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Columbia's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Columbia's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
A photo of Motor Supply Company Bistro restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(3349)
$$$$
• Contemporary American • Columbia
Booked 56 times today
Located in the historic Congaree Vista with a heated patio and free valet parking, Motor Supply has been serving progressive, New World cuisine using classic French culinary techniques for over 20 years. Led by Executive Chef Wesley Fulmer, the kitchen's lunch, dinner and brunch handwritten menus change daily, featuring contemporary New American cuisine, with nods to Creole, Cajun, Southern, French and Asian cuisine. Motor Supply works with local, sustainable farms for produce, meats, dairy and more. Seafood is caught off of the SC coast, and all of our charcuterie, desserts, stocks, sauces and dressings are made in-house. The bar boasts an extensive Wine Spectator Award of Excellence-winning list (2006-13), imported, domestic and local craft beers, as well as an artisan farm-to-shaker cocktail list made from house-infused liquors, handmade bitters, barrel-aged spirits and locally-sourced ingredients and garnishes, mixed up by Head Barman Jake Smith.
A photo of Blue Marlin restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(3601)
$$$$
• Low Country • Columbia
Booked 52 times today
Welcome to the Blue Marlin Restaurant, proudly serving "A Taste of the Southern Low Country," located in Columbia South Carolina's thriving Congaree Vista District. Stretching from Savannah to the South, and Georgetown to the North, the Low Country is resplendent with the bounties of the sea and coastal marshlands. Succulent shrimp, oysters, crabs, crawfish and catfish abound. Lush greens, corn, rice and ripe red tomatoes are plentiful. Low Country cuisine brings all of this food together in a sumptuous array of unique and distinctive dishes.
A photo of Kao Thai Cuisine restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(279)
$$$$
• Thai • Columbia
Booked 19 times today
Located in the old Columbia Firehouse Headquarters (closed down in 1995), this unique restaurant revitalizes the historic building by combining the old and the new - complete with original rafters, floors, and garage door exit.Our menu offers modern Thai eats that are commonly found on the streets of Bangkok as well as a mix of creative pan-Asian and Asian-American fusion dishes that are fresh and exciting. With a rotating menu of specials, we hope to continuously bring new flavors and dishes to the Vista!
A photo of Saluda's restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(3241)
$$$$
• American • Columbia
Booked 44 times today
Located in the heart of Five Points, just steps from the University of South Carolina’s campus and less than a mile from the state capitol building, Saluda’s has been impressing Columbia residents and visitors since it opened to much fanfare in 1996. Saluda's has created an exciting menu intermingling classically prepared dishes with cutting edge techniques and ingredients. Saluda's menu is built around mixing locally grown seasonal products with luxurious ingredients from around the world. Saluda's features Southern cuisine with French and Italian influences to create a menu both familiar and new. Our professional and courteous staff serves all of our guests with true Southern hospitality.
A photo of The Melting Pot - Columbia SC restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(959)
$$$$
• Fondue • Columbia
Booked 70 times today
Experience a new way to dine when you make The Melting Pot in Columbia your next dinner destination. From the first bite of our delicious artisan cheeses, to the last bite of our decadent chocolate fondues, you will know you have made the right decision! Whether you want to have the full four-course adventure or you are in the mood for perfectly crafted cocktails and cheese fondue, you can find what you crave on our tables. Our friendly staff specializes in creating your perfect night out. Come join us today at The Melting Pot.

Discover Columbia

Home to the SC Gamecocks, Columbia is a lively university town with dozens of festivals and an active foodie scene thanks to the large population of college students. If you want to dive right in and dine like a local, be sure to try a pimento cheeseburger, one of the most iconic dishes in the city. This spicy burger features multiple types of cheese, bacon, pimento peppers, and a unique sauce made from horseradish, pickle juice and mustard. Don't forget to try some South Carolina barbecue. Columbia is home to some of the best pulled pork, braised beef and ribs in the state, so saddle up to one of the city's many casual eateries and dig into some soul food.

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