Solstice Kitchen

4.7
1863 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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BC
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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

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MM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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!

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LS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent. Service was friendly and professional.

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k
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best food and service in Columbia without a doubt....

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OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks, and, service.

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PS
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always loved the food. Don't too much like seating because it's not intimate enough. Our server was great!!! We will always return.

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OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite meal and impeccable service! We will be back.

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RK
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated 39th anniversary here. Our go to restaurant for slightly up-scale events. Snapper and salmon both cooked to perfection. Served with variations of fresh peach salsa/chutney. Fried oyster appetizer the very best. Good wine list.

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DW
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic dinner from a restaurant that we chose online due to high ratings. It was great find! The service from Brittany was outstanding, as she was courteous and attentive. One more happy rating for a fine establishment.

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w
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time. It was outstanding.

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j
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hello-- we have been to Solstice several times and have never been disappointed. The food and service are always excellent.
Solstice is a little more "upscale", white tablecloth type place. I have never seen anyone eating in shorts and flip flops, although I have seen children there on many occasions.
Our server was Brittany and she was great. Friendly and appropriately attentive. Thanks Brittany!

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D
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Columbia, always excellent service too

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BM
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Smooth vibe.

My server Allison was amazing. I wish her the best in her future endeavors.

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KS
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Solstice and as usual was greeted with smiles and was early for reservation so visited the bar. Drinks and service was excellent. Hostess advised when table was ready and our evening dinner was fantastic. Storm hit right after we had ordered appetizer and the restaurant lost power. Staff was quick to add additional candles to each table and advise that the kitchen was still operating. So we had additional romantic atmosphere. Meal was served without delay and power was restored before our wonderful dessert. We will definitely return.

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TW
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Literally the perfect atmosphere for a much needed date with my girlfriend. Inviting, friendly and very complimenting from all the staff we encountered. Solstice made our night feel even more special by giving us a free starter sample!!

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TK
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place had been recommended as well as it was on my "to go" list from a famous search engine. It was a delightful experience. Brittany was friendly and attentive as our server. The cocktails are unique and delicious with in house made ingredients. The food is fresh, flavorful and are generously portioned, I had a hard time picking because everything sounded delicious. This place is great for groups or a cozy romantic meal. To say I will be back, is an understatement, Highly Recommend.

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LB
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service! I took my Bride for our 38th anniversary and we were very impressed. This was the best dining experience that we have ever had

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WD
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious scallops & mahi-mahi
Service was great!

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RM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always!!

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DD
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

While our hostess was polite we did not think she was approximately dressed for what we consider an upscale dining experience .

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DA
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service was even better. We will definitely be back!

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J
Charleston
50 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, wine, service outstanding as usual. We are regular diners here at our favorite neighborhood restaurant.

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OM
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service. Jordan made a great wine selection. I was with my mother & mother in law and he went the extra mile. I’ve been here several times. Always consistent

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CS
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The vibe was great. Roger was a excellent server and the food was beyond my imagination.

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M
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible, scallops were cooked perfectly, our server was extremely knowledgeable and very attentive.

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FW
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a great visit there. Food was excellent. Plan to visit again.

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GO
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Knowledgeable and courteous wait staff. Enjoy having a quality restaurant like this in our community. The online reservation system is very helpful. Appreciated the follow up call to confirm reservation. We did have to wait almost an hour to be seated after arriving on time. Suggest that staff recommend openings at the bar when table openings are delayed.
The food was great which made up for the wait.

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CR
Savannah
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was so delicious. My husband had the salmon and I had the crab cakes. They were phenomenal. We enjoyed a chocolate souffle for dessert and it was just decadent. Service was outstanding and she made excellent suggestions and perfectly described each of the days specials. We look forward to dining here again and often!

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S
Charleston
25 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

This was our first time back in 5 or 6 months was one of our favorites. The food was just ok at best orders Soup no flavor wife’s steak was again just ok no great asparagus was limp no flavor. The menu has not changed since we came 5 months ago this Resturant is a long way to go for us don’t know if it is worth the trip anymore. Change the menu create so buss Cellar was much better!!!

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JO
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. We've never been disappointed. It's a little pricey, but it's well worth it. It can be hard to get privacy depending on where you sit.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and service, as always!

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

We had out of town special company in. We said Solstice is a must !!! We love Solstice still do. Just wasn’t the exceptional experience with which we are usually aquatinted. The food was great as always!!! Of course we will be back. We just want our guests to be delighted as we always are with the WHOLE experience.

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TS
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a lovely night out, top notch service, and everything prepared exactly as requested. We had the crab cakes, filet mignon, ribeye, wedge salad, chicken curry soup, and a dessert drink and EVERYTHING was absolutely delicious. Prices are a bit high for us to be able to visit more often, but the service combined with the quality and ON TIME reservations made it worth it. We look forward to being able to return.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on June 4, 2019

Thank you for the kind words Trena!

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PW
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the nicer restaurants in the Northeast. The food and service are always good. My son and I had the buttermilk Fried Chicken Breast. The taste was good, but the meat was a little tough. My wife had the crab cakes which were OK, because there was a bit too much filler.

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KS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and the service were amazing. My husband had the highly recommended pork chop and I had one of the specials for that evening, steak coulotte. Both did not disappoint. Our only regret was that we didn't have room for dessert! Maybe next time, as we will go back again.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on June 4, 2019

Thanks Karen, definitely save some room next time!

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DM
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 1st time dining at Solstice and it was a pleasant experience. The waiter was very articulate, helpful and professional.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on June 4, 2019

Thanks so much Dave, we hope you stop by again!

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BP
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were the best as usual! Service was fast.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on June 4, 2019

Thanks Bill, we appreciate the kind words!

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SS
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious food options with great service. The ambiance is perfect for date night, a special occasion with friends, or a random night out.

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on June 4, 2019

Thanks Sydney, we hope you stop by again soon!

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h
Charleston
48 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Service was outstanding.

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OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We can almost always expect great food and great daily specials at Solstice! Hands down the best restaurant in northeast Columbia!

Solstice Kitchen
Responded on June 4, 2019

Thanks so much!

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