Solstice Kitchen
Solstice Kitchen

Solstice Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.solsticekitchen.com/
  • Phone: (803) 788-6966
  • Hours of Operation:
    LUNCH HOURS - 11:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday - Friday
    BAR HOURS - 5:00pm-Until, Monday - Saturday
    KITCHEN HOURS - 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Monday - Thursday & 5:30pm - 10:30pm Friday & Saturday
    Thank you and we look forward to serving you!

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ricky Mollohan
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact us for information on our Private Dining Room. We will be happy to assist you with coordinating a three, four or five course menu with or without reception. Our Private Dining Room seats up to 35 persons and rental includes the use of our state-of-the-art Audio Visual system. We hope you'll choose Solstice for your next private event and look forward to hearing from you soon!
  • Private Party Contact: Kristen Moore 8037886966x
  • Entertainment: Happy Hour is offered nightly from 5-7pm in our bar area! Enjoy half-off select appetizers, $2 off wines by the glass, and $1 off all beer & cocktails!

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  • Special Events: Our private dining room accommodates up to 35 persons for a seated event. We have several set menu options for your dining pleasure, and you are welcome to create customized menus if you choose. Audio visual equipment is complimentary.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Clemson Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking is available at no charge
A word from Solstice Kitchen
A multiple-winner of Open Table's "Best Overall Restaurant" in South Carolina, Solstice Kitchen & Wine Bar is the partner restaurant of Mr. Friendlys New Southern Cafe and Cellar on Greene. Owner/Executive Chef, Ricky Mollohan, teams up with Chef Alan Boyle to create weekly menus that change to emphasize the seasonal meaning of "Solstice". All menus utilize interpretations of dishes ranging from classic American & French, to Mediterranean & Japanese.

Join them for lunch to enjoy such classics as Shrimp-n-Grits, Pan Seared Salmon Cakes and a Fried Green Tomato-Pimento Cheese Burger. Customer favorites at dinner include the Tourched Raw Angus Beef Tataki, Crispy Pork Shoulder Confit, Smoked Gouda-Applewood Bacon Mac-n-Cheese and varying selections of Prime Beef, freshly caught Seafood, locally-farmed produce and housemade desserts. Solstice also offers one of SC's best Wine Lists with over 400 selections, as well as, an innovative cocktail list.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Solstice Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
115 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (83)fit for foodies (81)notable wine list (64)neighborhood gem (57)romantic (56)good for groups (28)great for lunch (19)vibrant bar scene (19)great for outdoor dining (18)hot spot (14)late-night find (9)great for brunch (8)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Hit and miss
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The food has been hit and miss. Some meals are the best in town and others have been barely edible. Out last meal the chicken was very tough and the fish had no flavor. I never thought I would have to ask for texas Pete to taste fish in your restaurant or at these prices.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CAB Ribeye and Gouda Bacon Mac and Cheese...
    JennyLynn
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This is one of my go to places when I want a consistent good meal. Solstice is not cheap, but that's why it is so well worth it. Hands down one of the best meals I've ever eaten-and the first meal there was just as good as my 15th. The most tender perfectly cooked meat accompanied by the creamiest to die for Gouda Bacon Mac and a green. Never a bad experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of My All Time Favorites!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I have always enjoyed dining at Solstice Kitchen. They are consistent. Excellent service, excellent food, and excellent ambiance. I would recommend it to anyone!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A reliable dining experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I have dined at Solstice with family, friends and business associates. Conveniently located, it has become my "go to" place for a reliably great dining experience when visiting Columbia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service and quality food
    billreedredVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    When I work Columbia and stay in Columbia I do not mind driving out here about 15 miles from town for a good dinner. Alway a couple of fresh fish selections on the menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining Experience
    Shebagirl48
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I met with my high friends for a 50th birthday celebration. The service was great and the food excellent. One of my favorite places to eat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Our party of four had a great experience at Soltice. The service and food were outstanding as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • creative dishes!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I'm a foodie. Good food is my thing. When we moved to Sumter from Raleigh, NC this year, I was disappointed in the food choices until I found this place! The menu items are creative and delicious. The ambiance is great- a little loud, but still great! I will definitely be back- and maybe next time I'll order a bottle of wine. (Great wine list too!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    Bigeater
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Found restaurant with Google and was very pleased with the meal and service. Next time were in Columbia definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upscale dining with casual dress
    Edgewood86
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    It was my first time dinning here and I was overwhelmed by the excellent menu,it had unusual food selections for lunch...loved it !the atmosphere was romantic! I will be going back again soon to visit during dinner hours! I believe this will be one of my favorite new spots in Columbia to eat !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good atmosphere!
    D2eats
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food was very tasty. The atmosphere is very hip and geared towards adults. I wouldn't necessaily feel comfortable taking my 3 year old there, but there were families there with their kids.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid
    KsidVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Just a solid resturant. I bring customers and friends all the time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome as Usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My favorite restaurant never disappoints! Keep up the good work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    Mingo13VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The day before our visit, I broke my ankle and was in a wheelchair. I called to see if they could still accommodate me and they said absolutely yes. When I arrived, they sat us at a table that would have sufficed for our party of four, but not necessarily comfortably. Plus we would have encroached on the next table. The hostess asked if we would prefer the bar area where she could combine two tables that would fit our party of four and the wheelchair much better, so we did. She was WONDERFUL to even think of that and offer that alternative. Above and beyond service! The food was incredible as always, but the extra mile they went for us was incredible. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • never let's me down!
    TFrench
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Sister restaurant, Mr Friendlys is also fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Always go to to Solstice when visiting our family in Columbia. Food is outstanding. Evrything runs smoothly. No glitches.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A+ From an Army Mom
    JKAdams3
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We wanted to take our soldier somewhere for a special lunch & Solstice was the perfect place. The Chef hit it out of the park on every item ordered! We highly recommend Solstice!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very fine dinning
    luv2eat
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    There were four of use - two for beef and two for fish. All of us agreed this was is now one of our top 10 restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A+
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The staff was amazing and took great care of us. One of our party has food allergies and the help ensure the she had a fabulous and safe dining experience. The food was amazing as well. Everyone had a fabulous evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Experience Again
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Had dinner here a week or so before and because it was a great experience, we decided to come back again. We live about 45-50 miles from this restaurant. The food again this night was absolutely outstanding. We each had Wahoo with an Asian type sauce. Out of this world!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • service
    Nunu1
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I really enjoyed the service and the food, everything about this restaurant was romantic. All of the positive reviews I read about this restaurant were exactly on point. Ill definitely be visiting this restaurant again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice anniversary dinner
    Warhead
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We had a nice time, seating was a little tight but overall decent. Very good appetizers and main courses, the wait staff well informed and attentive and the timing of dish arrivals was very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary Dinner
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We had a great 33 year anniversary dinner and enjoyed the food and service. Excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GaryVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The atmosphere was great as was the wine and our fish dinner. We will come back very soon. The bartender and wait staff were very helpful and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and romantic!
    Nikki01
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My husband takes me to Solstice every year for my birthday and our anniversary. The food is always delicious. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I had the mahi mahi,delicious
    Maggie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Delicious food, excellent service! Loved my mahi mahi
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect every time!
    Ricochet32SC
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We went to Solstice for our anniversary and it was wonderful. They were so accommodating. I purchased flowers to be delivered there for my wife and they had them on the table waiting for us when we arrived. Kudos!!! The entire staff was excellent and everyone wanted to wish us a happy anniversary. The food was excellent of course. Always something different to try on the menu. I constantly recommend everyone I know to try this place out. It's worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local gem
    TravelgemsVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Food was excellent, service great and wine wonderful. No better way to spend an evening with friends
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More than a Kitchen
    Bearcat
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I, with our three kids went to Solstice for Her and my oldest sons Birthday. The food was excellent and service even better. The food was so good even our eight year old liked it! Definitely a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday Lunch Bunch
    OneLooseThreadVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Wonderful as always. Service outstanding and it is always nice to be called by name.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Imanagitive food
    KsidVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I love to cook and eat. Everything was made with care and flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous
    karen
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Every bite a delight, as always. Hands down best combination of nearly perfect food and value in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OneLooseThreadVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Fantastic meal and wonderful wait staff. See you again very soon
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect date night with the Wife
    leepadgettjr
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The atmosphere was unique and quiet. Even though the tables were a bit close together, there was still a romantic feel of the establishment. The servers are well educated in the menus and are very helpful when it comes to ordering the perfect meal. The wine list is unmatched by any in the Columbia area and is perfectly accented with a beautifully designed food menu, with wonderful specials. The food was PERFECT in every aspect. The temperature and flavor are as expected from a restaurant of this top class. I would recommend this diamond to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Just great food with clearly a very talented chef. Not pretentious -- just excellent food. Best food we have found in Columbia, SC area
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite place
    HuntingToEat
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Solstice is our favorite place to eat out in South Carolina. I don't think we've had anything we didn't like, but the pork shoulder confit has been our favorite, hands down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night
    Laundrywoman
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had a great night with a total of 6 of us--excellent wine and food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Searching4FabulousFare
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great food, great wine. I would have given a OUTSTANDING overall but the tables are a bit close to one another so privacy is an issue for some of the tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing and innovative food
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The service was exceptional..the food is creatively presented and the quality superb.by far our favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went for our anniversary and we both enjoyed a wonderful meal. We will definintely be going again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.