New Restaurants In Columbia, SC: The Ultimate Guide (May 2024)

This guide highlights the newest restaurants in Columbia, SC, as well as those coming soon. From an upscale wild game eatery to a biergarten, new coffee shops, vegan fare and Korean BBQ, Columbia’s dining scene has never been better.

New Restaurants In Columbia, SC

The Hollow opened in March 2024

823 Gervais Street | The Vista

Forest-to-table restaurant in the Vista

The Hollow is a trendy farm-to-table restaurant in the heart of the Vista.

Their menu features an array of game meats like bison, duck, boar, and rabbit alongside an enticing selection of fish including northern pike, rainbow trout, and walleye salmon.

The vibe at The Hollow is a perfect blend of upscale and relaxed. An open kitchen allows you to witness culinary artistry firsthand, while the bar, high-top tables, and cozy booths offer comfortable options for any kind of gathering.

The Hollow offers a daily dinner, as well as brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.


Barrio Tacos opened in February 2024

4420 Devine Street | Devine Street

Devine Street taco shop

Barrio Tacos is a build-your-own taco spot on Devine Street. You can either craft your ideal taco with endless options or choose from their pre-set ‘El Jefe’ options.

Don’t miss their unique “bombshell tortilla” – a double-decker of soft flour and crispy corn tortillas, filled with queso and crumbled bacon.

They have a great cocktail selection with several tequila and whiskey drinks, as well as a vibrant atmosphere.


Masa Mexican Street Food opened in February 2024

2811A Rosewood Drive | Rosewood

Mexican eatery on Rosewood with cocktails on tap

Masa is a new restaurant in Columbia from the folks behind Salud, Camden’s beloved fine-dining Mexican restaurant. While Salud draws Columbia residents for its upscale experience, Masa offers a casual, customizable approach.

Build your own burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, tortas, or tacos by choosing your protein, cheese, and toppings. Don’t miss their signature corn ribs and queso for a delicious starter!

Masa Mexican Street Food


Piecewise Coffee opened in January 2024

2824 Devine Street | Devine Street

Cayce-based coffee shop with a new Devine Street location

Piecewise Coffee is the newest addition to the Columbia coffee shop scene. They opened in the former Blum Coffee space in early 2024.

You’ll find everything you love about the Cayce-born coffee shop at their newest location. They serve Methodical Coffee and have several daily pastries, bagels, overnight oats and yogurt parfaits. Try the cheddar rosemary scone!


Ruby Sunshine opened in November 2023

2030 Devine Street | Five Points

Daily brunch restaurant in Five Points

Ruby Sunshine is a daily brunch restaurant in Five Points. It’s located in the former Yesterday’s Restaurant space.

You’ll find all of the brunch classics you’d want, from stuffed french toast and migas, to shrimp & grits and omelets. But where Ruby Sunshine truly shines is their amazing eggs benedict selection.


MOA Korean BBQ & Bar opened in September 2023

1333 Main Street | Downtown Columbia

Upscale Korean BBQ in downtown Columbia

MOA Korean BBQ is a restaurant specializing in Korean barbecue, with locations in Charlotte, NC and now Columbia.

Their menu includes several great appetizers, like Korean chicken wings and kimchi bulgogi nachos. For entrees you can choose things like stone bowl bibimbap, bulgogi stew or even a salmon poke bowl.

The real fun in the evening is sitting at one of their 16 grill tables. And don’t worry, your server handles all of the grilling for you!

MOA’s sister restaurant is 929 Kitchen in the Vista.

MOA Korean BBQ


Bierkeller Brewing Company opened in August 2023

600 Canalside Street | near Downtown Columbia

Biergarten on the Congaree River

Bierkeller is a brewery in Columbia, SC modeled after a traditional German biergarten. They brew German-style beer and offer traditional German fare.

It’s a kid-friendly spot with great outdoor seating. Pair it with an outdoor adventure on the Riverwalk for the ultimate afternoon out.


The Dragon Room opened in June 2023

803 Gervais Street | The Vista

Upscale pan-Asian small plates and cocktail bar in the Vista

The Dragon Room is a pan-Asian restaurant on Gervais by the chef behind Black Rooster (West Columbia) and Bourbon (Main Street.)

It’s perfect for a date night out, or a late night out because it’s open to 2am on the weekends.

Their menu includes a variety of Asian favorites, from noodles and lobster rangoon dip, to bao buns, ramen and yakitori.

The Dragon Room


Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant opened in June 2023

945 Sabal Street | BullStreet District

Brewery and restaurant in the BullStreet District

Iron Hill Brewery offers award-winning brews and handcrafted fare in Columbia’s growing BullStreet District. It’s part of a Delaware-born chain with over 20 locations in 5 states.

While Iron Hill boasts a larger production facility in Exton, PA, their Columbia location features a small, on-site brewery.

They have a sports bar vibe with outdoor seating and a robust food menu.


The Hoot opened in June 2023

2910 Rosewood Drive | Rosewood

New all-vegan restaurant in Columbia

The Hoot is a vegan restaurant in the Rosewood area of Columbia, SC. It’s a laidback spot with excellent plant-based fare and craft cocktails.

Their 100% plant-based menu includes boiled peanuts, gluten-free cheez tots, ‘chicken’ nuggets and their take on a philly cheesesteak. They also have a ton of house cocktails, spritzes and non-alcoholic options.

The Hoot hosts a weekly trivia night on Tuesdays. Each week is a different theme– you can see the next few coming up on their events page.

The Hoot


Little Bee Bun Mee opened in July 2023

904 Knox Abbott Drive | Cayce

Casual Asian fusion restaurant in Cayce

From the masterminds behind Thai favorite Duke’s Pad Thai comes their latest culinary adventure: Little Bee Bun Mee. The two are located just next to each other in Cayce, SC.

Little Bee Bun Mee offers a fusion adventure. Their menu features poke bowls, unique Asian tacos, sandwiches and classic rice bowls.

They also have great fresh fruit drinks, like their mango madness and strawberry lemonade, in addition to Thai Tea and Thai Coffee.

Little Bee Bun Mee


Dave’s Hot Chicken opened in June 2023

4601 Devine Street | Devine Street

Popular chain known for Nashville-style hot chicken

While we normally like to stick to local restaurants, Dave’s Hot Chicken opened with such fanfare in Columbia that we had to include them.

This popular chain is known for their take on Nashville-style hot chicken, featuring crispy exteriors and a range of heat levels to suit your spice tolerance.

Dave’s Hot Chicken in Columbia occupies the former SmashBurger spot, conveniently located next to Moe’s on Devine Street.


Restaurants Coming Soon To Columbia, SC

  1. Methodical Coffee: Greenville-based coffee roaster is opening in the Bull District (November 2024)
  2. Tupelo Honey: brunch restaurant in the Bull Street District
  3. Prohibition: cocktail bar and restaurant on Main Street (projected April 2024)
  4. Vicious Biscuit: breakfast chain on Forest Drive
  5. Takosushi: opening a second Columbia location in Forest Acres

Other Columbia Restaurant News

  1. Enzo’s moved from Five Points to 600 Heyward Street (Olympia Mills)
  2. Kao Thai moved from the Vista to Main Street
  3. Moctezumas moved to the former Lizard’s Thicket on South Beltline
  4. Blum Coffee closed in late 2023 and Piecewise opened their second shop in the space.

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