, til 6 on Sundays, and closed on Mon. We stop by for the ice cream and fab waffle cone along with banana splits at least 4 times a month. ENJOY!! YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!

7. Fatz Cafe

212 Wall St, I-20, Exit 98, Camden, SC 29020-7641 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 8 - SGD 24 +1 803-432-3439
Excellent
40%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
4%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 123 reviews

Fatz Cafe

At FATZ, we serve your favorite American fare with a delicious twist. From steaks to seafood, treat your taste buds to the flavors of FATZ.FATZ is committed to the highest standards of fresh quality food preparation with the finest of ingredients.

Reviewed By Dotsultant - South Carolina

I like Fatz. Happy to have them in town. Good food. Great Sangria. Yeasty rolls with honey butter that will make you gain weight just looking at them but they are so tasty you can't resist. Friendly and helpful staff. Generous portions and a varied menu. I LOVE the baked sweet potato and always upgrade my side to include the sweet potato. But, alas, I can't return because the tables are disgusting.

Don't get me wrong, they MAY pose no health hazard. For all I know, you could swab the table tops and get no growth in a petri dish. They could be so biologically clean you could autoclave them and they couldn't be more sterile. But they are GROSS. There is a build up of something on the table tops that is sticky. Sure, if this were a cruise ship, that would be a plus in rough seas. But this is FATZ! When you lift a plate off the table, it's sticking enough to create a "snick" sound when the plate's pried off. If you push the menu down on the table top it will adhere so even a gale force wind might not loosen the grip. I wish I could glue my house roof shingles down with this stuff before the next hurricane.

When I last visited, I wanted to go out to the truck and get a scraper and scrape off the residue, (cleaning solution gone bad and gelled?), to get down to the buried finish. When you run your hand over the table, it's simply disturbing. I tried to do this, but was too unnerved. We visited a few months ago and I noticed it... but figured it was just a one off. But on our recent return last month, it was still sticky city. Should have been completely fixed by the second visit.

Hence, the much lower rating I would ever otherwise give. Fix the table residue, let us know, and I'll return an give you a rating you would be pleased to see.

8. Hifalutin

1035 Broad St, Camden, SC 29020-4307 Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner +1 803-310-9370
Excellent
44%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
9%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 85 reviews

Hifalutin

Reviewed By Beth B

I went there last Friday night with my Son to celebrate the completion of his freshman year in high school. He made the Honor Roll and the Basketball Team!! I'm new to Camden so checked this website and yp.com and we decided on Hifalutin.

After the beer mushroom caps came that we ordered for our appetizer, we could not stomach the taste. Also, they were lukewarm and the tops were brown. Definitely spoiled. The live music had started and the guitarist could not carry a tune.

So I motioned a woman over and explained our dislike of these caps. I worked my way through college waiting tables, so I knew that the server should apologize and offer a suggestion for a replacement.

To my surprise, this woman said, "Fine!! I'll just take them away." Then she turned on her heel and left.

I was totally shocked!! It's not like I'm in some dive in NYC or Chicago! So I went to the hostess and told her we were leaving and why. Then I asked her to send my server outside because I wanted to tip him. (Of course, I'm a good tipper and he was very pleasant and helpful with the order.)

Our server came outside and I asked him to please send the Owner or the Manager out here. He said, "That was the Owner".

So we walked next door to Sam Kendalls and a had a wonderful dinner and excellent service. The Owner came by and he was delightful and glad we were enjoying our dining experience.

I can hardly wait to go back to Sam Kendalls!

The definition of Hifalutin is pompous or pretentious. Hence the name of her establishment.

I wouldn't recommend Hifalutin to my dog.

9. Rush's

2207 W Dekalb St, Camden, SC 29020-2070 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Dinner, Lunch +1 803-713-0037
Excellent
44%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
14%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 34 reviews

Rush's

Reviewed By drumbum61 - Camden, South Carolina

Rush's has great food and the best fries and chicken around. Our family loves the burgers and the quality of beef they choose. You know what to expect each visit and never will you be disappointed. Top notch in the fast food category! They are a little pricy compared to McDonalds but you will still be pleased. Glad they are a part of our community.

10. Carolina Cafe

1040A Broad St, Camden, SC 29020-4308 Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch +1 803-713-9977
Excellent
36%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 22 reviews

Reviewed By jesselodge - Charlotte, NC

While visiting Camden with my 6 year old son we came across this restaurant in search of a local place for lunch and was not disappointed. The food was great (Cubano and chicken fingers) and there was plenty of space. The restaurant also had an ice cream section which my 6 year old enjoyed a lot. Parking was easy and is very close to many of the antique shops that is within easy walking distance. Enjoy!!!

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