For a small town, you can find some amazing places to eat here. During the week I spent in Oconee County, I was able to try some great restaurants in Walhalla, SC.

Eating my way through town was one of my favorite things to do in Oconee County. Whether you’re on the hunt for a sandwich, southern cooking, or pizza you can find it here!

If you’re visiting Oconee County for their outdoor adventure opportunities then make sure you stop in Walhalla to check out their restaurants and some of the cute boutiques. Maybe even stay a few days.

Just a note on hours of operation – this is constantly changing for everyone right now but especially in small towns. Make sure to double-check when restaurants will be open and don’t always trust Google. Try to check Google, Facebook, and if you aren’t sure just call them.

I ate breakfast at The Hungry Hiker on the Thursday that I was in town but the following Tuesday they announced they would no longer be serving breakfast. Things change fast.

Disclaimer: I was hosted by Visit Oconee, SC during my stay. As always, all opinions are my own. This article may contain affiliate links that I earn a small commission from at no additional cost to you.

7 Restaurants in Walhalla, SC (Plus a Bonus!)

Gather Uptown

sandwich with potato salad

The Ham & Swiss sandwich was oozing cheese when they brought it out to our table. I had thought about asking them to leave off the pickles but as soon as I bit into the sandwich I was glad that I hadn’t.

That acidic dill pickle taste added the perfect amount of zing to this massive ham and cheese sandwich.

The decor was super cute here too and it was made to feel a bit like a bait shop (though much more bright and airy) with lots of lake references and even boat motors hanging up close to the ceiling.

Oh, and there is a full-size boat in the middle of the dining area that they turned into a table. They also have a cute gift shop connected to the store where you can pick up a few things to take home.

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Bantam Chef

This drive-thru-only restaurant has been a staple in the community for years. If you want a cheeseburger then this is where the locals go.

During lunch time the line will be wrapped around the building so you may want to plan accordingly and try to miss the lunch hour traffic.

The food is great though and prices are even better so it’s understandable why people keep coming back.

Steph’s Steaks

philly cheesesteak and chips

If you are in the mood for a cheesesteak then look no further. I had the Supreme Steak which came with onions and mixed peppers and it was delicious.

All the sandwiches are served with a bag of chips but I wound up being too full to eat mine so I took them to go.

This is one of the only restaurants I went to where you walk up to the counter and order before sitting down.

The Hungry Hiker

grit bowl breakfast and french toast

I said this in the intro, but they stopped serving breakfast the week after I visited which I’m incredibly sad about. That Grit Bowl was one of my all-time favorite breakfast meals.

You can still get lunch here and in their announcement, they said they may open back up for dinner on select weekend days!

As good as their breakfast was, I would love to try both lunch and dinner here. The ambiance is pretty cool too because they have it decorated with old camping gear and there’s even an old canoe hanging from the ceiling.

A local that I spoke with highly recommended the Shrimp & Grits so try that the next time you visit!

Carolina Pizza Co.

open faced sandwich

I came to a pizza place and did not get the pizza. But let me tell you, their TBA sandwich was perfection.

Their sandwich bread was crisp on the outside but light and fluffy on the inside. The TBA stood for turkey, bacon, and avocado but there was also lettuce, mayo, onions, and tomato on the sandwich.

Just what I needed after a long day hiking. They also serve a number of different craft brews and I have it on good authority that they have fantastic pizza.

If the name sounds familiar, they also have a location in Boone, NC. Come check out the Highcountry of NC and I love visiting all the wineries near Boone too!

Trailhead Tavern

cheeseburger and fries

If the weather is nice then you really can’t beat a meal on the patio at Trailhead. They have plenty of beer, great burgers, and a good selection of appetizers if you’re with a group.

Tyler got a burger when we stopped by and I couldn’t stop eating his fries – the seasoning on them was addicting.

I had a late lunch that day so all I got was the guacamole. It was chunky and super fresh so I was a happy camper.

Back to their patio though – they have a large, fenced-in grassy area with axe-throwing, darts, Jenga, and cornhole! It would be super fun to come out here with friends to hang out.

Steak House Cafeteria

Okay, in the words of Lana (my tour guide) this is the famous “Steak House” with no steak. They’re known for their fried chicken actually.

If you want a meat and three though, this is your place. It’s served cafeteria style so you know you’re gonna get some good, southern cooking.

You can keep up with their menu on their Facebook page where they post what they’re having for the day.

BONUS: The Gauge/Humble Pie – Long Creek, SC

sausage, egg, and cheese bagel

Since this one isn’t in Walhalla I thought I would add it as a bonus because I definitely didn’t want to leave it out.

The Gauge is a coffee shop out in the Long Creek community that serves breakfast sandwiches and the bagels are made from the same dough as their pizza dough!

I was super impressed. Plus they have some picnic tables outside where you can sit in the mornings before it gets too hot.

Humble Pie is right next door and their specialty is pizza. It’s the perfect stop after a rafting trip or if you’re in the area doing some hiking.

Restaurants in Walhalla Recap

As you can see, there really are some great restaurants in Walhalla! These were just a few that I was able to try while I was in town, but I know I didn’t make it to them all.

Choosing which restaurants to visit while traveling is always one of the hardest things to do. I want to try them all!

Is there a restaurant that you would add to this list? Let me know in the comments!

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12 Comments

  1. Anna, Next time you’re in Mountain Rest I would love to show you my little piece of heaven on Chauga River. I have 2 vacation rentals right on the river. You can find them on Airbnb and VRBO.

    1. Thank you so much for the invite! That is so kind of you. I visited Chau Ram County Park and the Chauga River looked gorgeous.

  2. You didn’t mention the Best of the Best. It’s in West Union….. The legendary Mountain View Steak and Sea Food!

  3. Los Arcos right on Main Street beside Carolina Pizza Company does an amazing Cubana torta!! Show up hungry though!

    1. A couple people have mentioned that now! I’ll definitely have to check it out next time!

    1. I was so sad that I didn’t make it to Mountain Mocha! I love trying local coffee shops but I just ran out of time.

  4. Definitely try Mountain View Steak & Seafood in West Union. The best prime rib you will ever eat! The flounder is always good, too. And the meat and three at lunch is awesome.

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