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The Venue, Columbia, SC

The Venue

3.9
3.9
114 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!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Breakfast Fri 9:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–12:00 am Fri 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sat 3:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 3:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (803) 726-2230

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Marcus Hampton

  • Neighborhood

    Columbia

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet service is available! Parking is also available in Taylor Street Garage, Cannon Street Garage. Street Parking is also available that is free after 6PM.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 114 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Great for brunch

  • South Carolina

    Hot spot

  • South Carolina

    Lively

  • Columbia

    Good for groups

  • Columbia

    Hot spot

  • Columbia

    Good for special occasions

  • Columbia

    Lively

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    I made a reservation and once seated, the waitress actually greeted another table that came AFTER us , got their drinks, and took their order. Not one person greeted us, brought us water, nothing. We left after waiting almost 15 minutes. Beautiful place but due to poor service, it's not worth it.
  2. SA

    SANDYP

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Charcuterie Board was tasty and great presentation. A few more pita chips or crackers would have been nice. The fish and chips were great as well. The piano music was a nice touch. Will definitely come back for the dueling pianos.
  3. J

    Javar

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere and vibe, would come again. Perfect for date night
  4. GS

    GregoryS

    Atlanta

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We wanted to eat outside in downtown Columbia, and The Venue did not disappoint. We were able to sit right by the street, people watch and enjoy our food with good attentive service and a relaxed atmosphere. The poke bowl was excellent, and the Brie-L-T was fabulous with the raw fries. Their sister restaurant just down the sidewalk also has vegan options and we will try that on our next trip to Columbia. This is a great place to relax for a nice meal and let life go by for a while!
  5. JM

    JohnsonMerc

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great evening out with family!
  6. D

    Debby

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The attention given from the moment we walked up to the venue was exceptional the mood of the restaurant was exquisite and the pianist was outstanding
  7. CB

    CynthiaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was a very nice atmosphere. The pianist was amazing! The food was good. I would definitely attend again.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Party of 7 with reservations.Sides substituted for meal without prior notification. Two of us ordered salmon. We both had different sides and neither were the crispy Brussels which were listed in the menu. I had collards and the other person had potatoes. Water and soda glasses allowed to get empty and never refilled and never offered to refill. Didn’t show itemized bill on handheld before running credit cards of guests.

    The VenueResponded on September 28, 2022Hi, We apologize for the miscommunication regarding the side substitutes and itemized bill. Thank you for sharing your experience with us and giving us insight as to what we can continue to improve upon. We hope you will dine with us again soon and give us the chance to redeem your experience.

  9. C

    Carlos

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We were lucky enough to get some seating outside on a Saturday during Soda City Market which was incredible. Very beautiful vibe there! The service was fantastic. The food was ok. First time I've ever had a peach mimosa and it was so delicious. I would go back just for that! I would love to go back for the indoor entertainment w/the pianos. It's beautiful inside!!!!!

    The VenueResponded on September 28, 2022Hi Carlos, We are so glad you enjoyed the outdoor seating, the weather was certainly perfect for it! We are sorry the food didn't impress you but we are so happy you enjoyed the ambiance and mimosa. We hope you will come again soon to try out something new on the menu.

  10. E

    Erica

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Unfortunately, I did not love my first time at The Venue. My friend and I placed orders for appetizers and entrees around 8:15 p.m. Our food came out after 9:30 a.m. That means we waited more than an hour for our food; not to mention, our appetizers came out with our entrees. Once our food arrived, our entrees were lukewarm, as if they'd been sitting. Our server apologized for the wait and thanked us for our patience. Ultimately, we received 20% off of our bill, but the wait was not something that I wish to do again. I doubt I'll return.

    The VenueResponded on September 28, 2022Hey Erica, We are so sorry that there was a delay on your food being served to you. Thank you for giving us helpful feedback. We hope that you will return again in the near future.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    We had a 7:30 pm reservation. At 9 pm our waiter finally appeared and said “the kitchen is backed up. What do you want to do?” We left….with no dinner.

    The VenueResponded on September 28, 2022Hi there, We apologize for this major inconvenience that you experienced. This is certainly not up to standard. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, it is very helpful to get feedback. We hope that you will come again soon to give us another chance to impress you.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Parent’s weekend
  13. a

    anonymous

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great piano bar

    The VenueResponded on September 28, 2022Hi there, Thanks for leaving a review! We hope you'll join us for another piano show sometime soon.

  14. M

    sueM

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The brunch Buffet was good - but the staff was a bit unorganized and we had to ask more then once for things and had to wait for ever once we had asked for an item ...IE more water, coffee, ketchup. And the room where the buffet was was not busy at all

    The VenueResponded on September 22, 2022We are glad you enjoyed the Buffet! Brunch can get busy but our staff are dedicated to ensuring our customers needs are met. We apologize for any inconvenience at your table and hope to see you again in the future.

  15. SB

    SofiaBatresJ

    Charlotte

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    We went there for lunch, a lot of items on the menu not available, the food took a long time to come out. Our server was nice and attentive. The place next door sounded like a fun drag show! No live music which we were hoping for, might be better for dinner.

    The VenueResponded on September 22, 2022We apologize that some of our items were unavailable for your visit. In the future, if you are interested in our live music, be sure to check our website's events schedule to find out when it will be playing. We hope to see you again!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great place for the birthday girl

    The VenueResponded on September 22, 2022Thanks for the review! We hope she had a wonderful birthday!

  17. SR

    SheritaR

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food3service3ambience4
    The food and environment was great. They need to invest in more cooks for brunch so people do not have to stand long in the line.

    The VenueResponded on September 22, 2022We are glad you enjoyed your experience! We are working to ensure that our staff can provide our fantastic dining experience without long delays. We look forward to seeing you again!

  18. DL

    DavidL

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous brunch for our 21 year old daughter. The food was great and the service was impeccable. Very friendly, polite and professional. Will definitely have to try this place again for another brunch, or even a dinner at some point.

    The VenueResponded on September 22, 2022Thank you for the review! We hope to see you for one of our Live Dueling Piano sessions or future brunches!

  19. DB

    DrBiagio

    Charlotte

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Our first time at The Venue and we had an absolute great time! The ambiance was glitzy and glamorous and reminded us of a swanky lounge from the 1940's. The 3 appetizers we shared were great (avocado/feta dip, Nacho fries and shrimp in the house sauce). Drinks were tasty but it was strange that some of them were not filled all the way to the top of the glass. The dueling piano musicians were great! Very friendly and entertaining. We will back again for sure.

    The VenueResponded on September 22, 2022Thank you for the review! We are glad you enjoyed your experience. The Nacho fries are personal favorites of ours! We hope to see you at future dueling piano sessions in the future!

  20. BC

    BrettC

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    I wanted to take my Fiancee out for dinner. We made a reservation for the patio and they had no servers. So we said ok thats fine and wanted to move to another room. No servers there either. All of thier servers were hanging out at the bar preparing for a show that night. I feel like they should have cancelled their reservation list or call us to tell us before we showed up and couldn't be served. We went over to The Grand who was packed and couldn't seat us inside and the food wasn't very good. I don't know if I'll try to go again. I'll have to call and ask if there is something going on that night that will take priority of dinner guests.

    The VenueResponded on September 22, 2022We appreciate your review and apologize for any inconvenience! We are working to ensure that our servers can take care of our customers and our events. We hope you will try again for one of our Dueling Piano sessions or a Brunch in the future!

  21. BB

    BouffeBeaucoup

    Charleston

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was very good. Tomato pie appetizer was fantastic. Really good, juicy burger.

    The VenueResponded on September 22, 2022Thank you for the review. We are pleased you enjoyed your experience and look forward to having you again!

  22. GN

    GirlsNightOut

    Charleston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Very disappointing experience. Arrived for 6:00pm reservation for dinner. No hostess to greet you. Shortage of menus. Shortage of silverware. Dirty tables. We left after ordering drinks and went to another restaurant to enjoy a better dining experience.

    The VenueResponded on September 22, 2022We are sorry that your experience was subpar. We are working to ensure such an experience will not occur in the future. Hope you will come back in the future to experience all we have to offer!

  23. KA

    KATHRYNF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Our server, I believe his name was Trent, was fantastic. The food was pretty good, could have been significantly better for the price. The bartender that night was really struggling. Ordered an olive vodka martini and was given something that was pink, both sweet and bitter with an olive in it. When I pointed it out to our server he apologized and asked them to remake it. I then got a clear olive martini... Made with grape flavored vodka. Another table apparently had a similar issue. Someone else at my table was given a grapefruit mule instead of the peach mule she ordered. The bar and food needed much improvement. The dueling pianos was very entertaining though!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Nc fun of, service, and super great time! Will be back!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had so much fun! The dueling piano’s were great entertainment.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great! Dueling Pianos was Fantastic! Overall a great experience.
  27. BG

    BarbaraG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Go with a group. We had 7 and that made the night.
  28. UJ

    UtrenaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Throw Back Thursday's was AMAZING! Everything was beyond my wildest expectations - An Entire Vibe.
  29. L

    Llabrisa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    Everything was good except we were expecting a gospel brunch, but there was no music at all. They should stop advertising this if it's not going to take place.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Service was slow and inattentive. Ended up only having a drink (which was wrong) and appetizer (was told it came with 4 big egg rolls, which was actually 2 cut in half) because service was so bad. Asked multiple people when the pianos started, but no one even knew if they were having music that night (a Saturday night!). Hopefully they get better as they’re open longer because it seems like a good idea, but can’t recommend and don’t think I’ll give them a second chance any time soon.
  31. RK

    RobertK

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Service, what service? We waited 35 min and no one came to are table. Plenty of staff but total disinterest. Took are order and 10 min later still no drinks, with 4 behind the bar and hardly anyone in the place. Left in huff. We are done with this place.
  32. PO

    ParadiseO

    Jacksonville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and atmosphere were great. I’m already planning my next visit. I can’t wait to try other items on the menu!
  33. T

    Thomas

    Charleston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    No dueling pianos as scheduled, orders took over 90 minutes even though they weren't busy, overpriced food was okay, but not for what we were charged, and the ONLY bartender couldn't even remember what drinks he had made for us after giving us the wrong ones, I can get a lot more for $160 for two in Columbia
  34. h

    hmd123

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We sat and there was 2 other tables in the restaurant. We never got a server after asking multiple times. We left after 30 minutes and ate at Villa Tronco. We were immediately greeted. Poor service and staff was unfriendly.
  35. DW

    DemicaW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Poor service. There were only 3 tables and the wait time for us to order was over 20 minutes. They placed us all the way in the back by the kitchen when it was practically empty. The food was ok however service was horrible.
  36. JR

    JandR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    Had a reservation at 6:00. Took 20 minutes before we were greeted after we hunted down someone. Food came out wrong, once we finally got it and we were told that’s how we ordered it. Very inattentive server. Website said Dueling Pianos at 6…… left at 8 and no show. Waitress had no knowledge about it. Very expensive for an appetizer and one meal that was mediocre. Used to love the Dueling Pianos show, a couple of years ago. Very disappointing. Never saw a manager to try and resolve our evening.
  37. JT

    JeanT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a great time everyone was singing along with music I would go back.
  38. CT

    CadiaT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    We had dinner in the Piano room and the atmosphere was great. The servers were clear on how ordering food was to be done and ordering through the app wasn’t very clear. When the food came it wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be because we apparently didn’t use the app well. Our waitress didn’t check on us. We ordered drinks through the app only to be informed we were to order from the waitress and they took forever to come. The cocktails were horrible (how do you spoil a cosmo and a margarita?)
  39. SM

    SteveM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable evening with good music and good food. Sound was too loud but quieted down later in evening.waiter was very nice and good,I think he had too many tables to wait on. I will be going back. Nice to have the venue in Columbia.
  40. PC

    PamC

    Western NC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Fun kinda formal 1920s vibe. Everyone loved their dinner, good selection of menu items. When we first arrived very nice low background music...however once the dueling pianos began, so loud we could no longer talk...This should probably be presented more as a show and begin more like 8:30.

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
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

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

The Venue is rated 3.9 stars by 114 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for The Venue

1624 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-2818

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Columbia

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Breakfast Fri 9:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–12:00 am Fri 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sat 3:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 3:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet service is available! Parking is also available in Taylor Street Garage, Cannon Street Garage. Street Parking is also available that is free after 6PM.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Marcus Hampton

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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