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Diners' Choice: Best Food restaurants in Columbia

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine in Columbia? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Mill Pond Steakhouse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1554)
$31 to $50
Steak
Rembert
About the restaurant
Window seating is first come, first serve depending on how early you make your reservation. Parties larger than 5 are unable to be seated next to the window. We do our best to accommodate all requests but aren't always able to seat everyone that requests a window seat by the window.

Mill Pond Steakhouse is the only up-scaled steakhouse in the midlands. We have a well developed staff that is committed to your dining needs. It starts from the time you pick up the phone to make a reservation to when you are welcomed at the front door and lasts forever. When you arrive to the Mill Pond Steakhouse in Boykin, SC you take a step back in time. Mill Pond Steakhouse offers rustic elegance with southern hospitality and a one of a kind dining experience.

Parties of 6 or more are required to call the restaurant at 803-425-8825 and ask to speak to management.

If you can't make your reservation on time, please call to let us know or else your table may be given to someone else. Thank you!

Top review
VernonH
Dined 5 days ago
We have been to the Mill Pond several times over the years. I will be honest as I had a poor experience about a year ago and was very disappointed. But this visit was perfect! The food was superb and the service was outstanding. Could not have been better. The appetizer (oysters) were the best the I have ever had. Will be back soon. Thanks very much.
A photo of The Retreat at Ridgeway: Lake Wateree Dining restaurant
4.8
4.8 (98)
$30 and under
Southern
Colonel Creek Landing
About the restaurant
The Retreat located on Lake Wateree in Ridgeway, South Carolina is inspired by celebrating family and the community. This scratch kitchen showcases locally sourced, seasonal ingredients in their cozy lake front restaurant. Chef Blake Hartwick's approach and belief in representing local farmers drives the refined southern cuisine served at The Retreat. The southern charm extends through the whole restaurant as Heather's dedication to exceptional experience will provide you with a warm welcome in an elegant, yet relaxed atmosphere paired with attentive service. Menu items that have remained on the menu since day one, Hickory Smoked Pork Chop, the Retreat Burger, and Buffalo Cauliflower.

Top review
EWilson
Dined on May 4, 2024
Crabcakes were superb along with the roasted salmon. Surprisingly the creamed cauliflower was delicious! The filet mignon was tender and cooked as ordered. Throughly enjoyed our meal and the new dining chairs are very comfortable. As always the service was excellent. Highly recommend for a great meal out and enjoy the lake the lake view.
A photo of MOA Korean BBQ & Bar - Columbia restaurant
4.8
4.8 (165)
$31 to $50
Asian
Columbia
About the restaurant
Welcome to MOA, downtown Columbia's exclusive destination for authentic Korean BBQ dining. Our upscale establishment prides itself on delivering an unforgettable culinary experience, where the vibrant flavors of traditional Korean cuisine meet the highest quality ingredients, including our signature dry-aged beef. Sit back and relax as our dedicated service team expertly handles the grilling for your table, ensuring every bite is perfection. Join us for a memorable dining adventure at the only Korean BBQ restaurant in downtown Columbia, where every moment is filled with warmth, flavor, and genuine hospitality.
Top review
LilianeD
Dined 4 days ago
Great service and excellent food. The whole staff was polite and engaged.
A photo of The Melting Pot - Columbia SC restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1185)
$31 to $50
Fondue
Columbia
About the restaurant
Experience a new way to dine when you make The Melting Pot in Columbia your next dinner destination. From the first bite of our delicious artisan cheeses, to the last bite of our decadent chocolate fondues, you will know you have made the right decision! Whether you want to have the full four-course adventure or you are in the mood for perfectly crafted cocktails and cheese fondue, you can find what you crave on our tables. Our friendly staff specializes in creating your perfect night out. Come join us today at The Melting Pot.
Top review
RobTvip
Dined 5 days ago
We love the melting pot, great food, drinks and atmosphere.
A photo of Saluda's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3816)
$30 and under
American
Columbia
About the restaurant
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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent dining experience consistently here through the years. Food is amazing. You cannot go wrong when choosing a fine dining experience with a down to earth, friendly, southern hospitality vibe where everyone seems welcoming upon arrival.
A photo of Bistro on the Boulevard restaurant
4.7
4.7 (817)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Irmo
About the restaurant
Exciting New American Restaurant & Full Bar featuring casual neighborhood atmosphere.
FRESH FOOD PREPARED FROM SCRATCH. And nightly Chef Specials too!
Large covered patio for outdoor seating.

Various Live Entertainment on Weekends, Thursday Night Live Jazz,
Trivia Tuesdays!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 15, 2024
The service was great and the food was amazing!!!!
A photo of Chophouse of Chapin restaurant
4.7
4.7 (934)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Chapin
About the restaurant
Chophouse of Chapin is an upscale steakhouse located in Chapin Commons - featuring aged steaks, delicious desserts, a large selection of spirits & an in-house wine sommelier

An in-house Tallow aged steak - a Chef selected ribeye encased in rendered steak trimmings, then aged for 60 days and handcut to perfection. The Chophouse has a full bar with a wide variety of spirits hand selected by our award-winning bar staff. And an on-premise Wine Sommelier that will help pair your menu selection with the best wine from our extensive menu to please your palate.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The food was very good. The Service was excellent . The drinks were good. the overall experience was very pleasant and we intend to go back.
A photo of Travinia Italian Kitchen - Myrtle Beach restaurant
4.6
4.6 (316)
$31 to $50
Italian
Columbia
About the restaurant
For casual and elegant Italian fare in an open restaurant with private patio and lounge seating, visit Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. For lunch, you can enjoy a Roasted Chicken Flatbread, Goat cheese salad and our fan favorite Italian Nachos. Dinner at Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar offers authentic Italian cuisine such as Spaghetti Bolognese, Margherita pizza, Pan Roasted Chicken, Filet Mignon and Beef Short Rib Rigatoni.

Vegetarians and gluten sensitive individuals are not left out at Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar. A numerous amount of menu options can be accommodated for any guest's needs. Try the gluten-free tenderloin medallions for a meaty entrée or indulge in the Cauliflower Vegetable Pizza.

Top review
DonnaT
Dined on May 13, 2024
An amazing dinner out with friends! Food was outstanding as was our server! She recommended a beautiful wine to accompany our dinners.
A photo of Top of Carolina restaurant
4.8
4.8 (73)
$31 to $50
American
Columbia
About the restaurant
Embark on a culinary adventure unlike any other as you ascend to the pinnacle of indulgence at the Top of Carolina rotating restaurant for Sunday brunch. Nestled high above the cityscape, our panoramic views are only rivaled by the sumptuous spread awaiting your arrival. As you sip on mimosas and bask in the morning sunlight, let the world below become a mere backdrop to the feast unfolding before you.

From the first bite of freshly baked pastries to the last sip of artisan coffee, every detail is meticulously curated to tantalize your taste buds and elevate your brunch experience to new heights. Indulge in a symphony of flavors, from savory classics to inventive culinary creations, all while being gently spun around to witness the ever-changing landscape below.

Join us at the Top of Carolina, where Sunday brunch isn't just a meal—it's an unforgettable journey through taste and sight, leaving you with memories as delightful as the dishes themselves.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 5, 2024
This was a fantastic meal experience. There was a large variety of food both breakfast and lunch options. There was salad and fruit stations. The desert station was amazing. You could make your own omelet as well. All of the staff was super friendly and attentive. The set-up is nice in how the tables are set to showcase the views and still leave plenty of room for walking around the circular room. We took my mom for early mother's day and she loved it. Come hungry! We were stuffed and you cannot beat the price for a large buffet!
A photo of Motor Supply Company Bistro restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3827)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Columbia
About the restaurant
Located in the historic Congaree Vista Motor Supply has been serving progressive, New World cuisine using classic French culinary techniques for over 20 years. The menu features contemporary New American cuisine, with nods to Creole, Cajun, New Southern, French, Italian and Asian cuisine. We are Columbia's foremost "farm to fork" restaurant, working with local, sustainable farms for produce, meats, SC seafood and more. Seafood is caught off of the Carolina coast, and all of our stocks, sauces and desserts are made on site, including our charcuterie, with house-made sausages, bacon, country pate, and rillettes, all the way down to the pickles and mustard. Our early 19th century, solid-oak bar with marble columns, imported from Europe, serves 180+ fine wines, an extensive list of imported, domestic and local craft beers, as well as an artisan farm-to-shaker cocktail list made from house-infused liquors, handmade bitters, barrel-aged spirits and locally-sourced ingredients and garnishes.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Food was very good for our lunch, however, the crème brûlée for dessert was a bit burned on top.
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