And the winner is…
170 River PlaceGreenville, SC 29601
Neighborhood: West End
You haven't had date night in Greenville if you haven't gone to The Lazy Goat. The Mediterranean menu is fresh tasting and always full of surprises, the tapas-sized portions encourage sharing, and the bar upstairs is perfect for a nightcap or pre-dinner glass of wine. Metromix readers voted The Lazy Goat Best Restaurant 2010 and Best Date Restaurant 2011. The Lazy Goat was also nominated for Best Girls Night Out Bar 2011.
116 N. Main St.Greenville, SC 29601
The Green Room was a favorite among Metromix readers in the 2011 Best of competition. It was nominated for Best Brunch, Best New Bar, Best Restaurant, Best Date Restaurant and Best Girls Night Out Bar (phew). It has attracted a loyal following thanks to its regional menu, casual but classy atmosphere plus its lunch, dinner and weekend brunch availability.
684-C Fairview RoadSimpsonville, SC 29680
Stella's Southern Bistro brings Slow Food to the best restaurant category. Many (if not most) of the ingredients featured on the South Carolina cuisine menu are local or regional from the baby spinach to the Eden Farms pork. Stella's got a perfect Five-Star review from Metromix.
104 East Poinsett StreetGreer, SC 29651
The brother-and-sister duo behind BIN112 have expanded with The Strip Club 104, a steakhouse in Greer. But Strip Club 104 deviates from the slab of meat with mashed potatoes formula and features steaks, chops and seafood with Southern gourmet comfort food like roasted tomato chow-chow with collard greens for sides.
318 S. Main St.Greenville, SC 29601
Ever been walking in downtown Greenville, and right around The Peace Center you get a whiff of grilling steaks and then you realize just how hungry you are? That common phenomenon can be put on Larkin's on the River. Larkin's features steaks and seafood and a wine list recognized by Wine Spectator. During the summer, it's a good place to sit outside and enjoy the view and people watching along the Reedy River or watch one of the many concerts at the Dow Amphitheatre behind The Peace Center while you dine. Nominated for Best Restaurant 2011.
Last year's winner
207 S. Main St.Greenville, SC 29601
Sobys is a bustling upscale restaurant with exposed brick walls, sky high ceilings and old wood flooring. The kitchen is fairly open, and there is a special table upstairs where you can watch as the chefs prepare your meal. Sobys has some staple items like their signature crab cakes, but they do change their menu seasonally, so its a new and delicious surprise on your next visit. Full bar, and great wine list and knowledgeable bartenders can mix up any kind of cocktail you could want.