Greenville dining scene is red hot, giving Charleston a run for its money as the Palmetto state's top culinary destination. The city's booming downtown is home to so many terrific, innovative restaurants, all just a quick walk from the beautiful Falls Park. Other great spots are dotted around the city just waiting to be discovered.
What it's known for: Stop here for amped-up European pub dishes sprinkled with Southern touches. Lamb, mussels and, of course, fish and chips shine here. And absolutely leave room for dessert. You'll want to convince everyone at your table to order something different so you can try all of them.
What it's known for: This casual French bistro overlooking beautiful Falls Park is the perfect place for lunch or dinner with a view. Don't miss the chef's special mussels with saffron, escargot, chargrilled lamb T-bones and steak frites. Mondays bring a special family-style menu.
What it's known for: This beautiful restaurant turns out terrific Persian dishes. The menu gives you detailed explanations if you aren't familiar with this cuisine, complete with wine suggestions. You can't go wrong with the Tour of Persia sampler.
What it's known for: Soby's is the flagship for the Table 301 group, which you can thank for many of Greenville's visionary restaurants. The menu here is decidedly Southern with international influences. Some swear the fried chicken is the best in the state, and you can't go wrong with any of the shrimp or crab dishes. Don't skip over the inventive starter menu either.
What it's known for: Larkin's is the place in Greenville to celebrate a special occasion, whether it's over brunch, lunch or dinner. The classy menu boasts traditional steakhouse dishes and Southern standards. It's a beautiful space with an even more stunning view.
What it's known for: American Grocery sets the standard for local, farm-to-table dishes in the Upstate. The menu changes frequently and also offers a four-course prix fixe. If you want to taste the best of the region, this is your place.
What it's known for: This is a distinctive menu of locally sourced ingredients served up in both small plates and entrees. House made pastas, pizzas and paella headline here, as do the Greek and Italian appetizers.
What it's known for: The steaks demand attention here, and you can tell why with every bite. Delicious, caramelized cuts combined with great service in a dining room meant to evoke the 1940s. This place is a favorite.
What it's known for: You can choose between four different barbecue sauces to top your smoky 'cue in this spot by the river. Sides and appetizers are tasty and interesting. And it's a short walk to the falls.
What it's known for: Inventive, homemade Asian dishes are the standard here, with chef specials you won't want to miss. This is Asian comfort food at its finest. Be sure to check out the cocktails and dessert specials, too.
What it's known for: As if you can't tell by the name, you come here for the bacon (and the barbecue and smoked meat and other local Southern dishes.) The restaurant's cure room has a window so you can see what the chef is curing. Start with the pimento cheese jar (served with bacon jam) and consider the rabbit and waffles or barbecue sampler. You also can make a great meal out of the delicious sides.
What it's known for: The front of the pub was handcrafted in Ireland, lending authenticity to the ambiance. And what's on the menu? Fish and chips, bangers and mash, and Shepard's pie, of course. A real slice of Ireland in downtown Greenville.