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Need restaurant suggestions for dinner on Sunday near the University of South Carolina. Thanks

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  1. Garibaldi's on Green St. is good. If you're on campus you can walk; otherwise they offer valet parking.

    2013 Green St.

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    1. re: Cpt. Wafer

      Many uptown places are not open on Sunday, but most anything in the Vista (toward the river from campus) should be open. The Blue Marlin, The Liberty Taproom, Nonnah's...

      1. re: Ellen of SC

        And if Sunday dinner means a lunchtime meal (I always think of dinner as the evening meal but not everyone does), then Motor Supply in the Vista would be a great choice. Reservations are suggested.

    2. Mr. Friendly's is also very good. If you do mean dinner as lunch, as a previous post suggested, I agree with Motor Supply.

      1. There is always California Dreaming on Main St. just south of Blossom. Decent food and a nice location in an old Railway station.

        1. Try Yesterday's near Five Points. The Chicken Fried Steak is awesome! Mac's on Main is also a really good place. Their fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, and banana pudding is hard to beat, plus Chef Fatback plays a mean blues guitar.

          1. Be careful with restaurants in the Vista. I made the mistake of trying to find somewhere to eat on a Sunday when I first moved to C a few years ago. Many places are closed here even in the Vista. However, Motor Supply Co. Bistro, (on Gervais St.) typically has a slightly amped up menu on Sunday nights, (and their menus, which change daily are almost always fantastic anyway) and as long as your willing to spend between $17-$22 on entrees its a great choice, particularly if you're looking for good food near the University. They used to not accept reservations, except for large parties, but someone recently told me that they have started taking reservations. Also, you can see the daily menus on their website, www.motorsupplycobistro.com, but they don't usually post dinner menus until around 5:30.

            1. Sorry, Sunday in Columbia is not the night of the week that you will have much luck with fine dinning. But for any other night I would be remiss if I did not mention Hampton Street Vineyard, located across from the Marriott. The only Columbia restaurant that has the Wine Spectator Award for excellence, and the food is better than the wine list.

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              1. re: timmytime

                I second this recommendation. There aren't many places in Columbia I would go specifically for food, but Hampton's really great. Terra's not bad...though not sure of they're open on a Sunday. Harper's is a chain, but their food's ok sometimes. And you could try Garibaldi's.

                1. re: izzizzi

                  Sadly, while I love the food at Hampton Street Vineyard my last lunch experience was so bad that I will be going elsewhere for fine dining. The host was unpardonably rude about splitting the bill (it is a new policy--be warned) AND cleared my plate before I was finished with it. Un-believable! Luckily, there are many other places in town where I can spend my money.

              2. Living in Columbia, I feel like I have tasted in all many times. Must go's: Mr. Friendly's, Motor Supply, Garibaldi's. Friendly's is best, ask for Joey. Liberty's is bar food. Blue Marlin is weak and Hampton Street Vineyards is abominable. Sunday afternoon is obviously the worst time, but Motor Supply has the best Brunch in town.

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                1. re: Hokiesid

                  Is HSV abominable these days? I haven't been for years, but back in the day it was one of the few realy good restaurants in the city. (I'm a Columbia native who's been living in Boston and the northeast for the last 20 years.)

                  I'm a huge fan of Motor Supply, and have had one great and one pretty good meal at Gervais Street Something-or-Other, sort of a tapas-y place.

                  I'm headed to the city next week. Any other places to try? Not a huge fan of Garibaldi's (although haven't been there for ages---maybe it's better?).

                  1. re: wittlejosh

                    HSV is still quite good IMHO. That and Motor Supply are two favorites. You may want to try Terra on State Street across the Gervais St. Bridge were Mangia! Mangia! used to be. Gervais & Vine is the "tapas-y" place. Part of the Mr. Friendly's trio. While I like Mr. Friendly's, Gervais & Vine can be hit or miss. Third part of the trio is Soltice in NE area. I hear it is very good, but haven't been myself.