Columbia SC Restaurants

Notice: To comply with an order from South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, restaurants and breweries are limited to delivery, take out and drive-through orders only. Check our resources page to find a running list of places offering to-go menus for food, closed containers of local beer and wine + a little cheer.

The Columbia food scene is buzzing with new and exciting restaurants popping up all the time, while seasoned chefs continue to marvel diners with their culinary creations. Read along below for more info on the culinary scene in the capital city.  


Dynamic Variation:

The heart of Columbia is no exception. Lula Drake, a cozy yet vibrant, old-world wine parlour bookends the other side of downtown. Nestled in between, you’ll find coffee shops, bakeries, a vegan café, fast-casual eateries, and a family-friendly Mexican restaurant. Snag an outdoor table year-round and enjoy our lively, tree-lined downtown. 

A number of distinct food districts are scattered throughout the region. In Five Points or stop in for lunch at The Gourmet Shop. Order up their famous chicken salad with a glass of sweet tea. The Vista is a standout option with dozens of bars and restaurants across several blocks, from Motor Supply to Cola’s Restaurant. The tree-lined Devine Street is the perfect setting for outdoor dining (add the quaint courtyard at Il Giorgione Pizzeria & Wine Bar to your list).

Lexington County also has a wide selection of delicious options. Venture just across the Gervais Street Bridge to try the acclaimed Terra in West Columbia or get dinner with a view at Liberty on the Lake in Irmo. All that said, you’ll also want to keep an eye out for gems tucked away in unexpected places, like Inakaya, an authentic Japanese restaurant and sushi bar located in a strip mall in northeast Columbia. 

Here, you can get used to surprises – the good kind. 

Whether you’re looking for tried and true Southern comfort food or fresh and contemporary dining, we do it well in Columbia. And you really can’t beat our affordable prices, hometown pride, and good old-fashioned kindness.   


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