The 5 Best Greenville Restaurants

Posted by Cameron Keegan on Monday, January 18th, 2016 at 5:09pm.

If you're tired of cooking and in desperate need for an evening out, you're in luck. We've got the top guide to the 5 best Greenville restaurants that won't disappoint. While Greenville is a true southern city that will always be partial to barbecue and grits, Greenville's residents are also expanding their palates and trying new twists on their favorite dishes. So if you're looking for a night out with a delectable meal, you'll want to read our top rated restaurants in Greenville, SC.

Smoke On The Water

greenville-pulled-pork-sandwichSouthern food will always be a local treasure, but Smoke on the Water does it with tasty style. Known for their heavenly pimento cheese, this restaurant has an award-winning pimento cheeseburger that's a diner favorite. This is a saucy southern tavern that serves everything from fried green tomatoes, deviled eggs, fried catfish, beef brisket, pulled pork sandwiches and everything in between. The barbecue is done in true Carolina style with a tomato, mustard and vinegar base. And this appetizing restaurant has a mellow ambience that is warm and welcoming. What more could you ask for?

The Trappe Door

If you're craving Belgian waffles or fresh mussels, you should head to the North Main neighborhood and dine at Trappe Door. This Belgian restaurant on Washington Street has six different mussel pots ranging from the traditional white wine and garlic, to pesto to a Belgian white ale, blue cheese, bacon and Dijon mustard. Some of the other mouth-watering dishes include Belgian-style fish and chips, seafood stew, wild mushroom meatloaf, and chicken coq au vin. Or if you're craving a delicious dessert, you can try anything from the deep fried chocolate waffle balls to white chocolate profiteroles. Stop by for at least one beer or glass of wine, the selection is tremendous. After one meal, you might consider moving to Belgium!

Larkin's on the River

best greenville restaurantsGreenville residents looking for a romantic date night might head to Larkin's on the River. Known for their aged steaks, Chilean sea bass, shrimp and grits and she-crab soup, this restaurant will also impress you with their knowledgeable staff and extensive wine list. The lunch menu includes enticing dishes such as a goat cheese and steak quesadilla, seared salmon BLTs, and short rib grilled cheese sandwiches. Dessert lovers will relish the chocolate lava cake, liquor-infused ice cream, and Bourbon bread pudding.


Davani's has become one of Greenville's best restaurants with their Italian and French inspired cuisine. Located in the Augusta Road area, foodies will appreciate the effort put into creating these elegant meals. Menu favorites comprise Milanese osso bucco, Veal Oscar, Muscovy duck, and white truffle and porcini ravioli. This restaurant uses the freshest seafood and local ingredients, ensuring diners receive only outstanding dishes. And the service is impeccable to boot.


This Greenville staple is famous for their eclectic blend of contemporary, international and southern cuisine. Most of their ingredients are seasonal and come from local farmers. Old southern dishes are transformed into fresh and new fares. From griddled Carolina trout with a Tabasco-brown butter sauce to bacon wrapped pork tenderloin and vegetable fries, this restaurant will not let you leave hungry. Stop in for their brilliant Sunday brunch and indulge in their omelet, waffle and carving stations. Or if you're really hungry, try all three!

Now that you've read about our top five favorite restaurants in Greenville, how are you going to choose which one to try first? If you have a cherished Greenville restaurant that did not make this list, please comment below and let us know!

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