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Puckett's Downtown Columbia

4.5
4.5
324 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern
Founded in the fifties, people have been congregating at Puckett's for over half a century. We've updated a bit, added some recipes from our family and friends, and thrown in some great live music. But it's still Puckett's Grocery... nothing too fancy, but everything good. It's where the locals go for real food, real people and real fun.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 7 times today
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Barbecue, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 7:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 7:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (931) 490-4550

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    We cater breakfast, lunch, and dinner- both small and large parties. Contact Brad Akard to discuss your catering at b.akard@puckettsrestaurant.com

  • Private party facilities

    Pair the ambiance of our private dining space with our award-winning food and service, it will be a celebration your guests are sure to remember!

  • Private party contact

    Kat Fort: (833) 463-9976

  • Neighborhood

    Columbia

  • Cross street

    7th and Main

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Entertainment

    We have live local music every Friday and Saturday night and occasional Thursday shows. Please visit http://www.puckettsgro.com/columbia/events for the lineup and more details.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 324 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  • Nashville

    Southern

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely the best place to eat in Columbia!! The Manager- Auggie- covers all aspects to ensure everyone has a fantastic meal and service!!…. The bartender, Carin- makes the Best drinks and follows up to make sure everyone is happy!! It’s a delight to eat here!! We are never dissatisfied with the food and thoroughly enjoy the entertainment on the weekends!!……Everything from food to service is A+ They really pay attention to details- and they care!! Don’t miss it!! Annie and Brooks
  2. MP

    MikeP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Puckett’s!! We try to go when had they have live music. The music there is ALWAYS great! The ambiance, food, and service is the best! Really good local hang out.
  3. TB

    TamaraB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I was under 5he impression each person picked entree Surprised to see all the food delivered to table at once. It was great would do it again for sure. Thank you.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Went for thanksgiving dinner. The food was decent but not hot when it was served. The service was amazing for sure! We will be back on a non-holiday!
  5. CH

    ChrisH

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good Thanksgiving spread! Plenty of food. Great service!
  6. DB

    DabB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always good food good service and great ambience.
  7. CT

    CurtisT

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappointing food and atmosphere! Always a great environment for food, drinks and listening to music.
  8. MM

    MarthaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Shrimp and grits around! Great band Buck Sixx!! We are old customers and will definitely be back.
  9. M

    Murphycat

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Puckett’s delivers great southern charm, great food, and great service. Live music is always great too!
  10. A

    Aleguy

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    We were seated and ordered at 6:00 didn't get our food until 7:00... no apologies or explanation. We had 2 glasses of wine but were charged for 2 bottles, that was corrected. There seemed to be plenty of staff and a few tables were empty, so I'm not sure what the problem was that night. We've eaten there often and this was the first time that we had any issues.
  11. MD

    MichelleD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Service was horrible don't know what took so long lots of tables open.....
  12. JC

    JulieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great seat the food was amazing and great service! Thank you!
  13. J

    John

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A "must go" if your in the Columbia area...great food, service and entertainment!
  14. MH

    MichalH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience3
    Service was sub par, if the server takes the order he shouldn't need to auction off the food when it's delivered. Noise level made it hard to enjoy ourselves.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had breakfast one morning and really enjoyed it. Try the cinnamon rolls!!
  16. DJ

    DaniJ

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food4service5ambience2
    Too loud. It pains me to not give Puckett's good ratings, but our evening was painfully loud. We were there to enjoy yummy food and our friends with music in the background. It was impossible to hear each other because it was TOO LOUD. The waiter could not hear us. We could not hear each other. We tried to share our concern with the hostess, but she could not hear us. We go to Puckett's every one to two weeks. This was a later than usual visit for us. In the future, we will schedule our special nights out before the music. The volume was too much for the space. Know to schedule your dining before the music if you expect to talk to your dinner companions.
  17. JC

    JamesC

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Puckets to see the Kentucky Linemen. They were great!
  18. SD

    StephD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    They have a band on Friday and Sat. night, and the entertainment is good. Once they start, it's very loud and you can't hold a conversation at all. In the past the food has been good, tasty and a lot of it. This time, the meat was sparse on the nachos and salad, they ran out of Salmon and we got chicken instead which was dry and bland tasting. The young waitress was good and attentive and we'll be back, but will try not to go when it's so busy on the weekend evenings.

    Puckett's Downtown ColumbiaResponded on August 31, 2022Hello Steph! I am so sorry to hear that your overall experience was not exceptional. That is not how we strive to do business. On your next visit, please introduce yourself to me. I would like to hear more about the visit, so I can use the information for coaching and improvement. Sincerely, Augie Martorano, Customer Service Manager

  19. j

    june

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We ordered a couple of platter for the six of us to share but the chicken on one of them was undercooked. Our waitress was so nice about it and took it back to the kitchen. Right away the manager came out and profusely apologized and insisted on bringing us more food. They took the whole platter off of our bill even though we didn’t ask them to. Service was amazing! Food was too!
  20. DR

    DebbieR

    Western KY

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food & service was great. Music was good, but instrument amp was too loud. Couldn’t hear their voices as well as we would have liked.
  21. BT

    BariTeri

    Nashville

    79 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    If you like smoked meat, you will love Columbia downtown Puckett's. Their sauces are added on the side and they have several different types. They have a pretty varied menu, with dinners, sandwiches, salads, desserts so plenty to choose from. Family friendly, very noisy given high roof and barn style atmosphere.
  22. JJ

    JoeJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    Saw live entertainment, “Sweet Baby James”, with made the night. Terrific show, decent food but disappointing service (yet other servers appeared to go a better job).

    Puckett's Downtown ColumbiaResponded on July 27, 2022Hello Joe! I am pleased that you enjoyed your overall experience with us. I am still disappointed that your service was less than exceptional. That is not how we strive to treat our customers and I apologize. Please feel free to call me at (931) 490-4550, if you would like to give me more information about your service. We like to use that feedback to improve where we can. Sincerely, Augie Martorano, Customer Service Manager

  23. PB

    PatrickB

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and fantastic entertainment.
  24. T

    Triman

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    House sound for the act was too loud. Vocals were at 91dB. Asked sound guy to bring it down a few dB, but nothing. It was not enjoyable.
  25. CR

    ChrisR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience2
    Both mine and my wife’s food was cold… Like not even like warm. Kind of a rough look for 5:15 on a Friday night.
  26. ED

    ErnestD

    Nashville

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made the drive from M’boro to take my 2 sisters out for some barbecue and live music. Great food, great service. Tried the fried chicken for the first time and it is probably our new standard for southern fried chicken. Band was Aberdeen and they play a great selection from Country to Rock.
  27. EP

    ElisaP

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was outstanding. Wait time on food was long but understandable these days with labor shortages.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was seated when we arrived for our 7:00p reservations. No wait Food and service was very good. Waitress had to get close in to hear and be heard Box of Rox was performing. They only added to the great night. noise level at the 95-97 db level rising to 105 +/- toward end of band performance. PA venue was venue controlled
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch with my daughter!! French toast was amazing!!!
  30. ED

    ErnestD

    Nashville

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We usually frequent the local Puckett’s in Murfreesboro, but we wanted to see the band Tennessee Stills, and we figured we would check out Columbia. Glad we did, the town has a very pretty courthouse square (like most Tennessee counties the courthouse itself looks like it could be a movie backdrop). This Puckett’s seems a little larger and more open than the one in M’boro, and the decor is very cool. Food was great, service from Maggie was excellent. Band was great too, so all in all a nice evening out.

    Puckett's Downtown ColumbiaResponded on June 20, 2022Hello Ernest! So glad you had a great time! We look forward to seeing you back soon! Sincerely, Augie Martorano, Customer Service Manager

  31. LH

    LindaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time. The food was excellent and the music rocked. Fun night out
  32. GU

    GaryU

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    New server and hostesses did not know or we not trained to follow up on things.. we waited 50 minutes for a salad that was forgotten to be picked up by the server. Also, understanding the kitchen was backed up should have been kept updated as 77 minutes waiting for dinner is uncalled for. The new hostess seemed put off that someone would ask this. She did NOT listen to the question… at least they showed for work so I guess that’s a plus
  33. TR

    TomR

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Food took too long to come out. Food was also overcooked! Waiter didn’t refill our drinks until asked….that is when he finally came around. Then, paying our bill was another thing that was SLOW!!!!!
  34. KB

    KarylB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed Rick Armentrout and his jazz music. The meal was excellent, the server, Alli, was excellent, and we hope to return.

    Puckett's Downtown ColumbiaResponded on June 20, 2022Hello Karyl! Thank you for your comments - we are so glad that you enjoyed your experience! I will be sure to pass on the compliment to Alli. Sincerely, Augie Martorano, Customer Service Manager

  35. JL

    JenniferL

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The food was very good but we were disappointed at the portion sizes for what we paid. I had maybe 15 French fries.
  36. JM

    JenniferM

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Live music, amazing food, friendly staff. What more could you ask for?
  37. MD

    MichaelD

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Every local restaurant has a staffing problem. Our wait staff clearly was new to the job, didn’t communicate well, and left us sitting quite a while. The draw to Puckett’s is the atmosphere and BBQ, which I didn’t have. My wife’s sweet potato fries were served room temperature. Live in the area, and have marked it as a touristy place that I won’t bother with in the future.
  38. CS

    CarrieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We love this Pucketts location. Lots of room, good service, and good food!

    Puckett's Downtown ColumbiaResponded on June 19, 2022Hi Carrie! So glad that you enjoy your experiences with us! Can't wait to have you back! Sincerely, Augie Martorano, Customer Service Manager

  39. CR

    CRESboss

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service. I had the smoked meatloaf and it was delicious. My husband had the ribs and loved them. We had the pimento cheese balls for an appetizer, they were great! The blueberry lemonade vodka cocktail was amazing. The live music was very good, not only excellent sound, but very personable. I highly recommend this place.

    Puckett's Downtown ColumbiaResponded on May 16, 2022Thank you so much for the compliments! We hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, Augie Martorano, Customer Service Manager

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Mother’s Day celebration! Everything was fine. My only suggestion would be not to end breakfast menu at 11am on Sunday mornings. Our whole table thought we could have breakfast and was very disappointed. We will be back to Pucketts!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Puckett's Downtown Columbia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (931) 490-4550.

Puckett's Downtown Columbia is rated 4.5 stars by 324 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Puckett's Downtown Columbia

15 Public Square, Columbia, TN 38401

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    7th and Main

  • Neighborhood

    Columbia

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 7:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 7:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Barbecue, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    We have live local music every Friday and Saturday night and occasional Thursday shows. Please visit http://www.puckettsgro.com/columbia/events for the lineup and more details.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (931) 490-4550

  • Catering

    We cater breakfast, lunch, and dinner- both small and large parties. Contact Brad Akard to discuss your catering at b.akard@puckettsrestaurant.com

  • Private party facilities

    Pair the ambiance of our private dining space with our award-winning food and service, it will be a celebration your guests are sure to remember!

  • Private party contact

    Kat Fort: (833) 463-9976

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