Food & Drink in Columbia


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  • Saluda's
    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.
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    751 Saluda Ave
    Columbia, SC US
  • Rosso Trattoria Italia
    For a heartwarming helping of spaghetti and meatballs, Rosso Trattoria Italia is a great place to wine and dine your sweetie with top-rated Italian. Health-crazed eaters may have to stick with water, though, as Rosso Trattoria Italia offers delicious grub that's far as can be from low-fat fare. Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new. Round up the whole gang and reserve the private room at Rosso Trattoria Italia — it's the perfect spot for a big party to gather and celebrate. Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi. Dine out in the open during Rosso Trattoria Italia's summer season when patio tables are available for use. Your pet pup can accompany you to Rosso Trattoria Italia, which has a dog-friendly policy. Forget the stuffy formal wear! Rosso Trattoria Italia's business casual dress code sets the tone for ease and enjoyment. Rosso Trattoria Italia offers convenient carryout and delivery, so diners aren't limited to the restaurant space. The restaurant has catering services as well. Free parking is offered every day of the week at the lot near Rosso Trattoria Italia. You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant. Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Rosso Trattoria Italia's moderately priced fare. Payment is simple and all major credit cards are accepted. Dinner is the real yum factor here, though breakfast bites and lunch are also featured.
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    4840 Forest Dr
    Columbia, SC US
  • The Oyster Bar Columbia
    Fresh fare can be found at The Oyster Bar Columbia, where visitors seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu. It's easy to find fare you love at The Oyster Bar Columbia, though fat levels are anything but low. Enjoy a drink with your dinner — The Oyster Bar Columbia has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more. Little guys and gals will also love dining at The Oyster Bar Columbia, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu). Plan your next big gathering at The Oyster Bar Columbia — patrons will appreciate the spacious interior, and there's even a private room for special occasions. The Oyster Bar Columbia is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable). It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from The Oyster Bar Columbia. Getting your food to go is also an option. At The Oyster Bar Columbia, street and lot parking is made simple for diners. Travel by bike to The Oyster Bar Columbia and store your bike at a nearby rack. Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out. All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
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    1123 Park St
    Columbia, SC US
  • Village Idiot
    Village Idiot, located in Columbia's Southeastern Columbia neighborhood, is a great spot to grab a hot slice. Those looking for a meal that's low in fat won't find it at Village Idiot, where hearty, tasty meals come first. Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here. Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at Village Idiot. Free wireless Internet is also available at Village Idiot, so bring your tablet or laptop along. The pizzeria is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers. Turn your living room into a five-star restaurant with takeout or delivery from Village Idiot. Village Idiot has easy parking nearby for diners who wish to drive. Your wallet will be happy with a visit to Village Idiot, too, where prices are generally under $15.
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    4517 Forest Drive
    Columbia, SC US
  • Mint Julep Bistro and Lounge
    You won't be disappointed at Mint Julep Bistro and Lounge in Columbia, where well-prepared eats and delicious drinks rule the menu. It's easy to find fare you love at Mint Julep Bistro and Lounge, though fat levels are anything but low. Mint Julep Bistro and Lounge's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal. Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on Mint Julep Bistro and Lounge's outdoor patio. Your group can sit comfortably at Mint Julep Bistro and Lounge, a local restaurant. Slip into something more comfortable before dining at Mint Julep Bistro and Lounge, where dress code calls for business casual. Looking for a deal on parking? Free parking is easily accessible in the parking lot next door. Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
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    120 Sparkleberry Crossing Rd
    Columbia, SC US
  • Salty Nut Cafe
    You won't be disappointed at Columbia's Salty Nut Cafe, where well-prepared eats and delicious drinks rule the menu. You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi. Al fresco eating options are also available at Salty Nut Cafe, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months. Noisy crowds plus raging music creates a very loud environment at this restaurant. Who doesn't want to go out for a nice meal with buddies and your canine companion? Head over to Salty Nut Cafe for a good time! Want to enjoy Salty Nut Cafe without the wait? Get it to go. If you prefer to drive to the restaurant, go right ahead. Parking is abundant in the area. Major credit cards — including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.
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    2000 Greene St
    Columbia, SC US

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