Cover photo credit: Liberty on the Lake

Want a fool-proof recipe for a great meal out? Take a vibrant city that’s definitely fit for foodies and mix with (lots of) history and character. Think a swoon-worthy bridge and stately capitol, for starters. Add some natural beauty like three rivers and a lake. The result? A feast for your stomach and eyes. Trust us. The food is every bit as good as the backdrop in Columbia SC.


When it comes to views, this spot delivers big time. Anchoring West Columbia’s eclectic State Street, Terra affords you a sweeping vista of downtown and the Gervais Street Bridge. Locals and savvy travelers (like yourself) know it’s more than just a place for gazing at pretty cityscapes. Considered by many to be the godfather of Columbia’s slow food movement, Chef Mike Davis’ dishes have a cult-like following. Order the lamb mac and dig in, y’all.


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Al’s Upstairs

Just a stone’s throw from Terra, Al’s has been dishing up skyline scenes and Italian viands like pappardelle bolognese and eggplant parmigiana since 1979. Tucked away on the second level of an unassuming brick building, this hidden gem makes you feel warm and cozy like your favorite sweater. So very #hygge.


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Liberty on the Lake

Fact: Burgers and fries taste better dockside. You can’t go wrong with Liberty on the Lake’s classic cheeseburger, but if you’re looking to step it up a notch, we suggest the mushroom and gruyere with truffle aioli. Pairs well with cold beer and sunsets, btw.


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Chockablock with independent eateries, bars and boutiques, Five Points is infused with university students, professionals, families and empty nesters alike. Overlooking the lively neighborhood from their balcony, Saluda’s serves up American and Southern staples like filet mignon and shrimp + grits.


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Hickory Tavern

While you may be familiar with the regional sports bar, you may be surprised to learn their Vista locale offers killer views (looking at you, Adluh Flour) from the upper deck. Al fresco happy hour, anyone?  


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Check out our blog of Instagram-worthy spots in Columbia SC (Part 1 and Part 2) for more sites worth swooning over.