The Best Restaurants in Columbia SC

Looking for a great restaurants in Columbia SC to eat while you are visiting Columbia, South Carolina?

Check out this list of five places that all the locals are raving about. Reservations are recommended to ensure a minimal wait time.

Many of these restaurants accept reservations online through OpenTable.

If you would rather not plan out all of your vacation meals ahead of time, walking through downtown Columbia will bring you to a number of interesting restaurants.

Liberty on the Lake

Liberty on the LakeSource: LibertyontheLake/FacebookPin

Liberty on the Lake is Liberty Taproom and Grill’s Columbia location, at 828 Gervais St. This restaurant also has locations in Greenville, Irmo, Myrtle Beach, and Mount Pleasant. Described as “upscale casual dining” the brewery offers a number of beers, though availability may vary by location.

This is a great place to come for drinks, burgers, pizza, and steak.

There is a little something for everyone here.

They are open for lunch and dinner, but also offer a Sunday Brunch.

Mr. Friendly’s

Located at 2001-A Greene St in Columbia, Mr. Friendly’s is open for lunch and dinner.

WIth a menu of delectable favorites like Blackened Chicken and Grits, Catfish Po’ Boy, and Buttermilk Fried Chicken, this restaurant offers a real taste of the south.

Come on a Monday night and you’ll get the chance to get your hands on their famous Meatloaf, and half priced wines.

With dessert selections like Caramel Pecan Fudge Cake and Apple Cinnamon Spring Rolls, be sure to leave room for the decadence. You will not be disappointed!

Solstice Kitchen and Wine Bar

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Located at 841-4 Sparkleberry Lane, Solstice Kitchen and Wine Bar is open for lunch and dinner.

The bar is open every day at 5:30 p.m. One of Mr. Friendly’s sister restaurants, this one gives you a great taste of southern food, with a seasonal change in menu.

The food is best described as “New American.”

Menu items include favorites such as: “Bayou” Biscuits and Gravy, Pork Belly stuffed Manchester Farms Quail, seafood, and steak.

Hudson’s Smokehouse

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Located at 4952 Sunset Boulevard in Lexington, South Carolina just outside of Columbia, Hudson’s Smokehouse and Saloon prides itself on quality southern food.

All the meats are slow smoked for 16 hours and include: ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken, and more.

Sides include all house made items like: macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, and more.

Daily sides displayed in-restaurant. Catch a buffet, or dine in for lunch or dinner.

Motor Supply Company

Located at 920 Gervais St., Motor Supply Company Bistro is an a farm-to-table restaurant in the heart of Columbia. Motor Supply Company is open for lunch and dinner, as well as Sunday brunch.

Menu items include things such as: Roasted Veal Chop, Duck Confit, salads, soups, and sandwiches.

The menu changes on a daily basis, so if you find something you love, you will have to come back often to see when it makes the menu again.


Planning a trip to Columbia SC soon? Whether you are traveling for business or leisure, the place you stay can make all the difference in the quality of your stay.

There are a number of great restaurant in Columbia SC and West Columbia area to choose from, so many in fact, the choice can be quite overwhelming. Check out these five places to stay, to help get your travel plans started off on the right foot.

As you can see, Columbia certainly has something to offer everyone, regardless of food preference. These places are all family-friendly, so that’s a bonus, too!

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