Best New and Popular Restaurants in Greenville

Ten new Upstate restaurants that are definite crowd pleasers

At the rate Greenville is growing, it seems like a new restaurant opens up every 15 minutes, pandemic be darned. From casual fare to fine dining, in Downtown and surrounding communities, hot new spots are popping up all over the place. The only question is, which new restaurants do you need to try out first?   

For casual fare, Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack and Home Team BBQ are dishing out classic Southern cuisine. For a higher-end dining experience, Coral, Woodside Bistro, and Camp are the perfect destinations for your next date night or special occasion. Less traditional dining experiences are on the menu as well courtesy of the kitchens at Pangaea Brewing Company and Clare's Creamery. Enjoy our list of new (within the last year) eateries all over town that you definitely need to try for your next lunch or dinner date out as you find your new favorite spots to eat.


East North Street
Clare's Creamery

Everybody loves ice cream (and even screams for it at times) but what happens if you make it in small batches using the highest quality local and national ingredients available? Your answer is Clare's Creamery which is stunning ice cream lovers out of a quaint little location next to Shaw Pharmacy and Fork & Plough just outside of Downtown Greenville in the historic Overbrook community. Owner Caitlin Clare has dreamt of opening her own ice cream shop her entire life and, after a ten-year "traditional" career, has finally made the plunge and turned that dream into a reality. And guess what? That love translates into every bite of ice cream in the room.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: The list needed a dessert spot! Seriously though, Clare's Creamery is to ice cream what its neighbor Fork & Plough is to entrees.

Brett's expert tip: Parking can get a bit crazy but you can overflow to the church's lot next door, provided you are respectful of service times.

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West Greenville

When Woodside Bistro moved out of its original spot on Woodside Ave. to the newly renovated Woodside Mill, one could not help to wonder what might become of the cozy little kitchen down the street from The Village of West Greenville. Thankfully, Comal 864 came to town with their Rio Grande Valley-inspired cooking that previously operated as a food truck/pop-up kitchen. Here you will find tacos for breakfast as well as tacos, quesadillas, and Birria quesitacos for lunch and dinner. There is even a Birria grilled cheese served on Texas toast which makes my mouth water merely typing these words. Between Woodside Bistro and now Comal 864, one cannot help if there is but a little magic in the room at this off the beaten path location.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Comal 864 continues the trend of great food coming out of 1112 Woodside Ave.

Brett's expert tip: Check the clock before you go as there is downtime between lunch and dinner.

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Woodside Bistro
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While Woodside Bistro is not technically a "new" restaurant, I look at this more as "Woodside Bistro 2.0". Lunch favorites like the short rib French Dip, Catfish Plate, and Woodside Burger can all still be had at their new location at the newly renovated Woodside Mill, but now an entire dining experience can be enjoyed as well. Now you can enjoy date night treats like seared salmon or a bone-in ribeye served in truffle compound butter and pair it with a full wine and cocktail menu. Weekly menu features like coffee-rubbed rack of lamb or lobster risotto let you know that Woodside Bistro is all grown up in their new location and your next date night will be better off for it.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Woodside Bistro has expanded from a cozy lunch spot to a swanky place for dinner and cocktails a stone's throw from The Village.

Brett's expert tip: Pay it forward when you visit as Woodside Bistro has a program where you can buy lunch for a member of the community who cannot afford one themselves.

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Rocky's Hot Chicken Shack

The Nashville hot chicken craze has been making its way across the US and several versions have found their way to the Upstate. Of those, Asheville, North Carolina's Rocky's Hot Chicken has been the biggest hit in town and for good reason. A variety of options from dark or white meat cuts, wings, sandwiches, and even pot pies mean there is a lot to try across regular visits. Heat options start with a heat-free plain or honey style seasoning and work their way up incrementally to a Ghost Pepper fueled Extra Hot Seasoning that goes even beyond the trademark Rocky's Hot flavor.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Rocky's serves up the best "Nashville style" hot chicken on the scene.

Brett's expert tip: To-go diners –" don't be daunted by the line. Skip it and pick up your meal from the bar.

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Camp is the newest addition to the Table 301 group but its identity is all its own. Located in the brand new Camperdown Plaza just off of Main St. in the shadow of the AC Hotel, Camp delivers "comfort food with a touch of global flair" with a heavy emphasis on local seasonal ingredients. Executive Chef Drew Erickson is a Greenville native who earned his culinary stripes at California's renowned French Laundry before returning to the Upstate to start his own restaurant. That experience combined with Chef Erickson's own talent makes Camp a culinary adventure you want to enjoy sooner rather than later.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Camp has earned rave reviews from the moment it opened and the praise is well deserved.

Brett's expert tip: Watch your time on the weekends as Camp closes for a few hours between lunch and dinner service.

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Society Sandwich Bar & Social Club is a great new addition to the Downtown Greenville food scene. Conveniently located on E. Coffee St, the restaurant/bar offers a great selection of sandwiches, salads, and ramen bowls. While the "JBC" burger might blend in amongst a ton of other sandwich options, it is not to be overlooked. Two double-stacked smash patties are perfectly cooked and paired with bacon and "government cheese" for a simple yet wildly satisfying burger experience. It is straightforward and totally unpretentious (just like the rest of the menu) making it one of the best burgers in town.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Greenville has been long overdue for a creative and high-quality sandwich shop like Society.

Brett's expert tip: Get two, they're small! Sandwiches are priced and sized in a way that you will definitely want to get more than one.

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South Beach Tacos, Baby!

It is fair to say that the parking lot adjacent to the Cracker Jack convenience store in the Village of West Greenville might not be the first place you would go to look for quality tacos but, to be fair, South Beach Tacos, Baby! does not subscribe to conventional thinking. Their Birria style tacos are made fresh to order on corn or flour tortillas with your choice of shrimp, chicken, pork, steak, or ground beef. Served with your choice of salsas, the star of the show just might be the consume which can be used for dipping or just sipped like fine wine for all the flavor it has to offer. While the location on Pendleton St is South Beach's regular home, they are also available for catering and other mobile events around town.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: These are arguably the most delicious Birria style tacos you will find in the Upstate.

Brett's expert tip: While cash and cards are accepted, paying with Venmo makes this taco experience even easier.

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Pangaea Brewing Co.

We typically do not think of great cuisine when we walk into a brewery. Maybe there is a food truck or serviceable snack but the focus is generally on what is coming out of the brewhouse. Pangaea Brewing Company turns that idea on its head with a delicious menu featuring sharable plates, pizzas, and salads. A sausage plate featuring a variety of sausages from Atlanta's Spotted Trotter is a game-changer and the brick oven pizzas are good enough to convince the whole family that they should go to a brewery for dinner. Not to be outdone, Pangaea's beer selection is perfect for washing it all down in style.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: A brewery does not have to have amazing food but, thankfully, Pangaea does.

Brett's expert tip: Get. The. Sausage Plate.

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Photo courtesy of Coral

Coral is one of the newest additions to the Downtown Greenville dining scene and they have been beyond impressive since they opened their doors. Featuring only the freshest seafood, the menu is innovative yet relatable with so many tough decisions to make on every visit. The seared scallops served over wild mushroom risotto just might be one of the best dishes all of Downtown Greenville has to offer and is complemented by an extensive wine and cocktail list. A special bar menu also allows guests to enjoy Coral as a casual dining experience in addition to the formal setting of the dining room.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: It is a new and innovative dining experience that never disappoints.

Brett's expert tip: Make your arrival an easy one with the valet parking available right out front.

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Laurens Road
Home Team BBQ

Home Team BBQ has evolved from a modest, neighborhood barbecue joint in Charleston to an important destination and near household name for anyone who has ever visited. That success has led to expansion, first along the coast and then to Columbia and, finally, Greenville. The mix of experimental vision and traditionally Southern flavors makes this an interesting and innovative take on barbecue that you will likely fall in love with at first bite. Just to sweeten the deal, Double Stamp Brewery is set to open soon right next door bringing the beloved beer & BBQ combination to one great location right on Laurens Rd. just minutes from Main St.

Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Home Team BBQ is a renowned destination in Charleston but now the Upstate can enjoy it right in our own backyard.

Brett's expert tip: It may be a BBQ joint but don't sleep on the burgers or tacos coming out of the kitchen.

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Brett Barest is a freelance writer in Greenville, South Carolina that has watched the city grow from cow pastures and boarded up buildings to the tourist destination it has become today. He...  More About Brett