Sassafras Southern Bistro

4.8
1328 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern

Located in the heart of downtown Greenville, South Carolina, Sassafras Southern Bistro serves an eclectic menu of American cuisine with a truly Southern influence. Menu items include steak, fresh seafood, salads, and amazing desserts. Sassafras Southern Bistro has a full bar featuring local beers on tap and an extensive wine selection both by the glass and by the bottle.





Start out your meal at Sassafras Southern Bistro with one of their amazing appetizers like the spicy pork tenderloin or the famous blue crab and pepper-jack nachos. Choose from entrees like the raved about shrimp and grits or the filet with house made pimento. Some vegetarian and gluten free options are available upon request.


Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1328 people are saying
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MichaelH
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 47th wedding anniversary. When seated at the table the waitress wished us a happy anniversary, and offered a complimentary dessert to help celebrate the occasion. Service was excellent, the food was excellent, and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening. We plan to keep sassafras on our short list of fine places to dine- excellent!

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AlricC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I do not recommend the brussel sprouts as a side. They were overcooked.

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viplovetotravel
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our dining experience was excellent. Great wine, super service (Shirley was our server) and AMAZING food!!!! We will definitely be back! Highly recommend the mahi and the pimento cheese filet.

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CharlesH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Will definitely return. A fantastic dining experience

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AshleyD
Charleston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I hadn’t been to sassafras for five years. Not because we don’t like it, but just because we don’t go downtown much. They are under new management, but this doesn’t reflect in the taste of the food. In fact the food may be even better! We shared an appetizer of pork tenderloin buffalo bites over gorgonzola grits, and it was delicious. They are like flash fried or something, but still tender, and just loaded with flavor. My boyfriend doesn’t even like Buffalo sauce sauce and he loved it. This will be our new spot for pre-downtown event drinks and apps. Then I had the beef tips (balsamic reduction) with risotto and it may have been even better than the pork tenderloin bites. My boyfriend had a fillet, and although he is an expert smoker/griller, he was also highly impressed with the quality, taste, and taste of the steak. Then I had beignets for dessert. If for nothing else, you should go to sassafras for dessert and have the beignets with the peaches ….They are to die for!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we want a good dinner, date night out, we always go back to Sassafras. It is always consistent, we have our favorite plate, which is the the filet with pimento cheese. It is the best! And salads are amazing. Thanks for always having the best dining experience for us!!

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Rob1965
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Service was a little slow. Other than that it was a gorgeous meal and despite the total downpour, a lovely evening. Will always return to sassafras bistro. Been coming for 20 years. Won’t stop now.

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GregoryT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic seafood, the grits are to die for. Don't miss out.

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vipMitosM
Jacksonville
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outdoors next to the restaurant indoor area so we enjoyed some air conditioning. Our waitress Judy, who was training Erin, both made our evening so special. My husband and I ordered a bottle of wine (half price on Wednesdays) and each had a salad. We split the beef tenderloin encroute and it was delicious! We then had coffee and split an order of beignets with peaches and ice cream. What a great meal!

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Frankie
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was hot when it reached the table and delctable. Many excellent choices and very friendly staff...

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DaveS
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent in every respect! This is a new favorite for us. Highly recommended.

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Sunflower1960
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So lucky to have found this gem! We had one of the best meals we have had in a very long time. Scallops were perfect on the most delicious risotto and sautéed spinach for me and, Seafood trio on risotto and asparagus for my hubby…absolutely perfect! Stephanie was our wonderful server and made the experience so fun! We will be back the next time we are in town.

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Rob1965
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wren, our server was amazing. The food is always consistently delicious and the vibe of the place was on point. One of my favorite spots in downtown as it has been for over 20 years.

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DawnL
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. The best chicken I’ve ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Decent place. Food was meh. Generally too heavy and not that flavorful.

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SandyA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! Shirley was attentive, but not intrusive.
Food was really good and the atmosphere very inviting. We look forward to dining again soon.

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StevenH
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Shirley was very helpful and friendly and all the staff were very nice to us. The food was amazing very unique and flavorful. The portions are large and the prices are very reasonable. The atmosphere is casual. There is enough space between tables to have privacy and they don’t rush you. The pace of the experience was perfect. It was our first time there but we will be back. We absolutely loved it.

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RichieA
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Great food, great service. We make it a point to dine here on every trip to Greenville ! Never diosdappointed.

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HollyM
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! One of our favorite spots!

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CherylW
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy everything about this restaurant and love to join friends at Sassafras!!

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vipjcbunc85
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great southern cuisine and cool atmosphere. In the middle of everything.

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TimB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Blackened catfish was cooked perfectly. Wife had scallops, shrimp, catfish. I tasted a scallop, and it was very good. Great service.

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BarbB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thought of trying somewhere new and different to celebrate our anniversary. We were glad we didn’t, the food, and service was outstanding, can’t wait to go back.

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CroslenaJ
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant— food is awesome. Service is spectacular. Dorian was the first waiter we had (3 or so weeks ago), and he is an awesome waiter— very personable, attentive, and professional. We have been back 3 times since! Owner always comes by table to greet and ask you about meal.

Love this place!

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KevinB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, food was awesome, love it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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MatthewS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing dining experience when we visit. Wait staff was awesome and the manager always visits every patron to ensure our dining experience is going well.

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vipEmp0711
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food atmosphere and service was good. I will go back

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This experience was wonderful as always! It was our third time there and also third time having Caroline as our server. She is always on top of the game and has such a sweet enthusiastic personality. Best shrimp and grits we’ve ever had and the trout special was delicious! Thank you Caroline and sassafras for a great date night.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sassafras always delivers a great meal and great service. A go to for sure.

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BrentB
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dined out with friends and had an across the board outstanding experience. Food and service were spot on, really well done. Wine lover alert! The wine list, while not extensive has some outstanding options which are offered at a fraction of the mark-up of your typical restaurant. This alone will bring us back soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful!

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AlexC
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The fried chicken dinner was delightfully different yet certainly in the tradition. Great service, attractive interior.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed every moment of our dinner. Our table had a cute card congratulating us on our anniversary and offered a free dessert. The service was amazing and food delicious.
We have enjoyed dinning here for years.

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carolW
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great trout - server was pleasant and had a great smile

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Bestfood
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and location

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. I had the beef en croute and it was the best thing I’ve eaten in a while. Will definitely return!

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Angela
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Will make this a regular stop.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a beautiful environment, amazing food & great service.

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vipRussP
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always, had a perfect table open to outside for a birthday celebration. A must try.

FAQs

Sassafras Southern Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 1328 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.