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 (27)
Special Occasion (26)
Creative Cuisine (25)
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Good for Anniversaries (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Romantic (20)
Worth the Drive (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Notable Wine List (16)
Cozy (16)
Business Meals (13)
Local Ingredients (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for Groups (9)
Comfort Food (7)
Fun (7)
Seasonal (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Authentic (5)
Casual (5)
Healthy (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Vegan (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined a day ago

Always great! Wonderful food and service at a reasonable price.

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 (Richmond)·Dined 2 days ago

Food and service were excellent. Noise level pretty high.

Tags: Seasonal, People Watching, Business Meals
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·Dined 4 days ago

The waitresses was great and the snapper was perfect

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Healthy, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I just moved to the area and this was my second time to the restaurant. Fantastic restaurant with specials and a nice wine selection.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Unusual combinations of ingredients that tempt your tastebuds with thrilling results. Prepared to perfection, presented professionally and wonderful to the palate. Try it, you will love the food.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The whole experience was fantastic! Our son has been here a couple of times and recommended it, so we tried it and enjoyed everything about the place!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent food and exceptional service. A must for a nice quiet night out. Will definitely be back.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Good food, ambiance and service. I grew up with pork having to be well done, so the pink-in-the-middle chop left me unimpressed, but the outer portion was very tasty. The green beans and mashed potatoes were excellent.
This is not the fault of the restaurant, but people bringing their babies to a nice restaurant after 8:00 need to keep them quiet or leave them home!

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·Dined on November 28, 2017

We love Solstice. It is one of our favorite places to dine. The food and service was exceptional. We will be back soon.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent food. Service was not up to standards of upscale fine dining. Price a little high but would have been acceptable if the entire experience was great.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Enjoyed a great lunch with exceptional service as always.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Quality food and ambiance

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

It was our 1st time and definitely not our last! Everything was spot on. This was a much needed long awaited date night and thanks to Solstice it couldn't have been greater!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Several of have lunch here 2-3 times a month. Love it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great waitress and service. Food good.

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vip
 (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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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Amazing experience... Fabulous menu, wine and cocktail menu. The food was fun and delicious and the ambience was warm and welcoming.

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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Great overall!

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