A first look at Smoked — Columbia SC’s upscale oyster bar


The lounge, bar, and outdoor patio | Photo taken by COLAtoday team

So you don’t pull a muscle finding the what’s-what, we’re going to be shucking out all the information on Smoked — the newest upscale restaurant on the 1600 block of Main Street.

What to expect:

When you first walk in, you’ll be greeted by a long bar to the right with taps from the built-in microbrewery, Peak Driftthe 64,000 sq ft. brewery coming on North Main next year.

You’ll also find two dining rooms with the first hosting an oyster bar that sits underneath a skylight — original to the historic buildingthat was refurbished during construction. The other dining room is a private event space with an additional bar.


The oyster bar under the skylight during construction | Photo taken by COLAtoday team

If you pass the dining rooms + microbrewery, you’ll find yourself in the lounge that’s attached to the outdoor patio through sliding glass doors.

The real secret sauce of Smoked will be its speakeasy, featuring top shelf liquors and rotating cocktails from a team of Columbia’s best mixologists.


Smoked signature oyster | Photo taken by COLAtoday team

Let’s talk grub. Reservations are now open. Click to see the full menu where you can order steak flights, char-grilled oysters, and seafood towers.

After the grand opening on Nov. 13, the restaurant will be open for lunch + dinner Monday-Fridays. On weekends, Smoked will offer a brunch menu and stay open for dinner.

Fun fact — Smoked is made up of three historic buildings and was still standing after the Civil War in 1866. Checkout this full behind the scenes video to find more about the history of Smoked.

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