Find Your Favorite Restaurants: The Best Dining in Columbia, SC

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Looking for the best restaurants in Columbia, SC? We are just beginning our coverage of the best places to eat out for families and children in Columbia. But we already have some pretty amazing ideas, from the best ice cream to favorite coffee shops and our already famous Kids Eat Free list. Discover some of the best places to eat in Columbia, SC right here.

Columbia, SC Restaurants: where to eat out

Kids Eat Free (or Cheap) in Columbia, SC

Kids Eat Free in Columbia, SC

Kids are expensive. Feed them for FREE.

Check out our list of kids eat free and cheap deals! We have restaurants where kids eat free, plus deals where kids’ meals are significantly discounted.

Our Favorite Kid-Friendly Restaurants

Outdoor Dining

Restaurants with outdoor dining in Columbia, SC

Eat Out(side)

It’s your turn to pick a restaurant and you want to eat outdoors. Where do you go?

We know!

And it’s right here in our list of Outdoor Dining in Columbia, SC.

Pizza Restaurants

Best pizza, Columbia, SC

The best pizza in Columbia is on this list.

Locally-Owned: Best Pizza in Columbia, SC

Great BBQ

We Can Taste This Picture

Find really good barbecue in Columbia, SC on our list.

Best BBQ in Columbia, SC

Date Night Dining

Date night restaurants in Columbia, SC

Your Next Date is Happening Here

15+ Romantic Restaurants in Columbia, SC

From fine dining to casual food and drink, date night options abound.

Coffee Shops

You'll love these coffee shops! Columbia, SC has a bunch.

Find your favorite cup of coffee.

Columbia, SC: Best local coffee shops

Meal Deals

Bring home dinner. Spend less for quick and easy.

Family Meal Deals from Restaurants in Columbia, SC

Restaurants with family meals to go in Columbia, SC


Enjoy a delicious brunch in Columbia, SC

Who has the best brunch in Columbia, SC?

19+ Brunch Restaurants to Try in Columbia, SC

Ice Cream

What list of awesome restaurants is complete without ice cream? Certainly not this one. Here are the best places for ice cream in Columbia, SC.


If you’re looking for a good bakery, check out this list of bakeries in Columbia, SC.

Frozen Cocktails

Hot outside?

Here’s a list of some of COLA’s favorite frozen cocktails.

Frozen cocktails, Columbia, SC

What’s New?

What have we been talking about lately when it comes to eating and dining in Columbia?

Dining out and things to eat are a big topic. Here’s what we found yummy lately!

Where to Eat: Some of Columbia’s Favorite Restaurants

Lula Drake Wine Parlour

Date night out, or an evening out with friends, you’ll find something fun, cozy and vintage at Lula Drake Wine Parlour in Downtown Columbia.

Find out more in our Kidding Around review of Lula Drake Wine Parlor!

1635 Main Street, Columbia

Lula Drake Wine Bar, Columbia, SC

Cafe Strudel

Find out about Cafe Strudel’s delicious brunch, coffee, and more in our Kidding Around review of Cafe Strudel.

Mainly known for their breakfast and sandwiches, Cafe Strudel also has coffee drinks as well as beer and wine.

300 State Street, West Columbia

Coffee bar at Cafe Strudel in West Columbia

Groucho’s Deli

One of Columbia’s favorite deli’s; there are six locations spread throughout the Columbia area. Find out about Groucho’s, including their kids eat free promotions, in our Kidding Around Review of Groucho’s Deli.

The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli

What’s a cinnamon roll deli? The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli serves breakfast and lunch, though breakfast is available all day. They serve a wide variety of cinnamon roll flavors, including banana foster, strawberry cheesecake, and apple cobbler. In addition to cinnamon rolls, they offer breakfast sandwiches and a wide variety of hot dogs and paninis.

2617 Devine Street, Columbia

Menkoi Ramen House

Menkoi Ramen House offers authentic Japanese ramen noodles in downtown. Dine-in and take-out are available.

1004 Gervais Street, Columbia

Motor Supply Bistro

Motor Supply Company Bistro has a handwritten menu because their offerings are locally sourced, based on what is fresh and local. They are truly a farm-to-table restaurant. The bistro offers lunch and dinner, as well as a weekend brunch.

920 Gervais Street, Columbia

Blythewood, SC Restaurants

Chubby’s Burgers and Brewhouse

Try Chubby’s Burgers and Brewhouse for amazing burgers in a family-friendly atmosphere!

420 McNulty Street, Blythewood

About the Author
Maria Bassett is a former school orchestra teacher, turned homeschool mom. She and her husband homeschool their 3 sons and 1 daughter, who range from 4th grade through 9th grade. Believing children learn best when they are engaged and having fun, this family loves to take their homeschool on the road, around Greenville and beyond.

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