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Located in historic downtown Newberry, South Carolina, Steven W’s Downtown Bistro brings a fabulous touch of exciting “big city” cuisine to a friendly small town.

Owners Steve and Renee Foulis opened the restaurant in December, 1996 as a developmental companion to the newly-renovated Newberry Opera House, a historic landmark sited just across the street.

Chef Steve Foulis is an Atlanta native with more than forty years’ experience in the food service industry. Starting out in an Italian Restaurant, Steve has worked his way up through every aspect of food service until achieving the rank of a four-star chef. He spent many years perfecting his talents in Atlanta before moving on to a long association as a chef at Garibaldi’s in Savannah, Charleston, and Columbia. Then, with the design assistance of his talented wife, Renee, he accepted the challenge of building a restaurant to compliment the Opera House as part of an overall revitalization of Newberry’s historic downtown area.

After forty years in the business, Steve wanted to have his own place where he could offer “a hodgepodge of ideas” culled from his experience. And he’s happy to do it in a place where people are so supportive. Steve dislikes terms like “upscale” and “fine dining” because, to him, they imply an elitist attitude. “I would love everybody to come in here and eat,” says Chef Foulis. “I want to share what I do with everybody.”

And Steve gets to share what he does with just about everybody. Because of its convenient location between Greenville and Columbia, Steven W’s Downtown Bistro is a great place to meet either for business or pleasure. People get together with clients, with friends, and with family at Steven W’s. Many South Carolina notables, including former governors and senators, have entertained friends at the restaurant. And the stars come out to dine at Steven W’s, a primary resource used by the Newberry Opera House to feed the many entertainment notables that appear onstage. In addition to providing for the casts and crews of many of the large traveling shows that stop at the Opera House, Steven W’s has been a popular and often-requested place by headliners like Pat Boone, The Lettermen, The Oak Ridge Boys, Steve Tyrell, Pam Tillis, and Maureen McGovern, just to name a few. A menu autographed by the legendary Tony Randall graces a wall in the restaurant.

But the popular dining establishment, situated in a unique historic building constructed in 1909 as a drugstore, also attracts people seeking an elegant setting for a special event. Under Renee Foulis’s discriminating eye, everything from the rich woodwork to the tiled floors to the mural decorated walls bespeaks a quiet, understated elegance. The restaurant’s banquet facilities are popular for private parties, weddings and receptions. The beautiful cherry wood staircase leading to the upper level is a particularly photogenic spot for brides. Steven W’s Downtown Bistro has been featured in many notable publications, including Southern Living Magazine.

A full bar and an extensive wine list compliment a menu of varied cuisines at Steven W’s, food which has received rave reviews in numerous print and online sources. “I don’t want to limit my market to just being an Italian restaurant or a French restaurant or to Greek or Thai or Southern American cuisine,” says Chef Foulis. “I like to do them all. It keeps me interested and it keeps the folks who come in here and try new things interested. It keeps things mixed up so nobody can get bored coming to Steven W’s Downtown Bistro. Noboby.”

From delightful signature entrees, like the Grilled Marinated Pork Porterhouse with crispy onions and a marsala sauce or the Pecan Crusted Chicken with blackberry sauce – all served with delicious side dishes and salads – to delectable homemade desserts, there’s something to please every palate at Steven W’s. Chef Foulis maintains a perspective on the preparation of these mouth-watering dishes that is somewhat unique in culinary circles. “One of the things I learned a long time ago is that there are no new recipes out there. Everything’s been done and done again, gone away and come back, so I don’t claim anything as an original idea.” But his years of training and experience have led him to some pretty fabulous ways to prepare and present these established favorites. And in keeping with his philosophy of sharing his passion for good food, Steve doesn’t believe in “secret” methods or ingredients. “I don’t try to hide things,” he says. “If somebody comes to me and asks for a recipe, I give it to ‘em.”

Experience Steven W’s Downtown Bistro today. Join the many others who appreciate good food served in an elegant but relaxed setting and at reasonable prices. Find yourself at Steven W’s and you’ll find yourself coming back again and again.
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