The unassuming Augusta Grill is home to owner Buddy Clay’s vision of upscale comfort food. From cozy booths and the intimate private dining room, patrons can enjoy dishes such as grilled swordfish with lobster cream and veal picatta with herb pasta. The lineup of entrées and appetizers changes daily, but regulars can always get Chef Bob Hackl’s highly sought-after cobbler.
Closed Sunday and Monday. $$$, D. 1818 Augusta St, Greenville, (864)242-0316, augustagrill.com
American Grocery Restaurant
American Grocery offers refined cuisine in an intimate setting. The frequently changing menu emphasizes local farming and sustainable produce. The fried Blue Chips Farm rabbit makes a decadent starter. For an entrée, the cornmeal-crusted Sunburst trout or the braised beef tongue are standout options. Finish with the chocolate doughnuts. Check out the custom wine room, which holds more than 100 handpicked artisan boutique wines from all over the globe.
$$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 732 S Main St. (864) 232-7665, americangr.com
Brick Street Café
You’ll likely have to loosen your belt after chowing down at this Augusta Street mainstay, serving the comforts of home in just-as-homey a setting. Try signatures such as Mom’s Spaghetti, Miss Sara’s Crab Cakes, or the fried shrimp with sweet potato fries. But do save room for dessert. Made-from-scratch sweets like the “24 Karrot” cake, peanut butter cake, and sweet potato pie are irresistible (desserts are available for special order, too).
$$-$$$, L, D (dinner Thurs–Sat). Closed Sunday. 315 Augusta St. (864) 421-0111, brickstreetcafe.com
High Cotton Maverick Bar & Grill
Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook picturesque Falls Park for an airy and relaxed dining room. The menu, steeped in locally sourced ingredients, features fish, game, and steaks prepared with a Southern flair. Staples include the golden tilefish (with Lowcountry red rice, rock shrimp, a shaved fennel salad, and citrus emulsion), and the apricot-mustard-glazed pork chop. The bar also features the restaurant’s own private label spirits.
$$$-$$$$. D, SBR. 550 S Main St. (864) 335-4200, highcottongreenville.com
Larkin's On The River
Located fortuitously between the Peace Center and the Reedy River, Larkin’s seeks to balance upscale dining with comfort. Start with she-crab soup, then an entrée from the day’s selections—or opt for an aged bone-in filet mignon with crab and asparagus. Dine in the enclosed outdoor patio to enjoy the river view, and polish off your meal with a handpicked selection from the extensive wine list.
$$$-$$$$, L, D. 318 S Main St, 467-9777. larkinsontheriver.com
The Lazy GoatThe Lazy Goat’s tapas-style menu is distinctly Mediterranean. Pick and choose for a customized meat and cheese tray, dip into a plate of Mediterranean pimiento cheese, or split their Duck, Duck, Goat pizza—topped with a combination of duck confit, drunken goat cheese, farm egg, and arugula. An extensive variety of wines is available in addition to a full bar. With large glass windows overlooking downtown Greenville, as well as pillow-topped couches for lounging, The Lazy Goat offers an atmosphere for happy hour enthusiasts and upscale dinner-seekers alike.
$$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 170 River Pl. (864) 679-5299, thelazygoat.com
Liberty Tap Room Bar & GrillLocated next to Fluor Field, Liberty Tap Room Bar & Grill is both pre-game watering hole and after-work hangout. Dinner choices range from the classic burger and juicy steaks to spinach pizza. Gather with friends around the long bar to enjoy one of the nearly 50 brews on tap—or try the signature Bloody Mary with your favorite brunch meal.
$-$$$, L, D, SBR. 941 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 770-7777, libertytaproom.com
Mary Beth’s at McBee StationBreakfast is an essential meal, and Mary Beth’s treats it accordingly. Take your pick: biscuits, omelets, eggs Benedict, waffles, crepes, and pancakes populate the breakfast menu, available all day. Or don’t pick—get the Mega Breakfast for a hearty menu sampling. Mary Beth’s also has lunch and dinner menus that include gourmet sandwiches, rack of lamb, and salmon. Started by four friends in 2008, this is a family-friendly spot great for Sunday brunch or a special dinner.
$$-$$$, B, L, D (Thurs–Sat). 500 E McBee Ave. (864) 242-2535, marybethsatmcbee.com
Mary’s at Falls Cottage
Located in historic Falls Cottage, adjacent to Falls Park on the Reedy River, Mary’s offers brunch and lunch with a view. The menu includes the Ultimate Reuben and Chicken Salad Croissant, as well as standout brunch favorites including Maple Pumpkin Walnut French Toast. With a charming interior as well as a shady outdoor patio, Mary’s is a go-to spot, rain or shine.
$, L, SBR. Closed Monday. 615 S Main St. (864) 298-0005, fallscottage.com
Nantucket Seafood Grill
Greenville may be landlocked, but Rick Erwin’s restaurant brings us closer to the sea. The day’s fresh catch tops the menu, grilled, seared, broiled, blackened, or in chef-designed specialties. Try the blue-crab hushpuppies with a drink at the elegant bar. A destination for a group dinner or a quiet date night, Nantucket offers both an intimate and entertaining atmosphere. Enjoy views of the Village Green and the courtyard patio through panoramic windows extending alongside the bar.
$$-$$$$, D, SBR. 40 W Broad St. (864) 546-3535, nantucketseafoodgrill.com
Northampton Wines & Wine Café
Linger in the relaxed atmosphere of Northampton’s wine bar. Choose a bottle from the thousands for sale, open it for a corkage fee, and enjoy it with a selection of cheese. Then venture to the dining area for dinner from an ever-changing menu that typically includes seafood, beef, and wild game. Located just outside the hustle and bustle of Main Street, the outdoor patio is a decidedly relaxing location for a meal or a glass of wine. Enjoy lunch on Saturdays, and make a reservation for wine tastings daily at 6:30pm.
$$-$$$$, L (Sat only), D. Closed Sunday. 211-A E Broad St, Greenville. (864) 271-3919, northamptonwines.com
Pomegranate on Main
Pomegranate serves traditional Persian cuisine in an eclectic Eastern ambience. Attentive service, reasonable prices, and a flavorful variety, such as the slow-cooked lamb shank or the charbroiled Cornish hen kabobs, make this an excellent spot for lunch or dinner. Be sure to sample from the martini menu at the aquamarine-tiled bar, or head outside to the street-side patio facing Main.
$$-$$$, L, D. 618 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 241-3012, pomegranateonmain.com
Ristorante Bergamo, open since 1986, focuses on fresh produce and Northern Italian cuisine: seafood such as New Zealand mussels in light saffron broth, hearty meat such as veal, homegrown organic herbs, and pasta creations such as fettuccini with shrimp and arugula. The bar (with its extensive collection of wine) boasts 14-foot windows along Main Street, making it a prime location for people-watching.
$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday and Monday. 100 N Main St. (864) 271-8667, ristorantebergamo.com
Smoke on the WaterLocated in the West End Market, Smoke on the Water has a homey feel, with a separate street-side dining area and outdoor tables great for sunny days. Choose something from the smoker (Beer-Butt Chicken), or pick from sandwiches, burgers, or salads. Smoke ’n’ sides vary from mac ’n’ cheese to a bowl of greens, and even spinach casserole.
$-$$$, L, D. 1 Augusta St, Ste 202. (864) 232-9091, saucytavern.com
$$$-$$$$, D, SBR. 207 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 232-7007, sobys.com
Stellar Wine Bar & RestaurantOverlooking Main Street, Stellar offers elegant tapas and an extensive wine list (including beer) that punctuate this intimate second-story space. Ease into the night with a drink at the LED-embedded bar before moving to the softly-lit dining room. Try the Stellar Curry-Fennel Fries and the Green Chili Braised Veal Short Ribs. Finish off with chocolate fondue.
$$-$$$, L, D. 20 N Main St, Ste B, Greenville. (864) 438-4954, stellarwinebar.com
The CazbahFor a unique dining experience, try the Cazbah. Linger over a light dinner, or create a sumptuous meal of the menu’s tapas, such as the lobster cigars or sesame-seared tuna. While you won’t find sweet tea, an extensive wine selection will delight those looking for a more sophisticated evening. There is a sister location in Greer.
$, D. 16 W McBee Ave, Greenville. (864) 241-9909, www.thecazbah.com
The Green Room
Like a European brasserie, the Green Room’s diverse menu features standout dishes that change with the time of day. Start your day with eggs Benedict or down a Lil’ Piggy pork sandwich with sweet potato fries for lunch. For dinner, the melt-in-your-mouth sweet-chipotle meatloaf is the ticket. Share tastes and conversations in the dining room’s cozy, candlelit booths.
$$$, B, L, D, SBR. 116 N Main St. (864) 335-8222, thegreenroomupstate.com
Breakwater RestaurantBreakwater is a West End hotspot that serves exquisite food (diver scallops with sage and roasted butternut squash risotto) and creative drinks. Candy-apple red accents (the bar, dining room chairs, and wall decorations) meld with mirrors and glass to produce a uniquely New York City-meets-Lowcountry vibe.
$$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 802 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 271-0046, breakwatersc.com
Charlie's SteakhouseA Greenville staple since 1921, Charlie’s is an unapologetically old-school steakhouse. The beef is rated USDA Choice or higher and is dry-aged at least 21 days before being hand-cut at the restaurant. Try a 9-ounce filet so tender it’s held together by toothpicks. The interior is the perfect match for the made-from-scratch meals, and it keeps generations of regulars coming back.
$$$-$$$$, D, Closed Sunday. 18 E Coffee St. (864) 232-9541, charliessteakhouseonline.com
Grill MarksThe newest concept in the Larkin’s family, Grill Marks marries old-school charm with creative twists for a modern burger joint. Brioche buns sourced from a local baker and 100-percent-certified Angus beef form the base of these succulent burgers. Gourmet cheeses, mushrooms, and bacon round out the list of toppings. Grab a milkshake for the full experience. If you want to experiment, there are also ShakeTails, adult versions of those creamy delights. On balmy afternoons and pleasant evenings, the rolled up garage doors and sidewalk seating provide ample opportunity to add the mild autumn weather to your palate.
$$, L, D. 209 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 233-5825, marksburgers.com
RoostThis nod to the enterprising farm-to-table trend lends a modern, tasty addition to North Main. Executive Chef Trevor Higgins brings old-fashioned Southern favorites into the twenty-first century. For brunch, try the buttermilk or buckwheat pancakes with Happy Cow whipped butter and maple syrup, or the smoked bacon and cheddar omelet. Beers from Quest, Thomas Creek, Highland, and Sweetwater showcase regional breweries, and cocktails like the Gentleman’s Agreement (Carolina peach moonshine and black tea) pay homage to local flavors at the glass-fronted bar overlooking NoMa Square.
$-$$$, B, L, D, SBR. 220 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 298-2424, roostrestaurant.com
Rick's Deli & MarketOne suspects the chalkboard menu of deli standards (made with gourmet attention to detail) is just pretense for Michelin-rated chef Emmanuel Hodencq’s true love: pastries. After all, you have to view a gauntlet of colorful macarons (rose, pistachio, and salted caramel), flaky croissants, and delicate choux before even getting to the savory stuff. For dinner try the homemade lasagna.
$$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 101 W Camperdown Way, Greenville. (864) 312-9060, rickerwinsdeli.com
Passerelle BistroChic meets culinary at this dining hotspot, where you can gaze over the lush Falls Park scenery while digging into the mouthwatering French-inspired cuisine. Make a lunch date to enjoy lighter dishes like the berries and beets salad with bleu cheese, blueberries, and pickled beets, or hot sandwiches such as the traditional croque monsieur, made with Gruyere cheese and Mornay sauce on sourdough. At night, the bistro serves up romance à la Paris, with herbed salmon or seasonal cassoulet.
$$$, L (Mon–Fri), D, SBR. 601 S Main St. (864) 271-9700, passerelleinthepark.com
The Bohemian CafeTreat your taste buds and ears at the Bohemian Café, side-by-side with the legendary Horizon Records music store. This eclectic café, home to a quaint but trendy atmosphere, has an international flair and serves up daily specials for curry and pasta. For Sunday brunch, treat yourself to a Bloody Mary bar, or indulge your sweet tooth with a slice of homemade rum cake.
$$, L, D, SBR. Closed Monday. 2 W Stone Ave, Greenville. (864) 233-0006, thebohemiancafe.com
The Nose DiveThe Nose Dive is city bar meets corner bistro. A wide range of beer (local, domestic, international), wine, and an ambitious menu that hits nearly every continent make it hard not to dive in. Enjoy an elevated gastro pub experience at every meal, from golden tilefish with shrimp bisque to a customized grits bar at brunch. Located right on Main Street between ONE City Plaza and the Peace Center, this gastropub is downtown hotspot and neighborhood hangout, all in one package.
$-$$$, L, D, SBR. 116 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 373-7300, thenosedive.com