Whether you’re in college, a working professional, or even a high school student with a bit of cash on you, we all have one thing in common: We like to eat and try amazing food. West Columbia is home to some great local cafes and restaurants that are looking to serve you some amazing food. You wouldn’t want to miss out on West Columbia’s fantastic dining options after seeing what we have for you.

We at Redtail on the River have put together a list of the best restaurants in West Columbia, SC. So wait no more and give any of the fine places we chose for you a try!

Zesto of West Columbia

Anyone will love Zesto of West Columbia. It’s known for keeping a classic diner look and serving up some of the best ice cream and burgers since 1949. This Columbian restaurant is good at keeping things classic and won’t let your taste buds down.

Zesto is popular among many college students, families, and tourist crowds in town. Zesto is also filled with a great atmosphere for the community.

Price: $

Food Style: Hamburger Restaurant

Restaurant Location: 504 12th St, West Columbia, SC 29169

Restaurant Hours

  • Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

Restaurant Perks

  • Shop Gear

Local Favorites

  • Cheeseburger
  • Ice Cream Cones
  • Zestoburger

Tips & Tricks

Zesto is an old-school ice cream parlor, so we highly suggest you try out the cones! You’ll love the cold dessert after eating a great burger at Zesto.

The best times to stop by Zesto and avoid heavy customer traffic is at opening times and around 3 p.m. daily. Zesto is pretty quick to serve food, even when there is a line.

Jackson’s Southern Kitchen

Are you feeling extra hungry today? Jackson’s Southern Kitchen is the perfect spot to enjoy some never-ending southern style food. From catfish to veggies, they have it all. Jackson’s makes sure to season all of its food with delicious herbs and spices that will have you licking your fingers when you’re done.

Price: $$

Food Style: Buffet Restaurant

Restaurant Location: 1213 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia, SC 29169

Restaurant Hours

  • Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 a.m.

Restaurant Perks

  • Buffet
  • Catering

Local Favorites

  • Cornbread Fritters
  • Fried Catfish
  • Hushpuppies
  • Peach Cobbler

Tips & Tricks

Don’t be afraid to serve yourself multiple plates from the buffet line. Once you’re done with the main course, make sure you get some dessert. The peach cobbler will turn your visit into the best choice you’ll make all day.

If you’re trying to save some extra cash, you’ll want to dine in any from Monday to Wednesday. This is when the buffet is at the cheapest price! Just make sure you check out the menu to see if they’re serving your favorite meals those days.

Jackson’s does a great job of keeping the buffet food hot and fresh. It’d be best if you dine in during the first part of the day. The restaurant tends to get busier during dinner time.

True BBQ

Let’s smoke things up a bit and go to True BBQ. You can expect a nice southern greeting next time you walk into True BBQ. This restaurant does a great job of hosting some nice family-friendly events for the Columbia community.  This barbecue spot is not your average pit. True is dedicated to serving some of the freshest high-quality meats in the West Columbia area. Get over to True BBQ and experience the great tasting food that once started as a food truck here in West Columbia!

Price: $$

Food Style: Barbecue Restaurant

Restaurant Location: 1237 D Ave, West Columbia, SC 29169

Restaurant Hours

  • Wednesday – Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Restaurant Perks

  • Coupons
  • Samples (On Special Occasions)
  • Special Events

Local Favorites

  • Pretty Lady Sauce
  • Sexy Lady Sauce
  • Baby Back Ribs

Tips & Tricks

Make sure you follow True BBQ on Facebook for updates on special events. That’s one of the best times to go out and enjoy a quality meal in a great atmosphere.

Café Strudel

Café Strudel was once a small space in the ’90s and now has multiple locations. Today, this American style restaurant serves some of the tastiest food in West Columbia. Café Strudel keeps making fans due to the quality food and the affordable prices. The best part is the serving sizes and how neatly each plate is delivered to the customer. Who can beat that, right?

Café Strudel is also distinguishable for the tasteful art selection on the walls of the restaurant. They display some of the best art pieces from local artists and more!

Price: $

Food Style: American Restaurant

Restaurant Location: 300 State St, West Columbia, SC 29169

Restaurant Hours

  • Monday & Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday & Thursday: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Restaurant Perks

Local Favorites

  • Breakfast Burger
  • Grilled Steak Sandwich
  • Stuffed Burger

Tips & Tricks

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you will love the freshly cooked meals at Café Strudel. Just make sure to ask what the special for the day is and you’ll be set.

The café tends to get busy towards the end of the week. So head over any time from Monday through Thursday if you want to avoid customer traffic. Feel free to dine in any day from Friday to Sunday if you don’t mind the traffic.

Mai Thai Cuisine

Let’s change things up a bit and explore the foreign food West Columbia has to offer. Mai Thai Cuisine is a great place to taste the delicious traditional flavors from Thailand.

The setup of this particular spot is like most traditional Asian restaurants in the United States. We know that you’ll love the fine cuisine at this great Thai spot.

Price: $$

Food Style: Thai Restaurant

Restaurant Location: 2249 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia, SC 29169

Restaurant Hours

  • Monday – Friday: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

Restaurant Perks

  • Call and Order
  • Daily Specials
  • Fireplace
  • Reservations

Local Favorites

  • Tea

Tips & Tricks

Always go in and ask for the special deals of the day. You’ll get a good plate at a great price.

Mai Thai Cuisine has steady traffic throughout the day which makes it easy for customers to come in and out. This restaurant gets busier during the weekends in case you like to avoid waiting.

Al’s Upstairs Italian Restaurant

We couldn’t end our list without having a fancy spot to eat out. Al’s Upstairs Italian Restaurant is the perfect spot to take your significant other on a dinner date in West Columbia. This restaurant does a fantastic job of catering to all of your needs and creating a dining experience like no other in South Carolina. You can enjoy a smooth cup of wine under beautiful lighting to turn your date into a magical evening.

Price: $$$

Food Style: Italian Restaurant

Restaurant Location: 300 Meeting St, West Columbia, SC 29169

Restaurant Hours

  • Tuesday – Saturday: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Restaurant Perks

  • Filet Mignon
  • Fried Calamari
  • Pasta Alla Al

Local Favorites

  • Chef Specials
  • Private Party
  • Special Reservations
  • Wine Selection

Tips & Tricks

Make sure that you reserve a spot at Al’s! We know that you want things to go smoothly. The restaurant can get packed and we want you to get a good spot.

Conclusion

We know you’ll enjoy your experience at any of these local spots in Columbia. Just remember to share your thoughts about our list and your favorite spot in town! We are curious to find out what you truly think are the best restaurants in Columbia, SC.