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Cafe Strudel

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300 State Street, West Columbia, SC 29169-7540
+1 803-794-6634
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Description: Restored 1920's era building. Eclectic decor that supports the local art...
Restored 1920's era building. Eclectic decor that supports the local art community.
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Visitor rating
  • 81
    Excellent
  • 63
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A nice summer dinner...

I was initially wary of this place as a meeting spot. My boyfriend chose it, and after reading past reviews, I was not overly enthusiastic. We were meeting some friends from out-of-state, unsure of the number of people traveling with them, and the reviews on this place were less than stellar... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
Rushchick73
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  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Columbia, South Carolina
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I heard through friends that this place had gone downhill. I was underwhelmed the first couple of times that we gave it a shot but I had not eaten here in quite some time so decided I'd see what all of the negative press was about. My visit confirmed the rumors. Do not voice any complaint about the food or... More 

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Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
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35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The food was awesome. Great pancakes, french toast, coffee and especially the hangover hashbrowns. Prices are very good and service is good. Only downside was the hour wait at noon on a Sunday. Might want to plan to be early to beat the crowd. This is a must dining experience in Columbia.

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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I was initially wary of this place as a meeting spot. My boyfriend chose it, and after reading past reviews, I was not overly enthusiastic. We were meeting some friends from out-of-state, unsure of the number of people traveling with them, and the reviews on this place were less than stellar. Nevertheless, it was convenient to the other party traveling... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

My family and I eat at Cafe strudel at least once a week and I take clients and employees there a couple times a month as well, and today we had a HORRIBLE experience. It took too long for our food and we watched 5 tables receive theirs before us, our waitress who was extremely kind had already apologized twice... More 

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Irmo, South Carolina
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56 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

First time in a while that we had been to Strudel. Everything was SO perfect that we cannot wait to go back. My food (salmon salad) had the most amazing dressing (a citrus mixture that was to die for). OMG....loved it ! My husband had the special for the day which was grilled scallops over risotto. His came with a... More 

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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We were driving through Columbia, SC and googled top restaurants in area. This one popped up as top 15. We considered going to some others, but because it was a Monday and others were closed we landed here. And boy were we glad we did!! It def deserves to be on a top list!! Very good menu and atmosphere...can I... More 

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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Great place for all ages and groups. Food is always delicious, a lot of times there is a wait but they get you in quickly.

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Ballentin
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Cafe Strudel is our go to Sunday Brunch. The specials are always scrumptious and different. The coffee bar is set very nice and the different coffees are always wonderful. The Bloody Mary is very yummy, spicy and the bacon and olive just kick it up a notch. We have never had a bad experience here. We always get there around... More 

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Columbia, SC
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Small town restaurant feel, with a wonderful menu! From time to time the chef will come out and ask how we like things and also ask for recommendations for improvements. You won't see that at a chain! Recommendations: Breakfast: Cinnamon pancakes with turkey sausage. Dinner: Anything, but you MUST have the duck fries.

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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Cafe Studel has the most amazing coffee bar. It has a great hangover cure. The lines can build up, but that is what the antique mall next door is for. The mimosas and everything on the brunch menu is great. If you go for dinner or happy hour, try the smoked wings. This is a classic and in its old... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 300 State Street, West Columbia, SC 29169-7540
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  West Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-794-6634

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 15
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

Description

Restored 1920's era building. Eclectic decor that supports the local art community.

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