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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Columbia

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 (1564)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Most everything was great. Quite a nice gem of a restaurant in the middle of nowhere. Our server was stretched pretty thin, taking care of several tables. We’ve eaten there several times, & each time was excellent from greeted at the door to leaving. A little pricey, but overall worth the money. Nice view of the pond as the sun sets. Will return in near future with friends/relatives.
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4.8
4.8 (3833)
$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
Paulavip
Dined 2 days ago
I dine at Saluda's often and am NEVER disappointed. The food is always excellent, and the service is the best! With a breeze on the patio, last evening was lovely!
A photo of Motor Supply Company Bistro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3841)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Columbia
About the restaurant
Located in the historic Congaree Vista Motor Supply has been serving progressive, New World cuisine using classic French culinary techniques for over 20 years. The menu features contemporary New American cuisine, with nods to Creole, Cajun, New Southern, French, Italian and Asian cuisine. We are Columbia's foremost "farm to fork" restaurant, working with local, sustainable farms for produce, meats, SC seafood and more. Seafood is caught off of the Carolina coast, and all of our stocks, sauces and desserts are made on site, including our charcuterie, with house-made sausages, bacon, country pate, and rillettes, all the way down to the pickles and mustard. Our early 19th century, solid-oak bar with marble columns, imported from Europe, serves 180+ fine wines, an extensive list of imported, domestic and local craft beers, as well as an artisan farm-to-shaker cocktail list made from house-infused liquors, handmade bitters, barrel-aged spirits and locally-sourced ingredients and garnishes.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Motor Supply delivered on great food, great service, and an upscale dining experience. I highly recommend eating here
A photo of The Melting Pot - Columbia SC restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1189)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Our server kaylee was great! Very helpful and attentive. Very kind as well, She is a 5 star employee!
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4.7
4.7 (946)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Chapin
About the restaurant
Chophouse of Chapin is an upscale steakhouse located in Chapin Commons - featuring aged steaks, delicious desserts, a large selection of spirits & an in-house wine sommelier

An in-house Tallow aged steak - a Chef selected ribeye encased in rendered steak trimmings, then aged for 60 days and handcut to perfection. The Chophouse has a full bar with a wide variety of spirits hand selected by our award-winning bar staff. And an on-premise Wine Sommelier that will help pair your menu selection with the best wine from our extensive menu to please your palate.
Top review
HeatherD
Dined 3 days ago
We ordered the special, which consisted of a 16 ounce ribeye & two sides( string beans & whipped potatoes). Everything was to perfection. Steve was our waiter. He was very attentive & efficient. We were celebrating our 37th Wedding Anniversary & the staff even gave us a handwritten card.
A photo of Top of Carolina restaurant
4.7
4.7 (73)
$31 to $50
American
Columbia
About the restaurant
Embark on a culinary adventure unlike any other as you ascend to the pinnacle of indulgence at the Top of Carolina rotating restaurant for Sunday brunch. Nestled high above the cityscape, our panoramic views are only rivaled by the sumptuous spread awaiting your arrival. As you sip on mimosas and bask in the morning sunlight, let the world below become a mere backdrop to the feast unfolding before you.

From the first bite of freshly baked pastries to the last sip of artisan coffee, every detail is meticulously curated to tantalize your taste buds and elevate your brunch experience to new heights. Indulge in a symphony of flavors, from savory classics to inventive culinary creations, all while being gently spun around to witness the ever-changing landscape below.

Join us at the Top of Carolina, where Sunday brunch isn't just a meal—it's an unforgettable journey through taste and sight, leaving you with memories as delightful as the dishes themselves.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 5, 2024
This was a fantastic meal experience. There was a large variety of food both breakfast and lunch options. There was salad and fruit stations. The desert station was amazing. You could make your own omelet as well. All of the staff was super friendly and attentive. The set-up is nice in how the tables are set to showcase the views and still leave plenty of room for walking around the circular room. We took my mom for early mother's day and she loved it. Come hungry! We were stuffed and you cannot beat the price for a large buffet!
A photo of Braza Do Sul Brazilian Steakhouse (formerly Rioz) restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1092)
$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 Dinervip
Dined on May 29, 2024
Fantastic graduation dinner! Shout out to Paulo!!
A photo of Ruth's Chris Steak House - Columbia restaurant
4.3
4.3 (2679)
$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
JayMvip
Dined 7 days ago
Our food and service was great. Renee H was a fantastic server and took great care of us. The seafood tower was incredible but the drawn butter was very cold even with the flame. That’s what needs to be fixed. Always have a great time.
A photo of Blue Fin - Columbia restaurant
4.1
4.1 (667)
$30 and under
Low Country
Columbia
About the restaurant
Blue Fin brings the taste of Charleston to Columbia with a Metropolitan flair. With an upscale casual atmosphere, Blue Fin can accommodate any occasion from the everyday to special nights out.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
We ate at the Blue Marlin recently, and I'm convinced the meal we had here at Blue Fin was better! We had the bass and the salmon with balsamic brussell sprouts, and both were fantastic!
A photo of Hanabi Hibachi & Sushi restaurant
3.9
3.9 (184)
$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 5 days ago
The food is always great. Large portions, excellent service.
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