We visited Rick Erwin's West End Grille for the first time a few days ago. It's the kind of food that will ruin you on the bland frozen food of franchises.
While I wouldn't call this a casual dress restaurant, there doesn't seem to be a specific dress code. I wore a dress and my husband wore a polo shirt and khakis, but we saw men in there in jeans and t-shirt/khaki shorts.
Valet parking is available although downtown Greenville has plenty of parking garages available -- two on River Street not far from the restaurant.
Our waiter, Ty, was very helpful in directing us to specialties on the menu and educating us on the various cuts of meat that were available. Entrees are served a la carte, so side dishes are ordered separately. They are served family style and easily serve 2-3 people depending on whether, like me, you've already stuffed yourself on the incredibly fresh and fabulous calamari and a salad.
The wine list is quite expansive, ranging anywhere from $28 to well over $200 a bottle. Some wines are served by the glass or half-bottle. We ordered a $28 bottle of Malbec that tasted superb.
Dessert didn't disappoint either. The vanilla bean creme brulee was my husband's favorite, and the white chocolate-infused bread pudding was my to-die-for choice.
This restaurant is known as a steakhouse but they have plenty of other choices to choose from. Our waiter informed us that none of the food is frozen either before or after it arrives at the restaurant. It is received fresh and prepared fresh -- and you can really taste the difference.
You can ceratinly eat relatively inexpensively here with two theater tasting menus to choose from -- three-course menus of smaller portions. Also, some entrees come in a 4 oz or 8 oz portion, allowing you to spend less for the same great food. I thought most everything was very fairly priced, but if you do the works like we did -- appetizer, salad, entree, 2 sides, wine, and dessert -- you can expect to spend $80 or more per person. We didn't regret a single penny!
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