Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in Columbia and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Doc's Barbeque & Southern Buffet thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Di Prato's, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.



An elegant shop that brings out the gourmand in everyone! You'll find shelves stocked with fine wines, aged cheeses, specialty coffees, gourmet items, made-in-the-South foods, cigars and kitchen accessories. The store also boasts a wonderful...  Read More

Villa Tronco


In the restaurant biz, longevity is usually an indication of reliability. Villa Tronco has been around for 60+ years and continues to be popular – lunch is a little less busy, so if you're looking for a substantial midday meal this is a great...  Read More



Brightly colored, lively and punctuated with giant smiling mushrooms, this Southeastern chain welcomes everyone, from students to families. Stone-baked pizzas come in three sizes, and you can even score individual slices at lunch. Fashion your...  Read More

Blue Cactus Café


Blue Cactus takes a two-pronged approach to cooking, providing a unique combination of Korean and Southwestern dishes created at the whim of the chef. Thus, you could start with kim chee or spicy potato wedges, and follow up with bul go gee or a...  Read More



With a warm Tuscan color palette, Travinia artfully achieves a place as one of Columbia's most appealing, unpretentious restaurants. Efficient servers accommodate guests, who relax to top-quality food and conversation as Rat Pack vocalists croon...  Read More

Doc's Barbeque & Southern Buffet


Heading to Doc's for lunch? Bring your appetite, because this is one big, hearty buffet. Along with barbecue, fried catfish and fried chicken, this place is loaded with an abundance of down-home sides like collards, mac and cheese, rice, baked...  Read More



A small, family-owned fast food chain with roots back to the 1940s, Rush's is where you go when you want a quick, inexpensive meal that doesn't involve a clown, a crown or dancing cows. Options are basic but good: burgers, chili dogs, BBQ...  Read More

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Di Prato's


Another enterprise from the owners of Dianne's on Devine, this gourmet sandwich shop is a step above customary lunch fare. It's a bit off the usual tourist's radar, which is a good thing because the line-ups at lunch are above average (although...  Read More