About Ristorante Divino

Located in Columbia’s historic Congaree Vista area, Ristorante Divino was opened by Fulvio Valsecchi over 16 years ago. Currently under the new ownership of Chef Mike Deevey, Chef Bertrand Gilli and Chef Henry Griffin, Ristorante Divino offers an intimate fine dining atmosphere with award winning, creative Italian cuisine.

803 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29209
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, French American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(803) 799-4550

Website:
http://www.ristorantedivino.com/

Executive Chef:
Chef Mike Deevey, Chef Bertrand Gilli & Chef Henry Griffin

Additional:
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Ristorante Divino offers Northern Italian cuisine focusing on fresh, local ingredients. Our award winning chefs and owners, as well as our staff, are dedicated to providing an exceptional dining experience. Join us for dinner tonight!

Ristorante Divino Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

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Quiet

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (17)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Special Occasion (13)
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Romantic (12)
Business Meals (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Authentic (8)
Cozy (8)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Casual (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great place! The food was awesome and the service was great. This made for an excellent date night dinner. Not only would I highly recommend but, I look forward to my next time going back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Pretty good for Italian cuisine. Service was great.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 7, 2017

This is not your typical "Italian" restaurant. They have dishes from Northern Italy, Southern Italy (like spaghetti & meatballs), and French dishes like duck and rack of lamb. I had a pasta dish with pieces of wild boar in a bolognese sauce. Pasta was very fresh. A bit on the pricey side, but interesting different dishes, excellent service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Divino was OK. Tough to find good Italian in South. Kids (college) has meatballs. Said they were different, but OK. Sauce was less. Caprese was light on the tomatoes.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great for either a casual or very formal evening. Excellent staff, food, and atmosphere. highly recommended.

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent service, excellent food, and loved the atmosphere. Will definitely be back. Left full review of our dining experience on TripAdvisor.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

I have always wanted to try this place but never had the chance. We were in town for a concert and realized that it was restaurant week and they were on the list so we used that as our first time dining at Ristorante Divino. The service was immpecable. The food delicious and plentiful. Would go back here again and again

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Entrees and service were great. Our calamari was ok but definitely have had better. I would recommend to anyone looking for good italian.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We have eaten here for years. The last two times we have gone the food has not been good and it has been very loud. Years ago this was the best in town. They had tablecloths with the best service and food. It has been going down over the last 3 years. No tablecloths and much more casual. Even though the down grade of atmosphere the prices have stayed the same. I had the swordfish and it was way over cooked and very salty. The size was so small it was about three bytes and gone. My wife ordered scallops and they were awful. They were burnt on the bottom. She only ate two of the five. As stated I have been a long term customer but have now had my final visit. Such a shame

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

It was our first time in the city. My expectations for this restaurant were higher than what was delivered

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Second time there when visiting our daughter for parent weekend. From Chicago, we have high standards for Italian food and Divino is equal with some of the best Italian restaurants in Chicago. Excellent Caorese salad and venison carpaccio for appetizers, fabulous papardelle with boar bolongese and other pasta dishes for entrees. Great server in Phillip as well. We shall return regularly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I was expecting so much more from this place... It sounded great but the service was bad, he would disappear and we wouldn't see him again. We had to flag him down to get another cocktail or wine. The drinks made by the bartender weren't great. I ordered the gnocchi and was SO excited for it, it came out with 10 noodles. This place just fell way short of what I expected based on the reviews. I am not sure if the place has undergone management/chef changes but there are definitely much better places in Columbia.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 30, 2017

One of the best restaurants in Columbia. Food and service is consistently excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We have been several items but this visit was very disappointing.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Chris was a great waiter

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Consistently good selection and preparation of entrees. We enjoyed the bruschetta of the day, salad and scampi Devino. Wine and dessert were also very good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We have dined at this restaurant many times. Simply put, service was slow, food was below average and way overpriced. Two positives, cocktails were good and bread was fresh. We will not come back to this restaurant.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

It was the first time for us my wife and I for a little date night dinner. The food was very well prepared and the service was excellent but the atmosphere was a little bit noisy for our liking for that type of restaurant but overall it was very nice. I have already recommended this restaurant to a couple of friends

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 13, 2017

We had a wonderful evening. Christy was very attentive and encouraged us to enjoy ourselves. We were not rushed and were able to relax and converse and enjoy the delicious food. The specials were amazing and the wine was superb! Cannot wait to return!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Always great food and wonderful service! We come here often!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Apps, wine and food were all good. My wife got the scallops and they were amazing. I got a filet and it was undercooked and grisly. I would not order steak there, but everything else was amazing

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

Everything was wonderful except bread brought to table was warm up n outside and frozen in the middle.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on August 21, 2017

The food was very good -- not really excellent but no real complaints. Service was friendly but slow and orders were messed up making it a long dining experience. given the amount of great restuarants in the area i dont think i would go back. there's nothing bad with the place but its not a stand out.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

We always enjoy dining at Ristorante Divino while visiting our Gamecock. It is a family favorite for a special night out in Columbia.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Wonderful Italian dinners had by all. Great cocktails and wine selection too. Definitely coming back.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

Enjoyed a tasty meal with business associates. The seasonal salad was crisp and fresh. A very good pallet primer. The ciopinno was equally delectable. A good balance of pasta, proteins and seasoning. The tiramisu was a decadent meal closer. However; none of these offerings would have made the dining experience memorable without the fine service provided by Jessa. She was very accommodating, pleasant and knowledgeable of the menu. She spent the correct amount of time at the table to provide connection from beginning to end without presenting herself as overbearing. I will request her serving area on my next visit.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 15, 2017

My wife, daughter and I ate there when taking our daughter for move-in for her freshman year at USC. We shared a salad and my wife and daughter had the gnocchi-very light, while I had a pasta special--absolutely delicious. We are foodies from Chicago and the food was as good as Italian places in Chicago. Reasonably priced wine as well. Friendly service. We shall return in the near future.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Good food and location, good service. Dinner spot for sure.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Casual, Business Meals
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 14, 2017

good menu choices and special entrees.
service was very good
quiet dining which was appreciated.
value for beverages, appetizer, entrees, deserts are excellent.
recommended

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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Great meal and experience! I tend to forget about this classic local gem. Michelle gave us fantastic service, and we had a special treat of the owner and head chef, Henry, coming by for a chat to check in on us. We enjoyed a few of the special appetizers and the bolognese that we couldn't finish was just as good the next day. Go and enjoy!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 5, 2017

One of our favorite places in town. Our dishes were perfectly cooked, the service was spot-on, and there were several tempting items on the menu. Notably was an appetizer: braised short rib meat ravioli with truffles.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Overall, very nice experience. Our server, Jessa, was terrific and valet parking a plus

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

My wife and I came here and we were both thoroughly impressed. It started with the great service as the host welcomed us and got us to our seats immediately. The waiter was always on top of his game answering ever simple question my wife and me had and getting our food and drinks in a timely manner. The food was fantastic. The appetizer was delicious. We had a meat and cheese platter which by the way the meats and cheeses change daily. Our entrees were equally as good. I had the fileto de Bue which was made to perfection and the meat essentially melted in my mouth. My wife loved the Maltagliati which had fresh hand torn pasta. As I said previously we loved our romantic dinner there and would definitely come back.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Excellent! We started with the calamari and sea scallops. Both were cooked perfectly, not overdone, and seasoned well. I had the gnocchi in pomodoro sauce and it was possibly the best entree I've ever eaten in Columbia. Definitely the best red sauce I've had in SC. Bartender made a great French 75 and they had a nice wine list.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Western NC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed a nice dinner here for a date night over the weekend. The service, albeit a little unorganized, was very attentive and polite. Like most restaurants in the vista the dining room was small and cozy but had a tendency to be a bit noisy. The food and wine was by far the shining star of the evening. We started with a watermelon and crab caprese followed by a pappardelle bolognese for myself and speghetti with meatballs for my wife. The recommended Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa paired very well and we each finished the evening with a cappuccino. Overall it was a wonderful experience and we look forward to returning. I would recommend dining here for anything from an impromptu date night to a wedding anniversary, just make reservations and use the valet. It's complimentary and makes getting in and out much easier.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 10, 2017

This was our first time dining here. We went for a spur of the moment date night on a Friday night. I was able to reserve our table online the day of (which is very handy) and they have complimentary valet parking, which is also very handy considering it's location on Gervais. We were greeted by one of the friendliest and most accommodating host and were given the choice of a booth or a table. The staff were friendly, informative and very attentive. Our waiter, Conner, was wonderful in helping us select delicious entrees and had perfect timing at our table. The wine selection was wonderful, and the portion to price was also surprisingly fantastic. We left full, happy, and well served. I highly recommend!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Authentic, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 3, 2017

My husband's rack of lamb was wonderful, and this is one of the few places in Columbia that serves lamb. And they serve it well. My shrimp scampi was not good. You can't serve shrimp that is not good and fresh to someone from SC. We know good fresh shrimp.
Also we waited a good 15 - 20 minutes before our waitress even acknowledged us, and then we waited more for water. I expect better from a white tablecloth restaurant that is expensive for Columbia.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Wish there was a 4.5 option in Open Table ratings. Of our six selections three were four star and three were five star. Would recommend to friends and definitely will return.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Western NC)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Quiet atmosphere with very good food

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Very disappointed in the quality of our entrees. One had to be sent back because some of the scallops were undercooked.

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