The Best Restaurants in Greenville SC

If you are planning a trip to upstate South Carolina any time soon, Greenville has a lot to offer. Their food scene is up and coming as popular foodie destination, but the area offers 600 restaurants. All of them are each worth their own mention, but to help make your decision easier, we have narrowed it down to what we think are the five best  downtown Greenville has to offer.

Bistro 45

Located at 45 W. Orchard Park Drive, Bistro 45 is a quaint restaurant located inside the Hilton Hotel. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week from 6 am until 10 pm. Menu offerings include: French Toast, Belgian Waffles, Pancakes, salads, soups, sandwiches,Trout, Blackened Chicken, and a number of steak offerings.

Cafe Verdae

Located at 670 Verdae Boulevard, this is a casual eatery inside the Embassy Suites. Don’t let the fact that it hides in a hotel fool you–it’s a four star, award winning restaurant. Menu selections include things such as: Chicken and Corn Chowder, Pulled Pork Calzone, and an a la carte dinner, there is something on the menu that will please every palate. They are open from 11 am until 10 pm every day, so after you get your complimentary cooked to order breakfast from the hotel, check them out.

High Cotton, Maverick Bar & Grill

Located at 550 S. Main Street, Suite 100 at RiverPlace, this restaurant focuses on highlighting local, fresh ingredients with a southern flare. Menu selections include: Broiled Durok Pork Chop, Sunburst Farms Red Trout, and Buttermilk Fried Oysters, Eggs Benedict, and more. High Cotton, Maverick Bar & Grill Open for lunch and dinner throughout the week, with a Sunday Brunch.

The Lazy Goat

Located at 170 River Place, the Lazy Goat is cafe/bistro. For lunch, you can expect things like Harissa whipped hummus, pita wraps, paninis, and pizzas. For dinner, you can expect things like: Steak frites, Roasted Mussels and Chorizo, Brik Chicken, and pizza and pasta, along with a daily market fish. Dessert selections include: chocolate cheesecake, coconut bread pudding, churros and chocolate,  and white chocolate brulee.

Nose Dive

Located at 116 South Main Street, Nose Dive is a casual gastropub, offering lunch and dinner. Gastropubs are different from your standard pub, because they focus on the food, and make it a point to serve elevated food compared to a standard bar. Menu selections include: gnocchi, roasted chicken, fish and chips, peking duck, and risotto. The restaurant is open from 10 am until 11 pm, though bar hours don’t start until the evening.

Your mouth is watering now, right? We think you should eat early, and eat often when you’re in Greenville, so you can soak up as much of the food scene as possible while you are visiting. It is always a good idea to get reservations for dinner whenever possible, except for the case of the hotel restaurants. Many of these establishments allow for online reservations via Open Table.

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