American Grocery Restaurant
American Grocery Restaurant

American Grocery Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.americangr.com/
  • Phone: 8642327665x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner : Tuesday - Thursday: Bar 5:00 pm - until; Dinner 6:00 pm - until
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Joe Clarke
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: American Grocery Restaurant offers private dinners in our intimate private dining room designed specifically for smaller business or personal affairs. Our private dining room will accommodate up to twelve comfortably with a variety of menu options we will tailor to your preferences. Additionally, our entire facility is available for buyout to accommodate larger events.
  • Private Party Contact: Joe Clarke 864-363-2862x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: O'Neal St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking is available on the north side of the building in a public city parking lot and on the street.
A word from American Grocery Restaurant
Located in Greenville's Historic West End...American Grocery Restaurant serves refined American Seasonal Cuisine sourced from local and regional farms and artisan producers from within the United States. Chef Joe Clarke creates the daily menu based on the freshest ingredients he can procure from farmers by highlighting the bounty of the seasons. AGR's award-winning wine list, designed by Certified Sommelier Darlene Mann-Clarke, features small production boutique wines sure to elevate your dining experience. Come enjoy our warm craftsman-like dining room and let our knowledgeable staff take care of you.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
American Grocery Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
66 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (53)special occasion (43)romantic (33)notable wine list (30)neighborhood gem (25)hot spot (9)good for groups (6)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We visited American Grocery to celebrate our anniversary. The reviews we read before making our decision were very accurate. The service was wonderful, attentive but not intrusive. The food was either over the top or bland. The fried deviled egg is a must have. I am glad we had the American Grocery Experience but we will probably not return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a place I could afford
    Rosie
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Not a place I could afford to go every week, but the food was great. We both got the fried deviled egg. Delicious. The ribeye was cooked perfectly. We shared the cobbler for two and fought over the last bite. Friendly and helpful wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    GreatTime
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    This was my second time eating at American Grocery and it was just as excellent as before. The aspect that I love is that the menu changes. So every time that you dine, it can be a whole different experience. We had the cheese plate and the pork belly for the appetizer. Both were amazing! The entree's were a smaller portion than you would see at an average restaurant but after the appetizers, it wasn't necessary to have a huge entree. The service was outstanding. Our server was there when we needed him and left us to dine quietly- even the support staff was quick to replace silverware and to take plates. I would recommend American Grocery for a date night AND a weeknight meal. Don't miss this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality good and friendly service
    Flatstick
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Had a good business dinner. The atmosphere is comfortable and the food is excellent. Very friendly staff. My only concern is the good preparation seemed to take an extended amount of time. It was great but if you are in any sort of time constraint it may be difficult. I do recommend it regardless.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could match up against anywhere
    GreenvillianVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    The food, the menu, the ambiance could match up against any other restaurant in the Carolina's or Georgia. Always happy to see the place packed on a Friday night. Food was outstanding, the wine list complete and VERY reasonably priced. Owners Darlene and Joe know their stuff! Do yourself a favor and try this place out !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    dp3326
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    From the starting drinks to the dessert, absolutely excellent. Make sure you try one of their creative cocktails. The fried devil eggs as an appetizer were so good we ordered another one. Excellent entrees and dessert. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Farm to table
    Deliciousness
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    New to the upstate and have been looking for restaurants that identify their food sources and have cooperative arrangements with the local growers and farmers, etc. The good news is that the creations with those local products are exceptional at AGR! Incredible flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    Wendywitch
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Fabulous dining experience, attentive staff and an overall wonderful dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW!!!!
    highlandheavenVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Excellent food and preparation!! Top notch service!!! We had rabbit liver for the first time ever and it was to die for!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I thought the food quality
    Allen
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I thought the food quality equalled the complexity and diversity of both the menu and the wine list. The rabbit gnocci was the best I've ever eaten, anywhere. I've found that very few restaurants in the southeast can actually pull off "fresh" farm fresh dinners. This place is one of them. I will certainly be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday night
    Foodfanatic
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The food was amazing as usual but the service was slower than expected. We arrived early for our reservation but were sat about 30 minutes after our reservation time. Our server was very knowledgable when we got to see her but not as intimate of service as we were used to. I am well aware that Saturdays are stressful in the service industry but the restaurant seemed to be slightly under staffed. Never the less the food is amazing and we will continue to be patrons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Problems
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Our third time visiting, but it was a real discouragement, and we won't be back. We were early for our reservation but ultimately seated late, it was hard to get the attention of servers, our entrees arrived cool, only after prompting and two hours after our initial order. A patron next to us was overserved and actually passed out at her table - her husband clapping and hooting to wake her up went unseen or unaddressed by the staff. I like their creative, locally-sourced options, think their bartender is a cranky creative genius, but this meal created drama in all the wrong ways. Wish it were different, I wanted to be regulars.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Limited, Outstanding Vegan Options
    NewVegan
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Vegan options were limited but the meal was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our first visit
    Valentine
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We dined on Valentine's day. The food was great, but pricey. The menu was fixed due to the occasion. The restaurant is small and we had to wait at the bar, but didn't feel crowded. Don't know about the regular menu, but the special event's menu was very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cold and too cozy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We paid a lot for a valentine dinner out, we were placed in a veranda area where they had to place a heater. There were 5 couples sitting in one area and you were only about a foot from each couple on either side when we had planned a nice dinner together. Food was good and service excellent but not worth the $75 valentine dinner per person especially due to the unplanned group sitting. We had conversation with our neighbor and could hear their conversation and they could hear ours. Nice, but very tight quarters.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing date experience
    luvgreenville
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    AGR is our favorite place to dine in Greenville. The atmosphere, service, food and beverage selection are beyond amazing.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It is worth all the hype
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I've been living in Greenville for 4 years and heard amazing things about American Grocery and we finally tried. Yup- it is as good as everyone says. If you aren't a "foodie", the menu might seem a bit unaccessible but try something and you'll love it! The cheese plate was AMAZING! I had mussels- yummo and a delicious salad. The cocktails are fantastic as well. Go. You won't regret it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    MPURC3017
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    My rabbit entree was very good, not excellent, but enjoyable nonetheless. Everything else was super! The charcuterie starter, the red zin (County Line), sweet potato biscuits with bacon jam (!!!) and dessert (sticky toffee pudding cake) were outstanding. Love the ambiance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was delicious, but...
    DWWDVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious. But I always find the menu to be very limited, often with very strange and odd meats that I do not prefer to eat. So there is usually just 1 or 2 items on menu I am willing to order. BUT, those 1 or 2 items are delicious. So, if you are a picky eater, avoid here as the options are limited. The prices are also very expensive as compared to rest of the downtown area, so 2 people with drinks will easily reach $150-200 by end of night, so that also keeps me from going there often.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Food...too long a wait
    JimboVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    The tilefish , duck and sweetbreads were all delicious. We arrived 15 minutes early and were seated with an "early is better " from the hostess. The restaurant was aware we had an 8 o'clock show to make. Our entrees arrived at 7:30 and it was all we could do to get to the show...desserts weren't even an option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding & Eclectic
    1HappyDiner
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    This menu was very unique and everything was delicious! Appetizers of warm sweet potato and apple soup or the meatball were both amazing. The beef tongue is such a weird menu item but could easily be labeled shredded beef it was so tender and perfectly cooked. It was paired with a beef tenderloin which was equally yummy! Dessert was a decadent treat of toffee pudding cake or apple crisp, which is more of a fresh apple taste than overly caramelized. Both were just splendid. The dark ambiance was romantic. This is a great place for foodies and couples!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most satisfying
    TruffleFried
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Love that it supports and recognizes local farms. Spectacular menu of seasonal flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eh??
    MikeDeas
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    If it's a quiet romantic evening you're looking for, you may want to keep looking. A full house on a Friday or Saturday night will mean you're signing to your partner across the table from you. But if you're in for culinary excellence, it doesn't get much better in Greenville than this.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfectly balanced
    Swirl
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    We were so thankful to have tried American Grocery during Restaurant Week. I arrived first and perused the cocktail menu. I was pleased that though the options were diverse and appealing, one is encouraged to give the bartender a little guidance and a bespoke libation can be made. We ordered one of their signature items and a standard cocktail - both of which were wonderful. All I will say about everything we had throughout dinner was presented beautifully and composed thoughtfully. It is not often the vision and execution of a dish are so aligned. From texture to seasoning to spice it simply works. The service and ambiance set the stage so the food and company shine brightest...just as I had hoped!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner Did Not Disappoint
    Headforbeer
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    First visit to the restaurant, my wife's birthday dinner. We've just moved from the San Francisco Bay Area and are looking for comparable quality establishments... and found one. We enjoyed the Restaurant Week menu, gave us an opportunity to sample a good variety of the kitchen's offerings and every thing we ate, we would order again, especially the starter course mussels. We also liked that the special menu has smaller portions, we were comfortably sated by dinner's end but not stuffed! We've found that a big difference here (the South in general) is that portions are usually larger than we are accustomed to. But it all works, cause we share a lot and eat off the appetizer menu frequently as well. Their draft beer selection is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we had a wonderful dinner,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    we had a wonderful dinner, great food, relaxed setting, just right
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    What more can I say? IMO, American Grocery is serving the best food in town. Check it out for yourself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great in every way..food was
    Erickman
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Great in every way..food was wonderful as was the service. The wait staff was vert attentive. A complete dining experience. Cannot wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Food in Town
    Downtowner
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We have eaten here a handful of times, and have never been disappointed. It was slightly louder this last time we went because they were gracious enough to participate in restaurant week, and had killer deals. We enjoyed 3 courses for $30 and everything was tremendous. The beef duo was one of the entree options, and it was to die for. We also love the cocktail menu here - best in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good meal in close quarters
    Greenvillian
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Delicious meal. Tables are a little too close. You have to be careful what you're saying and how loud, so it's not the place to go to for an intimate dinner conversation. Maybe there's another way to arrange the tables? Can't put my finger on it but it was a tad uncomfortable...even though we've been to many restaurants in NYC where there was even less room, maybe their music was perfectly loud enough that you didn't hear the conversations next to you but could hear your own.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • currently best restaurant in Greenv
    traveldine
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    This is perhaps the fourth time we've been there; it was a quiet Tuesday since we were avoiding the restaurant week craziness. The food is beautifully prepared and always interesting. I think they could work on the physical setting some: the bar is nice enough but many tables give you a view of the doors to the kitchen (no screen) and while sitting by the window is much nicer, it was incredibly cold. I knew they did wonderful things with meat, but was impressed by both desserts we had this time. The chocolate meringue tart was especially nice. This time I had beef tongue and it was wonderful. My husband said his trout was far better than the last he'd had at Deveraux's. You won't find a better restaurant in Greenville right now.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pure Amazing
    Pitmaster
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    There isn't many restaurants in South Carolina that are even on the same level. If you're a foodie, love good wine or just want a great dinner experience this is the place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful Evening
    outandabout
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We celebrated New Year's Eve at American Grocery with some friends, and it couldn't have been more delightful. The menu was four courses prix fix with varied selections. There were plenty of options to please every palate, and each dish was perfectly prepared. Our service was wonderful, as well. We believe that American Grocery is one of the top restaurants in Greenville (maybe even #1), and look forward to dining with them again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A tremendous additon to Greenville'
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    A tremendous additon to Greenville's downtown dining, and an admirable example of the farm-to-table movement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Nini
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    When you want to eat different and locals products this is the place . The service is very good and they take good care of you ! I love this place !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Noch Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Very interesting items on the menu, and well prepared. Well stocked bar, and creative drinks. All their food is locally produced and of high quality. The restaurant has attractive decor, but is relatively small, and the tables fairly close together. The service is excellent. Overall, a very enjoyable evening for us. I would highly recommend this for those who appreciate creative, well prepared food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    The 4 course mail was amazing. The best I have had in Greenville. The time between courses could have been faster.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Mediocre Service
    ASW543
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Through other reviews as well as my own experience, the food and cocktails are second to none in Greenville. Likewise, the running theme of less than average service for a restaurant of this caliber coincides with other reviews I have read. Service can best be described as "indifferent" to the patron as to whether you enjoy your dining experience or not. I wouldn't rate it as poor necessarily, but I have definitely had better service at chain restaurants. I hope the staff reads these reviews and is motivated to change their attitudes toward service. I would frequent the restaurant more if they did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner with visiting family
    Nathan
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    This is a favorite of mine - we brought our (tasteful and discerning) family for a post-Christmas dinner and were not disappointed. Service was excellent, for a non-english-speaking party of 6 it was seamlessly handled, each course served quickly and with great presentation. Great wine recommendation from the server, and a couple of excellent digestif suggestions as well. Overall the food was fantastic, with the sweet potato soup, winter vegetable salad, and braised beef tongue being standouts. The salt crusted ribeye was excellent (and a nice presentation of the uncooked steak), but if you are eating here there are other things to try that are really more unique.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cocktails and cuisine
    roadfoodies
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    We've enjoyed eating here on our trips through Greenville. Romantic, excellent food and a novel cocktail menu will keep us coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.