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8 Greenwood Spots for International Cuisine

Explore the world through flavor in Greenwood.

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Discover Greenwood
March 31, 2021

Don’t let size fool you. Greenwood may be small, but its restaurant scene offers plenty of big, global tastes. A variety of locally owned, chef-run restaurants known for their farm-to-table approach serve up diverse multicultural fare.

Local favorites from laid-back to upscale are all part of Greenwood’s knack for living big while holding onto its legendary small town charm. Here’s a quick tour of some of Greenwood’s favorite multinational flavors.

Get Your Tastebuds Ready to Travel

Greenwood has a wide variety of restaurants offering food with global flare. Here’s a short list of some of the local favorites, places that can take you on a whirlwind tour of Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, with plenty of much-loved American dishes, too. And there’s something for everyone, whether you prefer upscale or down home, small plates or big meals. It’s time to take your palate on a world tour.


Kicker’s

Loyal customers have watched Kicker’s Restaurant, the “lil place...big taste,” grow from a small take-out spot to a local favorite known for its wide-ranging flavors. Owner Abdel Dimiati seeks out the freshest ingredients to create satisfying comfort food. Unique burgers showcase Greek, Morrocan, Cuban, Asian and Caribbean flavors. Thai chicken noodle, spicy gumbo, black bean tortilla and she-crab are part of the international repertoire of soups that warm both body and soul.


“We have a lot of really loyal customers who have stayed with us,” says Abdel. “This is a good community.”

Address: 301 Maxwell Avenue
Greenwood, SC 29646

Phone: (864) 943-5300

Pascal's offers French & American food.
Pascal’s Cafe

For a departure from the hearty, casual food of Kicker’s, locals love the artistry of the chefs at Pascal’s Cafe, a French/American bistro with a combination of fine food, casual atmosphere and Southern hospitality. Every bite is an unforgettable delight, from the traditional French pastries such as bouchée à la reine, to the house-made foie gras de canard and sous vide filet mignon with grilled scallops, all the way to the traditional French desserts such as tarte tatin.    

Address: 307 West Cambridge Avenue
Greenwood, SC 29646

Phone: (864) 223-2329


Capri’s Italian

In 1944, the Capri family began cooking for Italian-American airmen who were missing their home-cooked lasagna, baked ziti and aromatic sauces. More than seven decades later, Capri’s Italian is still serving the best steak, seafood and pasta dishes in the area. Kick off dinner with an antipasto salad or toasted ravioli, and follow up with the tasty chicken picatta or invent your own dish with choices of pasta, sauces and proteins.

Address: 1704 Bypass 72 NE
Greenwood, SC 29649

Phone: (864) 223-0367

Fusion Japanese and Thai Cuisine

With several excellent spots for pan-Asian food, it’s hard to pick just one, but Fusion Japanese and Thai Cuisine is a local favorite, not just for the food but for the atmosphere. The always entertaining chefs keep their table-side skills as sharp as their knives, and diners can choose between Japanese, Korean and Thai cuisine as well as a wide variety of fresh and flavorful sushi dishes. The Volcano is a fan favorite.

Address: 529C Bypass 72 NW
Greenwood, SC 29649

Phone: (864) 388-7888

El Centenario serves fun cocktails and flavorful Mexican food.
El Centenario

El Centenario Mexican Restaurant is a go-to spot for authentic Tex-Mex food—specialty nachos, steak and seafood, small plates, homemade guacamole and tasty sauces. The stylish, open decor makes it a great place to enjoy the unique specials and classic cocktails.

Address: 540 Bypass 72 NW
Greenwood, SC 29649

Phone: 864-538-4084


Buenavista Latin Cafe

While we’re talking about Latin food, be sure to check out Buenavista Latin Cafe, where the authentic Cuban bread makes the sandwiches extra tasty, and the Old Havana ambiance lets you embrace the joy of Cuban culture. After the empanadas, the papa relleno, the croquetas and tostados, indulge in a little fried plantain. But be sure to save room for the churros and cafesito.

Address: 322 Main Street 
Greenwood, SC 29646

Phone: (864) 223-5990


Danish’s Indo-Pak Cuisine

Fresh ingredients layered with herbs and spices and combined with traditional Indo-Pak cooking techniques create the complex flavors of the unforgettable food at Danish’s Indo-Pak Cuisine. Start the meal with a Samosa or Burmese roll. Sample the curry dishes, tandoori bread and seafood specialties; finish the night with a fresh-made Indian dessert. While you’re there, take a stroll through the lush Dove Garden.

Address: 14 Old Abbeville Hwy
Greenwood, SC 29649

Phone: 864-223-8000

At the intersection of food and art, Polo's provides a unique dining experience for the whole family.
Polo’s Restaurant

Chef and owner Apolonio (Polo) Mojarro puts 30 years’ experience onto the plate with every dish at his casual but sophisticated Polo’s Restaurant.  Formerly the executive chef at the renowned Ta-boo Restaurant in Palm Beach, Florida, Chef Polo uses fine, fresh ingredients to create a celebration of flavors and textures. The food spans multiple cuisines, from European to Caribbean and from Southern to pan-Asian. And every bite is fabulous.

Address: 328 Main Street
Greenwood, SC 29646

Phone: (864) 943-4173

 

With so much to do in Greenwood, you’ll need to keep up your strength. Do it in style with a world tour for your tastebuds.

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