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Solstice Kitchen
Solstice Kitchen

Solstice Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.solsticekitchen.com
  • Email: solsticekitchen@gmail.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
  • "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
  • "I come here every time I travel to columbia and I am never disappointed. Ate here twice. First night food was ever so slightly not as good as usual, but still great. Second night, completely excellent! Can't wait to go back next trip!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "I love this place. It is usually my go to for a first time dinner date, or special occasions. The food is fantastic, the ambiance is relaxed, the staff is top notch. Did I mention the food is fantastic? There is a wide variety of food to satisfy any kind of palate. I recommend Solstice to all my friends. I have even taken my very picky parents here who both approved immediately. As a testament to how much I truly love this restaurant, I brought my cousin from India (who currently lives in Sweden) to this restaurant. He had only one weekend in Columbia and only one week in the United States, and I wanted to make sure he had a dining experience from a top-notch, unforgettable restaurant. Mission accomplished!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "That time I was disappointed because the food (both appetizer and entrée) was overcooked: there was a coal taste, especially for the foie gras. What a pity because ingredients were first-class ingredients: foie gras and scallops. Otherwise there is a real research in the dish creation. This is something I really appreciate there."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Start to finish, it was a foodies dream! Foie Gras Elvis was devine! The service was excellent and our server was very knowledgeable! Wine pairing was perfect!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This has been my wife and I second of many planned trips here. Food, service, and the experience is top notch. Our waiter Jon was very knowledgeable of the menu and the beer/drinks selections."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We are regular diners at Solstice, and the food and service were outstanding as usual. For starters we shared fried sezchuan(sp?) lobster tail and a unique preparation of foi gras, and both were outstanding. For the main course we had a striped sea bass and veal hanger steak, again both outstanding. We ended with champaigne chocolate truffles and a banana fatita (sp ?). Enjoyed a bottle of very reasonably priced Chilean Pinot Noir from a great wine selection. Service was outstanding as usual."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Never disappointed. Although I love many of the menu items, I tried the tilefish special for the evening. Delicious!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "First up, our salads and entrees were delicious. Our server knew the menu, that night's special features, as well as the beer and wine selections. She suggested a particular beer for its overall "hoppiness". Good call. She was personable and efficient. My fish entree was outstanding. My wife's pork loin was immense and tasty. Excellent food and exceptional service."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "First time at Solstice Kitchen. Great menu with good variety. Service was excellent and attentive. Looking forward to the next time and hoping to have room to try one of the wonderful desserts."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Whenever in Columbia we have to visit this restaurant. The food is always excellent and a bit different from most other restaurants. The $20 wine bottles Monday through Thursday is always an additional bonus."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "My wife and I move here from Charlotte and there have only been a couple of local restaurants that we truly enjoy. People kept recommending this place so we finally gave it a try and WOW!!! WE LOVED IT! This will become a regular spot for us."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Great Saturday night Spot!!! Great Food and Service!!!! We were a little rushed by mangement to get another party in.... We understood because two of our guests were running behind. Wait staff showed great knowledge and when asked something they were unsure of they asked the bartender and pointed us in the right direction."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Five of us went for a birthday dinner and each had a wonderful meal. From the chef's gift through the dessert, each of us remarked on the high quality of the meals. They were delicious!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Foodie family enjoyed our first visit to Solstice Kitchen. Specials were enticing and well prepared, tough to decide what to order! We got a variety of small plates- props to the Veal Cheek and Ahi tuna and the perfectly cooked lamb parpadelle!. I would highly recommend and will return next visit."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Eaten here often and always enjoy it. Fried oysters appetizer was tasty but a slightly over-battered. My wife and I both ordered off black grouper the specials menu and loved it. Very tasty and sufficient proportion (though not enough to split, if that's your thing). On a whim decided to try the berry cobbler and found it pretty disappointing. Essentially was a bowl of the berry sauce with a fairly tasteless slab of bread in the middle, with a little whip cream on top. A small (1-2 ounce) serving of ice cream was fantastic on the berries, but not enough so had to use very sparingly. Really hoped for more, but the main dish really made up for any disappointment with the dessert."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "One has to eat and possibly sleep on the way to Florida from the north and this is a great spot. Southern food with a twist, fresh ingredients. Impressive!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Everything was great. Duck confit done properly. They can accommodate your dog if you eat on patio. Great service. Bar makes great mixed drinks. Locally owned, as well."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "I wanted the Meatloaf which was on the dinner menu at11:00 am but by 6 it was gone. Does chef not plan ahead. Eveyone in town love the meatloaf! So very disappointed in more than one way. I had, instead, the hangar steak and fries (frites, whatever). Steak very good but the fries were no longer crisp within about 3 minutes. I have had this experience at Woodcreek with their homemade chips. So last evening i made oven fries---they stayed crisp through most of the dinner. Indeed it can be done!!!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "I took my fiance to Solstice for Valentine's Day weekend and we were impressed. Typically we have to go to Charlotte for fine dining but Solstice Kitchen has blown all other establishments out of the water. We received complimentary treats from the chef, the staff was pleasant, and the setting was very romantic. The food was exquisite we had the salmon and chicken breast, both very moist and bursting with flavor. The wine selection is tasteful and theirs a huge variety. Lastly the dessert was out of this world. It definitely sealed the deal for me. I look forward to attending this establishment very soon."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "By far the best food and service I have found so far in Columbia but be prepared to pay for it."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The foie gras with peanut butter sauce is awesome. I recommend it warmly. Last but not least: this restaurant is not too noisy like so many others!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Loved our meal. Big wine list but didn't love our choice."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Tye service and meal was outstanding, the service was on time and not bothersome, the place really shinned for the special night for my date and I. I will use this wonderful place again for those special moments."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband and I visited Solstice for Valentine's day. Our reservation was held for us and we were seated promptly at a lovely corner table. The atmosphere in the dining area is quiet, but not so quiet that we felt uncomfortable talking, but when others in the dining area got a little carried away they could easily be heard throughout. The dining area is also open, but they have seating arranged in such a way that we were still able to enjoy a very intimate night out. Every menu item was thoughtfully prepared and everything we ordered was out of this world delicious! On top of that, service was phenomenal. The next time my husband and I can sneak away for a night out, Solstice will be our top choice."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Very good food and service even with the valentines day crowd. We enjoyed it very much."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My family and I went for my dad's birthday and had a great experience! We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "definitely the best place to go in the area if you are into good food, relaxing, and catching up during dinner."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "Was an amazing meal. Need to find an excuse to get back and try the other seasonal menus."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I enjoyed the dining experience. The tables are a little close together for my taste but surprisingly the acoustics prevented any interruption from my tables conversation. The food was very good. I was unimpressed when I asked for their best Riesling and they brought out a bottle with a screw off top. It was drinkable but I would not order it again and it certainly was not worth $40. If wine is not a problem for you, this restaurant is definitely worth a visit as the food was quite good."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed our dinner at Solstice Restaurant. We really enjoyed the three courses that were included in the price for Restaurant Week. In addition to the courses included, we added their soup of the day which was Thai Coconut Curry-Lobster Bisque. It was exceptional. The restaurant staff was helpful and attentive. I ordered a Manhattan from the bar and the bartender really knows how to make the drink. Really enjoyed our evening."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Truly one of my favorite restaurants. Always wonderful!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Excellent meal. Oyster appetizer, slow roasted pork shoulder, and gouda mac-n-cheese were particular highlights."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "The boyfriend and I LOVE trying different resturants. I randomly picked this one from resturant week. So glad we went. The food was fresh hot and delicious! We had the fried flounder dish and the Chile steak dinner. Could not ask for a better dinner! Highly recommended! The service was top notch also!"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Went during Restaurant Week this weekend & we took advantage of the $35/3 course deal. My husband enjoyed his selections; Plantation Stew, Steak and Apple Ginger Spring Rolls. I on the other hand thought it was just ok. I had the calamari (just okay; Carrabba's -a chain- is better), buttermilk fried flounder (kinda bland & luke warm) with bean succotash (best thing of the entree) & spring rolls (fried too hard). The pink moscato was suggested by wait staff & it was very good. Speaking of wait staff, ours was okay; not intrusive, but not overly attentive either; we needed a couple of things and had to wait on him to return. Of all my dishes, I enjoyed the gouda mac and cheese (side order). My 5th/6th time to Solstice,but least fav visit."
    Dined on 1/11/2014