Summer is here, and is there anything better than enjoying a delicious meal, a refreshing cocktail or glass of wine, and the warm summer air and a nice breeze? The answer is no. There is not. If you disagree, you can stop reading this isn’t the information for you. Now that I have reached my target audience, I’ll elaborate. The dining experts at OpenTable have compiled a list of the best outdoor dining in the country. And with 50 states, countless cities, and limitless restaurants there is a lot of stiff competition. But the good news is that two different South Carolina restaurants made the list of best outdoor dining.

Open Table Best Outdoor Dining

According to OpenTable this list “spans restaurants coast-to-coast and is determined by verified diner reviews.” And I can verify it’s literally coast to coast because I saw one restaurant in Hawaii. And while I’ve never been to Hawaii, I’m pretty sure any outdoor dining there is superior. You’d probably assume the South Carolina restaurants included on this outdoor dining list are both on the coast. Right? Wrong. One is. The other is a long-time Greenville, South Carolina staple. I’ve seen so much lately about Greenville so I  may have to go explore one weekend.

Not only was South Carolina included on the list. The Old North State of course was too. There were three North Carolina restaurants were recognized for their outdoor dining. Once again on the beach, and the other two in the same, that isn’t Charlotte or Raleigh. Time to plan some road trips because there is nothing more I want this summer than some incredible food, an Aperol spritz, and a patio. Preferably with a water view. Keep reading to learn all about the North and South Carolina restaurants included on Open Table’s list of the best outdoor dining. Want to see the full list? Get all the info here.

  • Charlie's Coastal Bistro (L'etoile Verte)

    Address8 New Orleans Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

    This recently renamed restaurant still packs the same menu and charm. Located on Hilton Head Island this coastal French bistro. They self describe as “casual fine dining at it’s best”.  Considering the coastal location the menu has a focus on fresh seafood but with a combination of French and lowcountry flair.


  • Sony's

    Address: 207 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601

    Soby’s has been a Greenville institution for 25 years. The restaurant’s website describes the beloved spot as “an experience you can’t miss” that is “rich in history and rustic charm”. The menu features southern-inspired cuisine made with locally-grown, seasonal ingredients.


  • The Oyster Rock Waterfront Seafood

    Address: 9931 Nance St, Calabash, NC 28467

    Located in a beautiful setting in an area known for its Calabash seafood is The Oyster Rock. “The Rock” is a family-owned and operated waterfront restaurant specializing in excellent seafood and raw bar items. Not a seafood lover? They also have plenty of beef, chicken, and pork dishes, along with sandwiches and burgers for land lovers. No judgment here!


  • Print Works Bistro

    Address: 702 Green Valley Road Greensboro, NC 27408

    Actually owned at operated by the same people as Green Valley Grill, Print Works Bistro is located adjacent to  Proximity Hotel. The menu features classical and modern versions of French bistro dishes all made with locally sourced food. Pair your meal with one of over 75 wines offered by the glass or a spectacular craft cocktail.


  • Green Valley Grill

    Address: 622 Green Valley Rd, Greensboro, NC 27408

    Green Valley Grill has received numerous accolades. This fine dining restaurant is adjacent to the O.Henry Hotel near Greensboro’s Friendly Center. They self describe their cuisine as incorporating “fresh seasonal Old World European and Mediterranean flavors from the wood-fired rotisserie and grill.” And what meal isn’t complete without a wide array of artisanal cocktails. Or if craft beers or wine is more your drink of choice they’ve got that covered as well. Green Valley Grill is the only restaurant in Greensboro to receive the Wine Spectator “Best of Award of Excellence”. They were also named one of the Top 100 Most Beloved Restaurants in America. Who knew all this was just down the road in Greensboro? And look at that patio!


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