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. 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.

This is a list of restaurants in the Downtown Greenville area, sorted by meals and occasions. Plus, a list of restaurants along Main Street in downtown.

Downtown GVL restaurants

This article includes:
Dinner in Greenville
Lunch in Greenville
Breakfast in Greenville
Dessert in Greenville
Restaurants on Main Street
Romantic Restaurants in Downtown Greenville
Best for Kids
Restaurants for Business
Budget-Friendly Restaurants in Downtown Greenville
Take Out in Downtown Greenville

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 and the wagyu beef corndogs come highly recommended by readers!

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

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.

Melanie 2021

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!

Melanie 2019

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 - mimosa

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

Top Breakfast Restaurants in Greenville, SC

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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.

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.

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.

Melanie 2021

Best 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

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

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!

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


Sabor Latin Street Grill
This Hispanic food restaurant has several different South and Central American cuisines on the menu! With daily specials, including a kids-eat-free day, eating here can stay under budget!

Melanie 2019

Pizza restaurants are often pretty budget-friendly, too, so try these Best Places For Pizza In Greenville.

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!

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!


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About the Author
Melanie is a native New Yorker, who landed in the Upstate by way of Florida. She is the mom of two awesome kids, and the three of them love going on adventures!

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