Holiday Dining



Make each of your holiday dining experiences memorable by dining at one of our suggested Columbia-area restaurants below. Their chefs have prepared special menus for the season, many with locally grown ingredients.

929 Kitchen & Bar

803-764-3825 | 929 Gervais Street

929 Kitchen & Bar is a new addition to the Vista, boasting delicious upscale modern Korean cuisine, beautiful interiors, and a delightful atmosphere. Their menu features classic Korean dishes like Bibimbap and Bulgogi Beef, and more American fair such as the Korean Philly and Spicy Pork Tacos.

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For newcomers to Korean cuisine, 929 is the perfect introduction! Their collection of ethnic dishes provide a delicious snapshot into the heart of Korean flavor. In addition to the excellent food and atmosphere, 929 Kitchens can be rented out for your parties and events!

What makes this new restaurant even more exciting is their involvement with the night life of Columbia. Every weekend when the sun goes down, 929 turns into a night club! With a DJ, a full bar, and tons of space to move around, it’s a great place to spend your Saturday evening. Website here.929 Kitchen

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Carolina Strip Club

(803) 764-4017 | 902 Gervais Street- Suite C

Don’t let the name fool you, this place is home to some of the best steaks in Columbia! The Carolina Strip Club was inspired by the need for great, authentic steaks that didn’t need to be dressed in frills in order to be excellent.

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A Vista staple since 2013, this delicious restaurant pairs local produce with juicy, hand-cut steaks, serving up delicious and exciting dishes. As the cold weather rolls in, there’s nothing better than a hot steak. Featuring dishes like Crab Mac & Cheese, Steakburgers, and 30-ounce Porterhouse steaks (That’s almost TWO pounds!).

This restaurant is located in the heart of the Vista. They can cater events, and even have the entire second floor available to rent out for private parties! Keep them in mind when the family comes to town. Reservations are recommended. Website here.

Carolina Western Pub

803-471-5379 | 920 Lady Street

A new addition to the Vista, Carolina Western Pub promises to bring a little country and a whole lot of barbecue to the Columbia area. Their menu has BBQ classics like Brisket and Baby Back Ribs, but also features delicious dishes such as Fried Mushrooms and Homemade Chili!

Their authentic country atmosphere features two floors of dining area, a stage with an American flag backdrop, a dance floor, and a full bar! With live music every Thursday, Carolina Western Pub is the place to go for a good time! Website here.

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Crêpes et Croissants

803.462.4779 | 1465 Sumter Street

Crepes et Croissants-51 (1)Their menu is amazing from their Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwich to various crepes such as Paris, Turkey, and Norway. Laurent, owner of Crêpes et Croissants, came from his native France to bring his Master Crêpe Maker’s “Savoir Faire” to the South, so don’t miss out this special, holiday season. You deserve the best pastries, croissants, and crepes that they have to offer, as you step into this busy holiday season.  Website here.

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Liberty Taproom & Grill in the Vista

803.461.4677 | 828 Gervais Street liberty-tap-room-9-monday-special

Liberty means many things to many different people. It is a celebration of the great American farmer and the rich bounty he puts on our tables. It is a celebration of America’s melting pot of rich ethnic cooking styles.

It is a celebration of the resurgence of the “handcrafted-brewing” style of the pre-prohibition small American brewery. It is a celebration of life, family and the pursuit of happiness. So bring them your hungry, your thirsty and fun-loving, they’ll send you home refreshed and fulfilled this holiday season! Website Here!

Little Pigs BBQ

803.788.8238 | 4927 Alpine Road 

DSC_0747Need to cater your Thanksgiving or Christmas event? Little Pigs offers a wide array of food options for your special occasion! Call their Catering Hotline at 803-318-6682 and they will work with you to come up with the ideal menu for your event.

They will be closed Sunday, December 24th, plus Monday and Tuesday are their regular days to be closed (so Little Pigs BBQ will be closed 12/24/2017 – 12/26/2017). Website here.


O’Haras Public House

803-785-4025 | 131 E Main Street

oharasO’Hara’s Public House, “the new kid on the block” in downtown Lexington, is an authentic Irish pub filled with warm food and cold beer.

Featuring a menu of Irish classics alongside the best of Regional American comfort foods, and a wide selection of beer, wine and liquors, this delightful restaurant sets the standard for pub culture in South Carolina.

Their heavier fare, like Shepherd’s Pie and Pot Roast, is perfect for the upcoming winter months! Enjoy this hot food a nice cold ale, and you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to Ireland! Website here.


Pearlz Oyster Bar

803.661.7741 | 936 Gervais Street

Pearlz Oyster Bar is a fun, eclectic restaurant serving the best in fresh seafood, including an assorted mix of raw shellfish, local seafood, Lowcountry recipes and regional favorites.

Oysters hi resThe raw bar offers a variety of Lowcountry and Gulf oysters as well as specialty oysters, in addition to fresh seasonal shellfish. A full-service bar providing cold beers and unique, refreshing cocktails serves as the epicenter of the restaurants lively environment. Enjoy your time this holiday season at Pearlz. Website here.

Quaker Steak & Lube

Chicken TendersThis motor-themed restaurant offers some the best wings in Richland County with over 25 different wing sauces! There is always something happening at “The Lube” like their trademark Bike Night, Kid’s events, Happy Hour and more!

Quaker Steak and Lube is also known for their amazing catering menu, which features ribs, wings, wraps, salads, and so much more. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite, or a quality atmosphere to bring the entire family, then this is the place for you.  Website here.

Sauce of the Month: Smoked Jalapeno Honey Mustard. This sauce is available for November only. Description: Smoked Jalapeno Honey Mustard is the classic honey mustard flavor you love, with just a hint of jalapeno. Great on Ribs and wings, this craveable flavor is perfect for fall!


Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse

803.708.3151 | 410 Columbiana Drive

Rioz is the perfect place for family and friend gatherings this holiday season. Deliciousness is an understatement when it comes to all of the mouthwatering meat options that Brazilian cowboys bring around to the tables for your taste buds’ satisfaction.

An authentic Brazilian steakhouse that you don’t want to miss this holiday season. Website here.

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Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

924-A Senate Street | 803-212-6666

Take the stress out of hosting Thanksgiving this year! Celebrate the holiday at Ruth’s Chris and enjoy their award-winning dinner menu or savor a traditional turkey feast.  Thanksgiving menu is $39.95 for adults and $12.95 for children 10 and under. The Columbia restaurant will be open from 11am-10pm on Thanksgiving Day.  Website here!

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Swamp Cabbage Brewery

803.939.2589 | 921 Brookwood Drive

Swamp Cabbage Brewery glassEnjoy a board game with a cold pint at Swamp Cabbage this holiday season. No matter what pleases your palate, they have what your glass needs. From light to hoppy, crisp to full-bodied – and everything in between – our beers run the gamut and you are bound to find something that satisfies and delights your taste buds. Website Here!



Tombo Grille

 803.782.9665 | 4517 Forest Drive tombo-grille

Reservations are recommended because who doesn’t love this neighborhood restaurant in Columbia? They serve only the freshest of foods and are sure to set your taste buds ablaze this November!

Also check out their dinner specials which change nightly, as do their featured beers and wines. Tombo boasts the largest half-bottle wine list in Columbia, with something for everyone and every occasion.

Need a lunchtime event catered during the holidays? Tombo offers family-style lunchtime catering, with customized menu options available. And if you’re looking for a great gift for the foodie in your life, they’ll love a Tombo Grille gift certificate! Website Here!


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