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Gourmet Shop Cafe

724 Saluda Ave, Columbia, SC
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Ranked #31 of 827 restaurants in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Bakery
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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90% Recommend
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English first
Little Rock, Arkansas
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Chicken salad is perfect-no fancy ingredients (grapes, nuts) but delicious pulled chicken & classic recipe. Try it in the cantaloupe!! Egg salad is awesome too! Unique items in the gift shop too.

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Hilton Head Island, SC
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We stopped here for lunch on the way to Greenville, SC for the weekend. We sat outside and had a delicious lunch and then went inside and browsed the shop. The food was very good, the service excellent, and the friendliness of the staff exceptional -- one of them told me, "it's just in our nature to try to be... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Nice little cafe to stop in for lunch. There is always a nice crowd which is a good sign that this cafe has good food. If you haven't ate here first must try the chicken salad sandwich on croissant. It's quite yummy.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

What a great gem in the heart of 5 points. Consistently have great brunches and an excellent atmosphere. We have been frequenting this café since we first moved to Columbia about 2 months ago and absolutely love it. Even if you aren’t a fan of grits I suggest giving their cheese grits a go and of course their French toast... More

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Lexington, South Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

We went there for lunch. They were out of grilled chicken, that was pretty sad. The meats are unimpressive. The cheeses were good. Sandwiches were fairly blah. The bread wasn't fresh. There are better places to go in Columbia. Over priced in my opinion.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

I just moved to the area and I decided to try out The Gourmet Shop. I ordered the Veggie sandwich which was absolutely amazing. It was simple and I think that's what made it so good. They don't try to over-do anything by adding too many ingredients. When good quality ingredients are used, you don't need a lot of extras.... More

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Rockford, Illinois
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The food was very good- we started with baked brie and it was SO good. The salad dressing was also very good if you like zesty/Italian-like dressing. I got the vegetarian pesto panini, which was great, but my colleague got the open faced veggie sandwich, which wasn't anything special and a little hard to eat. The pricing is very reasonable... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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132 reviews 132 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The Gourmet Shop consistently serves delicious lunch and the shop is full of many items you see when traveling internationally. The cheese selection is better than any other place in town and the baked goods and salads to go are excellent as well. When the blondie brownies are fresh from the oven it's hard not to resist buying a few... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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54 reviews 54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

The cafe is half the appeal. Wandering around the Gourmet Shop before or after is the other half. Good croissant sandwiches. Good salads. Good coffee.

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

We ordered for our business luncheon...bread was stale, no condiments for sandwiches, received wrong dressing for salads. The dressing we got was so overpowering. Pimento cheese was worst I had ever had....could not even taste the cheese! Half of our group did not even finish their food!

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