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Solstice Kitchen
Solstice Kitchen

Solstice Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.solsticekitchen.com
  • Phone: (803) 788-6966
  • Hours of Operation: LUNCH HOURS - 11:30am-2:00pm, 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
  • Catering: Please email us at solsticekitchen@gmail.com to inquire about a potential catering event.

  • 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: Monica Ehrsam (803) 788-6966
  • 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!


  • Special Events & Promotions: 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 tableside Beef Tartare, Hudson Valley Foie Gras with fried quail egg, 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I really enjoyed everything about Solstice. Reservations were set for 8:15 and our table was ready at 8:15. Waitress was attentive and she explained every food choice. The food was presented well and it tasted great."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "When my wife and I got there we had the pleasure of meeting a bar tender who was very knowledgeable and really made me excited to order my entree. Sadly his description and the chef's ability to make the food meet what I expected for the price was unfortunately way off. For two people the bill was almost $100, and I could have bought a weeks worth of groceries to make dinner myself much better."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our 21st anniversary at Solstice and it was fabulous. The atmosphere, food, and service was excellent. I would recommend Solstice to anyone who want to celebrate an occasion or if you just want to go somewhere for fine dining. This is the perfect place."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Four of us dined and we all thought the experience to be perfect. The waiter was always on the mark with his timing and performed all duties exceptionally well. The food (2 of us had East Coast Halibut and the other 2 had Beef Tenderloin and CAB Ribeye) was perfectly prepared and seasoned along with creative presentations. We will be back for more!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Great bar area, nice for couples on a date night....good wine selection and pricing points.....attentive staff....the restaurant was quiet because we were there at 8:00 PM on a Monday."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The Halibut Bouillabaisse was fantastic! The entire meal was great as always."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Though tucked out of sight on Sparkleberry, this place is an absolute must. The menu is creative, to say the least, and the staff is always friendly and attentive. We've been twice this month and have decided to make this a regular favorite. The imaginative flair and local fare make Solstice a real treat. The ambience is what I like to call amber; contemporary and eclectic. Definitely try an elderflower martini, for an aromatic, sparkling twist on a classic beverage or the devilled eggs as an appetizer. Everything seems to be paired &/or garnished uniquely and perfectly. I wouldn't say it's a restaurant for kids, as we have taken our 9 year old and 14 month old: they just didn't get it. Now a date night staple, we look forward to visiting."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This is our favorite restaurant when we can get a night out for ourselves. The food is always perfect and so is the environment. Would recommend the BBQ pork spring rolls, these are a must."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My wife and I visited Solstice Kitchen on our 364th day of marriage, and found it a very fine experience. Our server was unobtrusive but we never had to wait for his attention. My wife is a little less adventurous than me, and the scallops she ordered were just slightly outside her comfort range. Something about the texture was offputting. But the preparation was wonderful, and the quantity of food overall was almost perfect - slightly too much, if anything!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This was a business dinner. I like to go with the specials and the daily special was salmon, it was prepared perfect. The sides were complimentary in flavor. The wine was reasonably priced. Our waitress was wonderful, very friendly. I will be back when I'm in the area. Loved it."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "It was our wedding anniversary and we definitely chose the right place to celebrate! Our meal was superb as was the quality and presentation. I also love the idea of supporting our local farmers and buying fresh. Our waitress was very helpful and attentive without being intrusive. It was a packed house, so the noise level was high, but everyone was enjoying themselves--including us! It was more than we normally spend, so we'd have to save it for special occasions, but it's nice to look forward to going to and having such an excellent "neighborhood gem" for those times. The corn creme brulee was especially innovative and delicious--as was everything!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We were seated without a wait. The server was professional and amiable. My expectations were elevated when I saw that their Bellini was made with real peach puree and not schnapps. I was not disappointed with the food which was imaginative and delicious. Their fresh fish preparations were spot on. The desserts were outstanding, especially the pineapple spring roll. This would be a regular spot for us if we lived nearby."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The experiencce was great from the time we entered the restaurant. The service [waiter] was great, polite and efficient. He kept checking back to see if we needed anything. The food was done well--a rare steak for me and one of their specialties for my wife. Dessert was also very good."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We waited two years to be able to go back to Solstice. It was worth the wait. Highly recommended. Our server was particularly helpful in making recommendations."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Went for dinner on our anniversary on a busy Friday night. Had the peach cocktail, delicious. Had fried oysters (slightly above average), Foie gras PB&J (off the charts), flat iron steak (average), braised pork shoulder confit (excellent). Throughly enjoyed ourselves. Looking forward to going back, hope they change up their menu, I'd love to see what else they have to offer. Tasty little palette cleanser of kumquat with honey blue cheese was unforgettable. Also, bread was delish. They pay much attention to the details. Beautiful plates, tasty sauces, creative menu. Loved it."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We've dined here many times, and it never disappoints. Great food, great service. Scallops and halibut were excellent. Who needs a seafood restaurant in Columbia when you can get perfectly prepared fish and seafood here? "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We booked Solstice to celebrate prior to our daughter's graduation ceremony. I noted on the reservation that we were in a time pinch. The staff could not have been more accommodating to our needs. The food was uniquely southern with an elegant twist...very fresh. My only complaint is that the portion sizes seemed somewhat small for the price. I enjoyed the pistachio crusted halibut. My husband had the 2 birds (duck and quail). These were featured on the nightly specials. My daughter had the pork dish that is on the regular menu."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Always a pleasure to dine at Solstice. I was here with my sisters and we had a fabulous time and a fabulous meal. Tyler was our waiter and extremely attentive and efficient. Great experience!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "An incredibile dining out experience! The best filet mignon we have eaten in a long, long time and the appetizers and salads were outstanding as well. The service was impeccable as well. Solstice has a wonderful wine list at a decent price. If you haven't been there, you need to go! If you've been there, I'm sure you are already planning a trip back... I know I am!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I can never say enough about the food, the staff, and the entire experience when eating at Solstice. It is and has been for a long time my favorite place in Columbia to eat. I love meeting friends and taking family to eat here. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "As usual, everything was wonderful at Solstice! The appetizers were out of this world, and all of our entrées were cooked to perfection. I love coming to Solstice!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Had great filet and excellent Mahi. Service was exceptional. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our lunch out on the patio. The hostess greeted us walking out of the door as we were walking up to the door, greeting us by my name! The service was delightful and very attentive. Each of us ordered something different, and all items were very tasty We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Only problem, we were too full to try dessert...I would love to try Solstice for dinner. We will definitely go back and recommend!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "My wife and I have been to Soltice a number of times and always enjoyed it. This time, however, we sat along the wall in the main dining room for the first time it seemed to take a lot away from the experience, even though the food was good as always. We were crammed with diners close by on each side. Not really ideal for a private conversation, and the waitress was on top of us whenever she was helping us or the tables on either side. In addition, the waitress seemed superficially polite, but not particularly concerned about making it a good experience. Without asking about food preferences just recommendations the most expensive items on the wine & food menus. Sent someone else to deliver the bill, handle payment & return the receipt."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Solstice is always a must-go! We had come here a few years ago, so it was on our radar for our visit to Columbia this year. We were disappointed by dinner at another restaurant the night before, so Solstice was nothing short of an absolute treat. The food and service were excellent!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My husband and I booked last minute with OpenTable, and we're glad that was even an option. When we arrived, our table was waiting on us and we were promptly seated. It was crowded, but pleasant, and were offered "complimentary" bites from the chef to hold us over while we waited for our appetizers/meal. I do not drink, but I observed the beautifully made martinis around me at other tables. Our server was a fun guy, really enjoyed him. Our food came out hot, and absolutely delicious. Cheers to the chef!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Solstice has consistently delivered the freshest seasonal food options, with expert preparation. They are the best "Band for the Buck" The wine list is very complete. It will always include a "price point" pedestrian wine selection of very high quality, but also a wonderful high end selection of recognizable favorites and celebratory wines. Their preparations for fresh seafood are always creative, but always keeping the fish as the star. The steaks are seasoned perfectly, and cooked to order with precise center temperatures. Why go to a chain restaurant, where every sauce and spice tastes the same? Solstice offers the atmosphere, the quality, the service, and a great price. I highly recommend the dining experience."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Very nice meal. Good service. Not a terrific selection for dietary restrictions and extremely small appetites."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Food and service is excellent but for what the dishes cost you do not get enough food. Salad should be included with meal and portions need to be larger."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We took our friends from New York to this restaurant had a wonderful experience. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable about the food and wine list and gave some great recommendations. Our meal was excellent. We definitely recommend for special occasion or just a nice dinner out."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Solstice never fails to provide excellent service and great food. Always one of our top choices, especially for special occasions."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We love going to Solstice. Very creative and offer a variety of food choices. Excellent wine list."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "It's that time of year--soft shell crab season. Two large crabs, totally fresh, served with grits and French beans. Going again tonight. As always, friendly attentive service."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "and the waiter was excellent. Went out of his way to decant our wine, was very gracious. Food excellent."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "It was a wonderful place to celebrate our anniversary and also visited on Valentine's Day this year. Would truly recommend for a place to come and enjoy the food and great staff."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Consistantly unique, creative, delicious dishes with great wine pairings. We regularly drive 30 miles from Lexington just to enjoy a great meal here."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I had 8:15 reservations...8:20 still waiting...8:25 still waiting. I'm thinking to myself what's the point in having a reservation if you will not be seated at the time of your reservation? 8:35 the hostess came over and apologized for out wait and offered us a table in the private dining area and I was pleased with that.Our waiter for the night was very attentive and nice. Our entrées arrived and I must say it was worth the wait. The salmon, grits, and spinach I ordered was absolutely delicious. Every thing was cooked to perfection in my opinion. The food was perfect! - I cannot think of anything that I did not like about the food. This was my first time visiting this restaurant but I feel pretty confident that I will return."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This might have been the finest meal yet at Solstice. The creativity in the kitchen provides an extraordinary taste treat in the dining room. You just can't go wrong when you go to Solstice!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Father in-law loved it. Food & Service was great as usual. Something for everyone. Thanks!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014