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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Columbia

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Columbia? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Bistro on the Boulevard restaurant
4.8
4.8 (837)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Irmo
About the restaurant
Exciting New American Restaurant & Full Bar featuring casual neighborhood atmosphere.
FRESH FOOD PREPARED FROM SCRATCH. And nightly Chef Specials too!
Large covered patio for outdoor seating.

Various Live Entertainment on Weekends, Thursday Night Live Jazz,
Trivia Tuesdays!

Top review
RONNIEp
Dined 2 days ago
Already set another reservation it was wonderful food, service and atmosphere!!!
A photo of MOA Korean BBQ & Bar - Columbia restaurant
4.8
4.8 (183)
$31 to $50
Asian
Columbia
About the restaurant
Welcome to MOA, downtown Columbia's exclusive destination for authentic Korean BBQ dining. Our upscale establishment prides itself on delivering an unforgettable culinary experience, where the vibrant flavors of traditional Korean cuisine meet the highest quality ingredients, including our signature dry-aged beef. Sit back and relax as our dedicated service team expertly handles the grilling for your table, ensuring every bite is perfection. Join us for a memorable dining adventure at the only Korean BBQ restaurant in downtown Columbia, where every moment is filled with warmth, flavor, and genuine hospitality.
Top review
MichaelBvip
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
They were busy and we pretty much cooked our food they may have been short staffed I have to say Korean is not my kind of food They were all very nice
A photo of Travinia Italian Kitchen - Myrtle Beach restaurant
4.7
4.7 (338)
$31 to $50
Italian
Columbia
About the restaurant
For casual and elegant Italian fare in an open restaurant with private patio and lounge seating, visit Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. For lunch, you can enjoy a Roasted Chicken Flatbread, Goat cheese salad and our fan favorite Italian Nachos. Dinner at Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar offers authentic Italian cuisine such as Spaghetti Bolognese, Margherita pizza, Pan Roasted Chicken, Filet Mignon and Beef Short Rib Rigatoni.

Vegetarians and gluten sensitive individuals are not left out at Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar. A numerous amount of menu options can be accommodated for any guest's needs. Try the gluten-free tenderloin medallions for a meaty entrée or indulge in the Cauliflower Vegetable Pizza.

Top review
Misolvip
Dined on Jul 2, 2024
Crystal, our server was awesome! We thought the food was delicious-from the chicken parm to the tiramisu! 😋
A photo of Braza Do Sul Brazilian Steakhouse (formerly Rioz) restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1113)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Columbia
About the restaurant
Welcome to Braza do Sul Brazilian Steakhouse, we look forward to seeing you soon

Step into a world of culinary excellence at our amazing Brazilian steakhouse! 🥩✨ Immerse yourself in the vibrant flavors and traditions of Brazil as our skilled chefs serve up a feast for your senses.

Savor the succulent cuts of perfectly grilled meats, from tender sirloin to juicy lamb chops, brought directly to your table on skewers. Each bite is a symphony of smoky, savory goodness, expertly seasoned and cooked to perfection.

But our Brazilian steakhouse is not just about the meats—it's a celebration of flavors and textures. Indulge in a colorful array of fresh salads, exotic side dishes, and traditional Brazilian specialties like feijoada and pão de queijo.

Brazil's signature cocktail. With impeccable service and a lively atmosphere, our Brazilian steakhouse promises an unforgettable dining experience that will leave you coming back for more. 🇧🇷🍷🔥

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Fantastic! The food was excellent! Our server was amazing, super attentive, friendly, and kind! Our empty plates never sat for long as they were bussed immediately! Will definitely be back!
A photo of Blue Marlin restaurant
4.6
4.6 (4209)
$30 and under
Low Country
Columbia
About the restaurant
Welcome to the Blue Marlin Restaurant, proudly serving "A Taste of the Southern Low Country," located in Columbia South Carolina's thriving Congaree Vista District.

Stretching from Savannah to the South, and Georgetown to the North, the Low Country is resplendent with the bounties of the sea and coastal marshlands. Succulent shrimp, oysters, crabs, crawfish and catfish abound. Lush greens, corn, rice and ripe red tomatoes are plentiful. Low Country cuisine brings all of this food together in a sumptuous array of unique and distinctive dishes.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent Food and Service as always, the Firecracker Flounder was spot on as well as the grits and collards! Can’t wait for the next visit!!!
A photo of Travinia Italian Kitchen - Lexington restaurant
4.6
4.6 (811)
$30 and under
Italian
Lexington
About the restaurant
Our restaurant has something for everyone. We boast a creative menu of both Italian and American dishes, sure to satisfy any palate. Everything we provide is handmade by master cooks who have years of experience blending spices, flavors, and high-quality ingredients together. We constantly push the boundaries of Italian cuisine to find new, innovative dishes that our customers will enjoy. Only the freshest ingredients pass our standards here. We build our dishes from top-quality fruits, vegetables, and meat. Whether you’re craving a juicy steak, crisp salad, or fresh seafood, rest assured that you’ll be delighted. And we also offer many gluten-free options! Thanks to years of culinary innovation and hard work, our restaurant stands at the forefront of fine dining in Lexington. Visit us today and see what makes us stand out. Check out our weekly specials and drop by for Happy Hour every 4 - 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Top review
LarryDvip
Dined 4 days ago
I had the crab cake, absolutely the best I’ve ever had anywhere! It’s filled with chunks of real crab, almost NO filler. Nothing better!
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A photo of Angell Bros. 1801 Grille restaurant
4.5
4.5 (445)
$30 and under
American
Columbia
About the restaurant
Welcome to Angell Bros. 1801 Grille, the Capital City's exciting new restaurant concept from brothers Jon and Dan Angell. We're located at 700 Lincoln St #200, across from the Colonial Life Arena in downtown Columbia, South Carolina.
Top review
SANDYP
Dined 2 days ago
The food and service is fabulous!! Our waiter, Dax, is an asset to your restaurant! Thank you for a great evening!
A photo of California Dreaming - Columbia - Priority Seating restaurant
4.3
4.3 (2352)
$30 and under
American
Columbia
About the restaurant
Located in downtown Columbia, SC, inside the historic 1902 Union Station, California Dreaming welcomes guests with its vibrant and inviting atmosphere. The restaurant's floor-to-ceiling windows offer a picturesque view of the rail tracks, stretching from the inactive platform to the main terminal. Paired with our hearty, made-from-scratch menu, it's no wonder California Dreaming has been a beloved local institution since 1984. Open for lunch and dinner daily, including online ordering with curbside pickup.

Celebrating 40 years, California Dreaming has been a valued part of the Columbia community. Union Station, its historic home, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

**We provide Advance Priority Seating to reduce wait times and expedite the seating process when your entire party arrives. To ensure the best experience for all guests, we seat groups of up to 8. While larger groups are seated separately, this arrangement is flexible during quieter hours.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Great food. Great experience. Our server was very attentive. CD is a classic.
A photo of The Grand on Main restaurant
4.2
4.2 (704)
$30 and under
American
Columbia
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Grand on Main. Enjoy a traditional fine dining experience, sip cocktails at the bar, dine outside on Main Street or relax on our back patio. Afterwards, enjoy our exquisite boutique bowling alley or Urban Tiki, Columbias only dedicated Tiki bar.



Top review
JorgeS
Dined on Jun 22, 2024
Had birthday dinner for my daughter. Jack, are server was fantastic and the food was delicious. The vibe was awesome
A photo of Iron Hill Brewery - Columbia, SC restaurant
4.1
4.1 (325)
$30 and under
American
Columbia
About the restaurant
Welcome to Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, where you'll find fine handcrafted beers, creative yet informal cuisine, and friendly, attentive service in a casual, upscale atmosphere.
Top review
JohnD
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Great beer and good food. Good value on the happy hour menu.
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