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Saluda's Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.saludas.com
  • Phone: (803) 799-9500
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner 7 nights a week 5:30 to 10:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Blake Faries
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Saluda's can cater any event with items from our dinner menu, or we can customize a menu to fit your needs. Saluda's can handle all of your needs from an offsite boxed lunch for your officer to a wedding reception for two hundred. Please call Steve Cook at Saluda's to book your event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Saluda's private dining room is the perfect place for any private function. Our room is soundproof, has its own door, and has independent temperature and music controls from the main dining room. We can host pharmaceutical programs, rehearsal dinners, private business meetings, and any other function. Customized dinner menus allow you to wine and dine your guests with style.
  • Private Party Contact: Steve Cook (803) 799-9500
  • Special Events & Promotions: Quiet pharmaceutical presentation. Exclusive business engagement. Elegant rehearsal dinner. Luxurious cocktail party. Whatever the occasion may be, one of Saluda's private dining rooms is perfect for your next event. Allow us to personalize your function by choosing dishes from our seasonally inspired menu or let us do the work with one of our preset large group menus. Our Events Coordinator can customize your function with nearly limitless possibilities available.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Greene street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Saluda's guests can choose between abundant on street parking or use our complimentary valet service available Wednesday through Sunday.
A word from Saluda's
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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was outstanding the restaurant was amazingly clean the watier was polite an knowledgeable"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Food was very good, quick attentive service. Very nice night out on the terrace."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Nice window seating Also lovely outdoor seating since weather permitted Great appetizers fried green tomatoes & buffalo oysters Great entrees rib-eye, pork chop, grouper Gelato dessert - shared w/ group - all enjoyed."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "If you like shrimp and grits or want to try some, Saluda's has the best in Cola...maybe in the entire state!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Salinas has the best filet in town. Tonight was no different as the steak with oysters and AMAZING Mac n cheese was a delight. My wife and I always look forward to going here to eat. Keep up the great atmosphere and food."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Good food. Ran out of water twice due to slow service"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The service was definitley outdone by the food, I thought the food was excellent. I had an appetizer, main course, and dessert."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I will definitely be back to saludas. Food was awesome, service was awesome and the atmosphere was awesome."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Excellent service and excellent food, and wonderful table on outside balcony. Our waitress Margaret was excellent."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Everything about our meal was delicious. Nice selection of bourbon made husband happy. Mussels were delicious and seafood and fish entrees were perfect."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We had great service. What a view. My scallop and shrimp dish was delicious. My husband ordered steak that was on teh tough side and nothing to write home about."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Food was very good and presented well. Service was a bit slack, but very pleasant and accommodating. We were celebrating my birthday and the waiter gave us a free desert. Very nice atmosphere. Will come back and eat outside the next time. All in all, a very nice experience. I would recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I've been to Saluda's about half a dozen times. I'm never disappointed. The last time we went was for my daughter's 20th birthday. I had the salmon (fish special). My daughter had the lamb - which was very tasty. My son-in-law had the surf and turf. We were all happy with our selections. From appetizer to dessert....we were happy with all the food as well as the service. We never feel rushed...and are able to have a pleasant dinner with good food and conversation. We will absolutely be back!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "It simply doesn't get any better than this. Saluda's provides amazing food, exceptional staff, incredible atmosphere (inside or out) and a price tag that is half of what a person would expect to pay. Definitely not "cheap", however, the overall experience has been priceless. Saluda's is not stuffy, as the clientel arrives in well pressed cargo shorts, business suits, skirts and summer dresses, all prepared to have a meal that is worth mentioning. The filets were cooked to perfection and accompanied unusually with fried green tomatoes, crawfish, and mashed potatoes. The sweet tea pork chop is a refreshing departure from the norm, and the sockeye salmon melts in your mouth. Columbia has a winner, and the winner is Saluda's!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Saluda's is perhaps my favorite spot for a steak in Columbia. This time I had the salmon special and was not disappointed. We normally eat at the bar - Eddie is great! but this time we sat outside since the weather was nice and enjoyed the atmosphere. We consistently have great service there and this time was no different thanks to Margaret. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Thank you all again for a fantastic evening and great local food!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "My best friend and I went to Saluda's for our "Girls Night Out" and as always the food was excellent! The ambiance was heaven and the service was good. I've been to Saluda's several times in the past and I have never had a bad experience."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We used Open Table for this Reservation and requested a nice table for 2. Instead of a nice table, we were seated in between 2 tables for 2 where the patrons on both sides of us sat quite close to us and they were very focused on their "groupon" deals as much enjoying their dinners. Even more awkward was the table next to us where an older (55+) fellow wore his bright orange baseball cap throughout his entire meal in what is advertised to be "fine dining" establishment. We purchased a nice bottle of wine to go with our shrimp and grits which were tasty and generous in serving. The waitress was nice. So ambience was very fair at best. Thank you."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "First time going to this restaurant and I was very impressed. To start off the people for friendly, our waiter was very helpful. We're not wine drinker but wanted to try some and made suggestion and brought out samples for us. Food was amazing, best we've had in while."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I have visited Saluda's several times; it is one of my favorite restaurants for special occasions, or just for a delicious night out. For dinner, I had the Lamb and it was divine. My boyfriend ordered the Sweet Tea Pork Chop; we both completely cleared our plates! This was the first time we sat on the porch area and we really enjoyed the outside atmosphere at Saluda's. My only gripe was that I love browsing menus prior to dining, and the menu posted on their website was not the menu in use that night. The only issue in this was that I was excited to try an item that was not offered that night."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I attempted to make reservation for 6:00, but time was not available although the restaurant was virtually empty at the time (might have been glitch with OpenTable system). I noted that we were celebrating our anniversay, but it was not acknowledged in any way by the restaurant or server. The service was attentive & the food was outstanding. Reasonable food & drink prices. We sat outside & had great view. I would recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • " My first experience at Saluda's was great. I took my girlfriend for her birthday and it exceeded my expectations. The environment was great and the food was amazing. It was truly a wonderful experience, I would recommend Saluda's to all."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "These folks deliver reliably excellent food and personable, professional service every time. I don't find the "ambiance" particularly stimulating, but it's in no sense a downer unless you're pathological about ballcaps and flipflops on the people around you. Two quibbles this time. I checked the online menu and allowed my mouth to water all day in anticipation of the bourbon osso buco, only to be told that it had been taken off the menu two days previously. This should not happen. An incorrect online menu is worse than no online menu, IMHO. Also, we were there early in the evening, and the greens were tough; an hour later, they were likely fine, but the greens I tasted were not ready for their closeup."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My wife and I choose Saluda's for Father's day. Great Choice! We started with fried green tomato's topped with barbecue and coleslaw (delicious), then tried one of Chef Blake's new creations, fresh fruit salad. Wonderful blend of fresh berries (some were pickled) which made and explosion of flavor in my mouth. This has to be the most unusual and creative combination of refreshing fruits that I've ever eaten! Shrimp and grits was great as well as the grouper my wife had and the deserts were delightful and tasty! John did a great job serving! We felt special the whole time we were there. Best restaurant in town! Thanks Saluda's, we'll be back soon!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food was great as was service. Waiter did forget to put it my "late order" for the heirloom caprese salad so it did not come before my entre. This was made up for with a lovely complimentary dessert for myself and my guest. Would definitely return to this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "These guys are really raising the bar in Columbia! James was our server and anticipated every need. Very generous portions and the BEST Shrimp & Grits I have ever tasted. Thank you for a great evening!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Service and food were so so, not meeting the expectation of a fine dining restaurant. Service was slow due to some private large party. The pork chop was over cooked. The stuffed grouper was fair and on the dry side. The duck was slightly under-cooked but it was the best entree at our table. Dessert was good but expected more from Saluda in variety and taste."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "The food was very good, but not worthy of the price I paid."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Visited on a Sunday evening. 3 diners-excellent service. 3 different entrees all beautifully presented. Pork Chop: "best I have ever eaten." Shrimp and grits: "excellent taste, sufficient number of shrimp, needed more grits, however." Ribeye ordered Medium rare: flavorful; prepared rare; either the steak knife wasn't sharp enough or the beef was unbelievably tough; spent several minutes trying to cut through sinews and chewing sufficiently to swallow without choking; have consumed tripe with less effort." Did NOT inform server. If this is typical, recommend that ribeye be removed from the menu. Will consider a return visit, but will not order steak."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I give my meal and service a 100%. The location was perfect we sat out on the balcony and had dinner and had a wonderful view and enjoyed the food and the service."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My wife and I went here for our 10th anniversary!! Awesome as always! We have been here for two anniversary celebrations, and plan to return in the future!!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Overall a good experience, but we sat on balcony and there was a lot of noise. From loud motorcycles to the bar patrons, directly under the balcony. Food was very good, but would like more of a variety."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We took out of town friends here for dinner and had another enjoyable meal on the balcony. Though the restaurant is upscale, it's not stuffy---we took our 2 year old and our friends brought their newborn. Sitting on the balcony is a bit noisier, but the white noise is good for kids (the newborn slept through dinner, and our daughter's chatter didn't bother anyone). The food was excellent as usual (the pork chop is always amazing) and everything came out quickly. Service was great. I drink a lot of water and appreciate when servers notice and keep my glass filled!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We had a delightful time. As usual, the food was superb and the waitstaff was attentive and helpful. It is always relaxing yet vibrant atmosphere that is conducive for good conversation."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We have been to Saluda's a half dozen times and chose it to celebrate our anniversary this year. We decided to sit outdoors on the balcony for the first time. It turns out that two guys in the park across the street decided to "serenade" the public with a trombone and tuba duet. Well it was not good, but it was loud! The food was great (as usual) and did not disappoint, but our service was very slow and not as attentive as our previous experiences. Still like Saluda's and will return - just won't sit outdoors next time."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Sweat tea pork chop was raw in the center and the new York strip was bland. The daily specials were delicious however."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Like always, everything was out standing. My wife and daughter order steaks and my wife wanted median rare, but close to well. My daughter wanted well. When they received the steaks it was not median rare close to well and my daughter was not well done. We told our waiter and he was more than glad to take the steaks back for them to be cook the correct way. James was very understanding and he apologized for the mistakes. Everything turned out great. We also enjoy going to Saluda's. Thank you. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "We went to Saluda's on a Sunday evening about 5:30. They were not busy at that time but it was picking up while we were there. Food was excellent-a small but nicely varied menu with specials each night. Will go back. The eggplant appetizer was most excellent. Lamb Osso Buco was very tender and flavorful. Ribeye was a good size and juicy. Did not have dessert as we were full and took half the steak home but they had coffee Creme' Brulee' and we would have shared that. Used a Group-on. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We reserved a table for four to celebrate my husband's birthday. We had previously gone to Saluda's for a romantic evening so we knew the inside of the restaurant was a little more quiet than maybe a birthday party would warrant. We asked to sit outside and I'm so glad we did. While the environment was much more suited to our laughing and chatting group, the food and service remained exemplary. We enjoyed some of the specials and also I browsed the cocktail menu which included several drinks I had never had before. The basil grapefruit punch I ordered was refreshing and suited the warm evening very well. I highly recommend Saluda's and hope to make it out for future celebrations."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I had a groupon and took 3 close friends. We were laughing, joking and having a great time and the waitress went right along with it. We all remarked how impressive it was that she would go to other tables with a completely different demeanor-she knew how to mimick the customers and make them all feel welcome. It was the best meal any of us have had in a long time and we will definitely be going back. Three of us had the filet (prepared exactly how we ordered), and the other had shrimp and grits, the calamari and crab cake appetizers were incredible. It was a truly impressive experience."
    Dined on 5/24/2014