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“New and Improved - With a Decent Pub”
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Fin and Filet
Price range: US$10 - US$15
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
NYNY
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54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“New and Improved - With a Decent Pub”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

I have visited the Fin and Filet across from Walmart out on the byway in Greenwood, SC several times and never been disappointed. But when I headed there for dinner this April, I was stunned. The place was gone! What the hay went wrong!? Always a good crowd; good and inexpensive menu: very good and friendly service...
So I turned around and headed for Greenwood's fading downtown. But already on Montague Avenue, I found myself standing on the brake: There was the Fin and Filet, but in new, yet familiar, digs. You see, the new location used to be "Orde's of England," which came into being with the Greenwodd arrival of one John Orde, an odd little Engiishman who selected a pleasant villa on the northern outskirts and recreated the food and beverage profile of a typical small English village inn. Actually, it was better than most such plagiarism in the US.
The bar was comfortable, with good stools and a half dozen good English and Irish drafts, and very good barkeeps. The menu was reasonable and featured the British musts, with fish and chips, various banger combinations, but no Haggis. Fortunately, but I'm not going to describe haggis, because you'd stop reading..
There are many tales about what went wrong and scared John back to England, and I don't know which one is true, but I suspect all of them.
But the good news is that from the detritus of John's stash rose an improved Fin and Filet, which probably is a much better fit for Greenwood anyway. Let's face it, if you've ever been to Greenwood and hung around for a while, you'll instantly agree that cosmopolitan flair ain't what comes to mind about Greenwood.
And here's what we found in that British-Carolinian creation on Montague Avenue:
The food is good to very good. It won't get into Michelin's red bible, but you get a lot for your money. Wife had a yellowfin tuna steak she pronounced superb, and she's a connoisseur of raw-to-rear tuna. I had shrimp with grits that was adorable, served with a very agreeable pint by a young, attractive waitress who smiled a lot and liked her work.
One note, somewhat on the order of due diligence: My opinion may have been influenced by a long-held view that a place like this is something this little southern town needs, not least because I like it a lot.

  • Visited April 2014
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English first
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good food, service was slow”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

Manager did come out and apologize for the wait and gave us a free dessert. I will return as the salmon was cooked to perfection.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank nicenice22
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Greenwood, South Carolina
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89 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Very Good Restaurant with international cuisine”
Reviewed 5 March 2014

A rustic restaurant with a lot of flair, a great barroom that invites to sit down. Restaurant with reasonable prices and a lot of international specialeties

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank ungerhausen
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Greenwood, South Carolina
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best in Greenwood!”
Reviewed 4 March 2014

Eclectic menu for every palate! Great service, too!!! From the freshest salads to Sunday brunch, you cannot find a better place to dine in the Emerald City.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank rxmansc
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St. Augustine, Florida
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75 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Perfection.....”
Reviewed 4 March 2014

We have eaten at this restaurant only a few times but when we visit Greenwood it is now a must on our list. The atmosphere is cozy but very nice. The service was excellent our waiter's name was Hamp and he was professional and attentive. I had tuna steak with garlic mashed potatoes both of which were to die for. The mixed green salad was fresh and the homemade dressing was one of the best I have ever had. Good wine and menu selection.
This is a great place for date night or just a nice cozy dinner with family and friends. Definately a must try.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Di K
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