Restaurants in Columbia

Up to 57% Off Southern Dinner at Saluda's

Five Points

$70 $35

(318)

Fried green tomatoes with pulled pork, shrimp and grits with brandy cream, a grilled pork chop brined with sweet tea

Up to $13.98 Off at Wings and Ale of Lexington

Lexington

$28.98 $15

(41)

Southwestern and American appetizers such as nachos and chicken fingers, and wings that come in 12 flavors

50% Off Mediterranean Food at Main Street Cafe Bar & Grill

Lexington

$10 $5

Trifos family showcases Greek heritage with laid-back European eats, such as pitas & grilled dinners, with live entertainment on weekends

51% Off Cooking Classes at Kitchen 1454

Uptown

$100 $49

(161)

Professional chef teaches students culinary techniques during an interactive class with a specific theme, such as French or Asian food

51% Off Pizza Meal at Hungry Howie's

Augusta

$30.78 $15

(5)

Signature flavored-crust pizzas offer a choice of eight doughy foundations, complemented by cheesy bread and Pepsi products

$10 for Hot Dogs at Augusta Dawgs

Martin Luther King Blvd

$10 $5

Crushed nachos and Frito chili cheese chips—plus more traditional fixings, like sauerkraut—top the hot dog joint's all-beef franks

45% Off Café Cuisine at Café on the Canal

The Kroc Center

$10 $5.50

Comforting American dishes such as three-egg omelets with smoked cheddar, pimento cheeseburgers, and fried catfish sandwiches

45% Off Italian Cuisine at Robolli's Italian Bar & Grill

Martinez

$22 $12

(84)

Made-in-house pasta sauces, such as bolognese with sausage and ground beef; inventive pizzas topped with pork belly and sunny-side-up eggs

50% Off Tapas at Cloud 9 Martini & Tapas Bar

Fort Mill

$30 $15

Tablemates share tequila-lime-shrimp tacos or steak bites with horseradish sauce at a blue-lit bar or amid lounge seating

Up to 50% Off American Food at Derby Casual Restaurant & Bar

Monroe

$10 $5.50

Diners can enjoy meals made of comforting and familiar foods such as pulled barbecue pork, hearty sandwiches, and housemade soups

50% Off at Carnitas Guanajuato Mexican Restaurant

Multiple Locations

$15 $7.50

Authentic Mexican cuisine such as pork carnitas, roasted chicken, enchiladas, and flautas served in a restaurant with a full bar

Half Off American Food

Harlem

$20 $10

Hot breakfasts, deli-style sandwiches, and fried fish served inside a manor that dates back to 1880

Up to 52% Off at Emilio's Italian Eatery

Grovetown-Harlem

$25 $12

Restaurant serves contemporary Italian cuisine, including ravioli with lobster tail and grilled-asparagus spears wrapped with steak

Up to 42% Off at Pie Five Pizza Company

Matthews

$19.99 $12

(9)

Pizza professionals create made-to-order pizzas with toppings like bacon, black olives, cheddar cheese & more; cooks in five minutes or less

50% Off at Tacos & Tequila Cantina Grill

Matthews

$30 $16

(8)

Upscale south-of-the-border cuisine and beverages, including extravagant seafood dishes, burritos, tacos, and top-shelf tequila

Mellow Mushroom Spartanburg – Up to 54% Off Pizza and Hoagies

Spartanburg

$20 $12

(173)

Made from dough with natural spring water, pizzas and calzones emerge from stone hearths

45% Off Café Food at The Galleria Cafe

Summerville

$20 $11

Three or more daily soups, build-your-own sandwiches, all-you-can-eat chef's salads, and a variety of coffees and smoothies

50% Off at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille

Dilworth

$30 $15

Blackened ahi tuna wrap with spicy aioli, West Coast burger with avocado and chili-lime sauce, creole shrimp and grits with green peppers

44% Off at Chubz Famous Chiliburgers

Charlotte

$16 $9

(9)

Eatery serves homemade chili on top of 100% grass-fed Angus patties, hot dogs, and cheese fries

$30 for Sushi and Japanese Food at Red Ginger

Uptown

$40 $30

(9)

Japanese steakhouse with classic hibachi entrees, like filet mignon, and specialty sushi, with ingredients such as BBQ eel

55% Off Barbecue-Sauce Sampler at Chicken Magnificent

Back Creek Church Road

$42 $19

Sauces include a signature chicken marinade, a sweet-and-spicy sauce for veggies, and a blend of wheat, corn, and spices for breading

45% Off Italian Cuisine at Open Kitchen

Wesley Heights

$30 $16.50

(84)

Chefs craft Italian dishes such as italian sausage steak, eggplant parmigiana, and chicken barcelona

Up to 50% Off at Local Loaf Bakery & Restaurant

Uptown

$46 $23

(39)

Enjoy sandwiches made with homemade, artisanal breads; or mix together cookies and seven-layer bars in a sweets platter

50% Off at Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant

University

$10 $5

(23)

Traditional roasted pork served with tortillas, sour cream, and guacamole; beef simmered in tomato and pepper sauce; tacos and tostadas

50% Off American Food at Bad Dog American Pub

Charlotte

$14 $7

(94)

Burgers made from prime angus beef pair with all-natural buttermilk chicken bites and salads

60% Off at Queen Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant & Hookah Lounge

Plaza Central

$40 $20

Using spongy injera, diners scoop up mouthfuls of spicy slow-cooked lamb or chickpeas with curry and onions; hookahs offer flavored smoke

47%Half Off at Intermezzo Pizzeria and Cafe

Intermezzo Cafe & Pizzeria

$30 $16

(100)

Authentic Serbian entrees of eggplant musaka served alongside hand-tossed pizzas topped with wood-grilled mushrooms or housemade mozzarella

50% Off Lunch or Dinner at Great Wall of China South

McAlpine

$16 $8

Chinese restaurant with classics such as egg rolls, sesame beef, chicken fried rice, and shrimp lo mein

45% Off at The Pub at Gateway

Fourth Ward

$20 $11

(16)

Comforting pub food such as wings and gourmet sandwiches served until 1:30 a.m. every night amid live DJs and poker

Up to 45% Off at City Deli & Bagel Company

Elizabeth

$10 $5.50

In addition to fresh bagels sold to go or by the dozen, this restaurant serves a variety of soups and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch

50% Off Deli Fare at Comet Grill

Dilworth

$15 $7.50

(29)

Chefs serve up classic grill fare like burgers, sandwiches, and salads

50%f Off Locally Sourced Dinner at Pure Pizza

7th Street Market

$20 $10

(59)

Farm-to-fork pizzeria tops its sprouted wheat dough with local veggies, smoked salmon, and pulled pork from inside 7th Street Public Market

50% Off Café Cuisine or Catering at Bella Fresco Cafe

Charlotte

$40 $20

(16)

Signature salads, shawarma, paninis, pita sandwiches, and pizzas; gelato and sorbetto in flavors such as mint chip and peach

52% Off Murder-Mystery Dinner Show

Charlotte SMS Atrium

$60 $29

Interactive dinnertime murder mystery that stars professional actors tests diners’ sleuthing skills throughout a multicourse meal

Up to 56% Off at Rudy's Italian Restaurant & Bar

Piper Glen

$40 $20

Rich Italian dishes such as flounder topped with lobster, shrimp, and crab in a creamy cognac sauce and veal in lemon butter rosemary sauce

$10 for American Food at Eastfield Bar & Grill

Highland Creek

$20 $10

(17)

Entrees such as the Three Alarm burger—an Angus beef patty topped with jalapeño-smoked bacon, habanero hot sauce, and spicy relish

47% Off at Riccio's Italian Restaurant

Touchstone Village

$30 $16

(23)

50-year-old neighborhood favorite serves veal piccata, linguine carbonara, pizza with housemade sauces, fresh veal, and sweet cannoli

$7 Off Japanese Food at Sake Express

San Carlos

$20 $13

(16)

Sushi plus classic Japanese hibachi options, including chicken, steak, vegetables, and a wealth of seafood cooked on a flat-top grill

Up to Half Off at Center Street Tavern & Restaurant

Historic Downtown Cramerton

$20 $11

(112)

Fried pickles and green beans, North Carolina barbecue, shrimp and grits, and other recipes inspired by the American South

Half Off at Catawba Ave BBQ & Grill

Belmont

$20 $10

Menu features an abundance of smoked barbecue meats, burgers, hot dogs, chicken wings, and specialty sandwiches

45% Off Café Cuisine at Sweet Catherine's

Fountain Inn

$20 $11

(9)

Comforting dishes such as the Chincoteague Island crab-cake sandwich, pimento-cheese burger, and shrimp and grits

50% Off Thai Cuisine at Thai House

Gastonia

$24 $12

Handmade teakwood accents adorn the walls of a Thai eatery where the owners cook curries, noodles, and rice reminiscent of their native land

35% Off Japanese Food at Sake Express

Gastonia

$20 $13

(32)

Classic Japanese sushi rolls and hibachi fare with chicken, steak, vegetables, and a wealth of seafood cooked on a flat-top grill

Select Local Merchants

There are people who love cooking from scratch and people who shudder at the thought of assembling a turkey club sandwich. Rosewood Market and Deli caters to both. Aisles of grocery items help list-makers check off boxes for gluten-free food, pasture-raised meats and eggs, and local raw milks. The produce section harvests organic choices from local farms, and the cheese case displays sticks and slices from around the region and the globe. In the deli, soups, salads, desserts, baked goods, and other items satisfy tastes from vegan to carnivore. Quick meals in the grab-n-go case include sandwiches and salads that can be topped with homemade dressings and spreads, such as tamari gravy dill vinaigrette and a spicy chipotle spread.

Rosewood Market and Deli has matured from its beginnings as the Basil Pot restaurant in 1973. It’s grown while adhering to the idea that “people can take an active, hands-on approach to their own wellness through delicious food,” as it proclaims on its website. A commitment to sustainability permeates the market, from its cardboard-recycling dumpster and reusable produce boxes to its compostable utensils and ability to accept biodegradable credit cards.

2803 Rosewood Dr
Columbia,
SC
US

For three years running—2011, 2012, and 2013—Columbia Metropolitan magazine has declared Gervais & Vine's wine list the city's best. What earned it the distinction is simple: globe-spanning variety. Its menu hosts everything from California's 2011 J. Lohr pinot noir to South Africa's Spice Route “Chakalaka” and Germany's Dr. L Riesling, which completed medical school during its fermentation. All told, more than 40 wines by the glass fill the list, complementing the Mediterranean-inspired tapas of head chef Jason Holowacz.

When crafting his entrees, Holowacz focuses on pairing. Dishes range from the Spanish flavors of grilled shrimp to Italian favorites such as pizza with goat cheese and herb-infused olive oil, allowing guests to experiment with their white or red selections. For pointers, periodic winemaker dinners and wine tastings cover different varietals and their best edible matches. And while guests sip and sup, inside or on the outdoor patio, Gervais & Vine entertains their ears every Wednesday and Thursday night with live jazz.

620 Gervais St
Columbia,
SC
US

Carolina Deli has stood on the frontlines of the lunchtime rush for more than three decades, furnishing empty belly space with fresh sandwiches, salads, house-made sweets, and freshly brewed iced tea. Owners Travis and Melanie Mooney prevail over the homey, family-operated eatery, where Midlands munchers flock five days a week to tackle the shop's diverse menu with their mouths. Carolina Deli's specialty sandwiches, such as the Eagle, stuffed with roast beef, turkey, and bacon, challenge jaw-stretching capabilities with hefty stacks of meats and veggies, and the deli allows diners to design their own meaty, handheld creations. Luncheons, corporate events, and weddings can also treat taste buds to a catered Carolina Deli spread, including an optional, 3-foot tall chocolate fountain, in which guests can dip fruit or "accidentally" drop a penny into before diving in to retrieve it.

2 Medical Park Rd
Columbia,
SC
US

The culinary team at Tsunami fixes up a veritable feast for the eyes with artfully plated Japanese delicacies festooned with sprigs of herbs, splashes of sauce, and colorful garnishes. Flames rage as hibachi chefs blast rib-eye steaks, scallops, and vegetables on their sizzling grills, and the restaurant’s sushi-rolling savants coil specialty rolls such as the Emperor, which surprises tasters with hidden stashes of fried soft-shell crab, cucumber, eel, shrimp, and avocado. At Tsunami's four locations, diners polish off plates in a sleek, modern dining room with candles in faceted glass votives, a bar backlit with lights that slowly change colors, and waiters who can speak fluent binary code.

1290 Bower Pkwy
Columbia,
SC
US

The straws are wide by design at Bubble Tea Cafe, where the staff cooks chewy balls of tapioca daily to plunk into their customers' cups. These "bobas" add an interactive element to the Taiwanese beverages. Available in more than 40 flavors, including blueberry, avocado, spiced chai, and peanut butter, the frosty drinks comprise the bulk of the cafe's menu, but share space with hot and iced tea variants such as mojito mint-lime. Guests can even mix their bubble tea types to create creamy combinations—the Bananas Foster mixes banana and caramel, whereas the Boba Loca blends honeydew and almond—and pair their personalized sips with one of many rotating desserts.

1260 Bower Pkwy
Columbia,
SC
US

Trained in the art of sausage making, German-born Wilfried Huller put his skills to use by opening a butcher shop in 1968. The business expanded into a restaurant and moved its current location, where mugs sing glassy songs in toasts over brimming plates of Wiener schnitzel and spaetzle. A German-style buffet sets forth an endless parade of steam, which hints at meats free of MSG, mixed with fistfuls of spices, and smoked over natural hardwood. Cool suds spill forth from bottles and taps, fueling revelry with honey-hued wheat beers from Franziskaner and Maisel. The onsite butcher shop sends homemade sausages with guests eager to enjoy them in the comfort of vacationing neighbors' kitchens.

380 Columbiana Dr
Columbia,
SC
US