Lake Wylie Dining: Review of Area Restaurants

My first career, years ago, was in advertising.  I remember as a young media planner, I was often invited to lunch or dinner with visiting media reps.  It was definitely one of my favorite parts of the job!  I was introduced to "fine dining", and had a crash course in ordering etiquette, food and wine, and how to intermingle business and dinner conversation.  I also developed a taste for expensive food, especially when someone else is paying!!  Unfortunately, I no longer have access to those lavish expense accounts, so I have to be budget minded when dining out.  I've begun a review of Lake Wylie area restaurants, and hope you'll find it useful.  I've included Fine Dining, Casual Fare, and Take-Out.  The focus is primarily locally owned and operated restaurants, though a chain may make its way in on occasion.  Check back often for new reviews!


Fine Dining Restaurants (Relatively Speaking!)

City Tavern - Rivergate Shopping Center, 704-504-8888.  Steaks, seafood, American cuisine.  casual atmosphere restaurant.

Concord Cove - 5303 Concord Road.  Lunch & Dinner.  Dinner entrees $12-$35 or so.  Lunch selections $6-$13.  Saturday Brunch $5-$12.  Reservations suggested by not required.  Concord Cove Review

Fuji Japanese Steakhouse, 14126 Rivergate Pkwy, Charlotte.  704-583-6366. Dinner entrees $11.95 - $29.95.  Lunch $7.95-$15.95.  Read review of Fuji for Sushi .

Lotus Eatery & Bar , 1941 Hoffman Road, Gastonia.  704-853-1693. Dinner entrees around $14-$24.  Lunch $7-$11. 

Old Stone Steakhouse, 23 South Main Street in Belmont, NC.

Red Bowl Asian Bistro - 2760 Celanese Rd, Rock Hill, 803-366-2226 AND 845 Stockbridge Drive (Lowe's Food shopping center at Hwy 160 and Gold Hill Rd), Fort Mill, 803-802-5666.  Chinese, Sushi, Thai, Vietnamese, Hibachi.

River Rat  - an old favorite, with new owners.  5301 Hwy 557 Lake Wylie.

T-Bones on the Lake - 3990 Charlotte Hwy, Lake Wylie.  803-831-0170


Casual Fare

BT's burgerjoint -14130 Rivergate Parkway, Steele Creek area.  Burgers $5-$6, milkshakes, fries, and more.  Inside and outside dining available.  Read BT's Burgerjoint Review

Cafe 49 - 4516 Charlotte Hwy, Lake Wylie.  803-631-5350

Christopher's Grill & Bar , 1500 Village Harbor Drive, Lake Wylie  803-831-2461.  Burgers & sandwiches $6-$8, pasta, steak & seafood $10-$17. 

Clover Station, 105 North Main St., Clover.  803-222-1500.  Open Tue-Sunday 11-8.  Closes at 2pm on Sat & Sunday.  Breakfast on Friday & Saturday.  Home cooking, meat & three.  Everything freshly prepared and homemade, read the Raving Review of Clover Station .

The Hickory Tavern - 13545 Steelcroft Pkwy, Charlotte.  Open 7 days a week, lunch and dinner.  Several locations in Charlotte and other areas of the Carolinas.  Outdoor dining available.  Seafood, burgers, great appetizers, salads.  

Jackson's Kitchen , 304 North Main Street, Clover.  Open Monday - Friday for lunch, 11am - 2pm.  Catering for large or small events.  For dinner or events, call ahead to order anything from a pan of lasagne, to a complete holiday dinner, to a buffet for 200!  803-222-9441  Read review of Jackson's Kitchen .

Lake Wylie Pizza and Italian Restaurant, 4074 Charlotte Hwy, Lake Wylie.

Luigi's Pizza - 13551 Steelcroft Pkwy (Corner of Hwy 160 & Hwy 49), 704-587-6010.  Voted best pizza in Charlotte in 2009, serving authentic New York Style pizza, hot Italian specialties, fresh salads. 

McHales Irish Pub - 1820 Gold Hill Road, 803-548-2151.  A Tega Cay/Fort Mill favorite for years!  Irish pub, raw bar, live music.

Palmetto Seafood - 2910 S. Hwy 161, York.  Off the beaten path, out-of-the-ordinary, and a dining experience you don't want to miss!  Specializing in fried Southern seafood - - shrimp, frog legs, catfish, and hushpuppies  

Pier 51 - 2921 Mt. Gallant Rd, Rock Hill SC.  803-980-1234.  Open Tuesday thru Saturday for dinner, Sunday lunch.  Seafood, steaks and chicken.  Entrees $6.99-$14.99.  Pier 51 Review

Pizza Man, 107 Bethel St., Clover 803-222-3343.  Tired of "chain restaurant" pizza?  Read The Pizza Man review and give this place a try.

Portofino's - Arysley.  Italian fare, pizza, pasta.  2127 Arysley Town Blvd, Charlotte. 

Rey Azteca - 4052 Charlotte Hwy, Lake Wylie.  803-831-9277.  Every day is a fiesta at Rey Azteca.

Steve's Grill - 2150 Gold Hill Road (near the entrance of Tega Cay), 803-548-1799.  Great choice for happy hour and casual dining, with a friendly party-like atmosphere, great food, inside or outside dining, and occasional music.  Terrific appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, seafood, steak, about $7 and up.  Read Steve's Grill review .




Eat-in/Take Out

Best China- 5243 Hwy 557, Lake Wylie, SC.  803-831-5540 (Located in the Bethel Commons Food Lion Plaza).  Shrimp, Chicken, Beef, Pork, and Vegetarian entrees.   $6.75-9.95, plus lunch selections around $5.  Seating for about 30 plus take-out.  Open 7 days/week, 11am-10pm.  Best China Review

Koizumi Express - 4859 Old York Rd, Ste 102, Rock Hill SC.  803-366-7007.  Located in the Walmart shopping center near Newport.  Serves Hibachi shrimp, steak, chicken, scallops, Yakisoba noodles, $5.25-$15.50. Mainly take-out, limited seating.  Koizumi Review

Mobile BBQ - Various places, various hours . . . Read Review BBQ on Wheels

The Pizza Man - 107 Bethel St., Clover.  803-222-3343.