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Update: List of Columbia restaurants doing to-go, outdoor and indoor dining during COVID-19 restrictions

Black Rooster dining room from above

Black Rooster

On May 11, restaurants were able to reopen for indoor dining after almost two months of not being allowed to do so. Per Gov. McMaster's order, the restaurants are open at half capacity and under several health regulations. Free Times is curating a list of local and national spots that have started offering delivery, take out, outdoor dining and indoor dining. This list will continue to be updated. 

In Columbia, the city is bagging parking meters in front of restaurants offering take-out options to facilitate customer pickup. Some restaurants — in keeping with state Department of Revenue guidelines — are offering beer and wine, as well, but they aren't allowed to deliver such items or bring them to you curbside; you'll have to walk in and grab them.

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929 Kitchen & Bar Curbside pickup and delivery available.

Al-Amir on Main Main Street's Mediterranean staple is offering pickup/to-go and will begin delivery on March 23.

Art Bar Open for retail sales of beer and wine from 1 to 8 p.m.

Bierkeller Columbia German-style brewery Bierkeller Columbia is offering drive through pick up of crowlers. Customers preorder online, see details here, and pick up on Tuesday or Thursday from 5 - 8 p.m. 

Calloway's Sports Bar & Grill West Columbia spot is offering pickup service from noon to 10 p.m. and outside seating. Call 803-926-1199 to order.

Cottontown Brew Lab The Cottontown brewery is taking online orders at for same day pick up. A list of available beer will be published daily on the website.

Curiosity Coffee Bar Main Street coffee shop Curiosity Coffee Bar announced on Facebook it would be moving to using to-go packaging only, baristas will pour dairy/non-dairy additives and, starting March 17, it will only do take-out orders. Curiosity will only accept credit/debit cards for payment as well.

Drake's Duck-In The Main Street chicken mainstay remains open for takeout Monday through Saturday and is offering delivery through DoorDash, Uber Eats and BiteSquad

Drip Coffee After closing briefly, the Five Points location is back open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Offering curbside pickup and delivery within the downtown area. Call 803-661-9545 to order.

Flight Deck Starting March 19, Lexington restaurant will deliver within a five-mile radius and has online ordering. Place an order by calling 803-957-5990.

Keg Cowboy Craft brew-centered bar and restaurant in Lexington is open for to-go orders, offering food, beer and wine, and house-baked bread.

Gervais & Vine Taking pickup orders via phone (803-799-8463) and through services. Outdoor dining available as well, reservations recommended. Menu available at Open from 11:30 to 2 p.m. for lunch and 4 to 9 p.m. for dinner.

Gourmet Shop Five Point’s cafe, winery and more shop is offering curbside pickup, outdoor dining and delivery on food/goods orders of $25 or more, with an $8 delivery fee and free delivery on orders over $75. Gourmet Shop's delivery is anywhere within 15 minutes of the shop. 

Granby Grill New sandwich spot in Olympia Mills is offering outdoor dining, pickup and delivery Wednesday through Sunday from 4 to 10 p.m.

Hazelwood Brewery Company The brewery is offering beer through its to-go window. 

Il Focolare Sarah Simmons’ and Aaron Hoskins’ pizzeria announced on Facebook it was closing the dining room on Monday and converting to take-out only. The post detailed that the restaurant is accepting orders through online and phone ordering. 

The restaurant is also accepting "pay-it-forward pizza," where one can buy a cheese pizza for a hospitality worker.

Inakaya Watanabe Japanese and sushi restaurant is open 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 5 to 8:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday to take curbside pickup orders.

Lula Drake Wine Parlour The downtown wine bar Lula Drake Wine Parlour announced on Facebook it closed its operation temporarily at on March 26. The bar is still conducting its rare wine sale through Facebook

Mellow Mushroom Vista’s outpost of the pizza chain is offering curbside pickup. Order through the website,

Miyo's/M restaurants Michelle Wang's local chain of pan-Asian restaurants is reopening two of its locations on April 14, M Kitchen and Miyo's on Forest Drive, for take out and curbside pick up. M Vista opened April 28 for curbside pickup from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Motor Supply Company Bistro Vista fine dining favorite is offering curbside takeout starting April 29. Order at least 30 minutes ahead at its website or call 803-256-6687. 

Oak Grove Fish House Lexington seafood restaurant is offering to-go and curbside pickup. The restaurant is continuing to evaluate its hours of operations, it detailed in a Facebook post.

Pasta Fresca Forest Acres Italian restaurant Pasta Fresca announced on its Facebook page Tuesday that it was no longer offering dine-in service. The post shared that the restaurant will offer curbside take out and delivery through Doordash delivery service. 

Pawleys Front Porch The Harden Street restaurant is serving food out of its food truck on March 18, per a Facebook post. Call 803-771-8001 to place an order.

Railroad BBQ The new barbecue joint owned by longtime Columbia activist Kevin Gray opened its doors on March 12 at 2001 Hampton Street, right across from the Richland County administration building. It is temporarily closed and exploring delivery options. 

River Rat Brewery The longtime Columbia brewery announced on Facebook it was closing temporarily. Its beers will still be available in retail locations and has been available through special sales. 

SMALLSugar Vista bakery and cafe SMALLSugar announced through Facebook it was accepting pick-up orders. 

Simmons’ and Hoskins’ bakery/cafe will update its website with pastry options,, every day at 10 a.m., and customers order there. For other menu items call the shop. The cafe will send an email when its ready, call 803-722-7506 when you arrive, and a gloved-wearing worker will deliver the food to your car.

Spotted Salamander Cafe and Catering Chef Jessica Shillato posted on Facebook that the restaurant is doing curbside pickup for family style meals. The menu is available at

True BBQ West Columbia barbecue joint is open for walk-in and curbside pickup service (call 803-791-9950 to order) and delivery through multiple online services.

Very's Great Philly Food Open for takeout. Call in order at 803-788-6254 or place it online at Also offering delivery through Bite Squad.

Village Idiot Local pizza chain Village Idiot is offering free delivery and curbside pick-up at its locations. The chain will continue to offer its specials, such as BOGO on Wednesdays. 

Vino Garage Wine shop Vino Garage remains open for retail sales.

War Mouth Cottontown eatery announced on Facebook it was offering curbside pick-up orders. Place orders at Also offering beer and wine pickup.

WECO Bottle and Biergarten The Whig's sister establishment will move to emphasize its retail sales.

Zombie Coffee and Donuts The donut and coffee shop is open for pick-up and delivery on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and delivery for orders over $40 or more on other days of the week. Guests must call ahead for orders at 803-862-1459.

Indoor and outdoor dining

Blue Marlin Upscale Vista eatery Blue Marlin is offering curbside pick up and take out during normal business hours, outdoor seating on its breezeway/patio and indoor dining beginning May 13.

Bottles Beverage Superstore It remains open for indoor shopping but is also offering curbside pick-up for call in and email orders.

Cafe Strudel Open for indoor dining, outside dining and takeout.

Cantina 76 The Devine Street location is offering to-go service, indoor dining at 25 percent capacity and outdoor dining. The Main Street location is offering to-go and outdoor dining.

Craft and Draft Bottle shop Craft and Draft's two locations are offering online ordering for pickups and a reservation system for outdoor seating on its patio. Go to for more details. 

Hall’s Chophouse The high-end steakhouse is offering patio dining, curbside pickup and selling its Allen Brothers steaks to be cooked at home, it announced on Facebook. It is open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Grand on Main Developer Scott Middleton’s bowling alley and restaurant is offering delivery through Bite Squad, curbside pickup, outdoor dining and indoor dining. His across-the-street venture, The Main Course, is doing the same.

Inakaya (Oneil Court) Curbside takeout available and indoor dining. 

Indah Coffee Local roaster and coffee shop Indah Coffee is offering to-go and outdoor seating on a newly built patio.

Lizard's Thicket  All of the many Midlands locations, aside from the Airport Boulevard location, are reopen for indoor dining. . Open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Catering department remains open, as well.

Market on Main Outdoor seating, pickup and delivery available through its website

MJ's Grill Northeast Columbia restaurant is offering indoor dining, out door dining, carryout and curbside service. Call 803-445-1455 to order, delivery available through BiteSquad.

Publick House The Devine Street spot is open for take out and outdoor dining. Full lunch and dinner menus. 11am 10pm Monday through Saturday 3pm to 10pm Sunday.  

Saluda's Restaurant Fine dining restaurants Saluda's is open for dine-in and outside dining.

Steel Hands Brewing Cayce brewery is open for outdoor seating. It is continuig to offer a buy three get a fourth six-pack free deal. 

Sub Station II Popular sub sandwich chain Sub Station II is offering indoor seating, delivery through DoorDash and Bite Squad, take-out, carry out, window or curbside pickup.

Tazza Kitchen Trenholm Plaza The Forest Drive restaurant is offering outdoor dining through reservations and curbside pickup.

Tin Roof Vista bar is offering to-go food for walk-in or curbside pickup and patio seating. Menu and ordering info can be found here.

Upper Crust Northeast Columbia spot is offering outdoor dining and takeout. 

Wet Willie's Burger and bar food joint Wet Willie's on Gervais Street is offering outdoor diing and take-out for pickup. 

National brands

Applebees Columbia's four Applebee's are offering in curbside and delivery services. 

Chick-fil-A Fast food chicken joint Chick-fil-A closed its dining rooms on Monday, the company announced in a statement. The drive-thru will remain open.

Chipotle A Twitter post from Chipotle detailed it is offering free delivery on orders of $10 or more. While the tweet didn’t make note of COVID-19, it seems fair to surmise it played a role.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit The barbecue-chain is still serving guests through carryout, delivery and curbside service. 

Dunkin' Donuts Widespread donut chain Dunkin' Donuts announced in a press release on Tuesday it was closing its dining rooms and moving service to drive-thru ordering, carry out and delivery. The restaurants are also reducing the hours of operations and giving franchisee locations the option to temporarily close, if they are near other Dunkin' locations. 

Firehouse Subs The sub sandwich chain remains open for pick up and carryout and delivery at some locations.

Golden Coral The Forest Drive location is offering curbside service, online ordering and weigh and pay buffet service from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

KFC In a similar move, KFC announced it was offering free delivery from March 14 to April 26. Orders less than $12 will have a service and order fees.

LongHorn Steakhouse Vista location of the national chain is open for pickup and offering delivery to those in the neighborhood. Coupon for 10 percent off available.

Olive Garden National Italian chain, with local spots in Sparkleberry square and in Harbison Court, Olive Garden is offering free delivery on orders over $40 and to-go orders with curbside pick up. 

Publix Grocery store announced it was closing its stores and pharmacies at 8 p.m. starting March 14.

Starbucks Temporarily closed in-store cafes. Select grocery, retail and drive-thru locations remain open. Delivery available through Uber Eats. Visit store locator on the Starbucks website for hours and open locations.

David Clarey joined Free Times in November 2019 as a food and news writer. He's constantly fighting competing desires to try cooking food at home and spending his entire paycheck on Columbia restaurants.

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