When it comes to fun on the East Coast, you don’t want to miss out on Greenville, North Carolina.
Whether you’re looking for culture, entertainment, or, my personal favorite, great food, Greenville is an often overlooked dream destination.
On my most recent trip to Greenville, I decided to do the most relaxing thing I could think of and eat my way through the best that the city has to offer.
What I came away with was a pretty comprehensive and definitive guide to the best places in town.
If that sounds like something that interests you, then you are in for a real treat once you check out what I’ve got for you.
Whether you’re looking for fine dining, cute cafes, coastal-inspired cuisine, food from other cultures, or traditional roadhouse fare, you’ll find the cream of the crop in Greenville.
Regardless of your budget, these are the best restaurants in Greenville that you won’t want to miss next time you’re in town.
213 E 5th St, Greenville, NC 27858
If you’re traveling with the whole family or want something satisfying and within your comfort zone, Sup Dogs is the perfect mix between familiar and original.
Located on East 5th Street, not far from East Carolina University and the Greenville Museum of Art, Sup Dogs specializes in hot dogs, burgers, and drinks like you’ve never had before.
Of course, you’ll find plenty of pleasing offerings for kids, but adults are in store for a treat, too.
To get a taste of traditional North Carolina state fair food, you can’t miss the funnel cake stix or the flash-fried green bean fries.
When it comes to hot dogs, you can try anything from the Hawaiian to the Firehouse Dog or even check out the Veggie Dog.
If you’re not big into hot dogs, the menu is full of other choices like specialty burgers and sandwiches, along with some innovative drinks.
The Scullery Coffeehouse and Creamery
431 Evans St, Greenville, NC 27858
Just a block over from Sup Dogs is the Scullery Coffeehouse and Creamery, which is the perfect encore to a great, traditional American meal.
The name of this cool cafe refers to the small room at the back of the kitchen used for dishwashing, storage, and similar activities.
Drawing on the idea that the sweetest memories of togetherness can happen in the moments spent in a scullery, this artistic and welcoming establishment offers from-scratch treats and local, artisan coffee.
If you’re looking for something more in the way of sustenance, the Scullery also offers breakfast, soups, sandwiches, and salads, but of course, the real star of the show is the homemade ice cream on an inspired, rotating menu.
The Scullery is also a staunch supporter of the local arts and music scene, so it’s a great place to stop by and get a feel for the uptown Greenville area’s local culture and creative atmosphere.
Starlight Cafe and Farm
104 W 5th St, Greenville, NC 27858
Venture yet another block over on your journey from The Scullery, and you’ll happen upon Starlight Cafe and Farm.
Although the cafe and farm are separate (only by a few minutes drive), they are inextricably intertwined in the goal of creating fresh, innovative dishes centered on sustainability and local produce.
The Starlight is a family-owned and operated establishment that’s celebrating twenty years of ethical, organic dishes.
You’ll find surprisingly upscale and gourmet-style offerings on their artful menu, including my favorites, the baked oysters Rockefeller, the arugula salad, and the Charleston shrimp and grits.
You’ll also find a comprehensive wine and libations list. Closed on Sunday and Monday, the cafe opens at 5:30 every other day just in time for dinner.
Basil’s Restaurant & Pizzeria
1675 E Fire Tower Rd, Greenville, NC 27858
If you’ve planned a fun trip for the kids to the movies at the AMC Fire Tower, you’ll naturally need a great, family-friendly place to grab a bite afterward.
Basil’s is right around the corner, and it’s the perfect compromise to satisfy kids and adults alike.
Mediterranean fare is one of my personal favorites, and this restaurant has plenty to offer.
While the kids will be thrilled with the range of signature pizzas offered (think Hawaiian, meat lover’s, bacon cheeseburger pizza, salad pizza, and more), there are plenty of adult-pleasing entrees.
The sun-dried tomato crab dip is the perfect way to start the meal, then follow it up with a Greek salad and then the masterful marsala or piccata dishes. Subs, sandwiches, and calzones are also on the extensive menu.
Cinnamon Bistro Indian Cuisine
731 Red Banks Rd, Greenville, NC 27858
On Red Banks Road, surrounded by lots of chain restaurants, Cinnamon Bistro Indian Cuisine is a little place you might miss if you’re not looking for it. But if you’re in the area, then missing it would be a shame.
Even if you’re not familiar with Indian food, Cinnamon Bistro is both the perfect introduction and a great haven for lovers of Indian food.
With a lunch buffet as well as a menu full of both traditional and innovative takes, there’s something for everyone.
Being so close to the Atlantic, Cinnamon Bistro offers a great seafood menu from an Indian perspective. Shrimp vindaloo and fish curry are some of the standouts.
More classic Indian dishes include lamb korma, goat curry, tikka masala, specialty biryani, and lots of vegetarian options.
And if you’ve never tried Indian desserts, then you’re in for a treat! My favorite is the gulab jamun. Imagine a donut hole soaked in rich, sugary, and spiced syrup.
Kasturi Indian Cuisine
2205 W Arlington Blvd Suite B, Greenville, NC 27834
Now that you’ve gotten a taste of Indian food, you should make sure to visit Kasturi as well.
Greenville is known for its abundance of medical specialty centers, and in the middle of some of the best ones, this Indian restaurant is a great, chic place to enjoy world cuisine.
You can either order online or dine in person, and you won’t want to miss the great atmosphere.
Start the meal with my favorite, a mango lassi, which is an incredibly smooth and creamy smoothie.
They have all the favorite Indian classics on their menu, so if you’re not sure why to try, go for the chicken kadhai, or if you prefer something tamer, try the butter chicken.
Naan is the traditional Indian flatbread, and Kasturi offers it in tons of flavorful ways with different fillings and toppings.
You’ll also find the classic lamb, goat, and biryani menu items, but Kasturi also offers some Indian-Chinese fusion dishes that are out of this world.
1605 E Fire Tower Rd, Greenville, NC 27858
Speaking of Asian cuisine, Wasabi 88, another option on Fire Tower Road near the movie theater, is perfect if you’re craving sushi or Asian-fusion dishes.
Their lettuce wraps are divine, and if you’re looking for seafood, their crab wontons, spicy baked green mussels, and salt and pepper calamari are perfect.
Seafood is featured prominently even on their soups and salads list, although you’ll find vegetarian-friendly items on the menu, too.
There are hibachi offerings, noodles, and even burgers, but Wasabi 88 is well-known for its sushi.
You’ll find the classics, like California rolls and lots of kinds of nigiri and tempura, but you won’t regret venturing onto the chef’s special menu. The black widow, the white tiger, the fusion, and the veggie supreme won’t disappoint.
The Rickhouse American Provisions and Spirits
710 Red Banks Rd, Greenville, NC 27858
This classic American restaurant and bar, part roadhouse, part classy gourmet, sits on Red Banks Road between S Charles Blvd and Greenville Blvd SE.
If you’re a bourbon lover, then you’re in luck, as The Rickhouse specializes in classic American fare and spirits.
You’ll find some classic bar food here, like twice-baked potato skins, BBQ nachos, and wings. But the menu is also full of complex dishes you can sink your teeth into.
The tuna tar-tar, Mahi risotto, and pasta primavera shine, while some heavier dishes like the honey-glazed grilled porkchop and the bourbon brown butter ribeye are also amazing.
Then there’s bourbon and whiskey, rye whiskey, and a huge draft beer selection to compliment whatever dish you choose.
751 State Rd 1204, Greenville, NC 27858
One thing North Carolina is known the world over for is its barbecue, and I’d argue that you haven’t had BBQ until you’ve tried it here. B’s Barbecue along West 5th Street is the perfect place to stop in for takeout if you’re traveling.
While you can also dine in, B’s is straightforward with no frills or pretentiousness, so it’s a great place to let your hair down and eat.
Their BBQ is in the traditional Eastern style that incorporates a vinegar-based, zesty twang and uses no tomatoes.
The menu choices are pretty up-front, but you’ll get a perfect feel for North Carolina BBQ with one of their white meat plates with vinegar sauce on the side and coleslaw. Caution: you might just fall in love with their sauce, which they thankfully also sell by the pint.
Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint
805 Dickinson Ave, Greenville, NC 27834
If you like burgers but are also a little picky about the quality of your cuisine, then Jack Brown’s is for you. All of their beef is Wagyu and sourced ethically from a family-owned farm.
Although burgers seem pretty straightforward, Jack Brown’s has a menu full of creative pairings, and you’ll want to try them all.
The cobra kai burger is a great place to start for lovers of all things spicy or go for the chiflet burger if you want something rich and a little greasy. This joint also offers daily burger specials and classic or sweet potato fries.
Haven’t had enough fried food? Go for the deep-fried oreo as your dessert. Craft beer is also one of this place’s specialties, and they offer both local and worldwide selections to cater to every taste.
Anchalee Thai Restaurant
4056 S Memorial Dr #109, Winterville, NC 28590
Is Thai food more your speed? Then you’re bound to love Anchalee. Located in Winterville near the Pitt Community College, this small restaurant offers traditional Thai fare that is sure to thrill discerning folks who love well-done global cuisine.
There’s a huge selection of Thai curry served with jasmine rice and all kinds of traditional Thai noodles, including some of my favorites, pad Thai and star noodles.
The chef’s specials include some great duck dishes as well as seafood and vegetarian options.
2601 E 10th St, Greenville, NC 27858
Locally sourced, authentic Dominican cuisine couldn’t be better. Located near Green Springs Park, Villa Verde is very involved with its surrounding community and works to be a force for good in the area. Once you taste their offerings, you’ll see a little bit of what I mean.
The menu is full of great Dominican-flavored seafood offerings as well as cultural classics. There’s calamari and empanadas, and there’s also yaroa, which is like a Dominican version of loaded fries that you don’t want to pass up.
Signature dishes include the Caribbean plantain-based dish mofongo, asopao gumbo, and seafood paella.
Bateeni Mediterranean Grill
1868 W Arlington Blvd, Greenville, NC 27834
Devoted to authentic and fresh Middle Eastern cuisine, Bateeni offers it all. For lovers of Greek and Mediterranean food, this might be your new favorite.
Every dish is full of color and flavor. They offer all the classics, such as kabobs and tabouleh, hummus, and falafel.
The gyros are my personal favorite, with taziki sauce. To get a real taste of the place, order the Bateeni appetizer sampler, and don’t skip over the salad menu.
With super fresh ingredients that you can count on, their salads are a great lighter option for a midday meal or even dinner.
Dickinson Avenue Public House
703 Dickinson Ave, Greenville, NC 27834
Although the public house has its origins in England, this American one knows what it’s about. With that traditional pub atmosphere and fare, this tavern-style restaurant located near the heart of uptown Greenville has an industrial-chic vibe that’s a bit addicting.
The dinner menu is a great mix of elevated options and comfortable bar fare. Some of my favorites run the gamut from fried burrata Caesar salad to the pappardelle, the duck-rabbit stout-braised pork shoulder (yes, you read that right), the house-smoked wings, and the whiskey-bent banana pudding.
And, of course, no public house is complete without an extensive bar menu, including cocktails, beer, wine, and spirits.
Luna Pizza Cafe
632 S Pitt St #100, Greenville, NC 27834
In the same vicinity as the pub, don’t miss a chance to grab some of the best-rated pizza in the area over the last few years.
Luna Pizza Cafe is nothing ordinary, and it has some of the best artisanal pizzas and elevated appetizers you’ll ever try.
True Italian food lovers rejoice. The menu is full of standouts like involtini di melanzane, prosciutto and arugula neapolitan pizza, and decadent desserts like tiramisu and cannoli. This is as authentic as it gets, and the price is incredible for the quality and experience.
505 Red Banks Rd C, Greenville, NC 27858
Another great casual yet quality option is CafeDuo, another great dining destination on Red Banks Road. The cuisine style is decidedly American with heavy European influence, which creates an innovative yet rustic comfort food experience.
Stop by for weekend brunch and try out the cocktails and omelets, but maybe also treat yourself to the brioche French toast with strawberries, my favorite.
If you’re in the area for dinner, CafeDuo has bruschetta to die for and lots of other classics done to perfection.
My go-to picks are the butternut squash tortellacci, the frutti di mare pasta, and the cioppino. You won’t be disappointed no matter what you pick.
aTavola! Market Cafe
620 Red Banks Rd, Greenville, NC 27858
Not far from The Rickhouse is aTavola!, a true market cafe with a quaint neighborhood deli style that also offers lots of fresh, innovative dishes inspired by the welcoming name, which means “come and eat.”
While the cafe offers to-go meals and catering and also has events such as wine tasting, dining in is a great experience.
You’ll find lots of coastal-inspired offerings, like calamari and garlic shrimp, while the sandwiches and panini menu runs the gamut from Cuban to Reuben.
Play it safe with amazing pizza, or choose from the pasta menu. My favorites are the Red Banks seafood bank and the chicken and shrimp carbonara.
Best Restaurants in Greenville
- Sup Dogs
- The Scullery Coffee House and Creamery
- Starlight Cafe and Farm
- Basil’s Restaurant & Pizzeria
- Cinnamon Bistro Indian Cuisine
- Kasturi Indian Cuisine
- Wasabi 88
- The Rickhouse American Provisions and Spirits
- B’s Barbecue
- Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint
- Anchalee Thai Restaurant
- Villa Verde
- Bateeni Mediterranean Grill
- Dickinson Avenue Public House
- Luna Pizza Cafe
- a Tavola! Market Cafe
Greenville has something to offer to suit anyone’s culinary tastes, from world cuisine to coastal fare and from walk-up window ordering to elevated dining and industrial pub-style surroundings.
If you’re going to be in the area, you’ll want to carve out time to visit some if not all of these amazing places that make up the best restaurants in Greenville.
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