Restaurant 17

So, quick short story…

When S and I started dating it was right around the time of Greenville’s Restaurant Week, so I suggested we go eat somewhere nice to take advantage of the amazing deals. He agreed and let me pick the restaurant. So, I chose Restaurant 17, which is about an hour from our house. He had no idea where this restaurant was, so after driving for about 40 mins he started to get a little upset that he was still driving. Needless to say, we finally made it to the restaurant and he was a little annoyed, but once he saw the view and tasted the food everything got a little bit better.

Now that I have that out of the way, on our most recent visit to Restaurant 17 we chose to grab our birthday dinners there- dinners because our birthdays are 6 days apart.

Restaurant 17 is tucked away in the mountains of Travelers Rest at Hotel Domestique. So quiet and sirrine, it is the perfect place to grab a romantic dinner away from all of the “hustle and bustle” of Greenville.

Menu

Restuarant 17 uses a lot of local ingredients and has a changes their menu every now and then, but definitely has a very eclectic menu. The small plates menu has options such as the crab remoulade salad (bibb lettuce, heirloom tomatioes, blue crab, shallots, white grapefruit), fried boudin balls (Pineapple Beurre Blanc, candied jalapenos, steen’s cane syrup), steamed pork buns (bbq pulled pork, cucumber kimchi, cilantro yum yum) and te brined chicken wings (pepper mash, alabama comeback sauce)- some are even gluten-free.

The large plate menu has some great options as well, such as fried game hen served with Anson Mills chipotle grits, collards and a bacon vinaigrette, an apple brandy beef ribeye which is aged 14 days and handcut to order, and duck confit served with Sea Island red peas, sunchoke puree, spiced pecans and citrus emulsion.

My Experience

S and I had a great time at Restaurant 17. The service and the food were both impecable and it was definitely a great choice to celebrate our birthdays.

So, to drink S had the Sorry Mr. Jackson- a whiskey cocktail made with Ritenhouse Rye Whiskey, Cointreau, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Doline Rouge Vermouth, Orange Bitters served with a burnt orange twist. He thoroughly enjoyed this cocktail. I had a Negroni- a gin cocktail with sweet vermouth, Campari and rosemary. This drink isn’t for everyone, but I thought it was pretty good.

Negroni


For dinner, S and I had several things. For our first course, we did the pork belly and scallops, which are served with parsnip puree, and a pea shoot pesto. Can you say “ah-mazing”? Oh-EM-GEE. This dish was so good. Everything just went so well together.

Pork Belly and Scallops


Our second course, was the Black Caesar Salad- locally grown Tyger River romaine, cress, focaccia croutons, and parmesean ribbons.

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For our entrees, we enjoyed the Pan Seared Lamb which is served with roasted cauliflower, meguez, melted leeks and a rosemary demi. Such a delicious dish! S really loved the roasted cauliflower. Definitely a must try.

Pan Seared Lamb


We also enjoyed the Prosciutto Wrapped Monkfish. It was absolutely fantastic. The monkfish was served with a fennel slaw, barley, blood orange segments and romesco. To be honest, this was both of our favorite dish of the night, only because we both were in the mood for fish.

Prosciutto Wrapped Monkfish


For dessert, we shared the strawberry shortcake dessert- a delicious biscuit with pieces of strawberries and whipped cream. It wasn’t too sweet, but sweet enough to kill my sweet tooth I’ve had all week.


If you’re in need of a romantic night away from Greenville, or even if you aren’t and just want some really delicous food, Restaurant 17 should definitely be on your list of places to eat.

Also, for groups of 6-14, ask about the Friends Table-a unique dining experience with a seasonal menu tailored for your party.

The pictures featured below are from previous dining experiences with Restaurant 17.

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