The 10 Best Restaurants In Summerville, South Carolina
An early-settled part of America that is now part of the Greater Charleston area, Summerville is the epitome of the well-maintained suburban town. Nicknamed ‘Flowertown in the Pines’ for its meticulously kept gardens, the South Carolina city offers of number of creative dining establishments that satisfy even the high standards held by Summerville’s residents. Discover some of them with our guide to 10 of Summerville’s finest restaurants.
Offering high-quality Low-country cuisine, the Toast of Summerville (and its sister location, the Toast of Charleston) is the place for breakfast, brunch or dinner with real Southern charm. Among its coastal culinary treats are its crab cakes, served with eggs or with peppers and spices, and that perennial local favorite shrimp and grits as well as steaks, chicken and all your American favorites. These, served indoors or on their sunny outdoor patio, make Toast of Summerville the toast of the town.
Restaurant, South American, Steakhouse, Seafood, $$$
With its white linen tablecloths and well-stocked wine cellar, Oscar’s is the epitome of fine-dining sophistication in Summerville, and has been for over three decades. However, the restaurant has also maintained a casual unpretentious atmosphere with its menu of local favorites and American classics, as well as its luxurious lounge, The O. As well as offering lunch and dinner everyday, they also offer a delectable Sunday brunch including French toast with praline brittle and a bourbon whipped cream.
The Cudas, the family behind Perfectly Frank’s, have been in the hot dog trade for over a century. Perry Cudas’ grandfather Frank ran a tiny dog shop in Pittsburgh soon after coming to America in 1910, and now his descendants pay tribute to him with their restaurant in Summerville. Offering gourmet dogs, sandwiches, salads and tacos, Perfectly Frank’s takes decades of family recipes and apply them to every dish.
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As Summerville’s only neighborhood tavern, it is difficult to say what people love the most about the Icehouse. Could it be the daily changing menu of specials they offer, featuring gastropub food with bright and bold flavors? Or could it be their hand infused vodkas, their selection of over one hundred beers and special ‘cocktail of the night’, a one night only expertly blended drink? It is difficult to say, which is probably why most visitors to the Icehouse simply do not decide and settle for having both at once.
Palmetto Flats, decorated to be much more than its strip mall location suggests, offers Low-country flavors with a unique Italian spin. The intriguing name of the restaurant comes from their signature flatbreads, which are offered either open-faced pizza-style, served as sandwiches and cooked panini-style, or sold as part of their wide-ranging appetizers menu. Come for the flatbreads but stay for their other inspired fusion flavors, combining Carolina cooking with Italian flavors.
Found in Summerville’s Art District, a fairly recent redevelopment full of chic restaurants and art spaces, Eclectic Chef offers a European and American menu as varied and wide-ranging as its name suggests. It also offers a popular cooking school so that you can learn the basics of cooking up delectable fare. Learn from the masters, have them cater your event, or simply let them cook for you, but whatever you do be sure to sample the fare at Eclectic Chef.
Bar, American, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, Fast Food, $$$
Regularly voted Summerville’s best bar, Montreux is an all-American bar with class. Its name derives from the legendary studios in the city as featured in the song ‘Smoke on the Water’, rather than the Swiss city itself, and this rock n’ roll spirit is right at the heart of Montreux’s menu and drinks. As well as regularly hosting live music, the bar and grill also offers great versions of classic bar foods and burgers, as well as a lengthy beer menu.
Five Loaves Café is built on a belief that healthy and ethical food should be as tasty as it is good for you, and this ethos can be seen in all of the food they serve. Across their Mediterranean-inspired menu there is a complete dedication to using hormone-free beef and free range chicken, as well as countless options for vegetarians and those with gluten intolerances.
Accent on Wine have taken their stores and turned them into a bistro-of sorts, offering carefully curated charcuterie and cheeses accompanied by an unsurpassable selection of fine wines and beer flights. On top of this, they have managed to create an atmosphere that makes the place a perfect location for a date or a romantic evening out.
The oldest restaurant in Summerville, Eva’s has long since been a staple of Summerville. First opening its doors in 1944, seventy years later it still remains a must-visit for the authentic Southern home cooking of your childhood. Looking for comfort food with a homespun Flowertown charm, accompanied by the smell of apple pies? Eva’s is the place for you, serving breakfast and brunch made with love and care with techniques perfected over seven decades of service. Although its original owner passed away in 2011, her legacy for home cooking lives on.