Restaurants in Aiken, SC

Because it has long been a winter-colony destination for swells from the Midwest and New England, and also because the local nuclear bomb-making plant attracts brainy sorts from everywhere, the city of Aiken is cosmopolitan. Yes, it’s got all the Deep-South basics: great soul food, Dixie short-order cafes, BBQ, and fried chicken; but it also is home to worldly cuisine and sophisticated chefs who offer menus that appeal to bec-fins. To a large degree, Aiken’s personality is determined by the fact that it’s a horse town, hosting high-level competitions and offering top thoroughbreds a weather-friendly place to leg up in the winter. In the part of Aiken known as the Horse District, where roads remain unpaved for the sake of horses’ hooves, folks from the equestrian world convene every morning at the Track Kitchen for breakfast at communal tables. Tuesday night, after the Aiken Hounds club has ended its afternoon hunt, people from all disciplines of the horse world gather at the grand Willcox Hotel for drinks and the world’s best pate.

Aiken’s Best Restaurants

Auten’s

AIKEN, SC

Charlie’s Fish Market

AIKEN, SC

Ridgecrest Coffee Bar

AIKEN, SC

Grumpy’s | Sports Pub Cuisine & Best Beer Menu | Aiken, SC

AIKEN, SC

Takosushi

AIKEN, SC

Magnolia Downtown

AIKEN, SC

Thoroughbred Red Irish Ale, Aiken Brewing Company
Aiken Brewing Company

AIKEN, SC

Pat’s Sub Shop

AIKEN, SC

Buckwheat’s BBQ

AIKEN, SC

Acropolis

AIKEN, SC

Feed Bag

AIKEN, SC

Ruben’s Argentinian Steakhouse - Strip Steak
Ruben’s Argentinian Steakhouse

AIKEN, SC

Grilled-crisp rye holds meat loaf dressed with sweet cranberry sauce and melted Swiss cheese
What’s Cookin’ Downtown

AIKEN, SC

Highland Park Grille - Ace Burger
Highland Park Grille

AIKEN, SC

New Moon Cafe

AIKEN, SC

Feel Good Food Truck - Sucker Punch Burger
Feel Good Food Truck

AIKEN, SC

Dukes

AIKEN, SC

Aiken Ice Cream

AIKEN, SC

Steller Kitchen

AIKEN, SC

Restaurante Las Palmas

AIKEN, SC

Harry’s Local Bar and Restaurant

AIKEN, SC

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