When it comes to finding a place for a romantic date, Greenville has plenty of great restaurants from which to choose. From Southeast Asian and Japanese cuisine to traditional Persian, sun-kissed Mediterranean, and contemporary New American fare, Greenville has a spot for special occasions. Head to the Augusta Grill for perfectly grilled steaks and ribs; savor locally sourced Southern cuisine at Husk Restaurant; take a culinary journey to France with chef-inspired French fare at the Passerelle Bistro; or taste the smack of the sea with ocean-fresh seafood from Ricks Erwin's Nantucket Seafood or Rick Erwin's West End Grille.
© Augusta Grill
The Augusta Grill is a classic steakhouse and grill that serves sophisticated comfort food in an elegant yet comfortable setting. Established in 1993, the restaurant offers a menu of creative dishes from melon and prosciutto appetizers and seasonally inspired heirloom tomato salads to beloved classics like the perfectly prepared filet mignons and famous crab cakes. Freshly prepared desserts of sweet and savory are prepared daily, and the cuisine is accompanied by an extensive wine list of selections from local and international winemakers, ranging from emerging vineyards to beloved classics. Augusta Grill serves dinner only Tuesdays through Saturdays.
1818 Augusta St, Greenville, SC 29605, Phone: 864-242-0316
© City Range
Located in The Gallery, City Range is a friendly, neighborhood restaurant that offers a rustic dining experience with a menu of prime steaks, ribs and chicken dishes, fresh seafood and fish, handmade pasta and other Italian plates, fresh salads and sides, and desserts. The full-service bar has an extensive list of casual wines from around the world, craft beers and ales, and classic cocktails, along with soft drinks and other libations. Signature entrées include Bourbon Pecan Chicken in a bourbon cream sauce; Blue Crab Cake with Meyer lemon aioli; Smothered Beef Tenderloin with garlic mashed potatoes; Grilled Salmon Mojito with rum-laced mojito beurre blanc; and Bar None Prime Rib served with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. City Range is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
615 Haywood Rd, Greenville, SC 29607, Phone: 864-286-9018
Located in McDaniel Village, Davani's is a warm, relaxed restaurant that serves classic Italian and French food in a cozy, welcoming environment. The family-friendly restaurant offers an inventive menu of classic dishes including prime steaks, chops and ribs, fresh seafood and fish, pasta and Italian specialties, freshly prepared salads and sides, and mouthwatering desserts. The restaurant walls are lined with wine racks showcasing a wide selection of wines from around the world, ranging from casual, easy-drinking labels to rare vintages. Davani's also offers private dining facilities with an intimate dining area for up to 24 guests and the entire restaurant can be rented for special occasions such as receptions, anniversaries and other celebrations.
1922 Augusta St #111A, Greenville, SC 29605, Phone: 864-373-9013
© Halls Chophouse
Halls Chophouse is the perfect place to go for a romantic date night. Boasting a stunning location with a two-story glass wall overlooking the Reedy River and Downtown Greenville, the family steakhouse and iconic Charleston institution serves a menu of contemporary New American cuisine and fine wines from around the world in an elegant, stylish setting. Tuck into prime 28-day dry aged steaks, grass-fed or Japanese Wagyu filets, or other meat and seafood dishes of bison, duck, lamb, or locally raised trout along with fresh salads, traditional sides and decadent desserts. The refined old-school eatery hosts classic jazz on select evenings and live music every night, as well as soulful sounds during their renowned Gospel Sunday Brunch. Private dining is available in three intimate rooms with set menus for large groups celebrating special occasions. Halls Chophouse is open for dinner Monday through Sunday and brunch and dinner on the weekends.
434 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, Phone: 843-727-0090
© Husk Restaurant
Located in a beautifully restored Victorian-era home in the historic West End district of downtown Greenville, Husk Restaurant serves an ever-changing menu of locally sourced Southern dishes from the bounty of South Carolina upcountry. Helmed by Executive Chef and South Carolina native, Jon Buck, the menu showcases ingredient-driven cuisine prepared using seasonally available heirloom products sourced from local purveyors. The restaurant has a warm and welcoming ambiance with a historic, early 20th-century storefront and a rustic wall of firewood to fuel the wood-fired oven in the open kitchen. A large chalkboard lists the artisanal products currently provisioning the kitchen and the signature dishes of the day such as Sassafras Glazed Pork Ribs with Pickled Peaches and Rabbit-Pimento Loaf with Husk Mustard, Pickles, and Rice Bread. Husk Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, and brunch on Sundays.
76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-577-2500
Nestled in the heart of downtown Greenville, Jianna takes diners on a journey to Italy with a bustling open kitchen and a menu of classic Italian cuisine. Exuding the traditions of a modern Italian Osteria, the restaurant boasts an unpretentious and approachable style and uses only the freshest and highest quality seasonal ingredients from regional farmers, artisans, and friends. The menu features dishes with an innovative twist such as house-made pasta such as Casarecce or Tonnarelli and Italian favorites like Char-Grilled Octopus, Burratta, Potato Gnocchi, and an array of fresh seafood. The restaurant’s 40-foot signature bar offers an extensive list of libations ranging from signature cocktails to fine wines from around the world. Jianna is open for dinner only Tuesday through Sunday, and brunch, lunch and dinner on Saturdays and Sundays.
600 S Main St #2, Greenville, SC 29601, Phone: 864-720-2200
7.Larkin’s on the River
© Larkin’s on the River
Located on the banks of the Reedy River in a historic pre-civil war building with exposed brick walls and open ceilings, Larkin’s on the River is an award-winning restaurant owned and managed by Mark and Larkin Hammond. Teaming up with Executive Director of Cuisine Alex Castro, the once old steakhouse became one of Greenville’s premier dining destinations, famed for their premium cut steaks, super-fresh seafood, fine boutique wines, and outstanding service. The restaurant boasts a casual ambiance and stylish décor and warm lighting, and the impressive wine list features a selection of local and internationally renowned labels as a perfect accompaniment to any dish on the menu. Larkin’s on the River serves lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and a laid-back Sunday brunch.
318 S. Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601, Phone: 864-467-9777
Lemongrass Restaurant is an elegant Thai eatery with locations in Greenville and Winterville that offers an unforgettable Asian dining experience. Boasting an indoor water fountain and a serene ambiance, the restaurant serves a variety of Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine, as well as freshly prepared sushi. Signature dishes include classics like Pad Thai, Chicken Satay, Crispy Roast Duck, and Spicy Fish, as well as Chef’s Specials like Seafood in Bean Sauce, Duck Cho-chee, Lemon Chicken, and Eggplant Siam Style. Lemongrass Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week
705 W Fire Tower Rd, Winterville, NC 28590, Phone: 252-758-7878
9.Northampton Wine Cafe
© Northampton Wine Café
The Northampton Wine Café is a quiet, low key restaurant that is perfect for a date night with delicious culinary offerings like lamb shank and grilled quail accompanied by an excellent selection of global wines from the wine shop. Diners can order a bottle from the restaurant’s wine shop or enjoy a recommended wine pairing with each dish, which includes signature plates like the Black Angus Filet Mignon with Caramelized Shallots; Massachusetts Scallops with Apple-Radish Slaw; and Faroe Island Salmon with Herbed Risotto. Private dining is offered, as well as wine tastings with small bar bites for those guests that want to savor the restaurant’s collection of fine wines. The Northampton Wine Café is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
211 E Broad St, Greenville, SC 29601, Phone: 864-271-3919
© Passerelle Bistro
Passerelle Bistro is a casual French-style bistro located at the base of the Liberty Bridge in the heart of Falls Park. The inviting eatery serves a menu of chef-inspired French fare with a local twist created by Chef Teryi, whose innovative takes on traditional dishes like ratatouille (served as a brie cheese and crab béchamel omelet) bring diners back again and again. Dine inside the bistro whose cozy interiors are intimate and warm, alfresco-style on the patio overlooking the Falls, or in the ‘culinary front row’ at the chef's bar, where you can watch the cuisine being expertly prepared. Passerelle Bistro serves lunch Monday-Friday, dinner Monday – Sunday and brunch on Saturday and Sundays.
601 South Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601, Phone: 864-509-0142
11.Pomegranate on Main
© Pomegranate on Main
Pomegranate on Main is a bistro-style eatery that serves traditional Persian cuisine in an open dining room accented by classic Persian touches and an inviting atmosphere. Walls are adorned with one-of-a-kind pieces of Iranian artwork by local artists, and a climate controlled outdoor patio with a pergola provides a delightful outdoor dining experience. The menu features subtle, yet flavorful Persian cuisine with dishes like Fesenjan Stew, Saffron Chicken Kabob, Mirza Ghasemi, Kashk Bademjan, and Mast Mousir. The charming, brick-walled bistro is a friendly, neighborhood eatery that provides locals with an authentic Persian experience and is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
618 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601, Phone: 864-241-3012
12.Portofino's Italian Restaurant
© Portofino's Italian Restaurant
Located in Haywood Plaza, Portofino's Italian Restaurant is an Italian restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisine in a warm and welcoming, family-friendly setting. The restaurant features casual décor with wooden tables and chairs, stained glass window detailing, and a full-service bar that offers a variety of casual wines, craft beers, and imported spirits. The menu boasts classic Italian dishes like plates of antipasto, charcuterie and cheeses, handmade pasta and wood-fired pizza with an array of toppings, and meat and seafood dishes. In true Italian style, decadent desserts are part and parcel of the menu and include tiramisu, cannelloni, and spumoni, and the cuisine is accompanied by global wines from Italy and around the world. Portofino's Italian Restaurant is open for dinner, Monday through Saturday.
30 Orchard Park Dr #22, Greenville, SC 29615, Phone: 864-627-7706
13.Rick Erwin's West End Grille
© Rick Erwin's West End Grille
Rick Erwin's West End Grill is a nationally acclaimed brick-walled steakhouse that serves prime steak and fresh seafood dishes along with an extensive selection of wine. Located on Main Street in the Historic West End of Greenville, Rick Erwin's successful upstate restaurant has long been a dining destination for locals and travellers alike and is renowned for its nationally acclaimed meats and ocean-fresh seafood such as Atlantic lobster tail, Chilean sea bass, jumbo sea scallops, and fresh market catch of the day. Ideal for a romantic date for two with elegant décor and soft lighting, Rick Erwin's West End Grill also offers private dining for special occasions and larger groups. The restaurant is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
648 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601, Phone: 864-479-8983
14.Ricks Erwin's Nantucket Seafood
© Ricks Erwin's Nantucket Seafood
Located across from the Peace Center for Performing Arts in the heart of downtown Greenville, Ricks Erwin's Nantucket Seafood is one of culinary guru Ricks Erwin’s seafood restaurants that offers an unforgettable dining experience. Featuring elegant décor in natural earthy tones, rich walnut-stained wood accents and soft, ambiance lighting, the eatery is intimate and engaging and offers a menu match with signature seasonal dishes of The Company Crab Cake, Live Maine Lobster Thermidor, Pan Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops, Grilled North Atlantic Salmon, and Low Country Shrimp and Grits. Long, panoramic windows boast beautiful views of the Village Green, and a charming courtyard patio with a towering stone waterfall is perfect for an intimate dinner for two. Ricks Erwin's Nantucket Seafood is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
40 W Broad St, Greenville, SC 29601, Phone: 864-546-3535
© Ristorante Bergamo
Named for the Piedmont city in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy, Ristorante Bergamo has been serving traditional northern Italian fare for over 30 years. Chef-owner and native Bergamasco Nello Gioia serves a menu of classic Northern Italian cuisine with modern interpretation using fresh locally sourced produce, homegrown organic herbs, authentic Italian ingredients, prime, grass-fed meats, and fresh seafood. Signature dishes include grilled Maine lobster tails, seared veal livers with Spanish onions, and sautéed line fish, and the cuisine is accompanied a list of fine wines from Italy and around the world, craft beers and handcrafted cocktails.
100 N Main St, Greenville, SC 29601, Phone: 864-271-8667
16.Saskatoon Steaks Fish Wild Game
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Saskatoon: Steaks Fish and Wild Game is a mountain lodge-style restaurant that serves prime steaks, fresh local fish and wild game in a refined atmosphere. Offering diners a warm and welcoming escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city, Saskatoon: Steaks Fish and Wild Game presents a menu featuring traditional prime rib and filet mignon, fresh clear river rainbow trout, cold-water salmon, wild game like elk, bear and pheasant, along with unusual dishes such as elk loin, antelope, or a chef's selection of three wild game cuts in a wild mushroom cream sauce. The cuisine is accompanied by a range of fine wines, beers and ales, and unique cocktails. Saskatoon: Steaks Fish and Wild Game is open for dinner, seven nights a week.
681 Halton Rd, Greenville, SC 29607, Phone: 864-297-7244
17.Sassafras Southern Bistro
© Sassafras Southern Bistro
Sassafras Southern Bistro is a warm and welcoming eatery that serves Southern fare with nightly specials, a full-service bar, and charming outdoor seating. One of downtown Greenville’s decades-old restaurants, the casual neighborhood bistro features newly renovated flooring, soft lighting and comfortable décor that creates an inviting ambiance. An outside patio has new lighting, comfortable tables and chairs, and fresh flowers, making a cozy and intimate spot for a quiet dinner for two. Sassafras Southern Bistro has three different spaces for private events and functions, and the full-service bar presents an extensive list of drinks from casual wines, craft beers and ales on tap, signature cocktails, and spirits. Sassafras Southern Bistro is open for dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.
103 N Main St #107, Greenville, SC 29601, Phone: 864-235-5670
© Schwaben House
Schwaben House is a family-run German eatery with contemporary décor that serves a variety of German and European cuisine such as wiener schnitzel. The restaurant features sleek interiors with tasteful décor and furnishings, and Old-World elements in wood and copper accents and a full-service bar presents an ample selection of imported German beers as well as a variety of specialty wines and signature cocktails. Owner of Schwaben House, Annette Heilmann-Ferro, serves an elevated mix of seasonally inspired dishes such as Maultaschen, fladle soup, grilled cobia, jaeger schnitzel, mustard-encrusted rack of lamb, poached herbed veal tenderloin, and crispy potato cake called rosti. Seasonal desserts include creamy fresh goat cheese with an organic berry compote and warm poached pears in red wine with cinnamon ice cream. Schwaben House is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Friday and dinner only on Saturdays.
1810 Laurens Rd, Greenville, SC 29607, Phone: 864-329-8681
19.Soby’s New South Cuisine
© Soby’s New South Cuisine
Soby’s New South Cuisine is a quintessential dining spot with a rich history and rustic charm that offers a menu of southern-inspired cuisine with a focus on locally grown, seasonal ingredients. Established over 20 years ago, Soby’s serves classic regional dishes with a modern twist which are prepared and presented with passion and flair. The iconic and beloved restaurant boasts a casually elegant ambiance in which guest can relax over great food and good wine from Soby’s award-winning wine program, which showcases thousands of expertly curated bottles from around the world. The restaurant’s expert sommelier team present guests with a distinctive list of vintages for a toast-worthy dinner or private celebrations.
207 South Main Street, Greenville SC 29601, Phone: 864-232-7007
© The Cazbah
There is something undeniably sensual about tapas-style dining. When done well, each plate comes out on its own, and a couple will take their bites simultaneously, thus perfectly enjoying the experience together. The subtle grunts of satisfaction are not inappropriate as good food is supposed to elicit such primal reactions, especially on date night. Just to take things to the next level, the amount of sexual innuendo on the menu itself ranges from nuanced to blatantly obvious and will entertain those inclined to such humor. Just make sure you order the Lobster Cigars and spring for a couple extra as the menu invites you to do (I have yet to meet the person that can just eat one).
16 McBee Avenue, Greenville, SC 29601, Phone: 864-241-9909
21.The Lazy Goat
© The Lazy Goat
Located in Hampton Inn & Suites, The Lazy Goat is a Mediterranean-themed restaurant in Greenville’s West End that offers a menu featuring global influences from a variety of European countries from Spain to Italy and the Middle East. Taking pride in providing a social dining experience where diners take their time oversharing great food and stories, The Lazy Goat offers a menu of delicious small and sharing that are made from scratch using fresh locally sourced ingredients, cured charcuterie and cheeses, and regionally grown herbs. An open kitchen allows diners to watch the expert chefs at work creating their food, which includes Herb Marinated Lamb Lollipops, Loupe de Mer sea bass, Seared Scallops, Angus Hanger Steak, and Lazy Paella packed with shrimp, mussels, clams, calamari, roasted chicken, and chorizo. The Lazy Goat is open for dinner, Monday through Sunday and lunch and dinner over the weekends.
170 Riverplace, Greenville, SC 29601, Phone: 864-679-5299
22.The Trappe Door
© The Trappe Door
The Trappe Door is a dimly lit, speakeasy-style basement spot with an old-world vibe offering traditional Belgian cuisine and an incredible Belgian beer menu with a wide range of ales and beers. The cozy, underground bar and eatery serve a menu of classic dishes such as Beer Battered Cod and five different types of Moules Frites to Belgian favorites like Boulets Liegeois (Belgian meatballs) and traditional Flemish Carbonades Flamandes stew. The cuisine is accompanied by no less than 14 beers on tap and a seemingly limitless selection of bottled beers that showcase the best of the Belgian brewing scene. The Trappe Door is open for dinner, seven days a week.
23 W Washington St, Greenville, SC 29601, Phone: 864-451-7490
© Trattoria Giorgio
Trattoria Giorgio is a fine Italian restaurant that has been serving the local community with authentic Italian cuisine since 1996. Based in an exposed brick building with large windows and comfortable outdoor seating in a beautiful garden courtyard, Trattoria Giorgio specializes in traditional Italian fare such as Spaghetti Bolognese and other pasta dishes, homemade pizza with a variety of toppings and cooked to perfection in a wood-fired oven, and exceptional meat and seafood dishes. Owner Giorgio Todisco prides himself on using only the freshest locally sourced and best authentic Italian ingredients where possible to create the mouthwatering dishes and desserts. Trattoria Giorgio is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Saturday.
121 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601, Phone: 864-271-9166
Tsunami is a modern Asian restaurant and sushi bar that serves a variety of Asian cuisine, Japanese hibachi and tempura entrée along with freshly prepared sushi and sashimi. Using only the freshest local ingredients and ocean-fresh seafood and fish, which is sliced to order and made into artful presentations, Tsunami serves a menu of Japanese tempura, pot stickers, tataki, hibachi, and other Asian dishes along with a selection of drinks, including sake. The restaurant offers an intimate and romantic space for couples wanting to celebrate a special occasion and a vibrant atmosphere in the sushi bar for those wanting a more energetic evening. Tsunami is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday, and dinner only on the weekends.
106 E North St, Greenville, SC 29601, Phone: 864-467-1055
25.UP on the Roof
© UP on the Roof
Boasting some of the most spectacular vistas in Greenville, UP on the Roof is a stylish rooftop hangout that serves modern American cuisine and craft cocktails against a backdrop of scenic views. The venue’s al fresco setting is perfect for a romantic date with huge floor-to-ceiling windows embracing spectacular vistas of the Reedy River and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The bistro-style eatery is renowned for their expertly prepared creative cocktails, unique wine selections and regionally brewed craft beers, as well as platters for sharing, bar snacks, and small plates, and luncheon entrées. UP on the Roof is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
250 Riverplace #800, Greenville, SC 29601, Phone: 864-242-4000
25 Best Romantic Restaurants in Greenville
- Augusta Grill, Photo: Augusta Grill
- City Range, Photo: City Range
- Davani's, Photo: gkrphoto/stock.adobe.com
- Halls Chophouse, Photo: Halls Chophouse
- Husk Restaurant, Photo: Husk Restaurant
- Jianna, Photo: Jianna
- Larkin’s on the River, Photo: Larkin’s on the River
- Lemongrass Restaurant, Photo: wolfmaster13/stock.adobe.com
- Northampton Wine Cafe, Photo: Northampton Wine Café
- Passerelle Bistro, Photo: Passerelle Bistro
- Pomegranate on Main, Photo: Pomegranate on Main
- Portofino's Italian Restaurant, Photo: Portofino's Italian Restaurant
- Rick Erwin's West End Grille, Photo: Rick Erwin's West End Grille
- Ricks Erwin's Nantucket Seafood, Photo: Ricks Erwin's Nantucket Seafood
- Ristorante Bergamo, Photo: Ristorante Bergamo
- Saskatoon Steaks Fish Wild Game, Photo: Drobot Dean/stock.adobe.com
- Sassafras Southern Bistro, Photo: Sassafras Southern Bistro
- Schwaben House, Photo: Schwaben House
- Soby’s New South Cuisine, Photo: Soby’s New South Cuisine
- The Cazbah, Photo: The Cazbah
- The Lazy Goat, Photo: The Lazy Goat
- The Trappe Door, Photo: The Trappe Door
- Trattoria Giorgio, Photo: Trattoria Giorgio
- Tsunami, Photo: Tsunami
- UP on the Roof, Photo: UP on the Roof
- Cover Photo: Rawpixel.com/stock.adobe.com