Off-Campus Dining

Columbia, SC
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's definitely good food off-campus but much of it is pretty expensive and very few student discounts are offered.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many great restaurant areas close to campus. The most popular and most accessible locations are either in The Vista or Five Points. Great food at a good price whenever one gets tired of the meal plan.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: pita pit. go there. all the time.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of restaurants with great food, decent prices but not too many student discounts

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining around USC is great. Since it is right in the city, there are tons of places to eat at. Many within walking distance from campus, and an endless amount if you have a car. Right downtown, the Vista, Five Points, and over the bridge in Cayce there is a huge variety of restaurants whether you want a sub, fine dining, or a dollar menu.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 28th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 152nd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gregory Goetz
Fort Mitchell, KY
Media Arts/Entrepreneurial Business
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While students may complain about campus food, the plethora of off-campus restaurants makes up for what may be lacking on campus. Most of the student favorites, such as the many restaurants in Five Points, Beezer’s, the Salty Nut, and the Pita Pit are all within walking distance of campus. The diversity of the food options off campus allows students to choose from virtually any type of ethnic food at a range of prices, and with Columbia being a college town, many restaurants offer late-night deliveries when most other places are closed.

Whether it’s dinner with friends, a hot date, a late-night study snack, or just an escape from campus food, the off-campus dining scene provides quality food with a broad range of choices for students to enjoy. You will definitely not go hungry in a city like Columbia!

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Beezer's
  • Groucho's Deli
  • Monterrey's
  • The Pita Pit
  • The Salty Nut
  • Sammi's Deli
24-Hour Dining
Best Asian
Best Breakfast
Carolina Café
Best Healthy
The Pita Pit
Best Pizza
The Village Idiot Pizza & Pub
Best Wings
Pop's NY Pizza
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Other Places to Check Out
  • Adriana's
  • The Blue Cactus
  • Cool Beans
  • Harper's
  • Immaculate Consumption
  • Nonnah's
  • Sharky's
  • The Wild Hare
Did You Know? is an online database of every off-campus dining spot for USC students.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

4464 Devine St., Columbia
(803) 738-1108
Food Lion
1001 Harden St.
(803) 748-8104
3403 Forrest Dr., Forrest Acres
(803) 738-0225
Piggly Wiggly
3818 Devine St., Columbia
(803) 256-3433
2800 Rosewood Dr., Columbia
(803) 806-8839

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Food: American
4505 Devine St.
(803) 787-4687
Price: $8-$15
Beezer's Gourmet Sandwich Shop
Food: American
919 Sumter St.
(803) 771-7771
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Beezer's is one of the cheapest college eateries AND is open until 4 a.m. on the weekends, and is the place where most USC students end their night.
Carolina Café
Food: Breakfast
925 Sumter St.
(803) 799-6676
Price: $2-$8
Cool Features: Carolina Café has some of the best bagels in Columbia, and it has glass walls that look out onto Sumter and Pendleton streets.
Carrabba's Italian Grill
Food: Italian
370 Columbiana Dr.
(803) 407-1811
Price: $10-$20
Grilled Teriyaki
Food: Asian/Japanese
748 Harden St.
(803) 933-9950
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Grilled Teriyaki is a stone's throw away from almost every bar in the Five Points area. USC students love its homemade condiment, known simply as "white sauce."
Groucho's Deli
Food: American deli
611 Harden St.
(803) 799-5708
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Out of state students who enjoy Groucho's may be pleased to know that it has a location in the terminal of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.
Hunter Gatherer Brewery & Ale
Food: American
900 Main St.
(803) 748-0450
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Hunter Gatherer takes up residence in what was a former storehouse, and is very spacious as a result.
Food: American/breakfast
1031 Assembly St.
(803) 765-0305
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: IHOP is open 24/7 and is located near the Vista bar/club district, making it convenient for students to grab a bite on their way home.
Food: Chinese
3250 Forrest Dr.
(803) 743-9996
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Miyo's has been ranked as USC students' favorite Chinese restaurant with consistency.
Monterrey Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
114 Afton Ct.
(803) 749-5928
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Monterrey's is one of the only restaurants in Columbia that offers authentic Mexican food.
Pita Pit
Food: American
2002 Greene St.
(803) 799-4557
Price: $2-$8
Cool Features: Pita Pit has a quaint hole-in-the-wall feeling, and it's healthy too!
Pop's NY Pizza
Food: Pizza
707 Harden St.
(803) 540-7677
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: The medium pizza is big enough to feed five students (seriously).
Ruby Tuesday
Food: American
4600 Devine St.
(803) 790-8974
Price: $8-$15
The Salty Nut Café
Food: American
2000 Greene St.
(803) 256-4611
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: The Salty Nut is very popular for its trivia night.
Sammi's Deli
Food: American
919 Sumter St.
(803) 256-7763
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Sammi's is one of few non-pizza and non-Asian food restaurants that delivers to USC.
Sandy's Famous Hot Dogs
Food: American
825 Main St.
(803) 254-6914
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: One can see the State House while eating at Sandy's, and coupons can often be found in The Daily Gamecock.
The Village Idiot Pizza & Pub
Food: Pizza
2009 Devine St.
(803) 252-8646
Price: $2-$8
Cool Features: The Village Idiot Pizza & Pub doubles as one of Columbia's most popular bars after 9 p.m.
Yesterday's Restaurant & Tavern
Food: American
2030 Devine St.
(803) 799-0196
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Yesterday's offers the most expansive menu in Columbia, and is recognizable by the model of a man bathing in a bathtub that sits above its entrance.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 168 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 176 responses

  • 2% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 12% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 41% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 44% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.


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