The Best Restaurant In Greenville – Plum Tree Bistro


Greenville, NC is best described as a chain restaurant wasteland, as far it comes to food. I exhausted all my research options (yelp, urbanspoon, random googling, etc) and came up with very few options for possible good food in Greenville. Seriously folks, sometimes, it’s not that easy. I even drove around the streets just looking for places. One of my colleagues had suggested Plum Tree Bistro and I had also seen it on urbanspoon, so that’s where I headed. It’s unfortunately tucked on the backside of a random stripmall. It’s a shame really because it’s quite a fabulous place.

It’s an american bistro with a female head chef. Please don’t let the outside fool you. They have a tragic sign and even more tragic neon lettered signage as well, but don’t be dismayed. Go inside! They also cater and do parties. In fact, there was a holiday party going on in back when I was there. They have a variety of meat and fresh seafood dishes, salads and other starters, specials, and homemade desserts. The chef delivered my soup to me and also asked about everything else. They really care about the food and the experience here, and it shows.


I probably should have eaten a vegetable, like perhaps a salad, but since I’m a soup nut, I got a cup of the clam and corn chowder. It actually came out in a literal cup, a mug to be exact, which was odd. It was actually a bit difficult to maneuver. This soup was ok. It wasn’t bad, but not great either. It did have tons of clams and corn and a good helping of potatoes. But the flavor was just kind of blah. And the chowder was a bit on the watery side. Later on I found out that the salads are big deals here. The chef even makes her own dressing. So go for the salad here if you’re looking for an appetizer.


There were a ton of specials that night including rack of lamb (but I’m not too into lamb), sesame seed encrusted ahi tuna (but I’m not too into tuna), a grouper catch of the day with caper sauce (but I can’t stand capers), so I had to stick with the regular menu. I wanted the hurricane scallop dish but they were out of scallops so I got the hurricane shrimp. This was a more than generous serving of lobster stuffed ravioli with lobster cream sauce topped with grilled hurricane brushed shrimp. Man, I ate it all! The shrimp were perfectly grilled with a slightly sweet and zesty hurricane marinade. The ravioli were overly stuffed with the lobster mix and the cream sauce was nice and mild so that it did not overpower the lobster inside the ravioli. It really was surprisingly delicious.


My server asked one of the chefs if there would be scallops on wednesday. He said that more scallops would come in on wednesday. Then he asked me if I had wanted to order them on this night. I told him yes. Then he insisted that I get free dessert since I didn’t get the entree I wanted. How sweet is that? I had to pick the caramel creme brulee because not only do I love creme brulee, but that chef had just been out earlier telling another table about how he had just taken the creme brulees out of the oven 30 minutes ago. So I knew it would be super fresh.

Have I eaten at any other restaurant in Greenville? Well no, not yet. Then how do I know this is the best restaurant in Greenville? For one, 98% of other restaurants here are chains. There are literally only about a handful of restaurants that are not. I know this is the best restaurant in Greenville because of the food I ate, how the owners and chefs made me feel, how evident it was that they cared about their customers, and because this restaurant would still be good, even in a big city. Even in a city like Raleigh, with tons of competition. It would definitely be up there with the big guys. I could tell that the people that eat at Plum Tree are regulars. The staff seems to know everyone by name. And they must keep coming back because it’s good food, made by good people, and not corporations. If I lived around here, I would definitely be a regular!
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5 Responses to

The Best Restaurant In Greenville – Plum Tree Bistro
  1. AmuznOne says:

    When a business associate of my husband was in town recently on a Monday we took him to dinner at Plum Tree Bistro on a night some restaurants are closed. It was a first visit for us and we were all very happy with our food & overall experience. Our server was friendly, informative, and playfully open to our guest’s dry witted humor. My hubby, a picky eater & carnivore, had a huge steak and practically licked his plate clean. Our guest opted for one of the daily specials, a salmon dish. He kept commenting as to how good it tasted and he too finished everything on his plate. I can’t give you more details on their appetizers and entrees since my attention was focused on the plates in front of me…

    I am a French Onion Soup snob and when visiting a restaurant for the first time I must sample it if it’s offered on the menu. This may sound odd, but I can usually judge a restaurant’s entire performance based on its version of French Onion Soup. Not wanting to fill up on the starter I ordered a cup rather than a bowl. It arrived in a coffee mug which I found to be a creative delivery – but that wasn’t the best part. The flavor – THE FLAVOR – oh baby, this was a big hit with me! I also have to add that I especially appreciated the toasted slices of French Bread served on the side rather than inside the soup. That allowed me to control how crunchy or soggy I wanted it with each spoonful of my soup. It was so good I couldn’t stop until I’d eaten the entire mug!

    For my entree I chose the Lobster Stuffed Ravioli with Lobster Cream Sauce topped with Grilled Hurricane Brushed Shrimp & Scallops. OMG – I can not emphasize enough how awesomely DELICIOUS my dinner was! Even now as I write this my mouth is salivating at the memory of all that scrumptious flavor. I took about half of it home (being full of French Onion Soup) and was concerned that the reheated leftovers would be disappointing. Nope – the leftovers were really yummy too; not quite as good as when it was freshly cooked, but the sauce didn’t separate like so many other leftovers with white creamy sauces (like alfredos) that I have had.

    Needless to say, if Plum Tree Bistro was this good on a random Monday night, I would heartily recommend that you dine there whenever you are looking to have a very enjoyable meal.

  2. Sandy says:

    There are quite a few good spots in Greenville if you look around I just moved here in June and have to say I love it, which was a surprise! Plum Tree is excellent, and the owner was fabulously friendly to us when we dined there even insisting on me taking a piece of cheesecake home on the house since I didn’t have room after my meal. The BEST cheesecake ever!
    Downtown Diner is a cute and great place to eat cheap with your family. The Indian restaurant next door I have heard is yummy. Winslows right around the corner is delicious and has a gorgeous outdoor patio and great prices!
    Finelli’s in the Red Banks Road area is terrific and is very attractive inside if you are looking for that.
    For pizza Marabella is wonderful and once again kid friendly!
    I’m sure there are quite a few other spots as well, and I look forward to finding them!
    Oh, Yeah. Atlantic Grill on E 5th is excellent and has a great outdoor area!

  3. Sp8 says:

    Yes plum trees food is very good. The only problem with it is the atmosphere. This is one reason I never go. Plus the chefs husband who runs the front of house had no personality. I like the whole experience when I go out. Atmosphere and friendliness count a lot.

  4. Jason says:

    I’ve lived in Greenville, NC my whole life and I never even knew about Plum Tree Bistro. Unfortunately for me, you are correct in saying that Greenville is about 98% chain joints. I’ll have to try this place out soon.

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