Steven W's Downtown Bistro

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Thank you for choosing Steven W's Downtown Bistro. We are a full service restaurant featuring the finest foods and beverages from around the world. We serve seafood from off the Carolina coast, Alaska, Northeastern waters, as well as other parts of the world. We also feature steaks, veal, pork, chicken, pasta, soups, appetizers, salads. My motto is to leave no food group untouched. We take great pride in our food preparations so as to be the best we can and that means always fresh ingredients prepared in our kitchen. We also make our desserts in our kitchen featuring an Oreo Crusted Key Lime pie with a Raspberry sauce or an Almond Basket on a cloud of Raspberry Pastry Cream with ice cream, strawberries, chocolate & caramel sauce just to name a couple.
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vipHectorO
Charlotte
23 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious food and great service. Best place in Newberry.

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Shogun
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Quaint, historic setting with dining patron spacing. Veal piccata and apricot glazed flounder were delicious with vegetable sides. Service was excellent. Menu variety was appealing.

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TerranceN
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the meal and restaurant. We are planning to go there again and we talk it up to others.

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Muddly
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time out with friends in weeks. Restaurant was well prepared for current circumstances. Limited but menu had varied selections. Staff were professional, friendly and attentive to our needs. Highly recommend and will certainly return.

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StephanieS
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High End restaurant. Food is excellent. Always spot on. Staff is friendly. Our go-to place in Newberry for special occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We were in town for a concert at the Newberry Opera House and enjoyed a delicious meal.

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OLB13
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The location is very convenient and the ambiance is nice. The service was very efficient and professional. Our server, Candy, was very knowledgeable and helpful with our meal selections. Our meal was very good and we shall return again.

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Theytryhard
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Among the limited options in Newberry, Steven's is probably the closest to a dining experience. That's not to imply it's memorable. Service is friendly if not truly high standard, but certainly didn't detract from the meal. Wine list pretty average, but workable given the location. Menu [pricing is also moderate to high, especially compared to Columbia or Charleston, but it's really infuriating that specials are given with no pricing, and when asked, specials are $8-$10 higher than the most expensive menu items. Most of the food was under seasoned, and the temperatures and portions were fine. The plating on one dish was pretty nice, and the other pasta dish was just a pile of food. The dessert of the almond cup was the best dish of the night.

It was a chilly night when we ate there, and the front door has no screen or deflection at all, so the first two or three tables, where we were seated, got a blast of cold air every time the door opened. Uncomfortable at the least, and we were told there were no other tables at which we could have been seated.

It's the second time we've been to Steven's while attending a performance at the Opera House. They try hard and are very earnest, but overall it's generally unmemorable. Dinner for 3, even with one of the cheaper bottles of wine and a shared main course, was $140 including tip. Not a fortune, but not exactly a bargain either. Next time we would probably opt to grab a sandwich somewhere and then head to the Opera House. I know that it must be a challenge to provide real fine dining in Newberry, but for us, twice at Steven's is enough.

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vipHectorO
Charlotte
23 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steven w’s is always the right choice. Delicious food + great service = perfect evening.

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DavidD
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly service, and just the right location. We'll stop again the next time we're in town.

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SueH
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to Steven W’s whenever we go to Newberry for an event at The Newberry Opera House. The food is amazing and the service is excellent. We opted for the soup special (seafood chowder). My husband had the mussels appetizer which he said were the best he’s ever eaten (even at the beach)! He also had the whole flounder for an entree and I had salmon. Both were delicious. We shared a tiramisu for dessert....again, it was wonderful. We’ll continue to go to Steven W’s whenever we can.

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CynthiaJ
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a positive experience. The food was flavorful and beautifully presented. I had shrimp nicoese and my husband had the whole flounder. We will definitely return.

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LarryW
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very nice restaurant. It and the show at the Newberry Opera made for a great evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and meal! Perfect martini!

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vipJanetB
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always very good. Great staff, they will stop and visit even if no your table. Always great quality offerings.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd visit. Both have been fantastic. Filet was perfect - both times. Unfortunately, it was so good, I probably won't risk trying the other menu items in the future because I enjoyed it so much. Great service and charming setting. Thank you!!

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randym
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner however it was a little pricey

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TomT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Crispy flounder the absolute best!! Will be back next month. Can’t wait.

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WhitG
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food wonderful. Service not so great. Perhaps too crowded. Much too loud. Have eaten there before and didn’t notice the loudness

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FatCattheGreat
South Dakota
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

We are regular but infrequent customers eating here for some 10 years (?) when we attend performances at the Newberry Opera House. The last several visits have been a shadow of the 5-star ratings we used to see at every visit. On arrival we found we would be seated at what has seemingly become our assigned seating; next to the last table in the back by the kitchen door. I mentioned this to the person seating us and she said she could seat us somewhere else but we had the idea it would be a bother so we sat where assigned. We planned to order pre-prandial cocktails and I asked the server if they could make a Manhattan. Before I could complete my query I was told that "of course I can and all you have to do was choose a bourbon". I wanted a classic Manhattan with rye and was told they did not stock rye! To avoid further irritating the server we elected to forgo the drinks. My wife was joyous when she learned that the flash-fried whole flounder with apricot sauce was on special that night and I ordered saltimbocca. The fish accompanied by steamed(?) squash and broccoli was unevenly cooked with part being perfect and the balance rather mushy. The saltimbocca comprised veal which was rather thick and a little tough with a very generous helping of a breading similar to what you see on commercial "veal cutlets". The thin sauce seemed not to have been much reduced. The dish was accompanied by garlic mashed potatoes. The bread was quite good; the service diffident. It is hard to say whether I would or would not recommend this restaurant to friends.

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dougf
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife & I had dinner here before a concert at the Opera House. We told our server about our plans, and she timed everything right so we weren't rushed, but we had plenty of time to make it to the show. She was very attentive - not obtrusive, but always there when we needed something. My wife had the Veal Saltimbocca and I had the Cajun Shrimp & Scallop Fettuccini, both of which were excellent. We also shared the Crab Wontons appetizer and the Almond basket dessert, and they were also great.

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JohnT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always! Service and food were fantastic.

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SusanM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, ambience and most of all the food was spectacular. Potato encrusted Salmon was superb! We thoroughly enjoyed dining at Steven W's in Newberry and will look forward to another special occasion when we get to return to this very special place.

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JanC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You were celebrating a birthday!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service— a gem in the heart of Newberry.

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VickiW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! We will be back next time in town.

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Robi
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderfully prepared veal and soups. Nice salad. Great prices bar and drinks. Exceptional service. A great find in Newberry before nearby concerts at the opera house.

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RichardA
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A standby location for dinner before tickets at the Newberry Opera House. Be sure to call for reservations or you may not get a table. Consistently excellent fish dishes including many specials. First restaurant to serve us Trigger fish and it was excellent. Specials are somewhat pricey for a small town.

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vipJanetB
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy a visit. We had a child with us and the menu had several items she likes.

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vip2friendsinnyc
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was excellent. They had the crispy fried flounder with apricot sauce, that we used to get at Garibaldi’s in Charleston decades ago. We were discussing this and our server said it was the same chef. We were floored!! This is a hidden gem. We just happened to be traveling through here. I wish it was still in Charleston!

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vipMichaelS
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were in Newberry for a concert and had dinner at Steven’s. Service and atmosphere were quite nice.

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DaveB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service, convenient location (across the street from the Opera House)

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pamr
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here several times and it never disappoints. Atmosphere is quaint , service is always top notch and the food is always cooked to perfection . We are never rushed and it’s worth the trip from Irmo for a special dinner out .

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SueJ
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were extremely disappointed when we received our bills. Our waitress, Candy, was outstanding, but she neglected to advise us of the prices of the specials, and we didn't ask for all of them. Give the prices so people don't leave with a negative taste in their mouth. The flounder was $35 - outrageous!

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RalphI
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

everything was great except noise level made it difficult to carry on a conversation

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dinette
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good waitress, great cosmo, salad a little ovetdrrssed

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dentech
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Over the years, my wife and I have always go at least once to Steven W’s when we have tickets the Newberry Opera House. The ambiance, food and service have always exceeded our expectations. We recommend it highly to anyone who wants to have a truly enjoyable dining experience.
Ronnie

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration for both the husband and I was a great experience. Good fun and service followed by Happy Birthday written on our dessert plate.

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DonnaM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, service and value! Love this place!!

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RalphI
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

entree and presentation was very good The caesar salad was disappointing desert was excellent but did not have expresso coffee

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