Looking for a date night restaurant in Greenville’s downtown area? Local mom, Taryn compiled this list of date night restaurants in the beautiful downtown Greenville area. Pair dinner with a walk-in Falls Park and you’ve got a great Greenville date night in the making.
As I’m writing this, Valentine’s Day is around the bend. Date Nights abound. I’ve compiled a subjective—yes, subjective—list of my highly recommended restaurants in Downtown Greenville for date nights. Do all of these have romantic ambience? No. Do they all have a massive price tag? Heck to the no. Do they all serve you outstanding food that will have to returning next month? YES. And for that, I hope you’ll read on and try out some of these locally-owned businesses on your next date.
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If you’re looking for more great date night options in the Greenville and Upstate, SC area, don’t miss our Dating Guide to Greenville, SC.
Great Date Night Restaurants in Downtown Greenville
Soby’s New South Cuisine
207 South Main Street Greenville, SC
You will probably recognize this restaurant immediately. Soby’s has been wining and dining the downtown Greenville scene with their fresh take on Southern cuisine for years. Alfresco dining is a popular option here while the atmosphere inside is slightly more traditional.
Chef Shaun Garcia stands by the philosophy that customers should develop favorites to keep them coming back. Therefore, his menu is permanent, and rightly so (*cough cough* the pimiento cheese). The dinner entrees range from $20-$40.
Foxcroft Wine Co
631 South Main Street Greenville, SC 29601
Speaking of wining and dining, for a less hearty evening, look no further than this Main Street bar, Foxcroft Wine Co. Elevated, though. The staff will bring out small plates paired with one of their hundreds of unique wines. No reservations needed by design, this first come first served restaurant gives you a reason to trot out that new cocktail dress and not leave feeling like a popped can of biscuits. However, you can make reservations if you’d like. Lite and unique, this is a wonderful option for adventurous dates who can’t settle on one dish and drink. May I suggest the burgers, though, if you want some comfort food? There’s something about a scrumptious burger to deflate a stuffy date night.
Rick Erwin’s West End Grille
648 S Main Street Greenville, SC 29601
Rick Erwin’s name tacked onto this restaurant means one thing: time-“tasted” favorites and top quality control. The menu is full of American surf and turf mainstays you’ll immediately recognize. Mac and cheese, chicken, crab cakes, and all impeccably prepared and served. Atmosphere? Elegant. You won’t be out of place in a necktie if you want to gussy up. During peak hours, secure a reservation. The prices range around $20 for starters and $40-$60 for entrees.
586 Perry Ave Greenville, SC 29611
I feel like a Greenville date list isn’t complete with The Anchorage. No, it’s not in the heart of downtown, but not by a far jaunt. This eatery and chef have been nominated for several well-earned awards, requires no reservations (so arrive early or late), and pairs small plate decadence with craft beers, wines, and specialty cocktails.
Their eclectic chameleon of a menu features local providers and keto-friendly options. And, if the fact that I squirreled around with my original article plans to add this restaurant to the list doesn’t convince you, the cuisine is phenomenal. Top Tip: visit after 9 pm for your nightcap and “dessert.” Small plates can count as a dessert when they tick all the right boxes. Prices for plates in the teens and twenties.
23 West Washington Street Greenville, SC 29601
An offbeat suggestion, I’m thinking about those “date nights” that need to include kids. New baby? No babysitting family around? Last-minute supper? Trappe Door has a variety of menu items rooted in Belgian culture that can please the pickiest eater. The atmosphere is cave-like, cozy, and a bit loud. I’ve been in that desperate situation before where I really needed a date night but didn’t have child care. You just make do.
Trappe Door gives you an elevated-enough feel that your night will be special without stressing that your kids might amp up the volume. There is a solid reason that this funky pub has lasted so long in a sea of ever-changing downtown businesses. While it isn’t marketed as kid-friendly, the fish and chips can make anyone a believer. Entrees around $20-30.
Where is your favorite date night restaurant in Downtown Greenville?
This list is far from exhaustive. The downtown Greenville restaurant scene is unmatched for a non-metropolitan area. I could argue several other eateries onto this list, but each here offers something unique and suits a variety of date desires. Start here and move out. I am rooting for you to test out something new on your next night out!