Main Course

3.5
49 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Your eater-tainment destination is now on the 1600 Block of Main Street.

Perfect place for brews, and entertainment or virtual sports gaming. Enjoy LIVE MUSIC every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 49 people are saying
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ShelleyR
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Have eaten here once before and enjoyed it. Previous to this visit we were seated in a different area; brighter, less subdued, but each area has it’s own vibe going on. We each chose to eat at the brunch buffet which was located in a different area and was not as extensive as I would have expected for New Year’s Day. Grits were amazing and the omelette station was busy. The chicken (for the chicken and waffles) was dry and a little disappointing. This was the second time that has been the case. Understand the difficulty in keeping it moist when served on a buffet but still. Overall it was a pleasant visit, although there are other options in Columbia.

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KellyE
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Very nice place, but service was slow to start then the food runners were not sure which tables got what. My steak was under cooked and potatoes were cold. My partners order was wrong as well, but they fixed it right away. Very nice server and bartender....since it was NYE I will give them a pass and will return to try again one day.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The restaurant section was mostly empty but the speed and attentiveness of the server was poor. My potatoes were served at room temperature and our side dish of sweet potatoes was served ten minutes after the main dish. Our drinks took 20 minutes after being ordered with the bar ten feet away.

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SHARONH
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall1food4service2ambience3

After making reservations I was told that they could not accommodate the said reservations and the menu choices they were utilizing was a late night menu and NOT the full menu. Experience was VERY disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The bar was very noisy. Waiter & waitress was attentive.

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MontyC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looking forward to coming back Had a great time was surprised at the service we got with the large crowd that was there

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PerryP
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

We set an online (outdoor) reservation for 6:45 on a Friday (we live in Greenwood...1.5 hours away). We arrived on time and there was no hostess or staff available (other than the bartenders). The main bar area was packed with 50-75 all waiting for the doors to open for a concert in another area of the restaurant. Those people waiting had the bartenders very busy. We asked one of the bartenders about the hostess and for someone to serve us. He was polite..but said there is/was nobody..we'd have to order at the bar. The bartenders were slammed helping people. At that point, we thought hard about leaving..but the food menu looked great and it was Friday night. I did not want to fight for a table elsewhere. So, we figured that when the doors opened...maybe things would settle down and we'd get some service. We decided to stay, order dinner from the bar, and eat at a bar table. Side note....the outside sitting are was dark and deserted..not a great option for dinner in the city. Back to the story....when the crowd cleared, the bartender came over to speak with us. We told him our story and he was very polite and understanding. He said the system never should have accepted that reservation. If we called, someone would have told us the reality. Anyway, he apologized and said he'd take good care of us....which he did. Food came and was delicious. After dinner, the bartender came back and told us he had spoken to the manager and proactively offered us a free round. We appreciated the gesture. The whole encounter was sort of unfortunate. But, dinner ended much better than it started. The bartender saw the problem and fixed the problem. I guess that is all you can ask.

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Brandon
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Made reservations. Showed up and got turned away due to overbooking and staffing issues. I have been here before. Nice place, good food. This could be the result of many factors outside of the employees control, but my experience was horrible. Wanted a nice date with my wife, but I won't go back. Hopefully this was a one-off experience. I would still suggest others to give them a chance, but be warned, this could happen to you.

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CarolF
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love this place; this is one of my favorite place to go. It offers something new and exciting everytime I visit. The Thanksgiving dinner was great! I will always recommend Main Course to others and will always bring my out of town guest.
Thanks Main Course restaurant.

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BarnesA
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg, we didn't know what to expect, but so happy we tried this place! The food was excellent, Thanksgiving buffet had everything you would want and tasted like your Grandmother prepared it! The staff was great, very helpful and kind. My husband is in a wheelchair ♿ and everyone was so helpful, thank you! We will definitely be back, and I have told everyone about it!

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CassandraO
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had family in who had never been to Columbia before.
Main Course offered a delicious buffet in the city’s downtown so we were able to walk the Statehouse grounds and enjoy the beautiful architecture of Main Street then enjoy a nice meal together. Ashton was our server and he is truly a rockstar. Great Thanksgiving for us!

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BethF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Music was loud. Tuna was way over cooked. It was close to the kitchen closing so they rushed it. Waiter was great when you could hear him. Not sure I would be back.

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Payten
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Glad I chose to have my 20th birthday dinner here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
29 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Went for date lunch. Fancy restaurant. We
Enjoyed our lunch

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience3

There was no table available. We were sent to the bar in the back for a buffet breakfast.

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ZredraT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I had a really great time.. I wasn't impressed with the menu😔 the couple things that we did order I didn't really enjoy it at all 😔 but overall I like the atmosphere and we will come back

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RICKK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Hostess told us they don't take open table. They do special music but no one knows anything at this place. Very poor training. Do not call this place they will not answer the phone. Just ok. Nothing special

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Horrible service!

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vipKevinQ
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Servers works very hard but they changed mid meal and did see serve for some time. Seemed very very under staffed so not servers fault they worked very hard. Had reservation but was sat in a room next to band rehearsal area very loud room looked like under construction in some areas

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SamanthaF
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food: The food is outstanding! Definitely get the chicken and waffles.

Drinks: the mimosas pitcher get you going lol so delicious!

Outdoor dinning: Preferably do not get outdoor seating at the main entrance. There are a couple of homeless men that will approach you constantly even after management tells them not too I felt a bit uncomfortable and had to move.

Price: I’m all about experience the price is well worth it. The restaurant is beautiful, Great service, good food, loved the jazz player.

Overall great time. Hopefully management can do something about the homeless approach.

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vipJaleasaR
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

made reservations, got info about it and showed up to the place and it was closed. not an e-mail or phone call telling us that they’re closed on mondays but let us make reservations

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and drinks!

Main Course
Responded on June 7, 2021

Thank you for the 5 star review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience3

This restaurant has a great location in downtown Columbia with lots of floor space, however the tables are way to small. We couldn’t put all our needed plates on the table with an appetizer. Also, on the night we went, they had bands you could pay to see which were very loud. That is fine unless you’re trying to eat dinner and had asked specifically not to be in that area. We couldn’t hear each other speaking as the band set up and warmed up. The food and drinks were good; nothing really spectacular, but not bad. The service was exceptional. My suggestion is find another restaurant downtown. Lots of options.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fun time with bingo and columbia craft beer!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Absolutely horrible. Waiter was absolutely terrible. This was our first but last time.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere here! Great place to eat outdoors. The food is amazing!

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ErikaJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great place to celebrate with family and friends. We celebrated the college graduate from SC State!

Main Course
Responded on May 24, 2021

Thank you for the 4 star review. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JulieL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My omelet should have come with grits and did not. My son's breakfast came with a biscuit, but he was not given butter or jelly. Service was slow, and our server disappeared for long periods of time, so we couldn't ask for butter or jelly. My omelet was delicious.

Main Course
Responded on May 24, 2021

Thank you for contacting us. I deeply apologize for your experience. If you would contact me at avartanian@maincoursesc.co m, I would love to discuss the issue further and see what we can do to make it right.

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DBsc
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The server was missing in action throughout most of our visit. Food seemed to be a bit overpriced for what it was. Some of our side dishes were cold when they arrived. I'd try it again and hope for a better experience.

Main Course
Responded on May 5, 2021

Thank you for contacting us. I deeply apologize for your experience. If you would contact me at avartanian@maincoursesc.co m, I would love to discuss the issue further and see what we can do to make it right.

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OurRomanticSpot
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This experience was EVERYTHING!! Definitely looking forward to returning very soon!! Thank you such an amazing time!

Main Course
Responded on May 5, 2021

Thank you for the 5 star review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Sandi
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor patio in back..highly recommend..good and service both excellent..will go again!

Main Course
Responded on May 5, 2021

Thank you for the 5 star review. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food and mimosas were good. We caught a bit of the live music. Overall, we had a good time and enjoyed everything. Our server could have been slightly more attentive.

Main Course
Responded on May 5, 2021

Thank you for contacting us. I deeply apologize for your experience. If you would contact me at avartanian@maincoursesc.co m, I would love to discuss the issue further and see what we can do to make it right.

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LenD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience5

I love the ambiance at Main Course but the service has been too awful too many times. Took 30 minutes once seated by a host to even get menus.

Main Course
Responded on April 22, 2021

Thank you for contacting us. I deeply apologize for your experience. If you would contact me at avartanian@maincoursesc.co m, I would love to discuss the issue further and see what we can do to make it right.

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OpenTable Diner
Adelaide
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great and we love the atmosphere

Main Course
Responded on April 22, 2021

Thank you for the 5 star review. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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DavinaT
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was good. Service was quick and the mimosas were delicious. There was a bug that crawled on our table and we informed the manager. He moved our party to another location and gave us a pitcher on the house. I would have preferred a DJ as opposed to the loud live music but the guy was very entertaining and nice.

Main Course
Responded on April 22, 2021

Thank you for the 4 star review! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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CherilynW
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was great really. We had the brunch buffet and I believe the server was working alone so each time we came up to be served, we had a short wait because she was in the back....probably refilling the dishes but other than that, everything and everyone was extremely helpful and attentive.

Main Course
Responded on April 22, 2021

Thank you for the 5 star review. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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ChrisM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, I really like The Main Course. There was a little confusion about entering the building and seating, but probably because of the COVID issues. I would highly recommend this venue for their shows, food, and service.

Main Course
Responded on April 22, 2021

Thank you for the 5 star review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Buffet menu price was $16.0, we were all charged $26.00

Main Course
Responded on April 7, 2021

Thank you for contacting us. I deeply apologize for your experience. If you would contact me at avartanian@maincoursesc.co m, I would love to discuss the issue further and see what we can do to make it right.

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BillM
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The waitress “forgot” to tell our table that the buffet (listed on the menu for $16) was actually $25 due to a carving station that none of us even ate at

Main Course
Responded on April 7, 2021

Thank you for contacting us. I deeply apologize for your experience. If you would contact me at avartanian@maincoursesc.co m, I would love to discuss the issue further and see what we can do to make it right.

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Ch3lmo
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the live music. The band was amazing! All the covers they did sounded great! The wait staff was attentive and friendly. The food was really good! We got the burger and Philly. I loved the fries! Drinks could be a little stronger but they were still good.

Main Course
Responded on April 7, 2021

Thank you for the 5 star review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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FAQs

Main Course offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (803) 726-2230.

Main Course is rated 3.5 stars by 49 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.