Ristorante Divino

4.5
562 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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 and Chef Henry Griffin, Ristorante Divino offers an intimate fine dining atmosphere with award winning, creative Italian cuisine.
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Charleston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my parents out as they were visiting. When we go out for dinner we like this place.

DA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Server was very friendly. The food was phenomenal. The flowers i ordered were set on the table when we arrived! 10/10

F
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent as was our server but there was a large party that ordered ahead of us and it took well over an hour to get our food. We were there for over 2 hours on a Monday evening.

HA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

At excellent high end restaurant. Great food and environment

J
Charleston
50 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding food! All items we had were extraordinary delicious. For starters we had mussels in a delicious broth, and a beet cured salmon carpaccio which was unique and superb. For entrees I had the dijon crusted bone in veal chop which was the best I've ever had, and wife had the veal picatto medallions which were deliciously prepared. Will definitely return. One word of caution if wanting to redeem Open Table reward, their system cannot process it. Would still dine there anyway though.

AC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food/restaurant was amazing but our waiter was more amazing than that
He was very kind and had a great level of patience and honesty.

MC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They’re an Italian restaurant and were out of Prosecco so several cocktails on the menu they were unable to make. They also didn’t have 2 of the wine choices on the wine list. Food was just okay and service was not great considering how expensive they are. And the drinks were EXTREMELY skimpy. Skip this place for sure!!

F
Nashville
109 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My server was very nice and the food was good. I thought the restaurant itself looked outdated. The hostess appeared bored when not busy, was playing on her phone.

OT
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

In town for convention, and decided to try something different. Portions were good flavor was great. Good wine selection. Deserts lacked some taste and presentation.

DD
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lot of time had elapsed since I had been to this restaurant. Very happily, it has not lost any of it's superiority in terms of service, food and everything else that makes this establishment a place to go.

OT
Charleston
40 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Conner and crew are the best!

JJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The entrees were excellent. The calamari was not good - very greasy. The consomme was barely lukewarm and tasted more like water than a flavorful simple broth.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall it was great! Sometimes a few of the employees were in the open conversing about various things not associated with the customers dining experience which detract from the environment a bit but over it was excellent.

GC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a Thursday and we were early so it was extremely nice to choice table for use. A number of tables had diners and a larger group was filtering in. But, we were treated perfectly. We selected a nice Italian wine, I'm partial, and it was not one of the expensive ones either and it was very good. The server made all the suggestions and aided us in that my wife cannot eat cheese but can handle limited milk used in cooking. She made sure of everything. She suggested an appetizer of something neither of us had had and said it was perfect for two, and she was right one, pheasant with pineapple. We had a super meal. Being it was our anniversary, 48, price wasn't what we were looking for. A great dinner was and all expectations were met. To top it off, free valet parking didn't hurt as walking long distances isn't our think anymore. We will go back.

B
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great server and the food was delicious! It was my husband’s birthday and he can’t stop singing Divino’s praises.

m
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed an anniversary celebration dinner at Restaurant Divino. I am impressed by the menu that features local food sources that are creatively and well prepared.

OM
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mother’s birthday. Lovely service. Amazing food Is a must place to go in Columbia SC

JG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our experience! The server was phenomenal and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back. Thank you for a perfect date night.

RH
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me, my wife and another couple recently enjoyed a great dinner. Food is excellent. Great ambiance to enjoy a fine meal. Not noisy at all. Enjoyed the creme brulee and best cup of coffee I have had in a long time.

JD
Baltimore
101 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went two nights in a row. Everything was perfect!!

A
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian in Columbia. The food and service are 💯 🌟

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

College graduation

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CB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great time and great food - would recommend the food

J
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, ambience and service was excellent. Perfect place for a relaxing dinner.

GB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our son’s graduation at our favorite restaurant in Columbia. We have eaten there every time we visit Columbia.

JR
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time experience and I have to say it was really good. Service was great and the staff was always available. Would highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

100% on their game this meal.
Muscles for appetizer with a bit of zing, salad special with shaved beets and other fresh veggies,
Lamb shank for me and Filet for my wife. They have the best steak in town! Lamb shank was perfect with a Tuscan Cab.
Will be going back soon. Thanks to Michael for excellent service.

RR
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect and perfect...we were looking for a quite place for a first date with great food...you can’t go out to dine any more on a weekend without needing ear plugs the way interiors of restaurants are designed now ..lots of metal, stone and cement walls and nothing to absorb the sound it’s like a construction site. Try Motor Supply on a Saturday night and you’ll see what I’m talking about...oh ...and the sword steak was to die for!!!

RR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic and our server was top notch! Excellent recommendations for entrees and wine, and just the right level of attentiveness. And did I mention the food was fantastic? Special salad of the day and scallops over beet risotto made for a perfect evening out.

RH
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. Far exceeds your typical Italian cuisine. Everything was cooked perfectly. Our waitress was prompt and attentive.

c
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

LG
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Michael is the server we always ask for. He knows the menu, taste and will offer suggestions. The chef is outstanding on lamb chops and veal or any kind.

TY
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I chose the halibut special. Very pretty in presentation with blue grits. Halibut was the best I have ever tasted. Was not over cooked like most people prepare halibut which led it to be moist and almost sea bass like. Other guests at the table ordered other entrees that they also enjoyed.

DP
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Wait staff was ok ...not great. I often felt like he was distracted....like some other table was more important. He also way oversold a salad special.

MH
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always, friendly and accommodating staff!

OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a great waiter made for an awesome dining experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal and service!

CE
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

Food wasn't great for the price. Service was severely lacking.

Ristorante Divino
Responded on April 2, 2019

Christopher, Thank you for your review. We are very sorry to hear that you were unsatisfied. Please let us know if there was anything specifically we could have done better to make your experience more enjoyable. We would love to have you back to give you the dining experience we strive to provide. 803.799.4550

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SV
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I've had in quite some time. Everything from cocktails to dessert exceeded expectations.

CS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came from Greenville to see Elton John concert. Decided not to do typical bar food and glad we chose Divino. The food was amazing!

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