From Classic to Casual: 10 Greenville Steakhouses That Won't Disappoint

Sometimes there is nothing more satisfying than a perfectly cooked steak. A nice cut of meat fresh from the flame of a grill calls to the most primal urges deep within our being. A good cut cooked to the right temperature is a simple thing but also akin to art. Fortunately, Greenville and its surrounding neighborhoods offer plenty of opportunities to indulge in the perfect steak.

The eateries listed below run the gamut from Upscale tasting dining rooms with a view such as Halls Chophouse and Larkin’s on the River to historic Greenville landmarks like The Peddler. Some are a stone’s throw from Main St. in Downtown Greenville while others, like The Strip Club 104, are well worth a trip to Greer.  No matter what the price range and experience you are looking for, our 10Best list of Upstate steakhouses have all of your options for a full, happy belly.


Woodruff Road offers plenty of dining options but if you are looking for a steak, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is where you want to be. The steaks are all aged 21 days and are hand cut daily for everything you could ask for from a steakhouse. The rest of the menu is extensive as well with chicken, seafood, pasta, and burgers all having significant space on the page. Firebirds offers a more relaxed and casual experience than most steakhouses, making this is a spot to consider with a bigger group of friends and family, especially if you are bringing the kiddos.

Haywood Road
City Range

A Greenville staple since 1998, City Range is a contemporary steakhouse sporting a rustic interior of wood and stone. Peppered with Native American accents, the dining room features a large fireplace and original artwork depicting historical scenes of Greenville in addition to a spacious patio for outdoor dining. You will find a selection of tempting cuts, including filet mignon, split bone cowboy, and New York strip, along with salmon, lamb, and trout. Open for lunch and dinner, City Range also offers a great selection of burgers and other sandwiches. For a casual atmosphere and hearty food, this place can't be beaten.

Ruth's Chris

This quintessential American steakhouse has two locations in Greenville but the views and ambiance at the Riverplace location are hard to top. Located on the main floor of the Embassy Suites, it is convenient for Main Street revelers with a dining room that offers a stunning view of the Reedy River and Wyche Pavilion. Everything you have come to expect from a Ruth's Chris, you are certain to find here as well. The menu is expansive, offering seafood, soup, salad, and specialty cuts of steak which, of course, arrive at your table on a 500-degree plate. As an added bonus, start or end your evening with a cocktail upstairs at Up on the Roof for the best rooftop views Greenville has to offer.

Rick Erwin's West End Grille

The restaurant that launched Rick Erwin's successful line of Upstate restaurants, the West End Grill has been an anchor of Downtown Greenville's West End since it was first developed. All of their beef is sourced from the nationally acclaimed Meats by Linz in Chicago and features a wide variety of dry aged and prime cuts. Seafood options include the classic Surf & Turf with a 7 oz. filet paired with Atlantic lobster tail, Chilean sea bass, jumbo sea scallops, and a fresh market catch of the day. Right on Main St., the restaurant is convenient to everything you need for an enjoyable evening in Downtown.

Haywood Road

The least traditional steakhouse on the list, Saskatoon offers a Pacific Northwest hunting lodge atmosphere and a variety of wild game offerings. Sure, you can get the traditional prime rib and filet mignon, but you might also consider items like elk loin, antelope, or a chef's selection of three wild game cuts in a wild mushroom cream sauce. Their new location on Halton Road is as much a work of art as it is a dining establishment and is as unique as the menu itself. This is a perfect place to enjoy a date night and sample some flavors that are simply not available at most other establishments in town.

The Strip Club 104

The Strip Club 104 in Downtown Greer isn't your grandfather's steakhouse. This modern restaurant is light and airy, with an attention to detail that makes it one of the finest steakhouses in the Upstate. You will also find the restaurant's punny name is not where the sense of humor ends as headings on the menu include "Fore Play," "Main Stage," and "XXX-tras". Despite the whimsy, however, the steak here is serious: a house-aged Black Angus beef. And there are plenty of other proteins on hand for those in your party that aren't fans of red meat, not to mention an array of sides large enough to share. There is even an entire portion of the menu devoted to bacon because who doesn't want more bacon in their lives?

Peddler Steak House

You cannot have a conversation about Upstate steakhouses without including the OG â€" The Peddler. Nestled in the woods off of Poinsett Highway, the 100-year-old stone building has been the home of Greenville's oldest steakhouse since 1969. Today, crowds still gather in the parking lot an hour before the restaurant opens just to get a seat as The Peddler does not take reservations. The steaks are cooked to perfection, the ambiance is unparalleled and the salad bar is the stuff of legend. A trip to The Peddler is an experience more than it is a simple meal and you cannot call yourself a true Greenville resident if you have not visited.

Larkin's on the River
Photo courtesy of Libby McMillan

Known for aged steaks, fresh fish and romantic ambiance, Larkin's on the River is a perfect choice for a splurge in Greenville. Few views are better than Larkin's, nestled just off of Main St. looking out across the Peace Center Amphitheatre and the Reedy River. All of their steaks are sourced from DeBragga New York butchery and are 100% certified Angus. These are paired with seasonal selections such as rack of lamb, sesame encrusted Ahi tuna, and their famous Larkin's Shrimp & Grits, for a menu that is hard not to fall in love with. The wine list is beyond comparison and the staff is well prepared to help select the perfect bottle for your next meal.

Pelham Road
Chophouse '47

Designed in the theme of the classic New York City steakhouse, Chophouse '47 has been wowing Greenville diners since 2001. All of their steaks are aged 28 days and cooked Pittsburgh style with a charred exterior and at any desired internal temperature. Sea bass, fresh whole lobster, and fried trout are also on the menu for those that want more surf than turf for dinner. An extensive list of side items is presented on large enough plates to allow for sharing, making this a perfect place to enjoy as a couple or a large group in a time of celebration. Up the ante with the restaurant's private wine room for the ultimate upscale dining experience.

Halls Chophouse may have originated in Charleston but it is right at home in Downtown Greenville. Space is nothing short of elegant as the restaurant's two-story glass façade gazes out over the Reedy River just north of Falls Park and the Liberty Bridge. Dry aged NY Strips and ribeyes and grass fed filets are the stars of the menu but your options extend to seafood, pork, chicken, and even vegetarian offerings as well. Pair your meal with a selection from Halls' extensive wine and cocktail list for the ultimate dining experience on a night out on the town in Downtown Greenville.


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