Econo Lodge & Conference Center
773 St. Andrews Road
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: (803) 772-7275
Fax: (803) 798-5999
Villa Tronco is one of Columbia's oldest and most exquisite Italian restaurant. It is family owned and four generations have been taking care of it. The traditional Italian menu introduced by Mama Tronco over seven decades ago is hugely popular. It boasts of original aromatic recipes, fresh ingredients and award winning wines. A wide range of delicacies are offered which makes it the most preferable choice for all.
Located in Downtown Columbia, not two minutes away from the popular Blue Marlin, Ristorante Divino has come to be known as a place that serves divine Italian fare. The award-winning wine list is another wonderful touch; you will be able to find something to complement any meal you may be having. There are many hot and cold appetizers, as well as delicious soups like the tomato crab. There are a number of pastas, seafood platters and beef and veal preparations.
At Hampton Street Vineyard, you will come across the freshest ingredients at all times, be it the food or the wine. With a menu that changes with the seasons, the chefs at this restaurant ensure that they make the very best of the seasonal produce to present you with something spectacular. This fine dining establishment is open for lunch as well as dinner, and is one that does not permit smoking and the use of cell phones. The wine list is chopped and changed on a weekly basis, and at any given time features a minimum of 650 wines!
The Blue Marlin is a restaurant that gives the people of Columbia the chance to savor the very best the Low Country has to offer. Oysters, fish and shrimp straight from the sea, as also the freshest produce from this coastal area are used to produce some wonderfully delicious dishes. Many dishes with distinctly Cajun and Creole touches also feature on the menu. Some of their fried seafood specialties include the Firecracker Flounder and the Salt and Pepper Catfish. The wine and cocktail lists are also extensive. If you like the restaurant so much that you would like your friends to enjoy the experience as well, you could hold your next event at the Vista Room, which can accommodate a maximum of 100 people, reception-style. The restaurant can also cater for wedding receptions, business lunches and the like.
If you want to go for Sunday lunch with the family at a laid back environment, then Maurice's Piggie Park is the place to come to. The chain of restaurants has a branch in downtown as well. The menu consists of a range of barbecue meats all cooked in a wood-fire oven, sandwiches and burgers. They also have a section of the menu especially for kids. Try any barbecue item and taste their unique yellow barbecue sauce which has become famous over the years. If you are feeling lazy and wish to stay at home, the restaurant also delivers. If you want to have delicious barbecue dishes for a party, try their catering service.
Cola's Restaurant serves scrumptious American fare in Columbia. Specialties include hummus trio, shrimp dumplings and BBQ spring rolls. A must-try here is its succulent shrimp cooked to perfection.
Searching for some authentic oriental food? Then Blue Cactus is the place to be. This family owned cafe is a joint venture by a Cuban husband and a Korean wife. There is a wide range of choice available and the menu promises to cater to all tastes. The reasonable pricing and the service combined together makes this place a real crowd puller. The menu consists of appetizers, salads, beans&rice, burritos&such, stir fries, stews and beverages. Though the service is a bit slow, it is worth the wait as the food makes up for it. Another added attraction, is the 200 odd types of sauces Blue Cactus has to offer. Some sauces have been bought by the owners themselves while some are the contributions of their customers. All in all a pleasant and satisfying experience.
Doc's Barbeque and Southern Buffet is a barbecue restaurant on 1601 Shop Road. The restaurant serves delicious barbecues, chicken wings, catfish bites and baked chicken.
A neighborhood restaurant with a friendly vibe, Tombo Grille is an eatery you are likely to run into many of your acquaintances at. This cozy restaurant serves you some wonderful dishes created from the freshest local ingredients, and there are many varieties of wine and beer to choose from as well. Seared scallops in smoked red pepper cream sauce, crab cakes and fried Gulf oysters are just the beginning of the fantastic meal awaiting you. House-ground burgers, grilled pork tenderloin and veal meatloaf are a few of the entrées. There is also a daily changing menu of specials.
Red walls, red chairs; no matter where you look, all you see at Rosso Trattoria Italia is red! At this elegantly designed restaurant, you are served many Italian delicacies crafted from seasonal ingredients that are locally sourced. Starting your meal with steamed black mussels and blackberry BBQ lamb ribs start off a meal that comprises wood-fired pizzas, pastas and entrées like the Berkshire pork chop and wood-roasted chicken. From the wine list, you can select the perfect partner for your meal. Wine tastings are also organized.
Located at the popular lifestyle center, Village at Sandhill, Blue Fin Seafood Restaurant & Bar aims to bring some of the flavor of Charleston to Northeast Columbia. You can have some fine seafood and drinks in a casual atmosphere you can enjoy with friends. Offering brunch, lunch and dinner menus, this restaurant starts you off with some tasty appetizers like fried calamari and steamed crab legs that set you up for the tasty meal to follow. Fried seafood platters, pastas and sandwiches are some of the items to be found on the menu. The USD9 specialty martinis like the Tiramisu-Tini and Raspberry Truffle combine your craving for dessert with drinks! The 'Little Swimmers' menu is perfect for children ten and under. Whenever you drop by, do try the chef's favorites like grilled filet mignon and seared jumbo sea scallop. There is live music between 6.30 and 9.30p every Wednesday and karaoke on Thursdays and Saturdays.
At Solstice Wine Bar & Kitchen, you are offered menus of New American cuisine that change with the season. If you drop by in the correct season, you could get to gorge on delicacies like coriander ginger roasted salmon, buttermilk-fried chicken breast and pan-seared jumbo scallops. Burgers and sandwiches like the fried oyster BLT and smoked cheddar cheeseburger are also available. For a corkage fee of USD20 per bottle, you can pick from among an extensive selection of red and white wines. Dessert drinks like the Godiva chocolate martini are also available. The restaurant and wine bar also organizes interesting events like Dining With Dogs, where your pet can accompany you and enjoy a three-course meal out on the patio to boot!