About Solstice Kitchen

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.

841-4 Sparkleberry Lane
Columbia, SC 29229
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

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!

Cross Street:
Clemson Road

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(803) 788-6966

Website:
http://www.solsticekitchen.com/

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!

Parking Details:
Ample parking is available at no charge

Executive Chef:
Ricky Mollohan

Additional:
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

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.

Solstice Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.9

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (32)
Special Occasion (32)
Creative Cuisine (30)
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Neighborhood Gem (26)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Romantic (24)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Worth the Drive (20)
Cozy (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Local Ingredients (15)
Business Meals (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Authentic (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Fun (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Seasonal (5)
Casual (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Organic (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
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Sunday Lunch (1)
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·Dined a day ago

Great waitress and service. Food good.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We always love Solstice! The food and service are always exceptional. This was a very last minute decision to go to dinner there and it worked out perfectly for us to sit in a corner table by the bar. We each had red drum as an entree and had 2 different appetizers that were also specials for the evening. We enjoyed everything!

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Very nice, really enjoyed it! Our server was attentive to our needs but not overbearing. The food was great. This was our first visit and we were impressed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

My husband and I go to Solstice a few times per year for special occasions. It is always wonderful! We had the crab cake appetizer then our waiter suggested the duck special to my husband which was wonderful! I always stick to a steak of some sort which never disappoints. Top notch service, wine, and food!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Was passing through on our way to Atlanta, and by happenstance ended up here - GREAT LUCK! Quick service, quiet, snuggly atmosphere, and wonderful food. Made a meal out of several appetizers. They have an extensive drinks menu, was impressed. Would recommend to everyone.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food is always great, but it took over an hour to get our entree. Overall a good experience with great food. I don’t mind spending quality time with my wife, but it would be nice for the server to let you know if the kitchen is taking a little longer than usual. Thankfully we had no other plans outside of enjoying each other’s company that evening.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 27, 2017

always good

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 27, 2017

All was great and we will be back soon! My fish was perfectly cooked and wonderful. We also loved the chef's little treat of chicken pot pie...if we knew when that was on the menu we would be there to order it! Also thought our server Brittany was terrific.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Dined here for my mother's birthday and we had an excellent time. The food was delicious and our waiter, Jay was perfect. Everything was exceptional.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Best food in Northeast Columbia.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Fresh, well prepared food. Service is competent, waiters and staff are personable.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great experience and excellent food. Highly recommend anyone to dine here.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was excellent as always. The duck wings were better than I expected it was a great appetizer.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Britney was a pleasant waitress. She was attentive and offered helpful suggestions pertaining to appetizers and cocktails.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Wonderful Anniversary Dinner! From appetizers through dessert, Great Service and a Great Meal...We'll be back!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We enjoyed Restaurant Week menu! Great service.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We typically go for a Birthday or Anniversary, or just a special date, and usually have the Ribeye Steaks. Someone had mentioned how good they were so we gave it a try. That is the only entree we have ordered. We've never been disappointed.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Service and food always excellent. Reasonably good wine list. Can be crowded and on the noisey side. Will continue to go on a regular basis.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Excellent service

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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

In town for parents weekend and Columbia was very busy. This restaurant was worth the 20 minute drive out of downtown. Great atmosphere and food. Service outstanding! We all had different entrees - fried chicken, filet mignon, salmon and short ribs, and everything was delicious.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Service was great and the food was delicious

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great food, great service. The free little appetizer (delish!) from the chef was a real treat. Busy Friday night but we were seated right away (with our reservation). Friendly service, timing was right, food was wonderful, large portions. Highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Food and service were awesome!! The seating was tight and hard to move around. But other than that, no complaints. We had 3 different dishes and we all sampled each other's. All the dishes were great!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Met a friend for lunch after a year so we had a lot to catch up on. The server was very patient and did not rush us at all. She checked back every so often to see if we were ready to order. The food was excellent, very reasonable, and the atmosphere was extremely pleasant. I would definitely go there again.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Great overall!

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great food once again and outstanding service. Would recommend it to anyone.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Delicious as always. Never disappoints. I'd rather not eat out than eat somewhere else!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Northeast Columbia is very fortunate to have a such a fine restaurant.

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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Awesome service and great food!

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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Solstice Kitchen has been a great choice for dining for many years. It is our go to choice, along with its sister restaurant (Mr. Friendly's) for meals with friends, birthdays, etc. Highly recommended. So glad to have a restaurant of this caliber in northeast Columbia.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great dining experience! Filet was cooked to perfection.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We have dined at Solstice several times and always found it to be a good experience. The menu is varied and there are daily specials.
The service is excellent

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Took my fiancé there for her birthday. She is a somewhat picky eater but loved the Deviled Egg appetizer and Boneless Pork Chop. I had the Crab Cake served on yellow grits. Best grits I ever had! Extensive wine menu with something for everyone. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 19, 2017

WOW. I wish that I had made it to this restaurant long before. A little out of the way but such a find just off the interstate. Will make it back soon.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Great location, food and atmosphere to celebrate my husband's 60th birthday......always a favorite.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Awesome. Beautiful night outside and great table

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·Dined on September 15, 2017

We eat out often and this was absolutely the best meal we have ever had anywhere-I had the red snapper and it was delicious particularly with the pimento cheese grits cake!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2017

This place is wonderful! We can't say enough great things about everything that goes into a great night out at a special restaurant. We are from out of town so we were looking for a unique place to dine. Based on the reviews, we made a reservation. From the moment we arrived until we left the Solstice Kitchen was impeccable. The greeting by the hostess, our server and the food, were all superb! Our drinks were also perfect and not watered down. Everyone working here was energetic, enthusiastic and happy. This says a lot to their patrons. We had appetizers, salads and entrees and really wanted a dessert but were too full. The fried catfish was light and compares to none other! Thank you, Solstice Kitchen, for an unforgettable meal! We will visit again, the next time we are in Columbia!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

The food was great and we enjoyed being able to talk.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Food and service was amazing! We were celebrating two birthdays and the chef sent a "special treat" from the kitchen! Do yourself a favor and try the experience!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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