Best Clemson, SC Restaurants

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    9. Villa Novella

    For an authentic touch of Italian cookery in the Clemson area, hop on Highway 93 and make your way to this cozy little cottage, located in Central. Owner-chef John Robinson trained for a year at Apicius Cooking...

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    8. Calhoun Corners

    Adjacent to the original train depot, this elegant restaurant has long been a favorite of visiting alumni, parents, faculty, and students intent on a special night out. The historic redbrick building has been a...

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    7. Pixie & Bill's

    Founded back in 1971, Pixie & Bill's is generally counted among Clemson's classiest dining rooms. It's hard to argue otherwise, considering the cozy space, with its fireplaces, antique furnishings, and original...

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    6. Seasons by the Lake

    The halls of academia may not cast a shadow on Seasons by the Lake, but its location at the University's Madren Conference Center makes it an important part of the campus dining scene. First-rate service, classy...

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    4. Farmer's Hall Restaurant

    One the most historic public buildings in the region, Farmer's Hall has been in continuous use as a gathering place since the 1820s. As a restaurant, it's one of the area's most popular choices, and the kitchen staff...

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    3. Liberty Hall Inn & Cafe

    Boasting some of the area's coziest accommodations, Liberty Hall is a listed residence whose two-level, wrap-around porch and old fashioned charm recall the best qualities of Southern gentility. Inside, heart pine...

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    2. Sardi's Den

    Granted, there's nothing aesthetically impressive about this roadside shack located a few miles north of the campus ... but then, if you let your eyes guide you, you're going to miss out on what a lot of folks feel...

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    1. Mac's Drive-In

    The late Harold "Mac" McKeown learned a thing or two about making a good burger in his day. When he finished school in 1956, mentor Dan Gentry helped him buy a small roadside eatery between Clemson and Pendleton....

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About Clemson, SC Restaurants

Sure Clemson's a college town, but don't make the mistake of thinking the area offerings are limited to your standard student fare. That's not to say that places like Peppinos and Mellow Mushroom aren't around to keep hungry co-eds well fed on pizza, but if you're willing to look beyond downtown, the local dining scene has far more going for it than sub sandwiches, wings, and toasted bagels. Homemade Chinese, Italian, Mexican, and Turkish dishes are available within a mile of campus, giving a tinge of international flavor to the community table. For the white linen treatment, places such as Calhoun Corners, Villa Novella, and Liberty Hall certainly offer stellar opportunities for inventive recipes and romantic times. Thankfully, good, old-fashioned Southern cookery isn't left by the wayside thanks to Dyar's Diner, and it even gets a contemporary touch at Farmer's Hall and Seasons by the Lake.

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