A Guide To Restaurants in Downtown Greenville, SC

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Looking for restaurants in Downtown Greenville, SC? Greenville, South Carolina, has made its mark on the culinary map with a selection of well-respected restaurants. This is a list of Downtown Greenville restaurants, sorted by meals and occasions. Plus, a list of restaurants along Main Street downtown.

Guide to Downtown Greenville, SC

Diners have no shortage of choices regardless of what they might be craving! From a casual lunch to a romantic dinner date, every kind of meal can be found in downtown Greenville.

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Dinner in Greenville, SC

Are you looking for dinner in Greenville, SC? Whatever you are craving, you’ll find it downtown! Here are some great dinner restaurants in Downtown Greenville.

Urban Wren
This Greenville restaurant consistently gets rave reviews from locals! They garnered multiple “Best Of The Best” wins locally for the second year in a row. The brown bag salad comes highly recommended by readers!

Urban Wren Paper Bag Salad
Photo Credit: Dee Dee Cobble Miller | Paper Bag Salad

Roost
Dine on American pub-style fare while you watch the action on Main Street. Seasonal live music in NOMA Square makes this a great place to eat local and enjoy local musicians.

charcuterie and steak salad in Greenville, sc

The Lazy Goat
The Lazy Goat overlooks the Reedy River and serves up a delicious small plate menu. Don’t be intimidated by dining there with children, though, as they also have brick oven pizza on the menu. Also, be sure to order the sangria; it’s some of the best I’ve had in the Upstate!

The Lazy Goat foot and Sangria in downtown Greenville, SC

Hall’s Chophouse
A popular high-end steakhouse with three locations across the state of South Carolina. Riverside outdoor dining is the perfect choice for enjoying a meal on the Reedy River.

Other Dinner Options In Downtown Greenville


Lunch in Greenville

Tako Sushi
The Far East Meets The Southwest in this unique fusion-style concept. There aren’t too many places I can think of where you can order a burrito with a side of sushi! If you’re a fan of asparagus, be sure to order their tempura asparagus, it’s addicting!

Aryanna Afghani Cuisine
A great way to expose our families to different cultures is through food. People take great pride in the food of their ancestors, and it’s one of the easiest ways for culture to be shared other than music. That’s one reason the owner of Aryana, Nelo, opened her restaurant in the heart of Greenville to share the food of Afghanistan with people.

rice and meat dish from Aryana

Other Lunch Options In Downtown Greenville


Breakfast in Greenville

Tupelo Honey
The menu offers so many options you might be overwhelmed. But, if you are indecisive like I am, sometimes it’s best to pre-game a menu like this. Southern-inspired veggies, paired with their famous fried chicken, make a simple choice that will result in a meal you won’t be disappointed about. 

chicken and waffles and mimosa at Tupelo Honey in downtown Greenville, SC

Greenfields Bagels & Deli
Love a good bagel? Delicious New York-style bagels and sandwiches are what you’ll find at Greenfields Bagels & Deli in Downtown Greenville. Lox and cream cheese on a toasted everything bagel? Coming right up! Greenfields is serving up the best bagels you’ll find Downtown!

Deli sandwich on a bagel from Greenfield's Bagels

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Other Breakfast Options In Downtown Greenville:


Dessert in Greenville

Le Petit Croissant
Delicious pastries, coffee, chocolates, and sandwiches

Old Europe
Coffee, pastries, and delicious desserts

Old Europe Pastry

Restaurants On Main Street In Downtown Greenville

If you are looking for a place to dine right on Main Street, here’s a list to choose from.


Great Spot To Grab A Cocktail At Night

Up On The Roof
The eclectic menu at Up On The Roof offers couples the choice of sharing or ordering an entree. The options include Asian, Cajun, Tex-Mex, and American-inspired dishes. Handcrafted cocktails, and an unrivaled view of the city at night, make this a perfect spot to plan a date night.

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Up On The Roof

Vault and Vator
Tucked away at the top side of Falls Park is a small speakeasy with delicious handcrafted drinks. This secret spot is where you should go if you want to drink like a local, and have people asking, “How did you know about this place??” because they will!

Jianna
If you’re wanting to impress just about anyone, Jianna is the place to go. With views of Falls Park, delicious modern Italian cuisine, and a plethora of cocktails to choose from, this is a wonderful place to grab food and drinks.

Scoundrel
There is nothing quite like grabbing a cocktail at a place that curates an experience for its patrons. They have an expansive list of wines, cocktails, and specialty beverages for you to enjoy, along with a dinner menu.


Romantic Restaurants

If you’re looking for lots of romantic restaurants to choose from, check out our list of Downtown Greenville. SC: Date Night Restaurants.

CAMP
Executive Chef Drew Erickson, who recently returned from working with Thomas Keller at French Laundry, is quite the coup for the restaurant. His love for locally sourced ingredients shines through in the dishes that are set before guests. With his talent and experience, Chef Erikson could very quickly be the screaming caricature of a chef you see on reality shows; but nothing could be further from that than this. He interacts with patrons and takes great pride in the food he’s sending out. His Executive Sous Chef, Diego Campos, brings his Mexican heritage to the menu, and this Mexican girl couldn’t be happier about that. 

CAMP 6 minute egg mixed green salad

Up On The Roof
The eclectic menu at Up On The Roof offers couples the choice of sharing or ordering an entree. The options include Asian, Cajun, Tex-Mex, and American-inspired dishes. Handcrafted cocktails, and an unrivaled view of the city at night, make this a perfect spot to plan a date night.


Best Downtown Dining For Young Kids

Gather GVL
This food hall built from shipping containers is the perfect spot to head when everyone wants something different! The tenants here serve everything from Cuban food to Lobster Rolls, and you’d have to be a picky eater not to find at least one thing you can’t wait to try!

Gather GVL and burger in Downtown Greenville SC

Papi’s Tacos
Located along the Reedy River, Papi’s Tacos is a perfect spot for antsy kids who just want to run around while everyone eats. The kid-friendly menu is portable, and this spot also serves up Gelato! So you can eat your al pastor tacos while the kids enjoy a walking taco and sit on the rocks to watch the ducks.

three tacos in a basket

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Best for Business: Enjoy a Business Lunch

Coffee Underground
This local coffee shop is the perfect spot to have a small business lunch. Side rooms offer semi-private areas for small groups. They have a delicious menu and coffee drinks which make a business meeting less business and more casual!

Roost
As mentioned above, Roost has American pub-style fare and has a great atmosphere for business lunches.

Nose Dive
Nose Dive is pretty popular in the Downtown area for delicious modern comfort food. Plus, it is right beside the historic Westin Poinsett if you happen to be staying there.

CAMP
Executive Chef Drew Erickson’s love for locally sourced ingredients shines through in the dishes set before guests. Outdoor dining, and a rooftop bar, make this the perfect spot to enjoy a casual business lunch.

CAMP 6 minute egg mixed green salad
CAMP | Crispy 6 Minute Egg & Mixed Green Salad

Take Out

Jamaica Mi Irie
You can grab a Jamaican Beef Patty and eat lunch as you stroll down Main Street, or grab some jerk chicken with rice and beans to make all the folks back at home jealous!

Menkoi Ramen House Greenville
This isn’t grocery-store ramen! So if you’ve never had a good bowl of Ramen, stop whatever you’re doing and go right now! Delicious ramen noodles, veggies, and protein mixed up in broth are the warm hug you’re stomach didn’t know it needed.

Greektown Grille
Grab a Gyro and head back to your hotel, the park, or wherever you need to be. Most Greek food travels well. The Greektown Grill has convenient streetside parking, so you won’t have to pay to grab your meal!

gyro in downtown Greenville, SC

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Selecting A Place To Dine Near Your Hotel

If you didn’t come with your car or use a rental car, a restaurant’s proximity to your hotel is vital. The downtown Greenville area also has a free trolley that you can use to get across town if you don’t want to walk.

Restaurants Near Home 2 Suites and Holiday Inn Downtown Greenville

Bohemian Cafe
A cafe and coffee bar are conveniently located right next to a record store so that you can take home a unique souvenir from your visit to Greenville.

Greenville mural on the Bohemian Cafe in Downtown Greenville, South Carolina
Bohemian Cafe Mural

Two Chefs Cafe & Market
Away from the busiest part of Downtown, Two Chefs Cafe serves up daily specials, soups, salads, sandwiches, and more. Save room for dessert because they also have a menu just for that.

Jiroz
Jiroz is an upscale Greek cafe that is very popular with the locals. You can also grab a nightcap with your meal and then take a walk back to your hotel. If you happen to bring your golf clubs with you, swing by the park for a free game of putt-putt.

Other Nearby Options:
Roost | Sushi Go | Coffee Underground | Antonino Bertolos Pizza | The Cooks Station | Bluefin Sushi Burger Bar

Restaurants Near Hyatt Regency

Roost
Dine on American pub-style fare while you watch the action on Main Street. Seasonal live music in NOMA Square makes this a great place to eat local and enjoy local musicians.

Dining at Roost in Downtown Greenville, South Carolina
Roost

Sushi Go
If you’re craving sushi, you can enjoy that or any number of other Asian dishes at Sushi Go, conveniently located directly across the street from the Hyatt.

Sassafras Southern Bistro
If you’re looking for an elevated dining experience with a modern take on southern cuisine, then Sassafras is a great dining option, perfect for a night out while visiting Greenville.

Other Nearby Options:
Coffee Underground | Antonino Bertolos Pizza | Cantina 76 | Menkoi Noodle House | Trio – A Brick Oven Cafe | The Lost Cajun | The Cooks Station | Blaze Pizza

Restaurants Near Aloft in Downtown Greenville

Tupelo Honey
The menu offers so many options you might be overwhelmed. But, if you are indecisive like I am, sometimes it’s best to pre-game a menu like this. Southern-inspired veggies, paired with their famous fried chicken, make a simple choice that will result in a meal you won’t be disappointed about. 

Chicken and waffles -with a mimosa at Tupelo Honey Cafe
Tupelo Honey

Methodical Coffee
Conveniently placed within the Piazza Bergamo just a stone’s throw from Aloft, the downtown Methodical Coffee location is the perfect spot to grab that morning coffee before The TD Essentials Market on Saturday mornings. But, it is an ideal place to head any morning.

Jamaica Mi Irie
You can grab a Jamaican Beef Patty and eat lunch as you stroll down Main Street, or grab some jerk chicken with rice and beans to make all the folks back at home jealous!

Other Nearby Options:
Tsunami | Sassafras Southern Bistro | The Trappe Door | Tropical Grille | Charleston Sports Pub | Barley’s | Sip Whiskey & Wine Bar | Cantina 76 | The Cooks Station | Limoncello

Restaurants Near Embassy Suites Riverplace and Hampton Inn


The Lazy Goat
The Lazy Goat overlooks the Reedy River and serves up a delicious small plate menu. Don’t be intimidated by dining there with children, though, as they also have brick oven pizza on the menu. Also, be sure to order the sangria; it’s some of the best I’ve had in the Upstate!

Lazy Goat Opera Cake
The Lazy Goat

Papi’s Tacos
Located along the Reedy River, Papi’s Tacos is a perfect spot for antsy kids who want to run around while everyone eats. The kid-friendly menu is portable, and this spot also serves up Gelato! So you can eat your al pastor tacos while the kids enjoy a walking taco and sit on the rocks to watch the ducks.

Up On The Roof
The eclectic menu at Up On The Roof offers couples the choice of sharing or ordering an entree. The options include Asian, Cajun, Tex-Mex, and American-inspired dishes. Handcrafted cocktails, and an unrivaled view of the city at night, make this a perfect spot to plan a date night.

Between the Trees
Located in Camperdown Plaza, this restaurant is bustling with life, has great views of the Peace Center and Downtown, and serves modern lodge cuisine.

Other Nearby Options:
Grill Marks | Halls Chophouse | Passerelle Bistro | Tropical Grille | Limoncello | Jianna | Soby’s New South Cuisine | The Nose Dive | Pomegranate On Main | Juniper

Restaurants Near SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, and Hyatt Place in Downtown Greenville

Oak & Honey
Located inside the Marriott-owned Residence Inn and SpringHill Suites building, Oak & Honey isn’t your typical hotel lounge. However, locals head to this spot to grab a meal and a delicious cocktail, and you will want to check it out no matter what hotel you happen to be staying at.

Greektown Grille
Grab a Gyro and head back to your hotel, the park, or wherever you need to be. Most Greek food travels well. The Greektown Grill has convenient streetside parking, so you won’t have to pay to grab your meal!

Jamaica Mi Irie
You can grab a Jamaican Beef Patty and eat lunch as you stroll down Main Street, or grab some jerk chicken with rice and beans to make all the folks back at home jealous!

Sum Bar
This dim sum bar in Downtown Greenville has rapidly grown over the last year, and offers a variety of dim sum, dumplings, ribs, and more.

Other Nearby Options:
Yee-Haw Brewing Co | Carolina Ale House Greenville | TakoSushi | Aryanna Afghani Cuisine | Grill Marks | Ink N Ivy | Abanico Tapas Restaurant

Restaurants Near Homewood Suites

Gather GVL
This food hall built from shipping containers is the perfect spot to head when everyone wants something different! The tenants here serve everything from Cuban food to Lobster Rolls, and you’d have to be a picky eater not to find at least one thing you can’t wait to try!

Maduros from Myami Bites in Greenville, SC
Gather GVL | Myami Bites

Urban Wren
This Greenville restaurant consistently gets rave reviews from locals! They garnered multiple “Best Of The Best” wins locally for the second year in a row. A farm-to-table style menu is more than just a gimmick at Urban Wren. Executive Chef Taylor Montgomery heads home to a farm of his own every night tucked away in Western North Carolina.

Other Nearby Options:
Otto Izakaya | Mac’s Speed Shop | Viva Villa | Brick Street Cafe | Bex Café & Juice Bar | Le Petit Croissant

What’s your favorite restaurant in downtown Greenville?

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