Best Greenville, SC Restaurants

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    10. High Cotton

    Situated right on the Reedy River in a prime downtown location, High Cotton is a real favorite for many reasons. Patrons who are familiar with it from visits to Charleston are pleased to find the same quality and...

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    9. American Grocery Restaurant

    Unusual seasonal cuisine is the hallmark of this cozy restaurant, occupying a refurbished storefront in Greenville's historic West End. The menu can range pretty far outside a typical diner's comfort zone, but...

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    8. Davani's

    Delighting Greenville locals with their meticulously prepared entrees and expansive wine collection, Davani's has become one of Greenville's best restaurants. Located on Augusta Road, patrons flock to Davani's to...

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    7. Wine Cafe at Northampton Wines

    This restaurant developed from Northampton's much-applauded wine shop and is a natural outgrowth of its focus on quality goods. The bright, narrow space is quiet and decidedly unpretentious, so it's a great place for...

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    6. The Trappe Door

    This amazing gastropub is desireable on many levels. It offers delicious Belgian food at very fair prices (only the steak is higher than $20); there's a huge selection of great beers; and several unusual wines by...

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    5. Peddler Steak House

    Dim and atmospheric, this oft-frequented steakhouse is a landmark in the area. Don't expect anything fancy, but the food is delicious and the setting is one of the most unique in town. Set in an historic stone...

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    4. Larkin's on the River

    Known for aged steaks, fresh fish, and romantic ambience, Larkin's on the River is perfect choice for a splurge in Greenville. Wait staff are nothing but professional. Subdued lighting and cozy tables set the stage...

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    2. Soby's

    This Main Street staple is one of Greenville's favorites. The new-south cuisine includes such tempting entrees as New Orleans BBQ shrimp and grits, grilled smoked pork loin, and crab cake remoulade. The desserts are...

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    1. Smoke on the Water

    Some local foodies will claim there are better restaurants in Greenville, but even they take first-time Greenville visitors to Smoke on the Water, for a reliably great southern meal in a great location. While many...

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About Greenville, SC Restaurants

Integrating local traditions, culinary trends and international influences, Greenville offers an eclectic dining scene. A number of the city's top restaurants are located downtown, where patrons enjoy the fun atmosphere and convenience to hotels, bars and attractions. Overlooking the Reedy, High Cotton boasts big city vibe and a stunning interior. Down the street, consistently stellar Soby's offers a contemporary, gourmet spin on Southern cuisine. International eateries are received by an enthusiastic local clientele, and the offerings have expanded from standbys like Italian, Mexican and Chinese cuisine to include less familiar fare, such as Vietnamese, Indian and Middle Eastern. However the influx of new flavors has yet to overrun favorite local traditions such as the meat and three, a homestyle restaurant that specializes in a plate of meat, often fried chicken or pork, BBQ, turkey or roast beef; with three side items that might include cooked veggies, mac 'n cheese, potatoes or rice. You'll find them all over town, but Tommy's Country Ham House and Stax's Original are classic examples.

About Elizabeth Baxley

Elizabeth C. Baxley is a Travel Editor for 10Best, Inc. Her favorite travel experiences have involved studying theater in London and exploring the streets of Salzburg, Munich and Vienna. She served as a contributor to the 10Best Travel Guides for Dallas and Washington, D.C., and her writings have also appeared in Upstate Parent.

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