Where to Eat in Greenville: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 15, 2018 Joeann Galban

Greenville, South Carolina, is anchored by what Forbes Magazine calls one of America's Best Downtowns. Featuring a one-of-a-kind "floating" suspension bridge and set against the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville boasts a thriving arts scene, hundreds of restaurants, shops and boutiques, popular annual festivals, numerous historic sites and museums housing significant art collections. Excellent interstate service and a user-friendly international airport make access easy.
Things to do in Greenville

1. Luna Rosa Gelato Cafe

9 W Washington St, Greenville, SC 29601-2734 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff Italian, Cafe Lunch, Late Night, Drinks SGD 7 - SGD 20 +1 864-241-4040
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 494 reviews

Luna Rosa Gelato Cafe

Reviewed By pcyork - York

There's a reason that Luna Rossa is number one on TripAdvisor. Simply said, great food, great vibe, great gelato. Of course, the downside is that it can be quite busy. However the owner treated us to a limoncello concoction as we waited for our table. Nice touch. I highly recommend.

2. Pita House

495 S Pleasantburg Dr, # B, Greenville, SC 29607-2525 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible International, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli, Lebanese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Halal Lunch, Dinner +1 864-271-9895
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 428 reviews

Pita House

Reviewed By mikeinflorida1507 - DeLand, Florida

Wife and I decided to take a chance. We're not at all familiar with Middle Eastern food, but while visiting Greenville, this place popped up on her phone, and she remembered a childhood neighbor who was Lebanese, and she got an urge for stuffed grape leaves. This place is a cafe and grocery for Middle Eastern food, and the phone ad said it was where locals eat - that's another reason to give it a go. Well, we weren't disappointed. You order at the counter and they bring the food out. Luckily for me, each dish had a photo taped to the counter and the guy taking the order was helpful. Wife had a gyro with a side of grape leaves, and I had the gyro plate, which is a build-it-yourself gyro I guess. It had all the ingredients and it came with 2 pitas and a couple of different sauces. It was all really good. She loved hers too, but said old Esther's grape leaves were better. I took her word for it. A lot of the clientele was of Middle Eastern descent, as were the staff, so I'm convinced this is authentic. It's definitely worth a try.

3. Smoky Dreams BBQ

2131 Woodruff Rd, Maxwell Pointe Shopping Center, Greenville, SC 29607-5950 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 26 +1 864-627-4227
Excellent
79%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 347 reviews

Smoky Dreams BBQ

Smoky Dreams BBQ uses only the freshest meats and produce. Everything is cooked daily with delectable, original seasonings and sauces. Smoked to perfection . . . Pork, chicken, ribs and even the wings literally fall off the bone. The hash and the vinegar slaw are truly unique and there's creamy lemon and peanut butter pie to top it off.

Reviewed By cdeldevert

We drive out of our way every time just to eat at Smoky Dreams BBQ, That's how good it is!!! The ribs are delicious, the Baked beans are perfect honestly and I simply can't get enough of their Cole Slaw. Everything about this little piece of heaven is amazing. Besides the food, I LOVE that it's a family own business and everyone works together. They have clean bathrooms which is a plus when you have kids :)

4. The Lost Cajun

3612 Pelham Rd Ste A, Greenville, SC 29615-7413 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 28 +1 864-605-7117
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 410 reviews

The Lost Cajun

Reviewed By Mike T

We heard friends talking about The Lost Cajun so decided to try it out. We were not disappointed, in fact it was better than imagined. Our server, KeKe started our experience with friendly conversation and exceptional recommendations, We were treated to a sampler platter of house favorites. I don't know if this was a good or bad idea. After trying everything, I wanted them all. So our family of four all ordered different items and shared with each other. We love the Lost Cajun and will definitely make it a top priority to return.

5. Saffron Indian Cuisine

1178 Woodruff Rd, WoodRuff Gallery, Suite 16, Greenville, SC 29607-4130 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Buffet Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 864-288-7400
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 371 reviews

Saffron Indian Cuisine

Reviewed By Levannah - Hendersonville, North Carolina

My husband and I visited Saffron for lunch this week and discovered an extraordinarily large array of salads, dishes, naan and even kheer. It was fantastic. Every dish was well prepared even a few with a bit of heat (hot spice). Naan was plentiful on the buffet table. Tandori chicken was kept hot in an oven-like warmer. The restaurant itself is beautifully decorated with lovely fabric and tapestry wall decor and spotless white tablecloths. Service was friendly and very attentive. My only lament was that the chai was on the pricy side with no free refills. I understand that milk has become expensive but chai tea is an essential element of Indian cuisine. For those who like spirits, there is a full bar. Wonderful dining experience for those craving their Indian food fix and those wanting to try Indian for the first time.

6. Schwaben House

1810 Laurens Rd, Greenville, SC 29607-2911 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations European, German, Central European, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch SGD 21 - SGD 47 +1 864-329-8681
Excellent
75%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 259 reviews

Schwaben House

Reviewed By Paintedcutiger - Mauldin, South Carolina

Very good sausage salad app. Nice German pinot noir before roastbraten, grilled steak covered in brown gravy, fried onions and egg noodles. Salad was a nice change from the norm: greens, bean salad, kraut, carrots, and pickles. Espresso and Fernet Branca to finish. Surprised it took me so long to try. I will visit again for sure.

7. Ruth's Chris Steak House - Greenville at I-385

851 Congaree Rd, Greenville, SC 29607-3521 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night SGD 66 - SGD 98 +1 864-248-1700
Excellent
68%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 333 reviews

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Greenville at I-385

Greenville is a picturesque city located in the Northwest corner of South Carolina. Home to booming business, entertainment, and tourism industries, Greenville is the perfect place to visit, do business, raise a family, or all of the above! Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, Ruth's Chris Steak House in Greenville, South Carolina, is perfectly situated to accommodate you and your group. Our restaurant is located at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, which is just a short drive from the Greenville Downtown Airport and the city center. We are located close to the intersection of Highway 385 and Interstate 85, very near to The Shops at Greenridge. For a fine dining steak house experience, reserve your table at Ruth's Chris Steak House in Greenville, South Carolina.

Reviewed By Dr_Detra - Greenville, South Carolina

We went for Valentines day in 2018 around 9pm. The food was excellent!! We had the house salad, crab cake appetizer, steaks, sweet potato casserole, and bread pudding. The food was AmAzINg!! We read the reviews beforehand and saw that many travellers requested a waiter named David so we did the same. He was EXECELLENT!! If you go make sure you ask for "the tall David". He came by at all the right times and he even gave us samplers of an appetizer. He knows the menu very well and made very good suggestions. The steaks were cooked perfectly. The restaurant was quiet and cozy. We will definitely go again!

8. Sully's Steamers

6 E Washington St, Greenville, SC 29601-2731 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Cafe, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 13 +1 864-509-6061
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 240 reviews

Sully's Steamers

At Sully's, we believe the world's best sandwiches let off steam. Real steam, rising up from fresh bagels and a stack of the best ingredients. The other kind of steam, too. The kick back, take-a-load-off kind, the "Man, that hit the spot" kind. That's what Sully's is all about, so come in, eat up, and let off a little steam.

Reviewed By Trip C - Greenville, United States

This is a favorite restaurant for our family; we eat here once a month or more. Great food, friendly service, and easy pick up ordering via app. They serve breakfast all day and are open late on some weekend nights. Make sure to try the jalapeno cream cheese on a breakfast sandwich!

9. Soby's

207 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601-2831 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Late Night SGD 26 - SGD 72 +1 864-232-7007
Excellent
62%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Soby's

Soby's New South Cuisine is a blend of contemporary cuisine infused with traditional southern ingredients. The restaurant opened in 1997 and is housed in the warm environment of a renovated, century-old building and has a mezzanine level that can accommodate large parties ordering a la carte. Starting with fresh, seasonal ingredients, our chefs transform Southern favorites into something comfortable and fresh. The wine list is a consistent winner of Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast awards. Signature dishes include Barbecue Shrimp and Grits, Fried Green Tomatoes with Jalapeno Pimento Cheese, and Crab Cakes Remoulade.

Reviewed By rewqasdcx - nfld

Had the pork the sauce was outstanding, however the pork was dry - given that it was a signature dish I expected a little different. Great atmosphere, great staff.

10. The Trappe door

23 W Washington St, Greenville, SC 29601-2734 Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Belgian, Bar, European, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +1 864-451-7490
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 629 reviews

The Trappe door

Reviewed By Carmela R - Greenville, S>C>, United States

The evening was delightful, the service was prompt and cordial, we requested a different table out of the traffic flow and were immediately re-seated. The food was great and the service was pleasant. The atmosphere was enchanting. My only negative was the noise level, was a constant din. The best place in town to try a variety of Belgian beers,

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