Aiken, along with neighboring South Carolina towns and nearby Augusta, Georgia, offers restaurants, farmers markets, and other dining options to suit everyone, including retirees. From seafood and sushi to homemade Southern-style meals and BBQ ribs, you’ll enjoy sampling dishes from the following popular dining destinations.
Best Dining Options in Aiken, South Carolina, and nearby Augusta, Georgia
Abel Brown | 491 Highland Avenue, Augusta, GA
Described as a Southern kitchen and oyster bar, top-rated Abel Brown serves traditional Southern cuisine using fresh, locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Toast your friends to an active retirement during their weekly Happy Hour from 5 – 7 p.m.
Craft & Vine | 1204-B Broad Street, Augusta, GA
Located in downtown Augusta, Craft & Vine is the perfect spot to enjoy a sophisticated evening with gourmet small plates, hand-crafted cocktails, and an impressive wine selection. Choose from table, bar, and lounge seating to dine on wood-fired pizza, after-dinner drinks, and desserts. The menu also includes small and large plate choices for every appetite.
Frog Hollow Tavern | 1282 Broad Street, August, GA
Take a short walk down Broad Street to find another delightful restaurant and bar featuring local and regionally grown ingredients in their dinner menu, including Alabama Blue Lump Crab Cake, Crispy Poulet Rouge Chicken, and Country Ham and Peach Biscuits.
What’s Cookin’ Downtown | 123 Laurens Street NW, Aiken, SC
Are you craving a homemade casserole, fresh salad, hot cup of soup, or sweet dessert from the bakery? You’re in for a treat at What’s Cookin’ Downtown, a family-owned restaurant specializing in freshly prepared breakfast and lunch dishes as well as a wide selection of take-home foods. Daily specials are posted on Facebook, including cheddar chicken, meatball subs, honey ham croissants, shrimp po’boy sandwiches, and more.
Aiken Fish House & Oyster Bar | 1376 Whiskey Road, Aiken SC
South Carolina natives Damian and Rachael Blevins opened Aiken Fish House & Oyster Bar in 2019. With over three decades of combined experience in the restaurant industry, they strive to provide the area’s best and freshest seafood. Dine on raw, steamed, or charbroiled oysters, or choose from numerous specialty entrees and a premium selection of fresh fish, including basa, cod, mahi, snapper, salmon, and more.
Sukiya Japanese Steakhouse | 226 E Gate Drive, Aiken, SC
Prepared fresh right before your eyes, Sukiya Japanese Steakhouse is a genuine dining experience. Choose from a wide selection of meats, seafood, and vegetables – and get ready to be amazed at the authentic Japanese dishes. You’ll also find a sushi bar, an assortment of hibachi lunches like steak, scallops, and more.
Whiskey Alley | 227 The Alley SW, Aiken, SC
Serving lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday and brunch on Sundays, you’ll discover something new and fresh at Whiskey Alley every visit. That’s because the culinary team combines over 40 years of experience with hundreds of years of tradition to create a new specials menu every day. Enjoy Beef Tartare, Lamb Neck Taco, Charred Octopus, NY Strip Steak, and Tenderloin Medallions.
Aiken County Farmers Market | 115 Williamsburg Street, Aiken, SC
Stop by the Aiken County Farmers Market year-round on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays to shop for fresh produce, baked goods, meat, honey, dairy products, and handmade crafts – all sold by local vendors. The market is the oldest county farmers market to run in the same location in South Carolina.
Convenient On-Site Dining in Senior Living Communities
If you’re researching senior living communities in the area, you’ll enjoy convenient access to these top dining destinations and more. Senior living residents also benefit from on-site, restaurant-style meals prepared by a culinary team, served three times daily.
When you’re ready for something different, explore these favorite local restaurants and taverns. Bring your friends and loved ones to enjoy the excitement and energy of Aiken and Augusta.
Both Cumberland Village and Cumberland Hills, Golden Bell senior living communities in Aiken, would have ranked high on our best dining option list if they were open to the public. Residents and their family members frequently rave about the food quality and the variety of choices on the menus.
Life at Golden Bell Senior Living
Senior living communities like Golden Bell provide the comforts of home with the added benefits of supportive care, engaging activities, and a maintenance-free lifestyle. With your daily needs met, your loved one will live more independently and have opportunities to meet friends, discover new interests, and live each day to the fullest.
Golden Bell Senior Living offers a full continuum of care, including independent living, assisted living, and respite care. Residents have personalized care plans, are treated like family, and are greeted by name in a warm, welcoming environment.
Amenities and activities include:
- Beautiful accommodations
- Landscaped grounds and gardens
- Community outings
- Recreation and social activities
- Chef-prepared meals
- Scheduled transportation
- Beauty and barber shop
- Housekeeping and maintenance services
Please contact us to learn more about our communities or set up a tour. We’d love to hear from you and are happy to help answer any questions you have about senior living. For more information about choosing senior living, download our complimentary Funding Senior Care and Housing Guide.