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Diners' Choice: Romantic restaurants in Columbia

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the most romantic 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 Mill Pond Steakhouse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1554)
$31 to $50
Steak
Rembert
About the restaurant
Window seating is first come, first serve depending on how early you make your reservation. Parties larger than 5 are unable to be seated next to the window. We do our best to accommodate all requests but aren't always able to seat everyone that requests a window seat by the window.

Mill Pond Steakhouse is the only up-scaled steakhouse in the midlands. We have a well developed staff that is committed to your dining needs. It starts from the time you pick up the phone to make a reservation to when you are welcomed at the front door and lasts forever. When you arrive to the Mill Pond Steakhouse in Boykin, SC you take a step back in time. Mill Pond Steakhouse offers rustic elegance with southern hospitality and a one of a kind dining experience.

Parties of 6 or more are required to call the restaurant at 803-425-8825 and ask to speak to management.

If you can't make your reservation on time, please call to let us know or else your table may be given to someone else. Thank you!

Top review
VernonH
Dined 3 days ago
We have been to the Mill Pond several times over the years. I will be honest as I had a poor experience about a year ago and was very disappointed. But this visit was perfect! The food was superb and the service was outstanding. Could not have been better. The appetizer (oysters) were the best the I have ever had. Will be back soon. Thanks very much.
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4.8
4.8 (3816)
$30 and under
American
Columbia
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Five Points, just steps from the University of South Carolina’s campus and less than a mile from the state capitol building, Saluda’s has been impressing Columbia residents and visitors since it opened to much fanfare in 1996. Saluda's has created an exciting menu intermingling classically prepared dishes with cutting edge techniques and ingredients. Saluda's menu is built around mixing locally grown seasonal products with luxurious ingredients from around the world. Saluda's features Southern cuisine with French and Italian influences to create a menu both familiar and new. Our professional and courteous staff serves all of our guests with true Southern hospitality.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent dining experience consistently here through the years. Food is amazing. You cannot go wrong when choosing a fine dining experience with a down to earth, friendly, southern hospitality vibe where everyone seems welcoming upon arrival.
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4.7
4.7 (816)
$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
BillC
Dined 3 days ago
This food was amazing! Great ambiance and the server Meleva was fantastic. My wife had the pork chop and described it as tender and delicious. I had the smash burger and Brussel sprouts appetizer. Clearly the best burger in town. All while light live jazz music was playing in the background. We will definitely be back.
A photo of The Melting Pot - Columbia SC restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1185)
$31 to $50
Fondue
Columbia
About the restaurant
Experience a new way to dine when you make The Melting Pot in Columbia your next dinner destination. From the first bite of our delicious artisan cheeses, to the last bite of our decadent chocolate fondues, you will know you have made the right decision! Whether you want to have the full four-course adventure or you are in the mood for perfectly crafted cocktails and cheese fondue, you can find what you crave on our tables. Our friendly staff specializes in creating your perfect night out. Come join us today at The Melting Pot.
Top review
RobTvip
Dined 3 days ago
We love the melting pot, great food, drinks and atmosphere.
A photo of Travinia Italian Kitchen - Lexington restaurant
4.5
4.5 (789)
$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
RichD
Dined 6 days ago
great service . Our waitress was outstanding . She told us she was new . She was was the first everything we needed. Made a great evening
A photo of Ruth's Chris Steak House - Columbia restaurant
4.3
4.3 (2670)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Columbia
About the restaurant
Ruth's Chris Steak House serves the finest aged, corn-fed USDA Prime beef. Broiled in a trademark 1,800° oven & served on a plate heated to 500 degrees, your steak is presented sizzling hot at your table.
Additionally, the menu includes select fresh seafood & other meat entrees, including seasonal specialties like foie gras, buffalo strip & scallops. A variety of fresh-cooked vegetables, including seven kinds of potatoes, salads, homemade desserts & an extensive selection of over 100 domestic & imported wines complete your dining experience.
Ruth's Chris never fails to please!

Top review
JeannieD
Dined 3 days ago
What a fabulous meal! From the warm bread to the apple pastry dessert it was over the top. The filet and T bone were cooked to perfection. And What awesome customer service! It was our anniversary and Ken and his team rocked it. Thank you for an outstanding dinner date!!!
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4.3
4.3 (966)
$50 and over
Unspecified
Columbia
About the restaurant
SMOKED is an award-winning contemporary, upscale restaurant and bar offering farm-to-table dishes from the freshest seafood to our house-smoked prime meats, set in a warm and vibrant atmosphere, creating an experience unlike any other.
Top review
Mattison
Dined on May 11, 2024
Had an amazing brunch on their gorgeous back patio. The steak and eggs were phenomenal and the drinks were so good! It is the prettiest patio in Columbia by far.
A photo of Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse - Columbia restaurant
4.1
4.1 (1573)
$31 to $50
Brazilian Steakhouse
Columbia
About the restaurant
Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse is an unique, all you can eat “Churrascaria” featuring a full Salad Bar with over 30 items, 6 Hot Dishes and a “parade” of 16 USDA Prime cuts of beef, chicken, pork and lamb sliced at your table by our Gauchos. Along with a full bar, we have a beautiful walk-in wine cellar with fine selection of wines from Argentina, Chile, California and our Brazilian Flavored Martini Menu. Join us for an unforgettable dining experience!
Top review
luvgoodfood
Dined 2 days ago
We enjoyed our meals. The salad bar is delicious. We enjoyed the varieties of meats especially the garlic steak and bacon wrapped filet mignon. Prices are a little expensive, but bring your appetite.
A photo of Hanabi Hibachi & Sushi restaurant
3.9
3.9 (180)
$30 and under
Japanese
Columbia
About the restaurant
Hanabi is a sizzling hot spot in downtown Columbia, SC, where Asian culinary artistry meets theatrical dining. The vibrant hibachi restaurant ignites the senses with the tantalizing aroma of fresh ingredients, the mesmerizing display of skilled chefs wielding blazing flames, and the satisfying taste of delectable dishes. Whether you're craving succulent shrimp, juicy steak, or crisp veggies, Hanabi's chefs expertly cook your meal to perfection right before your eyes. The energetic atmosphere, attentive service, and mouth-watering cuisine make Hanabi the ultimate destination for an unforgettable dining experience.

*** For reservations in The Fire Room, tables will be seated once all parties have arrived. ***

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
The staff was nothing short of amazing! I wish there was a section just to rate the cooks! Our cook went out of his way for our family who took up his entire table. We were celebrating out daughters birthday and this was her choice. When it came time to finish off cooking the food he separated the kids food and cut it smaller so it was safer for them! We have never seen this done in an environment like this and we've been to multiple in many different places. He made sure to acknowledge her birthday which just made her day! Then, right there in the middle of dinner our other kiddo lost their first tooth and the service staff was wonderful in helping us make sure we had a way to keep it safe and made sure we had napkins as needed. Everyone was so so kind and it helped that the food was absolutely on point. Thank you so much to everyone for helping make our daughters birthday so special!
A photo of The Robinson Room restaurant
3.8
3.8 (141)
$30 and under
Dessert
Columbia
About the restaurant
Our new location on 1614 Main Street is home to Columbia’s latest swanky dessert and cocktail lounge. The Robinson Room offers elevated pastries and savory tapas, paired with craft cocktails created in-house by our experienced bar team, all in a modern, romantic space.

*** We cannot guarantee that parties over 6 people will be able to sit at the same table. ***
For larger parties please reach out to our Event Team: bmills@ltchs.com

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
We had a lovely dinner. The service was timely, the food was delicious, and our server for the evening was lovely! We tried the antipasto charcuterie and the gourmet meatballs. The “Duck Duck Drunk” had such a neat presentation, and the “Pretty Illusion” cocktail was so refreshing.
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