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Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse

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900 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 748-0540
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4:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Mon 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Good for:
Bar scene
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 48
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Casual Hipster Brew Pub

Had dinner here with some friends after the second day of the SCASL* conference and was pleasantly surprised. Sadly, no Amber Ale was available but I was given a taste of a replacement suggestion (can't remember it now - I swear I only had a pint!) but it was a bit hoppy and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
GwynethJ
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Columbia, Maryland
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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106 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Columbia, Maryland
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Had dinner here with some friends after the second day of the SCASL* conference and was pleasantly surprised. Sadly, no Amber Ale was available but I was given a taste of a replacement suggestion (can't remember it now - I swear I only had a pint!) but it was a bit hoppy and strong. Food...Pimento Cheese App. YUM! Can I... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Do check USC sporting events before planning a trip, immediately before and after you don't stand a chance at a table. Aside from that, this is a great casual place for a very good beer and a good upscale bar menu. Most beers are seasonal, so you'll have to see what they're serving when you arrive. Burgers, gyros, salads, pizzas.... More 

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Columbus, Georgia
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

They make decent beer. The variety is limited. I wish they would have more beers in the rotation. But the standard beers are worth a try. The menu is also a bit limited, I normally order off the special board, the food is usually very good. I just wish they would change things up. The inside of the restaurant is... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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124 reviews 124 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Liked the name, liked the outside seating, and the vibe inside was cool too. Just very limited on wine and beer selection, menu lacked on variety as well.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We have been meeting here weekly for years. A persistent gripe with this place has been the problem with sun glare because there are no shades to block it out. They totally ignore what the customer wants; they will not put them up!. Another example of arrogance: They will not use cocktail (martini) glasses so these beverages won't pick up... More 

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KevinVarner, Owner at Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse, responded to this review

This reviewer has a lot of complaints, so why does he keep coming back, week after week, year after year? There is only one reason. He knows it. I know it. Every toddler in town knows it. We have the best hand-warmed martinis in town. More 

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a delightful little local tavern, complete with beers brewed on-site and one of the best burgers in town. The ESB cheese is a must, but so is the lamb gyro. Decisions, decisions. The staff busts their butts, but are attentive too.

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Anderson, South Carolina
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66 reviews 66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Good beer selection, pleasantly dark atmosphere where it's quiet enough hear each other, but still bustling around you. We had the lamb gyro and Greek salad, the salad was absolutely excellent. Had the wheat beer, which I would order again anytime, and the IPA, which was also quite good. It was easy to find, no wait on a Monday night,... More 

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We started with a flight of beers, beginning with the wheat and finishing with extra stout. None had a strong head and were slightly weak. The shrimp, clam linguine special was quite tasty as was the burger.

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Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Old building that has been remodeled and still has a rustic feel. The food is mostly very upscale bar food but very good. Has its own brewery so lots of different brews if that is your thing. Tough to get a table as they didn't have a hostess when I was there so get there early or be prepared to... More 

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Darlington, South Carolina
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123 reviews 123 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The Hunter-Gatherer has a very nice atmosphere, a very tasty craft beer selection, and a menu that you can actually read through in a short time. My specialty pizza was absolutely delicious, which was very welcome because of the small size and not-so-small price. The same can be said about our dessert cake. There are a few outside tables----for the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 900 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: (803) 748-0540

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Monday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?