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Solstice Kitchen

4.8
1548 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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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!

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Phone number
(803) 788-6966
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Ricky Mollohan
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Clemson Road
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Parking details
Ample parking is available at no charge
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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!

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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.

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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
What 1548 People Are Saying
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Mcnairsc (Charleston)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Food was outstanding. The service was the best in Columbia. Highly recommend!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Our server Brittany was amazing!

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OpieTaylor 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Awesome food, great service, and an very nice atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

This was our first time and it was fantastic. The food was great. I would highly recommend

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LizK (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Very patient with elderly, forgetful person I brought for an occasion out

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BruceH (Nashville)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

They do have an interesting enough menu, and a lovely wine selection. The food was very tasty. The server was pleasant, but totally overworked. We are usually pretty good about waiting when a restaurant is very busy. It is much easier to wait if you have a glass of wine and some bread on the table. Granted we were exhausted, so maybe we weren't our most patient selves, but it did take a LONG TIME to get our wine. All in all it was a nice meal. Oh I should mention that keep the A/C up very high. I was extremely chilly, even after moving tables to get away from a vent.

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was amazing as always! It is our go to date night restaurant

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SCGentleman (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

We thought the food was good, and the ambiance was fine, nothing blazing about either, but certainly worth the money, and we'll go back. What was absolutely terrific was the service! We felt well taken care of by an entire team working together. Absolutely superior.

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OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Food and service was great. Nice ambiance and great twist to comfort food.

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FoodDoctor (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

I had the mixed greens salad and the pork Ossa Bucco. It was very well prepared and presented.

Bar- consistent. Blake is always professional

Can’t go wrong choosing this venue.

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DennisM (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

This is our second visit to Solstice Kitchen. We ate there in November of 2016 on a Southeast Vacation. We were in Columbia again and it was enjoyable enough the first time to have us go back a second time. We were not disappointed, and would definitely go back. Unique and creative menu, well executed.

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KellyT (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

We went here to celebrate my birthday and had a wonderful experience! The server was very friendly and attentive. We had the fried oysters appetizer and they were warm and crunchy and melted in your mouth! We ordered two of the seafood specials. I had the swordfish special and it was very good. My husband had the red drum fish with shrimp etouffe on it and he said it was delicious! We also enjoyed our desserts . We will definitely return and will recommend it to friends!

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FoodDoctor (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Cocktails - Both Bartenders are very good. Good selection of Vodka. Can improve the Bourbon List and Wine List BUT still have more than adequate opportunities to try something new.

Appetizers- very good! Would prefer some health conscious items, but what they do serve is well seasoned, properly cooked, presented well and portioned appropriately.

Salads - nothing novel but great selection as far as salads go. Not over-dressed, nice flavor pairings, portioned appropriately and always fresh tasting

Entree’s - priced a bit higher but not egregious or burdensome for business meals or a night out. Here is where they excel. Always a great option on the specials menu to complement their usual dinner choices. I have had them all except the fried chicken (cannot do this at a fine dining establishment, personal choice). Well prepared, properly cooked and seasoned, comforting and reasonably presented (although this can be spruced up).

Overall one of the better restaurants I’ve been to in Columbia and I wouldn’t have reservations about stating one of the top 50 restaurants I’ve eaten at between the US and Europe.

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

One of the best restaurants I have been to in Columbia!

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JLeno (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Good food. Nice ambiance. Great service. Would definitely visit again.

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Bimmerdriver (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Good food, good service

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OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Wonderful management and great service!

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vipLbe1965 (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was really good and the service is great. The wine list is on the high side for a moderate bottle.

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Scott (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The swordfish entree was one of the best that I’ve ever had. Great Restaurant Week menu

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foodfun (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Our meal was wonderful; however, I found our waitress a bit pretentious. She was attentive, but not as kind as our waitstaff usually are at Solstice.

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mmggp (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

It was restaurant week and it was packed. Atmosphere was loud, staff was rushed. The food was good. Only suggestion I can make is that ALL the staff should dress elegantly, not just the servers.

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vipMac1 (Charleston)
3.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

I have been to Solstice several times and is usually a good experience. My most recent visit was a bit disappointing. While the fish dish I ordered was ok it was extremely salty and overcooked. I am usually a fan of this atmosphere which is dressy casual but this too was a tad different. There were guest that were dressed more for a bar scene in tennis shoes, ball cap and jeans. There were also several young children. One child was in a car seat and cried for a good portion of the time we dined. These two observations are out of the owners hands but did diminish our dining experience. At this price point I was expecting a better atmosphere.

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vipADL2013 (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

The restaurant week menu is great and we enjoyed everything we had! The oysters, spring rolls, swordfish, ribeye and dessert were all wonderful!

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vipPrbay (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

This is our local go to restaurant. Food is always delicious fresh and local

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

A must stop whenever we are in Columbia. Excellent food and an impressive wine list.

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Brooke123 (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

By far my favorite place in Columbia. The food is alway great and the service is excellent!

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cathy (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

As always, a total pleasure! One of the very few top notch restaurants in Columbia

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FoodieFriend (Little Rock)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Best fried chicken ever! And the pork chop was heavenly. Can’t say enough about the main corses. Service was fabulous. It was a busy Saturday with some very loud parties near by (toddlers on one side and a woman with a really loud voice on the other). Restaurant seemed to turn up the music to cover it, so it was very loud. Hard to hear my date. Otherwise a great evening.

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OpenTable Diner (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Restaurant week was great coming to this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Not many options for Vegetarian!
Fried chicken was world class!

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