Solstice Kitchen

4.8
1714 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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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!
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Phone number
(803) 788-6966
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Ricky Mollohan
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Clemson Road
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Parking details
Ample parking is available at no charge
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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!

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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
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OM
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food & amazing service. Britney make the night special

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening with excellent food!

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GW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only restaurant worth going to in the northeast Columbia area. We keep going back and the excellent service we get is exceptional . Brittany, Lisa and Blake are the best!

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GM
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding buttermilk chicken! The best fried chicken I've ever had paired with outstanding collards and wonderful Gouda macaroni and cheese. Had to eat at the bar it was so busy. Bartender was attentive without hovering.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the Buttermilk Chicken, it’s ridiculously good!!!

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RW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

One of the very best restaurants in town - with a changing menu and always great service!

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AB
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always very pleased with the quality of their food. The food and the service are always A+!

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AD
Charleston
111 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! We had a late dinner and everyone was very nice and accommodating. The food and service are always wonderful!

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EG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific meal, eclectic menu. They put their own spin on common dishes and bring them up to a new level. The tables for two are pretty close to each other but that is honestly THE ONLY drawback to this place.

Our waitresss has a smile on her face all night and really made it more than a meal: it was an experience.

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OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably our favorite place to dine at in the Midlands. Food is great and the service is good.

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LK
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

we eat here 2-4 times a month. This visit, service unusually slow--drink orders taken & delivered promptly, but long wait to have our orders taken. Still love Solstice!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was fabulous. Lisa knew the food well and was able to answer our questions. The food was and has always been fabulous.

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S
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved it We had the Thi soup AMAZING food was unbelievable and the service was outstanding will go more often even with a 40 mile drive to get there!!

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AL
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solstice Kitchen is one of our favorite restaurants in Columbia. We went there to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. The staff made a point to congratulate us and to make sure we were well taken care of. Jay, our server, did an outstanding job and the food was great. Solstice never disappoints.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I keep going back to Solstice because the food is unique and each meal I have eaten has been amazing.

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BS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. Perfectly cooked filet mignon. Apple crisp was delicious. Very friendly knowledgeable server. Management stopped by table several times to make sure everything was good. This is our go to place for a special meal.

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WS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went for her birthday and were not disappointed. We routinely go there about 3-4 times a year. The bar service was outstanding. My dirty martini was ice cold, literally. Had slivers of ice floating in it. We ordered crab cakes and tuna. Both dishes were cooked to perfection and were delicious. Along with our meal, we had a bottle of Elk Cove Pint Noir from Oregon. Good choice. We decided not to get a dessert but rather a chocolate martini. Again, the bartender outdid himself. We will definitely return.

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JB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, the service was great. It was a good atmosphere for chatting with friends and enjoying the food..

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We dined here on two separate occasions while traveling through area. On both occasions steaks were spectacular. Best we have had in decades throughout the US. Highly recommended. Just the right balance of just about everything.

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M
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've been several times and always enjoy. My only (small) complaint is that it was loud, as it's a small restaurant with a lively atmosphere. The bar area is quite busy through mid-evening. Considering that the food is rather high end (and delicious), I'd prefer a slightly more relaxed atmosphere. It was actually a little hard to have a conversation, and was hard to hear the waiter on occasion. Food, however, was stellar. Beef short ribs were so good!!

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PL
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I'd prefer more space between tables. I felt intruded on by neighboring diners and by the noise level.
This undercut the sense of intimacy that I prefer for a romantic evening.

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JL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Consistently very good food and service plus great wine list

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MP
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. The scallop entree was amazing. The mahi-mahi was prepared to perfection and the chocolate martini was the best way to end the meal. Britney is the best server in Columbia! Ask for her.

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B
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great dinner meal for my birthday. The service was very good, attentive but not distracting. The food was excellent. The fish was prepared just right, fresh, and the proportion was generous. The dessert was very tasty and beautifully prepared. We had a very memorable and enjoyable evening. We've been customers for several years and are never disappointed.

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JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It felt a little crowded to me. You could hear your neighbors conversation with ease. Personally when I'm eating I don't like for people to walk so close to me and my food.

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HA
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, but that’s always. I normally eat at the bar and Lisa is just fantastic.

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B
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with good options for everyone’s preference. Service is excellent. Perfect place for a date night.

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IL
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb, tasty and nutritious. Great service and a delicious collection of flavors.

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WS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking last minute for a restaurant in Columbia, SC. My wife searched and found Solstice about 25min away. The food was incredible. Started us off with a tomato Bisque with cheese biscuit that was heavenly. We sampled everything from the snapper to pork belly sliders and everything was cooked to perfection and full of flavor. Would definitely seek this place out again next time we are visiting USC.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance, food, and service are outstanding. Fantastic wait staff (kudos to Jay), John (manager), and executive Chef (Alan). Thank you.

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M
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wow, wow, wow! We are foodies from New York City and we were blown away by the amazing food at Solstice Kitchen. From the warm greeting by the host to the friendly, professional service, combined with the welcoming, casual atmosphere, this is an amazing restaurant, and we will most definitely be back when we are in the area again - kudos to the kitchen & the entire Solstice Kitchen team!

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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SB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Called during rush time on a Thursday and Brittany made us feel like we were the only people she needed to help! Got there and the place was full..but we had a table as Brittany promised. Waitress was excellent, food was very good. John the manager came by and made us feel very welcome as we talked about mederia.

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SA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For my wife’s birthday, we had a wonderful dinner. The food and service were excellent. Great job, Solstice Kitchen!

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D
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantstic food even for my vegetarian wife.
Never disappointed, unless we can get reservations!!

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LK
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding. Our server, Lisa, was very attentive. John seated us at a corner table. We both sat on the banquet to avoid the high traffic. This was a birthday celebration. The only real distraction was the noise.

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P
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, as always! It was Friday of restaurant week and a full house, so a tiny bit slow but certainly worth the wait. Reservations are a must on weekends.

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LG
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Solstice Kitchen on a number of occasions and I have never been disappointed. This is a great place for food, fun and relaxation!!

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J
Charleston
45 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Solstice is our favorite neighborhood restaurant, always outstanding food & service. On this one occasion though, one entree which I had, swordfish, was a little disappointing and was not up to their usual outstanding offerings. Perhaps it was an off night for swordfish, and I will not let this keep me from returning. Our appetizers of NOLA BBQ shrimp and local farm quail were both outstanding, and my wife's trout was outstanding.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the experience. Our server, Lisa was exceptional and astute! Highly recommend this place. Excellent wine selection .

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