Solstice Kitchen

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1966 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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DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner. I will go again and encourage friends to do the same.

F
Charleston
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the 3 course special for restaurant week. Seated by the manager who greeted us and made us feel valued. Great first two course choices and we were too full for desserts so we carried our cheesecakes home! Our entree was a chef created flounder dish served over creamed grits. NE Columbia and surrounding areas continue to be treated to one of Columbia’s best restaurants. What a gem!

Solstice Kitchen
Responded a day ago

Thank you for coming in to visit during Restaurant week! We appreciate the kind review and hope to see you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Solstice. There was a loud table but that is out of the ordinary experience tbere

i
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the ambiance. Nice background music with low lighting. Food is delicious! Solstice has been and still is the best Columbia has to offer for fine dining.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much for the kind words! We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out. Enjoyed the food thoroughly.

TH
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The menu selections were good and seasonal. The waiter that we had was a bit slow to take the order and check on the table, but overall it was a good lunch experience.

DD
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never had a bad meal. We feel it is the best restaurant in Columbia

Solstice Kitchen
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much! We appreciate this awesome review and hope you will come back to see us soon!

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TR
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect local place for a special occasion meal. We had suburb service from Allison, and the meal was excellent.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you! We are glad you enjoyed it. Allison is a great one! Come back soon.

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J
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

R
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Duck was excellent. Ribeye cooked to perfection. We will be back.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for the kind words, Rick. We appreciate the review and look forward to seeing you next time!

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RA
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Provided some of the most unusual dishes we have had in a long time. The amous bouche was a flavor explosion that proved black eyed peas could be made to taste sumptuous. Brussel sprouts appetizer that would make a very good entree for vegetarian. Pork and cheese egg roll tasted wonderful but cheese needed to be dispersed more to avoid a molten hot spot. Flounder was very delicately crumbed and nicely crispy. Boneless pork chop tasted good but was not very tender. These minor points were what kept it from being a PERFECT meal but the chef's touch was obviously in a class that justified Best in State ranking in the past. Long drive from home but we will fondly remember this meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had yet again, a wonderful experience. All of the staff was polite, professional and very accommodating. We will definitely go back.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thank you for the kind words!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for date night. Short rib was phenomenal!

Solstice Kitchen
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for the kind words. We're glad you enjoyed the it!

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good food
We have been about 8 times
Back and forth from Florida

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on January 8, 2020

We greatly appreciate your patronage, and look forward to seeing you on your next trip!

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AD
Charleston
156 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As the risk of being redundant, I will say again... Solstice is the best local restaurant and we are blessed to have it in our area. The food is delicious and service is perfect.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thank you so much!

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J
Charleston
56 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Solstice has been our favorite local restaurant as we dine here frequently and normally rate all 5*. However this evening was not quite up to par, maybe due to New Years crowd. The fried oysters which we have had many times were small and overcooked. The filet mignon which I had seemed dry and overcooked for med rare. My wife had the short ribs which were very good and I have enjoyed several times in the past. The banana dessert was good but seemed different than in the past.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on January 8, 2020

We do apologize that it seemed off that evening. Even being the busiest night of the year, we pride ourselves in remaining consistent. Thanks so much for your patronage and we look forward to being spot on during your next visit!

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had only dined at Mr. Friendly's, which has become our favorite restaurant in Columbia. So during the holidays, we decided to give Solstice a try since it is closer to our home. Although similar, each restaurant has a unique vibe and menu variation. However, both have one thing in common. Total Awesomeness on every level.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thank you so much, we try and stand out a little from them! We look forward to your next visit!

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S
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was attentive and helped with some amazing menu recommendations!! The wine list is great with good wines at all price points. The menu was creative with excellent, balanced spice combinations.
My husband and I can’t say enough good things about our evening!

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thanks so much for the kind words, we look forward to your next visit!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious as usual. Hard to pick a favorite but I could take a bath in the Thai green curry sauce!

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on January 8, 2020

We agree, Chef Alan's curries are amazing

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JP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Pork Chop I’ve ever had. Wonderful char and cooked to perfection. Every dish was very good and service was attentive and warm. Easily our favorite restaurant in all of Columbia and will continue to visit every time we’re in town.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thank you so much Joseph, we look forward to seeing you again!

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j
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

AD
Charleston
156 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always!

RM
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual!! Allison was our waitress and you could not ask for anyone better, if you go please ask to be seated in her section as you will be well taken care of.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on January 8, 2020

Allison is a great one! Thank you for your patronage!

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S
Charleston
30 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the food at Solstice. Service was excellent. Going back twice in next two weeks.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thank you for your patronage!

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DC
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration for best friend! Awesome service and food!
The person who served us was great, Adrian.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thanks so much Dee!

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FL
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there, won’t be the last. Great food, great place! Our server, Jessie, was fantastic.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on January 8, 2020

We look forward to your next visit, and you can ask for Jessie then if you like!

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WS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was friendly, conversational and knowledgeable. The menu was great, and our orders were filled quickly. All four in our party were very pleased with our selections. In short, it was a great dining experience for us all.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thank you for the kind words! We look forward to your next visit!

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SF
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time with my company. Great food.

RG
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place!!

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thank you!

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A
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is always excellent. My only criticism is I was unable to get bartenders' attention to get a drink while standing at the bar. I gave up and waited for my table. This was only time it happened to me.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thank you Alana, we do apologize about that!

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RH
Savannah
13 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great service. A neighbor favorite!

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thanks Rod!

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m
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Dined with a vegan friend and while the chef was happy to put together a vegan plate, it only consisted of green beans, asparagus and fries. Understand vegans are annoying, but thought a restaurant/chef of your caliber would have a bit more to offer for her. Non-vegan food was awesome - best steak my sister has had in years and loved the short rib dish!

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thanks so much for the kind words! We have a vegetarian option every night, but we do not regularly have vegan guests so do not always have a full option prepared for them. If you would like to call a day in advance next time we can plan you a true vegan meal out and are happy to do it!

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MB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

you can always expect a great mean and great service whenever you go

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thanks Mike, we look forward to your next visit!

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F
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. We had an outstanding meal and service.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thank you!

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DV
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurant in town.
Very good service and food.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thanks David, we try and keep it up!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner experience. My husband enjoyed himself. The lentil and sausage soup was amazing and I enjoyed the BBQ spring rolls w/coleslaw and cola sauce (it was perfect altogether). We ordered the red snapper special and the 35$ ribeye well done. The portion size was perfect. We both opted for the mac n cheese I didnt like the gouda mac n cheese as much as I expected, the penne pasta that was used was too thick an the sauce though flavorful was thick it just ended up tasting pasty which took a way from the flavor of the bacon. The ribeye I ordered well done came medium rare to which my husband loves so no complaints. Thank you again for making my husband's night special.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on January 8, 2020

We are glad you had a great time!

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AD
Charleston
156 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! The food and service are consistently excellent! We are so happy to have Solstice on our side of town. It's worth a long drive to go to as well!

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thank you for the kind words!

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RH
Savannah
14 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! We have never had a bad experience in over 10 years of going to solstice .

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thanks Rod! We will see you guys soon!

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S
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a favorite in our book! Delicious seasonal farm to table menu that constantly changes. Highly recommend for any special occasion or Friday night.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thank you so much!

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