Charleston, SC Restaurant Reviews

The Owl, Greenville, SC [CLOSED]

March 22, 2013

This review comes to you from my amazing mother, Tina. She’s beautiful and crazy and has relatively good taste (most of the time). Here goes!

...And this is one of her BETTER moments.

…And this is one of her BETTER moments.

Sydney posted a link on my Facebook wall the other day for a write-up from a Greenville food blogger about a new restaurant in called The Owl on Pleasantburg Road. The article made it look so good we decided to go there for dinner that same day.  After reading the reviews we thought it would be packed, but luckily for us, 5:30 on a Tuesday evening must be the calm before the storm, because we were their only customers for a while.

The Owl, Greenville, SC


The bar scene has definitely been kicked up a few notches. We had visited this building a number of years ago when it was a private club known as Gumby’s.  Though it’s a small place and sparsely decorated, this once shabby tavern has been transformed into a chic establishment. I really like the cool bar stools and open kitchen.

The Bar at The Owl

The atmosphere was pretty neat. I like that it was really simple in the way of decor. Each of the tables had different color candle holders and a nice cold bottle of water.

Decor at The Owl, Greenville, SC

I was really looking forward to trying some of the stuff mentioned in the blog post we read, but when we looked at the menu, none of the dishes we read about were actually on the menu. Apparently their menu changes seasonally, so what you see here might not actually be on the menu when you visit.

Screen Shot 2013-03-21 at 11.42.18 PM Menu at The Owl, Greenville, SC

The menu is made up of appetizers, “small plates,” and full-plated entrees. We started with the Fruit Plate and the Lamb Meatball Plate.  The Lamb Meatball plate wasn’t considered an appetizer, but it could have been and we were curious. The Lamb Meatballs were scrumptious. I loved the duck fat mashed potatoes.  Not sure on what the sauce was on top. Looked like a mustard or a cheese but was neither.  The pistachio pieces on top made the whole thing look pretty.  Tasted wonderful.  Interestingly, while eating it as I first bite into a pistachio piece I thought I was a seed or shell because I forgot there where nuts on it and that threw me off at first. You don’t think about nuts when chewing on a meatball.  But altogether it was fantastic.

Lamb Meatballs at The Owl in Greenville, SC

This is the Fruit Plate. Not what I pictured, but tasted amazing.  I could eat this all day long.  The pear and parsnip slices were warm, the nuts pieces were toasted and the ricotta was cool and creamy. It was simple, but the flavors came together really well. I’d go back for the fruit plate alone, it was that good.

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For my entree, I ordered the steak well done. I know I’m “not supposed to do that” but that’s how I like it, and I’m the one who has to eat it, so just deal with it. Lots of places have problems cooking steaks well done, but The Owl cooked my steak just the way I like it. It came with Fried Brussels Sprouts which were the bomb.  I should cook my Brussell Sprouts like this forever. The pile of cheese and mound of butter tied everything together.  This can only be described as a mouthful of yummy flavor.

The Steak at The Owl in Greenville, SC

Russ got  the Pasta Pomodoro, with something called “parmesan foam,” whatever that is. I have to say that The Pasta Pomodoro was my least favorite thing.  I tried it once, went about eating my steak, then tried it again and I have to say–it did not get any better.  I wanted it to be yummy.  It looked yummy.  It wasn’t so yummy.  I don’t know if it was the Hazelnut, or “basil chip” or something in the spice department but the taste wasn’t where it could/should have been. Maybe this for someone else’s palate but not mine.

Pasta Pomodoro at The Owl in Greenville, SC

 The service was wonderful.  Everyone was very welcoming.  The Chef even came out to thank us for stopping by…And stopping by is what we will do again and again.  Can’t wait for the new menu change to try new and exciting entrees and revisit a few favorites.  A very enjoyable dining experience.

The Owl in Greenville, SC

The Owl
728 Wade Hampton Blvd
Greenville, SC  29609
(864) 252-7015

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  • Sean Scoopmire March 28, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Thanks for the link to Greenville Bites! Glad your mom enjoyed the Owl! They are so nice and have the most incredible food at such low prices.

    • Queen of the Food Age March 28, 2013 at 11:55 am

      I gotta give credit where credit is due! Plus, I really enjoy your blog. It’s nice to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in my hometown!

  • Harvin April 4, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Someone else at my table ordered the pasta and I tried it: the “off” taste was probably the smoked noodles. I can see how someone else might like that, but it was overwhelming for me. Other than that, we loved all of our dishes! The foie gras was perhaps my favorite thing. I’m looking forward to trying the next season’s menu.

    • Queen of the Food Age April 9, 2013 at 10:06 am

      Thanks for stopping by! I agree that the smoked noodles, while neat in theory, didn’t really come out so great in reality. But I’m really excited to see what’s next for this awesome little restaurant!

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