The 10 Best Places for Appetizers in South Carolina!

Nothing quite sets the tone of a delicious meal than an excellent appetizer. Luckily, some South Carolina restaurants have gotten creative when it comes to crafting perfect, mouthwatering appetizer menus, making it tempting to turn apps into meals and skipping the main menu altogether. Even better, most appetizers are big enough to share, so spread the love with the 10 best places for appetizers in South Carolina.

1. Carolina Ale House, Columbia, SC

This local-and-growing chain has established its reputation for many things, especially its appetizers. Sports and events take a backseat to the variety of yummy apps on the menu, including their fan-favorite Carolina Nachos. Their flatbreads and the brisket quesadilla are also not to be missed. 

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2. The Hare and Hound, Landrum, SC

Their appetizer menu might look typical on paper, but rest assured that each of their amazing apps can easily be a standalone meal or snack in terms of quality and flavor. Each one provides a generous portion, which means you might not even need to order a main course. If you can’t make up your mind, opt for the sampler to get a little taste of some of their most appetizing treats.

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3. Blue Heron, Clemson, SC

Folks come here for the top-notch sushi, but their appetizer menu is not to be ignored. They go beyond your typical starters, offering things like Portobello mushrooms, mussels, and other healthy options to start your meal off right. There’s plenty of flavor on the menu, but nothing too heavy to ruin your appetite for sushi, seafood, or other tasty options.

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4. Yard House, Greenville, SC

There’s nothing boring on this menu, but their appetizers are beyond exceptional. You can choose from plenty of healthy eats, including edamame, guacamole, Brussels sprouts, and their famous truffle fries. It’s obvious they put a lot of thought into crafting the perfect starters, which means you’ll have even more to look forward to when the main courses arrive.

5. Big Bamboo Cafe, Hilton Head Island, SC

Though short and sweet, this app menu makes up for limited options in flavor and fun. Choose from favorites like ahi tuna, crab and shrimp dip, coconut shrimp, or the delicious mahi mahi. Aside from a delicious menu, it’s fun, festive atmosphere will leave your experience wanting for nothing.

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6. Rivera’s, Greer, SC

International fare starts this menu in the right direction. Choose from classics like empanadas or their famed Cuban ham croquettes, or enjoy the spicy firecracker shrimp or Creole sausage pigtails. Whatever you choose to complement your meal, you may just skip the main course altogether (and there’s nothing wrong with that!).

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7. Chicora Alley, Greenville and Mauldin, SC

Whether you prefer to count your calories or like to load up on nachos and the like, Chicora Alley’s apps are every bit as good as their entrees. You could easily make an entire meal with the appetizers here, including healthy favorites like the cheese and grapes plate, or opt for tasty wings or a chicken finger basket. And their overloaded Mile-High Nachos definitely deserve a spot on your table.

8. Bistro on the Boulevard, Irmo, SC

These upscale apps set the course for your fine dining meal. Choose from things like filet tips and bacon-wrapped shrimp that look almost too good to eat. Most of the appetizers here are enough to share, so try a few and discover your new favorites.

9. Blue Cactus Cafe, Columbia, SC

Specializing in Korean cuisine, ordering a variety of apps can give you the best sampling experience of what Blue Cactus has to offer. Their prices are more than reasonable, which means you can load up on apps to get the most variety. They feature favorites like kimchi and Korean dumplings, along with more familiar items like chicken fingers and French fries. If you’re interested in true Korean flavor, try the Kim bob, a seaweed roll of rice, spinach, carrot, and pickled radish.

10. Ultimate California Pizza, Myrtle Beach, SC

Who says a pizza place can’t get creative with its apps? Sure, you’ll find tried and true classics like garlic bread and breadsticks, but it’s also the place for a variety of flatbreads, wings, dips, hummus, and their popular Jack bread. If you love hot wings, make sure you grab an order of the Buffalo chicken dip!

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