About Solstice Kitchen

A multiple-winner of Open Table's "Best Overall Restaurant" in South Carolina, Solstice Kitchen & Wine Bar is the partner restaurant of Mr. Friendlys New Southern Cafe and Cellar on Greene. Owner/Executive Chef, Ricky Mollohan, teams up with Chef Alan Boyle to create weekly menus that change to emphasize the seasonal meaning of "Solstice". All menus utilize interpretations of dishes ranging from classic American & French, to Mediterranean & Japanese.

Join them for lunch to enjoy such classics as Shrimp-n-Grits, Pan Seared Salmon Cakes and a Fried Green Tomato BLT. Customer favorites at dinner include the Fried Select Gulf Oysters, Compart Farms Pork Steak, Smoked Gouda-Applewood Bacon Mac-n-Cheese and varying selections of Prime Beef, freshly caught Seafood, locally-farmed produce and housemade desserts. Solstice also offers one of SC's best Wine Lists with over 200 selections, as well as, an innovative cocktail list.

841-4 Sparkleberry Lane
Columbia, SC 29229
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH HOURS - 11:30am-2:30pm, Monday - Friday
BAR HOURS - 5:00pm-Until, Monday - Saturday
KITCHEN HOURS - 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Monday - Thursday & 5:30pm - 10:00pm Friday & Saturday
Thank you and we look forward to serving you!

Cross Street:
Clemson Road

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(803) 788-6966

Website:
http://www.solsticekitchen.com/

Entertainment:
Happy Hour is offered nightly from 5-7pm in our bar area! Enjoy half-off select appetizers, $2 off wines by the glass, and $1 off all beer & cocktails!

PLEASE JOIN OUR WEEKLY E-MAIL NEWSLETTER TO FIND OUT ABOUT UPCOMING WINE PAIRING DINNERS, SPECIAL RESERVE WINE FLIGHT NIGHTS, LIVE MUSIC ON THE PATIO, BABYSITTER NIGHTS, DINING WITH DOGS AND MUCH MORE!

Parking Details:
Ample parking is available at no charge

Executive Chef:
Ricky Mollohan

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Our private dining room accommodates up to 35 persons for a seated event. We have several set menu options for your dining pleasure, and you are welcome to create customized menus if you choose. Audio visual equipment is complimentary.

Solstice Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.9

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (31)
Good for a Date (28)
Notable Wine List (25)
See All
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Romantic (23)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Worth the Drive (18)
Local Ingredients (16)
Cozy (16)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Business Meals (10)
Healthy (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Authentic (8)
Fun (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Seasonal (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Casual (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Organic (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
People Watching (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Sort by
S
1525 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

vip
 (Charleston)·Dined 2 days ago

The restaurant week menu is great and we enjoyed everything we had! The oysters, spring rolls, swordfish, ribeye and dessert were all wonderful!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Charleston)·Dined 2 days ago

This is our local go to restaurant. Food is always delicious fresh and local

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Organic, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service3
value5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

A must stop whenever we are in Columbia. Excellent food and an impressive wine list.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

By far my favorite place in Columbia. The food is alway great and the service is excellent!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Comfort Food, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Charlotte)·Dined 5 days ago

As always, a total pleasure! One of the very few top notch restaurants in Columbia

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
·Dined on January 13, 2018

Best fried chicken ever! And the pork chop was heavenly. Can’t say enough about the main corses. Service was fabulous. It was a busy Saturday with some very loud parties near by (toddlers on one side and a woman with a really loud voice on the other). Restaurant seemed to turn up the music to cover it, so it was very loud. Hard to hear my date. Otherwise a great evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

 
·Dined on January 12, 2018

Restaurant week was great coming to this restaurant.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Not many options for Vegetarian!
Fried chicken was world class!

Tags: Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on January 11, 2018

The food and service were excellent. Creative e menu and affordable.

Tags: Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 11, 2018

I cannot say enough good things about the food, the service or the presentation!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Outstanding food and service!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
·Dined on January 6, 2018

Took my wife out to dinner at our favorite place to eat

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
·Dined on January 1, 2018

Went for New Years Eve. It was great. Food was good. Solstice is always our “go to” restaurant for special occasions.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Celebrated New Years Eve here at Solstice with an outstanding food, wine, and service. Started with a glass of authentic French champagne...wonderful. Then wife and I shared a lobster pot pie for appetizer...delicious. Entrees were superb, with myself having the slow roasted beef short ribs bourgogne and my wife the lump crab cakes, both outstanding, accompanied with a nice bottle of Oregon pinot noir. For dessert, we shared the banana-coconut-ice cream pastry, light and delicious. Solstice is our most visited restaurant in the Columbia area, as the food and service are always outstanding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Everything was good except for my filet. I ordered it medium rare and it came out rare. Almost purple in the middle and cold to touch. I sent it back and the new steak came out rare also. This is the third experience I have had with the filet not being cooked right. It seems the chef only knows how to cook a filet rare.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5
value3

 
·Dined on December 31, 2017

Celebration of being smarties 6 months. Everything was amazing! Tasted amazing, eaten here many times. Waits appeared new and distracted. But was still a enjoyable experience.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service3
value5

 
 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 28, 2017

My wife pick this restaurant since it is close to where we live. I was taking in by the menu. The restaurant is cozy and they had us in the corner to enjoy the comfortable seating. Our server was great and always checked up on us. The drinks are good, but amazing crab cakes. I was looking for a good restaurant for crab cakes. But overall, the food was delicious and the prices were reasonable. I would come to dine here again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Healthy, Organic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great meal! I had the special of the Short Rib and it was great, but it was our server Brittany who really made it an amazing meal!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 27, 2017

Homemade truffles were fabulous!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Excellent service and food: a consistent Solstice dining experience. The best restaurant in NE Columbia.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We always enjoy the food st Solstice. Tonight the service was somewhat slow because it was so busy for the Christmas holidays. Love our neighborhood incredible restaurant!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
·Dined on December 19, 2017

I took my family here for my graduation dinner and it turned out to be amazing! I enjoyed a wonderful, large piece of salmon. These were fun flavors that I’ve never tasted before. The ambiance was beautiful and romantic. It’s a perfect date night

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Organic, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Comfort Food, Fun, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Casual, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Delicious meal with a friend. Duck wings appetizer was amazing and ribeye with creamed leeks delicious & perfectly cooked!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

great as always. Ricky and his staff do an amazing job

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Always great! Wonderful food and service at a reasonable price.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Food and service were excellent. Noise level pretty high.

Tags: Seasonal, People Watching, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 12, 2017

The waitresses was great and the snapper was perfect

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Healthy, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I just moved to the area and this was my second time to the restaurant. Fantastic restaurant with specials and a nice wine selection.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Unusual combinations of ingredients that tempt your tastebuds with thrilling results. Prepared to perfection, presented professionally and wonderful to the palate. Try it, you will love the food.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service3
value3

 
·Dined on December 2, 2017

The whole experience was fantastic! Our son has been here a couple of times and recommended it, so we tried it and enjoyed everything about the place!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent food and exceptional service. A must for a nice quiet night out. Will definitely be back.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Good food, ambiance and service. I grew up with pork having to be well done, so the pink-in-the-middle chop left me unimpressed, but the outer portion was very tasty. The green beans and mashed potatoes were excellent.
This is not the fault of the restaurant, but people bringing their babies to a nice restaurant after 8:00 need to keep them quiet or leave them home!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4

 
·Dined on November 28, 2017

We love Solstice. It is one of our favorite places to dine. The food and service was exceptional. We will be back soon.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent food. Service was not up to standards of upscale fine dining. Price a little high but would have been acceptable if the entire experience was great.

Tags: Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service2
value2

vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Enjoyed a great lunch with exceptional service as always.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Quality food and ambiance

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on November 17, 2017

It was our 1st time and definitely not our last! Everything was spot on. This was a much needed long awaited date night and thanks to Solstice it couldn't have been greater!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Several of have lunch here 2-3 times a month. Love it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great waitress and service. Food good.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service5
value3

vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We always love Solstice! The food and service are always exceptional. This was a very last minute decision to go to dinner there and it worked out perfectly for us to sit in a corner table by the bar. We each had red drum as an entree and had 2 different appetizers that were also specials for the evening. We enjoyed everything!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.