The 7 Best Restaurants for Business Travelers in Clemson, SC


Traveling for business usually means the sacrifice of a home-cooked meal every night. But if you're lucky enough for business to bring you to Clemson, SC, you'll find plenty of places to sate your inner foodie.

Clemson, SC, home of the Clemson Tigers, is a place of more than just football and fandom. This cozy college town is crawling with unique, delicious eateries that serve up just about anything you're craving. Whether you need to entertain a client over dinner, or simply need to refuel after a long day of prospecting, Clemson's restaurant scene abounds.

So skip the fast food franchises and check out some local favorites that will make your business commitments more palatable.

Pixie & Bills
Clemson's original fine dining experience lies right on Clemson's main highway, where you'll find culinary treats like prime rib, steak and seafood for lunch Monday through Friday, and dinner Monday through Saturday. Pixie & Bill's also offers an upper-level dining room for large groups and a smaller, secluded dining room perfect for dinner presentations and workshops. Dinner reservations are appreciated but not required.

Calhoun Corners
For travelers who appreciate finer tastes, an evening culinary experience at Calhoun Corners is a must. Tucked away just a block from Clemson's main thoroughfare, you can treat your taste buds to savory Angus beef, fresh seafood, duck, lamb, chicken, and more. They also offer private group dining in their upper-level accommodations and the smaller, more secluded room complete with fireplaces, TV, and outside deck.

Esso Club
Soaked in Clemson history and local flair, the Esso Club sits across from the football stadium where the Clemson Tigers take the field each fall. Touted as a Clemson Tradition, this gas-station-turned-local-hangout allows you to unwind with an ice cold beer or fill your belly with a meat-and-three, mushroom swiss burger, or a variety of appetizers and finger foods.

The Blue Heron
Calling all sushi lovers! The Blue Heron is your source for seafood, steak, and of course sushi. Their culinary masters incorporate local ingredients when possible and place heavy emphasis in the quality of their meats. If you want to make a strong impression on your client, bring them here – they won't be disappointed, and neither will you. Doors open for dinner at 4:30 daily, or try them for Sunday brunch starting at 11.

The Pot Belly Deli
If you're craving a lighter fare or simply need a fresh space for a quick lunch meeting, the Pot Belly Deli can make good on both. Soups, salads, and sandwiches are the primary focus, along with quiche, bagels, and a few breakfast offerings. The prices are reasonable, the variety is sizeable, and the food is delicious. Take a seat in their dining room, or get your meal to go.

Brioso Fresh Pasta
It doesn't get any fresher (or healthier) than Brioso Fresh Pasta. They offer a variety of unique dishes for a variety of diets, including vegetarian and gluten-free. From salads and paninis to Stromboli and their signature fresh pasta dishes, you'll discover a new appreciation for authentic Italian cuisine you never knew existed.

Rick Erwin's Clemson
Perfect for a meeting with clients or a solo night on the town, Rick Erwin's Clemson combines elegance and cuisine for a memorable fine dining experience. Here, it's all about the details, starting with the fresh white linens and rich wood furnishings that welcome you the moment you walk through the door. Featuring selections from both land and sea, you'll enjoy your meal as much as the atmosphere.


Alli Hill is a freelance writer who loves all things food. Growing up across the bridge from Clemson in Seneca, SC, she's no stranger to the Tiger Country cuisine scene.