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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Di Vino Rosso

Di Vino Rosso offers traditional Italian dishes with local twists and an extensive wine list. The award winning chefs, owners and staff will be dedicated to providing your party a top notch experience in this historical 1920s building.


807 Gervais St., Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-550-9699

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Republic Biergarten & Kitchen

With 40+ beers on tap and elevated Southern cuisine, Republic Biergarten & Kitchen is the perfect spot to refuel and kick back with a drink after a busy day. Dine inside for that classic local sports bar atmosphere, or make the most of Columbia's sunny weather by enjoying the spacious outdoor patio. 

931 Senate Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-550-9611

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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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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 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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Zombie Coffee and Donuts

Kick off your morning with fresh, made-to-order donuts and speciality coffees at Zombie Coffee and Donuts, just a block away from the convention center in the heart of The Vista. 

650 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-862-1450