Best Columbia, SC Restaurants

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    10. Solstice Kitchen & Wine Bar

    Solstice Kitchen & Wine Bar is ideal for a business dinner or a date -- when you want to impress, this is a fantastic choice. The menu has a little something for everyone, with starters, small plates, and...

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    9. Hennessy's Restaurant and Lounge

    For some 20 years, Hennessy's has been the de facto fine dining establishment in town. Although the elegant setting is ideal for special occasions, it's popular for business dinners and "just because" meals as well....

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    8. Saluda's

    Housed in a carefully renovated historic VFW officers club, augmented with an 1800s mahogany bar and a gorgeous 1915 Schomacker grand piano, Saluda's is elegant and sophisticated. The chefs focus on Southern and...

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    5. Dianne's on Devine

    Long considered one of Columbia's top tables, Dianne's admirably maintains its contemporary, upscale ambience and varied menu, making it a popular destination for local deal-makers. Start with an antipasto platter...

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    4. Ruth's Chris Steak House

    The signature Ruth's Chris sizzle is in full evidence at this respected chain's Columbia outpost. Notable for prime steaks, upscale decor, elegant but relaxed ambience, first-rate service, and an impressive wine...

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    2. Terra

    Upscale and stylish, with exposed brick and a warm color palette, Terra has developed a following among local foodies who appreciate the cooking and the setting. Chef Mike Davis takes a seasonal approach to New...

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    1. Garibaldi's of Columbia

    Five Points might not come immediately to mind for old-school fine dining, but that's exactly what you'll find at Garibaldi's. Expect classic Italian dishes, careful service, and an elegant Art Deco setting complete...

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About Columbia, SC Restaurants

As a college town, Columbia has its fair share of inexpensive sandwich shops, coffeehouses, take-out counters and burger joints, many of which are very good. But luckily, you don't have to look too hard for a more upscale Columbia, SC restaurant experience. Some of the best bets for American and Southern cuisine are Hennessy's, Motor Supply Company, Solstice Kitchen and Wine Bar, Terra, Ruth's Chris, Mr. Friendly's and Saluda's. For seafood Blue Marlin is tops, and for Italian Dianne's on Devine or Al's Upstairs are proven winners. Sushi is slowly making inroads here — give Inakaya, Saky or Tsunami a try. Fantastic after-dinner treats can be found at Goatfeathers, Nonnah's and Cool Beans.

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