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Coal Fired Bistro and Wine Bar
Coal Fired Bistro and Wine Bar

Coal Fired Bistro and Wine Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.coalfiredbistro.com
  • Email: rushtons@coalfiredbistro.com
  • Phone: (864) 329-0400
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Steak, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Gerard Cribbin
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highway 14
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Coal Fired Bistro and Wine Bar
Coal Fired Bistro takes Italian cuisine to the next level by embracing the tradition of using fresh, local ingredients to create an inspired and elegant dining experience. The menu offers pasta dishes as well as steaks, seafood and veal. Coal Fired Bistro features an extensive wine list, craft and Italian beers, unique cocktails and the only Italian wine dispensing system in the Upstate. Taste the essence of Italy and feel transported.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "An excellent choice for dining. Food was delicious. Service was great. The restaurant was floundering for a while with the change of ownership but seems to have hit its stride with a viable menu."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "My husband and I heard that CFB had a new chef so we tried the restaurant again though it had never been a favorite from an ambiance standpoint. The service was attentive and courteous although somewhat inexperienced and therefore a little stiff. I followed the server's recommendation and ordered a lobster pasta dish that was swimming in sauce. The lobster was fresh and plentiful and the sauce was tasty, but I had to drain each bite. My husband ordered a ribeye, that while adequately cooked, was also drowning in a quite salty sauce. Doubt we'll go back."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We were disappointed in the food. Having been to the restaurant several times before, we felt the food was not nearly as good as it was in previous visits. The amount of wine served was too little for the price and the food just mediocre. We will not be back. The only thing good about it was our server, who did a fine job."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We used to really enjoy Coal Fired, but the last few visits have been much less than what we paid for. We probably won't go back!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The new Chef has made a big difference for the restaurant."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The Gulf Black Group was outstanding. Prepared broiled it sliced like I was cutting through butter! It was accompanied by risotto and one of my least favorites, brussel sprouts. But the way it was prepared I found myself licking the plate clean. Cannot wait to go back, a true neighborhood gem!!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Nice staff, Tracy very pleasant. Comfortable seats. Nice wine list. Food pretty good. Overall solid"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Coal Fired offers the fine dining experience of yesteryear. From the time you are seated at the beautiful table, you are showered with attention and care. The food is mesmerizing. I recommend the light and flaky calamari to start. Dinner is a hard choice. Linguine Cardinale (with rose lobster sauce and spinach). Think Lobster Bisque and POW! The Scallops in sherry cream sauce with mushroom risotto was rich and savory, cooked to perfection. The Veal Saltimbocca was perfection. The wine selection is divine. Be sure to get a card from the bar and try out the Enomatic wine machines or try the smokey martini for a pairing with one of their delicate desserts. Perfect for romantic evening, business meeting, or a girls night out."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "So happy to see Gerard's menu. Yum. We had a wonderful meal. Morgan and William were wonderful. Very attentive. Cannot wait to return."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I went here not knowing that the management and chef had changed. This is not the same place anymore."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "I was disappointed that the menu was cut down for Valentine's Day, since the full menu looked so good. We had an excellent waiter who was really patient with us. The soup was excellent, & both of our entrees were delicious. Great find, and we're looking forward to going back with the full menu."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We went for our anniversary as we have for three years. This year when we were seated we were handed a special "Valentine's Day" menu. It was not Valentine's Day, it was the day after. We asked if we could order off the regular menu and were told "no its going to be busy tonight so we have limited selections to keep things flowing in the kitchen". It was an extremely limited menu. We settled on our entrees, the food was delivered, it was okay but nothing we couldn't have got elsewhere. No special memories this time. We will probably look for another "special place"."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My wife and I had a great time. The food was delicious and service was superb!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Since VD fell on a Friday this year, we decided to venture out and eat at one of our favorite places.Unfortunately the masses did as well; restaurant interested in doing as much business as possible .Night started off poorly at the desk; rude host.A couple that wasn't reserved until 7:30 showed at 7 (right in front of us), and was given our table in the main dining room.We then were seated in the secondary dining area. The seating arrangement felt like a cafeteria. As many two top and four top tables that could fit were packed into this space.Service was slow and kitchen slower.Shame on us for thinking this was a good night to go out, but shame on CFB for turning the night into a money maker rather than an enjoyable evening for its guests"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Service was good until a 12 person table came into our dining room. Our server was responsible for our table and that table and our service suffered."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We dined at Coal based on the feedback of other OpenTable reviewers, and were not disappointed! Though they didn't have the full menu up because it was Valentine's Day weekend, they had an exceptional Valentine's menu. I ordered salmon and my boyfriend ordered grouper and they were excellent. They were cooked perfectly and the sides that accompanied them were an delicious compliment. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We'd been to Coal Fired several times over the years. Our previous experiences had always been favorable. Our table was ready when we arrived even a little early. Nice location. Then our waitress approached us and introduced herself and that's when it started going downhill. She talked too much, didn't understand the menu, forgot our drinks, had to come back to the table to ask, took forever and just generally left us not wanting to ever come back. The carpaccio and veal were delightful, the ambience almost perfect, but my wife had to send her sopping wet salad back because... it was sopping wet. If had been her first night or even week, we'd have understood. Alas, 'twas not. So sorry. We'll not be back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our fourth visit was as good as the first. Looks as if we are about to qualify as regulars. Pastas are, without qualification, the best in the upstate."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The food was outstanding! The ONLY negative was the very slow service. As people were being seated, the host apologized up front for the slow service. Not sure why there was a problem; however, the food was definitely worth the wait."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I dined while on a business trip during a winter storm that brought the area to a standstill. Lucky for me, Coal-Fired Bistro was open. I ate at the bar and was well tended to by Jack, I enjoyed my Golden Tile-Fish with lemon caper sauce along with a pleasant glass of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. All were lovely and service was attentive and friendly. I rerturned the next evening and was greeted by name by both the host and Jack the bartender. This evening I went for the duck and it was outstanding - doner perfectly. I will return the next time I'm in Greenville!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "I've been here a few times on business. Great bar, great food, great staff. Always a winner."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Maitre' De and Server where exceptional. Mgr greeted us during dining. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "We were somewhat disappointed in our experience here. We had been here two times before and really liked the restaurant. However, several changes to the menu combined with a very loud music combo really detracted from our previous high quality expereinces. They have stopped offering tap beers such as Smithwick's and Moretti's as well as the antipasta appetizer. Our server was very busy although the restaurant wasn't overly crowded. The food was average unfortunately. We had the mussels appetizer which were good. I had the ribeye steak which was excessively fatty and the tiramisu desert just wasn't all that good. On top of that the loudness of the music combo made conversation very difficult. Most likely we will not return"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We appreciate the food quality and the ambiance for the romantic dinner. Except, almost 3/4 hour between the cocktail and the course... We liked the decoration and music Jazz during the dinner. Very nice service!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Great place to take business associates, a favorite date, a friend you want to impress or for any special occasion. I went there for a late evening dinner on New Years Eve and was very impressed. The food was wonderful, the wait staff was well trained and professional and the ambiance was plush and romantic. It will be my first choice on Valentines Day and on any other occasion that I feel like being pampered. A romantic evening should begin or end here."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Seated immediately. Service was excellent with very knowledgeable waiters. Lighting could have been a little higher, as it was difficult to read the menu at our table. Mussel appetiser was fantastic. Entrees were excellent and the right amount. Excellent Italian wine at the right temperature and properly decanted. Ambience would be improved with less TVs or just shut them off. Overall, an excellent dining experience."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Coal Fired is one of my favorite places to eat in the Greenville area without having to drive into downtown Greenville. It is a must. :)"
    Dined on 6/14/2013
  • "As expected, Coal Fired Bistro's food was excellent - mussels respectively Caesar salad as appetizers, Atlantic salmon and Lobster Cardinale - all great tasting and eye pleasing. The ambiance would have gotten five stars from me had it not been too warm in the dining area. The service was very friendly and appeared professional - however they were not at their best form that night."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "All was good but service a little slow but forgivable for new years eve"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "A relaxing place close to home and out of the hustle of downtown or shopping center restaurant locations."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "The food that we were served tasted ok but it what we received was not the food on the menu. The live music was nice but way too loud. It would have been nice to hear Christmas music."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "This place has the best pasta dish and the wine bar was an excellent distraction and activity while my date and I were waiting for the main course. Perfect first date idea!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "This place was fabulous. Food and staff were both great and the atmosphere was perfect. Highly recommend this restaurant to anyone seeking a little romantic dinner."
    Dined on 2/15/2013
  • "Now that Chef Gerard has had his impact on the full menu, Coal Fired is probably the best overall choice for Italian in the Upstate. The pastas are great (try the carbonara for a nice treat); the veal is wonderful and his lobster franchaise merits being his signature dish. We have been here three times since Gerard joined Coal FIred and all the courses are excellently prepared and seemed to be getting better with each visit."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Great food and ambiance along with great food and wine selections."
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "With the addition of Chef Gerard Cribin, they are becoming one of Greenville's top restaurants! Great new menu, and fabulous entrees! Will become a regular for us."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "The staff was not only sufficient, but were attentive & friendly. The menu had a nice variety & the food was excellent."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "We are fans of this local Italian. They lost some of their following during the recession, but the food remained good. Now they are changing up the menu and Gerard has become the head chef. For those who do not know of Gerard, he previously was the chef at the downtown Greer restaurant of the same name. It was a great restaurant in the wrong place, but probably one of the best Italian places in the up-state. As expected, the food is solid Italian and American cuisine. Our group had the Polenta appetizer, which is fantastic, some good veal dishes and the halibut was great. THe pastas are excellent."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Gerard Cribin in the new chef, and he is doing GREAT things in the kitchen. New menu and new suppliers. He is now buying prime beef for example. Things will continue to get much better!"
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "CFB is our go-to restaurant for customer dinners and small/medium business gatherings. While I suspect we'll be back, our 14 October dinner meal was uncharacteristically off target. The seafood bisque was not hot, and the black grouper was not as fresh as an evening special should be. As always the ambiance and service were wonderful, yet this meal just didn’t meet expectations."
    Dined on 10/14/2013