About Steven W's Downtown Bistro

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 sc or an Almond Basket on a cloud of Raspberry Pastry Cream with ice cream, strawberries, chocolate & caramel sc just to name a couple.

1100 Main Street
Newberry, SC 29108
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Continental

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
McKibben Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(803) 276-7700

Website:
http://stevenws.com/

Catering:
We are a full service restaurant with all the items needed to make your occasion special at the restaurant or your site of choice. Please call Chef Steve at 803-276-7700 to set up that special party.

Parking Details:
We have many public parking lots within short walking distance as well as street parking & all is free.

Executive Chef:
Chef Steve Foulis

Private Party Facilities:
Upstairs dining room with large area for many types of functions including wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, retirement parties, birthday parties, business functions, or any gathering you may need. The room has a bar & bathrooms on same floor & can be used for sit down dinners, buffet dinners or cocktail parties. A fabulous room for Christmas parties, but get your reservations early.

Private Party Contact:
Steve Foulis: (803) 276-7700

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Steven W's Downtown Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (12)
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Good for Anniversaries (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Business Meals (8)
Romantic (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Cozy (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Casual (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Authentic (3)
Fun (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
People Watching (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Live Music (2)
Scenic View (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Steven W's. The good and the wine was great. The service was prompt and courteous.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Our visit to Steven G's prior to attending the performance at the Newberry Opera House was truly outstanding. The food was superb and service great. Our second visit to Steven G's but not our last.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Always enjoy going there. Rachael was excellent. Especially enjoy it when Back Bar is entertaining.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Special Occasion, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Live Music
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Steven W’s a good experience overall! The only reason why I lowered the service rating a little was because they were very busy and our waitress did not attend our table to refill drinks or ask if we needed anything enough. I guess they were understaffed for a Thursday night.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Wonderful meal with superb service.

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Ate there before seeing a show at the Newberry Opera House. Great location and food. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Enjoyed our evening there. Candy was wonderful and made our evening. Will be back often and will request Candy. Food was excellent, and well presented. We dine out often , this was one of our most enjoyable evenings.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We had a very nice meal. A colleague whom I had never physically met flew in to Greenville and I was in Lexington, SC. We decided this would be roughly half way and a Newberry friend suggested Steven W's. It did not disappoint! My friend had the salmon and I had the pork chop which I could not finish but took home to my happy husband! And the dessert, though simple, was very elegant and scrumptious. It was a sugar cookie molded into a bowl with two scoops of vanilla ice cream, chocolate drizzle and strawberries.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Delicious dinner! Filet cooked as ordered and the sides (mashed potatoes and vegetables) were very good! The bread is so so good but I didn't ask for more since I knew I had to have dessert! Tiramisu... excellent! I wish the noise level was lower but there's no way they can make that happen in their beautiful, restored building. The only negative would be our waitress acting like she was uncomfortable with my husband and I trying to make our mind up about an appetizer.....it made ME uncomfortable for her to act like she was in the middle of a brawl!...I felt somewha t rushed to order and finish...But, still, a great meal!!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We have been here several times (from out of town). This occasion was a pre-theater meal and to celebrate my husband's 71st birthday! It is always a treat -- the food is excellent, the atmosphere is wonderful, and the service is perfect! We were not disappointed this time around! There was a special dessert which was amazing (Almond Cookie Cup with ice cream & strawberries drizzled with chocolate).....would certainly recommend Steven W's anytime you are in Newberry, SC!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great restaurant! You must tr the Almond Basket for dessert. A real treat!

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

My wife and I have enjoyed numerous visits to the "Bistro" since discovering it the first time we attended a production at the Opera House. If at all possible we always dine at the "Bistro" prior to attending the show. The food is excellent served in a professional and friendly manner and the prices are more than reasonable. It would be a good idea to provide at least one or two vegetarian entree's for those who don't eat meat, such as my lovely wife.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Casual
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

This place was absolutely amazing! The ribeye was grilled perfectly to medium rare and my wife's veal piccata was delicious! Priced just right too. I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Nashville)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Newberry is a gem of a town in South Carolina, full of antique stores and places to eat. This restaurant is right across the park from the Opera House. Friendly, good food, and great atmosphere.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Groups, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Not a lot has changed since last visit 2 years ago....in fact, think menu is identical....and thats probably why rating is what it is. VERY limited menu for entrees.

Shared a crab cake app, 2 very small cakes, but very good & fair amount of crab, presented nicely ($14). G/F had a cajun seafood pasta, 3 shrimp, 3 scallops, a good quality fettucini, but in a not overly exciting red sauce .Shrimp & Scallops were good. Sauce could have definitely used a little pop. I had the Veal Saltimbocca, ($25) very average. Certainly not fork tender & very dry stuffing.....almost tasted deep fried. Served with a very small side of sautéed veggies ( good) & mashed potatoes....that I swear were not homemade....tasted like Sysco from the bag. Presentation was nice on everything, and the bread served is very good & appears homemade. Shared a chocolate moose cake, very good ($8)....appeared home made or from a local bakery. Drinks were average price ($7-8), but weaker pours.

All in all, better than average, but considering small town location, one of the better choices around for finer dining, just a tad pricey for what you get . Again, for the location.....we aren't in Chicago or New York, definitely in the upper tier for the area. The service was excellent...it was a Friday night & there were 5 other tables. Nice old building, restored nicely, and a very clean facility.

Would definitely return, hopefully Chef will change up the menu a bit before next visit.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Never disappoints. Worth the drive to Newberry. It's our favorite special occasion place.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 7, 2017

The building is BEAUTIFUL! Service was fabulous. The food was so-so at best. I got the filet and crab cake. The steak was cooked very well, and the crab cake was decent (not great), but the sides were very bland and left a lot to be desired. My friend got the special which was a blackened salmon. As soon as it came out she said it resembled a lean cuisine. I thought the same. She said it was not really good. It was just okay. Before the bill came we were debating how much her salmon cost. We were thinking somewhere between $20-$25 since my filet and crab cake was $27. It was $36!!!! That was absolutely ridiculous for that! That would have been a decent price if it had been a great piece of fish, but it was far from great.
I will not spend the money for this restaurant again!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The food was well presented and delicious. I had an excellent Caesar Salad and steak. Located in downtown Newberry the perfect place for dinner if you are going to the Newberry Opera House. We live in Columbia and find it worth the drive.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Found this on Open Table as driving past Newberry and definitely glad we stopped! Great food and service. Fun live music.

Tags: Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 4, 2017

As always, great food, impeccable service, beautiful relaxing dining room!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Steven W's is one of several restaurants that my wife and I will go to we we are attending attending the Newberry Opera House. We like it because the food and service are always very good. The service is prompt, quite and efficient. If my wine glass needs filling, it is done sometimes with out my even realizing it. The noise level is quite so that a conversation can be held with out yelling. We like the restaurant and will continue to use it.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on April 19, 2017

If you happen to be in Newberry, SC (perhaps to attend at event at the Opera House) or are en route somewhere else, Stephen W's is far more than you would expect in rural SC. The food is excellent, especially the seafood, and the service was exceptional.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Food, atmosphere and service was great. Highly recommend. We were passing through stopped for dinner and well worth our while.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 6, 2017

The food was bland, no seasoning on the Filet or the pork chop. Potatos were out of a box. over priced for the quality of the food. This was on a Thursday night and there was only 10 people in the restaurant during the time we were there.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Food was excellent! There was a wedding party going on upstairs, and downstairs all of the tables were taken, but all in all, everything was wonderful! Service was a little slow, but we still had an enjoyable time. This wasn't our first time and definitely won't be our last!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Love this restaurant......we grade great food.....the waitress was very good, friendly, informative.....loved her too!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Fricken awesome! Food was fantastic. Waiter was awesome. Atmosphere was great

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 8, 2017

Food there is always good, the problem was they were out of veal and three or four of their main dishes are veal. The menu does not vary much at all.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Western NC)·Dined on March 1, 2017

Outstanding dinner. Great service. Meal was superb!! Flounder was fantastic. A delightful surprise !! Go and enjoy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 24, 2017

The overall experience was very good at Steven W's. I particularly liked the Open Table Reservation process, it is seamless and easy to use. The service is very good, attentive and informed about the menu. The food itself was prepared very well. I will be back along with friends.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Great food and service. A bit noisy, but the food made it all worthwhile!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Outstanding Value, Good for Birthdays
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 (South Dakota)·Dined on February 23, 2017

We make several trips a year to Newberry's Steven W's and have usually enjoyed the visit. The menu is adequate and there are always creative and interesting specials. One member of our party had their "usual", the flounder (whole) in apricot sauce, and was again pleased with the well-prepared selection. Another, not a big fan of salmon finding it often stale, poorly cooked or overthought, decided to try the Scottish Salmon Florentine. The portion size was adequate, the fish well prepared in the current mode of seeming more poached that sautéed and served on a small bed of fresh spinach with a delicate tasty sauce. This was a pleasure to eat and the flavorful preparation allowed the essence of the fresh fish to dominate. Service was nice but not overly fussy, which I loathe.

The only disappointment was the lack of a decent bonded rye whiskey which some prefer to bourbon in Manhattans and Old Fashions. I had the former and it seemed to have been made with white vermouth rather than red but was generous and enjoyable.

If you have not been, go. Steven W's is well worth a drive from Columbia.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 22, 2017

Seafood chowder was acceptable but I had shells. Stuffed scallops were decedent. Crab cakes were good but slaw was a little "lack luster" for the price. I will be back, but want to see a little more.

Tags: Late-night Find, Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Paleo Friendly, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Local Ingredients
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 22, 2017

We had dinner prior to attending the Tommy Emmanuel concert at the Newberry Opera House. The restaurant is just across the street, parking was easy and so convenient that the evening was made especially enjoyable.
We had the best table for two in the house, right at the window. The waiter was wonderful, the food was yummy, and the timing was perfect to make the concert.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Pleasant staff. Great decor. Food and presentation were top notch. Perfect location across from Newberry Opera House. Highly recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Awesome dining experience with well-prepared, tasty food served by a friendly and knowledgeable waitress. It was the PERFECT meal. Thanks everyone -- we look forward to seeing you all at our next visit !!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Fun, Special Occasion, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Outstanding Value
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 7, 2017

About an hour drive from Greenville, SC, Steven W's makes for a nice little dinner trip. It's in beautiful and historic downtown Newberry - located in a former drug store right on the square. Great service and ambiance. Try their famous and delicious pecan crusted chicken breast with blackberry sauce.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Always great food at Stephen W's, especially his fish dishes. The apricot flounder is wonderful. I had a special of blackened wahoo on cheesey grits with a lemon bur blanc sauce, absolutely delicious. My husband had the veal picatta and enjoyed it as well.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 20, 2017

This is the third time we've eaten at Steven W's and it has been great each time. Best restaurant in Newberry and very convenient if your going to the Newberry Opera House. I highly recommend the flounder if you enjoy fish.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 20, 2017

Simply outstanding in every aspect. Stephen even came out and spoke to us. In addition, Nell was out waitress who will graduate from Newberry College in May. We all had a marvelous time and you can rest assure that when I come back to Newberry I shall dine there!!!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Outstanding Value, Romantic
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