The 10 Best Restaurants in Aiken, SC
Our go-to eateries in Aiken, South Carolina.
The variety of restaurants in Aiken, SC is one of the best features of calling our town home. Aiken has it all: Upscale dining restaurants, casual lunch diners, and family-operated dessert shops. The Village Café, AnShu Asian Café, and Roma Italian Restaurant are all conveniently located in the Village at Woodside. The rest of the restaurants are centrally located downtown in the charming historic Aiken district – only a short, ten-minute drive from Woodside.
Get ready, some of these restaurants will become a staple in your household.
The Village Café
110 Coach Light Way SW, Aiken, SC 29803
The Village Café, located in The Village at Woodside, is a farm-to-table restaurant dedicated to using the freshest locally sourced ingredients to craft a perfect weekday brunch. The health-conscious crowd can find a salad layered with smoked Norwegian salmon, fresh capers, grilled lemon, and homemade lemon dill vinaigrette.
Pick from a selection of panini and bagel sandwiches, like the infamous Tuscan Pig that has tavern ham, melted gruyere, and roasted tomato aioli, delicately pressed between fresh panini bread.
For Aiken locals, The Village Café has cook-at-home entrées perfect for a night where you want dinner to be easy.
Roma’s Italian Kitchen
116 Coach Light Way SW, Aiken, SC 29803
Owner Pasquale “Pat” Brancaccio cultivates a true Italian dining experience at Roma’s. The Penne Ala Vodka will captivate any cheese lovers’ heart with its rich and creamy tomato vodka Parmesan sauce served over penne pasta.
Pat combines both his Italian roots with his New York City culinary experience to bring a casual Italian feel that will have you coming back for more.
AnShu Asian Café
122 Coach Light Way SW, Aiken, SC 29803
The Honey Walnut Shrimp summarizes what AnShu does best: combining popular Asian-inspired dishes with ingredients that makes it perfect for anyone to enjoy. You’ll want to try this dish, made with savory tempura fried shrimp placed over fresh steamed vegetables, honey glazed walnuts, and homemade honey walnut sauce on the side.
100 Colleton Ave SW, Aiken, SC 29801
Your invitation to the Willcox begins with rich scents of mahogany wood, crackling wood fireplaces, and delightful harmonies played by a local pianist. Dinner at the Willcox is spectacular, but make sure you don’t finish it without the Black Arkansas Apple Crumble – a perfect combination of creamy brown butter praline ice cream, maple crème patisserie, and vanilla bourbon whipped cream.
Notably recognized by Southern Living, Travel & Leisure, and Conde Nast Traveler, Willcox is no stranger to upholding the finest quality service to their guests.
120 Chesterfield St S, Aiken, SC 29801
Casa Bella’s romantic Victorian setting will transport you to a place where classic Italian fare meets American cosmopolitan dining. Owners Arlene and Joseph Iannelli operate the Italian restaurant and offer many classic Italian dishes with hearty servings to make sure you leave feeling happy and comfortable. Those looking for a buttery or savory option will love the sautéed Zuppa Di Clams with white wine.
227 The Alley SW, Aiken, SC 29801
“Food, whiskey, and friends” is the mantra at Whiskey Alley. Chefs Katie and Chad Jajczyk have a passion for delivering upscale food items at an approachable price. If hearty, flavorful food is speaking to you, try the Russian Style Beef Tenderloin Stroganoff with its perfectly cooked filet mignon medallions tossed in house-made sour cream beef gravy over egg noodles with smoked paprika. You might need to call an Uber after this meal, but you’ll thank me for it.
Betsy’s Round the Corner
224 Park Ave SW, Aiken, SC 29801
Betsy’s Blue Plates, or daily specials, is the best introduction to Southern Carolina dining. Come on a Tuesday and you’ll find the best slow-roasted pot roast with mushroom gravy. Or, if you have a sweet tooth, try the Nutty Buddy – a vanilla ice cream and peanut butter sauce masterpiece with crumbed Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups topped with cold whipped cream and salted peanuts. You won’t regret it.
120 Laurens St SW, Aiken, SC 29801
Malia’s feels like a place where casual suits and cocktail dresses are welcomed. Owner and Chef Malia Koelker dedicates her menu towards artistic expression and use of seasonal ingredients to create modern chic cuisines. Put on your high-heels, or sneakers, and go to Malia’s to try their red wine braised short rib paired with a glass of Ironstone cabernet franc.
La Parisienne French Restaurant & Bakery
233 Chesterfield St S, Aiken, SC 29801
Some food is better when it’s authentically French. La Parisienne specializes in French pastries, cakes, and breads that hit savory and sweet notes perfectly. If you live in Aiken or are just traveling through, swing by and grab a rosemary & olive oil focaccia to take home. Focaccia is great for sandwiches, with soup, or by itself
Flanigan’s Ice Cream
221 Barnwell Ave NW, Aiken, SC 29801
Flanigan’s feels like being invited over to your friend’s house for the best ice cream. Located in downtown Aiken, Flanigan’s is perfect for spending a night with your family eating hand-dipped ice cream around a crackling fire pit. Whatever ice cream flavor your heart desires, make sure to put it on a homemade waffle cone.
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