Solstice Kitchen

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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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Charleston
13 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our kids enjoyed their 1st "restaurant week" dining experience. Excellent 3-course menu to choose from and the dessert added a sweet ending to the evening.

AD
Charleston
145 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu for restaurant week is wonderful! I had the lemongass shrimp appetizer and the thai halibut which were both excellent and my husband had the pork tacos and pork entree which were also wonderful. We also got the creme brulee cheesecake and chocolate mousse cake. All great! We hope to make it back again for the duck!

JM
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. Accommodating. Excellent wine selection. Easy parking.

R
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very pleasant experience at Solstice Kitchen Our server, TJ, was excellent, and the meal was delicious- very unique and well prepared with a beautiful presentation. I have been there several times and found it to be a wonderful dining experience repeatedly. My friend, who had never been there, was very impressed as well.

EA
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for dinner. I was visiting from out of town, so was not disappointed.

MB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening starting with drinks at the bar and enjoyed the dinner menu offered through restaurant week. Beautiful presentation of food! Lovely ambience.

RM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as usual!! We used to meet friends and go to different places but once we found Solstice we have not changed in 2 years!

Solstice Kitchen
Responded 7 days ago

We love to hear that Robyn, thank you for your patronage!

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MJ
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second visit here. My son attends USC and I found Solstice last year when we were visiting.
I can’t say enough about this restaurant. Having been in the restaurant industry myself I tend to be harder to please. The service is spot on and the food is excellent.
We’ll definitely be back on our next trip!!!

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on October 10, 2019

Thanks so much, we look forward to your next visit!

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Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food choices were excellent. Ambience was nice, although a little crowded. Tables were close together. The food flavors were very good and wine options were extensive. Service was also quite good. The dining room is a little too dark when eating.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on October 10, 2019

We love to hear that the food was great. Unfortunately it does get a little crowded during USC Parents Weekend, one of the busiest times of the year for us. We hope to see you next time!

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NY
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We very much enjoyed our dining experience. The food was delicious and the wait staff very good. This was our first time at Solstice Kitchen as we are new to the area but I'm sure we'll be back!

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on October 10, 2019

Fantastic, we will see you then!

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B
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary by going to Solstice. Everyone was extremely friendly and attentive, but not hovering. Solstice provided a glass of champagne for us to toast the memorable occasion, they did not need to but they did and we appreciated it. Allison, our server was so nice and was able to answer all of our questions. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on October 10, 2019

Thank you so much for the kind words! We hope that you stop by for your next special occasion!

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Def been better!

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on October 10, 2019

We are sorry that your experience was not what you have come to expect from us, and do hope you will give us another chance! Thanks!

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L
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent as always, as well as service. .

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on October 10, 2019

Thank you so much!

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H
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a special occasion. The food was excellent. Specials were varied. I had the pink snapper and it was perfect.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on October 10, 2019

We appreciate the kind words!

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AD
Charleston
146 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Solstice a lot from time to time because we live nearby. This time I dined alone with Chelsea's coaching. Her advice was perfect! I had oysters, brussel sprouts and snapper. It was all delicious and her service was great!

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on October 10, 2019

Thank you for the kind words. Chelsea is a great one, be sure to ask for her next time!

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic birthday dinner! Quality food, comfortable atmosphere, and great service!

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on October 10, 2019

Thank you so much! We hope you come by for your next special occasion!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

enforce a dress code. No sneakers or athletic gear nor baseball caps or hoodies

OT
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

This place is one of our favorite spots in Columbia. However, the service was super slow and our food was not to standard. The food was cold! I was surprised by our experience here because we have dined here several times and have never had a negative experience until now. I hope this is an isolated incident and does not reflect the direction that this business is headed in.

AD
Charleston
146 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we go to Solstice we say how wonderful it was and wonder why we don't go more often! From the bread to the amuse, appetizers (scallops and duck) and entrees (tuna and beef shortribs), it was all delicious. The service is just perfect. We look forward to going back very soon!

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on October 10, 2019

Thank you so much for the kind words!

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AS
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We truly enjoy the dining experience every time; from the warm greeting at the door, the superb service of the serving staff, the peaceful/romantic ambiance, and to the delivery of by far the best selection of entrees for everyone. Thank you so much for taking pride in genuine hospitality. That's the key to keeping customers coming back for more...as we do!

Sincerely,

The Smith's

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on October 10, 2019

Thank you so much, it is always a pleasure seeing y'all come in! We definitely try to keep our standards high, to hopefully attract more wonderful regulars like you! We will see you soon!

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AR
Charleston
55 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Much more our style. Great atmosphere, superb wine list, excellent food. The downside is that it is a 30+ minute drive.

L
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First trip to Solstice based on others' recommendations. Service, food and atmosphere were top notch. If back in Columbia, I will return!

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on October 10, 2019

Thank you so much!

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GD
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great creme brûlée cheese cake! Good wine selection.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent across the board...specials are nicely done (presentation, taste, affordability). Wait staff very caring. We’re regulars and enjoy our every visit at Solstice Kitchen. Thanks!

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on October 10, 2019

Thank you so much!

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

Always on our list of places to go when in Columbia.

B
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fresh, excellently prepared, and the service was top notch. We had a wonderful dining experience.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thank you so much, we hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

The cheese plate was disappointing. It is getting worse each time. The manager was very nice. The waiter was too slow.

RM
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love to go here, it was just a little off this time

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on August 27, 2019

Hi Robyn, we appreciate your patronage. I am sorry that it seemed off this time, I assure you that we are trying to keep everything at our very high expectations! We hope that your next visit is as amazing as it has been in the past!

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DL
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Special occasion for us, many regulars and locals. Dress is business casual wait staff sharp as a razor management checks on your satisfaction. All in all well worth the 2 hrs. it took to enjoy this restaurant.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thanks so much! We hope that you will come again for your next special occasion!

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KT
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Solstice!!
Always Fresh fish available and vegetarian selections are great!

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thank you so much!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best food and service!

BB
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

I’m all about ambiance, but it was way too dark in the dining area. Though the service was great, the food was marginal at best. Though the steak’s temp was right, these were about the toughest ribeyes we have ever eaten. The bread was hard...really hard, and the salad came drenched in dressing. Solstice is not what it used to be by a long shot! We won’t be coming back.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service. Our favorite place to eat in Columbia

F
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent Service. Best restaurant in the area.

P
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Had reservations, so there was no wait. We were brought water, had to wait about 10 minutes for server to take drink orders. Had to wait an additional 15 minutes for drinks to arrive... quite unusual for Solstices service. Our appetizers were great but had to ask another server to get our server for additional drink orders. Our waiter was very nice, engaging, and possibly new and overwhelmed. Our food was as outstanding as always. We were offered the amuse-bouche as we waited for our check...perhaps forgotten earlier by the server?
Overall we and our guests thoroughly enjoyed our meal, despite the bumps in the service road.

BL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solstice for family birthdays every year. Terrific service, outstanding food and beverages and such a welcoming ambiance make for an unforgettable gathering.

JA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were a bit disappointed with our most recent visit. We go to Solstice on a regular basis with friends and business associates, and it's always recommended to any of our out of town guests. However, this visit seem to miss the mark. It was our anniversary dinner, which was reserved and confirmed as such, but there was no attention made to it by any of the staff. Wasn't looking for a parade, but was hoping for at a minimum a congratulatory comment, a lit candle, a flower in a vase, something....didn't happen. Other than being seated immediately, service was very slow. Our waiter was very personable, however, everything was 10 minutes or so behind when it should happen. Such as, waiting an extended time for drinks to be served, having to ask for bread, and then another wait for it to be served. We got the impression they were either understaffed or the staff on hand were overextended for the service. It took us 20 minutes+ from the time we placed our order to be served. When the food did arrive it was on the cool side of warm. Like it had sat at the pass for 10 to 15 minutes after being prepared before being served. At the start, it was tolerable and we were starved, so we ate. About a third of the way into the meal, the food was too cold to be enjoyable, so we just asked for to go boxes. Again, a big disappointment for a special night out.

BC
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and service. One of the best restaurants in the area. Have never had a bad experience here

MM
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed a flawless evening at Solstice Kitchen for our wedding anniversary! First, they honored the seating request I made in the reservation. The seat was cozy, lights were dimmed, candle was lit, and the ambience was perfect (romantic but not too stuffy). We arrived at 7pm on a Wednesday night and it was pretty crowded, but by 7:30pm the crowd began to thin out.

Secondly, the food was delicious! Our bbq spring rolls were nice and crisp, and the creole cole slaw was very complimentary. For entrees, I had the halibut and my wife had the buttermilk fried chicken. Both were prepared well, and neither of us finished our meal. We saved room for dessert, and the cheesecake was worth it!

Lastly, our server maintained the perfect balance of attentiveness and privacy. He was there when we needed him, and away while we enjoyed each other. Also, I don’t know if they always provide this, but he surprised us with a watermelon/mint refresher that cleansed our palate between the appetizer and dinner. It was much appreciated! He knew the menu well, and his recommendations rang true to our experience.

We definitely hope to return soon!

LS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent. Service was friendly and professional.

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