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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in South Carolina

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in South Carolina? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Frank's Outback - Outside Dining restaurant
4.8
4.8 (962)
$31 to $50
American
Pawleys Island
About the restaurant
Frank’s Outback has 45 seats inside the building and interestingly, the patrons get to walk through the open kitchen to enter the dining room. Once inside, you sense a warm welcoming atmosphere. The walls are painted in a cool blue with original artwork on the walls. White tablecloths, candle light, hand polished silverware and glassware grace the tables. There are also 100 seats outside, set in a garden setting under a canopy of trees. The outdoor seats are covered and not affected by weather. In the Fall and Winter guests are warmed by infrared heaters and the large outdoor fireplace.
Top review
Annie
Dined 3 days ago
It’s a beautiful outdoor dining experience with good service & delicious food.
A photo of The Ribaut Social Club - Anchorage 1770 restaurant
4.9
4.9 (468)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Beaufort
About the restaurant
Ribaut Social Club is a restaurant and social space for Beaufort locals and visitors to mingle over cocktails and impeccable regional cuisine.
Our aim is to capture the incorrigible spirit and convivial atmosphere of the original Ribaut Club, established at the Anchorage in 1891. In its heyday, the Club hosted performances, grand parties, dances and even gambling—a raucous getaway from buttoned-up social strictures of the time. Today, guests can cocktails and dinner with unrivaled water views or a sophisticated brunch surrounded by 300 years of Beaufort history.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
We love eating here! The food is always amazing. We’ve sat outside every time and the view is so beautiful. The service is excellent! We will definitely be back again.
A photo of The Establishment restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2465)
$50 and over
Seafood
Downtown Charleston
About the restaurant
Everything at The Establishment begins with well-sourced ingredients from sea and field. Through developing relationships with local farmers and fishermen, our ingredients will be consistently seasonal, fresh, and pure. Chef Elliott Howells' menu will always reflect a clean, focused, and balanced approach, delivering a selection of thoughtful and refined cuisine.

Located in Charleston’s historic French Quarter a few blocks away from Rainbow Row, Charleston City Market, and Waterfront Park, The Establishment features an award-winning wine cellar, over 150 bourbon and whiskey offerings, and a lively bar scene complete with daily happy hour. We feature Live Music every Friday and Saturday starting at 8:00 PM, featuring multiple local artists performing an array of musical genres. Our private dining rooms are perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, or business meetings. We look forward to hosting you for a casual night out or an elevated dining experience.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Beautiful restaurant, attentive staff, excellent food. Need to invest in better olives for their martinis! :-)
A photo of Restaurant 17 restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1487)
$31 to $50
American
Travelers Rest
About the restaurant
Where old-world hospitality meets familiar European views, the cuisine reveals an elevated twist on classic Italian and Mediterranean favorites. Chef Haydn Shaak marries classical training with his dedication to local farms and ingredients to craft a truly unique menu inspired by the seasonality of the Upstate.
Top review
ToddNvip
Dined 5 days ago
Great food and excellent service. We enjoy sitting outside with a cocktail before dinner and enjoying g the views.
A photo of River House - Montage Palmetto Bluff restaurant
4.9
4.9 (289)
$50 and over
American
Bluffton
About the restaurant
River House does have a dressy casual dress code consisting of no shorts, flip flops, baseball hats or tank tops in the dining room for the gentlemen. Comparable attire for the ladies. Children under 16 are exempt. We do offer complimentary pants to guests that may need them.
River House corkage policy is a maximum of 3 bottles per reservation without management consent at $35 per bottle.
River House has a 24-hour cancellation and No-Show Policy consisting of $25 per person plus a 18% SVC Charge.

In the South, there’s an intimate connection between the table and the land. Our fertile soil feeds corn and cattle. The palmettos provide cover for quail and game. And the ocean provides its bounty with the incoming tide. The River House is a culinary celebration of this relationship and our professed love for the land and waters of the Lowcountry.
Top review
JerryKvip
Dined 4 days ago
Best meal u have ever had in Bluffton in over 30 years - service outstanding, presentation was terrific and Noel was unbelievable !
A photo of Mill Pond Steakhouse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1574)
$31 to $50
Steak
Rembert
About the restaurant
Window seating is first come, first serve depending on how early you make your reservation. Parties larger than 5 are unable to be seated next to the window. We do our best to accommodate all requests but aren't always able to seat everyone that requests a window seat by the window.

Mill Pond Steakhouse is the only up-scaled steakhouse in the midlands. We have a well developed staff that is committed to your dining needs. It starts from the time you pick up the phone to make a reservation to when you are welcomed at the front door and lasts forever. When you arrive to the Mill Pond Steakhouse in Boykin, SC you take a step back in time. Mill Pond Steakhouse offers rustic elegance with southern hospitality and a one of a kind dining experience.

Parties of 6 or more are required to call the restaurant at 803-425-8825 and ask to speak to management.

If you can't make your reservation on time, please call to let us know or else your table may be given to someone else. Thank you!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Everything was excellent. Our waitress Areal was excellent and will make sure she waits on us next time
A photo of Top of Carolina restaurant
4.7
4.7 (73)
$31 to $50
American
Columbia
About the restaurant
Embark on a culinary adventure unlike any other as you ascend to the pinnacle of indulgence at the Top of Carolina rotating restaurant for Sunday brunch. Nestled high above the cityscape, our panoramic views are only rivaled by the sumptuous spread awaiting your arrival. As you sip on mimosas and bask in the morning sunlight, let the world below become a mere backdrop to the feast unfolding before you.

From the first bite of freshly baked pastries to the last sip of artisan coffee, every detail is meticulously curated to tantalize your taste buds and elevate your brunch experience to new heights. Indulge in a symphony of flavors, from savory classics to inventive culinary creations, all while being gently spun around to witness the ever-changing landscape below.

Join us at the Top of Carolina, where Sunday brunch isn't just a meal—it's an unforgettable journey through taste and sight, leaving you with memories as delightful as the dishes themselves.
Top review
Valuehound
Dined on May 5, 2024
Top of Carolina is a find! What a delightful experience. The food was quite good, the service was attentive but not intrusive, and, of course, the view was expansive. I would definitely recommend this brunch locale and will be returning myself. Btw, I am given to understand that Top of Carolina will be closed the Summer of 2024 for repairs to the building and will reopen in the Autumn of 2024.
A photo of Patterson Kitchen + Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (187)
$31 to $50
American
Greenville
About the restaurant
A contemporary American restaurant with Southern and International influences. Positioned by our manicured courtyard and inspired by and featuring the bounty of the Upstate of South Carolina. With a cuisine that focuses on bright, clean and approachable menus that are complimented by warm hospitality in a vibrant setting. Executive Chef Tanner Marino and Executive Sous Chef Gianna Smutzki create seasonal menus that represent the very best of Greenville's culinary scene.
Top review
GeoffGvip
Dined 4 days ago
Everything was fabulous. Service was excellent and the North Carolina Trout was outstanding!
A photo of The Melting Pot - Myrtle Beach restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1462)
$50 and over
Fondue
Myrtle Beach
About the restaurant
Enjoy an unforgettable interactive dining experience with friends and family with fondue at The Melting Pot in Myrtle Beach, SC. We believe in celebrating the everyday, so you don’t need a special reason to come out for our delicious menu offerings. Whether you’re here for drinks, cheese, and chocolate, or you want to dig into our four-course fondue experience, we know you’ll love every bite! From artisan cheeses to our decadent chocolate fondue desserts, there is something to tickle your taste buds in each pot. Let our friendly staff help you choose the right fondue experience for your table tonight. Make reservations for everyone at The Melting Pot and turn the ordinary into the extraordinary!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
Had a great time! Great food and service! Looking forward to next time.
A photo of Rick Erwin's Clemson restaurant
4.8
4.8 (258)
$31 to $50
American
Clemson / Central
About the restaurant
Welcome to Rick Erwin’s Clemson, where the finest cuisine and hospitality meet to create a truly exceptional dining experience. Located in Patrick Square, our restaurant is a beloved destination for locals and visitors alike.
Our menu is a celebration of the best that the region has to offer, with a focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients and classic southern flavors. From perfectly seared steaks and fresh seafood to delicious salads and decadent desserts, every dish is crafted with care by our talented culinary team. Our knowledgeable servers are always on hand to guide you through the menu and help you select the perfect wine pairing to complement your meal.
At Rick Erwin’s Clemson, we believe that every meal should be a memorable experience, and we strive to create a dining experience that exceeds your expectations every time. Whether you’re a longtime fan of our restaurant or you’re visiting for the first time, we look forward to welcoming you to Rick Erwin’s Clemson.
Top review
Fred
Dined 5 days ago
We were there for an anniversary and they made it exceptional. My wife said it was the best meal she'd had in years and mine was top-notch. The service was even better. My only regret is that I misfigured the tip (we were having a very good time and I wasn't paying attention) and under-tipped our server. He deserved a bigger tip, he was excellent!
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