Grand Strand Restaurants with the Best Wine Lists
“Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized,” said Andre Simon, the famous French wine writer. Along the Grand Strand there are any number of fine restaurants to find an elegant table and an earthy, bright, buttery, or bold bottle of wine to compliment your plate. Wine lists can vary in length, depth, and diversity, so how do you find a restaurant with the best wine list? We've found these restaurants have knowledgeable staff, extensive and varied wine collections, and have been recognized with awards of excellence for their wine lists.
Thoroughbred's Chophouse and Seafood Grille
Offering an extensive selection of wines, Thoroughbreds has held the Wine Spectator Annual Award of Excellence since 2001. Their wine list includes an international selection of red and white by the glass or order a bottle from their listing of sparkling wines, champagnes, meritages, as well as ports and dessert wines. The servers will be glad to help you find the perfect compliment to the delectable menu items like a plate of Escargot, Blackened Lollipop Lamb Chops, Filet Mignon, Prime Rib, Duck du Jour, Veal Francais or one of the many delicious desserts. Open everyday from 4:30-10:00 pm.
Ruth's Chris Prime Steakhouse
From crisp whites that perfectly pair with appetizers and salads to bold reds to compliment the USDA Prime Steaks, Ruth’s Chris Prime Steak House is sure to please with their broad selection of wines and menu items. By the glass or by the bottle, they offer Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Rose, Pinot Grigio, sparkling wines, and more. The staff will assist you in finding the best wine to pair with Chef Tom Pennell’s masterfully created dishes like Lamb Chops, Fresh Lobster, Tournedos and Shrimp, Petit Filet, Vegetarian Plate and more. Winner of the Open Table 2014 Diners Choice. Open for dinner Sundays 5:00-9:00 pm, Monday-Thursday 5:00-10:00 pm, and Friday-Saturday 5:00-11:00 pm.
Austin's Ocean One
At Austin’s Ocean One, you can feel comfortable relying on the wine steward to knowledgeably guide you through the capacious list of wines. Austin’s is pleased to offer their guests champagne, sparkling wine, red and white wines, rose’, international wines, ports, sherries and dessert wines for a wide range of budgets. On Wednesday all bottles are half priced! Ask which wine best pairs with Chef Bill Austin’s fresh and flavorful cuisine like Jumbo Lump Blue Crab-cake, Crispy Salt and Pepper Calamari, Pistachio and Ginger Crusted Grouper, Grilled Filet Mignon, or Bahamian Lobster and Shrimp Pasta. Open for dinner Tuesday-Saturday from 5:00-9:00 pm.
Your choices are nearly limitless when perusing the wine list at Aspen Grille. With over 150 offerings, you will have no trouble finding your favorite red or white or trying something new and unexpected. Sparkling wines, red and white wines, and champagnes are served by the glass or by the bottle. Join them for “Wine Down Wednesdays” with half price wine by the glass at the bar from 4:30-8:00 pm. Aspen Grille has earned the distinction of Certificate of Excellence 2013 from Trip Advisor for their delicious menu.
Chef Curry North creates divine dishes like Escargot in garlic butter and Seared Yellow Fin Tuna for starters or the Local Pan Seared Flounder and Shrimp or Cedar Springs Domestic Lamb Rack for your dinner. Open for dinner at 4:30 Tuesday-Sunday.
At Collectors Cafe you will find yourself surrounded by walls covered in art, eclectic decor, white linen tables, funky and comfy seating. The perfect backdrop for gourmet food, desserts, coffee and wine. By the bottle, by the half bottle, or by the glass, Collector’s Cafe staff will help you find the ideal wine selection from their list of over 140 wines. Winner of the Wine Spectator Magazines Award of Excellence as well as the Open Table Diner’s Choice award. Chefs James Molnar and Jon Reimerr create a wide range of dishes like Grilled Asparagus with feta, Frisée salad, Bouillabaise, Za’atar Spiced Salmon and a Vegetarian menu. Open for lunch Monday-Friday 11:30am-2:30 pm and for dinner Monday-Saturday 5:30-10:00/10:30 pm.
Croissants Bistro and Bakery
At this bistro, that has won the SC Restauranteur of 2010 as well as the Wine Spectator Award several years in a row, you’ll find a menu and wine list that live up to their reputations. Offering over 120 wines with an array of reds, whites, and “unique blends” to compliment their lunch and dinner menus and desserts. Some wines are offered by the glass, all are available by the bottle. Croissants hosts Coastal Uncorked events and a Spring Wine Tasting and Art Show each year. Ask for a recommendation on the perfect pairing with lunch dishes like Blackened Vegas Strip Salad, HAB Sandwich (ham, apple, and Brie) or the
Quiche du Jour. For dinner try the Carpet Bagger Brie, Watermelon Salad, Hand-cut Southern Rubbed Filet Mignon, or the Vegetarian Selection. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday-Friday 7:00 am-9:00 pm, Saturday 8:00am-9:00 pm, and Sunday 10:00am-2:00 pm. Brunch is only served on the weekends.
Coastal Wine Boutique and Tasting Room
A unique establishment, Coastal Wine Boutique and Tasting Room offers an intimate experience for area visitors. Offering over 75 wines and a menu of breads, cheese plates, and desserts this place is perfect for a low key evening with friends. Not only do they have red, white, rose’, and dessert wines but they have organic wines as well. Enjoy a the “Breaking Bread” plate of bread and herbed-olive oil or the “Feelin the Brie” with your glass of wine. Whether you are knowledgeable about wine or a novice, Coastal Wine Boutique will make you feel right at home. Call for their hours 843-808-9332.