There are hundreds of bars and restaurants in Greenville. I’m just pointing out a few that I have enjoyed since moving here. Greenville is quickly gaining a reputation as a foodie destination as evidenced by the Euphoria and Fall for Greenville events. For now, I’m just going to focus on downtown places but there are a number of restaurants on Woodruff and Pelham roads too. We are now in a contest with Charleston for the best restaurants. (I think we are winning!)
Don’t forget Restaurant Week. This is an annual event the last week of January that lets you sample many of the local Greenville restaurants at reduced prices. Also watch for the Foodie Fest in August.
Great Places to Eat & Drink
Ink & Ivy
Smoke on the Water
Tipsy Taco – Out near Pelham and E. North (by the Publix) but this is a must! Over 17 different tacos. My favorite is the Old School on a crispy shell. This is a new local restaurant that has hit the nail on the head.
Brazwells – Sports Pub on S. Main at the entrance to the West End. Great atmosphere and good food selection. One of the best happy hours in town.
Tin Lizzy’s Cantina – Magnolia Park – Their menu is described as Flex Mex.
The Playwright – 401 River St. An Irish Pub built in Ireland and shipped here.
Dive N Boar – right next to Southern Culture, in fact its owned by the same group. A little more casual smoke house but everything has a delicious twist.
Southern Culture – on North Pleasantburg across from the Home Depot. Nice upscale casual with an updated southern style menu. Outdoor seating area. Next door is their sister restaurant LTO (Lettuce, Tomato, Onion) a burger bar,
Bacon Brothers Public House – Out on Pelham Rd near Michelin’s headquarters. One of my favorites. Nothing can go wrong with bacon! They also make incredible sausages and other delicacies all in house. For a real treat get their appetizer meat tray ($15 for 5 selections). It will blow you away. Then there is my favorite sandwich the BET.
The Trappe Door – 23 W. Washington St. Awesome Belgian restaurant and bar. It’s downstairs under Barley’s a block off North Main across from the One Tower. The beer taps are in the ceiling.
Bar Louie – in Magnolia Park off of Woodruff Rd near Cabelas.
Yard House – off of Woodruff Rd. in front of Cabelas. Over 100 beers on tap and a great variety of food and appetizers. Known for their yard glasses. This is their first free standing location in the country.
Eggs Up Grill – One of these is off Woodruff Rd. but the exciting location is downtown in the West End (31 Augusta St) where it has been hard to find a good breakfast place. Not anymore!
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill – Beautiful new bar & restaurant on Woodruff Rd. in front of Cabela’s. Good happy hour and extensive menu. Call ahead and they also take reservations.
In the same set of shops as Firebirds is Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. One of the best burgers I have had yet.
The Cheeseburger House. – Parking can be a challenge but its worth it. Unfortunately they do not have a website but they are at 1622 Augusta St., Greenville. Keep your eyes open or you’ll miss it.
Baja style Mexican restaurant on Falls Drive (formerly Camperdown Way) just off South Main (Near Falls Park). Nice updates inside and an upstairs patio for outside dining.
Cocktail lounge behind the Peace Center. Panoramic view of the Reedy River and a very innovative menu. Gennevieve’s is open to the public and not just Peace Center patrons. If you are new to Greenville the Peace Center is named after the Peace family.
Passerelle is down a flight of stairs and looks over the Reedy River Falls. Paserelle features a French menu and is a definite stop in Greenville.
Nantucket Seafood – another Rick Erwin’s restaurant located in the Marriott Courtyard. Great seafood restaurant. The bar can get pretty crowded but its a nice place.
I don’t neccessarily want to promote a smoking venue but this place is pretty cool. At 23 College St. a block west of North Main it has a full bar and appetizers. I stopped in before the cigar smoking started and really liked the layout and decorating. Paolo (owner) does not have a website but said they open around 5:00. (M- Sat) Oh yeah – they sell cigars and you can smoke them there.
Awesome farm-to-table restaurant at the Hyatt on North Main but the highlight is the bar that is open to the plaza in front of the hotel. This is the location for the free Friday night concerts downtown.
The award winning restaurant from Asheville is now downtown Greenville. Look for it in the One Tower.
Next to Soby’s on Main St. Great burgers and good prices but more impressive is the layout. You are inside but feel like you are outside. They are also known for their milkshake cocktails.
This burger and shake joint started in Charlotte and is one more example of regional eateries discovering Greenville. It is at the corner of East McBee and South Irvine two blocks off Main.
A neat little Dutch style restaurant with laid back euro music. I have a preference for the tenderloin specialties and the meatballs. Great for a meal or to stop off for a drink where you can hear yourself talk. Coffee street. (Special Tip – They also own Hans and Franz on 14 near Pelham Rd. Great outdoor bar connected to an old civil war era building).
Casual dining in a second floor location in the West End. Kind of a carribean, southern fusion thing going on.
Great steaks. Nice bar. Check out the steak tips and say, “Hello” to Anthony.
Wild Wings Cafe
Located on Washington, west of North Main. Good sports bar. Live music on the second floor.
You can’t miss this huge sports bar on S. Main. The roof on the second floor can be opened when the weather is good. More TVs than you need – wait is that even possible? The downstairs bar has one side for the Clemson Tigers and the other for the South Carolina Gamecocks. It’s pretty much mandatory that you pick a team here. They also have a second location on Woodruff Rd.
It’s a little hard to find as it’s downstairs and behind the Mellow Mushroom. British pub decor where no two chairs the same.
On Wade Hampton just north of downtown, Henry’s is an old-fashioned smokehouse specializing in pulled pork, mac & cheese, and banana pudding. (Tip: Check if they are offering smoked brisket. It’s not always available but very tasty!)
Northgate Soda Shop & The Other Side
They don’t have their own web site so the address is 918 North Main St. (A block north of Earle). Like going back in history. Pimento sandwiches, burgers, rib eye sandwiches, and even Cincinnati Steak (bologna with chili). Northgate makes authentic floats and shakes too! The Other Side is their little beer and wine bar connected next door. They even have a fire pit outback. Walking distance from my house so this is a definite on my good list.
34 South Main St. Tako Sushi provides a great blend of sushi and mexican. They go together right! Outstanding sushi and check out the crispy tacos.
South Carolina’s first legal moonshine distillery. You can find it on North Main St. Not really a bar but you can get free samples. The name comes from a section of Greenville County with a history of making moonshine.
On the corner of Coffee and North Main – downstairs of course. Very laid back coffee shop. Great place to relax or have a casual business meeting. You may not know it from looking at it but they have a full bar and food menu too! (Tip: You’ll find one of the mice from “Mice on Main” at the top of the stairs.
While not really a restaurant, this cool little place just opened up on Main and has great, fresh popcorn.
Greenville also has a growing food truck business with some very exciting options like Neue Southern; gourmet southern food.
High quality foods and wine in the West End.
For a more complete list, check out Urban Spoon.
Out on Woodruff road but they have a good menu and a great happy hour.