One of the things that people love most about the Summerville area is the small-town feel with big-city amenities. Summerville is full of excellent eateries, microbrew pubs, and upscale dining. If you are looking for a wonderful local date night, a kid-friendly atmosphere where you don’t have to shush them the whole time, or a casual outdoor patio, we have the perfect recommendations for you. As the real estate agency with an insider advantage, we also have the skinny on the latest debut greats!
Eva’s On Main
One thing that sets us apart from other communities is our rich sense of history and Southern culture. Eva’s is located in the heart of Main Street in a building owned originally by Thomas Hinson. His wife Eva became a culinary star. If you are looking for the best South in your mouth, Eva’s is it. The traditional recipes are all her own, and although they’re most famous for breakfast, their lunch is pretty fantastic too! In true Summerville style, they keep it local when possible, using growers and fisheries from the area.
Located in upscale Nexton Square is Halls Chophouse. Halls is dedicated to fine dining, with mostly top-shelf bar choices and a menu that includes the best chops in the South. Whether you like roasted prime rib or are more of a Tomahawk fan, everything from their pork chops to their finest cuts are sure to melt in your mouth. It is the perfect date night destination; the atmosphere is ideal for an intimate evening.
In downtown Summerville is one of our favorite classics, Oscar’s. Oscar’s offers upscale dining in a laid-back environment. From fresh seafood to steaks and desserts, there is a little Southern something for all ages. Oscar’s menu is mostly American, but it changes throughout the year to offer freshness at the peak of the season. Dress up and have a night out, or downplay it downtown – either way, you are sure to have a fantastic time and a wonderful meal!
Five Loaves Cafe
Set in a homey house, Five Loaves Cafe delivers the best sandwiches, salads, and daily specials in Summerville. They can cater to your every need or want by accommodating vegan and gluten-sensitive palates. They have a real concern for sustainability and the environment and are committed to ordering their poultry and meat locally only from sustainable farms and growers. As much as possible, their restaurant supplies are also recyclable and carbon-neutral. They believe in always serving natural foods with superior tastes.
Swig & Swine
Along Old Trolley Road is a BBQ place that is a true Southern Tradition. All of their menu items are slow-cooked and made with love. If you are looking for juiciness that melts in your mouth, you can find it at Swig & Swine. From smoked pork belly to prime beef brisket, the only thing that you won’t like is having to choose just one. Want to treat the entire family to a night out? Swig & Swine is about as kid-friendly as it gets. The Family Platter will satisfy everyone’s taste and fill up their bellies.
Myles and Jun Yakitori
At the corner of Bacons Bridge Road and Paradise Point is a little piece of paradise called Myles and Jun Yakitori. It is a mainstay in the Summerville area and always on the “must try again and again” list. It is a Japanese restaurant that goes to great lengths to provide the entire experience. From Chicken Karate to the hottest new trend in ramen, enjoy a quiet and casual meal with your significant other or bring the entire crew.
Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar
What the Summerville area does better than anywhere else is, well, shucks! Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar is where you can enjoy the freshest oysters in South Carolina. Their menu isn’t limited to oysters, but if you go there, you have to try them. Other favorites? They have the best Sharkbite Shrimp and Cold Crab Dip anywhere. It’s not just great food; it’s an excellent place to just hang out and enjoy the company of others!
Low Country Fish Camp
If you are from the South you probably know what fish camp means, it means the freshest local seafood available. At Low Country Fish Camp, it also means a casual atmosphere, kid-friendly surroundings, and rustic traditional Southern greatness! Summerville's Low Country Fish Camp was voted the Best Seafood Place to Dine Outdoors for a reason. It is a perfect environment to have a cold beer, specialty cocktails, or glass of wine while you unwind from a long day or week. From endless mimosas on Sunday to hush puppies, it is comfort food at a comfortable price.
Oak Road Brewery
Is there anything better than a cold beer after a long hot day? A cold brew, entertainment, an awesome atmosphere, and video games for all. They might not have food per se, but you can spend your time there going belly up to the bar. Try their site-brewed choices like the Contra Code or the Czech Pils. At Oak Road Brewery, they mix up tastes to suit the season, so there is always something new on tap for every beer lover. Not a beer lover yet? You will be!
Frothy Beard Off World
Originating in Charleston, Frothy Beard recently entered the Summerville scene with a splash. It is a great place to grab a stool, catch a game, and get some shareable plates after work or on the weekend. They also have events most nights, live entertainment, and the frothiest beer around. Although it’s a simple concept, with excellent brewed beer, amazing food, and a casual and fun atmosphere, they do it incredibly well!
Laura Italian Restaurant
Laura is also located on Main Street. It is an old-world Italian restaurant that has the most amazing tastes and rustic fare. From antipasti to insulata, there is something on the menu for everyone. It has a great vibe, amazingly consistent excellence, and the very best and freshest ingredients possible. Every day is a good day for pizza at Laura! They also have outdoor dining on a lovely patio that you can enjoy pretty much year around. Although it’s only been in Summerville a little over two months, it is sure to be a tradition soon!
Day Drink Brunch Lounge
The mimosa has been around forever but is enjoying a renaissance in the Summerville area. Why should Sunday get to have all the fun? Open for just one month, this is soon to be a day drinking favorite. They have outdoor dining with eclectic new twists on traditional favorites and lots of bright colors and seasonal dishes to enjoy. Who doesn’t love brunch?
If you are dining out in Summerville, make sure to make the most of it by taking our insider advice about the best local restaurants. Whether you want a table for two or a bar top for your work buddies, there are amazing options for literally every taste in Summerville!