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40 great brunch restaurants to try in Columbia

Check out these brunch restaurants, cafes, and diners in Cola, serving a variety of egg dishes, mimosas, bloody marys, and more.

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French toast from The Gourmet Shop | Photo by @elise_likes_to_eat

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In this town, brunchin’ ain’t easy but it’s necessary. Whether you’re on the hunt for fluffy eggs, fried chicken and waffles or mind-blowing Bloody Marys, the options can get as overwhelming as the lines at times.

Luckily, you have us to scout things out. We listed a whole bunch of brunch options (50 total), along with menu recs, pro tips, and an interactive map to track ‘em. Plan your weekend and pour those mimosas.

Price estimates are based on general entrees, and don’t include drinks, tax, or tip.

$ ~ $20 or less per person
$$ ~ $20-40 per person
$$$ ~ $40+ per person

Weekday wonders

Another Broken Egg Cafe, 4600 Devine St., Suite C, Columbia | Daily, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. | Breakfast restaurant | $ | Check out the lineup of unique brunch cocktails, like the cranberry cocktail mimosa and pumpkin spiced cold brew.

Crêpes & Croissants, 1465 Sumter St., Columbia | Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | $ | Daily Cafe | Choose between making your crêpe sweet or savory. Pro tip — take a friend and split so you can have a little bit of both.

The Bistreaux by Fleur de Licious, 2700 Broad River Rd., Columbia | Mon. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Closed on Tues., Wed. + Thurs. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. + Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Creole restaurant | $$ | The brick-and-mortar location of this popular New Orleans food truck offers delicious brunch entrees like bananas foster perdu and grilled lamb chops.

Breakfast At Ruiz, 116 State St., Columbia | Sunday-Saturday 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Breakfast restaurant | $ | The shrimp and grits dish made with local Palmetto Farm grits, pan-seared shrimp, white wine garlic cream sauce, smoked Gouda cheese and scallions is a go-to favorite.

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A Cafe Strudel brunch platter

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Cafe Strudel, 300 State St., West Columbia | Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat., 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | All-day café | $$ | Enjoy the hangover hashbrowns featured in Southern Living’s September, 2006 edition.

Creekside Restaurant, 711 E Main St., Lexington | Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | American restaurant | $ | Homestyle breakfast staples like pancakes, omelets and biscuits served in a casual atmosphere

Flying Biscuit Cafe, 936 Harden St., Columbia | Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat. + Sun. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. | Breakfast restaurant | $ | Order something off of its Fantastic Favorites menu — we recommend the Egg-stravaganza dish.

Good Life Cafe, 1216 Taylor St., Columbia | Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.| All-day café | $$ | Pro tip — No lunch items are served until 2 p.m. during brunch.

Original Pancake House, 4840 Forest Dr., Columbia | Mon.-Fri., 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 7 a.m-3 p.m. | Breakfast restaurant | $ | Do we really need to give you a recommendation for the original pancake house? Order the Apple Pancake — made with fresh Granny Smith apples and premium saigon cinnamon glaze.

The Toasty Hot Spot, 1305 Lady St., Columbia | Mon-Thurs. 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Breakfast restaurant | $ | Indulge in smothered biscuits with shrimp or sausage.

Rambo’s Fat Cat Biscuits, 2430 Main St., Columbia | Tues.-Sun., 7 a.m.-2 p.m. | Restaurant | $ | You can’t go wrong ordering the Blue Corn Grits with Chipotle Pimento Cheese or the Cheesy Hashbrown Bake.

Sandwich Depot, 1211 Taylor St., Columbia | Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Restaurant | $ | Order the Western breakfast wrap, made with ham, onion, green pepper, scrambled egg, provolone cheese + hollandaise on a white wrap.

Weekend musts

Di Prato’s Delicatessen, 342 Pickens St., Columbia | Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Deli | $ | Indulge in classics like fresh chocolate chip pancakes or try something new like the Eggs Charleston – a twist on Eggs Benedict with crab cakes.

Henry’s Restaurant and Bar, 2865 Devine St., Columbia + 2108 State St., Cayce | Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | American restaurant | $$ | Get the Breakfast Chonga which comes with pimento cheese and jalapeno.

Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles, 7001 Parklane Rd., Columbia + 1260 Bower Parkway, Suite A8, Columbia | Mon., 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Tues.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat., 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. | All day café | $ | If you’re not really a chicken and waffles kinda person, the Kiki’s Soul Food Plate is a great substitute. Oh, and order it honey style.

Liberty Tap Room, 828 Gervais St., Columbia | Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Grill | $$ | Snag brunch classics like chicken and grits to go with your Liberty Bloody Mary — garnished with pepperoni, olives, and candied bacon.


Publico Kitchen & Tap | Photo by @tatieatscola

Publico Kitchen and Tap, 2013 Greene St., Columbia + 2180 Boyce St. STE A, Columbia| Sun., 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | American Restaurant | $$ | It doesn’t get better than churro french toast.

Tazza Kitchen, 4840 Forest Dr., Ste. 20, Columbia | Sat., 11:30-2:30 p.m., Sun., 10:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. | New American restaurant | $$ | Who says you can’t have pizza for brunch?

Transmission Arcade, 1712 Main St., Columbia | Sun., 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | Arcade bar | $ | Freshly-made entrees and shareables with a side of classic arcade games.

Daytime party

Tin Roof, 1022 Senate St., Columbia | Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | American restaurant | $ | Enjoy the summer’s Bravo Brunch Series, where Tin Roof will be hosting an overly dramatic trivia series beginning at 1 p.m. every two weeks. Pick from normal brunch menu items or special menu items pertaining to each show with bottomless Mimosas alongside a Bloody Mary bar.

The Grand, 1621 Main St., Columbia | Sat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | American restaurant | $$ | Don’t miss out on the mimosa flight which includes flavors like blackberry spice, blueberry, and peach.


Columbia Craft Beer Week | Photo by @magnoliaandmain

Savage Craft Ale Works, 430 Center St., West Columbia | Sun., 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Brewery | $ | Brunch and brew with a spicy chicken biscuit or chorizo hash.

Za’s, 2930 Devine St., Columbia | Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Pizzeria | $$ | Split $12 mimosa buckets and a breakfast pizza with your brunch buddies.

For a special occasion

Blue Fin, 461-4 Town Center Pl., Columbia | Sun., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | Seafood restaurant | $$ | Enjoy upscale food service with a laid-back atmosphere.

Hall’s Chophouse, 1221 Main St., Columbia | Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Steakhouse | $$$$ | Get fancy with french toast made with lavender-scented brioche or a filet mignon — or both.

Il Giorgione, 2406 Devine St., Columbia | Sat., 11-2 p.m. | Italian restaurant | $$ | Pasta goes great with an egg. Try the patate alla carbonara.

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Motor Supply cheese board | Photo by @rachel.awtrey.

Motor Supply Co. Bistro, 920 Gervais St., Columbia | Sat., 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Bistro | $$$ | Share a house-smoked salmon board or hoard the shrimp and grits made with Beaufort-caught shrimp and Adluh grits.

Smoked, 1643 Main St., Columbia | Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Southern Seafood | $$$$ | Have the Proper Southern Breakfast, made with eggs, bacon, grits, and buttermilk biscuits.

Quick and easy

Bubba’s Biscuits, 115 W Main St., Lexington | Friday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | $ | Breakfast restaurant | If you’re more of a lunch bruncher, order The Boss — Bubba’s Biscuits’ take on a Philly Cheese Steak served over a biscuit.

Compton’s Kitchen, 1118 B Ave., West Columbia | Brunch offered first Sunday of the month from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Diner | $ | Go big with the rib-eye breakfast topped with sautéed onions.


Wine + cheese from The Gourmet Shop | photo via @thegourmetshop5points

The Gourmet Shop, 724 Saluda Ave., Columbia | Daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Café | $$ | Snag a breakfast panini on grilled ciabatta or keep it quick with a chocolate croissant.

Great outdoors

Hampton Street Vineyard, 1207 Hampton St., Columbia | Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Brasserie | $$$ | If you’ve never had a niçoise salad for brunch, now is your chance.

Market on Main, 1320 Main St., Columbia | Tues.-Wed. 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Thurs.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. | Restaurant | $$ | Elevate your brunch with a wagyu burger made with yuzu mayo and togarashi vinaigrette.

Poogan’s Southern Kitchen, 4605 Forest Dr., Suite #1, Columbia | Served daily until 3 p.m. | Restaurant | $ | Poogan’s serves up delectable Southern staples like fried catfish nibbles, biscuits and gravy, and country fried steak.


Brunch at Steel Hands Brewery | Photo via @COLAtoday

Steel Hands Brewing, 2350 Foreman St., Cayce | Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Brewery | $ | Each item on its brunch menu has a suggested beer pairing. How does a half pound of Cajun fried shrimp with a juicy hazy IPA sound?

Pastry paradises

The Hideout in WECO, 118 State St., West Columbia | Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Restaurant | $ | If you’re in a hurry, grab your avocado toast from the counter or eat some macrons on the patio.

The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli, 2617 Devine St., Columbia | Wed.-Sun. 7 a.m.- 2 p.m. | Deli | $ | Get a cinnamon roll — or a dozen mini cinnamon rolls. We won’t stop you.

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smallSUGAR | Photo by @smallsugarsc

smallSUGAR, 709 Gervais St., Columbia | All-day café | Daily, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. | $$ | We love the Shakshouka-ish dish — made with marinated eggplant + soft-boiled egg, paired with an herb salad.

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