$20 for $40 Worth of Upscale Cuisine and Drinks at Saluda's

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In a Nutshell

  • Contemporary cuisine with French & Italian influences
  • Extensive wine list
  • Elegant dining atmosphere

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The monopoly tycoons of the 19th century traditionally did their wheeling and dealing at fine-dining establishments, cleverly concealing the fact that they still lived with their parents. Dine in unchaperoned splendor with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of fine dining and drinks at Saluda's.

Saluda's dinner menu puts a fresh spin on classic Italian, French, and Lowcountry tastes, appealing to forward-thinking foodies and traditional tongue buds alike. A starter of baked brie, served with puff pastry and balsamic strawberry-pecan relish ($9), thaws out saliva icebergs in preparation for main courses. Savor soulful flavors with the locally caught shrimp and grits with red bell peppers, chicken sausage, white-cheddar Mornay Adluh grits, and fried green tomato ($19), or mouth-sail a puddle of pan-seared deepwater sea scallops swimming in a school of lobster succotash, cauliflower purée, and truffled corn emulsion ($26). Human piñatas that are already half-stuffed with presents can keep it light by pairing a cup of lobster bisque ($8) with a warm spinach salad—baby spinach, diced tomato, warm shallot-bacon vinaigrette, and fried goat-cheese medallions ($8).

Saluda's also serves an extensive list of wines by the glass, by the half bottle, by the bottle, and occasionally by the Super Soaker from several tables away. Share a half bottle of 2007 Conundrum white wine ($21) with a dinner date, and sensuously eye-wrestle beneath arched windows, high ceilings, and a sophisticated ceiling that keeps diners from being crushed by the falling sky.

Reviews

OpenTable reviewers give Saluda's a 4.4-star average, and 11 Yelpers give it a three-star average:

  • This was the first time my wife and I had dined here and it instantly became our new favorite restaurant. The balcony view, the service, and most of all, the food were spectacular. – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 02/19/2011
  • definitely one of the best "fine-dining" options in columbia. non-stuffy and modern decor with dark-wood tables and strategic ambient lighting. – Jen H., Yelp, 2/20/10

Saluda's Restaurant

Saluda's Restaurant celebrates many histories. Its solid mahogany bar was part of Philadelphia's Blakely Hotel in the late 1800s, its walls sport vintage European posters advertising festive drinks, and its menu pays homage to timeless Southern staples, from shrimp and grits to artfully grilled rib eyes. Perhaps the greatest nod to the past is the building itself, which was constructed after World War I as a VFW officers club. There, veterans would gather to carouse and reminisce, fostering a convivial tradition that Saluda's has since restored and nurtured.

Executive chef Blake Fairies fuels the animated atmosphere with dishes whose down-home roots benefit from French and Italian influences. His prime concern is freshness—in an interview with Undefined magazine, he revealed how his fish du jour is often prepped the day after his friend Mark, a member of Abundant Seafood in Charleston, lures it onto his boat with promises of a free tropical time share. Like much of the kitchen's produce, chef Blake’s flash-fried green tomatoes come from local farms, and his entrees incorporate seasonal ingredients to complement ones imported from across the world. The results are plates that blend classic taste with inventive zest: steaks in black-truffle butter, helpings of handmade pasta, and pork chops brined in sweet tea. At the bar, guests can peruse more than 300 wines as well as cocktails and small-batch bourbon.

Customer Reviews

Saluda's is my favorite restaurant in Columbia. The food is always excellent and so is the service. Jessica did a great job last night. My filet was cooked a little too much, but it was still an excellent piece of meat. I always look forward to going there.
Jane G. · 7 days ago
Appetizer seemed to be rushed so it wasn't that good but dinner was much better steak was perfect
Eddie Y. · January 9, 2017
Always a great time
Cory J. · January 8, 2017
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