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 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 - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Dinner: Friday and 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:
Nick Rodriguez

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

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

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86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (15)
Romantic (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
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Authentic (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Cozy (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Business Meals (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Casual (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

Amazing food and great service. Kristi is the best!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Cozy, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Atlanta)·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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

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

Tags: Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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·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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·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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Authentic
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·Dined on December 30, 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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 (Charleston)·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!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Atlanta)·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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·Dined on December 19, 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Charleston)·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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 2, 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.

Tags: Cozy
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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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.

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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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