Columbia is loaded with great restaurants, whether you want a traditional Southern meat-and-three or an outdoor dining experience. Here are a few local and regional favorites nearby.

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1. Hilton Columbia Center Hotel

222 rooms

The Hilton Columbia Center is conveniently located across the street from the Convention Center. The hotel features meeting rooms, room service, an outdoor saltwater pool, and  a Ruth's Chris Steak House Restaurant.

924 Senate Street Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-744-7800

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2. Hampton Inn by Hilton Downtown Historic District

122 rooms

The Hampton Inn is down the street from the Convention Center in the heart of the Vista. The hotel features an outdoor saltwater pool and complimentary breakfast or on-the-run breakfast bags.

822 Gervais Street Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-231-2000

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3. Hyatt Place Columbia/Downtown/The Vista

130 rooms

The Hyatt Place Hotel is located in the heart of the Vista just minutes from the Columbia Convention Center. The hotel offers free breakfast, a 24/7 market, flexible meeting space, and a coffee to cocktails bar for guests.

819 Gervais Street Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-978-2013

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4. Aloft Columbia Downtown

107 rooms

Located in the Vista, the stylish Aloft Columbia Downtown is conveniently near the shops, dining, and nightlife in the area. The Aloft is a pet-friendly hotel that has a funky bar and lounge, a fitness center and meeting spaces.

823 Lady Street Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-445-1900

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5. Holiday Inn Express

105 rooms

Coming soon to the corner of Washington and Lincoln Streets!

919 Washington Street Columbia, SC 29201


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6. SpringHill Suites by Marriott Columbia Downtown/The Vista

132 rooms

Located on the West end of the Vista, SpringHill Suites is a brief walk to the shops and restaurants in the area. The hotel offers a meeting space, fitness center, indoor pool, full service bar, and free onsite parking.

511 Lady Street Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-978-2333

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7. Courtyard by Marriott Columbia Downtown at USC

189 rooms

The Courtyard Marriott is located on the USC campus, near the Colonial Life Arena and down the road from Williams Brice Stadium. Within walking distance to the Convention Center, the UofSC campus and the Colonial Life Arena, the Courtyard by Marriott at USC offers onsite Bistro dining, laundry facilities, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center.

630 Assembly Street Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-799-7800

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8. Holiday Inn Columbia - Downtown

90 rooms

Centrally located in the revitalized Main Street district, this property mixes in modern and vintage styles for a unique stay with city views. 

1233 Washington Street Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-205-4950

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9. Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel

134 rooms

The Sheraton is nestled along Main Street in the heart of downtown within walking distance to a number of shops, museums, and restaurants, and a five minute drive to the Convention Center. The Sheraton features a Starbucks coffee shop in its basement and a rooftop bar that overlooks the city.

1400 Main Steeet Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-988-1400

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10. Columbia Marriott

300 rooms

Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, this 300 room hotel is near local shops, a variety of restaurants, and the State House. The hotel features a spacious lobby and on-site restaurant as well as versatile meeting spaces.

1200 Hampton Street Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-771-7000

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11. Hotel Trundle

41 rooms

Nestled in the heart of the Main Street District you'll find boutique hotel, Hotel Trundle. It's an urban retreat that mixes a historic foundation with bright colors & creative designs that reflect Columbia's vibrant culture. Around every corner, and in every detail, you'll find local art, furnishings and sentiment. Take in a complimentary local beer at check in, sit back and relax, and let your meeting feel more like a vacation.

1224 Taylor Street Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-722-5000

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12. Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbia Downtown

83 rooms

Coming soon!

501 Taylor Street Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-744-4000

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13. Graduate Columbia

166 rooms

Graduate Columbia is located just steps from the historic Horseshoe on campus. Located in a restored, turn-of-the-century home, this hotel features eclectic décor centered around Columbia's local flare, 3,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, and a lobby-level café and bar. 

1619 Pendleton Street Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-779-7779

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14. Hilton Garden Inn / Home 2 Suites

223 rooms

The dual-branded Hilton Garden Inn Columbia Downtown and Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbia Downtown is close to the Main Street, Vista and Five Points districts, perfect for entertaining your group.

1203 Pickens Street Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-227-3400 or 803-227-3410

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1801 Grille

Inspired by local and regional Southern food traditions, 1801 Grille honors the university's rich history and hospitality. Sitting down the street from the CMCC and across the street from Colonial Life Arena, this restaurant is meant for game days, convention attendees, and concert goers. Grab a drink and the Crawfish Deviled Eggs and you'll fit right in. 

700 Lincoln Street Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-219-1119

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929 Kitchen & Bar

Indulge in Korean favorites at this trendy spot in The Vista. 929 Kitchen & Bar is known for their upscale environment, perfect for a lunch break or business dinners. If you go, start with the Kimchi Bulgogi Nacho, followed by Bimbimbap and you won't be disappointed. 

929 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-764-3825

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Blue Marlin

Considered by many to be one of the best seafood restaurants in the southeast, Blue Marlin will not disappoint for your business lunch or after-hours event. We suggest trying their infamous shrimp & grits.

1200 Lincoln Street Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-799-3838

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Head to Bourbon for happy hour, where you're as likely to find a group of young professionals as a group of legislators. Just steps away from the South Carolina State House, this whiskey-centric hang out specializes in craft cocktails and creole cuisine. Photo by Carl Heyward.

1214 Main Street Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 804-403-1404

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Carolina Ale House

A short walk from the CMCC, enjoy Columbia's warm days on the rooftop of Carolina Ale House with the sip of a beer and some classic bar food to unwind from your meeting. Photo by Brett Flashnick.

708 Lady Street Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-227-7150

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Chipotle Mexican Grill

While we love to support local restaurants, we know staples like Chipotle are important. Lucky for you, there's a location right around the corner from the CMCC. Stop by to get your favorite, burrito, bowl, or salad - just don't forget the guacamole. 

619 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-223-7801

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COA Agaveria Y Cocina

Known to locals simply as COA, this spot gained a quick reputation for its specialty margaritas and elevated Mexican food. Menu items range from your classic tacos to ahi tuna, braised pork and citrus marinated shrimp. Photo by Forrest Clonts.

823 A Lady St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-851-5965

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Cola's Restaurant

Located in a restored 1930s RC Cola bottling plant, the restaurant's name refers to its history as well as the city's nickname. Cola's offers a casual fine dining experience, serving steak, seafood, and creative culinary dishes. When the weather permits, garage doors open up to views of the State House.

1215 Assembly Street Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-451-0051

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Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Need something quick, and maybe a little messy? Get your classic burger and fries up the street at Five Guys. You can even enjoy Columbia's weather while you eat at one of their patio tables. 

931 Senate St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-799-0441

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Flying Saucer

Flying Saucer offers over 80 beers on tap, often featuring local brewery options like River Rat and Conquest. With affordable menu items and live music on the patio have locals flocking here any day of the week. 

931 Senate St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-933-9997

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Gervais & Vine

Share tapas with a Mediterranean culinary influence and have your own wine tasting at this cozy spot tucked away from the bustle of The Vista. 

620 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-799-8463

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Green Olive Restaurant

Enjoy fresh, traditional food that represents the surroundings of the Mediterranean. Keep it light with a traditional Green Olive Feta Salad, or indulge in a Gyro Platter or Turkish Style Pizza. 

922 Main St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-764-3740

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Grill Marks

With gourmet burgers, fries, onion rings, and even specialty milkshakes (for kids and adults), Grill Marks has something on the menu for everyone. Enjoy your meal on the misted patio and watch as The Vista comes to life.

711 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-661-8932

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Hickory Tavern

Take in a view of the CMCC on the Hickory Tavern rooftop. Elevated bar food paired with happy hour special, plus tons of televisions make this the perfect place to sit back and unwind. Photo by Brett Flashnick.

907 Senate Street Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-765-9280

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Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Ale House

Enjoy the low-key, vibrant atmosphere at Hunter-Gatherer Brewery. You'll find them located in the Rosewood neighborhood in a vintage airplane hangar. Or, head to their original location on the Carolina campus for fresh, upscale bar food.

1402 Jim Hamilton Blvd. Columbia, SC 29205

Phone: 803-764-1237

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Open 24 hours a day, and just steps away from the CMCC and several hotels, IHOP can handle those late night cravings.

1031 Assembly St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-251-9165

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Immaculate Consumption

Located behind the South Carolina State House, this cozy eatery and coffee roaster is often buzzing with university students or government representatives grabbing a fresh sandwich and specialty coffee drink. 

933 Main St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-799-9053

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Jason's Deli

Take care of your appetite at this popular American deli, featuring a salad bar and free ice cream cones. Conveniently located in the center of The Vista. 

823 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-540-1973

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Jersey Mike's

High quality meats and cheese sliced in front of you, baked bread, and fresh toppings are what make Jersey Mike's so popular. You'll find them just down the street from the CMCC. 

650 Lincoln St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-728-0609

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Kaminsky's Dessert Cafe

Delight in over-the-top varieties of classic childhood desserts, adult dessert martinis, and hot spirited specialities after your dinner. 

930 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-550-9979

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Liberty Tap Room & Grill

Lining Lincoln Street, you'll find what has become a staple for The Vista entertainment district. Serving up American fare with a twist, Liberty also pours its fair share of brews. If you're looking for an adventure, head to its second Columbia location on Lake Murray, boasting a patio view you won't soon forget.

828 Gervias Street Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-461-4677

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LongHorn Steakhouse

Known for their Western fare, LongHorn Steakhouse has become a staple for hand-cut, hand-seasoned steaks. Bonus - it sits right next to the Columbia SC Visitor's Center.

902-A Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-254-5100

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M Vista

Dynamite sushi and entrees abound at M Vista. One of many Miyo's locations, M Vista offers fresh dishes inspired by a myriad of Asian cuisine. Check out their modern atmosphere for a healthy lunch, or cozy up to the bar for a specialty cocktail and a sushi platter to share.

701 Lady Street Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-255-8878

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Mellow Mushroom

One of several locations in Columbia, Mellow Mushroom is a pizza staple. If you've been to one before, you know they're known for their quirky interior and seriously good pizza. This is a place where you should eat the whole pie-- we won't tell.

1009 Gervais Street Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-933-9201

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Monterrey Mexican Restaurant

Grab a delicious lunch special, combo platter, or vegetarian option at this fast Mexican restaurant. With complimentary chips & salsa before your meal, there's no chance you'll leave this spot hungry.

931 Senate St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-765-1465

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Motor Supply Company Bistro

Never eat the same meal twice at Motor Supply Company, which features a new menu every day and every night. The restaurant is known for its fresh and eclectic dishes. Enjoy a farm-to-table experience in a renovated 1800s engine supply building, located in the heart of the Vista. Photo by Forrest Clonts.

920 Gervais Street Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-256-6687

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Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom

Connected to the infamous Adluh Flour building, Old Chicago is a popular spot for draft beer, made-from-scratch pizzas, shareable starters, and a rollicking good time. Here, you can enjoy lunch specials in between meetings, or relax with colleagues after a long day. 

802 Gervais St., Suite 100 Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-252-3100

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Panera Bread

Get your favorite Panera salad, sandwich or soup to fuel up for the rest of your day.

933 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-799-3060

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Pearlz Oyster Bar

Serving fresh seafood and happy hour specials that can't be beat, Pearlz is your go to spot after the last session wraps. Try the seafood tower and an oyster shot for the more daring. 

936 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-661-7741

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Poke Bros.

The Vista location of Poke Bros. offers not only sushi bowls, but sushi rolls, local craft beer and Asian Fusion menu offerings. 

1211 Lincoln St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-851-6228

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Ristorante Divino

Ristorante Divino offers Northern Italian cuisine focusing on fresh, local ingredients. The award winning chefs, owners and staff will be dedicated to providing your party a top notch experience. 

803 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-799-4550

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Ruth's Chris Steak House at Hilton Columbia Center

Ruth's Chris boasts two private dining rooms and menu items that are legendary. Whether you're headed for a date night, a party, or a quiet night alone, the atmosphere at Ruth's Chris is just right.

924 Senate St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-744-7800

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SakiTumi Grill & Sushi Bar

This popular spot features an extensive list of sake and specialty sushi rolls like the Shrimp & Grits roll. Tuck into the upscale, yet trendy atmosphere for a meal you won't forget. 

807 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-931-0700

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Starbucks addicts, don't fret. There's one on the corner of Lincoln & Gervais St. waiting to make your usual. 

831 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-779-3484

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Sure Fire Tacos and Tortilla Grill

Make a pit stop for lunch and build your own bowl with the likes of flame grilled steak or Mahi-Mahi. Or, start your night at their rustic-chic bar or outdoor patio, tucked away from the bustle of the city. 

916 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-764-1016

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The Carolina Strip Club

After a long day of meetings, head to The Carolina Strip Club for reasonably priced steaks and delicious wine. It's located a stone's throw from the CMCC and accessed via Lincoln Street's charming brick corridor. 

902 Gervais St. Suite C Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-764-4017

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The Oyster Bar

Ready for some seafood with a laid-back attitude? Follow the locals to The Oyster Bar and get to shucking. Or, dine on one of their Lowcountry classic plates to get a variety of flavors. Either way, you can't go wrong. Photo by Carl Heyward.

1123 Park Street Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-799-4484

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The Pot Smoker BBQ

Offering smoked barbecue and a secret family sauce, you can smell the cooking here a mile away. Grab a classic pulled pork plate, or stick to the classic Southern sides like Cole slaw, hash and rice, and Mac-n-cheese. 

931-A Senate St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-400-2251

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Thirsty Fellow Pizzeria & Pub

When it's a basketball or baseball game day, you'll see Thirsty Fellow's insides and its covered patio packed. Its proximity to the CMCC, the arena, and the baseball field (and its reputation for delectable food and cold beer) have made it a mainstay for locals and visitors alike.

621 Gadsden Street Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-799-1311

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Tin Roof

Boasting "better than bar food," Tin Roof's menu mixes Southern classics with new recipes. Case in point -  Dixie Biscuits complete with three fried biscuit sliders, smoked brisket, bacon, peach jam & cheddar cheese.

1022 Senate St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-771-1558

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Tropical Smoothie Café

Grab some energy through a delicious fruit and veggie smoothie at Tropical Smoothie Café, located down the street from the CMCC. 

650 Lincoln St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-807-9335

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Here you'll find your classic sushi and hibachi restaurant. Pro tip - go during happy hour for their three roll special. 

700 Gervais St., Suite A Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-312-9911

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Twisted Spur Brewing

This brewpub is known for elevated bar eats and brews that can cater to any beer lover's taste buds. Show off your local knowledge by ordering the Soda City Market Dip with a Southern Belle Blonde. 

705 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-764-0203

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Wild Wing Cafe

Head to Wild Wing for a list of wing flavors and appetizers that looms large. Its sporty, relaxed vibe will have you unwinding in no time. 

729 Lady St. Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-252-9464

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World of Beer

WOB proudly offers over 500 different beers to fit your taste buds. They also have a full bar, a covered patio with corn hole, and food items that are sure to balance out all of that beer. 

902 Gervais St., Space F Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-509-6020