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Satisfy Your Culinary Cravings in Seneca

Marie McAden Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.
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With its revitalized Ram Cat Alley and charming historic buildings, Seneca has developed a vibrant dining scene befitting a much larger city. Sophisticated eateries like Vangeli’s, Beyond the Bull, Bonaterra and 313 Cafe offer elevated cuisine inspired by an abundant selection of high-quality local ingredients.

You’ll also find casual places to chow down on hot dogs, barbecue and pizza, and cozy coffee shops and fun breweries. Check out some of these favorites on your next visit:

Vangeli’s Bistro – Fresh and local are the calling cards of this fine dining establishment located in the Ram Cat Alley district. The menu changes constantly with the best seasonal offerings and includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Beyond the Bull – Chef Angela Bell has created an “eat smart” menu with no refined grains or added sugar and game as its protein centerpiece. While the atmosphere is casual and its dishes disposable, the restaurant offers creative and fine dining choices like sea scallop ceviche, Texas quail and Australian grass-fed lamb.

313 Cafe – By day, this local favorite offers an inviting place to linger over locally roasted coffee and just-baked breads. Return at night to enjoy a menu of upscale casual fare, cocktails, craft beer and select wines. Most weekends you’ll be treated to live entertainment featuring local musicians.

Bonaterra – This Latin-inspired grill takes a new twist on old favorites like a spicy burger topped with fresh guacamole, jalapeños and pepper jack cheese and a tuna steak featuring a signature chimichurri sauce and quinoa blend.

Lighthouse at Lake Keowee – Enjoy lunch or dinner with a view at this popular restaurant overlooking Lake Keowee. The main level features casual fireside dining; the second floor is more upscale with panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains from every table. There’s also outdoor seating on the porch and decks. Entrees include hand-cut steaks, pasta, seafood, pork and chicken dishes.

Baker’s Dogs – Dig into the delicious dogs—and homemade potato chips—at this affordable and friendly hot dog joint. With 26 topping options, you’re sure to please everyone in your crew.

Little Pig’s BBQ – Cooked on-site daily, the hickory-smoked offerings include pulled pork and ribs with lots of classic sides like sweet potato crunch, hush puppies and baked beans.

Black’s Smokehouse –The ‘que here starts with local farm-raised organic meats slow-smoked over hardwoods to give it the Southern-style flavor everyone loves. Choose from sliced brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, St. Louis ribs or wings.

BREWS on the Alley – This is a craft beer and espresso bar with 20 rotating craft beers on draft, an entire wall of can and bottle beer, and a coffee station serving pastries, lattes, frappes, teas, smoothies and more.

The Spot on the Alley – Looking for a sports bar to watch your favorite team? This popular spot would be a good choice. Along with big-screen TVs, they offer pool tables, video games, trivia, BINGO and other special events. The menu features sandwiches, quesadillas, nachos and turkey burgers.

Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.