Solstice Kitchen

4.7
1677 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!

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!

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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.

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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
What 1677 People Are Saying
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Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality menu and ingredients. Caring attention to detail. Allergy friendly restaurant.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

Served a pumpkin pie that was leftovers that was delivered in 2 pieces. Unacceptable.

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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good service. Quick with drinks and a good selection. Brought out a “special dish” from the chef before the entree which was a nice touch. Food was good but nothing stood out as phenomenal. I had the filet and my husband has the osso bocco which was a special.

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EJ
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our Anniversary here, everything was awesome from the service, food and the atmosphere was candlelit and romantic. They even gave us a romantic dessert with a special anniversary message for us....We will be back for a date night soon!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We first came here three years ago to celibrate our wedding anniversary. This was our third year coming and have made this our spot to celibrate. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice quiet dinner with loved ones or friends. The wait staff is outstanding, they deffently know their stuff.

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JR
Mobile
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Food (steak) was delivered with a bug (gnat) crawling on plate and over food. Brought it to the attention of of the waitress who in turn took it to management. The female manager came over and asked If I wanted something else. I told her I still wanted the steak. The manager returned with the same steak, that the insect was crawling on, and said “here you go, clean plate and sides”. I said “it’s the same steak” and she said “you want another steak, it was only a gnat”. Eventually I did get another steak but I feel management could have handled the situation better and not down play the fact that my food was delivered with an insect crawling over it. She made me feel like I was the problem and not the gnat!!

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SM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Short ribs were amazing, the collards there are the best ever!

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LC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily one of the best restaurants in Columbia. Totally worth the drive "out of town". Wonderful food, amazing wine list & great service. The whole package!

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JC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience with Britney as usual! Amazing food & amazing atmosphere.

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PT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try the No Bone pork chop!! It's excellent....you won't be disappointed.

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

It was our Anniversary and we chose this spot because of the overall experience from our first time eating there. It was even better this time and we got a chance to try one of the delectable desserts. Now we are starting to realize that no matter what you order, you’ll love it. The chef is a food genius.

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TD
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Delicious food attractively presented. Great ambiance.

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AD
Charleston
105 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love Solstice! We say this every time but it's true! Food, service, everything excellent!

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CW
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have wanted to eat here since it opened and never got around to it. I live close to 5-Pts, Vista, Main St., Devine Corridor, and Trenholm Plaza, so I always put off going to Solstice and went to restaurants closer to me (including Mr. Friendly's). Well, I finally went and could kick myself for not having gone earlier. It's just about everything I look for in an upscale restaurant. We started with seared scallops served with a stone fruit gazpacho sauce. Sound weird? I long ago learned that unusual ingredients can be absolutely phenomenal in the hands of a good chef, and believe me, this dish was to die for. Cauliflower/Parmesan fritters were superb. The Mahi and the Ribeye entrees were great. I ordered the ribeye in part because of its description and in part because I wanted something to stand up to the Turley Zin I chose. Every single bite we took exceeded our expectations. Attractive room, soft jazz in the background, and service that was knowledgeable, timely and not obtrusive. Highly recommended.

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T
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I drove up from Rock Hill, SC to meet our son and daughter-in-law who live in Columbia for a birthday dinner. This restaurant had been on their list to try so I was delighted to be able to make an online reservation ahead of time. When we got there the parking lot was packed and as we entered the restaurant we could tell it was packed and definitely a popular place, yet our table was for ready for us. I think all our jaws dropped when we saw our table. It has to be the best spot in the whole place! It was elevated up a step and almost a private room with just our table! Awesome! Score! Our waiter, Jordan, was awesome and most attentive, even obliging to take our picture. We all enjoyed our entrees and beverages as well. I wish we had this in Rock Hill! Definitely a place to come back to and to recommend to others!

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MV
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner as usual. Great food and service.

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F
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was good but it was too cold and too dark inside the restaurant + a little expensive

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LK
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Meet here for lunch about twice a month.

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JP
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and presentation. Highly recommend.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy our retired girls lunch here! The food is always delicious and the cocktails! The prices are reasonable for lunch! Our servers are very friendly and take good care of us!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this place. Far superior to places like Ruth Chris. The menu is constantly changing, but always a good selection of fish, red meat or vegetarian entrees. Dessert are fantastic. I had fresh peach cobbler and I could eaten several portions it was so tasty.

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AH
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always we throughly enjoyed it!!!

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SF
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Two types of butter for the bread appetizer, deviled eggs were great, steak, pork, and shrimp and grits were awesome

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F
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food...great service...great atmosphere!

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J
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good as always. Service was excellent and food was enjoyable.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Josh is the most excellent waiter. Love their staff and food.

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JC
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Britney is a fantastic server, I recommend requesting her every time you dine at Solstice. The food is amazing; I alway look forward to the soup of the day, it never disappoints! Five star restaurant, well worth your money.

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DO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very nice!

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E
Charlotte
41 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. It never disappoints. Excellent food, wonderful wines, delightful service. I live almost an hour away, but it is definitely worth the drive.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always!

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DW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Trying something new and different turned into a memorable night! Great food and atmosphere for our 21st Anniversary! The steak dinner was absolutely outstanding and delicious! Will visit again soon!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While my personal budget doesn't allow for regular visits, it's always my "go-to" place for any celebration. The food is creative, delicious and beautifully served. The service is outstanding...attentive without being cloying, respectful and efficient. When the menu changes, I'm always sad to lose a favorite...and then there's a new favorite to replace it.
I expect to find a few high quality restaurants in the downtown and theater areas, but this is an incredible find for a local neighborhood area.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a really nice dinner with friends and happy with the service and food.

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LY
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My server was phenomenal! The food was exceptional! Great place for a date when you want to impress.

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LS
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the ambiance, it was perfect for my date night. The staff and food was great especially our waiter Roderick,I will definitely return!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was a wonderful dining experience. The service was good and the food superlative. I would definitely make a return appearance!

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BL
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely perfect meal. The attention to detail and the quality of the menu is simply the best.

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