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Greenville SC is set among the picturesque foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the northwest corner of South Carolina.

Home to the Greenville County Museum of Art, the exhibits tell the story of the area. Then venture out to see the parks, gardens, and waterfalls for your viewing pleasure and exploration.

Local experts bring their personal passion and intimate knowledge on the Signature Experiences and Tours.

Greenville Culinary Tours, At the Chef’s Table, brings you to some of the city’s most renowned kitchens to sample dishes that will fill your food journals with stars and keep you coming back for more. The Greenville Breakfast Tour is a great way to start your day.

Here are the restaurants I recommend while you’re in Greenville SC.

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7 Must-Try Greenville Restaurants

Hans & Franz Biergarten

3124 South Highway 14 Greenville SC 29615 // 864-627-8263

A taste of Germany amongst the Greenville restaurants. We were delighted to find this old world feel here. Having relatives in Germany, it felt like we were visiting them when we entered Hans & Franz Biergarten.

Chef Juergen Haubach is from Germany. This restaurant resides in one of the oldest buildings in Greenville SC. During the Civil War, it was used to make uniforms.

The building, food, and ambiance are unique. It’s decorated with themes according to the seasons and holidays. 

The atmosphere is tropical with palm trees and tropical plants creating a place to relax.

There is a fresh variety of beers on tap as well as wine selections from Europe.

Most of their sausages and cold cuts come from German butchers. My son loves authentic German wurst and brats.

Some favorites are the Hungarian Goulash Soup made with paprika, cayenne pepper, bell peppers, spiced up tender chunks of beef, and carrots in a tomato base.

Greenville Restaurants: Hungarian Goulash Soup

The name of this one reminded me of a classic Christmas TV show character, the Burgermeister. This classic German burger is a half-pound of beef and pork seasoned just right.

They have a Big Pretzel that is homemade topped with butter and salt served with spicy mustard. My daughter-in-love likes spicy mustard and cheese. The Obatzda is a Bavarian cheese delicacy. It’s a blend of brie, cream cheese, paprika and spices, served with a pretzel.

A Prussian specialty of meatballs in a tasty lemon-caper sauce is called Koenigsberger Klopse, served over spaetzle, which is a Swabian egg noodle.

You haven’t really had chicken wings until you’ve tried Hans & Franz Famous Wings. These are marinated overnight and then oven roasted and flash fried. Crispy and delicious with your choice of sauces. We like the raspberry chipotle sauce and the golden barbeque sauce.

Get the meat lovers paradise. Order the Bavarian Sampler Plate, which is a grilled pork chop with Weisswurst and Bratwurst, drizzled with spicy mustard and curry ketchup. They sure like to spice things up around here.

The Wurst is really the best. Let me tell you about the Hans & Franz Wurst Teller. It’s a sausage lovers delight. Your plate is filled with German Bockwurst, Weisswurst and Bratwurst drizzled with spicy mustard and curry ketchup. It comes with a choice of two sides.

Sauerbraten is one of Germany’s national dishes. Here they marinate the meat for several days in a mixture of vinegar and red wine, water, herbs, spices, and seasonings.

Greenville Restaurants: Sauerbraten

Specials are found on the menu and are a limited edition. Recently featured was their refreshing summer soup, Gazpacho. It’s loaded with vitamins from fresh-cut vegetables and tomatoes. Another special was the Curry Coconut Chicken Soup.

Great food and great people are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face when you dine at this place. One customer said her mother was from Munich and the potato salad at Hans & Franz Biergarten tasted like her mom’s.

When you get to Greenville SC, stop in. Reservations are recommended. Definitely one of the finest of the Greenville restaurants.

Another Broken Egg Café

1025 Woodruff Road, Suite G103, Greenville, SC 29067 // 864-627-7710

Located in Magnolia Park, Another Broken Egg Café is one of the Greenville restaurants that serves Southern-inspired innovative culinary dishes. They use fresh avocados from Mexico.

Their menu offers breakfast, lunch, brunch, and signature cocktails including gluten friendly, vegetarian, and traditional items as well as seasonal entrees.

This season, I found Rum Cake French Toast. It was French-toast style spiced rum cake with pecans topped with grilled fresh pineapple, fresh berries, and a spiced rum butter glaze. (Note: You must be at least 21 to order this one.) It was served with two eggs any style and baked bacon or house-made sausage patties. It is best paired with a Spiked Pecan Praline cold brew.

Indulge in the Bourbon Street Pancakes. You get three house-recipe cakes with bananas, pecans, rum butter sauce drizzle and fresh whipped cream.

When in the South, a couple traditional dishes are Shrimp and Grits and Chicken and Waffles. 

Shrimp ‘N Grits are Gulf shrimp and andouille sauteed with red peppers and onions in a spicy low country reduction, over creamy cheese grits served with garlic bread and a lemon.

Greenville Restaurants: Shrimp ‘N Grits

Chicken & Waffles is crispy fried chicken tenders on a Belgian waffle drizzled with house-made chipotle honey. Finger licking good.

Greenville Restaurants: Chicken & Waffles

This one caught my eye. Lobster & Brie Omelette. It’s a cream cheese filled omelette topped with Brie cheese and champagne butter sauce sauteed lobster meat, tomatoes, and green onions. Creamy, rich, and delicious.

If you rather have a sandwich, this one is popular. The Benedict Burger is a hand-pressed beef patty, grilled ham, over-medium fried egg, hollandaise and green onions on a brioche bun.

My son and daughter-in-love had this to say about Another Broken Egg Café in Greenville SC… “This was our first time here.  We were VERY impressed with the service, food, atmosphere, and treatment. The coffee tasted great and smooth. The mugs were cool too. Our server and the managers came up to us and made sure everything was good. I can see why every time we go by, the line is out the door.”

Smoke on the Water

1 Augusta Street, Suite 202, Greenville, SC 29601 // 864-232-9091

The only song I learned to play on the guitar when I was a young girl was “Smoke on the Water.” The idea for the Smoke on the Water restaurant in Greenville SC began in 2004. 

Chicken Lea, Hurdle Lea, and Mike Shuler got together to create a uniquely different Southern place amongst the Greenville Restaurants. They wanted to create a warm and welcoming place that was as comfortable as the food they serve, but in an upscale and warm environment. From the copper menus to the private label wines by Walter Schug, they wanted the dining experience of every guest to be one to remember.

My daughter-in-love is an artist and the art on these walls echo some of the greatest musicians in history. Brian Olsen’s paintings are featured here.

Now that you’ve feasted your eyes on the art and got a feel for the atmosphere, let’s create a feast on your plate.

This saucy southern tavern is a “pig” deal. A Boston butt hand rubbed in secret seasonings and slow cooked all night makes for a melt-in-your-mouth Pulled Pork.

Baby Back Ribs and combo plates are popular. 

In the soup section, you’ll find Brunswick Stew. Maybe that one is for you. It’s a rich and mellow mix of chicken, pork, and beef stewed in a smoky whole-meat stock, thick with braised potatoes, onions, corn, lima beans, and tomatoes.

Greenville Restaurants: Brunswick Stew

This salad is a smoking hot option. The Smoked Turkey Salad has sliced smoked turkey served over mixed greens with mandarin oranges, sliced strawberries, sun-dried cranberries, red onion, and feta cheese served with a honey and key lime vinaigrette.

My grandpa always said a meal isn’t complete without dessert. The signature dessert is Jack Daniel’s Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie. Oh my! They put a unique twist on this Southern classic. It’s served warm with vanilla ice cream.

Greenville Restaurants: Jack Daniel’s Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie

Many guests rave about the Fried Bourbon Bread Pudding. Gourmet bread pudding rolled in graham cracker crumbs and deep fried. It’s served with vanilla ice cream and topped with a crisp bourbon sauce.

Here is what other guests had to say after their dining experience. 

“I heard good things about this restaurant and wanted to try it. The cornbread and mac and cheese are excellent.”

“We drove 7 hours for a college visit and the coaches recommended this restaurant. It was by far the best place for pulled pork I’ve ever had. Me and my family would drive 7 hours again to eat here.”

Me and my family agree that Smoke on the Water in Greenville SC is an experience to remember and one of the best Greenville Restaurants.

Trio – A Brick Oven Café

22 North Street, Greenville, SC 29601 // 864-467-1000

A warm welcome awaits you at Trio – A Brick Oven Café located in the heart of historic downtown Greenville SC. Handcrafted gas lanterns line the rustic brick walls creating a unique atmosphere. A nice dining experience with a casual feel.

Beyond the warm welcome, you’ll feel the warmth from the oven that launched this restaurant. It is a wood burning Mam from Modena, Italy. This oven was essential to complete the vision for this Italian tinged eatery with homey elegance.

Sauces are made fresh daily. A wide variety of homemade dishes like Roma & Sundried tomatoes with basil pesto are a house specialty.

Whet your appetite with an appetizer. Wood Fired Wings marinated chicken wings drenched in sweet and spicy barbeque sauce baked in their wood fired oven. Another good starter is Baked Caprese. Toasted baguette slices baked with Roma tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, topped with diced balsamic marinated red onions, extra virgin olive oil, and fresh basil.

Ask about the soup of the day and take a look at the salad options too. The Trio House Salad is spring mix, carrots, tomatoes, bleu cheese crumbles, candied pecans, grapes, and balsamic vinaigrette.

Choose from a variety of pizzas. A pizza favorite is Sausage and Pepperoni with Roma tomato sauce, mozzarella, cheddar, sweet fennel sausage and pepperoni.

Greenville Restaurants: Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza

Prefer pasta? For the seafood lovers, I recommend the Seafood Trio with angel hair pasta tossed in homemade marinara sauce or chardonnay cream reduction with shrimp, scallops, mussels, mushrooms, diced tomato, green onions, and garlic topped with fresh parmesan.

This lunch croissant melts in your mouth. The Turkey Asparagus Melt. Fresh blanched asparagus spears are wrapped in smoked turkey breast topped with melted Swiss, Thousand Island dressing, and alfalfa sprouts.

What suits your mood for dessert? Tiramisu or Chocolate Lava Cake? Wait, here is another sweet selection, the Cinnamon Churro Donut. Two Churro donuts baked in their wood fired oven, sprinkled with cinnamon topped with caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.

Greenville Restaurants: Chocolate Lava Cake

Now you can see why there is always a steady crowd at the Trio – A Brick Oven Café in Greenville SC.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

250 Riverplace, Suite 200, Greenville, SC 29601 // 864-242-2000

Founder, Ruth Fertel, is known as the First Lady of Steaks. Ruth’s Chris is the world leader in upscale steak houses. This one in Greenville SC is no exception and is one of the finest Greenville restaurants.

Ruth put the sizzle in the steak when she designed a proprietary 1800-degree broiler. Temperature matters.

Your steak experience here will be exceptional. There are several cuts of beef to choose from.

The Filet is the most tender cut. The flavor and tenderness are enhanced by their 28-day aging process.

The Filet Oscar is a steak house classic with a savory topping of jumbo lump crab, seared asparagus, and house-made béarnaise sauce.

Another steak house favorite is the New York Strip, which if full flavored and tender cooked just how you like it.

Greenville Restaurants: New York Strip Steak

Expertly aged and hand-selected to order, the Ribeye steak is a popular prized prime cut.

Round up the Cowboy Ribeye and you’ll get yourself a rich, juicy 22-ounce bone-in cut

Personally, I prefer the best of both worlds, the Surf and Turf. Bring me the buttery cold-water lobster tail paired with a six-ounce filet with a little pink in the middle please. It’s why this place is one of my favs amongst the Greenville Restaurants.

Compliment your steak with sumptuous sides. Creamy garlic mashed potatoes or roasted Brussel sprouts browned with honey butter and tossed with crispy bacon bits are winning options.

Finish this fine meal with a delectable dessert. Handcrafted, house-prepared selections range from Louisiana-French classics to indulgent new creations. You will be forgiven if you order the Chocolate Sin Cake with ganache and raspberry sauce. Mouth dripping delicacies at one of the best Greenville restaurants.

The Lazy Goat

170 River Place, Greenville, SC 29601 // 864-679-5299

Take me to the river to The Lazy Goat. The spacious patio overlooking Reedy River and the skyline in Greenville SC is breathtaking.

The dozens of clocks adorning the walls remind us that it is time to savor each moment.

Savor you will when you taste the chef’s innovative Mediterranean dishes with global influences from Spain, Morocco, Italy, France, Greece, North Africa, and the Middle East.

Enjoy the playful ambiance while you dive into the diverse menu and shareable dishes.

Order this rustic Italian flatbread. The Duck, Duck, Goat is prepared with duck confit, drunken goat cheese, egg (sunny side up), arugula, caramelized onions, sour cherries, and sour cherry vinaigrette.

More savory menu items include Gyro Pizza, Grilled Salmon and Quinoa, Tahini Chicken, Grouper, and Fried Calamari Salad.

Greenville Restaurants: Gyro Pizza

Have you ever had this Greek dessert? Loukomades. Lemon poppy Loukomadas, sweet lemon glaze, raspberry coulis, and fresh berries.

Have a glass of Sangria while you pour over the diverse menu. The view, food, and hospitality at The Lazy Goat, a classic amongst the Greenville restaurants will be a memorable pleasant, relaxing experience.

Tropical Grille

215 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC 29615 // 864-271-3010

A healthy alternative was born when Tropical Grille in Greenville SC opened its doors and hearts to the lovers of Cuban heritage. A blend of childhood recipes and memories created a cuisine that is fresh, fast, healthy, and affordable. It’s a gem amongst the Greenville restaurants.

Quality food and service makes each guest feel like they are home. Their faith and commitment are a priority. Conversations and Christian music playing invites a friendly, peaceful atmosphere.

The Tropical Grille has Tropical Bowls. The Deluxe Classic has freshly grilled chopped chicken breast with lettuce and tomatoes served over yellow rice and a signature sauce of your choice.

Salads are always a good option to toss around. You can order the Classic Caesar Salad with or without chicken. Crisp romaine lettuce is tossed in Caesar dressing sprinkled with fresh parmesan cheese.

The Cuban Roasted Pork is a favorite. Mojo marinated slow roasted pork is served with black beans and white rice.

Wraps and sandwiches are available. I recommend the Cuban Style Steak Sandwich with thinly sliced sirloin steak served hot on Cuban bread with caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and potato sticks. 

Greenville Restaurants: Cuban Style Steak Sandwich

Baked Sweet Plantains and Seasoned Vegetables make for fresh side dishes.

Feast your eyes on many menu items. Enjoy the fresh feast that is sure to satisfy.

Now that you filled up on all that good food, you may want to take an Adventure Tour with boating, swimming, hiking, and waterfalls.

Whatever your tastes, timing, or budget is you’re sure to find a great meal waiting for you at all of these eateries.

Places to stay include a luxurious escape, a tranquil retreat, or simply a place to rest your head. Find a variety of hotels, inns, B&Bs, and campgrounds conveniently located throughout the Greenville area.

Take time to stay, eat, play, and enjoy each experience one of the best Greenville restaurants.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of cuisine can I expect to find in Greenville, SC?

Greenville has a diverse culinary scene with something to satisfy every palette. You can find classic Southern comfort food, farm-to-table restaurants emphasizing locally sourced ingredients, fine dining options with international cuisines such as French, Italian, Thai, and Japanese, as well as trendy food trucks and vegan eateries.

Is it easy to find vegetarian or vegan options in Greenville?

Yes, the Greenville restaurant scene is incredibly diverse and caters to all dietary requirements. Many of the restaurants offer vegetarian and vegan options, and there are also establishments dedicated entirely to plant-based diets.

 I’m into craft beer. Are there restaurants in Greenville with an extensive beer menu?

Yes, several restaurants in Greenville take their beer lists as seriously as their menus. You will find establishments that offer a wide variety of local, national, and international craft beers.
I recommend visiting Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint and Hans & Franz Biergarten!

Greenville Restaurants Wrap Up

From Mexican to german and everything in between, Greenville will surprise even the most skeptical tourist. It’s a wonderful place filled with different things to do and plenty of places to eat from. Visit any of the Greenville restaurants in this article and taste the history of Greenville.

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