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Gourmet Shop Cafe

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724 Saluda Ave, Columbia, SC
803-799-3705
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout

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  • 6
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Awesome chicken salad

We went to enjoy a little lunch after a USC college tour. Even at 2:30 PM, there was about a 10-15 minute wait. We browsed aroudn the culinary shop and into the wine shop. We really enjoyed the chicken salad. We did not really love the dill potato salad or the loaded baked potato soup. It was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
HavePileWillTravel
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Alexandria, Virginia
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44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went to enjoy a little lunch after a USC college tour. Even at 2:30 PM, there was about a 10-15 minute wait. We browsed aroudn the culinary shop and into the wine shop. We really enjoyed the chicken salad. We did not really love the dill potato salad or the loaded baked potato soup. It was full of college... More 

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Thank HavePileWillTravel
South Carolina
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Awesome food. You can get wine from the shop area and have it in the restaurant (might be small fee). Outdoor seating and dogs allowed. Great people watching. Gets very busy at prime times. Open for breakfast and till about 3 pm--check their website. Will not disappoint!

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Thank Wolfgang1
Charlotte, North Carolina
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63 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

My wife and I always look forward to eating here on our way to Charleston. The sandwiches are big portions and the breads are always awesome. My choice today was the medium rare roast beef. It was piled high with meat and the sourdough bread was awesome. Fore sure recommend the tomato basil feta pasta as a side. Great service... More 

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Thank Jartmiller
Chapin, South Carolina
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015 via mobile

I grabbed lunch to go yesterday. It had been years since I had been to The Gourmet Shop and that was for shopping purposes only. The shopping was as good as I remembered but even better was the food. I had a roast beef sandwich on sourdough and a side of pesto pasta. It was absolutely delicious! Now that I've... More 

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Thank Debbie C
Maroa, Illinois
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile

The menu looked awesome! The food not so awesome. I had a marguerita panini sandwich. Tomato, basil, and mozzarella cheese, sounds so good with a Diet Coke. Well, the Coke was from a can and I payed over $2.00 for it, the cheese on the sandwich was thick and hard, not melted, and could not find any basil on it... More 

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Thank Denise C
Bracknell, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

I've traveled all over the world and one of the things that I do a lot is try other restaurants chicken salad. The Gourmet Shop's is still the best.

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Thank Priceml
Blythewood, South Carolina
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56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

You really can't go wrong with a thing on this menu! Everything is so delicious. Some personal favorites: Veggie Choice Sandwich, any of the Paninis, chicken salad and every dessert! You are able to sit inside or outside and they have a wonderful kitchen supply store, fresh deli, and wine room which are all fantastic! It's wonderful to have the... More 

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Thank Maria V
Schererville
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Get there before noon, the secret is out, it us a great lunch spot. It is a vibrant atmosphere with a gift shop, wine store and deli included. My daughter and I enjoy the bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese with capers or (locks and bagels) it is always very good. Inside and outside dining are available and the... More 

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Thank 11jmr
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Had a wonderful lunch while visiting my daughter at USC. The egg salad, pasta salad, pesto and sandwiches were fresh and well prepared. I can't wait to return again. Also, i suggested my daughter stop by at get their takeout for dinner. In addition, I loved the gourmet shop attached.

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Thank Jcohen19224
Richmond, Virginia
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108 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The food, service, and atmosphere are all very good, so we'll go back. But, 1 single unisex bathroom for the whole place, really?

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 724 Saluda Ave, Columbia, SC
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: 803-799-3705
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?