Puckett's Downtown Columbia

4.5
174 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter knew the top favorites. He was great with the kids. Our food came out quickly and was delicious. Everyone ate everything!!! And there is a creamery next door! Great place for families with littles.

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JB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The sliders were dry and the sweet potato fries were wimpy. The taste was good but the overall food was not as exceptional as other visits. The server was great, funny and pleasant.

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BT
Nashville
39 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice friendly atmosphere and staff is so nice!! Good comfort food and staff and kitchen are very good about working around allergies and such! Puckett's Downtown Columbia is our favorite Puckett's!

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w
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, we love coming here to listen to various bands. The food is always good though the service can be slow at times

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OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Food was terrible!!! Server was occupied with her other table. We waited 30 minutes for our drinks then over an hour for our food.
The manager was amazing! She handled it all.

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AC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, even better service! Have been to the Nashville and Columbia locations and would highly recommend either!

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WW
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Music and dinner for four at Puckett's in Columbia was great fun—of course, who we were with was the best part. Food was great, especially my order. Got to try the meatloaf! One complaint—the website advertised the music beginning at 7:00. I pressed for exact start time on the phone, and the hostess said they would start at 7:30. We arrived at 7:30 and the band was set up and ready. However, they made no attempt to start the show before almost 8:00. This seems to be a common practice for bands, but that does mean the intentional delays do not irritate me.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friday night table of 8 the Kentucky Lineman preformed. The music was very good and the reason we chose to go on this Friday night. Salmon with whiskey glaze was perfect. Sara our waitress and she was amazing. Many thanks providing Columbia with such a spacious and fun venue!

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C
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The one caveat I have which caused hesitating to recommend further, was the long wait time for getting our food for a party of 12. We probably waited at least an hour from time of ordering before food came out, and we had reservations after that, and we just got the food in nick of time, and had to rush out without saying goodbye to our family and friends. The restaurant wasn't even busy looking, thou there was a private party going on. However no one actually said "sorry for the wait, etc". Overall the staff was friendly, and the food was tasty, and the ambiance souther hipster.

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fun place to take our many visitors to, and the staff couldn't be friendlier nor the food better. Thanks, Pucketts Columbia!

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SE
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great live music and decent BBQ. We saw the Patricia K Ward Band. It was a fantastic show. Hi energy blues/funk. I cover, just tip the band generously. The Patrons of all ages enjoyed the show. The brisket was good. I’d go back. Especially if Ms. Ward is playing.

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JW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The latest I was able to make our reservation for on New Years Eve was 3:45. Yet when we arrived there was hardly anyone there and continued to be empty tables until the time we left at around 5:30. I was
disappointed about having to come so early and then seeing all the empty tables. The restaurant itself
was good but the online reservations not so good!

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Nashville
32 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I was disappointed in what I ordered..grilled cheese with fried green tomato and a Bloody Mary. It took forever..10+ minutes for my Bloody Mary. I didn't ask if it was on the spicy side. It was too spicy for me. Waitress did say several times, drink would be coming. The grilled cheese was more like toast with American cheese that doesn't melt. I had to look real hard to find green tomato. Waitress did take good care of me
I didn't complain to her. My definition of a grilled cheese sandwich is truly a grilled sandwich with cheese coming out of it.

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C
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good and Columbia is a cute little place to visit!

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DS
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Entertainment was excellent. Our waiter was very responsive and great. We were able to dance which added to the fun. Have enjoyed family get together a in the past with great success.

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LT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

So enjoyed Boomerangs Band and dinner. We will come again.

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TN
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made reservations and were seated exactly on time. Great food. Great service. Glad we left by 7:30 as they have a live band on Friday nights and it was clear that the music was going to be too loud to have casual dinner conversation with friends. Our experience was fabulous.

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ZB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always value for $ and good service. The menu offers variety and a regional focus. Although their are now multiple Puckett’s you always feel connected to the original due to the culture created by the owners

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c
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought our large group of old neighbors who were visiting from Chicago. Seating directly in front of the stage,which was perfect. The music was awesome, and our server Dooley was outstanding. Very attentive, and courteous......even remembered our orders without writing them down. We were all impressed and entertained. Oh, did I forget to mention, the food and beverages were super yummy too? We did not go away hungry, that’s for sure.

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CL
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was excellent, great food,exceptional service, good music. Only reason I didn't give them a 5 star was because the beer was not very cold. They were having cooler issues so this shouldn't be an issue in the future.

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HH
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our evening at Puckett's. Many food options to choose from and all of it was good. Teh live music was good, and didn't overpower the room. We will definitely be back again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Not sure they were aware of our reservation but they found a table for us. We requested a table in the back away from the band... we were seated at the base of the stage.
It would have been nice of them to acknowledge the mix-up or overlooked reservation.

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DD
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

A decent place to eat. The food was good but a little overpriced. Service was average.

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B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Both orders of wings were over cooked. Service slow but waitvstaff very friendly.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Server was very attentive, as was the manager. Great entertainment … Leslie and Wynn were very entertaining. Good food!

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RL
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

This was my second visit to Puckett's Grocery. The first time I went there it was strictly by accident, but this time my friends and I planned to eat there. The food was delicious, the atmosphere is great, and this time we heard live music that was exceptional! I would definitely recommend eating here and hope to be in the area again someday to eat there again myself!!

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MW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved Puckett's Downtown Colombia. The food was amazing, the atmosphere was fun and the service was great. Overall such a great experience and would go back again & often!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love going to Puckett’s in downtown Columbia! One of the few places my husband will go for good bbq!

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D
Nashville
42 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location. Friendly staff. Great food. Our son really enjoyed the band.

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P
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pamala K Ward was outstanding!

The fried chicken was delicious.

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s
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely loved this place. The food was great and the manager was so friendly and helpful with local lore. Well worth the trip and made the last night of our ladies trip most rememberable.

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NH
Charlotte
26 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service were great!

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BM
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was awesome!!! Tunes & Tales was great! TCH can't wait until next year. Thank you Christy for being so sweet and helpful, you ROCK! See TCH facebook for photos

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JN
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service ... our waiter was superb. The food is delicious and comes out fast. The best part is the environment ... music, comfort, and friendly.

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CD
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The place was great. Unfortunately they did not have my Ooen Table reservation! What happened ? Lucky they had a table for us - if it had been crowded I would have been terribly disappointed.

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AH
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there twice in the three days we were on vacation. Amazing food, music, and staff. Will go back if we visit Columbia again!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A joint celebration of friends - birthday and becoming homeowners! The atmosphere was awesome, food delicious and service outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. Live music was very good, Server was very helpful and provided us with great service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The music and atmosphere was outstanding. And the dessert was amazing as well.

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B
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Love the fried green tomato BLT! Great food and great live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

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