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BLD Diner, Columbia, SC

BLD Diner

4.6
4.6
71 Reviews
$30 and under
American
BLD Diner is a modern take on the classic neighborhood, made-from-scratch diner; offering a laid back dining experience in a casual setting.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 9:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 7:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 7:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (803) 931-3595
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Marcella Joseph
  • Neighborhood
    Columbia
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 71 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

71 Reviews
  1. LivingLakeside

    Charleston

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service and food were excellent. Loved the french toast made with challah bread. And it was a good ambiance. Super quiet the weekday morning we dined there. The only reason I didn’t rate it higher was for the cost. (A cup of coffee was bottomless and good, but at $3.25???). Our 2 person bill before tip was $34 and change. I just think that’s a lot for breakfast with only coffee to drink. Highly recommend this place for a special breakfast

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  2. KennySC

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went for Valentine’s Day and had a great time. The meal was amazing!

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  3. Apeters408

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I had our first BLD experience with the Valentine's prix fixe menu. The service was outstanding, as were both of our meals. The arancini appetizer and shrimp and lobster risotto were definitely the winners of the evening, but the pork belly was delicious as well!

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  4. Hate2cook

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    A group of us had brunch on a Sunday. Of course it was super busy, but luckily we had reservations. We were seated immediately. The wait staff were all very busy, so service was a little lacking, but the food made up for it. The biscuits and gravy were good, but different from the original version. The biscuit was light and fluffy, but the gravy was slightly spicy and had a red color...The chicken and waffles were amazing and we even ended up ordering a second one for the table! The overall experience was good and we will definitely go back.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food good service all in all went well will return.

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  6. militarywifey

    Charlotte

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First let’s start with the service. Upon entering the host/waitress seemed a little it off - rude - but don’t let that deter you. I am a pretty good natured person and some smiles and a slight comment reference greeting folks turned things around. After that initial interaction things got much much better and service was much improved. The food was delicious- I unfortunately we did have to wait a very long time for it and the meat had to be sent back because it was overcooked the first time. By the time we got the right stuff we were not really that hungry and no discount was offered for the inconvenience. Me and the family May try it again if we are back in town. Everyone else’s food looked scrumptious so it deserves another try.

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  7. Charie

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you desire AMAZING food, drinks, and a quaint atmosphere, eat here! My girlfriend and I always visit here often. Everyone is treated like family. The food definitely meet our expectations and is Michelin Star quality.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious and cool menu!Server was awesome

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  9. JenniferR

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful meal, server offered his honest opinion on dishes which was appreciated! Owner greeted us, very friendly. Didn’t feel rushed to leave. Will return!

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  10. t2themax

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful combination of good eating, hearty drinks and cool ambience... at a “not your typical diner.” Will definitely be back for an encore.

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  11. BobK

    Charleston

    82 reviews

    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place for Sunday breakfast. Small but varied menu. Great personal service.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Met family for lunch

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  13. ErinM

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was great, but my hit tea was not hit. Also, our food took longer then it should have for the simple items we ordered. On another note our server was awesome as well as the food.

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  14. tdindenver

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were just looking for a place to eat near our hotel, and happened to come across BLD Diner. Their menu had plenty of tasty-sounding choices, so we decided to order a few things and share. We were not disappointed. You could tell they put some thought into the plates, which was refreshing and a little exciting, and everything tasted great. My favorites were the pimento cheese appetizer, the meatloaf and the crab cakes. The staff were really friendly and helpful as well.

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  15. ChrisR

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice to have a great restaurant open on a Sunday evening in Columbia. So few choices other than chains. The food was amazing. They were out of one of our entrees so the chef came out personally to apologize and offer a substitute. That was a very classy way to handle it. I had the Brick Chicken and it was really moist and was some of the best chicken I've had.

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  16. TommyC

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    First visit for brunch and will return. Being able to get a reservation is huge plus.

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  17. JPinHP

    Greensboro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great brunch. Great service

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  18. KC10steve

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food but the service wasn't worth it. Went on a Sunday morning had had to wait about 20 minutes for waitress to take our orders then another 45 minutes for food to come out. We also ordered biscuits which had to remind the waitress to bring and she told us they needed to make more. While waiting we saw other tables getting biscuits who came after us- we still never got any!

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  19. JosephJ

    Nashville

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had an excellent leisurely breakfast. Great coffee. Great bacon. Great grits. Great eggs. Great french toast. A bit hardly find but worth the effort.

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  20. QueenBee

    Western NC

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great brunch! Super fun, yummy food & excellent service!

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  21. ColleenL

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is so much more than the pictures on here. Definitely not the normal diner you would think of. Super cute trendy vibe and very clean. The food was delicious, we got four different meals and they were all great! Our waiter was fantastic! Definitely make reservations because there were a lot of people waiting to get in. It is moderately loud which we didn’t mind at all and the food took awhile which was worth the wait. We will be going back for sure!

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  22. LisaS

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The Food was really good and we liked the atmosphere

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  23. jessicab

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is amazing, wish they had more variety on the menu. Great cocktails.

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  24. alexd

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really all enjoyed the experience and food. The staff was fantastic- from the hostess to bartender to manager to kitchen staff to our server. We had really positive interactions with everyone. We loved every item we ordered (including craft cocktails). The fried green tomatoes over pimento grits dish was a favorite for all of us. Everyone left full and happy.

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  25. MIke

    Charleston

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall delicious! Highly recommend ordering the brussel sprouts for appetizers and the scallops were excellent! Bench was a little hard.......french fries were a little too salty..... but otherwise .......very highly recommend this quaint place (diner) 👍🏻👍🏻

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our 5th. or 6th. visit always an enjoyable experience. Service is always excellent and today was a notch above. We’ll be back !

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  27. Lovegoodfood

    Alabama

    152 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    152 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff here showed a lot of hospitality and the food is good!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great spot for a casual brunch.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Classics with a twist! Delicious scratch made food at a reasonable price.

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  30. SoniaM

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The seating was very close and very loud so we had some challenges talking to our friends that we drove 90 minutes each to meet in the middle. Food was very good.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious, creative menu. The Brussel Sprouts were delicious! Everything was great and service was incredible.

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  32. ronaldb

    Charleston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Despite having made confirmed reservations through OpenTable in the early morning we arrived on time at lunch to be told they had unilaterally cancelled all reservations b/c they were "too busy". They had made no attempt to notify our party or make other arrangements. Such management carelessness and lack of concern for customers is disgusting. They are on my boycott list.

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  33. Ellen

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lunch/breakfast has a better menu. French toast is yummy.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just great overall experience. The food is like a gourmet dinner food. Try the hot chicken sandwich with some wonderful tomato slaw or if you’re going for breakfast - their waffles are fantastic! We loved our servers!

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  35. ng44

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Came in for Sunday brunch on a recommendation from a friend with specific instructions to try the mimosas and the french toast. They were out of champagne?? So we ordered another cocktail which we did not receive for 20 minutes. The food was great as was our waiter.

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  36. RarelyCook

    Charleston

    36 reviews

    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Dinner was disappointing. Very limited menu! I had the meatloaf; it was ok but kind of dry. I tasted the shrimp it was excellent! The last issue i have is the noise coming from the milkshake blender. When it was running, it was so loud you couldn’t talk. Overall an ok experience but not great.

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  37. Bubba

    Charleston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Took us an hour to get our food. Food was greasy and restaurant was so noisy, it was tough to have a conversation with the person next to you. Definitely not going back.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great diner. Thank you.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve read about BLD and the awesome chef inspired dishes. We love to eat, especially in Charleston, and BLD gave even the best Charleston restaurant a run for its money. My husband had Chicken and Waffles and said the taste combination is genius. Somebody knows what they are doing. I had Cobb salad and added Fried Chicken. All the ingredients were fresh and just the perfect blend with the exact amount of Buttermilk dressing added. Can’t wait to return and try one of the Benedict’s. Our server, Matt, was very good at explaining the many choices and provided excellent service. We will definitely return soon!

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  40. MrsWilsonn

    Charleston

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food!

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BLD Diner offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (803) 931-3595.

BLD Diner is rated 4.6 stars by 71 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for BLD Diner

4840 Forest Dr Ste 26, Columbia, SC 29206

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Columbia
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 9:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 7:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 7:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Marcella Joseph
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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