It's Frenchish.

Black Rooster is a "Frenchish" restaurant with a rooftop bar from chef/restaurateur, Kristian Niemi (aka me...the guy behind places like Bourbon, Rosso Trattoria, Gervais & Vine, Mr. Friendly's). By "Frenchish", I mean we adhere to not only the French classics and French technique in our approach to our cuisine, but we also add a local sensibility based on the farmers and ranchers we work with for our products. We also like to pay homage to cuisines around the world that were influenced by the French over the centuries. So, it is not unusual to find dishes from Morocco, Senegal, Vietnam, or even Mexico on our menu. We love the freedom to explore the same cultures the French have and bring those flavors back just as they did.

Our wine list is decidedly French and also decidedly affordable. We have a few pricy items you can splurge on, but for the most part, we choose wines we feel will complement our dishes. We will also be branching out to French owned wineries around the world, as well as wineries whose head winemakers are French. What can we say? We're a bit biased towards their focus on making wines to pair with food. 

Our cocktails also tend to lean toward French spirits, liqueurs, or simply French inspiration. 

We take what we DO very seriously, but we don't take ourselves seriously. Nor do we put on airs. We are a CASUAL French restaurant. No white tablecloths, no pretentious words on the menu, no pretentious waiters. We are ALL students of French cuisine and just want you to have a good time when you join us for dinner. 

We accept both walk-ins and reservations. We are located in the new Brookland complex at the corner of Alexander and Meeting streets.

Bon appetit!


Meet Our Team

Krisitan Niemi

Chef/Owner of Black Rooster, Bourbon, Honey River Catering, F2T Productions

Alex Strickland

Executive Chef of Black Rooster

Zarah Newton

Daytime Sous and Pickling Chef Extraordinaire


We are located in the new Brookland complex at the corner of Alexander and Meeting streets. Parking is available in the apartment lot which surrounds us, the public park lot to the left just as you turn onto Court Street, and in the public parking deck near State Street, simply keep going up Court Street and turn right. We have two handicap spaces right next to the restaurant, as well as an elevator to the rooftop for all to enjoy! 

Large Parties

For parties larger than six, please call us at 803-724-2853.


We reserve 20% of the restaurant for walk-in guests, so if you don't find your reservations time available, you can probably just drop in. If you are concerned about the wait time, just give us a call and we can add you to the waitlist. Also, we have a spectacular rooftop bar to enjoy if we are on a wait. Rooftop and patio seating are first come, first served and cannot be reserved.  

Covid-19 Safety Measures

Due to the Delta Variant of COVID-19, we are requiring our staff to wear masks even though they are fully vaccinated.