Solstice Kitchen
Solstice Kitchen

Solstice Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.solsticekitchen.com/
  • Phone: 8037886966x
  • Hours of Operation:
    LUNCH HOURS - 11:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday - Friday
    BAR HOURS - 5:00pm-Until, Monday - Saturday
    KITCHEN HOURS - 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Monday - Thursday & 5:30pm - 10:00pm 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 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 options for your dining pleasure, and are welcome to create customized menus if necessary. 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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Solstice Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
130 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (92)fit for foodies (82)notable wine list (79)romantic (64)neighborhood gem (63)good for groups (29)great for lunch (22)great for outdoor dining (21)hot spot (18)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (12)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I had the mahi mahi,delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Delicious food, excellent service! Loved my mahi mahi
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect every time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Imanagitive food
    Ksid
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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.
  • Consistent
    Newlocal
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Always great, never disappoints. Creative menu and always excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Service Delicious Food!
    Shay9
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I have wanted to dine here for quite some time since we moved to Columbia and I must say it was worth the wait . At the door we were greeted and taken to our table. Katie our server was very pleasant and very attentive. Everything arrived at our table with perfect timing, hot and delicious. We really enjoyed our entire meal. A must dinning experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    RJrn
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Always excellent service and food! Their daily lunch specials are always amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice surprise
    Chemdude
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My wife and I were in town dropping our daughter off at USC. We just spent the whole day moving her into her dorm and we just wanted a nice place to eat. We were pleasantly surprised. Nice atmosphere, fun bar, cozy dining room, and the food was top notch. I got the shrimp & grits and was not disappointed. Steak entree was ordered as well and it was melt-in-your mouth good. And you have to try the mac n' cheese side dish. it was so rich the two of us could not finish it. We will certainly be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Experience
    MaddzzT
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Wonderful menu & experience! We had a great time celebrating my mother's birthday. The scallops were amazing & fresh & my husband let me have some of his shrimp & grits which were great! Every piece of seafood we had at the table was fresh & the vegetables were nothing but perfectly cooked. I have to mention the Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding!! This was the best dessert I've had in a long time eating out in Columbia! Kudos to the chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Evening out
    familyman
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My wife and I often visit with our family in Columbia, S.C. During this visit, our daughter suggested that we might try an evening out at one of her favorite restaurants in the area, Solstice Kitchen. Now we see why she made the recommendation. The atmosphere had just the right "adult' ambiance for us ( We are from NYC after all), and just the right friendly, attentive service that makes dining a pleasure. Both my wife and I have some dietary concerns which were accommodated. The suggestions for both food and wine were excellent. I'm sure we will be returning on another special occasion
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • amazing and innovative food
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Our new favorite restaurant in the northeast. Its an awesome dining experience. All the staff are extremely attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always worth the drive!
    GilbertFoodie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner at Solstice! My husband and I both had seasonal drinks (sangria and The Elder Peach), and both were wonderful. We started with the Margherita flatbread, which was to die for, and he had the steak pizzaiola, which he loved. I keep trying to order a new entree, but I always go back to the fried chicken. We were somewhat disappointed in dessert, but overall, the meal was great, with stellar service. We were thankful for our OpenTable reservation, too, because the restaurant was packed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Only thing I ordered that was good was the salad.. Everything else was bad .. Fried chicken was horrible .. My husbands food was horrible as well.. Over priced too. Will never go back or recommend..
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always excellent!
    CamdenvolVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This has been our favorite Columbia restaurant for several years now. We try to eat here every Friday night! Such a treat. Great food at a great value, with an able, friendly staff. Will miss Kendall, the departing mgr, but know the restaurant will not suffer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Favorite
    sccardlerVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We drive and hour to get here and are in love with the food. This is the best we only wish we could get there more!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Enjoyable Experience
    DRDP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our Friday evening visit to Solstice Kitchen was highly enjoyable. The ambiance was very pleasant, the service was very good, the wine was just right, and most of the dishes were wonderful--tasty flat bread with cheese and heirloom tomatoes, excellent halibut, a fine steak/frites, and a rich, yummy desert. The best meal we have had outside of New York City in a couple of years!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    Bimmerdriver
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Fresh food, well prepared, well served in an upscale, relaxed atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for business dinners
    Duke
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Nice setting for a business dinner. Wonderful service from the entire staff. Great food and wine/cocktail list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • da bomb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Food is always great and I would come here every week if I could. Top notch food without being too expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, as always!
    lunchwithloni
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The menu offers something for everyone, and did not disappoint. My fried chicken was crispy on the outside and very moist inside. The smoked gouda/bacon macaroni and cheese is decadent, but so worth it. The steak frites was perfectly cooked. The only disappointing thing was having to remind the waiter to bring out our wine with the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Redmax
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Good food. I wish the menu would change. But the specials are always good
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Solstice
    Lilcocky
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Service, Food, Location makes Solstice the...... Best Restaurant in Columbia!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still my favorite.
    karen
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Recently spent a week in Charleston and Solstice still beats anywhere we ate while there. However for the first time ever my husband thought his food was a little off the usual quality . He always orders exactly the same items, so his visit to visit comparison should be valid.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • gormet food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This is nice neighborhood resturant that is great for couples and small socail groups. The menu has something for all . The food is beautiful abd portions plentiful enough for many to share.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Evening
    JohnnyT
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our evening, from the attentive service to the perfectly prepared food. Excellent variety of menu items and wonderfully refreshing wine list. We highly recommend you visit Solstice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Make your reservations early! We've tried to get a reservation here a few times for 7:00 and each time we've failed. Our fault, we were trying to make reservations the night before or the night of. We finally decided to eat early so we could try the restaurant and I'm so glad we did. Our server was waiting on us within minutes of sitting down and returned quickly with our drink order. Our food came out in a reasonable amount of time and was amazing. My steak was cooked perfectly. The server was back to check on us a few times during the meal, not too overly oppressive and the manager made a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant
    colmac99
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I'm from Washington, DC, where there are so many excellent restaurants. But I found this gem in Columbia, SC, not noted for its fine dining. Perhaps that's unfair, and I like pulled pork and boiled peanuts as much as the next guy, but the Solstice Kitchen is fabulous. It's really the equal of most DC restaurants in terms of the food as well as the service. The place was packed on a recent Tuesday night so there are clearly folks in South Carolina who love excellent fare. It was also quite cheaper than the chi-chi joints in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate