Steven W's Downtown Bistro
Steven W's Downtown Bistro

Steven W's Downtown Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://stevenws.com/
  • Phone: (803) 276-7700
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental
  • Executive Chef: Chef Steve Foulis
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We are a full service restaurant with all the items needed to make your occasion special at the restaurant or your site of choice. Please call Chef Steve at 803-276-7700 to set up that special party.
  • Private Party Facilities: Upstairs dining room with large area for many types of functions including wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, retirement parties, birthday parties, business functions, or any gathering you may need. The room has a bar & bathrooms on same floor & can be used for sit down dinners, buffet dinners or cocktail parties. A fabulous room for Christmas parties, but get your reservations early.
  • Private Party Contact: Steve Foulis 8032767700

Getting there

  • Cross Street: McKibben Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We have many public parking lots within short walking distance as well as street parking & all is free.
A word from Steven W's Downtown Bistro
Thank you for choosing Steven W's Downtown Bistro. We are a full service restaurant featuring the finest foods and beverages from around the world. We serve seafood from off the Carolina coast, Alaska, Northeastern waters, as well as other parts of the world. We also feature steaks, veal, pork, chicken, pasta, soups, appetizers, salads. My motto is to leave no food group untouched. We take great pride in our food preparations so as to be the best we can and that means always fresh ingredients prepared in our kitchen. We also make our desserts in our kitchen featuring an Oreo Crusted Key Lime pie with a Raspberry sc or an Almond Basket on a cloud of Raspberry Pastry Cream with ice cream, strawberries, chocolate & caramel sc just to name a couple.
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Steven W's Downtown Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.4
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (12)special occasion (11)fit for foodies (8)good for groups (4)romantic (4)notable wine list (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Very interesting old building, in which the owner kept many original details, such as an exquisite tile floor. Food was exceptional, especially the vegetables. The specials were all fish. We enjoyed a friendly, prompt, delicious dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice meal, comfortable feel
    NewtoSC
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The food is always good, and you're treated like an old friend and valued customer. Steven W's is a charming unpretentious place in a cute small town, perfect for a pre-show meal if you're headed to the Newberry Opera House right across the street. It's upscale enough to be special but not glitzy or trendy. We have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappointed
    Lexingtonian
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We enjoyed a delicious dinner with our friends who had never eaten at Steven W's, before a recent show at the Opera House (a week night). We each had a different entree, and we all agreed each meal was excellent. The server was very attentive and friendly, and the prices reasonable. We'll return!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dining
    honeyshoney
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We tried Steven W's because it was rated highly with TripAdvisor. I'm very glad we did. The food and service were excellent! The French onion soup was so good! My steak was perfectly cooked and delicious. Our server was courteous and helpful, but not intrusive, and they had honored my request for a quiet table far from the kitchen. We definitely plan on eating there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    Mingo
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great gem in the heart of Newberry. Excellent food and service. The fish specials were perfectly prepared.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner spot before shows
    LuvDiningOut
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had dinner here before one of the shows at the Newberry Opera House. The service was awesome, the food was delicious and prepared to perfection. The timing was perfect, as they knew the clientele was headed to the show! Plenty of time for dessert, which was delicious. Price was modest for all that we ate and drank. Highly recommend this dining experience! Call for reservations. Don't think walk-ins would have much luck.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent pre-show meal in Newberry
    Edfrmnj
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great dining room atmosphere...high ceilings, attentive staff, excellent meal preparation and presentation. The restaurant was completely booked prior to a show at the Newberry Opera House, yet the service was flawless. We visited many restaurants on our trip across the Carolina's. This was one of the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another awesome dinner!
    Looking4FineDineAndWine2VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We always stop in Newberry, SC on our way to Hilton Head Island. We found Steven W's a few years ago. It gets better every year. Great service fron Karen and her staff, excellent food and a favorite of ours now. This time we had the Caesar salad topped with anchovies. We also loved the blackened Scallops over pasta. Delightful. Chef Steven came out and chatted to make sure we enjoyed our dinner. We loved it all. We highly recommend Steve W's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bill
    Bill
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Once again had a great time at Steven W's . Food was great and the wait staff friendly and efficient. Surprised my wife with a nice dessert present for her birthday. If your riding all the way to Columbia to go out to eat save some time and money and go to Steven W's!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 48 reviews are from the Steven W's Downtown Bistro reviews archive.
  • Pleasant Dining Experience
    LivetoEat
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The restaurant is right across the street from the Newberry Opera House so great before concert dining. The place is nicely decorated in a row of old buildings. The service was homey and welcoming. The food was good to very good. My salmon was a little over-cooked and I specified rare. They are very accommodating for BYOB as the corkage fee was a modest $10.00.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • more4diners
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Very disappointed. Salad didn't seem fresh and the Pecan Crusted Chicken didn't taste as good as before. Service and atmosphere was just OK. The restrooms had dust and cobwebs all over the walls and hair in the sink. Not the same Steven W's I used to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite restaurant in Newberry SC!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Great food, great atmosphere, stellar service! Steven W's is our favorite restaurant in Newberry. Katie makes the best drinks, Steve is the best chef known to man, and the service is friendly, knowledgable, and fast.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food tasted "ordinary"
    JamesBeardfollower
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Extremely expensive for such an ordinary meal. Food was nondescript and nothing to remember. We had two of the nightly specials and were completely underwhelmed. Taste, textures, colors, plating and most important: timing were all mediocre. Maybe we caught them on a bad night, Friday can be challenging!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    I love making reservations on line and especially the reminder and followup by the restaurant. Do not find this very often. Our dining experience was great and the service wonderful. We really enjoyed eating at Stephen W's and we always have. Would recommend your restaurant to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely small-town spot
    NewtoSC
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Reliably good food; very friendly service -- a nice find in a small town. Perfect if you're seeing a show at the Newberry Opera House.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Time Ambiance and Charm
    FRIAR
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    It's hard not to appreciate Steven W's early 1900's theme especially when the chef is so creative and consistent. New appetizers were especially a hit and the signature entree of apricot-glazed flounder was done perfectly. We deferred on dessert but the assortment sounded delicious. A quick trip across the square to the old Newberry Opera House completed the evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is our favorite local
    doum
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    This is our favorite local restaurant - never fails to please in terms of ambience, service, and excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food overpriced, location excellent
    Sandra
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I ordered the Salmon Special which was only "adequate" when for the price charged, it should have been "excellent". Steven W's is located a short walk from the Newberry Opera House, which was great. The service was very good, and the waitress was pleasant and attentive. The recommended dessert was wonderful, as was the Bistro Salad. All-in-all a very nice dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time there and won't
    Guyonadiet
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    First time there and won't be the last. Food was great as was the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • apricot glazed flounder
    daveyh
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Huge fish perfectly prepared. Cost 28 but worth it. Other entrees very reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a very nice restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    This is a very nice restaurant. It was well worth the 40 mile drive from Columbia to dine. Service and hospitality was great, food was delicious and presentation excellent. I will not hesitate to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Night out !!
    Bill
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Always a great experience and Friday night was no exception, great food, great service and so convenient to the Opera..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place for that special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Great Place for that special event or romantic encounter! Great food, ambiance and service!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in the Newberry region
    Earl
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Without a doubt, it's THE place to go. A really nice location and the food is great. Had a party of four the other night and everyone loved it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    22ld
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    My husband's fish dinner was excellent. My pasta dish barely had any sauce on it and the noodles were under cooked.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best restaurant in Newberry-
    gelape
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    We go there for all our sons special occasions while visiting him at Newberry College
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Delicious Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    We decided to try several of the specials for the evening. The crispy apricot flounder was quite outstanding, as was the salmon florentine. Our server was pleasant and efficient for the most part but seemed to have trouble remembering our requests for additional wine, water and bread. Overall, however, it was a lovely and delicious dining experience, and we definitely look forward to a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I swear they have the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    I swear they have the best veal that I have ever tasted!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was amazing and at
    Kelly
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    The food was amazing and at a great price. I can't wait to go back to try additional items on their menu!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    wcfoodlover
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Loved the atmosphere, decor. Service was good and the food was exceptionally good. We will return to try other dishes.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining experience
    1southernlady
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    This was our second time dining at Steven W's, plan on returning in the future. We especially appreciate the ease of conversation as well as relaxed experience with no rush by wait-staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I always find the food delicious,
    Bill
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    I always find the food delicious, the waitstaff friendly and informative, and constant Beatle music! Like dying and going to Heaven, with a piece of Key Lime pie!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and service
    sw8de
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    We had a group of seven. Service was impeccable and the food was excellent. We had to spring for dessert, because everything else was so good --and it was superb. We will absolutely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We ate at Steven W's before
    Tobey
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    We ate at Steven W's before going to the Newberry Opra house. Not the first time won't be the last. The food was excellent. Our server Katie, the very best. I believe this restaurant to be the best in Newberry.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is always good and has
    Bill
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    Food is always good and has very friendly waitress's. I actually go because of the Beatles music which is a constant! We go to Steven W's for special occasions and when we have guests in town. There are quite a few less expensive choices in town. We used to go to Columbia every Friday and when gas prices went way up, we spent the extra money in town versus paying to drive. Glad the restaurant survived!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Gem of a Restaurant
    kanooksbuddyVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    Discovered Stephen W's while searching for some place to have dinner while traveling through the Carolinas. Charming 100+-year old pharmacy building located in the Newberry city center just a few miles off I-26. Service was knowledgeable and attentive but not overly so. Recommended menu items did not disappoint. Since I travel this route at least twice a year, I'll be sure to plan another stop at Stephen W's the next time I'm in the area.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It is a great restaurant and
    Lynda
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    It is a great restaurant and the food is fresh and well prepared There was music the evening we were there and the music and the entertainer were very nice, however it was difficult to have a conversation. We look forward to our next visit, just hope for a lower volume
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Marathoners
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Great experience. Stephanie excellent waitress. Nice place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Spot in a Special Town
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    We enjoyed a very nice dinner at Steven W's. we were in town to play some golf and attend the Masters and were very pleased with the hospitality and quality there. We had the red snapper special that was very well prepared. Other entrees were the feciccine Alfredo and veal piccata. We wanted to watch the Final Four game after dinner so the server walked us to a nearby sports bar so we would not get lost. That is something special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was lovely. I would eat
    Columbia
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    It was lovely. I would eat there more often if it was closer to Columbia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet