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Ristorante Divino

4.5
374 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
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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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, French American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Dinner: Friday and Saturday: 5:30pm-10:00pm
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Phone number
(803) 799-4550
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Nick Rodriguez
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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!

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What 374 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.4
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4.1
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CarolineN (Charleston)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

I took two work colleagues to dinner at Ristorante Divino last week. The food was very good. I had a fabulous whole branzino; one of my dinner companions had a very nice cioppino, and the other person at the table had a pasta dish. The service could not have been better. We told the waiter that one of our party was a vegetarian, the the waiter gave various options of dishes that could be made without any meat products or stocks. He was helpful and professional and came at just the right time to ask if we needed anything. My only complaint about Ristorante Divino is the dated furnishings. Given the quality of the food, I would expect something a bit more contemporary and stylish. It appears that the restaurant has a private dining area that is more up-to-date in terms of decor.

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SCdiner (Nashville)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Columbia. The service is always excellent, friendly and attentive, but not too attentive. Everything I've eaten on the menu has been great. The wine is also excellent and they have a good selection.

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Ajay 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Very nice atmosphere. The food is alittle on the pricey side, but the food is delicious. Gives you an experience to try something different. Definitely a must try, and it is a restaurant I will be visiting again.

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TraciD 
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

I went here to celebrate Valentine's Day with my girlfriend and it was a great experience. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable of the menu. The food tasted fresh and was just great all around.

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Very nice!!!

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Cid73 (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Valentine’s. Sebastian is the bartender. Mike was our waiter. We were well attended by all and not rushed, though they were busy and steady. Good was well prepared and generous. Will be returning soon.

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Lofty5958 (Savannah)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Wonderful dining- will be our choice for the next "special meal"!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Charleston)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

One order for fish was so salty could not eat so sent back. Second order was rack of lamb order medium rare with garlic mashed potatoes. Lamb was more than well done and potatoes had so much garlic I could not eat. Did not complain about lamb entree but will take a lot of thought before I try this restaurant again.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Charleston)
3.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Service was great. Food just ok.

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CarlaV (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

My husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary. It was really nice and food was excellent. It was quiet and staff was friendly. Wish it would have been a little dimmer in the lighting and maybe some Italian music in the background.

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JanelleZ 
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

The food was amazing. We had the charicture plate, veal chop and spaghetti and meatballs with bologness sauce. The desesert and wine were wonderful. Our server Marcus was awesome and knowledgeable about the menu.

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vipAllen (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Service and the quality of the food is always exceptional and this time was no different!

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jmmb (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Very tasty food...a pleasant surprise in a town like Columbia which has not always been known to be a great place for interesting restaurants. The one bummer was that the credit card connection went down and I could not use a card to pay for my meal. Fortunately I had cash. I am sure it was a fluke.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

This was our first time at Divino even though I’m often in Columbia for business. We will return. The food was great. I had the veal saltimbocca, my wife had the filet, and my son had the lamb chop - all were prepared perfectly. I also enjoyed the stuffed peppers appetizer. Our waitress was charming. The lighting could be dimmed a little. Definitely worth trying.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

Food was great but not necessarily worth the cost. Paid 120 (tip included) for 2 person date. Wine list was extensive, service was slightly below excellent, environment was very conducive for personal conversations.

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

Amazing food and great service. Kristi is the best!

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OverEater (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

My date and I were celebrating her birthday, and this dinner and overall experience made it special. The food was delicious, the service was good and friendly, and the intimate dining room provided the perfect ambiance for savoring our meal and engaging in quiet conversation. It's been awhile since I'd eaten at Ristorante Divino, but after this I will definitely be going back more often.

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OpenTable Diner (Chiapas)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food and wine. We would definitely go back as this is one of the best Italian restaurant within Columbia.

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

We have dined with you one to two time a year and the food has always been excellent.
I had the steak which turned out to be a end piece and was tuff and chewy. I have had that same steak before and it was better that a the steak I do my self!
I think is was the piece of meat! Which I will send back if it happens again.
Ervin Ott

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Everything was wonderful for my husbands birthday.

Could not ask for a better waiter in Patrik (spelling) sorry. Before dinner drinks were perfect blue cheese stuffed olives, tall glass for gin and tonic, Perfect table that I requested. Large red wine glasses. Most important the food was cooked perfectly. Can't wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Everything was wonderful. The food was beyond amazing! The service was terrific! We were there to celebrate my husband having a great year in all his college classes and everyone on the staff congratulated his accomplishment! This was the first time we tried Ristorante Divino, but it won’t be the last! Amazing to have such a wonderful place in our backyard!

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

This restaurant was our first date in 2004 and we have been going ever since. Even when we lived 1,000+ miles away we would make a point to go for one dinner while back in town visiting family. It never disappoints. The cocktails are creative and delicious and the food will stop you in your tracks. The gnocchi is a favorite of ours. Hope you enjoy!

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Judy (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent food and superb service. My husband's favorite menu item is the rack of lamb. I would like more vegetarian options.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

Entre was small portion; need to purchase appetizer or salad in order to receive a still small-sized complete meal. My Tiramisu desert was flat compared to my partner's with small amount of cake (lady fingers) inside; tasted no better or not as good as Tiramisu from Sam's or Costco, or Outback. You pay for the abundant staff, not for food quality.

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

We went to Ristorante Divino for a post graduation celebratory dinner. Everything was fantastic, even with having to wait for our table - even with the reservations. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable about the wine list and recommended some different wines to try that paired very nicely with all the food. Would highly recommend and hope to return in the future.

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viptennisgirl (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Nice, attentive, efficient staff. Delicious food!! Our party enjoyed the charcuterie and cheese plate, calimari, mussels, and salad diving today start. We then had the veal chop, Divino Shrimp, lamb Valsecchii, Filet di bue, pappardelle bolognese, and fish special. All were prepared nicely. Good value for what you got. Cozy romantic atmosphere. We look forward to coming back!

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Vicki (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

The service was very good and all the restaurant staff was very friendly. My husband ordered lamb medium rare but it came out medium. He stated it was just average. We also ordered the shrimp with mussels over risotto. It was fine but I wouldn’t order it again. All in all the food was average but we did enjoy our wine and the waitress was very nice.

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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on November 11, 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!

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

Pretty good for Italian cuisine. Service was great.

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OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
5.0  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.

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