Solstice Kitchen

4.8
1817 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.
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SM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solstice is the best restaurant in NE
Cola. My salmon was perfect. Bread
was good. My husband loved the soup.

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GW
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place to go! Brittany is the best and so is Lisa! Blake always makes us feel at home!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Poor service, once we ordered our water, it took about 15-20 minutes for the server to take our order and another 25-30 minutes to get our meal. The chef sent out some sticks with something on the which no one would try. The waitress was quite rude to my wife who wasn’t eating. Very disappointed. Then next day we had lunch at Friendly’s in Columbia, better food, service, and overall value.

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h
Charleston
45 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good was terrific. Try the fried green tomatoes. Brittany is a terrific server.

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AS
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great dining here. The filet mignon was incredibly mouth-watering and the Mexican BBQ chicken was definitely a hit with my better-half.

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l
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solstice is the best restaurant in Columbia! Their specials are always very creative and amazing.

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B
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solstice is amazing. Solstice is my fav. Solstice is the ultimate dining experience. It’s always exciting when you are treated to dinner at Solstice!!!!!!

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AD
Charleston
126 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we go to Solstice we say we should go more often! The red drum special with the lemon beurre Blanc sauce was incredible and so was the tuner poke bowl appetizer as well as the pork belly appetizer. They always have creative ways of approaching dishes and drinks! Always great!

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on May 1, 2019

Thanks so much for the kind words! We hope to see you more often and promise to have even more interesting dishes and cocktails!

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Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!!!!!!!!!

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on May 1, 2019

Thank you!

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MB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and atmosphere. Perfect for an intimate date, or with family and friends.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on May 1, 2019

We appreciate it Matt and hope that you can dine with us again soon!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food. A little noisy and tight space

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Responded on May 1, 2019

We are glad that you enjoyed your meal!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded expectations - food, service, wait staff (Matt) hostess, manager (Blake)...they always roll out the red carpet when we dine at Solstice. Fantastic specials and awesome cocktails (more please). New dessert treat - yum. Thank you ~ Ozzie Arroyo

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on May 1, 2019

Thanks Ozzie! We greatly appreciate your patronage and will always try and roll out that red carpet!

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l
Charleston
69 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was not afraid to talk to the kitchen about special needs. Food was fantastic, restaurant was quiet and efficient. Will definitely go back. Soon.

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SS
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience
Will definitely come again really enjoyed the food

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GM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Some of the best food in Columbia. A little pricey, but so worth it.

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RH
Savannah
11 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a consistently very good restaurant and one we always enjoy

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N
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great time. The foos was wonderful and at a great value. Our waiter jake was very impressive and professional. We would certainly want to use him again and would recommend this restaurant to our friends. What a wonderful dining experience. Right here in northeast Columbia. Keep ip the great service

Napoleon "Nick" Moore

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Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service...top notch!

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e
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Apr 19, 2019: "Rustic French bread” served before dinner was simply very stale. If you don’t have anything good to serve, please don’t. Then the chef sent some treats from the kitchen. Two stale dough filled with tasteless consistency of a popped zit. Again, if you don’t have anything good to serve, please refrain. I wish the chef or the manager oversaw what was leaving the kitchen and headed for the tables. They hopefully would have stopped it.
The cheese platter, for $14 was a surprise, and not a good one. A few samples of cheese with a tiny bit of strawberry preserve and a barely visible smear of honey. Oh, forgot, and a 1/4 of strawberry. Good margin on that and zero effort.
The main dishes macaroni and cheese and a salad were decent.
Service was decent. My daughter felt bad for the waitress. After barely tasting the "rustic bread” and then presented with inedible cheese cups, she felt sorry and wrapped the cups in a napkin and threw them in the bathroom garbage. I would have complained but teenagers do not like their parents to make scenes.
Would never come back.
Thank you,
Elizabeth

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RB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service

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RK
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our party had two of the fish dishes (halibut and red snapper) and the veal Osso Bucco. Wine suggested was perfect for the table. Desert was cream brûlée’s cheese cake. Aswesome!

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L
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent! Would definitely recommend and I'm pretty picky.

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m
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous as always! The pork springroll appetizer is a go-to and did't disappoint. I tried the halibut special which was wonderful and the group loved the creme brulee cheesecake! Impeccable service as ways, too.

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T
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience! We got seated right away, The waiter was attentive and personable and the food was fresh and delicious. I ordered a cocktail which was great and looked awesome as well. Highly recommended!

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MS
Charlotte
28 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find !!! We were in town for the Masters,staying across the street at the Holiday Inn Express. We ate here both nights and were beyond pleased !! The specials were different both nights. We had the snapper,halibut,filet,crab cakes and the worlds best pork chop !! Price were fair and the food and service were excellent !!

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B
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our meal at Solstice and our server, Cameron, was a delight. Of particular note, my wife (who is a curry snob!) had the curry appetizer special and said it was one of the best she has ever had. A nice wine selection, good food and excellent Service. We will definitely be back when our travels take us to Columbia, SC

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great experience with great food and service!

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MS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Consistently great

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J
Charleston
47 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solstice Kitchen was outstanding as always. We are a frequent diner here. For this visit, we both had soft shell crab as starters....delicious. For entrees I had sea bass on a bed of very tasty grits, outstanding. Wife had duck duo, and she said it was the best she had ever had.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on April 8, 2019

That duck was unbelievable, and whenever we have soft shells they are a must. Thank you for your kind words John, and we hope to see you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant! This is my favorite place in Columbia. I enjoy the ambiance, the service and the food. I’m glad they are a small establishment as it allows for the great experience

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on April 8, 2019

We are so glad that you enjoyed everything, thank you!

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LS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and the best food we have ever had!

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you so much!

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MG
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Solstice was outstanding! This was our second visit. We returned have dinner after a day out in Charlotte. The hosts and staff were very attentive and the food was fabulous. The Curry dish was the nest I have had in many years - Definitely recommend!

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on April 8, 2019

Chef Alan's curry is amazing, we can't get enough! Thanks so much, we hope you stop by again soon!

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BW
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, and atmosphere. Appetizer and entrees were served promptly and the service was attentive and friendly. Highly recommended.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you so much for the kind words!

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B
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Our waiter, Jake, was fantastic and gave great advice on our menu choices. The braised beef short ribs were the best I’ve ever had. We will definitely be back.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you so much, Jake is a great one! We can't wait to see you back in!

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DD
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best Soft Shell Crab I’ve had lately .

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OL
Charleston
42 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is one of my all time favorites for lunch. This was a very busy day, but, the food was fabulous as usual.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thanks so much, we're glad the food was up to our standard!

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m
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had an excellent meal an dour waiter was efficient and courteous. The amuse bouche was a delicious gazpacho, however it was served in small, stainless steel cup. It would have been a more attractive presentation if the soup had been served in a demitasse or something else.
Overall, it was a lovely evening.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on March 26, 2019

Thank you so much, we are glad that you had a great experience!

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MS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, environment and atmosphere, convenience

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on March 26, 2019

Thanks so much!

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Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great ambience

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It is always my go to place -it’s always an enjoyable experience.

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