About Saluda's

751 Saluda Avenue
Columbia, SC 29205
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Located in the heart of Five Points, just steps from the University of South Carolina’s campus and less than a mile from the state capitol building, Saluda’s has been impressing Columbia residents and visitors since it opened to much fanfare in 1996. Saluda's has created an exciting menu intermingling classically prepared dishes with cutting edge techniques and ingredients. Saluda's menu is built around mixing locally grown seasonal products with luxurious ingredients from around the world. Saluda's features Southern cuisine with French and Italian influences to create a menu both familiar and new. Our professional and courteous staff serves all of our guests with true Southern hospitality.

Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Dinner 7 nights a week 5:30 to 10:00

Cross Street:
Greene street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(803) 799-9500

Website:
http://www.saludas.com/

Catering:
Saluda's can cater any event with items from our dinner menu, or we can customize a menu to fit your needs. Saluda's can handle all of your needs from an offsite boxed lunch for your officer to a wedding reception for two hundred. Please call Steve Cook at Saluda's to book your event.

Parking Details:
Saluda's guests can choose between abundant on street parking or use our complimentary valet service available Wednesday through Sunday.

Executive Chef:
Blake Faries

Private Party Facilities:
Saluda's private dining room is the perfect place for any private function. Our room is soundproof, has its own door, and has independent temperature and music controls from the main dining room. We can host pharmaceutical programs, rehearsal dinners, private business meetings, and any other function. Customized dinner menus allow you to wine and dine your guests with style.

Private Party Contact:
Steve Cook: 8037999500

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Quiet pharmaceutical presentation. Exclusive business engagement. Elegant rehearsal dinner. Luxurious cocktail party. Whatever the occasion may be, one of Saluda's private dining rooms is perfect for your next event. Allow us to personalize your function by choosing dishes from our seasonally inspired menu or let us do the work with one of our preset large group menus. Our Events Coordinator can customize your function with nearly limitless possibilities available.

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95% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
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Great Special Occasion Dinner

Dined 3 days ago

My wife and I went here to celebrate her college graduation. Everything was wonderful. Best fried green tomatoes I've had. The prices aren't bad considering the quality of food and amount of food you get. Great portion sizes.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value3

A good choice

Dined 6 days ago

A very pleasant surprise. The food was plentiful, creative and well prepared . Somewhat limited selection but no bad choices. Very enjoyable meal and professional & courteous service .

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

The Shrimp and Grits were spot on! And t ...

Dined on April 25, 2016

The Shrimp and Grits were spot on! And the cheese plate was beautifully presented as well as delicious.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great service. We were not rushed. Se ...

vip
Dined on April 23, 2016

Great service. We were not rushed. Server attentive but did not hover. Allowed us to enjoy and talk. Excellent Sangria! Great wine list

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Delicious memorable evening!!!

Dined on April 23, 2016

Great experience!!! We sat on a beautiful balcony lined with Palm Trees and twinkling lights! Kila and Kennedy were excellent attentive servers with great recommendations! Great wine selections as well! Everything we tried was a culinary delight! Starters were the raw tuna, fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese and the pork belly and blue grit cake...For dinners we had the fish special, scallops and steak with mac n cheese...finished with cheese cake and tiramisu!!! Look forward to our next visit!!! Thank you for an especially memorable evening!!!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Good food, good service

Dined on April 22, 2016

Good menu choices & beer & wine list. Jessica was an excellent waiter. A little hard to find as the Starbucks downstairs has a more prominent sign than the restaurant.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

great food , shrimp and grits to dye for

Dined on April 21, 2016

Great food, wonderful service , less expensive than I expected.

Tags: fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service3
value2

Good Food, Slow Service

Dined on April 16, 2016

It was very busy at first, but there were several empty tables by the time we finished. Bringing out the appetizer, salad, and main entree was extremely slow on every single item. Otherwise, the food itself was very good.

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

I dined at Saluda's before prom and it was divine!

Dined on April 16, 2016

The shrimp and grits is to die for! Hands down one of the best dishes I have ever tasted.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
food2
ambience3
service4

The food at Saludas was disappointing. T ...

vip
Dined on April 9, 2016

The food at Saludas was disappointing. The lamb ossi buco tasted a little soapy and the duck was mediocre. The cheese plate was good. The wine was excellent; however, the Pinot noir was listed as a 2010 on the menu and we were brought a 2012. Annoying and shows a lack of attention to detail. Our waiter was very good, but we will not be back due to poor food quality.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Anniversary special

Dined on April 3, 2016

We were looking for somewhere special to celebrate our 52nd anniversary. Being fairly new to the area, we went with online reviews. Saluda was a perfect choice. The food was worth the price, delicious and beautifully presented. Our server was attentive and friendly. Definitely will come back.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience3
service4

Most obvious negative is long staircase ...

Dined on April 1, 2016

Most obvious negative is long staircase and no elevator. Makes the visit problematic for disabled folk. Food, service and ambience are consistently good.

food5
ambience5
service5

The service was amazing and the food was ...

Dined on March 27, 2016

The service was amazing and the food was even better. Very happy we chose to celebrate Easter by dining at Saluda's.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

100 % satisfaction from all three dining guests.

Dined on March 27, 2016

Quiet, quaint and delightful. 5 o'clock reservation so we were the first guests of the evening. Loved the welcoming atmosphere, service orientated staff and our dinners all came prepared perfectly.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

SPECIALS

vip
Dined on March 26, 2016

I ORDERED A SPECIAL, SALMON, AND IT WAS $38, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS EXTRAVAGANT. I WOULD NOT HAVE ORDERED IT IF I HAD KNOWN. I WAS EMBARRASSED TO ASK, I FEEL THEY SHOULD TELL YOU THE COST OF THE SPECIALS. NEXT TIME I WILL KNOW TO DO SO.

Tags: romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

My favorite place in Columbia.

Dined on March 18, 2016

Highly recommended this place to anyone. Very upscale very romantic fine dinning. Staff and management are amazing.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

One of our favorite restuarants!!!! Food ...

Dined on March 12, 2016

One of our favorite restuarants!!!! Food is always great and service is always perfect!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Saluda's

Dined on March 12, 2016

I highly recommend the sweet tea porkchop. It was huge and cooked absolutely deliciously!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Delicious gourmet food cooked to perfect ...

Dined on March 12, 2016

Delicious gourmet food cooked to perfection.

food3
ambience4
service2
value3

Poor execution

vip
Dined on March 10, 2016

I have dined here twice. Both times my entrée was brought out WAY too early. Half done with my appetizer too early. Both times. Sent them both back. Now, this is supposed to be a really good restaurant. But their poor execution coupled with truly mediocre food really say as much about the quality of dining in Columbia as anything about their restaurant. Time to try something else.

food5
ambience5
service2
value3

2/27/16

Dined on February 28, 2016

Good food, out waiter was very attentive. May not come back because we made reservations and still waited over 30 minutes to be seated.

Tags: romantic
food5
ambience5
service5

I was very impressed by Saluda's! They w ...

Dined on February 28, 2016

I was very impressed by Saluda's! They were very busy on a Saturday evening, but our server Kyleigh was very prompt and attentive. She was really accommodating to our group--we were celebrating my husband's birthday, and she kept the cake we brought in the kitchen, brought it out (with candles!) after our meal, and split our group's checks upon request. The wine, appetizers, and entrees were all excellent! My husband had the filet mignon and I had the duck, and both were some of the best I've ever tasted. We will definitely be going back!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Just what we wanted

Dined on February 27, 2016

Great meal; great service; comfortable setting. Open Table facilitated booking with confidence

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Always a delight!

Dined on February 26, 2016

We listened intently to the evening specials but then went back to our favorite dishes . . . the Shrimp & Grits and the Osso Bucco. Paired up with a sparkling wine and a pint of excellent IPA draft, our evening was perfect. We always get greeted by the manager and the wait staff simply can not do enough for us. Going about every other month, Saluda's is always fresh and exciting!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Only One Thing

Dined on February 26, 2016

Only complaint and I guess it is more a concern. It may be they way the seats are arranged or maybe to close but you are trying to concentrate on your date but you can't help but over hearing other conversations and you feel they are listening to you. Spread out the tables. Service is Excellent, Food Wonderful

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food3
ambience3
service5
value3

Great service.

Dined on February 18, 2016

The service was excellent and the food was likewise, great! The portions were a little small for the price (I am from Charleston and know restaurants) and I was a bit disappointed to learn after the fact that a gratuity had already been added to the cocktails (only a party of two) and not knowing, I was adding another 20%+ gratuity on top of that. Again, the food was excellent and the service (at the bar and the table) were fantastic! It was also relatively quiet so you could actually converse in the restaurant.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience3
service2

Our waiter seemed very unenthusiastic bu ...

Dined on February 15, 2016

Our waiter seemed very unenthusiastic but I noticed other waiters were very energetic and seemed happy to be serving their customers. We were seated directly next to the speaker so the music was loud but probably only because we were sitting directly under it. The best thing about Saluda's was the food. I had an absolutely phenomenal steak with an equally delicious crab cake. My appetizer was perfection as well. I had a Caesar salad that didn't have very much dressing but other than that it was one of the best meals I have had in the Columbia area. I will hopefully be eating there again in the future.

food5
ambience3
service5
value4

Valentines Dining

Dined on February 14, 2016

Saluda was and excellent dining experience. The restaurant was clean and the staff professional. There were too many tables too close to each other for my preferred romantic dining out. This made for unintentional eaves dropping. However, the food was really fantastic.

Tags: special occasion
food4
ambience5
service5
value3

Steve, our server was outstanding. Kudo' ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

Steve, our server was outstanding. Kudo's to the chef for the Valentine's Day menu. Supurb! Mussels and Lobster Bisque were my favorites. Our server, Steve, was very attentive all night. Please send him our "special" thanks.

Tags: romantic
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great fine dining!

Dined on February 13, 2016

My wife and I go to Saluda's a few times a year and every time is as consistently great as the last. Thanks to the staff for making our Valentine's Day so special.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

The Valentine's Day menu was wonderful!

Dined on February 13, 2016

The Valentine's Day menu was wonderful!

food5
ambience4
service5
value3

Lovely as always

Dined on February 13, 2016

The food was tasty as always and the service polite.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Overall a good experience

Dined on February 7, 2016

It was our first time at Saluda's and we were impressed. The food was outstanding and the wine was great. It was a little loud and we were sitting in the middle of the restaurant, so not much privacy. The waitress was friendly but could have been more attentive for the price of the dinner! Overall it was a good experience.

Tags: special occasion
food4
ambience5
service3
value4

Great place

Dined on February 5, 2016

always a great place for dinner. Ordered the steak med-rare and it came out rare or under-cooked even. The shrimp and grits have always been the best in south carolina though.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Great night out! We tried this restaura ...

Dined on January 27, 2016

Great night out! We tried this restaurant after seeing it got good reviews. Well, the reviews were correct. The food is excellent. I had the shrimp and grits and I can honestly say they were the best I ever had. My husband had the duck and he was equally impressed. Our server, Jim, also made our evening enjoyable. Go! It's well worth a visit!

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Happy birthday!

Dined on January 23, 2016

We've eaten here many times and rarely had a bad experience. This level of consistency is not easy to attain. This occasion was my son's birthday. Everything was great from the Negroni made by James the bartender for me as I waited for my party to arrive to the excellent service provided by our waiter (whose name is escaping me). The food was excellent as it almost always is. Four of the five in our party ordered the filet. Each of us was ecstatic about the result. Cooked to perfection and tender enough to cut with a fork. I like the ambience in Saladu's a lot, but it does get a bit noisy. All that means is that people are really enjoying themselves. Highly recommended.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Nothing short of fabulous!

Dined on January 22, 2016

Wow! What a wonderful gem of a restaurant! The staff was extremely accommodating, even with a last minute change of time and addition of several to our party. Easy and great to work with on those issues. The service was great, the food was even better - I'm talking melt in your mouth delicious......everyone enjoyed their dishes - and no one left anything on their plates. The ambiance is great - I was there for a business meeting, but if I was local, would definitely consider it a great date-night destination. Will definitely return - wonderful staff and wonderful food! Thanks for a great evening!!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

The service was great. Loved our server. ...

Dined on January 21, 2016

The service was great. Loved our server. She was very personable and efficient.

Tags: scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Fantastic first impression

Dined on January 18, 2016

This was our first dining experience with Saluda's. It was recommended to us by several friends. We asked another couple who were visiting Columbia from Raleigh to meet us there for dinner. We had reservations for a Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. We were there until just before closing at 10:00 p.m. and we could not have enjoyed ourselves more. The staff was excellent, attentive and yet not intrusive. I had a half bottle of wine that was delicious and the food was exceptional. My husband and I both had the steak and our friends from Raleigh both had the Shrimp and Grits. Thanks to you and your staff for a lovely evening.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4

Great restaurant food was excellent and ...

Dined on January 17, 2016

Great restaurant food was excellent and drinks were very good. The wait to get in was longer than expected.

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