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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Columbia

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 MOA Korean BBQ & Bar - Columbia restaurant
4.8
4.8 (165)
$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
LilianeD
Dined on May 19, 2024
Great service and excellent food. The whole staff was polite and engaged.
A photo of Bistro on the Boulevard restaurant
4.7
4.7 (818)
$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
JamesC
Dined 4 days ago
I had the seared pork chop and it was literally one of the best meals I have ever eaten! The pork chop was amazing. It came with a delicious vegetable medley and a sweet pea purée. The food and service were both outstanding. We will definitely be back.
A photo of Travinia Italian Kitchen - Myrtle Beach restaurant
4.6
4.6 (318)
$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.

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JustWantQualityFood
Dined 6 days ago
We truly enjoyed our meal and the service. Good food. Reasonably priced. And our server was fantastic.
A photo of Kao Thai Cuisine restaurant
4.5
4.5 (393)
$31 to $50
Thai
Columbia
About the restaurant
Our menu offers modern Thai eats that are commonly found on the streets of Bangkok as well as a mix of creative pan-Asian and Asian-American fusion dishes that are fresh and exciting. With a rotating menu of specials, we hope to continuously bring new flavors and dishes to the Main Street District!
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Enjoyable dinner. We ordered shrimp shumai, pork dumplings, and pad thai.
A photo of Smoked restaurant
4.3
4.3 (970)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
The attention from our server was impeccable and the food was great! I brought my family to Smoked for a special occasion and it couldn’t have been better. Highly recommend!
A photo of Boku- Columbia restaurant
4.2
4.2 (216)
$30 and under
Asian
Columbia
About the restaurant
At Boku Kitchen and Saloon, you can be sure you are receiving only the highest-quality meals with the freshest ingredients possible. We pride ourselves on not serving our customer's pre-made food. We make everything from scratch, including our noodles, salads, crab rangoon, calamari, soups, cocktails, and more! All our food is made-to-order. You won’t be able to find quality like this elsewhere!

We want to make your time at our restaurant as enjoyable as possible. Therefore, at Boku Kitchen and Saloon, you can trust that we will provide you with a made-from-scratch meal paired with the best cocktails, sake, wine, and craft beer you will find in Columbia, SC.

Our team is excited to serve you, your family, and your friends' delicious meals and beverages. See you soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Took my mother and wife here for Mother’s Day. We had a great experience. Our server Justice was absolutely wonderful And the food from the appetizers to the entrées and the dessert was perfect. Definitely be coming back in the future 10 out of 10.
A photo of Iron Hill Brewery - Columbia, SC restaurant
4.1
4.1 (304)
$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
Hoff
Dined 5 days ago
Our grandson chose Iron Hill to celebrate graduating from 2nd grade. He loves their chicken fingers. We all had a great meal and our server was fantastic.
A photo of BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Columbiana Station restaurant
4.0
4 (211)
$30 and under
American
Columbia
About the restaurant
Time counts at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse. Since our humble beginnings back in 1978, we've continued to refine our brewhouse experience to make BJ's a place where you can make the most of any meal. We want BJ's to be a place where the moment you leave is the moment you plan on coming back. We pride ourselves in our craft and attention to detail. Our guests come here for our award-winning handcrafted beer. They come here for the Southern California twist we've put on the Chicago-style deep dish pizza. And they come here for our Pizookies®, our world-renowned dessert. But above all we know people come here to make their good times better. So in many ways we haven't just crafted a brand, but a mindset. And our guests are the reason for this. And it's because of them we're continually striving to make sure every moment they choose to spend with us counts. Welcome to BJ's, a restaurant with a Brewhouse soul.
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CeceliaSvip
Dined on May 17, 2024
Very nice! First time there and will look for others as well travel!
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 on May 15, 2024
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.
A photo of Dave & Buster's - Columbia restaurant
3.1
3.1 (62)
$30 and under
American
Columbia
About the restaurant
Each Dave & Buster's has more state-of-the-art games than ever, more mouth-watering menu items and the most innovative drinks anywhere. From wings to steaks, we've got whatever suits your appetite and our premium bar assures we're stocked to satisfy! Plus, you can watch your game on one of our massive HDTVs with epic stadium sound.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
I reserved our table close to opening time to beat the crowd. Doing that ended up being the best experience we have had at this location. They had an issue with finding my reservation but still seated us at a table big enough for our group.
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