Powered By OpenTable: Restaurant Reservations. Right this way.
Restaurant Reservations - Free • Instant • Confirmed
  • Rosso Trattoria Italia

  • Online Reservations

Rosso Trattoria Italia
Rosso Trattoria Italia

Rosso Trattoria Italia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rossocolumbia.com
  • Phone: (803) 787-3949
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Bar Opens Daily at 4:30



    Bar opens daily at 4:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Kristian Niemi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: ROSSO can cater nearly any event. Simply call us to discuss the details of your next special event. Check out our website for our Private Luncheon menu. We can also cater box and platter lunches. Call us for more info.

  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact us if you are interested in booking a private event or function in either our private dining area or by buying out all or part of the restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Lauren (803) 787-3949
  • Entertainment: Join us for LIVE Jazz every Saturday evening with local jazz artists.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Rosso is available for Private Luncheons any day of the week. We are also a fantastic venue for afternoon Wedding Receptions and much more affordable than most catering halls. Call us to discuss your next lunch meeting, private group luncheon or wedding reception.

    Rosso is also available for a complete Buy-Out for the evening. Call us to discuss pricing for holding your next Private Event at Rosso!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Trenholm Plaza
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: ROSSO is located in Trenholm Plaza, which has plenty of FREE public parking. In addition to the main lot, there is also a large, well-lit lot behind the restaurant.
A word from Rosso Trattoria Italia
ROSSO is an elegantly casual Italian trattoria created by one of the founders of Mr. Friendly's, Gervais & Vine and Solstice Kitchen. The warm, open kitchen features a wood-fired grill and wood-burning oven and the cuisine is simple, rustic and absolutely fantastic. Using local, seasonal products whenever possible, the menu boasts an array of antipasti, fresh pastas, grilled meats and wood-roasted dishes. Their wood-grilled Tuscan Steak Frites is among the best steaks in town and the Chicken Parmesan--an American-Italian classic--sets the standard. The wine list is decidedly Italian with some New World wines with Italian spirit. ROSSO also features a variety of Italian spirits and craft beers, as well. The dining room is rustic, yet modern with rich woods and sleek leather chairs. There are two large communal tables for small groups to get together or for strangers to become friends. Located in Trenholm Plaza, in the heart of Forest Acres, just five minutes from downtown Columbia.Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos >
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "we enjoyed the dinner, the waitress, the atmosphere, the friendliness, and most of all the choice of food's on the menu. We plan to return with friends."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Very nice. Lasagna was kind of so so bit everything else was top notch"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Lily took good care of us. We had the fried artichoke antipasto, wood grilled steak with fingerling potatoes and veggies, and wood grilled salmon with Adluh grits and veggies. All superb. Kudos to the cook and chef."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Shrimp and grits YUMM. Calamari cooked perfect YUMM. Veal dishes YUMM. Service GREAT. West Columbia has a great Italian Restaurant. Worth the drive from Aiken SC"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "There was some confusion about the special that night. The manager came over to our table and gave us a round of drinks to make up for it. Everything was just perfect."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We have dined at Rosso several times and once again had an excellent meal with great service. Very happy to have a table that was not tiny for two and in the traffic path. Our scampi was just outstanding and superb with a Super Tuscan wine. Great date night for us but looked like a supper out for most as the casal atmosphere allows all kinds of dress."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food was flavorfull and well presented. Server knew the wines they served and made recommendations."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great wine and excellent service! Server was friendly and knowledgeable. Enjoyed house special rose'. Portion size was small for price on scallops and risotto entree--only 4 sea scallops (not particularly large). Good atmosphere. Lots of sunlight coming in when sun setting so asked for different table."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The service was great the food was fine. Nothing special in the two pasta dishes we ordered. The pasta was cooked well and the sauces were okay. Protein in both (fish and chicken) were a little on the skimpy side. No sides or salad with meal unless you ordered separately. Not in any hurry to go back, but might try them again."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Rosso Trattoria Italia had a great menu and a good winelist; the specials, especially the pasta and risotto, make this worth doing once. However, the prices and the slow service, especially at peak dinner hours, will make us think twice before we go back."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We love Rosso! We went for the first time for Valentine's and have been looking forward to going back again. It's become one of our favorites. My husband and I both loved our meals and our server Lily was great! Looking forward to another visit!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our first experience at Rosso. Our table was ready and waiting when we arrived and we were taken straight to it. Our server was attentive without being overbearing. The food was phenomenal. Our kids even ventured out and tried some new dishes. Great beer selection as well and the deserts were fantastic. Will definitely return"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We have been to Rosso several times and always enjoy the experience. The food is always top notch, very different from what you can get at any other italian restaurant. We always enjoy starting out with a drink. The Rosso Martini is one at the top of the list! Thank you for such a wonderful, romantic restaurant, wonderful for a date night or special occassion."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "My husband and I recently celebrated our anniversary with dinner at Rosso. What a delicious meal! I had enjoyed the food there before, but I think I chose especially well this time. The fried artichoke appetizer was succulent. Filled with cheese and fried to perfection, these little gems surpassed my expectations for deliciousness. I emjoyed the crab and lobster orecchiette with its light, creamy sauce. My husband always orders the shrimp and grits and found it scrumptious as always. We look forward to our next visit!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "After three visits here, it has become out new favorite eatery. Every morsel seems better than the last. Even after spending a week in Rome and on the Amalfi coast, this is the best Italian cuisine that I've ever had. Bravissimo ! Ciao "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I am so glad a friend recommended that I try this restaurant. I must love it because I have visited twice in less than 2 weeks. The food is excellent. The atmosphere is great. I will be visiting again soon because there are other menu items I would like to try. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Quality of food is always very good. Reservations are good to have all days. Wait staff superbly trained and experienced. Good wine selection. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We always enjoy going to Rosso. The food and service is always great and we typically see others that we know there."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "This is a gem with greta consistent food and service."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful. Husband had filet that was cooked to perfection. I had scallops that that were seared and perfectly prepared. The wait staff (Tori) was so attentive but not obtrusive. Complimentary desserts were to die for. We look forward to returning to Rosso's again and again."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The brunch menu covered all tastes whether a little bite or a yummy meal. The cocktail selection was great and Lily (our server) was wonderful. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had a fantastic experience while dining at Rosso Trattoria Italia! Great food - wonderful atmosphere! We will certainly dine here again."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Never had bad meal there. Great wine list. Okokokokokokokookokkkm"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We celebrated our son's college graduation at Rosso. They were able to accommodate our large party of 9 including a rambunctious toddler. The menu is interesting with unusual twists on Italian dishes. Maybe a bit too ambitious. The drinks were well made. However, the drinks and salads were brought out two at a time with an uncomfortable wait in between such that we had to ask that all the main courses be brought out at one time so we could enjoy our meal together! "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "My wife and i were more than happy with our food and the service we received . It was our 1st time at Rosso and will be back ! It was also a pleasure using opentable to book our table . All around wonderful date "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I had the Tuscan steak special, my girlfriend had the fettuccine. Hers was great, but my steak was quite rare (ordered med rare), and the entire steak had a burnt flavor that just couldn't be ignored. I've heard great things about Rosso, so we'll probably give it another try"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Food is always awesome, service is a hit or miss. Beautiful restaurant. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "It's not my first time at Rosso, it is a go to place for us. Everything was delicious! The food quality keeps us returning and the atmosphere is really nice, feels like a treat!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the creative food, and upscale atmosphere. The service was very attentive, which was great. I enjoyed my drink very much (the Aperol cocktail). There are a variety of dishes on the menu, so everyone in a group can find something that meets their taste. We look forward to returning!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Rosso remains in the top of our list of favorites. Love the creative and delicious food. Excellent in all respects last Thursday evening. We will return."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Food was good, and service was friendly and efficient. My friends and I enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere despite the somewhat loud noise level."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We made a last minute reservation for Saturday night and it was wonderful! We always love going to Rosso when we make it into town. The specials are always amazing, and worst case, the normal menu is always outstanding! We love Rosso!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "3 friends and I went to Rosso for dinner before a play. Our server had just seen the play so we got to chat about that and she understood that we were on a schedule. She offered suggestions, got our drinks and meals to us quickly and we were off to see the show! I'll definitely be back when I have more time, as I really liked the look and feel of the restaurant too!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This restaurant continues to be one of the best places to eat in Columbia. Unique dishes, excellent service!!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food and service are always wonderful and they have great daily specials. My favorite restaurant in Columbia, SC"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "MY MAIN COMPLAINT ABOUT THIS RESTAURANT ARE THE CHAIRS. YOU SINK IN THEM WHEN YOU SIT DOWN AND THEREFORE ARE TOO LOW TO THE TABLE. VERY UNCOMFORTABLE. MENU IS JUST OKAY. NEED TO MAKE SOME CHANGES TO THE MAIN MENU - IT HAS BEEN THE SAME FOR SO LONG."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This is my favorite place to meet friends for a glass of wine or go out for a special meal ... a very welcoming place with great food and staff."
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "Any meat (fish, chicken, pork) is always cooked to perfection. Service has always been great and I love the atmosphere. It is our go to resturant when we have guest who enjoy good food."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This was a good date spot that did not break the bank. The food was great for the prices and the service was excellent. I am glad a friend recommended it for a good weeknight date spot. Don't be deterred by it being in a shopping center! I am looking forward to going back one day for happy hour pizza!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Love to have a nice meal here. Super quality food prepared in unique and inventive ways."
    Dined on 3/14/2014