The Midlands and Upstate Restaurants

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Midlands and Upstate - browse our top choices for Restaurants during your stay.

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  • 1. Husk

    $$$$ | Downtown | American

    This spinoff of the famous Charleston restaurant rivals the original in creativity and flavor, thanks to the skilled hand of Chef Jon Buck and...Read More

  • 2. Motor Supply Co. Bistro

    $$$$ | Vista | Eclectic

    The daily changing menu at this stalwart of the Columbia dining scene highlights the best of what local farmers and purveyors have to offer...Read More

  • 3. Soby's

    $$$$ | Downtown | American

    The palette of plums and golds is a stunning contrast to the original brick and wood that was uncovered during the renovation of this 19th-century...Read More

  • 4. The War Mouth

    $$ | Main Street Area | American

    Named after a freshwater sunfish and set in a former auto repair garage, this casual-cool joint serves up whole-hog barbecue from its wood-fired...Read More

  • 5. Augusta Grill

    $$$$ | American

    Wood paneling and modern art set the tone at this fine-dining stalwart, where the daily-changing menu (posted online) includes seafood like...Read More

  • 6. Hampton Street Vineyard

    $$$$ | Downtown | American

    This cozy bistro with upscale American fare is set inside one of the first buildings constructed in the city after Sherman's infamous march...Read More

  • 7. Jianna

    $$$ | Downtown | Italian

    Combining the best of Italy and coastal South Carolina, this downtown osteria serves house-made pastas and gnocchi, plus a selection of raw...Read More

  • 8. Linda's Bistro

    $$$$ | European

    In open, café-like surroundings, Chef Linda Rooney elevates traditional European favorites, turning out excellent mushroom-Gruyère tarts, risotto...Read More

  • 9. Little Pigs Barbecue

    $ | Northeast | American

    Enjoy the laid-back Southern atmosphere at this Carolina barbecue joint. Grab a plate, get in the buffet line, and load up on brisket, pulled...Read More

  • 10. Malia's

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    Locals love this busy contemporary restaurant, with dim lighting and dark decor that conveys a cool class. The menu changes monthly and may...Read More

  • 11. Mediterranean Tea Room

    $ | Shandon | Middle Eastern

    This friendly little restaurant serves Middle Eastern and Greek food, such as a marinated chicken breast that keeps people coming back. The...Read More

  • 12. Mill Pond Steakhouse

    $$$$ | Steakhouse

    It's all about steak here, and what steaks they are: aged for at least 35 days before they're cut, the filets, rib eyes, and strips are juicy...Read More

  • 13. Mr. Friendly's New Southern Cafe

    $$$ | Five Points | American

    Who knew that barbecue sauce could be the base for such tasty salad dressing or that pimento cheese could elevate a filet to near perfection...Read More

  • 14. New Moon Café

    $ | Café

    This funky café pairs Aiken's best coffee (the coffee beans are roasted right next door) with freshly baked muffins and sweet rolls, panini...Read More

  • 15. Sam Kendall's

    $$$$ | Steakhouse

    The exposed brick wall and high-back booths offer the perfect upscale backdrop for steak or seafood, including tuna sashimi and shrimp in garlic...Read More

  • 16. Stax Omega Diner

    $ | American

    This contemporary diner's menu features a little of everything, from bacon and eggs, burgers, and souvlaki to Greek-style chicken, shrimp, and...Read More

  • 17. The Gourmet Shop

    $ | Five Points | Café

    Mirrors and art adorn the walls at this French-inspired bakery and café serving coffee, sandwiches, soups, and cheese plates. Next door, the...Read More

  • 18. Two Chefs Cafe and Market

    $ | Deli

    Adjacent to a grab-and-go market, this café has a selection of homemade sandwiches and healthy entrée options like roasted-potato salad and...Read More

  • 19. Village Grill

    $$ | American

    This popular restaurant with pomegranate-color walls and high ceilings has the usual hamburgers and filets, but the reason many locals come...Read More

  • 20. Yoder's Dutch Kitchen

    $ | American

    The restaurant serving authentic Pennsylvania Dutch home cooking in an unassuming redbrick building has been featured on several TV shows. There...Read More

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