Itineraries The Food Scene

The Food Scene - Restaurant Itinerary

A visit to the Jewel of SC is like stepping into the pages of culinary history.

The Food Scene in this region is sizzling hot! You can have an exquisite four course meal, a family-friendly southern meal, a down-home Southern Barbeque feast or an authentic farm to table experience. Our chefs’ regularly visit the farmer’s market adjusting their menus according to what is in season. The diversity of cuisine is going to make your dining experiences during your stay fun, affordable and have you wanting to come back for more. Enjoy this restaurant and dining itinerary for the Lake Murray and Columbia, SC region.

Day 1

The Food Scene - Day #1

A visit to the Jewel of SC is like stepping into the pages of culinary history. Steeped in tradition and rich in diversity, the food scene in the 4 counties around Lake Murray is worth a trip from anywhere!

Start in the quiet country setting of Saluda County- where farmlands gently roll, pecans are harvested and “fresh’ is in the air. Ridge Spring is home to Juniper, the James Beard Award-winning restaurant headed by Chef Brandon Veile, and The Nut House, where golden pecans are grown, harvested, and transformed into gourmet pecans, premium pecan candies and the best pecan pies.

In Newberry County, you’ll find the trio of Figaro properties offering tempting craft cocktails in the historic Figaro Bar; shop for fresh made treats, produce and hand carved meats at the Figaro Market where lunch is a stellar treat or dine on expertly prepared flavorful meals at the Figaro Dining Room, a former bank building where the original 1800’s vault is still intact.

Day 2

The Food Scene - Day #2

A short drive down the road, you can find everything from handmade pasta at Alodia’s Cucina Italiana to the comforts of a traditional southern fish fry at Oak Grove Fish House and everything in between. The Main Street corridor of downtown Lexington has become a gastronomic playground full of snacking, dining or drinking opportunities.


Be sure to save room for a stop in Richland County. Our State Capital area is home to many favorites including Blue Marlin, Spotted Salamander, Hall’s Chop House, M Vista, and DiPrato’s to name a few, offering everything from shrimp and grits, deviled eggs, world class steaks and chops, Asian-fusion delicacies, and authentic and aromatic favorites of a New York deli serving the best southern staple, pimento cheese.