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The Restaurant at The Willcox

4.7
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87 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Our kitchen enjoys an exceptional reputation built on the creative talents of our chefs. The menu is American, although our executive chef Ed DeFelice draws inspiration from his international travels. Whether you’re enjoying Southern breezes poolside, the cozy club setting of our lobby or relaxing in our dining room, rest assured that your meal is memorable and your service is prompt and cheerful.

The Willcox has received high honors for sustainability and is routinely recognized by Wine Spectator, Best Chefs of America and our community for our food, cocktails and staff. Come break bread with us. The experience is unpretentious and remarkably delicious.

When booking your reservation please consider the bar booking is in our Lobby Bar area, and that outdoor reservations are not guaranteed a table inside in the event of inclement weather.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 87 people are saying
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SheilaM
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They knew it was someone’s birthday in our party from our reservation through Opentable. Great food and great service.

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ChrisC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Second visit in the last four weeks everything was wonderful except a fly on our first visit we had to constantly fight a fly and then just last visit another fly lit on my steak and my ladies forehead twice. Finally swatted it with a napkin and was able to enjoy the rest of our meal.

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CeciliaT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

First visit. Did not meet expectations. Lacked finesse and ambience. Food was good but not excellent and service lacking. The music and noisy table near us did nothing to enhance experience. Allowance made for Covid restrictions but still disappointing.

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IanP
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Interesting menu. Nice wine selection. Food was very tasty. Service friendly. Ambiance was as good as COVID will allow. RestaurAnt is adjacent to a very pleasant old lobby bar and lounge.

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CaityB
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time my husband and I dine here, it has always been a pleasurable experience, one of our top 5 favorite restaurants. You truly can never go wrong with dining here!

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BarbaraZ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We spent the day enjoying Aiken,stopping for our lunch reservation at the Willcox Inn. Inn is beautiful. Food was inventive and outstanding. We requested outdoor dining both in our reservation and when we arrived and our host still tried to seat us inside. And i also mentioned we were there for my husband’s birthday and nothing was even mentioned. Does the restaurant actually see comments from the Open table reservation? Overall we had a nice time

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Russ
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice varied menu to suit all

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RobinH
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The dining experience cannot be the same while the covid virus interfere with its pleasure. The Willcox did the best they could but it's just not the same.

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KimB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love the Willcox. Went early with a reservation in the bar area. The ambiance was not the usual quiet as there was a very large party of people that congregated near or table to have cocktails and talk. Thank fully they did not stay very long and the remained of the evening was very pleasant. The food and drinks were excellent as usual!

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Stephanie
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mama has always wanted to eat here. Her birthday was last week but I surprised her this week and made reservations for us at The Willcox Inn. We absolutely loved everything about it! The food was great and an even better presentation. The Inn is gorgeous and everyone was so accommodating with the Covid restrictions! We will be back for sure!

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vipJohnT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Butcher Cut specials are amazing. The Lobster dish on the Small Bites menu is delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a wonderful dinner. The service was great, the food was delicious. I had the pork chop. It was tender and juicy. I also had the Gigi salad as a starter. It was huge & delicious. It would be great on its own for lunch or a light supper. My husband had the watermelon and cucumber salad. He enjoyed it. He loved the sea bass for his main course.
The ricotta cheesecake was amazing, big enough portion to share.

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HGM924
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Outstanding, as always! Our service was a bit slow to start but the drinks and food were on point!

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BobbyM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service and place were impeccible, However, the food was average or below average. One of the eggs in the dinner was burnt. There was a lot of fat on the lamb and the steak which was overpriced tasted very different. I felt my salad was tasteless and the homemade dressing watery.

I would try the place again and hopefully, it was just a bad night for the cook.

The Restaurant at The Willcox
Responded on August 27, 2020

We are grateful that you took the time out to leave us a review. Your feedback helps us to improve food & service for everyone.

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New2Aiken
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice, upscale, quiet place to enjoy a romantic dinner. The service is always attentive but not overbearing and food very well prepared.

Overall a great upscale local dining option.

The Restaurant at The Willcox
Responded on August 27, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a 5-star review.

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vipgetcat
Charleston
95 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience4

The manager was outstanding the menu on OpenTable did not match the menu at the restaurant then I have the items that you had listed on your website but the manager was very nice she paid for our meal because it was not very good the waitress was awful but the manager was excellent please update your website with their menu

The Restaurant at The Willcox
Responded on August 27, 2020

Mrs. Williamson Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. I am truly sorry that we did not provide you with the experience you deserved during your visit. After receiving your review, I spoke with the parties involved and discussed ways we can improve server training and logistics going forward. I do hope that you will visit us again and allow us the opportunity to change your opinion and provide you with a pleasant experience in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed brunch

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RobbS
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great as usual. We went for a bottle of wine and dessert. The service was outstanding. It seems like every waiter/waitress has the best attitude and are extremely nice. As well as the hostess and valet parkers.

The Restaurant at The Willcox
Responded on August 27, 2020

Thank you so much for this review. We really appreciate you being a customer. We’re here for you anytime.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
43 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While my Caesar salad had anchovies on it despite my request they be omitted, everything was great, as expected.

Cameron, our server, was attentive and very professional.

Looking forward to the next visit.

The Restaurant at The Willcox
Responded on August 27, 2020

We are so grateful for your review. Thanks for sharing your rating with us and the community.

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WhitePorch
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I pretty well had the whole dining room to ourselves. Friends are still staying home and not eating out due to Covid. My table felt very safe.
Our young waiter did a very good job attending to us. Food was good, but the veggie sandwich looked so all alone on the big white plate with nothing else accompanying it. We asked if a veggie, chips or fruit came with the sandwich and the waiter came back with a bag of chips. We were all charged an additional $3 for the chips.

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AdriaanB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality food, wonderful service! Poolside dining options was very welcome.

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vipJudy
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Always love when we go to the Willcox, unfortunately considering the COVID situation the tables were bare when we first sat down, no silverware or napkins. Once we started eating the table was fully placed. We prefer a little more ambience, lower lighting, but that did not happen until 7:45 and our reservations were at 6:30, so the majority of our meal. I also could not receive my rewards, (I made the reservation based on getting a $10.00 reward given to me in an email from open table) so that was very disappointing. Now I am not sure I even have that reward available. I hope that through this post someone can reach out to me to clear this up. The General Manager said he knew nothing about a reward, when clearly I was able to make the reservation for the Willcox.

The Restaurant at The Willcox
Responded on August 13, 2020

Judy, Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback, we make health and safety a priority when it comes to our guests. We have taken a number of steps to ensure we minimize the risk to our guests, one of the many new protocols is to reduce the risk of contamination of silverware, glasses etc hence the bare tables. Please visit OpenTables help website for instructions on how to redeem OpenTable reward vouchers. We hope to see you again soon.

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DavidB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was outstanding except for the desserts. My husband called the cheesecake “bland with a side of shoe polish”. My flourless chocolate cake was way too sweet and thick. Would of loved just a regular chocolate cake with a side of that yummy whipped peanut butter stuff :)
Rest of food was delicious and memorable!

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vipLeviE
Orlando
23 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was great and I will go back on my next visit!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner at a great hotel!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service coupled with amazing food! This place is a rare find!

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MarianneW
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A bit of a rocky start with service, which improved. The food is delicious and portions are huge. We were staying at the hotel and didn’t bring a cooler. We could have easily eaten the chicken wings and penne bolognese for another meal.

The vodka martini we had in the bar before dinner was excellent!

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Marygoho
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A most excellent evening considering the adjustments required due to Corona. Our server, Natalie, was very enjoyable and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The CAB Filet is one of the best steaks we have ever had! Absolute melt in your mouth delicious! This place is so charming, a great place to celebrate a special occasion. Especially if you include one of their romantic packages and stay the night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific place, excellent food and drink, 5-Star service. Altogether, an amazing event.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very attentive.

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MichaelS
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time ghb oing and will return when moved to Aiken Full time. Ate Brunch and looking forward to tr ynn lunch and dinner

The Restaurant at The Willcox
Responded on July 22, 2020

Thank you so much for your 5-star review! We will share this with the team to let them know to keep up the good work.

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JazminP
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We wore our mask to the table. We’re seated somewhat close to the pools area, it was a beautiful home. Our server was amazing
We enjoyed the Korean wings(this is a large serving) so could have been a meal . My husband had a chefs choice ribeye and myself a lamb chop. Cooked to perfection . the dessert Cheesecake is a must. In the middle of a Pandemic this establishment has perfected adapting to it.

The Restaurant at The Willcox
Responded on July 22, 2020

JazminP, We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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RobbS
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. We sat out by the pool (which was very nice) and had drinks, apps, and entrees. It was very private and relaxing. Will definitely make this a regular thing. It was our one year anniversary and they made us up a “happy Anniversary” card and even complimentary champagne.

The Restaurant at The Willcox
Responded on July 22, 2020

Thank you so much for this 5-star review. We really appreciate you being a customer and helping to share the word about us. We’re here for you anytime.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining there. Will be back! Food and service were exceptional!! Portions were very generous. Selection was great. Beverages were awesome. Superb fine dining.

The Restaurant at The Willcox
Responded on July 22, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a 5 star rating, it's much appreciated!

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vipTomplusenoughletters
Atlanta
44 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

First, this is a beautiful facility. The lobby is a spectacular place to meet for drinks before dinner. The dining room is smallish but roomy, so you don't feel like you are fighting a crowd for either service or simply to talk. The menu is a little limited, as I'm sure they are trying to have something for everyone, but it could use an expansion. All of our food was very good (I had Lamb), though not outstanding. The prices were commensurate with the dishes, except for the steak. All in all, this is a great place to bring guests for a memorable experience.

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RachelC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service 😊 Thoroughly enjoyed the filet migon

The Restaurant at The Willcox
Responded on July 10, 2020

Thank you so much for your 5-star review! We will share this with the team to let them know to keep up the amazing work.

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MaryC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply, the best place to eat in Aiken for lunch and dinner.

The Restaurant at The Willcox
Responded on July 8, 2020

We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us a 5-Star review.

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Mimi
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! A special place to share a special occasion!!!

The Restaurant at The Willcox
Responded on July 8, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a 5-star review.

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PaigeM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive and yet respectful service. Adhering to covid rules very well, with cleaning surfaces, masks and social distancing.

The Restaurant at The Willcox
Responded on July 8, 2020

Thank you for the great review! We can’t wait to have you back at The Willcox.

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FAQs

The Restaurant at The Willcox does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. The Restaurant at The Willcox also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (803) 648-1898.

The Restaurant at The Willcox is rated 4.7 stars by 87 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.