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American Grocery Restaurant

4.4
815 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List

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The American Grocery Restaurant, which can be found in Greenville, South Carolina, attempts to satisfy its customers with American food emphasizing freshness and local ingredients. The menu changes with the season so that the staff can provide you with meals brimming with freshness and taste. In addition to the food at the American Grocery Restaurant, the wine room holds over 100 wines that are hand-picked by the staff and stress the same principles as the food.

The entr�es at the American Grocery Restaurant highlight the kinds of fresh ingredients that are utilized. For example, you can try the cornmeal crusted sunburst trout or the confit of local rabbit.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner : Tuesday - Thursday: Bar 5:00 pm - until; Dinner 6:00 pm - until
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Phone number
(864) 232-7665
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Joe Clarke
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Private party facilities
American Grocery Restaurant offers private dinners in our intimate private dining room designed specifically for smaller business or personal affairs. Our private dining room will accommodate up to twelve comfortably with a variety of menu options we will tailor to your preferences. Additionally, our entire facility is available for buyout to accommodate larger events.
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Private party contact
Joe Clarke: (864) 363-2862
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
O'Neal St.
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Parking details
Free parking is available on the north side of the building in a public city parking lot and on the street.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.6
food
4.3
service
4.2
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5.0
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on September 24, 2015

Very unique. Food was interesting and delicious.

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5.0Dined on September 18, 2015

I was staying in Greenville, SC en route from Columbia, SC to Ashville, NC and asked the Hotel Manager for some recommendations for restaurants in the every more popular "Farm to Table" category. She printed a list of restaurants that fit this description for historic downtown Greenville and after looking a several menus I choose American Grocery Restaurant , and was very please with the fulfillment of special requests on OpenTable, the Service and the Food and the proximity to the river and nice shops. I started with a wonderful summer salad of tomato and watermelon with a hint of a jalapeno and a light vinaigrette . Followed by a perfect Rabbit with gnocchi and fresh greens with an extra side of caramelized onions and spaetzle. The bread came with in house made local peach preserves and I asked for some extra and had it with the in house made peach tea sorbet . To finish I had a pear tart with chai ice cream!

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5.0Dined on September 12, 2015

Complete 10/10 experience. From the fresh, amazingly prepared food to the immaculate cocktails, you CANNOT go wrong with anything on the menu.

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5.0Dined on September 12, 2015

The food was excellent.. The service was slow. Took 10 minutes to get a drink ordered and they brought appetizer right before the served the salad.

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5.0Dined on September 11, 2015

We came for a special meal during a vacation and it was one of the best restaurant meals we have had in a long time. Truly outstanding food and impeccable service. It was so good that we came back to sit at the bar and enjoy a cheese plate a separate night. Best in Greenville.

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4.0Dined on September 11, 2015

Overall scored 4 of 5. The service and attention - fantastic, otherwise score would have been 3. My steak was stringy chewy and very salty. The sauce poured over top did nothing to enhance only overpowered any chance at tasting the beef.

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5.0Dined on September 5, 2015

What did we like? The friendly welcome we received, the sophistication of our waiter on all matters relating to bourbon, the wine list which presented inventive and greatly knowledgeable alternatives to the usual offerings; and a wonderful menu--if you don't try the beef tongue--yes--you'll regret it. The portions, by the way, weren't of a size to make you gag. Come back for another meal? You'd better believe it.

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2015

What a fabulous dinner we had! Celebrated my birthday with the "Foodie Fest" menu, a 3-course fare including watermelon salad, mussels in the most incredible sauce ever created, duo of beef, rabbit tagliatelle, cornmeal peach cake, smores, and a vibrant bottle of rose!

It was my first time dining at AGR, and it will most definitely not be my last. Everything was delicious - nothing left on our plates. The commitment to fresh and local sourcing stands out in each dish. Top quality and passion without pretentiousness - it speaks volumes.

Thanks again, American Grocery and Ian, our wonderful server. He was delightful to talk to!

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5.0Dined on August 28, 2015

Small but cool decor. Pretty noisy. Food was great and creatively plated. Went during Foodie Fest and shared duo of beef and trout. Both were excellent! Also added the wine pairing. Finished the meal with the S'mores and Banana Pudding. Will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on August 23, 2015

Every time we have been to American Grocery, the food quality is excellent, and the presentations are creative.

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2015

It is always a treat to dine at American Grocery! The level of flavor Chef and team bring to each dish is superior...presentation is simple and gorgeous. Please incorporate the 'Smores dessert in your meal, when available, as it is chocolate at its best. American Grocery Restaurant is my favorite fine dining establishment in Greenville.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2015

Best dining experience in Greenville.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2015

We’ve been to many restaurants in many places…Chicago…New York…and we cannot think of any better than American Grocery.

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2015

Can't believe they have been in Greenville for 8 years and I just found them. I will return with friends to try the latest local menu.

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2015

Good food for Father's Day brunch.

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2.0Dined on June 20, 2015

It took 2.5 hours to eat dinner with the bulk of the time just waiting on the waiter. The food is EXCELLENT. The chef is AMAZING. The service is pretty close to ABSENT. This was our second time after a year and a half. We had the same lack of service last time, but decided to give it another try. Same great amazing dishes, same inattentive wait staff.

They clearly know who to master the kitchen, just not the dining room.

If you want amazing food and don't mind waiting a long long time in between courses, by all means GO. For us, waiting and waiting isn't part of a great dining experience, no matter how great the food is.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2015

Very delicious unique dishes.

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2.0Dined on June 12, 2015

Food served cold & took forever to settle bill with transportation waiting

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3.0Dined on June 5, 2015

For the price, the food should be amazing and it simply isn't. My rabbit was dry, although not overlooked. And the fish was good, but not great, and not what I would expect from American Grocery. It kind of felt like they stopped trying. Unfortunately, I don't think we'll be back, which is disappointing because there is a lot of potential.

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1.0Dined on May 30, 2015

American Grocery although located on Main Street of downtown Greenville is really not a must try. The staff was friendly and the restaurant itself is quiet but once you take a look at the menu it just goes down hill. There is almost no choice and everything is overpriced. After ordering the rabbit confit at a mere $27 dollars (please note the sarcasm) I thought to myself surely I will at least have a hearty meal. But when the waiter brought my meal I was disappointed to see that it looked like he forgot half of it back in the kitchen. The food itself was decent but in no way shape or form worth $27 dollars. We ended up leaving still hungry and unwilling to pay for anything else there and headed down the street to a place that is never a let down to get something else to eat. Overall American Grocery is a pretentious restaurant and I wouldn't recommend going there unless you don't mind leaving broke and hungry.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2015

This cozy little place was a delightful find! In the hot spot Mecca of South Carolina, Greenville has no finer repast than American grocery! The menu is up to the moment and the chef knows just what to do with what's available. Truly innovative cocktails, superb wine list (rose flights!) the staff made our experience unique and we look forward to being frequent diners to see how each month's harvest will be reimagined at this modern downtown destination! Bravo!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2015

The three Swiss guys enjoyed every bite, including the pork belly appetizer. II have dined at the American Grocery before - I live very close - so I suggested to my Swiss friend in Spartanburg that he and a business associate coming in from Switzerland should join me for dinner at the American Grocery Restaurant. It was a hit.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2015

After circling the block(s) for half an hour trying to find a parking space, we walked in about 10 min late for our 7:15 reservation. The hostess was understanding and apologetic, and we were promptly seated.

The wait staff was attentive without ever being annoying or pushy. The menu options sounded exquisite, so we ordered a variety of items, starting with a Lamb meatball and Maple glazed pork belly. Both were perfectly prepared to order, and definitely left us excited for the next course.

For entrees, my wife ordered the Confit of local rabbit, which, again, was perfectly prepared and quite tasty. I'm normally not a huge fan of rabbit, but this was delicious, and served with gnocchi, which I love, along with turnips and wild mushrooms. I ordered the Sunburst Trout, which lay on a bed of cauliflower purée and was accompanied by brussel sprouts and bacon. Fantastic.

By this time, we weren't sure we would have room for dessert, but when the waiter arrived with the dessert menus, we felt like we should at least take a peek. Turns out, we had some room after all and my wife ordered the house made sorbet trio, which was a wonderful end to the meal. The pineapple sorbet was incredible.

I'm a sucker for carrot cake, and when you add goat cheese frosting, some carrot ice cream, and some pecan crumble... I was sold. Like everything else, it was delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2015

Excellent drinks. Pig on a porch is unique and fun. Worked around dietary restrictions which was very much appreciated. Good was lovely.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2015

I've been wanting to try this restaurant for quite awhile, but my husband is not as adventurous as I am and the menu changes often. So Mother's Day seemed to be a great opportunity. I thought parking would be challenging due to Artisphere. However, we found parking two blocks down and arrived early for our reservation. We only had to wait a few minutes before being seated in the small front room of the restaurant. Thank goodness we were in that room as the noise in the main dining area was very loud. (Mom has difficulty hearing and that would not have been pleasant.) Once the children at the table next to us left, our wonderful brunch began. (I shared a bench seat with their table and every time the kids jumped up and down, my body did too.) Our waiter was very attentive & knowledgeable. The food & specialty cocktails were simply divine! I now look forward to trying dinner one evening soon.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2015

AGR is a delightful dining experience . The chef is a master who creates a blending of flavors that never disappoint the diner.
A relaxing time to enjoy friends , family , and amazing food.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2015

It was our first time at AG. We had the six-course tasting menu and it was fantastic. The service was perfect. We will definitely return. If you go, you have to try the Crispy Farm Egg as a starter...Amazing!

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2015

The value just not there. Inconsistent pacing of the food. Wait staff knowledgeable.
Too many other good restaurants in Greenville.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2015

Absolutely the best dinner you are going to have in Greenville. The food is well thought out and prepared with every bite in mind. Cocktails are the best in Greenville. Wait staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Owners are happy to have you in their restaurant and pride themselves on making sure you have a wonderful experience. You will not find a better meal in Greenville.

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2015

The food is good, not great. We expected to pay extra for the locally sourced ingredients, but there was still a bit of sticker shock.

There are other restaurants with food just as good (or better) with a more pleasant atmosphere. This restaurant and Breakwater nearby are surely the two loudest restaurants in South Carolina. American Grocery is so loud one can hardly carry on a conversation with someone across the table. As a result, everyone is yelling... which just increases the volume. I don't care to spend this much for a meal and have to eat it in this much noise. Not my idea of fine dining. After eight years one would think AG would have invested in some sound dampening materials on the ceiling and walls.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2015

One of the best meals my husband and I have had in a long time.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2015

Easter brunch at AGR is always a treat, and this year was no exception. Fantastic from start to finish! AGR should do brunch EVERY Sunday!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2015

What a wonderful dining experience at AGR...Easter Brunch was lovely....a must have to start is the delicious bread basket ... great selection of drinks ... menu for all ... looking forward to returning for dinner...thank you AGR!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2015

My mother, her friend and I ate brunch at The American Grocery on Easter Sunday. We had a fabulous meal. My mother and I both had the grilled ham steak with a 63 degree egg (poached via the sous vide method), a ramp biscuit and creamed kale. The ham was perfectly grilled. The egg was perfectly poached and the rich egg yolk blended well with the kale and the biscuit. Our friend had the smoked salmon citrus salad and said it was delicious. We split the bread basket - morning glory muffins, and banana bread and we split a dessert (chocolate terrine with homemade marshmallows). Everything was fresh and they strive to get everything locally. Our server was great and really knew the menu. I love this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2015

We've eaten at American Grocery for dinner several times and this was our second trip on Easter brunch. They get the details right at AGR. Things like place settings & decor, attentive but not intrusive service, and delicious food are all carefully thought out and prepared. They clearly care about how their brand is presented and it shows.

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3.0Dined on April 3, 2015

The cheese board and kale salad were delicious. The steak and halibut were not good especially for the price. My glass of wine was not good and the waiter just didn't push getting me anything else to drink.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2015

The food:
Creative, delicius dinner menu including starters and entrees with several unusual selection. I had the Smoked Trout Brandade, arugula salad, pickled shallot, romesco, espellette, fermented chili which was wonderful and great combination of different flavours. My wife has a selection of 3 different Charcuterie, duck, rabbit liver and country pate they were very well prepared and balanced. For entrees we had the Grilled Striped Bass, olive oil – poached potatoes, sauce basquaise, castelvetrano olives, breadcrumbs and the Confit of Local Rabbit, turnips, house made gnocchi, wild mushrooms, arugula, sauce moutarde; again a great combination of flavours, very original.
Good dessert menu and great wine selection
Highly recommended for the food quality and creative dishes.

Service:
Unfortunately the service was less impressive, I would call it amateurish, it was very slow, took a long time to take our order, waited a while for the coctails and we have to ask for the bread and got 1 piece of it. I ordered a bottle of wine and the waiter completely forget about it so our entree was almost cold by the time we got the wine.
The waiter was friendly and tried hard, however he was overworked an inexperienced. There were 2 other waiters/serves walking around and explaining the dishes but they did not served the food or cleaned the plates so I was not clear about their usefullness.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2015

Our party of 3 had Bologna sandwich, fried deviled egg, kale salad, Braised beef tongue, and the smoked trout. All were tasty. Our waiter, Justin, did good.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2015

One of our favorite places in all of Greenville. The dishes are inventive and always delicious. The locally sourced products make a clear difference in the quality of the food.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2015

My wife and I enjoyed our dinner. Food and service was great.

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