We’ve driven by Greenville several times but never felt like we had a reason to stop. But after our recent visit checking out the best places to eat in Greenville SC, we’ll definitely make it a point to swing by in the future.
It’s a short, two-hour drive from our home base in Atlanta and an easy getaway from the craziness that is ‘The A’ these days. Needless to say, we’ll be coming back after our fun food-filled weekend!
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Last Updated: Feb 5, 2020
13 Absolutely Amazing Places to Eat in Greenville SC
During our time in Greenville, we had a chance to stay at Hilton Garden Inn. When we weren’t adventuring through town, it was the perfect home base for foodies like us. We also explored the Fall for Greenville Festival and a couple of local breweries.
1. The Trappe Door
A few of our friends recommended this Belgian joint, so we were really excited to see their booth at Fall for Greenville.
We ordered a bowl of Mussels Mariniere, a local favorite, and I honestly could have used up all of my food tickets just for these mussels. The white wine sauce was piping hot, briny and brothy, with the right amount of garlicky kick.
Pro Tip: Grab a Belgian brew to pair with your meal. We’ve heard good things.
2. Bacon Brothers Public House
The Bacon Brothers was probably my favorite restaurant from our visit. I’m generally not a huge BBQ person, but everything we ate here was phenomenal.
Our dinner group noshed on a huge BBQ sampler, served on a wooden board the size of my breakfast table at home. The brisket was the top contender, super buttery and well-seasoned. All of the items on the menu are locally sourced and made from scratch.
Local Tip: You may have heard the term “grass-fed,” but ask your server about their “grass-finished” beef. Josh swears he can taste the difference.
3. Thomas Creek Brewery
Thomas Creek Brewery pumps out some of the best beers I’ve ever tasted. They’re the first craft beer brewery in South Carolina and have been around for over two decades.
Hilton Garden Inn has a number of their beers on tap, and we loved the great variety of crisp brews, both seasonal and time-honored craft options. There’s also a nice food menu, but we didn’t get to partake. We’ll definitely have to come back!
Pro Tip: Take the brewery tour. It only costs $5 and you get a sampling of four great beers.
4. Yee-Haw Brewery
Yee-Haw Brewery originated in Johnson City, Tenn. But, Greenvillians still consider this outpost a local hangout.
Sip through an array of beers, from a sharp Kolsch to a hoppy Dunkel. The unique names (e.g., Flirtin’ with Disaster, The Mowtivator, and Blackberry Beret) will make you want to order all of them. It’s a great spot to watch the game and enjoy late-night munchies.
Pro Tip: They also have an extensive food menu. Order the beer cheese and soft pretzels. I could’ve eaten a whole plate myself.
5. The Lost Cajun
We didn’t try anything savory from The Lost Cajun, but picked up their pillowy, sugar-coated beignets. There’s a 100% chance we would eat 100 more of these next time we’re back.
Local Tip: My favorite is the gumbo sampler. I always recommend it to out-of-town visitors. – Tyler, Local Student
6. Luna Rosa
You all know that Josh never skips out on dessert, especially if it’s gelato. Smack dab in the middle of Main Street downtown, Luna Rosa is hard to miss.
Walk in to a beautiful display of 24 gelatos that are all fresh, creamy, and homemade. They also offer pizzas, pastas, and other Italian favorites.
7. Hilton Garden Inn
We had a fantastic time at the Hilton Garden Inn in Greenville. We’ve stayed at Hilton Garden Inn hotels before and have always had a wonderful experience.
Josh loved the breakfast buffet in the mornings, and I liked The Shop, a 24-hour grab-and-go retail shop where you can get snacks and drinks at any time of day.
We enjoyed a fun happy hour and sit-down dinner, where the hotel team showcased core Hilton Garden Inn menu items, served with a Greenville twist. All of these dishes showcased Hilton Garden Inn Greenville’s customized menu and locally sourced ingredients that reflected Southern flavors.
First, we tried a new specialty cocktail, created by actress Judy Greer, which is available on Hilton Garden Inn menus nationwide.
A fresh twist on the classic Daisy, Judy’s Garden Gin is simple, delicate, yet bursting with flavor. It combines gin, lemon juice, Chambord, and a touch of simple syrup. I loved the pretty pink color, and it was light enough for a pre-dinner drink.
Then we moved onto dinner. I particularly liked the Citrus Salmon Bowl. Picture grilled salmon atop a healthy blend of quinoa, wild rice, and barley, all of which are melded with fire-roasted peppers and a smoky yogurt that adds a subtle tang.
Josh savored the Sticky Finger Ribs with a local whiskey-soy BBQ sauce that was flavorful and chock-full of herbs.
Of course, we never skimp out on dessert. We indulged on a nationwide guest favorite, the Mason Jar Chocolate Fudge Cake. It was the definition of indulgent.
The Sous Vide Butter Pecan Creme Brûlée was luscious and smooth. I liked that the butter pecan flavor wasn’t too overwhelming. There’s something very satisfying about cracking into the caramelized sugar top.
8. Spill the Beans
I’m always on the hunt for the best local coffee shop and Spill the Beans did not disappoint. The cafe is cozy and filled with the sweet smell of homemade waffle cones (yes, they also serve ice cream!).
We tried one of their signature drinks, the Maffioso, consisting of deep, roasty espresso, milk, and a smooth caramel finish. It was very reminiscent of a Carmello candy bar.
9. M.Judson Booksellers & Chocolate Moose Bakery
*Swoon!* Can we move in? Combine our love of carbs and a good book, and this place is what heaven looks like. We enjoyed roaming around the shop with a Pear Crumble Cupcake in hand. It’s one of the cutest bookstore + coffee shop atmospheres we’ve experienced.
Note: They have some delicious gluten free options, and I typically don’t like gluten free items. We recommend the Peanut Butter & Chocolate cookie.
Picking between tacos and sushi is always a difficult choice. It’s great that Takosushi has both. Get that side of queso with your spicy tuna roll, because you can.
11. Soby's New South Cuisine
Soby’s New South Cuisine was another booth we visited at the Fall for Greenville festival. Their crab cake truly set the expectations for the rest of our time there. It was a blend of jumbo lump crab over a creamy corn remoulade. I topped it off with a dash of hot sauce.
Everyone there was super friendly, too. Talk about southern hospitality!
12. Jamaica Mi Irie
Jaimaica Mi Irie is a Main Street veteran serving up authentic Jamaican favorites. We had their jerk wings and jerk pork, both of which were cooked to perfection. The portion sizes are pleasing without making you feel in need of your stretchy pants. This place does not serve your run-of-the-mill food!
Note: Everything on their menu is under $15.
13. The Lazy Goat
Located next to the Hampton Inn by Hilton, The Lazy Goat came highly recommended by a local we met at our hotel bar. We were looking for good Mediterranean food and decided to pick up a couple of things to try.
Everything was super fresh, and out of everything we tried, the toasted shrimp and Brussels sprouts were my favorite. They have a large patio that overlooks the Reedy River, great for people watching.
Local Tip: You’ve got to try the fried goat cheese! It’s dusted with pistachio crumbles and drizzled in honey. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and savory. – Kelly, Greenville local of 12 years.
photo: The Lazy Goat
Map of Best Places to Eat in Greenville SC
More Places to Eat in Greenville SC
Here are a few more local favorites that we didn’t get to try but have heard good things. Let us know if you’ve been and what you think of them.
- White Duck Taco Shop ( ) – Southwestern, Mexican, Fusion bites and tacos.
- Smoke On The Water ( ) – Local cuisine, American favorites, authentic Carolina BBQ.
- Schwaben House ( ) – German schnitzel and European fare.
- Kannika’s Thai Kitchen ( ) – Thai, known for their homemade curries.
- Tupelo Honey ( ) – Great for southern brunch. We have one in Atlanta, too.
- Kitchen Sync ( ) – Global and fusion eats like Banh Mi Salad and Baja Carolina tacos.
- Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant ( ) – Family owned. Try their famous lobster ravioli.
- The Anchorage ( ) – Locally source small plates, unique cocktails, and open kitchen concept.
- Husk ( ) – Modern Southern. You might recognize it from Chef’s Table. We’ve dined at their Charleston location and it’s one of our favorite restaurants in the South.
Any other places to eat in Greenville SC we missed? Which of these places have you been to?