Millennium Artisan Embraces the Creative Spirit

by Brittany Mollis

Millennium Artisan gets it. Millennium Artisan not only understands the culture of downtown Winston-Salem, but it also adds to it. Whether you are searching for the perfect date night location, or you are planning a get together with friends, this is the place for you.

It is located on the corner of 4 th Street in the heart of the City known as “The City of the Arts.” The restaurant is surrounded by windows, allowing the beautiful Winston-Salem atmosphere to become part of its own. It looks especially modern on the outside, but once you’re inside, the restaurant has a sophisticated yet welcoming ambiance. The staff is friendly and attentive, and judging by the smiles on customers’ faces, they do an impeccable job at keeping guests happy.

Some of their appetizers include Scottish Salmon Cake, Roasted Baby Beet and Parmesan Oyster. They also have three different kinds of sandwiches- beef, chicken and Portobello. Perhaps the most intriguing part of this restaurant is their entrée options. The Artisan doesn’t simply offer meals, they offer creations.

They will take a simple entrée (chicken breast, steak or lobster etc.) and create around it to make something uniquely delicious. For example, they offer an entrée called Guilford Mill Lobster Grits. When you think of lobster, you may not think of grits as an accompaniment. The Artisan takes an idea and makes a meal out of it. In the “City of the Arts,” this restaurant certainly embraces the imaginative spirit.

Millennium Artisan offers fine dining at reasonable prices. The most expensive items on the menu are $24, and that is for lobster, grouper or the Colorado Lamb T-Bone. They also serve clams mixed with chorizo sausage and Boursin Stuffed Portobello. I happened to go on a day when Shrimp N’ Grits was offered. It’s a personal rule of mine that if Shrimp N’ Grits is ever an option, I must take it. Since I did not want to dine alone, I asked my brother to tag along for this experience, and he ordered their Wagyu Burger. That is the restaurant’s special burger, accompanied with local bacon, cheddar cheese and garlic aioli, and it is served on fresh bread.

Not long after ordering, our waiter brought our meals. To say that the Shrimp N’ Grits were delicious would be an understatement. I sat at the table savoring every bite, and I could see that my brother was doing the same. He swears that the Wagyu Burger is one of the best burgers he has ever had in his life. There was not a crumb left on either plate.

Certainly we would have loved to try the desserts, but after such a generous quantity of a meal, we could barely move. More food was not an option. However if you are interested, they are currently offering Bread Pudding, Chocolate Panna Cotta and Crème Brulee. If the meal was any indication of how the dessert would be, I can tell you that you are in for a real treat.

If you are ever out wandering the streets of downtown Winston-Salem, I highly suggest you stop into Millennium Artisan. If you aren’t particularly hungry, feel free to check out their drink menu. You can enjoy a glass of wine while looking out at the City. This is the type of restaurant that embraces what downtown Winston-Salem is about. It is fancy but inviting. It is modern but charming. Most importantly, it is artistic. It adds something special to the already creative spirit of downtown. !


310 W. 4th Street Winston-Salem, 27101; 336-725-3900 Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 5pm-10pm; Sunday: 10am-3pm; Monday: Closed