10 Best Restaurants Span Gamut of Reasons why they're Popular

This subjective list represents a wide variety of styles, price points and cuisines.  (For upscale dining only, see the 10Best Fine Dining list)  Greenville offers diners the option of regional southern cuisine, upscale dining and everything in between.  It will surprise many to find two staples on countless menus:  pimento cheese and deviled eggs.  But if you're not sure about certain regional tastes, you'll probably be hooked once you try some of the Upstate's barbecue, collard greens, cornbread and sweet tea.  If traditional options are more to your liking, Greenville offers a cosmopolitan variety beyond what you'd expect for a city of its size.  You'll discover Thai, Indian, Chinese, New Mexican, Italian, Dutch, German, French, Brazilian and more, due in large part to a diverse population and healthy economy.  Downtown's Main Street is chockablock with restaurants, as are Augusta Road, Haywood Road, Laurens Road, Pelham Road and Pleasantburg.   

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 foodies think they've died and gone...  Read More

Augusta Road

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 partake in Italian and French...  Read More

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 a date or a low-key...  Read More

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 the glass can be enjoyed each...  Read More

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 cottage which used to sit above a...  Read More

Larkin's on the River
Photo courtesy of Libby McMillan

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 for a romantic evening, and...  Read More


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 sumptuous, especially the...  Read More

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 local BBQ restaurants are...  Read More


Meet Libby McMillan

A longtime travel journalist, Libby chose her beautiful city after a nationwide search for a new hometown. Greenville's amazing downtown, four mild seasons, varied terrain, friendly residents...  More About Libby

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