Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > General South Archive >
Jul 6, 2007 10:49 AM

Family restaurants columbia, sc

My family will be going to Columbia in May for my sister's graduation. There will be 8 of us ranging from 30-86 years old. Needless to say, there are many different food preferences in this group.

Any recommendations for good family restaurants - where there is something for everyone??


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. May 2008? I'm awed. I can't seem to plan for next week. Dinner, right? These are higher end and close to the University.

    Hampton St. Vineyard - has a private room that you may find nice
    Motor Supply - porch would be nice then
    Terra - has a nice large patio area
    Ristorante Divino
    Mr. Friendly's

    Keep checking - who knows what new spots will be open by then


    4 Replies
    1. re: SweetPea

      All of the above are good. Some additional considerations - Hennessy's, Saluda's - both very nice, good atmospheres. No matter where you choose, make a reservation EARLY and that goes for hotels too. If you need a hotel, I'd recommend the Hampton Inn on Gervais - it's very high end for a Hampton Inn and convenient. Again, book early. All the restaurants above and in my list are expensive. If you want something more reasonable in price, post again.

      1. re: ap1994

        I recently heard a downhill alert for Saluda's.

        1. re: SweetPea

          haha...I didn't read your post! My mother's office just hosted a party there and she said the food was really good. BTW note to any columbians: went to capitol cafe today for lunch and liked it alot. I got the chicken gyro...just ok, have had much better (zorba's is pretty good) but my friend got the shrimp burger which was delicious. Cookie for dessert was good, but I prefer mine chewy. Anyway, I love the seating area and can't wait to try breakfast (SWEET POTATO PANCAKES!!!). I have a slight obsession with sweet potatoes...

          1. re: izzizzi

            Apparently I forgot I posted and did it again! I haven't eaten there for a year or so but it was good then. A friend and wife who were fans gave it the thumbs down and now are big on Soltice.

    2. For a good quality meal Hapton St. Vineyard is probably your best bet, though I've also heard good things about Saluda's. Both are expensive. For less expensive I may try Harper's. It's not a bad ambaience and the foods pretty good.

      3 Replies
      1. re: izzizzi

        I have heard Saluda's has gone downhill in food quality.

        1. re: SweetPea

          I used to love Garibaldi's, but I haven't been to Columbia in several years. Is it still there, and if so, still good?

          1. re: Suzy Q

            It's still there. I think it's good but I always get the flounder. I try to branch out, but just can't seem to do it. They bought the John Paul's location on Assembly near Gervais, but nothing seems to be happening when I drive by and look.