The Kennedy

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
The Kennedy aspires to maintain an infinitely evolving culture of hospitality. Through superior quality ingredients and exceptional service we are cultivating an environment of food, drink and company that aims to enrich the lives of our guests and our team. Our passion for meaningful and memorable dining experiences is embedded in every detail of our art deco décor, every sip of our impeccably crafted cocktails and every bite of our fresh, locally sourced small plates.
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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, even better service! Always a pleasure to dine here. And... the best craft cocktails in Spartanburg!

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating an engagement

AS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were great. The portions were bigger than we were expecting and filling. I highly recommend the crispy potatoes and the grilled ribeye.

MO
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The menu was a bit pricey but very good food.
On time seating for my reservation and very friendly place.

MP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I absolutely love The Kennedy. After we discovered this place a year ago, it has become our go to date night place. The chef’s table is by far the BEST seat in the house. Being able to interact with the chefs who are making your food and watching the magic happen is an incredible experience. The food is delicious, the portions are perfect, the decor is gorgeous, and the staff is phenomenal.

CR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. High quality. You get what you pay for. Very special place and wonderful for a special occasion for two or four people.

DG
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and awesome service. Our second visit and we were not disappointed.

LT
Montana
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cool restaurant, enjoyed a great Valentine's dinner there this week. Decorated with a cool art deco vibe, nice craft cocktails list, the food was fabulous and service very good as well. Would definitely recommend for a special occasion or with a group where you can share plates and enjoy all the delicious menu items. Will definitely be back soon.

JB
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our first time dining at the Kennedy. Options were innovative but not weird. Wine list was focused with good options. Service was attentive. We look forward to returning.

S
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very knowledgeable staff and wonderful service.

B
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always! I love the lighting and the atmosphere!!

DJ
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had never been here before but wanted to find a special place for my mom’s birthday and retirement celebration dinner. Anna was our server and was, hands down, one of the best servers we’ve ever had. Her recommendations were SPOT ON. I had the duck confit special and my mom had the bass special. She then recommended the spoon bread.....let me tell you....it has no right being that good! I’m not a dessert person, but oh my word.....it was divine. And the coffee!!! Do yourself a favor and just go check it out. A big plus for us was the mocktails which made my mom feel extra special (since she doesn’t drink).
The only reason I didn’t give the food 5 stars was because the duck confit and crispy brussel sprouts were pretty salty, like to the point I couldn’t finish the whole plate. No, I didn’t tell the waitress because everything else was soooo spot on. Everyone can have an off night on one part of a dish!! But still good, nonetheless.
My mom and I had a memorable evening and definitely plan on coming back. 10/10 would recommend.

JC
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Kennedy is arguably the best Dining experience in Spartanburg. The quality and care that goes into each dish is second to none in the area. During 4 visits across nearly 2 years I have never had something that wasn't delicious or left me regretting my choice. Make no mistakes, it can be expensive to dine here. But the quality of the product and the experience has made it worth it every time. I only wish I could afford to dine here regularly, but for now special occasions will suffice. From this most recent experience I recommend the crispy potatoes, the pork belly, and the Chocolate spoon bread.

JE
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice of entrees (fish. etc) and preparation

OT
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. The food was delicious and Allister was great. Top notch service and we will definitely go back again!!!

RW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was excellent. Our waitress was superb. I've been there many times, however this time I experienced the old wine by the glass scheme. (I am familiar with this from some other bars). I ordered a Malbec by the glass. It was excellent. The second one was vinegar as if the bartender was trying to finish off another bottle of something. I sent it back. The waitress smelled it and agreed. The third glass was again my Malbec. I order one more and got something entirely different. Not what I expect from one of my favorite restaurants.

l
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening at The Kennedy. Although the martinis were on the shallow side, the service, cuisine and ambiance were top notch. Will definitely be back if I’m in the area.

PC
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Kennedy never disappoints. One of Spartanburg's top three restaurants.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was delicious, visited for restaurant week. We were next to a vent so it was a little cold is the only issue.

d
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I needed a sort-of-inbetween spot to meet up to reconnect and we could not have found a lovelier spot than The Kennedy.

From start to finish everything was divine--prompt service with a smile, phenomenal well-crafted cocktails, an intimate and swanky ambiance, and body roll + chair dancin' scrumdiddlyumptious food.

We took a full flavored tour of the menu thanks to the expert and gracious guidance of our server Jessica C. My friend started with the seasonal salad and savored every bite. I threw back a round of raw oysters, from Maine and Maryland respectively, and had to restrain myself from ordering more. The housemade accompaniments with the oyster platter were a fine addition to boot.

We ordered two of the evening's specials. A NC-caught, pan seared grouper over field peas and collards with sweet peppers and the lobster risotto that was flavored with the butter of the gods. M&Ms wish they had the kind of melt-in-your-mouth feel of this risotto. We usually find ourselves in need of to-go boxes but not on this fine night! We happily enjoyed scraping the plates clean ... so much so that we had to try one more thing that had us hankering: the pork belly over stoneground grits.

Lawd. We cleaned that plate too!

And because everything was so delicious we had to order dessert--which we rarely do--but the sensational experience to that point compelled us. We ain't about that FOMO life when it comes to food. There was creme brulee and bourbon glazed bread pudding to be had!

And as our dearly departed sweet goddess of sound Whitney once asked us, didn't we almost have it all?

Yes we did. I saved a few bites of pudding for my mama and have been telling all my Clemson, Easley and Greenville friends that Spartanburg is not to be missed--not as long as the Kennedy is in town.

Coincidentally, college/family friends took over the main dining room to host an engagement party which added just the right amount of flair and fancifulness for an intimate affair.

d
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. A real jewel in Spartanburg - or any "Burg" for that point.

OT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found ourselves with one night in Spartanburg, SC and being foodies, we wanted to make sure we got a good meal. We selected the Kennedy based on other reviews, the cocktail list, and menu. We were not disappointed.

It was a Thursday night, and at 8 PM it was not busy. The service was very friendly, and the other patrons were enjoying wine and conversation long after their meal was finished.

We weren’t super hungry, so we skipped the starters. Cocktails were well made, interesting and delicious. My husband ordered the filet special with this amazing stacked potato side dish, sort of like scalloped potatoes but in tower format. It was cooked perfectly, medium rare, and he said it was the best piece of beef he’s had in a while. I ordered the corn meal gnocchi Which was surprisingly light and very enjoyable. I we saved a sliver of room for dessert, which was amazing. A decadent chocolate and caramel cookie dough dessert. Wow.

Don’t hesitate to try this, if you haven’t. If we lived closer, we’d definitely be back!

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! A must try!

g
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best meal we have had in either Greenville or Spartanburg. This place is a Charleston level restaurant.

OT
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really great place to enjoy a meal of exceptionally tasty food with a great cocktail, wine or beer. Seasonal dishes compliment a couple of scrumptious more permanent offerings. The best dining option in Spartanburg.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic time. Service was top tier and the food is some of the best in the upstate.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent, ordered the rib-eye and it was the BEST I’ve ever eaten and that is saying a LOT due to the fact that I moved here from Texas and have had my share of steaks! Took off one star for the kitchen serving an appetizer that the menu stated “sampler of cheeses” and we were served 3 slices of 1 kind of cheese and half of 2 slices were hard and inedible. The chicken pate sampler was skimpy as well, they spread a very thin layer of pate on one thick slice of sourdough, not what I would expect for a pate sampler. We will be going back to try the rest of the offerings, everything else was excellent.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely pre-Christmas party, complete with fancy drinks (the drink menu is amazing) and a fabulous dinner of roasted octopus, pork bellies, and butternut squash risotto, to name a few. While it’s a little pricey, the warmth, laughter, and ambience make for memories that will last a lifetime!

ME
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only thing better than the food was the service. It was very close to the perfect dining experience.

JD
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could give this restaurant 6 stars I would. Absolutely blown away by the food and service every time I go here.

WL
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was off the chain fresh, delicious, & beautifully presented. We sat at the counter and got to speak with Chef Jammie about the truffles he was using for the restaurant which were imported from France. He was delightful! Our server Rachel gave impeccable service and was very knowledgable about the complex ingredients in each dish. She even gave us all the information we needed to come back tonight for a special wine pairing 5 course dinner with wine maker Orin Swift. So impressed with The Kennedy. We had a special raw citrus tuna crodeaux appetizer, Enochi with lump crab & truffle enhancement, Charred Octupus, creme brulee, chocolate cake. All of which were outstanding. We had a 2017 Cooper and Theif Red Red Wine Blend, also stellar.

MD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and service was stellar!! Will definitely return

KB
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We always enjoy visiting The Kennedy, never disappoints.

DK
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Kennedy was fabulous as always! The food is delicious and innovative. The service is always impeccable and friendly! One of my favorite spots to eat!

OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The meal was unusually salty. Folks in our party enjoyed it regardless but I felt the majority of the meal was inedible due to the excessive seasoning. We love the Kennedy and will be back. Hopefully it was just a temporary heavy hand with a salt shaker and not a permanent change in the cuisine.

BA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have decided the Kennedy is our favorite restaurant in Spartanburg and Greenville!! We’ve never tried anything we didn’t absolutely love. We had family come visit from Atlanta and Virginia. We knew they would not be disappointed, and they certainly weren’t. Jaime, keep doing what you’re doing!
Bob and Terri Allsbrook

OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food. Never had anything what we didn’t like.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was phenomenal, and every single dish we ordered was delicious and beautifully plates

MI
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anna provides excellent service and we enjoyed sitting at the counter!

TK
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Kennedy is our go to place in Spartanburg. If you are looking for fresh, whole food preppies in original ways, I highly recommend The Kennedy.